The Democracy Convention

August 7, 2013 – August 8, 2013 all-day
Madison College

A new movement — a democracy movement — was born in the streets of Seattle on November 30, 1999. This movement’s early years were not easy. Pro-democracy organizers faced crisis after crisis: the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004; the militarization of America that followed September 11th; the destruction of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina; the Supreme Court ruling that corporations wield constitutional rights to buy elections; and today, an economic crisis that is being used to impose fiscal austerity and corporatization schemes on our states and people.

Through these difficult struggles, the new democracy movement has taken form, expanded, and matured. The first Democracy Convention, held in August of 2011, was an incredible “coming of age” celebration for the U.S. democracy movement. Join us at the second convention. It’s time to take more risks and to begin to win the victories that make another world possible.

The Democracy Convention is a project of the Liberty Tree Foundation together with the conveners of each of this year’s nine conferences.

Gar Alperovitz will be delivering a keynote address at the August 7th opening plenary, and a workshop on “The Emerging Shape of the Next System” on the morning of August 8th.

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