Occupy Democracy – Pasadena succeeded in putting on an amazing Citizens United Teach-In on September 15th, 2012! It was the first public event that our group has ever hosted and we are so proud of the results.
We had over 120 people at the Villa Gardens Community’s Vista Room (Standing Room Only). We appreciated the support of the Villa Garden’s staff and look forward to having more events there in the future.
All of the ODP Team pitched in to make it a memorable event from the get go. In fact, we knew we had a great event when the first words out of our opening panelist was to compliment ODP on how well organized the event seemed.
These are some pictures from our event, including some post teach-in cheer at a local gastro pub:
We received some local press coverage from the Los Angeles Times / Pasadena Sun here:
Several videographers also offered their skills to record our event, and we’re thankful to have had their time. One of them, Tom Bartolac, uploaded his footage to Youtube where you can view the entire event in five different segments. Check ’em out below:
Opening statements about Occupy Democracy – Pasadena (Patrick Briggs):
Keynote speaker (Congresswoman Judy Chu):
Panelist – Professor of Law at Loyola Law School (Allan Ides):
Panelist – Southern California Organizer, Common Cause (John Smith):
Panelist – President, California Clean Money (Trent Lange):
Question & Answer Session (Audience and Panelists):
The program for the event was well thought out and informative:
The Occupy Democracy – Pasadena leadership team is proud of the work that was put into planning this community event, nearly 6 months before the event. It was comprehensive to say the least, down to arranging for parking and guiding guests to the event location.
We are also proud of how we found an issue as important as this one to focus on for the past 9 months. We thought our work on it had culminated with Congressman Adam Schiff’s surprising presentation of a constitutional amendment to overturn “Citizens United” earlier in June. Yet, this Citizens United Teach-in felt like we were topping even that milestone! It feels like we are really being true to our mission statement by advancing justice and giving people more of a voice in our community… and we’re not done yet!
. . . BECAUSE . . .
I’ll end this post with a poem that one of our ODP leaders wrote in response to the energy in that came out of that room.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
by Elsa M. J. Seifert
Saturday, a day to remember
Over 100 people gathered
Congresswoman and panelists
Speaking truth to power
Loyal to this country
And its original premises
Passionate in their embrace of the truth
And the return of our country
To its values of goodness
And care for its people.
Participation is the key
Voting, speaking, being present
Aware of the world around us
Am I my brother’s (sister’s) keeper?