Corporate entities and individuals of extreme wealth have largely captured our government and economic institutions. Basic political, economic and human rights are in decline. The result is a lack of real democracy — defined as the ability of those who are affected by decisions having an authentic voice in the shaping of those decisions.
However, people have always strived for basic rights, resisted oppression, created alternative structures, and sought to control the power and influence of corporate entities and extreme wealth in society through education, advocacy and social movement organizing.
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The REAL Democracy History Calendar provides 1-4 listings per day sent by email every Monday morning of activities, events, quotes from prominent individuals and/or other occurrences (both past and recent) on the themes of democracy, human rights, corporate power and rule, and wealth in society (especially in elections).
This Calendar is a production of Create Real Democracy (createrealdemocracy.wordpress.com). Much of its original content came from the research and writings of individuals connected to the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD: http://www.poclad.org) and the former Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). It’s currently updated by Greg Coleridge.
Our goal is to inform, intrigue and inspire — and to illuminate the reality that creating real democracy will not happen by changing any one politician, passing/repealing any one law or regulation, or reversing any single Supreme Court decision. It requires, rather, changing our political, economic and social culture – one byproduct of which will be to democratize our legal structures through genuinely inclusive, multi-issue, nonviolent social movements.
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