Monday, February 9, 2015

Report on 2nd Regional Gathering for CR in the Driftless

Five Winneshiek County citizens traveled to Whitehall, WI (Trempealeau County) yesterday for the 2nd regional gathering for Community Rights in the Driftless. Over 50 people were present from over 15 counties, with more unable to attend due to icy conditions. What a day! Lots of energy and reason for this big shift to a local living democracy.

The new national CR support organization (yet unnamed) was unveiled by Paul Cienfuegos, Jane Anne Morris, Laila Johnson, Malia Burkhart, and Lindsey Schroman-Wawrin. What a powerhouse crew!! And there are a couple others working behind the scenes, including Winneshiek County's own Jono Ruf (though currently living and studying in Arizona)!

But of course the most vital element of this gathering: The thoughtful and informed people, eager to network and grow. (And the food... what amazing food we were served!)

A few of the sessions to choose from this last weekend:
-Q&A with Jane Anne Morris (author of Gaveling Down the Rabble and other books)
-Discussion with lawyer Lindsey Schroman-Wawrin for elected/appointed officials
-Panel Discussion with members of the new CR support organization
-Internal Structures and Considerations for Local CR groups
-Visiting a Frac Sand Mine

And a sample of the "Open Space" spontaneous sessions offered:
-Rights of Nature and Nature's Trust
-What it took to stop an unwanted mine in WI
-Online Community Rights course
-Republic and Democracy
-CR Education with Theatre and Arts

We're continually amazed at the support we're seeing among a variety of people on the spectrum of age and political affiliation. This is truly a People's Movement. 

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