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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

Welcome!

Everywhere we look provides excellent evidence of just how smoothly our existing legal and governmental structure is operating. As Bill Moyers says,

“The system isn’t broken; it’s fixed.”

Corporations are neither “good” nor “bad” but simply fiscal vehicles functioning in perfect accord with legal doctrines that have been carefully constructed for over 100 years. It’s past time for us to craft municipal laws that publicly reveal and challenge those specific doctrines that currently allow a corporate few to override community democratic decision-making authority. And it has to start at the local level. Our state & federal levels of government are utterly captured: elected officials that don’t subscribe to the belief that commercial interests must have veto power over all other interests do not remain in office for long.

Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock

Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock

But 150 communities are leading the way, demonstrating that “deep democracy” change is possible when we the people enact rights-based municipal laws first and then drive those changes upward.  Pittsburgh’s done it. Spokane is doing it. So is Benton County, Oregon. Why not Portland?