My Schedule of Workshops & Talks

Upcoming Events:

During most of the period that Occupy Portland's downtown encampment existed, in the Fall of 2011, I led 2.5-hour mini-workshops there in their Library Workshop tent once or twice each week, usually attended by 8 to 20 folks at a time, to help this fast growing occupation to think strategically about what their larger goals should be. When the Mayor shut down the camp, I started leading the workshops all over the city in people's homes, and continued doing so for many months afterwards.

In January 2012, four of us co-founded Community Rights PDX, and I (and two new trainees) continued to lead these orientation 2-hour workshops across the city in service to the capacity building of our fledgling group. (We launched our website in 2013.)

Confirmed dates for this ongoing workshop series in Portland include:

• Tuesday, August 27th, 1pm (sharp) to 3pm, in SE Portland in a private home (5232 SE Madison, just north of Hawthorne), led by Paul Cienfuegos. RSVP please: paul@100fires.com.

• XXXXXXX, in NE Portland in a private home (446 NE Fargo, just east of MLK Blvd), led by Kenny Jones. RSVP please: kennykaren1@yahoo.com.

Check back regularly for updated dates for these ongoing orientation workshops. For more info, contact me, Paul Cienfuegos, at <paul@100fires.com>.

See the rest of my events schedule below.....

I am available to travel to ANY communities to offer my workshops and talks. Please contact me to discuss options!


September 5, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

I will be having an informal follow-up evening meeting with folks who attended my worshop back in April of 2013.


September 15, 2014, in Winona, Minnesota:

I will be returning for my sixth workshop tour to this area since May 2013, to continue to support local communities that are working to stop frac sand mining and other corporate catastrophes. This one will be an evening workshop from 6 to 9pm, with a light meal offered at 530pm. $5-$25 sliding scale, no one turned away. Wesley United Methodist Church. (For more info and to pre-register - seating is limited: Jim Gurley <CommunityRightsMN@gmail.com> or 507-523-3113.)

 

September 17 & 18, 2014, in Trempeleau County, Wisconsin:

I will be leading two evening workshops in different Trempeleau County towns. The 17th I'm in the Township of Trempeleau at the Ecker Apple Farm. The 18th I'm in the city of Arcadia at the Community Center. More details soon. (For more info: Travis Mossman <travis.mossman@gmail.com>.)

 

September 20 & 21, 2014, in Augusta, Wisconsin:

I will be leading my weekend workshop intensive, titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule" at the Augusta Community Center. Sponsored by Citizens for Environmental Stewardship. Pre-registration required. $50 to $150 sliding scale (includes two lunches), no one turned away for lack of funds. (For more info: Glory Adams <gloryaec@charter.net> or 715-533-6275.)

 

October 2 to 9, 2014 across Mendocino County, California:

I will be returning to support the Community Rights campaign which will have on the ballot in November, California's first-ever rights-based ban on fracking. We expect to travel across the county, with a roadshow each night in a different town, to stimulate interest in the ballot initiative campaign. Many more details soon.


(TENTATIVE) October 10 or 11 or 12 in Ashland, Oregon

I will be leading an evening workshop. No details confirmed yet. Stay tuned.


(Either) November 7-9 or 21-23, 2014 in SE Portland, Oregon:

I will again be leading my weekend workshop intensive, titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". Location will be announced once you register. (I will be choosing one of the above dates shortly. Feel free to vote for your favorite one!) Sliding Scale of $60 to $260, based on your ability to pay. Your payment is fully tax-deductable, so please consider donating a bit extra towards my work. (To pre-register, and for lots more details, click HERE.)

 

Winter or Spring 2015, across the eastern edge of Oregon:

I will be visiting two or three counties along the eastern Oregon border to offer introductory talks and workshops to help kick-start a Community Rights effort in the rural ranch and mountainous lands there. No confirmed dates yet. (Stay tuned for additional details soon.)

 

Winter/Spring 2015:

Early planning is in process for me to be traveling to Cincinnati, OH, communities near Madison, WI, Urbana, Illinois, rural Missouri, and possibly also New Haven, CT, over the next six months. Stay tuned to this page as my schedule solidifies.


February 27 to March 1, 2015 in Portland, Oregon:

I will be leading one or more sessions at the Fourth International Economics of Happiness Conference. (More info HERE.)

 

{ONGOING DATES} - My Introductory Workshop via TeleConference:

Listen to an mp3 recording of my 3-hour Introductory Workshop, via my website, anytime, and then join me for a lively Q&A 90-minute discussion via phone afterwards. For more information, or to pre-register, click HERE.


