CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM CONFERENCE

The U.S. Constitution provides the basic framework for how our government is structured, and defines the relationship between the federal government, the states, and all people within the United States. Any movement that wants to make systemic and fundamental change in this country --and that takes itself seriously-- must grapple with the fact that the United States is not currently a functioning democratic republic.

The Constitutional Reform Conference at the 2011 Democracy Convention will provide space for attendees to discuss, debate and strategize how to ensure that the growing U.S. democracy movement takes itself seriously enough to attempt to write our political and cultural victories into the governing law of this country.

The Move to Amend coalition is the principal convener of this conference. You can ask questions or make suggestions by emailing David Cobb at david@duhc.org

ALSO: Please sign-up for the Move to Amend Affiliate Gathering that will take place during the Convention.

Our goals for the Affiliate Gathering are:

  • To solidify the relationship between Move to Amend coalition members and the national campaign team
  • To connect our coalition partners with each other
  • To bring in new coalition partners
  • To provide an opportunity for training and strategic discussion in support of the Move to Amend campaign

These sessions are open to anyone but pre-registration is required. Click here to view the agenda or register: HERE

Registration Opens

Registration and information will be in the Atrium.  Please enter on Wisconsin Ave side of building.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC - Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Atrium
Session type: 
Panel

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

OPENING CEREMONY: Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company

Through the universal language of dance, traditional drums and contemporary music, Call for Peace weaves the pageantry of life, the power of hope and the wisdom of our Elders into a tapestry of rhythm, color and dance.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Keynote

Move to Amend Campaign Organizer Training - FULL

Contact Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap with Move to Amend at kaitlin@movetoamend.org if you had hoped to participate in this full day training.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Room D040
Session type: 
Workshop

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

Skill Building: Core Values & History of Civil Disobedience

Looking back on history, we invite you to construct a timeline of civil disobedience -- drawing from moments in history as well as your personal experiences. What made non-violence an integral and effective element of the Civil Rights movement? We'll explore the core values of peaceful civil disobedience, through the looking glass of lunch counter sit-ins and the Freedom Rides of the 1960s, as well as the Reverend James Lawson's workshops that led to an unconditional commitment from participating activists -- what Martin Luther King, Jr, referred to as the "self-purification" step.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

Solidarity Rally with State Workers

We Won't Pay For Your Crisis! On August 25th, Wisconsin state employees will receive a pay cut of up to 13%,  courtesy of Governor Walker and the State Legislature. Stand with State Workers to say: "Enough!" It's time that the corporate class pays its fair share.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 5:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
Session type: 
Panel

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies will sing at 6:45, so get the plenary early!

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 6:45pm - 7:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Raging Grannies

Envisioning the Ideal U.S. Constitution

What would be our ideal for the document that is the "Supreme Law of the Land" and that represents the social contract between "We the People" and our government?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
George Friday
Speaker(s): 
Jeff Clements
Speaker(s): 
Jerome Scott

Organizing Power = Information + Money + People

Building your Move to Amend community organization to be a model link on the national chain. We'll discuss laying the groundwork of what you'll need to create a Move to Amend affiliate group that is powerful enough to pass a ballot initiative resolution and build a movement for real democracy in the United States.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Scott Silber

Skill Building: The General Strike

On February 21st, the South Central Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that "endorse[d] a general strike, possibly for the day Walker sign[ed] his budget repair bill." That resolution caught the imaginations of many people nationwide, and set off an internal debate within the labor movement over whether to get behind the call for a general strike. What happened? Could it, should it happen in the future? And if so, what should proponents of the use of the general strike do to make certain that a general strike call is not suppressed, but instead, spreads to other regions and sectors?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Ed Sadlowski
Speaker(s): 
Eric Cobb
Speaker(s): 
Samantha Jordan

The (Constitutional) Rights Race: An interactive experience contrasting Human Rights and Corporate Rights.

What does it mean when corporations have rights? This participatory workshop will give us the opportunity to first-hand. Participants will "race" a corporation to get access to lobbying their City Council. [Note: No running involved!]

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Capitol B
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ashley Sanders
Speaker(s): 
Lisa Graves

Towards a New Social Contract: Should We Codify Affirmative Rights in the Constitution?

