Democracy Insurgency Curriculum
Real change, led by We the People, is needed in our nation and world. A bottom-up democracy insurgency calling and working for genuine self-governance has begun. It's represented in the US by multi-state responses to attacks on workers, the Occupy Wall Street movement and Move to Amend; and internationally by the massive "Arab Spring" demonstrations throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
The Declaration of Independence in 1776 was the first major collective statement in the colonies outlining oppression and asserting self-determination. The Populists followed the same course in their Omaha Platform of 1892.
The problem isn't a few corporate "bad apples" or in general this or that corporate abuse. The fundamental problem is never-intended constitutional powers and rights corporations have acquired permitting them to usurp us, We the People, from governing ourselves.
POCLAD invites you to join together with others where you are in study/action groups to study, learn and act. We've prepared this Democracy Insurgency Curriculum to assist those who want to embark on this quest.
Study and reflect on the political, legal and institutional oppressions of today — to widen and deepen understanding of the origins of the problem (Note: it just didn't begin with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision)
Learn about democracy campaigns and cooperative programs from democracy/self-governance organizations, and,
More consciously discuss what people are willing to do to work for real change over the long haul — beginning where they are.
POCLAD has prepared this Democracy Insurgency Curriculum to assist those who want to embark on this quest.
If you wish a hard copy packet, the cost is $10 (including postage). To order, contact POCLAD at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-398-1145.
Democracy Insurgency Curriculum Contents
- The Declaration of Independence, 1776 (PDF)
- The Omaha Platform (People's Party platform), 1892 (PDF)
- Why Abolish All Corporate Constitutional Rights by the POCLAD (PDF)
- The Case against Judicial Review by Dave Cobb (PDF)
- A US Constitution with Democracy in Mind by Greg Coleridge and Virginia Rasmussen (PDF)
- The US Constitution: Pull the Curtain by Greg Coleridge and Virginia Rasmussen (PDF)
- Patriarchy and Democracy, an Oxymoron by Mary Zepernick (PDF)
- The Corporatization of Elections by Greg Coleridge (PDF)
- The Rule of Law versus Democracy by Doug Hammerstrom Winter '02 (PDF)
- Our Corporate Elite and the Constitution by Ward Morehouse and Richard Grossman (PDF)
- Challenging Empire's Story by Richard Grossman and the POCLAD (PDF)
- Who Do We Think We Are Anyway? by Molly Morgan and Virginia Rasmussen (PDF)
- After Seattle...The WTO, the US Constitution, and Self-Government by the POCLAD (PDF)
- Labor Must Challenge Corporate Rule by Peter Kellman (PDF)
- Sheep in Wolf's Clothing by Jane Anne Morris (PDF)
- "HELP! I'VE BEEN COLONIZED AND CAN'T GET UP" by Jane Anne Morris (PDF)
Materials to help think through and take action