Democracy School

If interested in attending our next Democracy School –
please email: Connect @ CommunityRightsLaneCounty . org

What IS Democracy School?

 The National Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating course that reframes often discouraging single issue work (such as toxic exposure or fracking) in a way that enables us to confront corporate control on a powerful front that cuts across issues: people’s constitutional rights. Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront corporate usurpation of the rights of communities, people and the earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others. Included with enrollment in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page notebook of background reading material.

Who should go? Anyone who wants to be part of a new way forward in challenging corporate control and protecting our communities – one that succeeds because it fundamentally challenges the rights and privileges that have enabled corporate interests to supersede our own.

“If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.

-Kenny Ausubel, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers