Democracy School

The Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools are a key piece of our community organizing.  Named for a boy in Pennsylvania who died after exposure to sewage sludge, the Democracy Schools are one to three-day intensive seminars that examine how communities across the U.S. are beginning to assert local control to protect the rights of their residents, their communities, and nature.

We often begin our work with a phone call from a community member.  A resident will contact us because his or her community is facing a proposal for an unwanted project – perhaps a factory farm, a quarry, or mining operations.  From there, we will often visit with community members, conduct an evening presentation, or meet with elected officials and hold a Democracy School.

The Legal Defense Fund has nearly 200 Democracy Schools, graduating nearly 3,000 participants.  Participants include many first-time activists, concerned citizens, and local elected officials.

There are lots of materials about Democracy School here on our website as well as a schedule of Schools.  You can also register for a School from our website.  We hope you will join us at an upcoming Democracy School.