The Democracy Movement
By Jon Sievert
At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Victoria Collier discusses “The Democracy Movement” (www.democracymovement.us), a coalition of activists offering inspiration, solidarity, and spirituality in the growing movement against greed;,corporatism, and corruption in America.
With climate change, religious extremism, permanent war, and unprecedented economic and political injustice growing, the stakes for activism today have never been higher. A growing majority of citizens wants peace, social justice, and a transition to more sustainable economic models. How can we join together to build a meaningful movement to address the crises and the potential of our times? Fragmented efforts are building momentum and may soon coalesce in the kind of mass based grassroots movement that can achieve fundamental change. The struggle to reclaim the vision and work of real democracy is alive in America, but it will only succeed with all of our involvement and support.
Ms. Collier, a full-time resident of San Miguel, will discuss the different movements for democratic, economic, and environmental justice emerging today, and strategies for their growth and cooperative development. She’ll particularly focus on Detroit as a front line city in the battle against “shock doctrine” corporatism and the Moral Mondays movement birthed in North Carolina as an example of coalition based and spiritually grounded activism.
Her article “How to Rig an Election” appeared as the cover story of the November 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine. The article explored the history of election fraud in America and catalyzed discussion leading to the formation of the National Election Integrity Coalition. Victoria is a regular guest covering democracy issues on radio shows nationwide, including NPR, ABC News, and Pacifica stations, and is a contributor to Truthout.org. She has been a featured lecturer at the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Democracy Convention. She is also the editor of www.votescam.org and has more than 20 years experience as an environmental and social justice organizer and community nonprofit director, with a focus on sustainability, organic agriculture and food security issues.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service
“The Democracy Movement”
By Victoria Collier
Sun, Aug 24,10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15