The public is invited to a free talk entitled, "Our Government Institutions Don't Serve Us - By Design," Thursday, Sept. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Elks Club, 204 W. Main St. in Decorah.

Paul Cienfuegos will present background showing how since 1819 corporations have come to have more constitutional rights than the people. He addresses the current challenges that local governments face in trying to protect the health and welfare of community residents, when prohibited by state laws. Come and learn why local elected officials' hands are often tied, and what citizens can do to untie them. Find out about the fast growing Community Rights movement, launched in conservative Pennsylvania farm communities in 2000, which has now spread to 155 communities in nine states among Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and many others.

This event is hosted by the Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County, newly formed in May 2013. For more information contact

For more information on Paul Cienfuegos can be found at

Weekend workshop

Cienfuegos also will lead a workshop entitled "Becoming We the People," Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29 in Decorah, at the United Congregational Center, 209 W. Broadway.

The worship includes an overview of the history of constitutional rights, an examination of how money and corporations impact government and civic society and how communities across the country are strengthening local governance using "community rights" ordinances.

The workshop fee has a sliding scale between $50 and $250. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact