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California statewide mobilizing conference against the privatization of public education

From: 
Organizers of March 4 actions to defend public education
What's happening: 

An all-day conference on April 24 at Santee Education Complex: 1921 South Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, bringing together schools, student organizations, labor unions, committees, coalitions, and parent and community organizations across the state with a call for involvement from all education sectors – Pre-K-12, Community College, CSU, UC, and Adult Education. The conference is intended to follow on the massive March 4 actions in California and natiowide to defend public education.

The organizers write:

The future of public education in this state - particularly for the working class and communities of color, who are being hit especially hard by the cuts - depends on our ability to unify and push forward the struggle in defense of public education.

The purpose of this Statewide Mobilizing Conference is therefore both simple and extremely urgent: to democratically discuss and decide on a unifying political platform and plan of action capable of bringing together schools, student organizations, labor unions, committees, coalitions, and parent and community organizations across the state to deepen and push forward this powerful and broad movement that shook the state and the country on March 4th.

We ask activists, organizations, and mobilized schools across the state to put their full organizational capacity into helping us collectively to build and promote this conference. We ask for maximum participation from all education sectors – Pre-K-12, Community College, CSU, UC, and Adult Education - and regions, and from all organizations of workers, teachers, and students, and we extend the invitation to all mobilized schools and organizations across the country. Get your union, student government or parent-teacher organization to endorse, attend, and participate in the conference.

The decision to call for this conference was made at the Statewide Mobilizing Conference of October 24th, 2009, where over 800 people from all of the sectors of public education decided together to call for the March 4th Strike and Day of Action in defense of public education.

California statewide mobilizing conference against the privatization of public education

From: 
Organizers of March 4 actions to defend public educationc
What's happening: 

An all-day conference on April 24 at Santee Education Complex: 1921 South Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, bringing together schools, student organizations, labor unions, committees, coalitions, and parent and community organizations across the state with a call for involvement from all education sectors – Pre-K-12, Community College, CSU, UC, and Adult Education. The conference is intended to follow on the massive March 4 actions in California and natiowide to defend public education.

The organizers write:

The future of public education in this state - particularly for the working class and communities of color, who are being hit especially hard by the cuts - depends on our ability to unify and push forward the struggle in defense of public education.

The purpose of this Statewide Mobilizing Conference is therefore both simple and extremely urgent: to democratically discuss and decide on a unifying political platform and plan of action capable of bringing together schools, student organizations, labor unions, committees, coalitions, and parent and community organizations across the state to deepen and push forward this powerful and broad movement that shook the state and the country on March 4th.

We ask activists, organizations, and mobilized schools across the state to put their full organizational capacity into helping us collectively to build and promote this conference. We ask for maximum participation from all education sectors – Pre-K-12, Community College, CSU, UC, and Adult Education - and regions, and from all organizations of workers, teachers, and students, and we extend the invitation to all mobilized schools and organizations across the country. Get your union, student government or parent-teacher organization to endorse, attend, and participate in the conference.

The decision to call for this conference was made at the Statewide Mobilizing Conference of October 24th, 2009, where over 800 people from all of the sectors of public education decided together to call for the March 4th Strike and Day of Action in defense of public education.

COMING YOUR WAY: The March of the Monahans

On May 16, democracy activists Laird and Robin Monahan dipped hands and feet in the Pacific, and set out on foot from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Their goals: reach the Lincoln Memorial in Washington by mid October, and, most importantly, build grassroots awareness of the need to amend the Constitution to end corporate personhood along the way.

From: 
MovetoAmend.org
What's happening: 
Laird and Robin, who are both in their sixties, plan is to walk every day, weather and health permitting, camping along the way, and taking opportunities to connect with local groups, local government, and legislators. The walk is non-partisan, supporting, as Laird has written, “no political agenda save to restore the inalienable and Constitutional rights of human beings and the dominion of human citizens over corporations.” Laird and Robin spent the week before the walk going over logistics with MTA steering committee members at Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County, plotting the best route, and making plans to connect with supporters along the way. Their first day on the road took them over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito—look for pictures soon on their website, www.lairdandrobin.org—we will also be updating you online at our special March of the Monahan Brothers pages.

San Francisco State joins in March 4 action to defend public education

From: 
San Francisco State students, staff and faculty
What's happening: 

Students, staff and faculty from San Francisco State University are all joining together and participating in the March 4 Statewide Day of Action against cuts to public education from Pre-K through Ph.D. Lawmakers need to recognize the fiscal irresponsibility of not providing for an appropriate tax base through progressive taxation. The Governor’s proposal to “stabilize” education funding by cutting other needed services and privatizing prisons is disingenuous. Public schools, colleges and universities have already had their budgets cut to the bone, how is that stabilization? Quality public education is critical to the future of California. Be a part of the solution – join us on March 4, 2010 at the S.F. Civic Center

SFSU plans events both on and off campus on March 4, 2010.

Building a Movement to Amend the Constitution of the United States

Date: 
October 14, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Location

Chapman University School of Law Forum, Kennedy Hall, (Room 237 A/B) Orange, CA 92866

Reclaim Democracy presents a public discussion with David Cobb:  How to Build a National Movement Against Corporate Personhood. We must rescind Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

*Request Free Tickets at  ReclaimDemocracyOC@yahoo.com

For more information call 714-624-1453.

IRVINE, CA: Reclaim Democracy, Behind the Orange Curtain

Date: 
January 15, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location

Irvine Ranch Water Dist. Headquarters
15600 Sand Canyon Ave
Irvine, CA

We will commemorate the Citizens United corporate-giveaway of our 1st and 14th amendment rights by the Supreme Court, with a teach-in and documentary.

Charlie Wilson's War is a revealing look at how we got here.

Free parking in lot; Come on in to the meeting.

Sponsor: Reclaim Democracy (a partner of the Move to Amend)

Contact: Wayne Taylor, wayneetaylor@yahoo.com

SACRAMENTO: Rally Against Citizens United Decision

Date: 
January 21, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Location

State Capitol. North Steps
1400 10th Street, cross street Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Come express your fruustration with the Supreme Court decision made one year ago. Goal = public awareness !!!!

Please bring signs of your choice re: Citizens United vs. FEC. If you don't have a sign, come anyway. We will have extras.

Speakers to be announced. Live folk music. More details coming soon...

This rally is sponsored by Take Back Our Democracy in Davis and Public Citizen with the participation of Common Cause, Calpirg, Sacramento for Democracy and other advocacy groups.

Contact: Mary Zhu, zbox@dcn.davis.ca.us

REDWOOD CITY, CA: Funeral for Democracy

Date: 
January 21, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Courthouse Square
2200-2210 Broadway St.
Redwood City, CA

Two or three US Supreme Court justices will display signs with something like "Corporations are Persons" and "Money is Speech" with others holding signs saying, "What!?"

A coffin labeled "democracy", with mourners holding signs saying things like "Money ≠ Speech" and "Corporations Are Not Persons!" - Billionaires (a la 'Billionaires for Bush') congratulating each other, celebrating, and throwing money around.

Bring signs expressing your feelings re: the Citizens United decision.

Contact: Carol Cross, cross0828@yahoo.com

SANTA BARBARA: Corporations are not the people!

Date: 
January 21, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

State Street at Anapamu Street (in front of the SB Museum of Art)
Corner of State and Anapamu Streets
Santa Barbara, CA

We will stand on the corner of State and Anapamu streets with our signs to let our community know that this is an important anniversary of a BAD decision made by this activist Supreme Court and it needs needs to be overturned!!!!

Be creative with signs and PDSB signs "CORPORATIONS ARE NOT the PEOPLE" provided.

Sponsored by Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara

MILL VALLEY, CA: Peace and Special Demonstration Against Citizens United Decision

Date: 
January 21, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Location

Miller and Camino Alto Streets
Miller and Camino Alto Streets
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Nonviolent demonstration with signs, music. Bring "Corporations Are Not People" signs.

