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Nov 3, "Rescuing Democracy" conference
30 Oct 2001
Using Election 2000 and the events of 9-11 as reference points, this conference examines the larger social and global threats to democracy and reviews actions that will lead us toward genuine and deep democracy.
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Public Library Main Branch, Copley Square
"Take Action Workshops" will be held at the BPL Copley Square on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September 11 has caused us to think anew, not only about our policies and way of life here in the United States, but also about our foreign policy and international institutions. At the local and national level, it's important for activists to involve a broad range of organizations to advance a coordinated approach toward electoral reform and genuine democracy. On the international front, the need is to examine our economic and foreign policy and international institutions and their effects on the world.

"Rescuing Democracy: A People's Call to Action!" will provide opportunities to hear about threats to democracy and actions we can take to defend it. A day-long series of speakers on Saturday will be followed on Sunday by "Take Action" workshops for interested activists. The workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, Main Branch, Copley Square, Boston.

Speakers include: Alex Keyssar, Harvard Univ.; Ronnie Dugger, Alliance for Democracy; Joe Gerson, American Friends Service Comm.; Granny D, pilgrim for campaign finance reform; David Donnelly, MA Voters for Clean Elections; Giovana Negretti, Oiste & Fanny Lou Hamer Project; Ross Gelbspan, author, The Heat Is On; John Bonifaz, National Voting Rights Instit.; Courtenay Strickland, FLA ACLU, Andrew Straus, Weidner University, and others. Lunch will be available ($10 donation), and a reception will be held after the conference.

A complete schedule of speakers and panel discussions is posted at
For more information: 617-422-1759.

Organized by North Bridge Alliance for Democracy. Co-sponsored by Alliance for Democracy (national), American Friends Service Committee, Boston/Cambridge Alliance for Democracy, Boston Mobilization for Survival, Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, Coalition for a Strong United Nations, Equal Exchange, Facing the Future Network, Fanny Lou Hamer Project, Mass Green Party, Metrowest Alliance For Democracy, Not My President, Political Research Associates, Socialist Party of Massachusetts, United for a Fair Economy, VoterMarch, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (list complete as of 10/30)
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