Democracy Convention

Democracy is coming... to the U.S.A.

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Americans have less and less control over their daily lives and almost no say on the direction of the economy. Jobs are insecure, wages are stagnating, debts are growing, retirement is underfunded, and health care is increasingly expensive and unstable. At the same, the wealthiest are getting wealthier, controlling a greater share of the wealth than any time in U.S. history. Their connections to political leadership ensure that economic elites face little risk in our crony capitalist economy.

While the American rhetoric of liberty, justice, democracy and equality has always been inspiring, the American reality has never matched those stated ideals. Because of this, U.S. history is filled with examples of people working together to build the social movements that are necessary to make profound and positive systemic change—the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, labor organizing, civil rights, ecology, global justice, and immigrants rights movements. The foundation for all of these efforts was a commitment by ordinary people to demand and create for themselves changes in their own lives and in their own communities. After all, we usually have the most power where we live and work.

The Community & Economic Democracy Conference will bring together activists from workplaces and communities that are creating and defending participatory democracy. We will convene participatory workshops and panels to share best practices that you can take back and make use of back home:

  • Build sustainable local living economies
  • Democratize the money supply
  • Assert Home Rule and fight preemption
  • Local protections for human rights and nature
  • Create publicly owned banks
  • Create worker and consumer owned and operated businesses
  • Develop participatory budgets
  • Fight and prevent foreclosures
  • Address national and global issues, locally
  • Build food sovereignty
  • Create community-owned energy, cable, health, and other core services
  • Stop corporate boondoggles
  • Protect our communities from fracking, incinerators, and other harms

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and Energy Justice Network are the co-conveners of the Community Democracy Conference. Contact David, Mike and Cheri for more info.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to register now!

*Full Conference Agenda Coming Soon!

Location: 

Conference Sessions

Registration

When:
Where:
Willy Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

CONVENTION PLENARY: Opening Ceremonies and Keynotes

When: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

Exploring and Debating Monetary Policy

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Money and Democracy

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Only Comprehensive Framework for Progressive Monetary Reform

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 145 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Public Banking Essentials

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 140 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

How the Genuine Progress Indicator Improves the Prospects for Democracy

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 140 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Caring Economy & Basic Income

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Money, Schooling, and Educators: Creating a Critically-Informed Movement for Monetary Reform and EcoJustice

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 140 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Images of Oppression Playshop

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Empower Yourself By Inspiring Bank Exits

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Transition US

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Labor Organizing in the time of Robots

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

The New Abolitionism: Monetary Reform, Democracy, & and the Future of Human Rights

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sustaining Our Dreams with Democratic Money Systems

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 140 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Can Capitalism Be Reformed?

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Inclusive Financing: Clean Energy for All

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 140 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Climate Change and Money: Hacking at the Root

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

How Minneapolis Won $15/hr

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

CONVENTION PLENARY: Overcoming Oppression, Building Inclusion: Jen Epps-Addison, Keith Ellison, Jacqui Patterson, and Jill Stein

When: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

CONVENTION PLENARY: Democracy's Struggle with Rep. Pocan

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454

Building the Blockchain World: CryptoCurrencies, Global Cooperatives, & Techno-Anarchism

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Rebel Cities: Transforming Civic Engagement Into Electoral power

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Rejecting Preemption, Building Local Power: Why we should fight for a Community Democracy Amendment

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 240 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clear the Decks for Eco-Socialism

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 120 Blegen Hall
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Social Justice = A Caring Economy

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 140 Blegen
269 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Concert: Emma's Revolution

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Where:
Pipefitters Local 539
312 Central Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

CONVENTION PLENARY: People's Movement Assembly (PMA)

When: Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Where:
University of Minnesota, 125 Willey Hall
229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454