Sponsored by: Mill Valley Seniors for Peace

Contact: Emogene Trexel, emogene@paonline.com

OAKLAND: Protest the corporate take-over of democracy

Date: 
January 21, 2011 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location

Rockridge BART Station
5660 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

Help build the Democracy v Corporatocracy movement on the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling "Citizens United v Federal Election Commission."

Join WILPF members at above locations/times and/or go to whatever BART station or busy intersection is convenient @ rush hour with friends & signs like:

*$4 Billion+spent on 2010 election=Democracy for Sale!
*Reclaim Democracy from the Corpocracy!
*Move to Amend: Money is not Speech, a Corporation is not a person!
*Overule the Supreme Court with a 28th Amendment
*Human rights for human beings, not to absolve corporations!
*End Corporate Rule
*Abolish Corporate Personhood

Contact: Phoebe Sorgen, phoebeso@earthlink.net

PLEASANTON, CA: Get To Know Move To Amend Pleasanton

Date: 
January 21, 2011 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location

Museum on Main, front entrance area
603 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA

We will have a table with information on MTA to aquaint Pleasantonians with the MTA movement.

We will answer questions, have petitions, and since there are only 3 of us working to involve Pleasanton, we will also have a sign-up for people who express interest. This is our first small step. We are eager to grow, gain knowledge, and strongly, as a city, support Move To Amend.

Contact: Mary Schneider, maryndaisy@gmail.com.

SEASIDE, CA: Send a message against Citizen's United and for Public Ownership of our Water

Date: 
January 22, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Location

In front of U.S. Post Office
1039 Broadway Avenue
Seaside, CA

We will be handing out flyers against Citizens United, in support of a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood and in support of a plan to buyout our local water services from CalAm (a large international corporation) and to put it under local, public control We will also be in Pacific Grove and Carmel.

Sponsor: Alliance for Democracy Monterey County

Contact: Susan Hubbard, skylupine@hotmail.com

LOS ANGELES: Corporate Personhood Teach-In

Date: 
January 22, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location

The Peace Center
8124 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

TEACH-IN ON CORPORATE PERSONHOOD in observance of the 1st Anniversary of the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision.

Sponsored by WILPF-Los Angeles (Women's International League for Peace & Freedom) and www.MoveToAmend.org.

FREE... bring snacks to share.

For more information contact Ann Powers at 323-255-1279

UKIAH, CA: The Blessed Wedding of Lady Liberty to Goldman Sachs

Date: 
January 22, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Alex Thomas Plaza
Clay and School Streets
Ukiah, CA 95482

You are invited to join us for the wedding of Lady Liberty to Goldman Sachs. It will begin under a traditional hupa in Alex Thomas Plaza.

The procession will walk to the front of the courthouse where a clergy person will perform the ceremony and the blessed couple will make their vows. Everyone is welcome.

Wear you wedding clothes. Bring flowers, flower petals and rice. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

Sponsor: Ukiah Valley Progressive Coalition

Contact: Judy Popowski, udy@sassincca.com

FORT BRAGG: Request City Council to pass Amend Corp Personhood Resolution

Date: 
January 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Fort Bragg City Hall
416 N. Franklin St.
Fort Bragg, CA

The one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision (to allow unfettered spending by corporations in our elections) is just two weeks away, January 21st. This is the ideal time to present our resolution to the Fort Bragg City Council endorsing an amendment the U.S. Constitution to abolish Corporate Personhood.

In so doing we join outraged citizens across the country to act to help solve this crisis besetting our democracy & country.

We welcome your active help in this effort, by joining us for a preparation meeting on Wednesday, January 12th at 7pm at the FB Library, and then by attending the City Council meeting on Monday, January 24th to voice or show your support for their passage of our resolution. Please put these two dates in your calendar.

Los Angeles Area Study and Action group on Corporate Personhood

Date: 
March 2, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

Mid-wilshire section of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Please join us as we explore the issues surrounding Corporate Personhood and work to build a local action plan to end corporate rule and restore our democracy.

Location: Mid-wilshire section of Los Angeles; private residence

Contact: email Mary Beth at mbfielder@gmail.com or call 323 933 0738 for event details.