{ONGOING DATES} - My 16-hour Workshop Intensive via TeleConference:

I have postponed the start date for these sessions till 2015. Check back here for more details soon. We will "meet" for 16 hours in weekly two-hour segments. For more information, or to pre-register, click HERE.


[POSTPONED till 2015], in Vancouver, Washington:

I will be leading a variation of my full-weekend workshop. This specific workshop is titled"Reclaiming Mental Health Care From the Psychiatric Establishment & Pharmaceutical Industry: A Community Bill of Rights Workshop". This two-day workshop will be co-led with my colleague Cindi Fisher, who has for years been active in the movement to end the abuse and forced drugging of those in our society who are struggling with mental health issues. Workshop details and registration HERE.

For more info about the work of Cindi Fisher <cindipacha@gmail.com>, check out her two websites HERE and HERE.

 

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Previous Events:

 

 

July 11 & 13, 2014, at the Oregon Country Fair near Eugene, Oregon:

I gave two talks at the Oregon Country Fair that were both very well received. What an honor! 

July 12 at Spirit Tower: "Becoming more like The People and less like sheeple: Yes we CAN dismantle corporate rule here and now!"

July 13 at Chez Ray's: "Corporate Constitutional 'Rights': Pretty darn funny!" (my first ever attempt at stand-up comedy!)


July 2, 2014 in Ettrick, Wisconsin:

I led my introductory evening workshop. Another Ettrick evening workshop is planned for mid-September.

 

June 27 to 29, 2014 in Viroqua, Wisconsin:

I led my full-weekend workshop titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". This was my second workshop intensive to be held in Viroqua.

 

June 7/8, 2014 in Cottage Grove, Oregon:

I led my full-weekend workshop titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule".

 

June 2, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

I led my introductory evening workshop at Powderhorn Park Bldg. (For more info: click HERE.)

 

May 27, 2014 in Whitehall, Wisconsin:

I led my introductory evening workshop at Whitehall City Center Community Room. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Lincoln Township, and Save Our Town Whitehall.

 

May 23-25, 2014 in Viroqua, Wisconsin:

I led my full-weekend workshop titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". In addition, we succeeded in videotaping the entire workshop with broadcast quality sound, and will soon have some promos ready for sharing.

 

May 21, 2014 in Augusta, Wisconsin:

I led my introductory evening workshop at the Augusta Community Center. Presented by Citizens for Environmental Stewardship. Sponsored by Save the Hills Alliance. (Another workshop is planned in Augusta for mid-September - this time the full weekend workshop.)

 

May 21, 2014 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin:

I gave a public talk, titled "Asserting our Inherent Right to Genuine Democracy in the USA" at the Unitarian Church. Sponsors: Save the Hills Alliance, and members of WHYS Community Radio 96.3 FM.


May 8-10, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon:

I participated in a panel discussion linking community rights, Native sovereignty and bioregional vision, at a conference titled "Alternative Sovereignties: Decolonization Through Indigenous Vision and Struggle", at the University of Oregon. Conference details HERE.

 

May 6, 2014, in Portland, Oregon:

 

I was the guest lecturer in Erin Elliott's class, 'Introduction to Civic Engagement', at PSU.

 

April 20, 2014, in Portland, Oregon:

I participated in a panel discussion linking community rights, Native sovereignty and bioregional vision, at a conference titled "Cascadia Rising Confluence", at Portland State University. (Details HERE and HERE.)

 

April 12 & 13, 2014 in Columbia County, Oregon:

I led my full-weekend workshop near Clatskanie at the Great Vow Zen Monastery, on the lower Columbia River, titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". (More info HERE.)

 

April 4-6, 2014, in Portland, Oregon:

I co-led my weekend workshop intensive with acclaimed song-leader Laurence Cole, and Theatre of the Oppressed-trained Kelly Hogan, April 4th through April 6th. Sponsored by Mother Earth School. It took place at Tryon Life Community/Farm in SW Portland.

 

March 14-16, 2014 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin:

I led my weekend workshop intensive for about 30 folks, at the Ho-Chunk Nation's community center, sponsored by the tribe, as well as Save the Hills Alliance and Act Now.

 

March 13, 2014 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin:

I led my introductory evening workshop for about 35 people at the community college.

 

March 12, 2014 in Viroqua, Wisconsin:

I led my introductory evening workshop at The Ark for a crowd of 78 people! Sponsored by Crawford Stewardship Project.

 

March 7-9, 2014 in Decorah, Iowa:

I led my third 2-day intensive workshop in the past ten months, this time for about 30 folks, sponsored by Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County.

