|The Alliance for Democracy was invited to create the Democracy Tent for
the April 29 March and Festival for Peace, Justice and Democracy in
NYC. The Festival from 1-6 p.m. was held at Foley Square in downtown
Manhattan opposite the Court House. There were more than 20 large tents
with tables set up and about 75 additional tables arrayed around the
It was a beautiful spring day. Hundreds of thousands, estimated at
about 300.000, marched down Broadway from 34th Street to the Square in
a huge demonstration against the war and in support of real policy
change to turn our country around.
The Democracy Tent focused on the history of corporate power and
first principles for creating a real peoples democracy. The specific
theme of Democracy was highlighted in regard to such subjects as, for
example, Democracy and water, food, media, health, trade, corporate
personhood, election reform and honest elections. The groups
represented (see below) had a wealth of materials to pass out and
action items for ways people could become more immediately involved in
the work of each group. The tent was decorated with signs, or
Democracy Memes, that may be read and printed out for use at local
events soon available on our website.
The AfD table featured many newly created handouts, also the Political
Bribery Booklet and back issues of Justice Rising on Creating Honest
Elections (Spring 2005) and Reclaiming the Commons (Spring 2006).
These can be ordered from Barbara Clancy at the AfD office - firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-894-1179.
Ruth Weizenbaum, AfDs Northeast Regional Representative, created a
display of Other Voices A Community Cable Project she developed
along with former Council Member Bill Haff for the Democracy and Media
table (click here). Ruth Caplan, Chair of our Defending Water for Life
Campaign, created for the Democracy and Water display a large map of
the 9 North Eastern states where the water barons have been active in
over 150 communities. She identified bottling plants and sources of
bottled water, and communities that have dealt with issues related to
corporate privatization of the municipal drinking water/sewer systems.
This map and report Have the Water Barons Come to Your Community?
will soon be available on the AfD website.
A number of AfD members and friends stopped by the table to say hello and chat about their activities.
You may wish to look at Ruth Weizenbaums March and Democracy Tent slide show and check the UFPJ website for many news stories
The following additional issues and groups were represented in the
tent: Voting and Civil Rights - Rainbow PUSH on reauthorization of the
Voting Rights Act and the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights;
Election Reform and Honest Elections NY Common Cause and New York
Verified Voting; Water - Food and Water Watch (formerly Public
Citizens Water for All Campaign) and Womens International League for
Peace and Freedoms Save the Water Campaign; Food - Just Food from
NYC; Trade - Public Citizens Citizens Trade Campaign; Health -
Center for Health, Environment and Justice on their PVC Campaign; Media
FAIR Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; and Corporate Personhood -
Womens International League for Peace and Freedom. Materials from the
Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD), the Democracy
Schools of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), and
the Center for Democracy and the Constitution in MA were also available.
|Nancy Price weaves the Tapestry of the Commons. View the Democracy Tent slide show.
|National office coordinator Barbara Clancy talks to marchers.
|For hours, marchers filled Foley Square to connect with anti-war and social justice groups.
|Spreading the message!
|Many marchers made an immediate
connection with the concept of weaving a common wealth--several were
interested in presenting the workshop in their own communities.