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Democracy School

  • Unity of Boulder Spritual Center 2855 Folsom Street Boulder, CO, 80304 United States (map)

Instead of questioning why corporations can legally treat Colorado communities like sacrifice zones, we accept their authority to do so and then beg elected officials to make the drilling a little less harmful. How did we get to this state and what can we do about it? 

Democracy School: Confronting the Corporate Takeover of Communities: A New Organizing Model

With Ben Price and Chad Nicholson, Senior Organizers, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

Sponsored by: Colorado Community Rights Network

Date: Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time: 6 pm - 9 pm Friday evening and 8:45 am - 5 pm Saturday

Location: The Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, CO 80304

Tuition: $150 (for the two-day session and all reading material)

Space is limited to 35 people: SIGN UP AND PAY HERE NOW:

Note: We can accommodate up to 5 people on a reduced-rate scholarship. To apply for a scholarship, send an email explaining why you need the scholarship to and we will be in touch with you. 

To bring: A brownbag lunch on Saturday. We will have a short break and there are no restaurants close by. 

Deadline for signup: Wednesday, May 17 at 5pm

What is Democracy School?

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is an illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe discouraging single-issue work (fracking, cyanide use in mining, factory farming, livable wage, affordable housing, worker rights, policing) in a way that confronts corporate control on a powerful single front: people's constitutional rights. 

Democracy School offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others. 

Included with enrollment in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page notebook of background reading material.

In Boulder County and many other counties in Colorado, we are facing impending oil and gas drilling as our moratoriums end. Join us for Democracy School as we learn more about how to continue the fight for local control over fracking and other issues in our communities. 

Learn more about Democracy School in this short video from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund: 

Questions? Contact Kristin McLean at

Why should you attend a Democracy School?

• You want to understand how corporations have taken control of our government.

• You want to learn how certain social movements won against corporate power.

• You believe that we have to understand our true history in order to bring decision-making power back to the people and to our communities.

• You studied American history in high school and/or college, but think you might have been snookered about the stories of our past.

• You suspect that we don't really live in a democracy.

• You care about slowing climate change, stopping pollution, ensuring social justice, getting basic rights for workers, etc.

• You would like to help get a local community bill of rights enacted in your town, city, or county.

“If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.“

-Kenny Ausubel ‘05, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers