From Community Activist Rio Davidson
Community Rights Reading group
Join a group discussion and Community Rights Reading group. We are calling on all people of the Newport community to get together and decide what we want for our community. This starts with understanding how we get what we want. Our group is inviting all of you to join us in a ten-week reading course. We will try to get together every week or every other week and talk about the course. This reading group will bring us to together to study before we embark on defining the community we want.
Before we can start defining that, we need more people involved (going to church groups, other groups, etc.), with a presentation, a radio show, etc. We need to know how to talk to them, how to emphasize what is wrong with our community and with the country at this stage. The course offers each of us three or four articles a week to read. Paul Cienfuegos (Portland-based social/economic/political activist) recommends that this course be the introduction to the important work being done across America.
The study group, Democracy School, workshops, etc. are to make us good, convincing speakers for a new community. If we don´t do this we will probably define a community in a “myopic” way. We need to be far-sighted. We really hope to be able to get as many people together on this as we can. Our next meeting is on Wednesday April 17th at the Visual Arts center at 6:30pm.
Please remember that the Democracy school is scheduled for May 10th and 11th in Mcminnville.
The course is titled “Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights, A Campaign of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section”
You can access the course at
I – Introduction Session I – Historical Overview of the Corporate Taking of Our Authority to Govern Session III – Corporate Personhood Session IV – The Regulatory State V – Private Property and the Recovery of the Commons VI – People’s and Workers’ Resistance Movements Session VII – Economic Development and Militarism Session IX – What Does Democracy Look Like? Session X – Where Do We Go From Here: Local Campaign Development Appendix –
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