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When: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Menomonie Library Meeting Room

We the People 2.0: May 19, 1-3, Menomonie Public Library
Hosted by Community Conversations

Community Rights Workshop, May 24, 5:30-8:30, Menomonie Public Library
Hosted by Community Rights US - Menomonie

Watch the trailer here:

Menomonie Community Conversations is pleased to host a screening of the documentary film, We the People 2.0, a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling, mining and industrial ag pollution in their communities. We learn with them that the reason why, despite all their efforts, they "get what they don't want, again and again," is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the "best democracy in the world." These people come to understand that the reason they can't stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people. These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney, has inspiring words to show how we the people can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; this film shows how and where it all began. There will be follow-up discussion at the end of the film.

For those interested in learning more about the community rights movement, Paul Cienfuegos, a leader in the movement, will be holding a 3-hour introductory workshop the following Thursday, May 24, from 5:30-8:30 in the library meeting room.

Community Rights are about the inherent right of local residents to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their communities. This applies to situations like frac-sand mining, fracking, oil or gas pipelines, spreading of toxic sludge etc--- where the will of the people is ignored in favor of serving the needs of large corporations.

Hundreds of communities around the U.S. have passed Community Rights ordinances—which define what the community wants, reins in so-called corporate “rights” and stops legal but harmful corporate activity dead in its tracks. Come hear how we can join their efforts.

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