The first, famous Liberty Tree stood on the Boston Common, an American Elm with a political history. The elm was a commons tree in the pre-Norman ‘English borough’ tradition: A place for the people of the shire to gather on their own terms and for their own purposes.
In the decade of agitation that fed into the American Revolution, Boston radicals rallied beneath the tree’s canopy, speaking against imperial authorities and calling for home rule in the colonies.
The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution is a nonprofit organization rooted in the belief that the American Revolution is a living tradition whose greatest promise is democracy. In order to help achieve that promise, Liberty Tree works to create a society in which communities and individuals have the desire, skills, and capacity to participate in the vital decisions that affect their lives.
Celebrating 10 years of “building a democracy movement for the U.S.A.,” some of the U.S.A.’s leading activists and intellectuals launched 10,000 for Democracy, a campaign to enlist 10,000 people as Liberty Tree members in the cause of building, “an unstoppable movement for deep systemic democratic change.”
The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution incorporated in the summer of 2004 and went public in 2005 with the launch of its first website and quarterly journal. The following timeline gives highlights of some of the major developments and accomplishments of Liberty Tree in its work to “build 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.
Liberty Tree launched its first website at LibertyTreeFDR. org on January 1st, featuring news, publications, and event listings and organized around various the different areas (e.g. economic democracy, media democracy, local democracy, etc) in which pro-democracy work was happening in the United States. Later on, Liberty Tree moved its primary web url to LibertyTreeFoundation.org.