 

March 2, 2014, in Clatskanie, Oregon:

I led a public conversation on Community Rights with about 35 local residents at the Clatskanie River Inn.

 

February 22 & 23, 2014, in Willits, California:

I led my 2-day workshop intensive in Willits. I led a previous 2-day workshop in this same community in October 2013.

 

February 15 & 16, 2014, in Mendocino, California:

I led my 2-day workshop intensive in the town of Mendocino for about 30 folks, including three high school students.

 

February 5, 2014, in Rainier, Oregon:

I led my 3-hour introductory workshop at the Riverside Community Church to an audience of 11 folks including a town council member. (More info click HERE or HERE.)

 

February 2, 2014, in McMinnville, Oregon:

In the morning, I gave the guest sermon at the Unitarian Church, titled "Awakening to Our Power as We the People".

In the afternoon, I led an introductory workshop at the First Baptist Church with an audience of about 37 people. Not bad for Super Bowl Sunday!!!

 

January 30, 2014, on the radio:

I was interviewed for an hour on Mendocino County's public FM radio station KZYX from 9am to 10am by host Paul Lambert, with call-in questions. I don't believe they archive their past shows. Bummer!

 

January 26, 2014, in Portland, Oregon:

I was one of the guest speakers at the monthly Research Club Brunch, open to all.


January 25, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon:

I participated in the second Oregon Community Rights Network (OR-CRN) Summit. We elected our Council of Delegates from seven counties. We finalized our bylaws. We're on a roll...

 

December 11, 2013, in Hood River, Oregon:

 

I was interviewed live on Hood River's own KODL 99.1 FM on "Coffee Break" with host Al Wynn.

I gave a public talk at the Rockford Grange to 40 enthusiastic local folks, following a terrific potluck dinner. (Organized by Aram Sohiki <arhood@charter.net>.)

 

November 20, 2013, in Cottage Grove, Oregon:

I led my 3-hour introductory evening workshop in downtown Cottage Grove at the Healing Matrix, sponsored by Sustainable Cottage Grove. About 50 folks turned out. It was a high-energy evening!

 

November 15-17, 2013, in Portland, Oregon:

CELDF.org led its Democracy School, hosted by Community Rights PDX. There were about 28 of us in attendance. Thanks to the SEIU folks for welcoming us into their big hall for the training!

 

November 13, 2013, on the radio in California:

I was interviewed on KZYX-FM (Mendocino County public radio) about the relevance of Community Rights work in Mendocino County. I was joined by Peter Norris, the organizer who sponsored my two recent workshops in Willits, CA. It's likely that you can listen to it via their archive at KZYX.org.

 

November 8, 2013, in Eugene, Oregon:

I led my introductory 3-hour evening workshop, sponsored by Community Rights Lane County at LCC's downtown campus, for a crowd of almost 50 enthusiastic folks, many of them new to CR ideas. (Details HERE.)

 

October 29 & 30, 2013, in Newport, Oregon:

On the 29th, I participated in a panel discussion about the proposed raw logs export plan for downtown Newport's future, attended by about 90 people. On the 30th, I led an introductory 2-hour workshop attended by about 17 people. Both sponsored by Lincoln County's fledgling Community Rights group.

 

October 24, 2013, in Medford, Oregon:

I led my introductory 3-hour evening workshop at the Public Library. Sponsored by Precious Dirt, Freedom from Pesticides Alliance, and Community Rights Josephine County.


October 22, 2013, in Cave Junction, Oregon:

I led my introductory 3-hour evening workshop at the County Bldg. Sponsored by Precious Dirt, Freedom from Pesticides Alliance, and Community Rights Josephine County.


October 19 & 20 in Willits, California:

I led my weekend workshop intensive at the LIttle Lake Grange for 30 enthusiastic participants.

 

October 12, 2003, in Portland, Oregon:

I gave a 15-minute speech at the Bees and Seeds Festival at Holladay Park. (Details HERE.)

 

October 7, 2013, in Portland, Oregon:

I was scheduled to lead a 3-hour introductory evening workshop for members of Oregon Save Our Schools. But it has been postponed until later in October or early November. This workshop is open to anyone connected to public schools, as a teacher, staff, PTA, parent or kid. (Lots more info HERE.)

 

October 3, 2013, in Cedar Falls, Iowa:

I led my 3-hour introductory workshop at the Unitarian Church. Only four folks attended, but we had a terrific workshop nevertheless.

