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Community Rights Workshop with Paul Cienfuegos Tuesday, May 14th

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

Paul Cienfuegos

Do you ever wonder why it seems that we have no control over decisions that affect our quality of life in Vernon County? Come to a special 3 hour workshop with nationally recognized workshop leader and lecturer Paul Cienfuegos, and find out how Vernon County can take back local control through Community Rights Ordinances. 150 communities in eight states have passed or are in the process of passing Community Rights Ordinances that ban harmful but legal corporate activities such as factory farms/CAFOs, water withdrawal for bottling, fracking, mining, planting GMOs, and more. These communities are both conservative and liberal, rural and urban, small and large. Join us for this inspiring and timely talk about how other communities have stood up and stripped corporations of their so-called constitutional "rights", while ensuring the right of people to govern themselves locally.

Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table (219 S Main St., Viroqua, WI)

Tuesday, May 14th from 6:30-9:30pm

Free Event - Donations Welcome - Proceeds benefit Transition Town Viroqua

Evening Agenda:

  • 6:30-7:15pm: The History of Corporations
  • 7:15-7:30pm: Q&A
  • 7:30-8:00pm: The Rise of Community Rights Ordinances in our Country
  • 8:00-8:15pm: Q&A
  • 8:15-9:00pm: Community Rights Case Study: Benton County Bill of Rights that bans GMO agriculture in their county
  • 9:00-9:30pm: Q&A
  • Paul is more than happy to stay afterward for small group discussions

This workshop is for local business owners, city and county officials, elected officials, local farmers, and concerned and public minded citizens who are interested in maintaining local control in Vernon and other counties in the Driftless by passing Community Rights Ordinances. Learn more about these ordinances at

Paul Cienfuegos works full-time in the fast-growing national movement to reign in corporate power at the local level. For more info, go to

Organized by Viroqua Biodynamic Group

Sponsored by Viroqua Food Co-op and Organic Valley

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