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Preserving the Integrity of Democracy – Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney has taken the Standing for Voters Pledge and has also pledged to use her campaign to preserve the integrity of democracy:

Protesting The Bejing Olympics

Back in April I was a featured speaker at a rally to protest human rights abuses by the Chinese Government, especially highlighting the Bejing Olympics this year as a year to address those violations and abuses.

As the Olympics in Bejing Opens this weekend, there are protests around the world taking place:

Dissident decries attendance at Games
Hours after returning from a foiled attempt to visit his home country on the eve of the Olympics, Chinese dissident Yang Jianli railed against world leaders participating in the event, particularly President Bush.
“Imagine the situation: The heads of democracies swarmed to Beijing to participate in opening ceremonies which took place under martial law,” said Yang, a Harvard scholar and Brookline resident, pointing to the military presence and the crackdown on critics that preceded the event. “Millions of Chinese troops and police are deployed in Beijing and everybody is suspect now. . . . Beijing has become a forbidden city itself.”
Yang never made it to Beijing. He never even made it out of Hong Kong Airport. Yang, who was released last year after five years in a Chinese prison, was sent home via Japan, where he had been traveling.

Anti-China protests worldwide as Olympics begin

Worldwide protests coincide with opening ceremony: Hundreds of Tibetan activists detained in Nepal

Olympic protests held around the world: Demonstrations take place in cities including London, Hong Kong, Delhi and Kathmandu as opening ceremony begins

Thousands take part in global day of protest as Beijing Games open: Toronto demonstrators demand ‘Free Tibet’; hundreds arrested as exiles rally in Nepal

Protesters try to turn spotlight from Games to human rights

Small pro-Tibet protest pulled off in Tiananmen

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Dialogue on Democracy

Last night Tom and I attended the Utah Coalition for Civic, Character and Service Learning‘s “Dialogue on Democracy” at the Rice Eccles Stadium Scholarship Reception Room at the University of Utah.   The event was attended by Legislators, community leaders, students, and campus administrators and was sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics.    Speakers included Chief Justice Christine Durham and Lt. Governer Herbert Walker, both who serve on the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education.  Senator Karen Hale presented the Civic, Chariacter, and Service Learning Award to Professor Dan Jones (also of Dan Jones & Associates, which conducts political and issue-oriented polls).  Professor Jones teaches at the Hinckley Institute.  Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute, and Norma Matheson, former First Lady of Utah, introduced the guest speaker of the evening, Larry Sabato who is Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.  Sabato is know for his “crystal ball” approach to predicting election outcomes.  Sabato was entertaining in his style of presentation and spoke to the theme of being civically engaged and getting students to be involved.

We sat at a table with some other educators from Utah.   As dinner began we were assigned to discuss these three questions:

  • Identify your role in fostering I-16 civic education and civic engagements.
  • What can you do individually to strengthen the civic mission of schools?
  • What can be done to make politics (civic involvement) as important as American Idol?

The last question surprised me a little and really made me think.  At first I was angry and sad at the same time that this question had to even be posed as a topic for thought and discussion.  Tom and I both discussed, recognized, and confirmed that the focus of the media needs to change and the value of making entertainment via television a primary in-home activity needs to also change.  In the meatime, what we as educators can strive to do is inspire students towards those ends to be the catalyst for change through our meaningful and carefully planned and implemented lessons and experiences  in our classrooms.

Here is the Utah Coalition for Civic, Character and Service Learning‘s  

Resolution on educating for Democracy

Whereas, we recognize that civic and service learning are essential to the well-being of our representative democracy and should be a central purpose of K-16 education; and

Whereas, we understand that civility, respect for the rights and viewpoints of others, and civic responsibility are vital in our representative democracy; be it there for

Resolved, that we will help instill in K-16 students the desire to become engaged citizens endowed with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and confidence to participate full in democratic life.

David Korten Appearing in Salt Lake City

DAVID KORTEN Author of When Corporations Rule the World, will be speaking Sunday and Monday at these times:

  • Sunday, 1 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East
  • 6 p.m. at the Main Library, 210 E. 400 South
  • Monday, 7 p.m., Westminster College’s Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, 1250 E. 1700 South
    All admissions are free.

    For information, call Sam Weller’s Bookstore at 801-328-2586.

  • Considered by many to be the “bible” of the emerging global Living Democracy Movement, When Corporations Rule the World has become a modern classic with a message that seems increasingly prophetic with each passing day. Its central message is a clear and unequivocal wake up call to humanity. The global economy has become like a malignant cancer, advancing the colonization of the planet’s living spaces for the benefit of powerful corporations and financial institutions. It has turned these once useful institutions into instruments of a market tyranny that is destroying livelihoods, displacing people, and feeding on life in an insatiable quest for money. It forces us all to act in ways destructive of ourselves, our families, our communities, and nature. This destructive process is driven by a combination of institutional forces and an extremist ideology of corporate libertarianism that invokes the theories of Adam Smith and market economics to advance policies that systematically undermine both the market and democracy.

     Human survival depends on a community-based, people-centered alternative beyond the failed extremist ideologies of communism and capitalism. This alternative is already being created through the initiatives of millions of people around the world who are taking back control of their lives and communities to create places where people can live and grow in balance with the living earth. When Corporations Rule the World provides an agenda of national and global reforms by which we may reclaim our power to localize economies while globalizing consciousness.

    The newly released second edition features a Foreword by activist/actor Danny Glover and five all new chapters:

    bullet “Introduction: Deepening Crisis–Cause for Hope” frames the rapidly deepening struggle between the forces of corporate globalization and the forces of a globalizing civil society. 
    bullet “Making Money, Growing Poorer” updates the deepening human crisis of an economy that is making money for the rich at the expense of the life of society and the Planet.
    bullet “The Living Democracy Movement” documents and examines the nature and implications of the growing citizen movement that has emerged in response to corporate globalization’s assault on life and democracy. 
    bullet “A Civil Society” provide a framework for describing the critical role of spirit and culture in distinguishing between a civil society and a capitalist society. It also addresses the centrality of culture to the political and institutional changes ahead.
    bullet “Epilogue: A Story for Our Time” places the current struggle between the forces of democracy and corporate tyranny in its larger evolutionary context to provide insight into its deeper purpose and meaning. 

    This book was written as a project of the PCDForum to help take the analysis and vision of the alternative development movement into the mainstream.