The US Constitution currently offers no affirmative rights. Franklin D. Roosevelt and others have argued that to truly make this document democratic, affirmative rights are necessary. We'll cover what "affirmative rights" are, some examples, and how their inclusion would lay the foundation for a more democratic legal system.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Assembly
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Nancy Price

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

Governing Models From Other Countries/Cultures

We are told that the US Constitution is a democratic model. Is that really true? We will explore examples from other cultures and countries of how people lay foundational social contracts, laws and agreements.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Alberto Saldamando
Speaker(s): 
Kirsten Moller

Calling a Constitutional Convention: Could it Work?

Article V of the Constitution states that if two-thirds of the states pass resolutions calling for a convention, then all sides will have the opportunity to argue for the changes they believe will restore our Republic. Any amendment proposed must then be ratified by three fourths of the states to become law. Could such a proposal work today?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D227
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Annabel Park
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski

Lessons from the Past: Abolitionists, The Women’s Movement, Organized Labor

The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery, the 14th prohibits states from denying due process and equal protection of the law, the 15th ensures that voting rights cannot be denied based on race. Learn the history of the movements that fought for their passage, and how the amendments been applied over time.

Women’s rights were not included in the Constitution. We’ll cover lessons learned from the movements that have fought to drive women’s rights into our governing document.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Greg Coleridge
Speaker(s): 
Jerome Scott
Speaker(s): 
Mary Zepernick

Skill Building: Building Multi-Racial Movements

Learn about experiences, positive and not-so, others have had building multi-racial unity. Share your experiences, learn about resources and make connections to strengthen your ability to do this essential work.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Nov-Violent Direct Action as a Strategy in a Peaceful Movement

What is the difference between non-violence as a strategy and a tactic, as opposed to a way of life? How is non-violence effective and why does our Climate Justice movement need it? How can we learn from the past to create a sustained peaceful resistance, as opposed to random bursts of action?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

"The Prosecution of Judge Waite" - A Play

Staged reading of a new play based on scholarly legal research into Supreme Court corruption in the case of Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Madison Ballroom
Session type: 
Panel

An Overview of the Legal/Historical Context of Corporate Constitutional Rights

“Corporate Personhood” is the popular term to describe the legal doctrine of “Corporate Constitutional Rights”. This session will help you understand application of this concept, and the implications to our democracy.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Stephen A. Justino

Local Laws that Directly Challenge Corporate Rule

The session will explore the strategy of us using “municipal civil disobedience” to challenge corporate rights. Communities across the country have enacted legislation that asserts community rights over corporate rights. We will share these stories and discuss the impacts of these actions.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St 229
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
David Cobb
Speaker(s): 
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan

PARTY FOR DEMOCRACY AT THE TERRACE with MICHELLE SHOCKED and EMMA's REVOLUTION and V05

It's a Madison tradition not to be missed: a summer evening at the Memorial Union Terrace. Join national musical acts Michelle Shocked, Emma's Revolution, and Madison's own VO5 at the Memorial Union Terrace. Music begins at 8:00pm, and runs late into the night. Get there early to secure your seat!

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 8:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Location

Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon St.
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Emma's Revolution
Speaker(s): 
Michelle Shocked
Speaker(s): 
VO5

Move to Amend Strategic Planning

This session is for members of Move to Amend affiliates and other supporters of the Move to Amend coalition. If you have not already registered for this session, you are welcome to attend as an observer.

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Room D040
Session type: 
Workshop

Skill Building: Being an Effective Ally in the Struggle for Equality

Rooted in the ways we each hold privilege and face oppression based on various systems such as race, class, gender, sexuality and age, we will discuss strategies together for taking principled action as an ally. 

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Wielding the Graphic Arts

Tyler from the Beehive Design Collective will lead a hands-on workshop demonstrating collaborative methods of making "Graphics for the Commons" - powerful story-telling images that boost our movements.  Including collaborative idea-generation, the value of graphics to our work, and hands-on collaborative design. Everyone is welcome - YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRAW TO MAKE GREAT GRAPHICS!

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Tyler Norman
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