Join me at the Education for Democracy convention Aug. 7 in Madison

DemocracyConventionI’ll be part of the opening plenary for the Education for Democracy piece of the Democracy Convention next week in Madison, Wisconsin. The session will take place from 9 – 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 7 at Madison College, 211 N. Carroll St. Madison, WI 53703.

I’ll be talking about “The Year Ahead,” part of a roundtable discussion followed by general participation on immediate flashpoints in education, both in the U.S. and globally, looking ahead to 2013-14 year in K-12 and higher education.

Here’s more about the Democracy Convention: 

If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most … in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution … you will find something inspiring in Madison this August. Join us at the second national Democracy Convention.

More than one conference, the Democracy Convention houses at least nine conferences under one roof. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, “democracy is a life,” and “involves constant struggle” in all sectors of society. With the Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each of these separate democracy struggles, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy.

A NEW DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT

A new movement — a democracy movement — was born in the streets of Seattle on November 30, 1999. This movement’s early years were not easy. Pro-democracy organizers faced crisis after crisis: the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004; the militarization of America that followed September 11th; the destruction of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina; the Supreme Court ruling that corporations wield constitutional rights to buy elections; and today, an economic crisis that is being used to impose fiscal austerity and corporatization schemes on our states and people.

Through these difficult struggles, the new democracy movement has taken form, expanded, and matured. The first Democracy Convention, held in August of 2011, was an incredible “coming of age” celebration for the U.S. democracy movement. Join us at the second convention. It’s time to take more risks and to begin to win the victories that make another world possible.

The Democracy Convention is a project of the Liberty Tree Foundation together with the conveners of each of this year’s nine conferences. We thank our national partners whose support as Major Sponsors, National Sponsor, Co-Sponsors, Endorsers, and Conference Conveners, has been vital. To find out how your organization, union, business, or community can join us, click here: http://democracyconvention.org/sponsor-convention

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

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