WHITTIER, CA: Short Teach-In On Corporate Personhood

Date: 
March 17, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location

St. Matthias Episcopal Church
7056 Washington Ave
Whittier, CA 90602

The Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition will be hosting a community teach-in that will explore the illegitimate idea of corporate personhood. 

Parking is available in the back and on the street.  Feel free to bring snacks to share with your fellow concerned citizens.

For more information, call 562-587-6270 or 562-233-8579, or visit www.whittierpeace.org

LOS ANGELES, CA: Los Angeles Area Study and Action group on Corporate Personhood

Date: 
April 6, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location

Private Residence
Mid-wilshire section of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Please join us as we explore the issues surrounding Corporate
Personhood and work to build a local action plan to end corporate rule
and restore our democracy.  Potluck dinner precedes discussions.

Contact Mary Beth at mbfielder@gmail.com or 323-933-0738
for event details.

LOS ANGELES, CA: How the Supreme Court Turned Corporations into Persons...With Constitutional Rights

Date: 
May 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Location

La Tierra de la Culebra Art Park
240 South Avenue 57
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Story Telling

How the Supreme Court Turned Corporations into Persons....

With Constitutional Right

A Tale from America's Hidden History

 

Story teller Ann Porter is a member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, a member organization of the Move to Amend Coalition.

Free of charge.  For more information, contact the local WILPF branch at 213-891-4517.

SEASIDE, CA: 125 Years of the Santa Clara Blues

Date: 
May 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location

Peace Resource Center
1364 Fremont Blvd.
Seaside, CA 93955

To mark the 125th Anniversary of the Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad Supreme Court Decision which led to corporate personhood

 

A talk by Dario Navarro

Attorney at Law and Associate Dean, Monterey College of Law

 

Citizens United in a Nation Divided:  Corporate Personhood, the Death of American Democracy and You

 

OAKLAND, CA: Move to Amend California Tour

Date: 
September 11, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Humanist Hall (between Telegraph and Broadway)
390 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Got Democracy?  Freedom from the Corporatocracy!

David Cobb, the foremost authority on undoing Supreme Court rulings that allow corporations to destroy democracy and commit ecocide, returns from the Democracy Convention in Madison Wisconsin to share approaches to reversing human rights for corporations, corporate personhood, and Citizens United v the FEC (which gutted campaign finance reform.)
 

Event Contact
First Name: 
Greg
Last Name: 
Jan

SAN JOSE, CA: Move to Amend California Tour

Date: 
September 13, 2011 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Location

First Unitarian Church of San Jose
160 N. Third Street
San Jose, CA 95112

 

Event Contact
First Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Hobbs

FRESNO, CA: Move to Amend California Tour

Date: 
September 13, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Wesley United Methodist Church
1343 E. Barstow Ave.
Fresno, CA 93710

Happy with “corporate personhood”? Their millions $$$ worth of “free speech”??? The Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision? All while many corporations don’t pay taxes and get taxpayer subsidies on top?

Corporations and Wall Street have hijacked our government through this “corporate personhood” concept. Learn how we can take OUR GOVERNMENT back! We CAN restore our democracy!

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring California giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Event Contact
First Name: 
Linda
Last Name: 
Traynor
Phone: 
559-435-7520

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: Move to Amend California Tour

Date: 
September 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Ludwick Community Center
864 Santa Rosa St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Join the Sierra Club and Progressive People of the Central Coast for an electrifying evening with attorney David Cobb, national spokesperson for Move To Amend, a coalition calling for a Constitutional amendment to abolish "Corporate Personhood," the legal doctrine that allows corporations to overturn democratically enacted laws that seek to protect citizens from corporate harm. Limited seating.
 

Event Contact
First Name: 
Gary
Last Name: 
Steinmann
Email: 
bassbot@mac.com
Phone: 
(805) 543-7385

PALM SPRINGS, CA: Move to Amend California Tour

Date: 
September 20, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

Crystal Fantasy and Enlightenment Center
268 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring California giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Cobb is an organizer and national spokesman for MoveToAmend.org, a coalition of over one hundred thousand people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.

