Corporate Power Follow Up Meeting: Report from September 13, 2003
From Vanishing Democracy II, Sept. 13, 2003
Focus on U of MN: has users, training, labor, practitioners.
1. Get media to include discussion of the solutions.
2. Legislature: build support.
a. Method of giving out Talking Points
b. Hold a Train the Trainees
Convene a meeting of people interested in working on a Campaign for
Contact: Betsy Barnum 612-305-1232
1. C4CR: Code for Corporate Responsibility: environment, health, human
rights, dignity of workers, community. SF#1529
2. MN Constitutional Amendment: Person means Natural Person. SF#1403
3. MN version of Wellstone bill: No business with off shore corporations.
4. FACE: Fair and Clean Elections SF#998
5. Surcharge on Liquor for Treatment and Support (housing, bus fare,
jobs) for people with chemical dependency and for multi-cultural law
enforcement. (Submitted by John Marty 3 sessions ago.)
6. MN version of Federal Respectability for Veterans bill
1.Get legislative sponsors for the above: write to, meet with state
senators and representatives
2. Organize informational house parties, meetings.
3. Articles: write for newsletters, magazines, etc.
4. Letters to the Editor
o Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights Study
Group/Abolish Corporate Personhood
o Code for Corporate Responsibility
o Economic Globalization Group/MUUSJA (Metro Unitarian Universalist
Social Justice Alliance)
o Fair and Clean Elections/MAPA
o Labor/AFSCME 3800 (M.M.Fiedler)
o Right Here Media (Shea Peeples on behalf of)
o Health Care/Union of Concerned Health Care Practitioners
o Vets for Peace
o Minnesota for Dennis J. Kucinich
How do we pull in other groups?
Develop a web site
Identify groups, especially mainstream ones
such as education groups
Approach Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers,
present to them, maybe join
Is MAP a useful model for diverse coalition?
Develop talking points for talking with them
Build coalition with issue groups using corporate
power as common ground
Comprehensive interactive calendar on the web
Connect with different listserves
Make our issue relevant to a wider audience
Offer groups ways to act on the knowledge about
Give presentations to groups
Develop a brochure or other info in time for
the Earth Charter Sumit
What are some strategies for keeping us together as a network?
Have regular conferences-- once a year, every
Have regular meetings--monthly, bimonthly,
twice a year
Create a listserve to announce actions and
events (Ann Lima will coordinate)
Publicly endorse each other’s issues
Set up an alliance and give it a name
Create space for strategic organizing
Be a decentralized, non-hierarchical group
Be multi-racial, multi-generational
Set up a “hot line” phone number
with messages for all issues
Support legislative actions relating to corporate
power, such as C4CR and personhood bill
What are some strategies for working together as a network?
Create working groups
Develop a skills database--like a speakers
bureau only broader in scope
Encourage participation in our own meetings
by running them democratically
Avoid single-issue limitations
Share information--develop a means to do this
Have special events and gatherings that are
both fun and educational
What do we want to accomplish as a network in the next year?
Form an alliance
and establish an identity
Stay in existence!
Established meeting schedule with regular events,
including “snacklucks” etc.
Magazine or newsletter for updates on coalition member
Host a coffee shop series
End corporate personhood
Have another conference
www.poclad.org - Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
www.reclaimdemocracy.org - Reclaim Democracy
www.celdf.org - Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
www.corporations.org/democracy - Movement for Democracy and Education
www.100Firres.com - Thousand of titles on creating an ecologically
sustainable, socially just and democratic world.
www.oaec.org - Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
www.wilpf.org/corp/cintro.htm - “Challenging Corporate Power,
Asserting the People’s Rights” Campaign
www.citizenworks.org - Access online issues of “Corporate Reform
www.monitor.net/duhc - Democracy Unlimited of Humbolt County
www.uhcan-mn.org - Universal Health Care Action Network MN
www.c4cr.org - Code for Corporate Responsibility
www.lwvmn.org/FACE - League of Women Voters/Fair and Clean Elections
www.mapm.org - MN Alliance of Peace Makers
www.worldwidewamm.org - Women Against Military Madness
firstname.lastname@example.org - Right Here Media Collective - 612-280-8234
Vets for Peace - 612-821-9141
At Vanishing Democracy II a delicious lunch was catered by
Val Barnes, 612-379-7405 (e-mail: email@example.com).
She specializes in home-style cooking for busy individuals, as well
as large meetings. A community organizer herself, she is especially
willing to cater social justice events at a reasonable cost. She will
prepare a vegetarian menu upon request.