“We the People” Weekend Workshop Nov. 21-23

“We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule”
presented by Paul Cienfuegos


The fee is $60 to $260 sliding scale, based on your ability to pay. Scroll down to the end of this page to determine how much to pay, and where to send payment to. Workshop location is in SE Portland.

Workshop Details:

We the People are more powerful than we dare to believe. For almost two centuries now, since large corporations started winning Constitutional “rights” via the US Supreme Court, We the People have been slowly forgetting who We are. And forgetting that the Founding Fathers designed corporations as a subordinate legal fiction, chartered to serve a specific public need and to cause no harm. How far we’ve strayed from that reality!


But it doesn’t have to be that way.


If we relearn our history, if we understand again that in this democratic republic, corporations were designed to serve us not rule us, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky’s the limit. We can reign in corporate constitutional “rights” with legally binding ordinances, as have more than 160 communities in nine states: Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. We can get back to governing ourselves, collectively determining what a majority of us wants, in this nation founded on the principle of majority rule.


-What would this look like at the municipal level? How can we mobilize local residents towards these much larger goals of actual democratic self-governance?


-Do we even know what the majority of local residents want regarding water policy, health care policy, land use policy, cell phone tower policy, energy production policy, economic development policy, etc? We’re so used to thinking that all of these key decisions are out of our hands, so why even bother?


-Corporate constitutional “rights” tend to be one of the PRIMARY barriers against citizens having any relevant control over local decision-making that affects us all. Are local residents prepared to shift their activism towards more effective tactics and strategies that incorporate this reality?


This is the focus of my transformative workshop. I’m honored to present it to a body of local residents who are tired of losing again and again, when corporate interests interfere in our capacity to act as citizens.


After an initial presentation, I will facilitate a series of focused discussions, and small and large group exercises, to assist participants in exploring the first steps to dismantling corporate rule:


1. Understanding the history and root causes of the rise of corporate power, and corporate usurpation of our democratic authority to govern ourselves.


2. Examining the local impacts of corporate rule, how citizens are currently challenging corporations, and how these efforts could be redesigned to be much more effective. Decolonizing our minds and our language from the firm grip of corporate culture.


3. Taking time to express and feel our sorrow, anger, grief, despair, numbness, etc about living in a society drenched in corporate culture.


4. Learning the art of ‘democratic conversation.’


5. Beginning to craft strategies to recover our democracy from corporate rule (with specific focus on issues local to YOUR community).


This is a workshop lasting an entire weekend:

-Friday, from 7pm to 9pm (with a 6pm potluck)

-Saturday, from 9am to 6pm

-Sunday, from 930am to 530pm


A maximum of 20 people this go-round, so please pre-register soon if you want to be assured of a spot. No previous experience or knowledge is necessary to attend. All are welcome.




Sliding Scale Fees:

I would like you to consider paying a bit more than you are used to paying if you are in an upper-income bracket, and a bit less than you are used to paying if you are in a lower income bracket. In this society, we tend to forget that lower income people have much less disposable income for extras of any kind than do higher income people. So what ends up happening is that lower income people actually end up subsidizing the participation of higher income people at events where everyone pays the same price to attend..


If you have lots of dependents, please consider paying a bit less than the amounts listed below. If you have few or no dependents, please consider paying a bit more than the amounts listed below.


If you are at all uncomfortable with my suggested fee scale, please pay whatever amount you feel is right for you to pay. YOU are the best judge of what you can afford to pay. I can’t hold your spot in the workshop until you send payment.


If you make less than $15,000 per year, please consider paying $60 or more.

If you make $15,000 to $25,000 per year, please consider paying $90 or more.

If you make $25,000 to $40,000 per year, please consider paying $120 or more.

If you make $40,000 to $70,000 per year, please consider paying $160 or more.

If you make $70,000 to $100,000 per year, please consider paying $200 or more.

If you make $100,000 or more per year, please consider paying $260 or more.


If you want or need your fee to be considered tax-deductable, or if you simply prefer to pay online:

Make a “donation”, and then email me, so I know that your donation was a registration fee for this November 2014 workshop.