Sponsored by Desert MoveOn Council, Desert Progressive Democrats of America Chapter and Veterans for Peace Chapter of the Inland Empire.

Event Contact
First Name: 
Carolyn
Last Name: 
Krause
Email: 
cekrause@msn.com
Phone: 
760.564.4408

EUREKA, CA: Community Organizing for Deep Democracy Weekend Workshop

Date: 
October 14, 2011 - 2:00pm - October 16, 2011 - 3:30pm

Location

Democracy Unlimited HQ
1402 M Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Are you serious about taking back your community from corporations? This in-depth workshop, we help you envision grassroots democratic solutions to problems facing your community. Legal history, case studies, and forward-looking strategies are offered to inspire your action plan.

Event Contact
First Name: 
Teri
Last Name: 
Grunthaner
Email: 
teri@duhc.org
Phone: 
(707) 269-0984

UKIAH, CA: Move to Amend Ukiah Planning Group

Date: 
October 18, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location

MEC
106 W. Standley St
Ukiah, CA 95482

Do you know that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have all the same rights of persons under the Constitution? Do you think a corporation is a person?  

If you think that corporations have far too much control over our government, then consider coming to the Move to Amend Ukiah planning group. We need your input for a long-term campaign to amend the Constitution to eliminate corporate personhood and enhance local democracy.

Event Contact
First Name: 
Robin
Last Name: 
Sunbeam

LOS ANGELES, CA: Northeast Los Angeles Move to Amend Group Oranizing Meeting

Date: 
November 19, 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location

Antigua Coffee House
3400 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90065

This group will work to exert influence in Los Angeles City Council Districts numbers 1, 13, and 14. Please join to build democracy in Northeast Los Angeles!

Event Contact
First Name: 
Ann
Last Name: 
Porter
Phone: 
323-255-1279

NEWHALL, CA: Occupy Santa Clarita to Present Important Film on Corporate Personhood

Date: 
December 15, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Vincenzo’s Pizza
24504 Lyons Ave
Newhall, CA 91321

 

Event Contact
First Name: 
Carole
Last Name: 
Lutness
Phone: 
661-755-3772

The Port Huron Statement at 50

Date: 
February 2, 2012 - 2:30pm - February 3, 2012 - 8:00pm

Location

University of California at Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

Conference pictureThe conveners "invite you to attend a conference which brings together historians, social theorists, contemporary student activists, and Port Huron veterans to discuss the origins, historical impact, and contemporary relevance of the New Left's founding manifesto."

AMERICAN PROSPECT: Study shows that votes cast by mail are more likely to be uncounted

October 26, 2012
By: 
Abby Rapoport
news photo

Ohio's Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted, has been under fire now for months from Democrats. They’re angry, particularly, about his moves to limit early voting hours across the state—especially those on the weekend before the election. Poor and minority voters rely on the expanded hours. Black churches have used the last Sunday before election day to bring voters to the polls; low-income voters often have inflexible work schedules and childcare demands at home. After a lengthy court battle, Husted has now authorized county election boards to offer hours in the three days before election day. But he did limit early voting hours in the weeks before, with fewer evening hours and no weekend hours.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Electronic voting machines to be used in the 2012 elections can be hacked

October 26, 2012
By: 
Mark Clayton
news photo

Rapid advances in the development of cyberweapons and malicious software mean that electronic-voting machines used in the 2012 election could be hacked, potentially tipping the presidential election or a number of other races.

Since the machines are not connected to the Internet, any hack would not be a matter of someone sneaking through cyberspace to change ballots. Rather, the concern is that an individual hacker, a partisan group, or even a nation state could infect voting machines by gaining physical access to them or by targeting the companies that service them.

