Friday, May 15, 2009

A Community Bill of Rights

Citizens in Spokane, WA are taking democracy into their own hands...and challenging corporate so-called “rights” in the process. A coalition of organizations in that community are circulating a petition to generate signatures to force a vote that would change the city charter (the city constitution) that would, if passed by voters, affirm citizens’ right to decide on everything “from healthcare to housing to unionization to protecting the Spokane River to a greater extent from the pollution that it’s been subjected to over the past couple of decades.” The citizen initiative seeks to legally root the rights of people of Spokane over those of corporations.

Democracy Now program: Envision Spokane: Coalition Works to Get “Community Bill of Rights” into City Charter

This is a model worth studying and possibly replicating. It’s local work...which creates real democracy with people taking charge where they are of their own community.

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