Thursday, August 28, 2014

Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More about Community Rights

Hello Friends of the Driftless, 

In the last 15 months hundreds of people in our region have attended workshops about the Community Rights approach to protecting our land, air, water, and culture from unchecked corporate exploitation. We have come out of these workshops on fire to do what needs to be done. 

We hope you'll come learn about it, in either a 3-hour or a 2-day workshop, in MN or WI. Look below for details. 

Sat-Sun, Sept. 20-21 in Augusta WI: 
We the People Are More Powerful than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule. (more info and registration below)

Mon. evening, Sept. 15 in Winona, MN: 
You are invited to attend a 3-hour workshop to learn the history behind how corporations have been steadily gaining power through undermining democracy, and to discover how the community rights movement provides a new approach to protecting our local communities by exercising our inherent right to govern ourselves.

More than 160 communities in nine states have launched community rights movements and have passed legally binding, locally enforceable community rights laws. Paul Cienfuegos is a regional leader in the community rights movement working to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called rights.” Paul has over 30 years of experience as an educator and community organizer of concerned citizens nationwide.

A sliding-scale donation of $5-$25 is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. Please RSVP at

Please plan to arrive by 5:30pm for a light meal and sign-in. Workshop will begin promptly at 6:00pm.

ome learn about this effective strategy for local communities to protect their environment, health, water, air, and land against the overreach of corporate power.

More information is available at:
Workshop questions? Contact Jim Gurley at: or

Sat-Sun, Sept. 20-21 in Augusta WI: 
We the People Are More Powerful than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule 

Lecturer: Paul Cienfuegos
(Sponsored locally by CES, Citizens for Environmental Stewardship) 
Community Rights are about the inherent right of a local majority of residents to protect the health and welfare of their local communities. This can apply to: 
  • land use and property values 
  • water protection 
  • air quality 
More than 160 communities have passed legally binding, locally enforceable ordinances – each of which defines what the community wants, reins in corporate so-called “rights,” and stops legal but harmful corporate activity dead in its tracks. 

WE INVITE YOU to register for our Community Rights Workshop being offered: 
September 20 & 21, 2014 (Sat. & Sun.) 
8:30 coffee, tea, cocoa light food, 9am promptly – 6pm 
Augusta Community Center, 601 Main St, Augusta, WI
Donation: $50-$150 per person. Lunch, snacks, and drinks provided. Larger donations will help to defray costs for those with fewer resources. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 
Prior registration is required, and seating is limited to30. PLEASE REGISTER ASAP! 

HOW TO REGISTER for this WEEKEND WORKSHOP (please complete ALL) 
1. CONTACT 715-533-6275 to indicate registration. Please leave a message with name, phone, & email. 
2. WRITE CHECK payable to Save the Hills Alliance, Inc.IMPORTANT: You must write “We The People – Augusta” on the check’s memo line. STHA, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation. Donations are tax deductible within limitations allowed by law; please request, if desired. 
3. FILL IN the attached Registration form. 
4. MAIL CHECK and REGISTRATION FORM to Ken Lestrud, Treasurer, Save the Hills Alliance, N7225 690th St, Menomonie, WI 54751 
IMPORTANT: You will not be registered until your donation check and registration form is received. 

Please send this information with your check (write “We the people -Augusta” on memo line of check) to the
Ken Lestrud, Treasurer 
Save the Hills Alliance 
N7225 690th St. 
Menomonie, WI 54751

Email (please print clearly): 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CR Quiz, Question #1

A community majority cannot stop an unwanted corporate project or activity because…
a. the state does not recognize local communities’ right to self-government
b. the corporation can sue based on discrimination and foregone profit per the 14th amendment (the one that gave personhood to black people after the Civil War)
c. if the corporate activity is currently regulated by the state or federal government, then local decisions to control that harmful activity are considered barriers to interstate trade under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court for over 100 years
d. All of the above

d. All of the above (however, over 150 communities, including the city of Pittsburg and Mora County, N.M., have kept unwanted corporate activity out by passing a rights-based ordinance that elevates community rights over corporate privilege, denies corporate personhood, and recognizes the right of nature and its ecoystems to exist and flourish.)