Bringing it Home: Reclaiming Democracy
November 15-18, 2001
Held just two months after the events of September 11 in the United States, Parkland Institute's 5th Annual Fall Conference focused on questions of democracy. Democracy always suffers in conditions of war, or in periods in which governments declare there is a war and that you are either for us or against us. War talk spreads from the perceived enemy abroad to the "enemy from within." And the opponents of corporate globalization and proponents of greater citizens democracy may well be tarred with the same brush and the same blunt instruments, as terrorists. During atmospheres of crisis, that defenders of democracy must work doubly hard to defeat its enemies. And to extend the principles of democracy – equality and community decision making - to all aspects of our lives, economic, social and environmental.