Democracy School

Just like the civil rights movement had the Highlander Institute in Tennessee – attended by Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., – the new community rights movement has the Democracy School.

Democracy school – Igniting a Rights Movement for Communities and Nature – is our flagship education program and a key piece of our community organizing.

Our educational initiative explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others.

“Democracy School is an intensive look at the history and process of law-making in our system. The information is both chilling and enabling, because a better understanding of the present system also awakens a profound sense of responsibility for making change.”

-Annely Germaine,  Oregon Democracy School participant


“If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.

-Kenny Ausubel, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers


“Democracy School was a mind-blowing experience. During the School, I was forced to come to grips with the understanding that I really knew very little about the true structure of law that controls our activism. Democracy School is a must for everyone who seeks to be liberated from our defensive, after-the-fact reactive organizing strategies.”

-Krishnaveni Gundu, Calhoun County (TX) Resource Watch


The initiative is intended to help people see clearly through the fog, to understand their own history, and to drive change to the very basic foundations of this country. Such understanding builds momentum to unite, to resist, and to build anew.

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