NYT: Voting machine industry plays large role in the Election Assistance Commission

October 16, 2012
By: 
Adam Cohen
news photo

The much-delayed work of setting federal standards for electronic voting machines is speeding up, and there is reason for concern. Voting machine companies and their supporters have been given a large say in the process, while advocates for voters, including those who insist on the use of voter-verified paper receipts, have been pushed to the margins. Election officials and machine makers may be betting that after the presidential election, ordinary Americans have lost interest in the mechanics of the ballot. But Americans do care, and it is unlikely that they will be satisfied by a process in which special interests dominate, or by a result that does not ensure vote totals that can be trusted.

PACIFIC COAST BUSINESS TIMES: Computer science professors and students hack California's voting machines

October 16, 2012
By: 
Stephen Nellis
news photo

Originally published August 20, 2007

When news broke that California's electronic voting machines were vulnerable to cyber-attack, it was a team of computer scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, who hacked one of the systems, eventually leading California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to bar use of the machine in state elections.

"We tried to violate their security any way we could," Giovanni Vigna said of the machines, manufactured by Sequoia and until recently in use in Ventura County. "We successfully compromised the system."

NYT: An in-depth look at our touch screen voting machines

October 15, 2012
By: 
Clive Thompson
news photo

Originally published on January 6, 2008

Jane Platten gestured, bleary-eyed, into the secure room filled with voting machines. It was 3 a.m. on Nov. 7, and she had been working for 22 hours straight. “I guess we’ve seen how technology can affect an election,” she said. The electronic voting machines in Cleveland were causing trouble again.

SALON: Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control

October 15, 2012
By: 
Brad Friedman

Originally published on September 27, 2011

 

 

It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Voting technologies require many changes before they can be reliable for voters

October 15, 2012
By: 
Ted Selker
news photo

Originally published in October 2004

The attached PDF is an article about the complexities of voting and the potential for electronic fraud in voting technologies.

 

LA TIMES: Students protest tuition hikes at regents meeting

May 16, 2012
By: 
Larry Gordon

Student protesters angry about another possible tuition hike disrupted the meeting of the University of California regents Wednesday in Sacramento, with some demonstrators dressed in orange prisoner uniforms and singing about “working on the chain gang.”

The regents were about to discuss a recent report about the treatment of protesters on campuses and then analyze the impact of the governor’s May revision of the state budget on tuition.

Officials have said a 6% percent tuition hike may be in the works for July’s regent meeting if state funding does not increase.

NAACP: States systematically taking away voting rights for blacks and Latinos

December 5, 2011
By: 
Ed Pilkington

The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election.

The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to "block the vote" on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.

More Info: 

Download the complete report mentioned in the article below:

NYT: Experienced government workers flee public sector after year of attacks

December 5, 2011
By: 
Monica Davey

MADISON, Wis. — As states and cities struggle to resolve paralyzing budget shortfalls by sending workers on unpaid furloughs, freezing salaries and extracting larger contributions for health benefits and pensions, a growing number of public-sector workers are finding fewer reasons to stay.

California’s Campus Movements Dig In Their Heels Over Tuition Fights

November 21, 2011
By: 
Jennifer Medina

 

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Protesters at the University of California, Davis, have been calling for the chancellor to quit since a pepper spray attack Friday by the police.  LOS ANGELES — It has become something of an annual tradition on California college campuses, in what is perhaps the most prestigious state university system in the country: the state makes large cuts in public universities, they in turn raise tuition, and students respond with angry protests.

Intern with Move to Amend in 2012 - Applications Due November 25

November 12, 2011

Move to Amend is the the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our team as interns this spring and fall. Interns work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA - one of our Move to Amend founding organizations.

SEPTEMBER 10-21: Move to Amend California Barnstorming Tour

September 2, 2011

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring California giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! 

More Info: 

If you are interested in bringing a Move to Amend speaker to your community, please email us at barnstorming@movetoamend.org.

KANNER: Shasta and Goliath: Bringing Down Corporate Rule

December 29, 2010
By: 
Allen D. Kanner

Mt. Shasta, a small northern California town of 3,500 residents nestled in the foothills of magnificent Mount Shasta, is taking on corporate power through an unusual process—democracy.

