Democracy School: A Statewide Activist Strategy Session

October 7 and 8, 2016

“As a people of ‘we the people’ fame, we have become either ahistorical, amazingly obedient, exceedingly stupid or all three. We can stay that away if we choose–either denying the corporate state or resigning ourselves to it–with the understanding that every day we fail to challenge the corporate state is another day that the planet falls down around us.”

–Thomas Linzey, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund



Confronting the Corporate Takeover of Communities: A New Organizing Model


Sponsored by: Colorado Community Rights Network

Date: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm Friday evening and 8:30 am – 5 pm Saturday

Location: Unity Spiritual Center Denver, 3021 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO

Tuition: $60 (for the two-day session and all reading material; bring a brownbag lunch on Saturday).

Deadline for signup: Close of business, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Sign up here:

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


What is Democracy School?

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating, illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and discouraging single-issue work (opposing fracking, toxic waste dumps, injection wells, cyanide use in mining, factory farming, prohibitions on minimum wage increases) in a way that confronts corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights. Learn how interconnected legal doctrines caused the “Citizens United” problem and how one unified organizing method breaks open the roadblock to democracy, economic equity, and sustainability. Included in enrollment in Democracy School: a 300+ page notebook of background reading material.

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

Questions? Contact Tom Groover (303) 709-3327 or Dianne Thiel (720) 333-6907.