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EDA NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2019
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
IS THERE A PATHWAY TO A VIABLE FUTURE? - Yes. Participatory Representative Democracy
ADVOCACY INTENSIVE - Asheville activists get the experience!

EDA CONFERENCE IN OAKLAND - Working together to meet basic human needs
EDA TOWN HALL SERIES - Speak with your representatives on the Board of Trustees
CHARLES HANNAH PRESENTS EDA'S VISION - Carlsbad Democratic Club discovers its bioregion
POSITION AVAILABLE - EDA Director of Communications
– IS THERE A PATHWAY TO A VIABLE FUTURE? –
Yes. Participatory Representative Democracy

The writers of the US Constitution encouraged future generations of Americans to be vigilant in the protection of our democracy. But we have neglected their advice for the past fifty years, with the result that more and more politicians have taken the side of corporate interests over that of their constituents. Accordingly, a growing number of citizens have stopped participating in the democratic process and no longer exercise their right to vote.

This has also caused many people to set participatory democracy, which is focused on grassroots decision-making, against representative democracy where decisions are more centralized. This internal polarization has exposed a major weakness in our system of free and equal government and invited attacks by many authoritarian figures. In this infographic, EDA reveals why both participatory and representative democracy are needed — now more than ever — to create greater equality and sustainability in the management of our world’s declining resources.

– ADVOCACY INTENSIVE –
Asheville Activists Get the Experience!

From its inception, EDA has been devoted to both participatory and representative democracy. This year, we've worked on an Advocacy Intensive program to develop self-organizing groups that speak with their elected officials on issues of economic democracy.

Jacelyn Eckman and the Advocacy Team, Elizabeth Gasek, Carrie Zivetz and Eva Simonsen, have created a manual to guide this program. This manual integrates EDA videos and our Research Team’s findings on the sustainability of the local bioregion, along with many other segments.

We held the first Advocacy Intensive events in Asheville, NC, on two consecutive days in early August.

Feedback from participants was positive. Some said they’d never encountered anything like it. At the Saturday session, Dada Maheshvarananda, one of Prout’s leading economists, told us that, "Prout should have been doing this a long time ago!" The Advocacy Team came away from the events with a nucleus of people who expressed interest in forming an advocacy group in the Asheville area, something we hope to do wherever we offer future programs.

Knowing it would strengthen the integrity of our program, we encouraged critical feedback. Presenting the material live and generating public comment was the whole idea behind testing the program in Asheville -- to make it even better for its Oakland launch in October. EDA promises you an experience that will alter your perspective, inspire and equip you to advocate for resource democracy!

– EDA CONFERENCE IN OAKLAND –
Working Together To Meet Basic Human Needs

If you live in the Oakland area, we invite you to join us on Monday, October 7, for a visit to your local representatives to lobby for CA Assembly Bill 933, Ecosystem Resilience: Watershed Protection. This bill authorizes the California Natural Resources Agency in the Department of Conservation to fund watershed coordinator positions and other costs for watershed improvement across distinct bioregions of the State.

LEARN MORE and REGISTER for the CONFERENCE

Walk-in registration options and student rates are available for Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. We encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues who live in the area to join us. If you're interested in daily attendance rates, please contact PEllis@EconomicDemocracyAdvocates.org

– EDA TOWN HALL SERIES –
Speak With Your Representatives on the Board of Trustees

The first EDA electronic Town Hall is almost here. Make sure to mark Monday, September 9, on your calendar and set your alarm for 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific.

These Town Halls will be hosted by Annida Brunato, Jacelyn Eckman and James Kolb, your At-Large Trustees, and will be held on the Zoom platform. Just click on the link below and follow directions, whether from your phone or computer. If you prefer to not use a computer or install the software, the platform will still allow you to participate by phone.

Since their election by the EDA membership last year, your At-Large Trustees have met by Zoom every week with their colleagues on the Board to manage the affairs of EDA and plan for the future.

The Town Hall is an opportunity for you to interact directly with the three Trustees who represent your interests on the Board. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the management and direction of EDA and want to know more — or want to learn how to get more involved — please join the call and help us grow the organization. Your vision and ideas are indispensable to our future planning. 

Below is the contact information you will need whether you use your computer or phone. We will also post this information on the Talk to Your Trustees thread in the Active Members portal on Loomio.

Town Hall Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/817761688

Dial by your location: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) or,
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 817 761 688
– CHARLES HANNAH PRESENTS EDA'S VISION –
Carlsbad Democratic Club Discovers its Bioregion

Billed as New Ideas for Sustainability and an Equitable Economy, EDA’s Director of Development Charles Hannah gave a well-received presentation to seventy politically active retirees at the La Costa Glen Retirement Community in Carlsbad, California, on August 17.

It was clear that EDA’s concepts were new to the group and with help from Advocacy Team member, Carrie Zivetz, Charles fielded many questions in the lively discussion that followed. In his talk, Charles provided information on the bioregion surrounding their community and the need for managing essential renewable and non-renewable resources through self-organized bioregions, instead of major corporations or the Federal government.

One person made the point that “local” management was different than a “global” approach and wondered how we would be able to achieve widespread acceptance. The fact that EDA is planning to make biocapacity data available in every region throughout the United States provided a satisfactory answer to this concern.

A transcript of the talk is accessible on the Inquiry Group: Creating The Story of EDA thread in the Active Members portal on Loomio.

– POSITION AVAILABLE –
EDA Director of Communications

The position of Director of Communications is now open for applications from both EDA members and the public. This individual will work with the Managing Director to develop the organization’s external communications, brand and public image through innovative communication strategies and media relations.

We will be accepting applications from September 1 to 22, 2019.

Please read the job description for more details on this vital position. Send your application to Managing Director at JamesQ@economicdemocracyadvocates.org

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