The CELDF Democracy School: Igniting a Rights Movement for Communities and Nature!

Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating virtual course that teaches residents and activists an empowering new approach about how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single-issue work – such as opposing fracking, overdevelopment, and pesticides, or advocating for worker rights, housing access, and protecting water – in a way that we can confront corporate control and government interference on a powerful front: the people’s right of local self-governance and Nature’s rights.

Educating your community is one of the most powerful steps toward change you can make. Here are the details for our upcoming virtual Democracy School event:

Each Democracy School is a 4 part session. Please register once for access to all 4 dates.

Democracy School is open to anyone – but we recommend finding a school hosted within your community to create meaningful dialogue and networking around the issues that are most important to you and your community.

Outline of Curriculum:The virtual Democracy School consists of 4 modules organized as lecture/presentation, small-group breakout discussion, and large-group discussion.

Module 1: Where We Are Now – Exposing Intentional Barriers to Community Self-Determination

Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 11am – 1pm EST

Module 2: How did we get here? The Power of Property
Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 11am – 1pm EST

Module 3: How we could make change – Asserting Rights
Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 11am – 1pm EST

Module 4: Where We Could End Up – Building a Movement for Real Change
Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 11am – 1:30pm EST

Cost:  $15 for all 4 modules. Scholarships are available. High school and college students and teachers let us know if scholarship is needed.

Space is limited as this is interactive and participatory. This will not be recorded and so you must attend the live school. Please only register if you are able to attend all 4 modules as each module builds on the previous one.

Links for course materials and access to Zoom will be sent out once all spots are filled (Minimum 15; Maximum 25). 

Questions? Contact Tish O’Dell at or  Lisa Burroughs at

Co-sponsored by Ashtabula County Water Watch and CELDF. 

Click on this link to register!