Democracy Summer 2001 -- June 17-23 at Florida A&M University
Our time has come. Remember the Florida election? Butterfly ballots, hanging chads, roadblocks, recounts--and the sinking feeling in the stomachs of the American people that this is not the way democracy is supposed to work?
Now is the time to rise up and demand change. Even Congress is suddenly tackling campaign finance reform, and several states are considering re-enfranchising ex-felons. Everybody knows: until Washington ceases to be a white boys' network of power lunches and backroom deals, progressive change will be impossible.
Democracy Summer 2001 is an historic gathering of a multi-ethnic and cross-generational alliance of organizations and individuals committed to building a pro-democracy movement. First, the Democracy Institute, a week-long training on electoral reform and organizing skills, will take place June 17-23 at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida's state capital (the scene of the crime).
After that week, participants will be placed in activist-internships around the country according to their interest and availability.
This Pro-Democracy Campaign has been developing ever since the Florida election scandal hit, and over 100 organizations have endorsed a 10-point Voters' Bill of Rights:
(for the full text go to www.votersbillofrights.org)
At the Democracy Institute, we will learn, organize, and brainstorm about:
Democracy Summer is our opportunity to build a movement in our own image. Let's get this party started! For more information, contact Tanya or Sekou at Democracy Summer, 202-234-9382, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit our website at www.democracysummer.org.
Sponsoring Organizations: Black Youth Vote, Democracy Matters, Fannie Lou Hamer Project, Global Exchange, Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN), Institute for Policy Studies/Progressive Challenge, NAACP Youth and College Division, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Rock the Vote. See www.democracysummer.org for a complete list of endorsers and for application information.
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