From August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin, people will be attending The Democracy Convention, a convention that is promoting democracy. Of course, democracy is nothing more than a system of government that allows citizens to dictate the course of their government. Democracies can be as varied as the political opinions that shape them.
So, which kind of democracy does the Democracy Convention propose? It’s hard to say by looking at the convention’s About page, which only offers such vague explanations as, “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.”
We can surmise that the conference is liberal in political perspective, with sponsoring organizations including the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Wisconsin Wave, Earth Democracy Conference, Liberty Tree, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County, Freedom Inc., Progressive Dane, United Council of UW Students, the Coffee Party, the Green Shadow Cabinet and The Progressive magazine.
It turns out that the Democracy Conference is actually nine different conferences wrapped up all together into one. It’s by looking at the topic lines of these sub-conferences that we can understand what the larger conference is all about:
- People power over war and peace
- Voting rights and open government
- Constitutional Reform – amending our basic law
- Economics as if people mattered
- Racial equity, equality and justice
- A free press for a free society
- Community power and local participation
- Democratizing our schools and colleges
- Reclaim the commons for all beings