Santa Monica, CA Democracy School
April 20th-21st, 2012. Location TBA.
The two-day training teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing toxic dumps, water withdrawal, local food sovereignty, etc.) in a way that allows us to confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights. In the case of Santa Monica, residents are seeking the right to Sustainability. Learn more about the rights-based campaign in Santa Monica here .
Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and the earth. Lectures cover the history of people's movements and corporate power, and the recent organizing by over 120 communities across the US confronting unwanted corporate assaults. Included with enrollment in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page notebook of background reading material.