"The issue is not issues, the issue is the system."
Ronnie Dugger, founder, Alliance for Democracy

We support Rep. John Conyers and the WATER Act: What our government should be doing for "We the People." Click to find out more.

Stay aware on trade

We may be just weeks away from a White House notice of intent to begin renegotations on NAFTA. Time to organize to make sure we get the fair trade deal we need, one that will  protect jobs, the environment and democracy. See this e-newsletter for links to resources.

Community Action for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
 The Alliance for Democracy demands that the People's Vote Must Count, and our new campaign supports local action to study the entwined issues of election manipulation and voter suppression, to investigate how votes are counted where you live, and to promote hand-counted paper ballots at the county or precinct level.

Learn how to advocate for
hand-counted paper ballots

Our latest issue of our journal Justice Rising: Grassroots Solutions to Corporate Power, focuses on voting rights and election protection. It has been praised by as an invaluable primer on the interlinked issues of vulnerable electronic voting machines, voter suppression, gerrymandering, and ID laws. Read it online here. Full print issues are available; contact the Alliance's national office to find out more.

To learn about our "Defending Water for Life" campaigns, visit our campaign page and these state campaign websites:

Our history: AfD and Barnstead NH protect water, rights of nature.

Voters Keep Nestlé Out of Cascade Locks
We were proud to support Local Water Alliance's work to block a proposed bottling plant in Cascade Locks, OR. With the votes in, a local ballot question to block water extraction has passed overwhelmingly! Read about it here.

Protecting a river and a people
The Penobscot Nation is fighting the state's claim that their lands do not include adjacent waters. "The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Terretory," a new documentary by Sunlight Media Collective, looks at Penobscot history and organizing to keep the river a source of life rather than a resource to be exploited for profit.

"All Power...
...is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit... they have therefore an unalienable and indefensible right to institute government and to alter, reform or totally change the same when their safety and happiness require it."
Article 1 & 2,
Maine Constitution

What are Local Food and Community Self Governance Ordinances?
maine food mapLocal Food and Community Self Governance Ordinances allow towns to protect the economic relationships between farmers, food producers and consumers by saying that the right to regulate sales and safety lies with town government, not with federal authorities who craft regulation to benefit big agriculture, factory farms, and industrial producers. These ordinances, now in force in 17 Maine towns, are part of a national food freedom movement, and a global push for food sovereignty. Click on the map to find out more.

Justice Rising
Our journal highlights grassroots resistance to corporate rule

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Join AfD! Your membership includes Justice Rising.

Some great writers have published in Justice Rising. See the Author Index here.

The People's Vote Must Count! Reclaim Elections, Restore Voting Rights, Protect Our Ballots

This issue takes a systemic look at elections, voting, and ballot access, from voter suppression and civil rights, to gerrymandering, to the problems of electronic voting machines and the need for hand-counted paper ballots if we want true election security. It can be used as a study guide for your own local "People's Vote Must Count" campaign. Read the complete issue or download single articles here. Our members get a free subscription—join today!

Extra copies available! Call us at 781-894-1179 or email afd@thealliancefordemocracy.org. Back issues of Justice Rising are online here.

Public Banking

Alliance for Democracy members and activists are working on local public banking projects in Boston, Portland OR, and Washington DC. We also published an edition of Justice Rising on "Banking for Maine Street, Not Wall Street," with articles by Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Ellen Brown, Ira B. Dember, Steve Seuser, Jeremy Mohler and Tom Sgouros, as well as Alliance writers and activists Ruth Caplan and Jim Tarbell. Our Public Banking page links you to that issue of Justice Rising, to the latest news, and to allies' websites.

Sticker that car, bike, bag!
Ordering info here.

political bribery

See our "Tools for Organizing" page for the following:
•  "Corporate Bribery: Our Democracy is for Sale." Learn how big donations corrupt policymaking, politics, and elections here.
•  "Corporations are not People" explains corporate personhood and how we can take back our rights.
•  How-to's for street theater and visibility actions
•  Download and print a one-page flyer: "Political Bribery is Illegal"

Democratizing Tools for Sustainability and Community
Media, Development and the Commons

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Tapestry of the

Tapestry of the Commons

•  Listen to the Tapestry of the Commons radio program
•  For a teacher workshop, or school or community group presentation contact the AfD office

AfD National Office
21 Main Street, #4
Hudson, MA 01749

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