Or make your check payable to my fiscal sponsor ‘Co-Intelligence Institute’, and send it to the address below.


If you don’t care about your fee being tax-deductable, and do not wish to pay online:

Please make your check payable to Paul Cienfuegos, and send it to me at the address below.

Or you can make arrangements to hand me cash (in advance please) to hold your spot.

Please include your email address, mailing address, and phone number.

Please mail checks to me at: Paul Cienfuegos, PO BOX 86605, Portland OR 97286.


Thank you!

I will be getting in touch with everyone about ten days in advance, with lots more info and a reading list, once you register.

Still have questions or concerns? Contact Paul at 503-233-1166 or paul (AT) 100fires.com

Join Us Sept. 21st and 22nd

Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community

Thomas Linzey, a founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and co-author of “Be the Change” is coming to Portland for events on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22:



Saturday, September 21st

Ballot Initiative Campaign Kickoff Event
Ban Growing of GMOs in Multnomah County

Fundraiser Dinner (5 PM, ahead of Thomas’ Talk, RSVP only)

(Having trouble getting tickets?)

Sunday, September 22nd

Topic: Why Not Local Democracy?

On Saturday night, join Community Rights PDX in a kickoff party to launch a ballot initiative campaign banning the growing of GMOs in Multnomah County! There will be a pre-event catered dinner with limited seating at 5:30 PM (doors open at 5) followed by a presentation and discussion with Thomas Linzey at 7 PM that is open to the public (doors open at 6:40 pm).

Community rights dinner image

Fundraiser dinner

Enjoy an intimate, locally-sourced, seasonal dinner (allergen-friendly) with Thomas Linzey from 5-6:30 pm.  The seats for this dinner are filling up fast, so be sure to register and buy your dinner ticket now through the Permaculture PDX MeetUp. It includes dinner, a drink, and a chance to chat one-on-one with Thomas Linzey. The food will be served by a top-notch local caterer. The cider is provided by Reverend Nat’s Cidery in NE Portland. It is also locally-sourced and gluten-free.

Thomas Linzey image

Thomas Linzey

At 7 pm, Thomas Linzey will give a presentation about how he has helped over 150 communities to reclaim their rights from corporations. There will be a chance to ask questions afterwards, and local beer and cider will be served while you have a chance to talk and mingle with people interested in this groundbreaking movement.  Entry is a sliding scale from $5-50 with no one turned away for lack of funds. The proceeds for this event will help Community Rights PDX to prepare for a ballot initiative campaign to ban the growing of GMOs in Multnomah County.

The very next night, don’t miss a rare opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the nation’s leading expert on dismantling corporate constitutional “rights” and creating in its place truly democratic governance structures. Thomas Linzey will talk at 6 pm, doors open at 5:30 on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 at First Unitarian Church.

There will be local organizations tabling, and a chance to meet local people who are interested in campaign finance reform and reclaiming political power for our local community and limiting corporate harm.  Entry is a sliding scale from $5-20 with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Our Co-sponsors:    


Thomas Linzey events flyer

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Having trouble RSVPing for the fundraiser dinner? Follow these instructions:

To purchase tickets for the dinner or lecture:
1. visit http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Permaculture-Meetup/
2. Click the green button that says “Join us”
You will become a member of the Portland Permaculture Meet-up Group, which is designed to be an interface for community building and educational opportunities such as the Thomas Linzey event.  The meet-up group sends 2 initial welcome emails and then another event confirmation email.  After that, you should only receive one email about every 2 weeks giving information about upcoming events.  If you do not wish to remain a member of the Meet-up group, you can unsubscribe by clicking that option at the end of the next Meet-up email that you receive.  
3. If you are already a member of Meet-up, log in.  Once you are a member and logged in, go to the home page of the Meet-up group.
4. Click on the event for which you want to purchase tickets.  On the right side of the screen, there will be a green button that says “Yes” to the question ‘Will you attend?’  Click the green “yes” button.
5. Once you click “yes”, payment/rsvp instructions will appear on your screen and will walk you through the registration process.
If you have trouble with registration or if you are receiving more emails from Meet-up than indicated above, please email Kelly at talonyarrow AT gmail.com.  We hope to see you next Saturday!