NOLAN: The Top Ten Universities for Student Debt

August 24, 2010
By: 
Hamilton Nolan

For-profit" colleges have come under fire for saddling students with big debts in exchange for dim job prospects. But what about "real" colleges? They're pushing huge debts on students, too. We crunched the numbers to find the worst (NYU).

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CALIFORNIA WATCH: Emerging nonprofit journalism ventures set sights on education

June 8, 2010
By: 
Louis Freedberg

One of the more interesting questions in the burgeoning nonprofit journalism landscape is the extent to which new reporting ventures will focus on one area of coverage, or, like California Watch, will cover a range of topics.

A slew of nonprofit ventures focusing on health and health policy reporting have sprung up in the last few years, mostly underwritten by foundations with a specific interest in health and health policy issues.

OAKLAND LOCAL: What's IRV? Civic organizations to educate public on new system

June 1, 2010

As Oakland follows in the footsteps San Francisco took six years ago and switches to ranked-choice voting for this November's election, a diverse pool of organizations are heading voter education campaigns to boost county outreach efforts.

The city of Oakland is paying the Alameda County Registrar of Voters $146,000 to administer a heavily media-based campaign that includes mailers, brochures and videos, according to city clerk LaTonda Simmons. However, foreseeing that the county’s campaign will not reach all demographics, some community groups are – or plan to begin – spreading the word about the new system that allows voters to rank up to three candidates in order of preference and eliminates separate run-off elections.

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL: Newspaper relaunches as nonprofit

May 26, 2010
By: 
Rob Rogers

A consortium of West Marin writers, thinkers and scientists has purchased the Point Reyes Light, hoping to turn the Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly paper into one of a handful of newspapers run by a nonprofit corporation.

"We have created a new model, a hybrid for-profit/nonprofit entity that I think can save a lot of small-town newspapers around the country," said Mark Dowie, a former publisher of Mother Jones magazine and journalism professor at the University of California at Berkeley who serves on the governing board of the new corporation.

The Marin Media Institute, a newly created nonprofit, will operate the paper through the auspices of the Point Reyes Light Publishing Co., a low-profit limited liability company chartered under Vermont law.

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PRICE: Pair walks country for a cause

May 19, 2010
By: 
Nancy Price

A pair of brothers who are walking across America to protest what they call 'the legal fiction that corporations are persons with constitutional rights' will be in Davis on Wednesday.

Robin Monahan, 67, and his brother Laird, 69, will be at the Farmers' Market beginning at 4:30 p.m. They left San Francisco on Saturday and will set off for Sacramento on Thursday morning.

The Monahans are walking the old Lincoln Highway to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., hoping to arrive by Election Day, Nov. 2. Their progress can be tracked online at http://lairdandrobin.org.

Local residents are invited to meet and talk with them Wednesday and sign the new 'Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule.'

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: Non-Profit Investigative Journalism to the Rescue?

May 14, 2010
By: 
Jill Drew

At a story meeting for California Watch, the nonprofit investigative news startup, employees sit around a conference table as Robert Salladay, the organization’s senior editor, begins to describe the findings of a six-month investigation by one of his state capital reporters. “It gives me chills,” Salladay tells the group. “Each paragraph could be its own story.” Robert Rosenthal, the founder of California Watch, peers over his glasses at an open laptop, then nods in agreement. “The reporting is so amazing,” he says.

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Jill Drew is a 2009-2010 Encore Fellow at Columbia Journalism Review. She was an associate editor at The Washington Post until August 2009. For nine of her fourteen years at the newspaper, she was assistant managing editor for financial news.
Original article here... http://www.cjr.org/feature/the_new_investigators.php?page=all

NEW YORK TIMES: Bay Area Emerges as Center of Nonprofit Journalism

April 10, 2010
By: 
Frances Dinkelspiel

In its ten months of existence, California Watch, an offshoot of the Center for Investigative Reporting, which is located in Berkeley, has placed 21 stories with the San Francisco Chronicle. One of those stories, on seismic safety in California’s public colleges and universities, was distributed to more than 80 news outlets, Robert Rosenthal, the center’s executive editor, said.

It has become one of the most prominent examples of the Bay Area’s new growth industry: the non-profit news organization.

