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Democracy & Re Localization

Democracy & Re Localization

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Notes from workshops on democracy and relocalization at the Mass Coalition for Healthy Communities Relocalization conference.
Notes from workshops on democracy and relocalization at the Mass Coalition for Healthy Communities Relocalization conference.

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Published by: Alliance for Democracy on Oct 27, 2009
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MASSACHUSETTS RELOCALIZATION CONFERENCE – October 18, 2009Breakouts on
“Democracy & Relocalization:Applying Democracy in the Face of Corporate Power”
Notes by Ruth Caplan. Alliance for DemocracyThese two breakout sessions were designed on a participatory model around three questions:What we are doing now; What we would like to be doing; Who we’d like to work with. Resourcepeople attending the workshop included: Dave Lewit, Alliance for Democracy; Suren Moodliar,Mass Global Action; Adam Friedman, Citizens for Voter Choice; and May Louie, Dudley StreetNeighborhood Initiative.The notes from the two breakout sessions were combined to share the richness of both sessionsand to encourage wider collaboration. Any additions/corrections are most welcome.
What we are doing now
Supporting campaigns and parties
IRV (Instant Runoff Voting) – Citizens for Voter Choicewww.meetup.com/voterchoiceMA/ 
Supporting the Green Rainbow Party www.massgreens.org
MA Green Power -- helping implement Green Communities Act of 2008www.magreenpower.com/ 
Corp 20/20 – promoting “we the people” decentralized governancewww.corporation2020.org
POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy)
Advocacy for MA public health legislation
Advocacy for food justiceWorking in our local communities
Transition Somerville—seeking increased participation
Arlington United for Justice & Peace – seeking to build compassionate communication
Lexington CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Brookline -- Green Space/affordable housing
Winchester -- relocalization
Cambridge
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People’s Congress to build support for political action around greeningCambridge
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promoting community policing
Jamaica Plain – City Life/Vida Urbana
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
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direct participation/community democratic process/community-elected BOD
Roxbury
 
o
Green Power Cooperative
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Solving problems through power of eminent domain granted by city
What we would like to be doing
Reframing the problem and the solutions
Develop best practices to challenge the empire
Show that democracy is much more than just voting
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Provide ways for people to get involved in their community
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Address ways people’s lives are impacted
Create the “democratic citizen” both in everyday life and in government processes
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Increase participation in town meetings
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Consider whether voting should be required
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Empower local governments in face of developers’ assumed rights to havewhatever they want
o
Show that democracy is not a celebrity sport
Develop community vision and values related to the common good
Promote regional integration
Promote sociocracywww.sociocracy.info/ 
Make more people politically involved by reaching people who have tuned out or nevertuned in because they feel discouraged
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Unfreeze existing ideas, eg, it’s OK to talk about religion & politics
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Provide information with a broader perspective which is relevant to people’s lives
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Make the information understandable, especially cross-culturally
Use humor
Make participation, eg, voting, “cool”
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Build skills needed for democratic participation and decision-making at all levels,including the workplace (and non-profit organizations!)
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Provide training in empowerment through cooperative democratic processes
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Build a sense that people are moving together
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Make the action relevant to people’s lives and demonstrate that what people doreally matters. Examples given:
Success in opening commuter rail station in Roxbury
Success in getting mail boxes put back in communitySpecific initiatives
Promote participatory budgeting
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Control the use of taxpayer dollars in order to humanize our representative system
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Give people a direct say in how tax dollars are spent in their neighborhood
Establish real
home rule
for MA communities and cities
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Idea of home rule is not having to ask the state legislature for permission to passlocal budget or pass ordinances to protect the community
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MA home rule law still requires localities to request permission of state

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