Printed from Kansas City IMC : http://kcindymedia.org/
IMC Independent Media Center
Media Centers

www.indymedia.org

africa
ambazonia
nigeria
south africa

canada
alberta
hamilton
maritimes
montreal
ontario
ottawa
quebec
thunder bay
vancouver
victoria
windsor

east asia
japan
taiwan

europe
andorra
athens
austria
barcelona
belgium
belgrade
bristol
cyprus
estrecho / madiaq
euskal herria
galiza
germany
hungary
ireland
istanbul
italy
lille
madrid
nantes
netherlands
nice
norway
paris
poland
portugal
prague
russia
sweden
switzerland
thessaloniki
united kingdom
west vlaanderen

latin america
argentina
bolivia
brasil
chiapas
chile
colombia
ecuador
mexico
peru
puerto rico
qollasuyu
rosario
sonora
tijuana
uruguay

oceania
adelaide
aotearoa
brisbane
jakarta
melbourne
perth
sydney

south asia
india
mumbai

united states
arizona
arkansas
atlanta
austin
baltimore
boston
buffalo
chicago
cleveland
danbury, ct
dc
hawaii
houston
idaho
ithaca
la
madison
maine
michigan
milwaukee
minneapolis/st. paul
new jersey
new mexico
new orleans
north carolina
north texas
ny capital
nyc
oklahoma
philadelphia
pittsburgh
portland
richmond
rochester
rocky mountain
rogue valley
san diego
san francisco bay area
santa cruz, ca
seattle
st louis
tallahassee-red hills
tennessee
urbana-champaign
utah
vermont
western mass

west asia
beirut
israel
palestine

[process]
discussion
fbi/legal updates
indymedia faq
mailing lists
process & imc docs
tech
volunteer

[projects]
climate
print
radio
satellite tv
video

This site
made manifest by
dadaIMC software

Comment on this article | View comments | Email this Article
Announcement :: Globalization
KC Chapter of Reclaim Democracy Starts with A Bang Current rating: 0
05 Dec 2004
A Summary of the November 29 Public Forum on reclaim Democracy
Democraticelections.pdf
Democraticelections.pdf (157 k)
HiddenHistoryPrimerforKC.pdf
HiddenHistoryPrimerforKC.pdf (192 k)
InherentRulesforKC.pdf
InherentRulesforKC.pdf (161 k)
WhatYouCanDo-KC.pdf
WhatYouCanDo-KC.pdf (165 k)
There was a splendid turnout of over 50 people at the Public Forum! The original plan--for each person to introduce him/herself and share what aspect of corporate dominance had moved them to attend the meeting--had to be discarded due to the size of the group. Instead, I presented information about the mission and actions of ReclaimDemocracy.org Click Here

Four single-issue primers from RD.org were distributed and are the attachments in this email. There are other primers and many other articles of great interest available on the RD web site. "Primers - ReclaimDemocracy.org"

At the public forum, I told of various organized ways we can learn more about the democracy movement.
~One way is available through the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. It is a 10-session series "Challenge Corporate Power" . The program provides material to be read between sessions and a structured format for small group discussion. It's recommended highly but takes a long time to complete.
~A college professor has ordered the DVD of the documentary, The Corporation (not yet available to the public), and has offered us a screening in January or February.
~Another vehicle for learning is to have Jeff Milchen, founder of RD.org, come to KC and give a 2-day workshop "Presentations and Workshops by Reclaim Democracy" . I think this method would give us the "jump start" we need. There is clearly a large community of us (as evidenced by 50 people coming together on a snowing night!) that is eager to take action to reverse the rise of corporate dominance in America.

There was discussion about the importance of patronizing local, independent businesses. I agreed to forward information given to me that evening or in the next few days. That will come in a separate email.

A committee of four people with technical expertise generously volunteered to facilitate the development of a Kansas City area site on the forum on the RD web site. Forums on Corporations & Democracy They already have it up and awaiting postings! Thanks to Rich, Gordon, Margaret and Jon! (I didn't use their last names because we've not yet discussed the issue of confidentiality.)

We accomplished the essential goal of having enough new members (only 5 needed!) to officially sign a letter of intent to launch a local chapter Kansas City area - RDChapters

I want to clarify the issue of donating to RD. There is no fee to join the local chapter. You are not required to donate to the national organization in order to participate in the local chapter. However, "voting members or office-holders of a local Chapter must be current financial supporters of ReclaimDemocracy.org." I believe there is real value to our having the support of the national organization and I hope that anyone who is able to donate will consider doing so. And, I thank all of you who already have donated!

Here is the policy regarding donations, which I cut and pasted from the RD web site:
* When we receive a membership coupon with your local chapter's code on it (we can provide pre-printed coupons for brochures; you can write or stamp your code on newsletters), 50% of the contribution is set aside for your local chapter to use for local activities. We also are happy to credit web donations that specify your chapter in the notes box at the time of the donation (but please don't ask to credit anyone's donation retroactively).

At the Public Forum I addressed the implications of the nonprofit/nonpartisan status. I pasted the following from the RD web site:

* ReclaimDemocracy.org is absolutely nonpartisan. Chapters may not promote, endorse or discourage votes for any political party or candidate. A Chapter may not take a position on legislation or ballot initiative / referenda without explicit approval from the national office (there are strict IRS rules governing this advocacy that we can fill you in on at that time, or upon request). Publicizing results of candidate questionnaires with responses to requests for positions on issues is acceptable as long as no endorsement is given.
* Meetings should be free of any partisan political material or discussion -- even if you "know" you all have the same opinion. Please keep a strict separation between partisan politics and democracy work, and politely call anyone on it if they breach that boundary. Not only can our nonprofit status be endangered, but we cannot build a movement without remaining open to a wide range of views among people who share the common interest of revitalizing democracy and revoking illegitimate corporate power.






The decision was made by the group to have the next meeting:

Monday, December 13th from 7-8:30 PM
again at the Waldo Branch of the KC Library.
201 E 75th St Kansas City, MO





The agenda is being developed. We are working with Jeff Milchen, the director of ReclaimDemocracy.org, to determine the best way to proceed. It's a happy dilemma when a very special agenda is needed to tap the creativity and energy of so many concerned citizens. I ask for your patience. We will have a clear and useful agenda set before December 13. I will email an agenda to you next week.

The Kansas City area Chapter is off to a phenomenal start! Let's not lose the momentum!!

Yours truly,
Mary Lindsay
See also:
http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org

This work is in the public domain

Add a quick comment
Title
Your name Your email

Comment

Text Format
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.

Comments

Re: KC Chapter of Reclaim Democracy Starts with A Bang
Current rating: 0
06 Dec 2004
I hadn't heard of RD before this post, but I am so in! I will be there next week! (You can add me to the email list)

Read 14 objects from the database. Queried the database 20 times. Served 1 files from the cache.