Sat, Jan 21, 2012
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Festival and Teach-In

Nevada City Festival and Teach-In National Day of Action, Saturday, January 21, 2012 The Second Anniversary of Citizens United Saturday, January 21, is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission, which overturned decades of campaign finance law and allows unlimited corporate funds to flood our election system. On Saturday, January 21, a coalition of local groups is hosting a Festival and Teach-In in Nevada City as part of a National Day of Action, in coordination with other events that will take place nationwide. The purpose of these events is to raise awareness and educate people about how corporations dominate the political process and to build momentum for a Constitutional Amendment to abolish “corporate personhood” and overturn the controversial Citizens United ruling. The Festival will begin at 10:30 am, with people of all ages gathering at the Nevada City United Methodist Church for face painting, shadow puppets, music, games, arts and crafts, stories, food, displays, and informal discussion. At 11:30 there will be a colorful parade down Broad Street to Robinson Plaza, where there will be a rally with street theater, speakers, music, song, and dance. If it’s raining, the rally will be shorter and more events will center at the church. After returning to the church for a finger foods lunch, childcare will be provided during a two-hour Teach-In beginning at 1 p.m., in which local speakers will explain the Citizens United decision and its implications, the concept of corporate personhood, and the movement to amend the constitution to abolish corporate personhood and overturn Citizens United. Sharon Delgado will present an interactive workshop on these issues. Jedediah Biagi, Mia Nash, and Lorraine Reich will present a Corporate Personhood Timeline explaining how corporations were gradually given constitutional rights and protections originally designed for human beings. Tom Grundy will present an overview of local and state resolutions that support a constitutional amendment. Discussion will focus on successes and action opportunities, including organizing to pass local resolutions. There is no charge for this event. Donations will be invited and donation baskets will be provided. Occupy Nevada County called together local groups to form a coalition that includes Earth Justice Ministries, Grass Valley Friends Peace and Social Justice Committee, Nevada County Democrats, Grandmothers for Peace of Nevada County, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Mountains, the Peace Center of Nevada County, and the Nevada City United Methodist Church and Society Committee. National groups working on this issue include Public Citizen, People for the American Way, and Move to Amend. More information about this event and Occupy Nevada County can be found if you sign up at http://www.occupywallstreetnc.org, www.facebook.com/owsnc, or email info@occupynevadacounty.org.

Event Location

Nevada City United Methodist Church
433 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959


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