Cities for People! was a national coalition of twenty seven community, youth, labor, religious, political, and other civic organizations dedicated to offering an alternative, democratic agenda for the nation's largest cities. Cities for People! organized mass demonstrations protesting corporate involvement in setting the priorities of the June, 2002, annual national meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cities for People! also organized a conference on progressive municipal policy as an alternative the official mayors' meeting. Participants in this conference included the mayors of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Santa Monica, California, three candidates for mayor of the City of Madison, along with other elected officials and community leaders from seventeen states. The conference educated participants about progressive alternatives to corporate-driven municipal policy, including municipal minimum wage laws, inclusionary zoning, living wage ordinances, community policing, and public financing of local elections.
For more information, visit the Cities for People! archive.
Community Power 2002
Community Power 2002: First International Conference on Local Democracy. Held over three days in October 2002, this conference drew participants from 25 states and six countries. Panelists described the lessons of experiments in local democracy conducted in Montevideo (Uruguay), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Manchester (England), San Francisco, Arcata (CA), rural Pennsylvania, Hartford , and Madison. The purpose of this conference was to educate citizens, community leaders, and elected officials about groundbreaking initiatives in local democracy around the world, including participatory budgeting, Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), citizen town halls, and community-driven economic policy.
The Community Power archive will appear here soon.
No Stolen Elections!
In the Summer of 2004, Liberty Tree initiated the No Stolen Elections! campaign and the Nov3.US website, a broad-based mobilization to defend voting rights and protest attempts to manipulate the outcome of the 2004 presidential elections. After election day, the No Stolen Elections! campaign coordinated protests in scores of cities across the United States, and lent support to the Cobb-Badnarik recount in Ohio. The campaign succeeded, among other things, in seeding local election reform groups across the United States.
For more information, visit the No Stolen Elections! website.
First Democratizing Education Convention
Over the weekend of October 22-25, 2005, some 220 students, faculty, staff, and community organizers representing nine states and 26 campuses met at the University of Wisconsin for the first Democratizing Education Convention. The main achievement of the convention was the formation of the Democratizing Education Network.
For more information, visit the 2005 Democratizing Education Convention archive.