The presidencies of the twentyteens have shown us both the limits of the presidency for a majoritarian progressive politics as well as the beginnings of the dangers of the presidency when wielded by a minority reactionary politics.
Right this moment, the staggering effects of climate devastation are apparent across the globe. While kind-hearted souls from all walks of life pitch in to help the victims of climate chaos, organizers and activists working to address the root causes of human-created destruction are continuing to envision what building people power as a movement could look like.
Outrage at the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and wanton attacks on peaceful students, clergy, and people of color at the hands of white supremacists kicked off nationwide protests against racist violence, which led to the cancellation of dozens of right-wing rallies and the fall of Confederate monuments from Durham to San Diego. There is much hope in the undeniable public support to resist the so-called alt-right.
Thank you for all of your support in helping make Democracy Convention 2017 a success! Whether you attended, donated, sponsored, shared information about the Convention or watched a live stream online this year, you helped bring together hundreds of organizers and activists from around the country committed to working across democracy sectors to bring about the system change we envision. In more than 150 sessions across eight conferences and two unique tracks, democracy movement leaders talked about the problems we face, lessons we have learned, strategies for the future and plans for action within a strong, united democracy movement.
Registration for the third Democracy Convention is now open! Democracy Convention 2017 is taking place August 2 - 6, at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. This year's theme is "Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power!" *Reserve your spot before April 1 and receive a t-shirt at the convention!
You are invited to take part in an important conversation on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET. The movement for democracy confronts new realities with the inauguration of Donald Trump. What should democracy activists do about those realities, and where should we take our movement in 2017 and beyond? Join us for this critical discussion. We'll first hear from some invited presentations, and then open it up for conversation. Please register for the calland invite friends and family.
We know that the first step to building power is through resistance, but resistance alone is not enough. In order to effectively take action to overcome the anti-democratic agenda being implemented from Washington, we must both harness our ability to resist current plans for taking away our rights, and also continue to build strong local communities dedicated to new solutions that empower the people. To that end, this week’s Democracy News is a compilation of toolkits designed to help people organize and take action in order to not only defend our friends, family, colleagues and neighbors, but also to build people power we will need in order to achieve a truly democratic, equitable, and ecological society.
Manipulating election votes, the act of stealing an American election, used to sound far fetched. While many people weren't always confident that voters would make fully informed decisions, it was always assumed that each vote would at least be counted. Then came Florida--and the whole quaint notion of elections got tossed out the window. The final 2000 election recount showed that George W. Bush didn't win but he came close enough to move in for the kill.