Jeff Co Community Rights Newsletter #1!
Jefferson County Community Rights Coalition
(Draft Group Name)
Update #1 – Nov 4, 2012 – published by Matt Ready
Several of your neighbors are working to get organized to defend and protect community rights over the threat of corporate interests. This newsletter is a brief summary of what is happening and how you can help!
Paul Cienfuegos recently gave a talk in Port Townsend about the community rights movement. He gave a quick background of how corporations have slowly evolved into the powerful and often harmful behemoths that they are today.
The power of corporations to harm communities is the story of community rights becoming subservient to corporate interests. Paul then outlined how 150 communities around the country are organizing to take our community power back. Since that 2 hour meeting, a coalition of people has started to form.
There have been 2 large group follow-up meetings, 2 process team meetings, 1 study group meeting, and lots of individuals talking and researching to try to figure out what needs to happen to get organized to take our community power back here in Jefferson County Wa. We are making progress, but this is a huge undertaking. We would love you to help!
Draft Mission Statement
Create and pass laws that enforce community rights over corporate interests for a more just and equitable Jefferson County.
Upcoming Meetings (All meetings always open to all!)
Egalitarian Facilitation Training (Tomorrow – Monday – night!)
Purpose: The community rights vs corporate interests group that is working to get organized here in Jefferson County is using egalitarian facilitation. To be successful with this process, we need as many people as possible familiar and trained in using egalitarian facilitation. Egalitarian facilitation will be a useful skill to know for any groups you ever participate in! Anyone interested in learning more about how to serve as an egalitarian facilitator/consensus facilitator please attend. We will be in the board room upstairs.
No charge. Donations accepted to help pay for the room space.
When: Monday Nov 5, 7pm – 9 pm
Where: The board room inside the Port Townsend Community Center/ Senior
Center/ Rec Center (across from Aldriches uptown)
Community Rights Study Group
Purpose: Study and Learn together whatever we think we need to know to protect community rights against harm from corporate interests in Jefferson County. The group is focusing on a syllabus provided by Paul Cienfuegos.
Every Tuesday 5:30-7 pm at the Undertown Coffee Shop.
Process Team Meeting
Purpose: The working group focuses on the basic group organizing process.
When: Thursday nights, 7pm-8pm (next one 11/8)
Where: Doug Milhollands house, 343 35th Street (goto San Juan Ave, turn onto 35th street, it
is on the left) http://goo.gl/maps/GKRTM
Community Rights Big Group/ General Assembly Meeting
Purpose: This is the decision-making gathering for the community rights coalition of Jefferson County. This group is still in a foundational phase. We don’t even have an approved name yet! Please join us and help us get organized to protect community rights.
Saturday November 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Quimper Unitarian Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend.
(In the RE Room)
Website: None yet!
Facebook: Working on it.
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