As regional newspapers have shed reporters over the years — a recent count said there are now 500 journalists covering news compared with 900 a few years ago — non-profit news groups have stepped in to cover the gap.

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WSJ: Diebold security flaws emerge as electronic voting spreads

October 25, 2004
By: 
Anne Marie Squeo
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THE HANGING CHADS and lost ballots of the 2000 presidential-election debacle made it seem a foregone conclusion that modernized, electronic-voting machines would be widely embraced the next time around. And so they will be. But paranoia about stolen elections and security flaws has made Nov. 2 a make-or-break event for the fledgling industry and its biggest player, Diebold Inc.

SOJOURNERS: The e-voting system is dangerously vulnerable to fraud

September 1, 2004
By: 
David Batstone

Florida, 2000 presidential election—the vote count long will be recalled as a low point in U.S. democratic politics.

The hue and cry of electoral corruption and a stolen election compelled the U.S. Congress to act. Boldly, it committed $3.9 billion in matching federal funds to assist states in the transition toward digital voting systems. Here, under the flag of the Help America Vote Act, was the answer for hanging chads.

Remarkably, about 30 percent of the electorate—50 million voters or so—will submit a ballot in the coming November elections using paperless machines. Be worried. The e-voting system in place is dangerously vulnerable to fraud.

NATION: How the 2004 election could be stolen

August 16, 2004
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On November 2 millions of Americans will cast their votes for President in computerized voting systems that can be rigged by corporate or local-election insiders. Some 98 million citizens, five out of every six of the roughly 115 million who will go to the polls, will consign their votes into computers that unidentified computer programmers, working in the main for four private corporations and the officials of 10,500 election jurisdictions, could program to invisibly falsify the outcomes.

BRENNAN CENTER: 2012 voting laws will make it more difficult for 5 million racial minorities, students, renters, seniors, and low income citizens to vote

October 17, 2012
Wendy R. Weiser and Lawrence Norden

In the past two years, states across the country passed a wave of laws that could make it harder to vote. The Brennan Center chronicled these laws in our report, Voting Law Changes in 2012 (originally published on October 3, 2011)

UPDATED 10/16/2012: Voting Laws in effect for the 2012 election

Fourteen states have passed restrictive voting laws and executive actions that have the potential to impact the 2012 election, representing 185 electoral votes, or 68 percent of the total needed to win the presidency.

A breakdown of laws and executive actions in effect in 2012:

EDUCATION FOR ALL COALITION: Resources for March 4 Day of Action to Defend Public Education

February 21, 2010

Resources provided by Education For All Coalition members and coordinating affiliates. We’ve also included flyers, and with each flyer you’ll find a BLANK TEMPLATE version for you to utilize for your own specific purposes.

Free Speech Organizing Toolkit – A helpful handbook on your Free Speech Rights with an emphasis on educational institutions, provided by The Center for Campus Free Speech.

Guide To Occupying Buildings – A help informational guidebook on how to make occupying a building a success.

Measure T Bans Corporate Campaign Financing

September 3, 2007
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

In 2006, Humboldt County, California, became the latest, and largest, jurisdiction to abolish the legal doctrine known as “corporate personhood.”

Measure T was successful because our all-volunteer campaign came together to pass a law that bans non-local corporations from participating in Humboldt elections. The referendum, which passed with 55 percent of the vote, also asserts that corporations cannot claim the First Amendment right to free speech.

By enacting Measure T, Humboldt County has committed an act of “municipal civil disobedience,” intentionally challenging “settled law.” But voters also recognize that Measure T is an act of common sense. We polled our community and found that 78 percent believe corruption is more likely if corporations participate in politics.

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See more articles from the Fall 2007 issue of Yes Magazine and learn about what other communities are doing to stand up to corporate power.
Learn more about Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County and Measure T.

Corporate Personhood Skit: Video, Script & Sound Effects

July 5, 2011

This skit was written by Democacy Unlimited (Humboldt Move to Amend) volunteers to perform at their town's annual 4th of July street fair on July 4, 2011.

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