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Creating Democracy seeks to advance a self-organizing movement
for collective liberation with small groups at the foundation.

We believe the power to transform the world is rooted in the power of many, many individuals making decisions together, and that we need to practice this decision making in order to create and exercise that power.
We believe in building a movement the way we want the world to run, the world we want to live in.
We believe it takes all of us, for all of us, and that there are way more values and needs that we hold in common than should divide us.  
We believe that each of us possess the ability to organize, to bring people together to affect the change our world needs, and we are committed to sharing these skills and encouraging this leadership.
We believe that true democracy is fundamentally committed to the liberation of all people, and inherently opposed to all forms of oppression, including racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism. 
We believe in loving and gentle accountability that builds understanding and solidarity among ourselves for the purpose of destroying these systems of oppression.    
We believe in love, in creativity, in being bold and humble, in courage and trying new things, in learning as we go, in cherishing the relationships that bind and nurture individuals and communities.

Updates

  • A is for Anti-Racism This past Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the murder of Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy murdered by Cleveland Police.  On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot within two seconds of the police’s sudden arrival and died the next day. He was playing with a plastic toy gun outside a Rec Center.  Tamir’s family has lost faith in the grand jury proceedings and is calling for a new special prosecutor and the arrest and firing of the officers involved.Over the weekend here in Portland, Oregon, a Black student at Lewis and Clark College was attacked by three unknown white men, following demonstrations by students and the Black Student Union in response ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 3:45 PM by Amy Dudley
  • Thanksgiving Meal & Celebration at Feed the Burg on Nov 21st in Roseburg WE GIVE THANKS for a community that feeds the hungry.WE GIVE THANKS for a community that takes care of one another.WE GIVE THANKS for a community that works for justice and democracy.Thanksgiving Meal & Celebration at Feed the Burg in Eagles Park, Roseburg, OR, Saturday, Nov. 21st, Noon - 2pmJoin Feed the Burg in our 4th year for a Thanksgiving Meal for 100-200 poor and homeless in Douglas County and add your voice to the messages of gratitude for the ways that our community takes care of one another, is working for justice, and a better world.  Bring a potluck item to share, a tarp, sleeping bag, tent, socks, or candles to donate.  Make a sign at ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 9:48 AM by Amy Dudley
  • When Movements and History Converge - and Where We Go Next! September 30, 2015  Dear friends, Sitting down to write you was an invitation to reflect on these past three months since we gathered for the Creating Democracy planning meeting, back in June at the Friends Meeting House.  It has been a huge 3 months.It was a little over a week after we met that Black community leaders in Charleston, S.C. were murdered in their own church by a white terrorist who claimed to act in defense of white women.  Then just 10 days after that Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole in front of the SC state house and removed the confederate flag in an action that spoke for people around the world who agreed with her that, "This ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:31 PM by Amy Dudley
  • Inviting Southern Oregon Leaders - Movement Building Pilot Project with Rural Organizing Project and Creating Democracy July 21, 2015 Dear Southern Oregon leaders, Rural Organizing Project has been proud to watch and support your organizing in Southern Oregon, ensuring there is a human dignity voice in every county in the area with the ability to rise to the occasion when crisis or opportunity strikes, and even multiple groups in some places to lead on multiple fronts of human dignity work. The movement for justice is alive and growing in Southern Oregon! We are in a complex and potential-filled movement moment: the national status quo is shifting around race, the statewide conversation about immigrants and structural racism is kicking off yet again as Sheriff Arpaio is brought to Oregon to promote two anti-immigrant ballot measures ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2015, 1:54 PM by Amy Dudley
  • Structure & Accountability in a Self-Organizing Movement for Collective Liberation Summary of our Conversation on Structure for a Self-Organizing Movement for Collective Liberation April 29th, 2015 How we organize ourselves really does matter.  It is another reflection of our values - whose perspectives are included, how leadership operates, how transparent and accessible decision making is - these all make a huge difference in the outcomes of our movement building work.  Our process for organizing and decision making should reflects our values of democracy, our desire for loving movement culture and our commitment to action for collective liberation and anti-oppression.  Creating Democracy’s organizing model values deliberation and participation, self-organization and scalability, transparency and simplicity, anti-oppression and collective liberation, accountability and loving movement culture.As we build from small ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 12:56 PM by Amy Dudley
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