On Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 3:00-6:00pm on the 2nd floor room of the Newport Visual Arts Center Paul Cienfuegos will be leading a 2-hour introductory workshop on dismantling corporate rule.
Cienfuegos, who is a workshop leader, teacher, lecturer, consultant, and grassroots organizer moved to Portland in April, 2011. According to his web site, Paul says, ” I moved to Portland, Oregon in order to greatly expand my work in the movement to dismantle corporate constitutional “rights” in order to create the possibility of real democracy in the United States.”
The result of Paul’s visit is an effort on behalf of Occupy Newport which is continuing to gain momentum and refine it’s mission. The Occupy Newport web site states: ” We’re pretty sure that you are one of us. We stand opposed to the corruption of our Constitution and Government by the taint of money and power. It is painfully obvious that our country is no longer free, and that our individual voices are mute next to the bullhorn of unbridled capitalism. Are we opposed to success? Are we opposed to earning your keep? Are we opposed to business and enterprise? Absolutely not. Many of us are business owners, or are employed by one. What we oppose is the fact that the influence and power of the wealthiest 1% was borne on the backs of all the rest of us. Are you confused why your shopping cart is full of items made in China while we’re suffering 10% unemployment here at home? Do you work for a company that has issued benefit cuts for the rank-and-file workers and bonuses for the CEOs? Is your bank threatening to kick you out of your house? These are just a few reasons to join us. We welcome everyone, because we are all needed.”
The Cienfuegos Workshop Agenda – January 22, 3:00-6:00pm on the 2nd floor room of the Newport Visual Arts Center
- 3:00-3:30 munch and mingle (snacks and beverages provided)
- 3:30-6:00 Paul Cienfuegos introductory workshop with extra time for questions and comments
- 6:00-6:30 Clean up and informal discussion
Donations for Paul’s time and room rental will be greatly appreciated but not required.
According to Paul. “For more than a 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, in this democratic republic, 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. We can get back to governing ourselves, collectively determining what a majority of us wants…. What would this look like at the county level? What do the majority of county residents want regarding water policy, land use policy, cell phone tower policy, economic development policy, etc? And is the Board of Supervisors in your county prepared to stand tall with that majority when push comes to shove?”
Paul was recorded in Portland, OR on February 26, 2010. The recording was broadcast on Alternative Radio. Listen or download the audio below.
Occupy Newport, “demonstrates every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM, at the intersection of Highways 101 & 20. General Assembly is 6:00 PM at the Newport Public Library. There we discuss news, work group activities, and future actions. We represent people from all walks of life. Liberal, conservative, hippie, hillbilly, employed, unemployed…. we are all part of the 99%.”