Alliance for Democracy

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The Alliance for Democracy works to end corporate rule, establish true democracy and create a just society based on a sustainable, equitable society

Future Events

Thursday
Dec
7
2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
Join Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Exec Director of Move to Amend, for an evening to find out how to end corporate personhood and control money in the political system. The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC expanded spending on elections from corporrations and weathy individuals. Sopoci-Belknap will help local residents understand the more than century-long history behind that decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and establish a government of, by, and for the people. The program will focus on how Portland can contribute to the growing national movement to affirm that only human beings have constitutional rights and that money can be regulated in elections and is not defined constitutionally as free speech. Sopoci-Belknap will report on and discuss actions that have taken place in hundreds of communities across the nation in support of the federal We the People Amendment, H.J.R. 48 as part of a larger movement of needed fundamental democratic changes.

Past Events

Tuesday
Nov
14
2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at noon
noon
Join Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Exec Director of Move to Amend, for an evening to find out how to end corporate personhood and control money in the political system. The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC expanded spending on elections from corporrations and weathy individuals. Sopoci-Belknap will help local residents understand the more than century-long history behind that decision and how they can work to abolish "Corporate Personhood" and establish a government of, by, and for the people. The program will focus on how Portland can contribute to the growing national movement to affirm that only human beings have constitutional rights and that money can be regulated in elections and is not defined constitutionally as free speech. Sopoci-Belknap will report on and discuss actions that have taken place in hundreds of communities across the nation in support of the federal We the People Amendment, H.J.R. 48 as part of a larger movement of needed fundamental democratic changes.
Saturday
Jun
20
2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
Join Dr. Jonathan Simon, author of Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century Maintaining a democratic form of government, including being able to correct Supreme Court (mis)interpretations by amending the Constitution, depends on votes being counted, openly and honestly, as cast. Unfortunately, we have a problem of corruptibility and actual corruption in the way we as a nation count our votes. Casting votes is a very private act, but counting them must be public and observable. It's critical to recognize that what happens inside a computer is neither public nor observable. As proud as we are of our democracy, why have we outsourced its core function --counting our votes -- to a few highly partisan corporations using proprietary software that even our elected officials are forbidden to examine?
Thursday
Jun
18
2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
Date line: Democracy Convention - 2011 Center for Media and Democracy reveals during this workshop the hidden efforts of major American corporations working through the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance their interests by undermining the democratic process. ALEC presented itself as a public interest gathering of legislators working for the public good while, in fact, they were writing and voting on legislation that would then get submitted in legislatures throughout the nation without disclosing the source. This workshop was designed for people who knew enough to be alarmed, people who knew nothing, and people who understood what was happening and how serious this assault had been.  The assault continues. Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to a panel of experts: ● Kate Titus, Executive Director of Common Cause Oregon  In 2012 the national Common Cause office filed a complaint against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Office. The complaint charges misuse of charity laws, extensive underreporting of lobbying, and obtaining improper tax breaks for ALEC's corporate funders. ● Lauren Regan, AAL- Founder & Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center Ms. Regan operates a public interest law firm, The Justice Law Group, specializing in constitutional law, civil rights, and criminal defense. ● Don Merrill - KBOO Lead Investigator A team of KBOO reporters carried out a six-month investigation researching, cataloging and analyzing Oregon legislation which has been influenced, or created by, the American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC) ● Hyung Nam teaches social studies at Wilson High School Hyung is a active member of Portland Area Rethinking Schools, NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference Committee, Portland Social Equality Educators and a former member of the editorial board of Rethinking Schools
Saturday
Nov
8
2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10am-noon
10am-noon
The Healthcare Movie This fascinating documentary, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, tells the real story of how the healthcare system in Canada turned out so different from that in the United States. Cutting through the fear-mongering campaign financed by the US health industry "big business," The Healthcare Movie shines a truthful light on the sustainable system that successfully supports the health, dignity and financial security of all Canadians. A documentary by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg. Filmed in part in Portland OR. Sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church,Alliance for Democracy, Portland and Health Care for ALL Oregon Admission: $5-20 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open at 9:30. Discussion will follow screening.
Friday
Oct
10
2014
Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Jeff Clements is founder of Free Speech for People and author of Corporations Are Not People. He joins Alliance for Democracy for this presentation about the newly released second edition of his book addressing the need to claim our democracy from corporate domination by overturning the US Supreme Court's decision which have given corporations constitutional rights and equaled money to be speech instead of property. A must-read for everyone who is fed up with the reign of corporate super-citizens in American politics. – Justice (Ret.) James Nelson, Montana Supreme Court. Admission: $5-20 donation requested but no one turned away for lack of funds Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church Co-sponsored by KBOO Community Radio, Oregon Common Cause, Move to Amend PDX More on the book; http://corporationsarenotpeople.com
Friday
Sep
12
2014
Friday, September 12, 2014 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
“Triple Divide” is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, as well as Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. It's the best movie on fracking to-date using facts, not fiction or spin. “Triple Divide” is built on evidence from cradle-to-grave investigations that attempt to answer the question: "How are state regulations and industry handling impacts from fracking?" The film reveals how it is that water contamination is being covered up by the industry and the state essentially rewriting water quality history in the United States by dismissing pre-drill tests. Films website and trailer: http://tripledividefilm.org/ Join the producers, Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, and Ted Gleichman of the Oregon Sierra Club - for a discussion/Q&A session following the screening. “It’s hard to imagine anyone could have a fully-informed opinion about fracking without seeing “Triple Divide”. The filmmakers use cold hard facts and first-hand accounts to show how this industry is impacting real people. If you liked “Gasland”, you’ll love Triple Divide.” -- Jed Thorp, Ohio Sierra Club Admission: $5-20 donation requested; no one turned away due to lack of funds Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy and the Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church. Co-sponsored by Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Sierra Club, KBOO Community Radio (90.7 fm) and Food & Water Watch
Thursday
Aug
7
2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 7-9:30pm
7-9:30pm
#***Community Forum about Drones***# ##**Our Local to Global Future What will Oregonians Decide?**## (Doors open at 6:30 PM) The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is a controversial issue. Most public discussion of drones has focused on military use. Less attention has been paid to the expanding use of domestic drones. Oregon passed HB 2710, restricting public agency use of drones, but with no guidance on private use. To help us understand the safefy and privacy concerns associated with drones, Oregonians for Drone Control is hosting a panel discussion moderated by Steve Duin between nationally known panelists - a retired US colonel, a drone industry leader, a national robotics expert, and an Oregon legislator - on the uses and limits on drone technology, and who should decide. Speakers: Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright will address the use of drones - domestically and internationally, in war and in peace, by police and civilians, by the state and by private corporations. Col Wright famously resignes as a US diplomat in protest of the Iraq War in 2003. She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience. Brian Whiteside, industry leader and Vice President of the award-winning Cascade Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Peter Lumsdaine, researcher and frequent speaker on the use of robotics in warfare and social control; and founder of ARROWS, Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare. Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative and member of the legislative work group that developed HB 2710, intended to provide guidance on drone uses and limits. Sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group of 1st Unitarian Church, Oregonian for Drone Control, Alliance for Democracy, KBOO Community Radio, others. Admission: $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds
Thursday
Jun
19
2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) threatens to pull the rug out from under our efforts tomake informed decisions about the food we feed our families. Oregonians have a right to know what is in the food we eat? Across the state food justice advocates are gathering signatures for a GMO labeling campaign. At the same time, trade negotiators are meeting in secret on a "free" trade agreement that could jeopardize our good work. Speakers:: Julia DeGraw - Food and Water Watch; Madelyn Elder - Communication Workers of America Local 7901 Join us to learn how you can take action to Stop the TPP and Get GMO labeling in Oregon. Sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group of 1st Unitarian Church, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Food and Water Watch, CWA Local 7901, Alliance for Democracy
Thursday
May
8
2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Inequality has moved to the fore.... How bad is it? According to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston, most Americans, in inflation-adjusted terms, are now back to the average income of 1966. Shockingly, from 2009 to 2011, the top 1 percent got 121 percent of the income gains while the bottom 99 percent saw their income fall. Yet in this most unequal of developed nations, every aspect of inequality remains hotly contested and poorly understood. Event sponsored by Alliance for Democracy. Co-sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church, KBOO - listener supported radio, and Oregon Center for Public Policy. Admission: donation of $5-20 requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Monday
May
5
2014
Monday, May 5, 2014 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Venue:
@
TaborSpace
Come see Project Censored faculty adviser Nolan Higdon for a Q&A session and a showing of "Project Censored the Movie: Ending The Reign of Junkfood News." The award winning 2013 documentary film takes an in depth look at what is wrong with the news media in the US today and highlights the work of 38 year veteran media democracy organization Project Censored (PC) and their commitment to media literacy education as an antidote to top-down, managed news propaganda and censorship. Project Censored educates students and the public about the crucial role of a free press for democratic self-government. ProjectCensored.org Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy