The California Center for Community Democracy was formed by a group of democracy activists in California for the purpose of asserting people’s rights against the dominance of corporate rights.
Jan Edwards is credited with separating out corporate personhood as a major issue within the people’s rights agenda. She led the effort to write and pass the Point Arena Resolution Against Corporate Personhood. She developed the Timeline of Personhood Rights and Powers. She was an organizer of the Placerville Retreat in 2001 and became a member of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) leadership team for its Challenge Corporate Power/Assert the People’s Rights campaign. Drawing on her creative abilities developed in her prior career as a costume designer for theater, she now develops tools to educate the public about democracy issues.
Kirsten Lambertsen is a member of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, and she is on the leadership team of its Challenge Corporate Power/Assert the People’s Rights campaign. She is the organizer of Persons, Inc., a San Francisco campaign to pass an anti-corporate personhood resolution at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She is also a member of Reclaim Democracy Bay Area. She lives, works and runs her own small business in San Francisco.
Lynda McClure served as district staff to Congressman Dan Hamburg from 1992 to 1994. She is currently on the boards of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, the Green Party of Mendocino County, and the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is also active in the Ukiah area Alliance for Democracy. Lynda is employed as an organizer with Service Employees International Union.
William Meyers is a member of the Point Arena School Board. He played a national role in defeating industry plans to feed irradiated foods to public school students. He helped draft the Point Arena Resolution Against Corporate Personhood, and produced the first popular modern work on the subject, Santa Clara Blues: Corporate Personhood v. Democracy. He is also a past board member of the Industrial Workers of the World and past member of the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States. His essays have appeared in Earth First! Journal and many other publications.
Nancy Price has served as the Co-chair of the national Alliance for Democracy (AfD) since 2001. She is Western Coordinator of Defending Water for Life Project of AfD’s Corporate Globalization / Positive Alternatives campaign. Within WILPF she is on the leadership team of the Save the Water Campaign. She is organizing against Nestle Bottled Water in Maine and California. She was instrumental in creating the Water Allies Network (www.waterallies.org) and coordinates its Clean Water-Healthy Communities Working Group focusing on the Precautionary Principle. She served from 1991 to 1992 on the City of Davis Planning Commission. She was also of the participants at Placerville. Nancy formerly taught Asian and Chinese Art History and Archeology and she founded and edited the “Early China” journal of the Society for the study of Early China.
Vikki Savee is serving her third term as the National Treasurer for the Alliance for Democracy, proceeded by two terms as their National Secretary. She currently serves as Treasurer of CCCD. She works full-time as office / accounting / operations manager for an equipment company; is a grandmother of seven and recently became a reat-grandmother.
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap was a new intern with Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (DUHC) when she attended the Placerville retreat in 2001. Since then she has become DUHC’s Director. In 2004 she was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water Board, becoming one of the youngest elected officials in California. She belongs to the Smart Meme STORY board, the leadership team of WILPF’s Challenge Corporate Power/Assert the People’s Rights campaign, and is Project Co-coordinator for the Humboldt Exchange Community Currency Project. She is also on the Housing Advisory Board for the City of Eureka.