January 29, 2013

PORTLAND: Scott Silber: Intervention on the Corporate Addiction to Power

Date: 2013-02-17

Event Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Organization: Alliance for Democracy - Portland

Description: Threat to Themselves and Others: Intervention on the Corporate Addiction to Power Before It's Too Late

A provocative evening discussing corporate personhood with Scott Silber. Scott Silber is the former organizing director of Colorado's public workers' union and served as lead faculty at the Youth Organizing Institute at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development. Since 1994 his campaigns --in three dozen states and four continents to date-- continue to add to a community-based toolbox for grassroots empowerment. He works nationally today on "Intervention 2013," a strategy for worker and student walkouts demanding a New New Deal process, beginning with an amendment abolishing corporate personhood and making all electoral campaigns publicly funded.

Scott is the Executive Director of National Intervention, which treats money in politics as an addictive substance. Intervention calls for a national deadline for the ratification of any amendment that abolishes corporate personhood and requires publicly funded elections, viewing any such amendment proposal as an urgent "sobriety checkpoint" for any elected official.

In the event Congress fails to pass that amendment "sobriety test" in time, National Intervention organizes a block-by-block "12-Step National Recovery Platform" campaign, calling on all of us who may be enablers of the addiction system to draw strong boundaries in our relationship to the addicts in power for a new social contract (a New New Deal) while we still have time.

This event co-sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, Move to Amend PDX, KBOO.

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