For every “we” there are decisions about the values and laws of that community.
After the 2017 White House Administration took office, a local Minneapolis neighborhood began to gather monthly to discuss what the U.S. Constitution says — and what it means by it — as the structure behind how America’s “we” organizes itself. The links below offer the curriculum of the events.
We the People… A Community Conversation to Understand the U.S. Constitution, in 10 Acts
The 2016 election and 2017 White House Administration has exposed challenges to our constitutional democracy. How we elect our Presidents, the role of the branches of government in checking and balancing each other, voter manipulation and suppression, and the power of states vs. the power of the federal government are being discussed by people in all corners of our communities from the gym to the grocery store to our places of worship. The consequences of how these issues play out, to our human and civil rights, to our environment, and to the future of our democracy, are tremendous. It’s important for each of us to understand the document that guides our country, how it got us to the situation we are in today, and how we can use it to get create a stronger democracy.
All events are FREE, but free-will donations are collected to off-set minor costs. All remaining donations will be given to organizations that protect civil liberties and voting rights. Everyone is welcome!
Who are we? We are a group of individuals who believe in a future for this country and our communities that is pluralistic, multicultural, just, and equitable. We see a dangerous flouting of the protective ideals of the Constitution, and are committed to protecting and promoting it and the principles it is based on. To do this we feel we need to understand it better! Members of the core planning group include Matt Filner, Cara Letofsky, Jim Davnie, Abou Amara, Noel Nix, Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Allison Wolf, Jerry Wilhem, Elizabeth Glidden, & Mark Haase.
All events held at Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th St, Mpls.
Eight bi-weekly community conversations, Sundays, 1-3pm
Q&A About the Constitution: compiled by We the People MN team
Jan. 15, 2017: Who Can Do What, & Who Can Stop Them? The Branches of the Federal Government (Articles 1-3), discussion led by Matthew Filner, Metro State Associate Professor
Jan. 29, 2017: My Wicca Sisterhood Wants to Hold A Rally: Freedoms of Expression, led by Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Feb. 12, 2017: Me vs. Us: The Right to Bear Arms, led by Matthew Filner, Metro State Associate Professor
Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Feb. 26, 2017: Sharing Your Private Thoughts in Our Public World: The Right to Privacy and Due Process, led by Jerry Wilhelm, Ret. USAO Attorney
March 12, 2017: Pleading the 5th and A Fair Trial for All: Defendants and the Criminal Justice System, led by Abou Amara, NOC Policy Director
March 26, 2017: MN Duty to Protect All Minnesotans: Equal Protection under the Law, led by Myron Orfield, Director, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity
April 9, 2017: MN vs. the USA: Federalism and States’ Rights, led by MN State Rep. Jim Davnie
April 23, 2017: Power To All the People: The Right to Vote, led by Mark Haase, Attorney and Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
April 28, 2017 (Friday): 6-9pm, Wrap-Up: A Culminating Call to Action and community potluck.
The kick-off event for “We the People… A Community Conversation to Understand the U.S. Constitution, in 10 Acts.” — 1/6 (Friday), 6-9pm, public reading of the U.S. Constitution and Amendments, community potluck.
Track the project on Facebook: at “We the People MN”
Questions? Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson at 612-791-7081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.