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 email list and join our 10,000 for Democracy membership drive today!

Our current priority projects include:

In honor of our ten year anniversary we are launching a year-long 10,000 for Democracy membership drive to take the U.S. democracy struggle to the next level. 

Click here to learn more and to join!

We are currently in the process of planning the third Democracy Convention, tentatively scheduled for the first half of 2017.  To access archives from the first and second Democracy Conventions click here and here.  To receive updates about the next Democracy Convention be sure to join our email list!

Liberty Tree's Global Climate Convergence is a multi-year effort working to unify diverse movements behind the struggle for Climate Democracy.  Currently we are mobilizing around the upcoming U.N. C.O.P. climate change summit in Paris while organizing for an initial People's Climate Strike.

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:

Judge rules detaining asylum-seekers in order to deter others is illegal

May 5, 2016
Molly Hennessy-Fiske for LA Times
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Claudia Velasquez, a Honduran immigrant held with her 7-year-old daughter since October in a federal detention facility, looked at the judge Monday via a video hookup as he considered her request for bond.
Velasquez and nearly 1,000 mothers and children were being held at three family detention centers around the country, part of a massive federal effort to stem the influx of immigrants on the southern border last year by keeping those who succeeded in crossing illegally locked up.

REPORT - UN study highlights crisis for refugee women fleeing Central America and Mexico, calls for international border protection due to forced displacement

May 5, 2016
The UN Refugee Agency
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Women in Central America and Mexico are fleeing their countries in rising numbers to escape a surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, fueling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas that demands urgent and concerted action by the states of the region, the United Nations refugee agency warned Wednesday.
View the full report "Women on the Run" from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees by clicking here

U.S. peace activists refuse to pay taxes in protest of military spending

May 5, 2016
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Another year of military operations, another year of resistance: thousands are expected to show conscientious objection by not paying federal income tax.
War tax resisters in the United States are preparing for another round of civil disobedience with the deadline to pay taxes coming this week.

Anti-drone activists arrested at Creech Air Force Base protest

May 5, 2016
David Kupfer for The Progressive
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Twenty-five anti-drone activists from all over the nation were arrested for blocking the roadway at the entrance of Creech Air Force base forty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas on March 31 and April 1.

The radical roots of Mother’s Day

May 5, 2016
Diana Butler Bass for Huffington Post
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At first glance, Mother’s Day appears a quaint and conservative holiday, a sort of greeting card moment, honoring 1950s values, a historical throw back to old-fashioned notions of hearth and home.
Let’s correct that impression by saying: Happy Radical Mother’s Day.

Watch a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation against war

May 4, 2016
Democracy Now!
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In 2009, "Democracy Now" featured an excerpt of Robert Greenwald’s short film Mother’s Day for Peace featuring a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe's, "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Alfre Woodard, Vanessa Williams, Ashraf Salimian, Fatma Saleh, Christine Lahti and Felicity Huffman. 

Watch the clip and read the transcript (with an intro from Gloria Steinem) by clicking here