Community rights movement leader to headline upcoming workshop hosted by Asheville unConference

Press release from the Asheville unConference:

Asheville, NC, February 29, 2016 – Paul Cienfuegos, a leader in the growing national movement to empower communities to assert their right to local self-governance, will headline an upcoming interactive workshop titled “Up To Us: An Immersion in Community Rights.”

The event, hosted by Asheville unConference, takes place on Sunday, March 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm at New Mountain AVL. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $25.

At the event, Cienfuegos will introduce the Community Rights Movement as a response to laws that put corporate rights ahead of the health and welfare of the people. Paul’s work illustrates a way for citizens to breathe new life into civic engagement by reclaiming the structures of law that have made real democracy difficult.

The event will also include World Cafe session in which participants will explore what can be done in Asheville. The session will be facilitated by Cynthia Tina and Nicholas Joyce, Asheville unConference organizers and global community builders.

Since 1999, over 200 communities and nine states have passed Community Rights laws that are locally enforceable and establish the right of a community to govern itself. Cienfuegos is a leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people’s inherent right to govern themselves. He has been leading workshops and giving public talks across the US since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California.

The Asheville unConference is a community-designed event that will be held throughout downtown Asheville August 20-21. The unConference is designed to empower local residents to come together, engage in conversations, and create actionable solutions to build a resilient future for Asheville and its citizens.

We encourage those interested to reserve a seat early, as space is limited. Visit to learn more and make your reservation.


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