 

September 26 to October 2, 2013, in Decorah, Iowa:

I gave a major new speech on Sept 26th, titled "Our Government Doesn't Serve us - By Design", which will later be broadcast on 'Alternative Radio'; followed by a weekend workshop the evening of the 27th through late afternoon on the 29th, which was attended by 27 amazing folks from 10 counties in three states. (Details about the workshop HERE.) Both speech and workshop were sponsored by the Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County.

The title and description of my speech follows:

 

"Our Government Institutions Don't Serve Us - By Design"

Did you know that the US Constitution is actually our second constitution, and that the first one was much more democratic? Did you know that state laws prohibit local governments from protecting the health and welfare of their local residents? Did you know that the Supreme Court has been granting constitutional "rights" to corporations since 1819 and continuing to this day, and that corporations now have more Constitutional rights than do We the People?

Come and learn why our local elected officials' hands are tied and what we can do to untie them. Find out about the fast growing Community Rights movement, launched in conservative Pennsylvania farm communities in 2000, which has now spread to 155 communities in nine states among Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and many others. Please join us for this provocative evening!

 

On Sept 30 and Oct 1, I participated in follow-up meetings with participants from my May and Sept weekend workshops. On Oct 2, I led an abbreviated version of my full-day workshop, Taking Our Local Mass Media Back From Large Corporations. An absolutely amazing week in NE Iowa. I will likely return there yet again this Winter to continue to support the groundbreaking Community Rights work being launched in Winneshiek and Allamakee counties.

 

September 21 & 22, 2013 in Portland, Oregon:

CELDF's Executive Director and lead attorney, Thomas Linzey, was in town giving two major public talks and participating in a $50/person fundraising dinner for Community Rights PDX. Both events went very very smoothly, with 80 and 130 people present.

 

September 12, 2013, in Corvallis, Oregon:

I co-led (with Kai Huschke) the founding meeting of the Oregon Community Rights Network. 26 people from eight counties were in attendance, plus Kai Huschke from Spokane. We agreed on our founding document, which we call the Corvallis Declaration, which you can read HERE.

 

August 14, 2013, in southern Oregon:

I co-led a 2.5 hour workshop titled "Class, Money & Shame... Busted!: Turning our feelings of embarrassment and numbness into empowerment, possibility and action", at a private group retreat in the back-country of southern Oregon.

 

August 2-4, 2013, in Forest Grove, Oregon:

Annual Pacific Northwest Permaculture Convergence at Pacific University. I spoke on a Communities Panel on the evening of the 2nd, as well as leading an introductory workshop the next afternoon, on why we must strip corporations of all of their so-called constitutional "rights" if we are to ever achieve a comprehensive permaculture vision for the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

 

July 29, 2013 in Bend, Oregon:

I led my introductory evening workshop at Central Oregon Locavore. (More details here: <https://www.facebook.com/events/565552366842138/>.)

 

July 26-28, 2013, in John Day, eastern Oregon:

For the last year ever, as SolWest closed its doors after 15 amazing years, I led my introductory workshop, with a focus on renewable energy and democracy, at the annual SolWest Renewable Energy Fair. (Scroll down this link for details: HERE.)

 

July 20, 2013, in Eugene, Oregon:

I gave a 45-minute talk at the annual Bite of Eugene festival in Alton Baker Park, to an audience of about 25 folks, many of whom then volunteered to help with Community Rights Lane County's campaign work. (Details HERE. )

 

July 1, 2013 in Willits, Mendocino County, California:

I led my introductory evening 3-hour workshop in Willits at the Little Lake Willits Grange.


June 14, 2013 in Florence, Oregon:

I led my introductory evening workshop, with a focus on the Food Bill of Rights local ordinance, which both Benton and Lane counties (Oregon) have filed with their county elections offices, to be placed on the ballot May 2014.


June 13, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon:

I led my introductory evening workshop, with a focus on the Food Bill of Rights local ordinance, which both Benton and Lane counties (Oregon) have filed with their county elections offices, to be placed on the ballot May 2014. (More info HERE.)


May 29 & 30, 2013 in Portland, Oregon:

I was invited to coordinate/facilitate an evening at the annual Village Building Convergence, titled "Sprouting a Local Culture Where We The People Govern. After giving a 50-minute talk, I was joined on stage for a panel discussion with city council member Amanda Fritz, City Repair founder Mark Lakeman, Occupy activist and  previous city council candidate Cameron Whitten, and local neighborhood activist Emi Soga. We then broke into four-person groups for further conversation. The following afternoon, 16 people attended my follow-up workshop. (Details HERE.)

 

May 25, 2013 in Portland, Oregon:

I gave a rousing 15-minute speech at the March Against Monsanto, in a Portland park, to a crowd estimated by the police at 6000 people. You can read the text of my speech HERE. You can watch my speech HERE, starting at 25:30 on the tape. (Event details HERE.)

