May 3-5: Portland, OR 2013 Convergence

Move to Amend is continuing our regional gatherings across the United States in 2013. These events bring you together with Move to Amend activists and supporters from throughout your region of the country. Let’s amplify and multiply the power of all our great local organizing by building deeper organizational connections, and kick it up a notch!


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Cost is sliding scale. Minimum suggested donation is $40. Contact us if you would like to propose a work-trade for the conference cost.

If you pay in advance before April 8 we will give you a copy of the book Corporations Are Not People!

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Location Map

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Convergence Speakers

David Cobb (Move to Amend National Spokesperson) ★ Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (Move to Amend National Director) ★ Daniel Lee (Move to Amend National Leadership Team) ★ Ashley Sanders (Move to Amend National Spokesperson) ★ Lisa Loving (KBOO News) ★ Monica Beemer (Sisters of the Road) ★ Edgar Franks (Community to Community) ★ Alyssa Macy (World Conference on Indigenous Peoples) -- and more!

Convergence Agenda

SESSION 1: Friday, May 3, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Laying the Foundation
This session will lay the groundwork for our weekend together. We’ll address the state of Move to Amend and our strategy and goals to amend the Constitution and make real the promise of American democracy.

SESSION 2: Saturday, May 4, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Building a Multi-Racial Democracy Movement for Social Justice & Constitutional Renewal
This session will address why the emphasis of our movement(s) must be on confronting racism and other oppressions in order to win real democracy. The means are the ends in our struggles for social justice, and this session will provide a framework for why an anti-racism orientation is critical for our movement and how to instill that ethic and commitment within ourselves and our organizations. We will cover theory and practice.

LUNCH: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

SESSION 3: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The State of the Global & US Democracy Movement
Panel presentation and group discussion on the state of the broader democracy and social justice movement(s) on a national and global scale and discuss the political climate for systemic social change in the United States and how this affects our Move to Amend work.

SESSION 4: Saturday, May 4, 2:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Engaging Your Community on Corporate Constitutional Rights & the MTA Campaign - Organizing Training
Participatory workshop and training session that will show you how to build an organizing campaign to engage and educate individuals and organizations in your community about Move to Amend. You’ll learn techniques for reaching out to diverse constituents in your community. We will cover best practices for forming a group, strategies to conduct public outreach and growing your group's capacity.

SOCIAL MIXER: Saturday, May 4, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Radio Room Portland (Lower Patio)

Join us for a relaxed evening with your new and old Move to Amend friends. Eat dinner with us, or stop by for a drink after you dine elsewhere. No set program, just hanging out and having fun and deepening our relationships. Building community is a key piece of the social change puzzle!

SESSION 5: Sunday, May 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Building Capacity for the Work to Come: Strategy Discussion for MTA Organizers
We’ll brainstorm and discuss tools and infrastructure needs to better aid MTA organizers in the Northwest region, including plans to run state citizens initiatives in OR and WA and a coordinated campaign to run county-level citizens initiatives in CA in 2014.

May 03, 2013 at 6:30pm - May 06, 2013
Portland Community College -- Cascade Campus -- Moriarty Auditorium
705 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
United States
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