A Democracy Movement for the U.S.A.


Liberty Tree is uniquely committed to building a democracy movement for the U.S.A.. We provide vital support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform in many areas of American life, and bring those campaigns together to form a united movement for democracy. 
 
To get involved please explore our work, subscribe to our news list and make a contribution today!

Our current priority projects:

Democracy ConventionLiberty Tree would like to thank the many people who made the 2nd Democracy Convention this past August 7th-11th such a huge success!  To access audio, text, and video from 2013 Convention click here.  For archives of the 2011 Democracy Convention click here.

Liberty Tree is in the midst of launching a ground breaking new project called the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, a multi-year education and direct action campaign that will kick-off this spring with a global “10 Days to Change Course” week of action from Earth Day to May Day 2014.

Our Shut the Chamber campaign is organizing individuals, organizations, small-businesses, and local chambers, to cut ties with and fight back against the U.S. Chamber of Commerece.  The U.S. Chamber is the #1 force behind the austerity agenda, attacks on workers' rights, climate change denial, and much much more.

Wisconsin WaveThe Wisconsin Wave is dedicated to uniting Wisconsinites against corporatization and austerity and for democracy and shared prosperity.  After playing an important role in  the two years of the Wisconsin Uprising, the Wave is continuing to organize a long-term movement for democracy. 

Move to AmendThe national Move to Amend coalition, of which Liberty Tree is a co-founding organization, is the nation's largest, most diverse, and most deeply rooted campaign working to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect our democratic rights by overturning the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.


Latest Democracy Movement News:

Participatory Budgeting continues to grow in NYC

April 4, 2014
Jay Cassano
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It would be tough to find something people like to complain about more than politicians. Now, thanks to New York City's Participatory Budgeting project, we get to do part of their job for them.

With the fast flow of information these days, the average citizen can easily be just as informed as any local politician or policy wonk. So why do we need politicians to spend our tax dollars for us? Especially when it comes local communities, people have a visceral and intuitive understanding of the changes they want to see.

NYT: Cooperative businesses benefit both worker-owners and their communities

March 25, 2014
Shaila Dewan
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If you happen to be looking for your morning coffee near Golden Gate Park and the bright red storefront of the Arizmendi Bakery attracts your attention, congratulations. You have found what the readers of The San Francisco Bay Guardian, a local alt-weekly, deem the city’s best bakery. But it has another, less obvious, distinction.

TRUTHOUT: Building a more democratic banking system

March 17, 2014
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
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In Part I of this series, we examined breaking up the too-big-to-fail-or- jail banks, regulating them - especially

COMMON DREAMS: Is the 'sharing economy' a pathway to greater economic democracy?

January 22, 2014
Adam Parsons
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In recent years, the concept and practice of sharing resources is fast becoming a mainstream phenomenon across North America, Western Europe and other world regions. The internet is awash with articles and websites that celebrate the vast potential of sharing human and physical assets, in everything from cars and bicycles to housing, workplaces, food, household items, and even time or expertise.

Al Jazeera: Oxfam says world's rich threaten democracy

January 21, 2014
Al Jazeera
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The 85 richest people on planet "own the wealth of half the world's population", the charity said.

The world's elite have rigged laws in their own favour undermining democracy and creating a chasm of inequality across the globe, charity Oxfam said in advance of the annual get-together of the world's most powerful at Davos.