 

May 14, 2013 in Viroqua, Wisconsin:

I led my introductory evening workshop, focusing on a Food Bill of Rights local ordinance. Rumor has it I will be invited back this Summer or Fall to lead my full-weekend workshop intensive. (Details HERE.)

 

May 10-12, 2013 in Decorah, Iowa:

A co-led a weekend workshop for 30 participants, with famed song leader Laurence Cole. The event was titled:  "Becoming We The People: Learning to Make a Sound That's Greater Than the Sum of the Parts".  It was so successful that we will most likely be invited back to do the same workshop again this Summer or Fall with a whole new set of participants. (Details HERE.)

 

May 9, 2013 in Decorah, Iowa:

I spoke to a class at Luther College and then met with some professors over lunch.


May 2 to 5, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota:

I gave two speeches on Thursday, May 2nd, and led a full-day workshop on Friday, May 3, attended by 21 engaged participants, three of whom were current or recent town council members. I gave a guest sermon at the Unitarian Church the morning of May 5th, and a 3-hour workshop extra session that afternoon.


April 25, 2013 in Portland, Oregon:

I led a short presentation about the fast growing Community Rights movement, preceded by a short presentation by my colleague Cindi Fisher, a leading advocate for the rights of people labeled as mentally ill. The event was a teaser for our upcoming 2-day workshop on May 31 & June 1, on creating a local Mental Health Community Bill of Rights - see above calendar for details.


April 18, 2013 in East Oakland, California:

Because of major airline delays, I was unable to reach the San Francisco Bay Area in time that evening to give a talk in Oakland. Very upsetting indeed.

[I will be leading a discussion at Canticle Farm. This event is hosted by Joanna Macy and Anne Symens-Bucher.]


March 2, 2013, in Eugene, Oregon:

The Community Rights movement presented three back-to-back sessions at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC.org) on Saturday, March 2 at the U of Oregon. Executive Director Thomas Linzey of CELDF.org gave a fiery keynote speech, immediately followed by a breakout session with Thomas Linzey and Kai Huschke (300 attended), immediately followed by a Panel of Community Rights organizers from four local campaigns (75 attended) - Spokane and Bellingham, WA, and Portland (myself) and Benton County, Oregon.

 

February 23/24, 2013 in Port Townsend, Washington:

I led my full-weekend workshop, titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". 29 people were in attendance, and are now intending to launch a Jefferson-County-based Community Rights campaign group.

 

February 9/10, 2013, in McMinnville, Oregon:

I led my full-weekend workshop, titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". Details HERE. 17 people attended, and are now intending to launch a Yamhill-County-based Community Rights campaign group.

 

February 5, 2013, in Portland, Oregon

I was invited to give a talk at the monthly Eastside Democratic Club. The other speaker was famed local progressive talk show host Carl (in the Morning). About 20 folks were in attendance.

 

January 23, 2013, in Salem, Oregon:

Fifteen local Community Rights active citizens from five nearby counties converged at the fourth of four Oregon Dept of Agriculture (ODA) regulatory hearings on the planting of canola in the Willamette Valley, to educate those in attendance about the profound fraud of the regulatory hearings process. Regardless of how huge a majority of local residents oppose new corporate activities in their backyards, the regulatory process all but guarantees that they will be utterly ignored and the corporate activity approved. As usual, this is what happened here, when the ODA approved the planting of canola on 2/8/2013. There IS a better way. But it requires We The People of our local places standing up collectively and EXERCISING our inherent right of local self-government. The fifteen of us used the opportunity of this public hearing to create a teachable moment for the approx 80 mostly farmers who were in attendance. Quite a few of those farmers stayed after the hearing was over to chat with our folks about other possibilities for more effective political control of our communities' futures.

 

December 20, 2012, in Portland, Oregon:

I gave a brief talk to the Democratic Breakfast Forum in SE Portland.

 

December 15, 2012, in McMinnville, Oregon:

I led my introductory 3-hour workshop at the First Baptist Church. About 20+ folks in attendance. They're now meeting regularly and hope to launch a Community Rights ordinance campaign soon for Yamhill County - more info here: Linda Grove <lgrove@onlinenw.com>. Click HERE for a printable flyer with additional details.

 

 

December 6, 2012 - my first-ever Introductory Workshop via TeleConference:

Listen to an mp3 recording of my 2.5 hour Introductory Workshop, via my website, anytime between November 17 and December 14, and then join me for a lively Q&A 90-minute discussion via phone on December 6, at 6pm Pacific Time. This was a wonderful first try, with one participant calling in from Manitoba, Canada! We had a GREAT conversation. See my current schedule for more of these.

