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We the People Workshop

April 15, 2010
Governing as We The People—
Reclaiming Our Society from Corporate Rule
A two-day workshop with Paul Cienfuegos
We the People are more powerful than we dare to believe. For an entire century now, since large
corporations won the “rights” of persons under the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, We the People
have been slowly forgetting who We are. If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations
were designed to serve us, not to rule us, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this,
the sky’s the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional “rights” as have more than 100 communities in
PA, NH, ME, and VI. (Details: CELDF.org).
We can learn to govern ourselves—collectively determining what a majority of us wants to further this great
nation founded (at least on paper) on majority rule. What would this look like at the city level?
What do the majority of Seattle residents want? What do the unionized and non-union working people of
Seattle want? What would Seattle residents need to do to end the existing corporate barriers that
frequently block common sense policies from being enacted? How does the Supreme Court’s
recent decision expanding corporate constitutional “rights” impact Seattle’s future, King County’s
future and Washington’s future?
Join your fellow neighbors, co-workers and concerned community members for two
full days of learning how to overcome minority rule and begin governing ourselves.
The workshop will guide participants in:
§ Critiquing the fundamental shortcomings of how citizens are currently
challenging corporations
§ Provocative discussions and exercises exploring the root causes and rise of
corporate power and takeover of our communities; and
§ First steps in creating a true democracy, with a focus on current campaigns
and what we can do locally.
Saturday, May 15th 9:30AM to 5:30PM
Sunday, May 16th 10AM to 5PM
(Please come 30 minutes early both mornings to join us for coffee and pastries.)
Solid Ground in Wallingford (Community Room)
1501 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103
Space is limited. Please contact Karen Estevenin to register. Sliding scale $50-$150 (back page)
kestevenin@gmail.com
206-819-4522
Paul Cienfuegos has been a grassroots community organizer since 1977. In 1996, he co-founded
Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County. He was instrumental in creating the City of Arcata Committee
on Democracy and Corporations, the first committee of its kind in US history. Both organizations work to
dismantle corporate rule and invigorate democratic processes. He leads lectures and workshops on these
topics. Listen to a feature of Paul on KBOO Radio Portland: http://kboo.fm/node/20386, or visit his
website, PaulCienfuegos.com.

Governing as We The People—Reclaiming Our Society from Corporate RuleA two-day workshop with Paul CienfuegosWe the People are more powerful than we dare to believe. For an entire century now, since largecorporations won the “rights” of persons under the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, We the Peoplehave been slowly forgetting who We are. If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporationswere designed to serve us, not to rule us, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this,the sky’s the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional “rights” as have more than 100 communities inPA, NH, ME, and VI. (Details: CELDF.org).We can learn to govern ourselves—collectively determining what a majority of us wants to further this greatnation founded (at least on paper) on majority rule. What would this look like at the city level?What do the majority of Seattle residents want? What do the unionized and non-union working people ofSeattle want? What would Seattle residents need to do to end the existing corporate barriers thatfrequently block common sense policies from being enacted? How does the Supreme Court’srecent decision expanding corporate constitutional “rights” impact Seattle’s future, King County’sfuture and Washington’s future?Join your fellow neighbors, co-workers and concerned community members for twofull days of learning how to overcome minority rule and begin governing ourselves.The workshop will guide participants in:§ Critiquing the fundamental shortcomings of how citizens are currentlychallenging corporations§ Provocative discussions and exercises exploring the root causes and rise ofcorporate power and takeover of our communities; and§ First steps in creating a true democracy, with a focus on current campaignsand what we can do locally.Saturday, May 15th 9:30AM to 5:30PMSunday, May 16th 10AM to 5PM(Please come 30 minutes early both mornings to join us for coffee and pastries.)Solid Ground in Wallingford (Community Room)1501 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103Space is limited. Please contact Karen Estevenin to register. Sliding scale $50-$150 (back page)kestevenin@gmail.com206-819-4522Paul Cienfuegos has been a grassroots community organizer since 1977. In 1996, he co-foundedDemocracy Unlimited of Humboldt County. He was instrumental in creating the City of Arcata Committeeon Democracy and Corporations, the first committee of its kind in US history. Both organizations work todismantle corporate rule and invigorate democratic processes. He leads lectures and workshops on thesetopics. Listen to a feature of Paul on KBOO Radio Portland: http://kboo.fm/node/20386, or visit hiswebsite, PaulCienfuegos.com.

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