Rebirthing Democracy!
What is it & why do we need to?

Brattleboro Democracy Forum
at Brooks Memorial Library and on Zoom.
Monday, May 9th, 6 pm in the community meeting room.
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Join us with Liam Madden, activist and political change maker, who describes what kinds of structural innovations need to be considered to create a politics capable of meeting our biggest challenges. Rebirthing Democracy focuses not on changing the players, but instead on changing the rules to the game – through innovations to the technology, social processes, and mindsets we use to collectively solve big, complex and scary problems.

Liam is a marine corps veteran, an anti war leader, and an MIT climate solver. He lives in Bellows Falls with his wife Lauren, son June (3) and perhaps by the time of this event a new son Winn. Liam is a solar energy professional.

The views expressed at the Brattleboro Democracy Forum are not necessarily those of Brooks Memorial Library or its employees.
The Brattleboro Democracy Forum is produced by We Celebrate Democracy Civil Rights For All a nonprofit in Marlboro Vermont dedicated to positive nonviolent public action for democracy and civil rights for all people.

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with Tim Kipp and friends
Brattleboro Democracy Forum at the Brooks Memorial Library and on Zoom 
6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2022

To watch the video go to BCTV- video library and search for Real Democracy

Tim says:
The United States is in a crisis of two nations.  Economic instability, racial reckoning, a lingering pandemic and rising authoritarianism divide Americans by a gulf not experienced since the Civil War.
Underlying this disunion are conflicting concepts of what democracy actually is or should be. The old consensus is crumbling. Today for some, physically attacking the nation’s capitol makes sense, for others, making it harder for people to vote is a democratic act. 
On the other hand many still believe in citizen responsibility in the political process. For these people government and community organizing for social justice is what democracy looks like. 
Our future can and will be charted by how we conceptualize democracy itself. Understanding, expanding and sustaining democracy can perhaps lead to a bridging of this not so grand canyon of national divide.
This presentation focuses on the nature of democracy and offers a re conceptualization of this greatest of human inventions.
Tim Kipp is a retired history and political science teacher of 39 years and a political activist since the 1960s.

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“The Despotic Branch: The Undemocratic Nature of the Supreme Court.”

With Nick Biddle, Tim Kipp and friends

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022, at 6:30 PM

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Tim and Nick say:
The Supreme Court’s initial assertion in 1803 of the authority to nullify congressional law caused Thomas Jefferson to characterize the court as the Despotic Branch. Jimmy Carter recently concluded that the Supreme Court’s powers rendered the United States into an oligarchy. Contrary to our historic myths the Supreme Court is not a democratic institution. Throughout our history the high court, with a few notable exceptions, has been the bulwark of protecting property rights over human rights, of undermining democracy. The current court is on track to be the most egregiously anti-democratic court in the nation’s history. Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will detail the substance of the high court’s despotic powers and how it has reached today’s all-time lo.

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Abortion Rights
and the Production of Law 
with Nick Biddle and friends
Brattleboro Democracy Forum
Tuesday, October 5th, at 6:30 pm on Zoom

To watch the video go to BCTV and search for Brattleboro Democracy Forum. Scrool down ’till you see the video and click on it.

Nick says:
The new Texas abortion law, officially entitled the “Heartbeat Act,” gained notorious stature in early September when the Supreme Court permitted its enforcement. The Court’s ruling is by any measure extraordinarily political and deeply threatening to Roe v. Wade. The emotional tension of abortion cannot be replicated and that quality has made it the darling issue of dark money activism for forty years. This presentation will highlight the nearly mechanical role abortion rights have played in advancing the production of laws designed not just to end legalized abortion but also the full welfare state as we’ve known it since the 1960’s.
Please come to the meeting and join the discussion.

BDF Participants

Nick Biddle, retired professor of Latin American History, has lived in Brattleboro since 2013
Marley Stuart, writer, editor and co-founder of EcoStudies, an educational non-profit organization, lives in Syracuse, NY.
Garrett Whitney, the longest practicing Rolfer in the United States, a political activist for 50 years, lives in Concord, MA.
Kirsten Fischer, PhD, Professor of History, Univ. of Minnesota. Lives in St. Paul, MN.

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