 

My 3rd nationally broadcast speech was broadcast in late October 2012 and rebroadcast the first week of 2013...


... on David Barsamian's 'Alternative Radio' show, on 240 radio stations. Click HERE to find out which stations play this show in YOUR community.

 

Weekend of October 5, 2012 in/near Port Townsend, WA:

I gave a brief talk, led an intro workshop, and ran booksales, at the Permaculture Convergence at Fort Flagler near Port Townsend, WA. (Event details HERE.)

In addition, I led an intro workshop in Port Townsend at the Unitarian Fellowship on Monday, October 8th. 75 people were in attendance!


September 10, 2012 at Lost Valley Educational Center east of Eugene, Oregon:
I led an informal evening discussion about rights-based organizing, with a focus on the quarry that local communities are trying to stop in the valley.

September 8 & 9, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon:
I led my full-weekend workshop, hosted by Beyond Toxics. Ten active leaders and members attended. The focus was on developing a rights-based strategy to ban corporate herbiciding of forestlands at the county level.
August 18, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

 

Portland colleague Susan Rankin gave a short talk at 145pm, at the 4th annual Midsummer's Green Neighborhood Festival and Community Celebration, in a park at NE Summer Ave and 72nd. (Details HERE.)


August 15 through 19, 2012 in Corvallis & Philomath, Oregon:

The Benton County Community Rights Coalition launched its county-ordinance campaign "Securing a People's Food Bill of Rights and Seed Heritage" in events across the county. I was instrumental in getting the group launched last Winter, and was in attendance with a big smile on my face! (More info: <rebelfarms@peak.org>.)


July 29, 2012 in John Day, eastern Oregon:

I led an introductory workshop at SolWest Renewable Energy Fair in John Day, OR. Here's the description of the workshop (page 7 of the pdf).


June 30 & July 1, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

Colleague Matt Guynn and I co-led a 2-day intensive Organizers Training for the Community Rights movement's increasing number of active local groups in OR and WA. 24 folks attended from seven towns and cities in OR and WA. A good time was had by all! (Details HERE.)


June 16, 2012 in Medford, Oregon:

I led a 4-hour introductory "Community vs Corporate Rights". We spent the first two hours (10am to noon) focusing on the rise of corporate dominance - a 200-year US history review - "from the Gilded Age to corporate personhood". After lunch, we spent the second two hours (1pm to 3pm) learning about the rapidly growing Community Rights movement that has already successfully passed laws in 150 communities in seven states that reign in corporate "rights" and enshrine the right of communities to govern themselves. Sponsored by Medford's Congregational United Church of Christ.


June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

I led my full-weekend workshop in Portland, titled "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule". 18 people attended from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, and Hood River. For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE.


May 10 through 29, 2012, I traveled in seven NE states:

• May 11-13: A full-weekend workshop at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, (northwest corner of) MA. Details HERE.


• May 15: Public talk in Northampton, MA at the Unitarian Church: "Why We Must Start Ending Corporate Personhood at the Local Level". Sponsored by Shays2, Occupy affinity group of the Unitarian Fellowship, & Occupy Amherst.

• May 20: Three-hour workshop in Amherst, MA: "Why We Must Start Ending Corporate Personhood: A Workshop on Dismantling Corporate Rule at the Local Level" @ First Congregational Church of Amherst. Sponsored by Peacebuilders & the Faith Ministry Team, Shays2, & Occupy Amherst.

• May 24: Evening workshop in Newburgh, NY, at the Ritz Theatre. 6-9pm. Details HERE.

• May 29: Evening workshop in Providence, R.I. focusing on the corporatization of the local public school system. (This workshop was cancelled, as I had car problems and was not able to arrive in time. I hope to reschedule it for a later date.)

May 6, 2012 in McMinnville, Oregon:

I led a repeat special issue-specific introductory workshop to support a newly formed rights-based local group which intends to pass, by popular vote, a county-wide ordinance banning all GMO agriculture within the county. About 25 folks in attendance.

 

April 25, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:


I led a mini-workshop 10am to 1130am at the Global Teach-In Portland. I combined my workshop with Barbara Dudley's workshop on setting up state banks, as there were too few folks at the event. It was a lively mix of topics!

 


April 23, 2012 in Philomath (near Corvallis), Oregon:

I led a repeat special issue-specific introductory workshop to support the newly formed rights-based local group, GMO-Free Benton County, which intends to pass, by popular vote, a county-wide ordinance banning all GMO agriculture within the county. Sponsored by Oregon Tilth and GMO-Free Benton County.


April 22, 2012 in Vancouver, Washington:

I led my second workshop for the newly formed Community Rights group there. Dozens of people attended.


April 21, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

I led a 75-minute mini-workshop at the Earth Day conference at PCC Sylvania. (Conference details HERE.)


April 14, 2012 in Bellingham, Washington:

I led a shortened one-day version of my  two-day intensive workshop for the Coal Free Bellingham group's educational wing at WWU. 20 folks attended.


March 25, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

Dana Lyons (songs) & Paul Cienfuegos (songs & spoken word) about democratic uprising. It was an amazing House Concert at Albert Kaufman's home. We both had a blast, and will be trying to figure out how and when to do this again. Please invite us to YOUR town!


March 15, 2012 in Seattle, Washington:

I led my intro workshop for students of a medical anthropology class at the U of Washington.


March 10-12, 2012 in Corvallis, Oregon:

On the Saturday, I led a special 3-hour intro workshop specifically for organic farmers, food processors, and food activists, to introduce the idea of people in the Willamette Valley working together to pass local ordinances that would ban GMO agriculture in the valley, county by county. There was tremendous energy for organizing an ordinance campaign in Benton County coming out of the workshop. About 54 folks attended.

On the Sunday, I led my regular 2-hour intro workshop at Corvallis Friends Meeting House. About 46 people in attendance, and afterwards we continued informally for another full hour talking about the relationship between the Community Rights movement and MoveToAmend. Very productive and provocative afternoon!

On the Monday, I was one of three panelists who spoke about the grave danger of GMO agriculture, and what can be done to end this menace in our local communities. At Oddfellows Hall downtown.


March 2-4, 2012 in Missoula, Montana:

I presented a new public talk on March 2nd at the U of Montana, titled "Cities Across the Country Are Exercising Their Right of Self-Governance: Will Missoula Be Next?". There were about 140 people in attendance. David Barsamian has shown interest in possibly broadcasting it this summer on his A.R. radio show.

And I led my two-day intensive workshop "First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule" over that weekend. About 27 folks in attendance. An amazing bunch of people, with terrific age diversity.


February 24, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

I was interviewed by Jim Lockhart on his cable access TV show 'A Growing Concern'. You can watch it on youtube HERE or on Ustream HERE.

 

February 11, 2012 in Shelton, Washington:

I led my 2-hour intro workshop, followed by a new 2-hour follow-up more advanced workshop, back to back, at the PUD3 building downtown. About 25 folks were there from Shelton/ Mason County, and another 25 or so from Olympia/ Thurston County. A VERY high energy event!


February 5, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

My 2-hour workshop presented for the Living Earth group, followed by a potluck dinner. About 16 folks attended.


January 22, 2012 in Newport, Oregon:

Two hour introductory workshop, sponsored by Occupy Newport. At Newport Visual Arts Center. A few dozen folks were in attendance.


January 20 & 21, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon:

I gave a 15-minute speech at the rally on the 20th commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. About 70 in attendance. I'll have the audio of my speech online soon.

And I led a three-hour introductory workshop in downtown Eugene on the 22nd. About 25 folks in attendance.

 

January 18, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

I was the guest speaker at the regular Portland Transition Town monthly meeting at 7pm at St Francis Church Dining Room at 1131 SE Oak. I gave a talk proposing that Portland Transition begin to seriously consider collaborating with the local Community Rights group to envision turning local sustainability policy into legally-binding law. You can read or listen to my talk HERE. There were about 35 folks in attendance.


January 14/15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

Full weekend workshop: "We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: first steps in dismantling corporate rule." 33 folks attended, from Portland, Newport, The Dalles, & Hood River, OR, and from Vancouver and Olympia, WA. I'll be leading another one of these intensives in the Spring. Stay tuned for details.

 

January 11, 2012 in Vancouver, Washington:

Two hour introductory workshop from 7 to 9pm, sponsored by Occupy Vancouver. About 24 folks attended. Excellent group, including many from Occupy Vancouver.

 

January 8, 2012 in Portland, Oregon:

Occupy Portland Legislative Action Forum at Project Grow, sponsored by Occupy Solutions committee. About 60 folks were in attendance. A lively conversation.

 

December 5, 2011 in Hood River, OR

Two-hour workshop at the Hood River Library Meeting Room. Attended by 40 energetic folks!


November 27 & 28, 2011 in Olympia, WA:

2-hour workshop in Olympia on the 27th, attended by approx 50 people (!) at the Labor Council Bldg, speech in Sylvester Park downtown to a few hundred people, sponsored by Occupy Olympia, approx 10am on the 28th and a few hours later again at the Capitol Steps to about 2000 people.

Live radio interview with CFUV-FM's 'Gorilla Radio' in Victoria, BC, Canada scheduled for Monday, November 28 from 5 to 6pm.


November 25, 2011 in Portland, OR:

90-minute presentation and facilitated discussion and guided visualization, led by myself, at Community (not Black) Friday Gathering at Light Box Kulturhaus on NE MLK Blvd. (About 30 folks in attendance.)

November 19/20, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon:

Full weekend workshop: "Dismantling Corporate 'Rights' and Seizing Back the People's Rights!  We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe!"22 people were in attendance. A very energetic group! 

 

November 1, 2011 in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square:

I gave a brief speech to a crowd of more than 5000 people on Oct 28th at Pioneer Square, at a rally in solidarity with Occupy Portland. In my speech, I invited those present to return to this same location on Tuesday, November 1 at 5pm to continue this critical conversation about launching a rights-based local ordinance campaign in Portland. 40 folks returned for that conversation, and are now beginning to self-organize towards preparing a Portland-based Community Rights ordinance.


September 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon:

Public Talk, Sponsored/hosted byOccupation/Preoccupation at the TBA Festival at Washington School.


July 31, 2011 in John Day, Oregon:

2-hour workshop: Sustainable Energy Policy vs Corporate "Rights". At the annual Sol-West Renewable Energy Fair

 

July 25, 2011 at Aprovecho in Cottage Grove, Oregon:

3-hour workshop: Can we achieve a truly sustainable path if we continue to allow corporate constitutional "rights" to block our desires and goals?


May 16, 2011 in Eugene, OR:

Public talk: “We Need Much Bolder Thinking & Action to Wrest Our Country Back From Corporate Rule”, sponsored by the WeThePeopleEugene. It will be broadcast nationally on David Barsamian's 'Alternative Radio' series in October 2011. DVD's of the talk are available now. Contact paul@100fires.com to order one.

Cosponsored by: 

Lane Peace Center, Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) Eugene, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG), Univ of Oregon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Springfield

Endorsed by:

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network (ESSN), Healthcare for All Oregon, MindFreedom International, Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, Lane County Fair Trade Campaign


September 25/26, 2010 in Arcata, CA:

Two-day Workshop: "First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule: We the People are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe"


June 8, 2010 in Portland, OR:

Panel and Community Fishbowl Conversation with Paul Cienfuegos and Barbara Ford: “Despair and Personal Power in an Age of Corporate Rule and Climate Crisis”


June 4, 2010 in Portland, OR:

Workshop at the Village Building Convergence: "How would We The People design and implement a plan which cuts Portland's car use by 80% within 20 years?"


June 3, 2010 in Portland, OR:

Public talk at the Village Building Convergence: "Are We The People? Striving for a Future Where Our Actions Match the Crises/ Opportunities We Face"

(You can listen to the entire 68-minute speech here or watch it here.)


May 26, 2010 in Portland, OR:

"Lecture & Community Discussion with Paul Cienfuegos" hosted by Transition PDX


May 22/23, 2010 in Bellingham, WA:

Two-day workshop: "Understanding Corporate Rule (and ending it)"

 

May 15/16, 2010 in Seattle, WA:

Two-day workshop: "Governing as We the People: Reclaiming Our Society From Corporate Rule" - with a special focus on how working people (union and not) can reclaim their power


April 24, 2010 in Redding, CA:

Public talk at a house meeting


February 27/28, 2010 in Portland, OR:

Two-day Workshop: "First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule"

 

February 26, 2010 in Portland, OR:

Public talk: "Is a Truly Sustainable Society Achievable As Long As Corporate Rights Trump the Rights of People?"

(You can listen to the entire hour-long speech here.)


January 16, 2010 in Mount Vernon, WA:

Public talk at the 8th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration titled "Corporate Rule, Climate Change, the Economy: Everything is Connected"


January 9/10, 2010 in Mount Vernon, WA:

Two-day Workshop: "First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule"


October 2, 2009 in Portland, OR:

Public talk on a panel with Mari Margil (CELDF) at the Econvergence Conference


August 12, 2009 near Jacksonville, OR:

Workshop on how to use a sliding scale for conferences, teach-ins, retreats - and the feelings that arise in the process


June 8 & 11, 2009 in Portland, OR:

Public talk and workshop at the Village Building Convergence titled "Thinking Like Citizens, Acting Like Citizens"

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