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|About||Liberty Tree is uniquely committed to building a democracy movement for the U.S.A.. We provide vital support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform.|
|Mission||Liberty Tree is uniquely committed to building a democracy movement for the U.S.A.. We provide vital support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform in many areas of American life, and bring those campaigns together to form a united movement for democracy.|
"The American War is over, but this is far from being the case with the American Revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the great drama is closed." ~ Benjamin Rush
Liberty Tree is a new organization with old roots. From our origins in a revolution over two centuries ago, Americans have engaged in a relentless struggle for democracy. The heroic efforts of individual people working together in the abolitionist, women's, labor, civil rights, student, treaty rights, and environmental movements, among others, have taken our country a long way toward achieving its democratic promise. Yet that sterling promise remains far from fulfilled, and worse, it has been severely damaged by the corporate takeover of U.S. elections, education, foreign policy, services, corrections, and law.
The world changed radically with the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, and American social movements changed with it. The end of the Cold War created new opportunities for U.S. progressives to build ties with progressives in other countries. At the same time, it also created a new opening for corporate elites to impose their global economic agenda. Liberty Tree is one of the thousands of efforts which emerged in the United States out of the global resistance to corporate rule. Early discussions about Liberty Tree occurred in 1999, in the buildup to the protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle. Over the next five years, those who were to found Liberty Tree coordinated three projects:
Cities for People! was a national coalition of twenty seven community, youth, labor, religious, political, and other civic organizations dedicated to offering an alternative, democratic agenda for the nation's largest cities. Cities for People! organized mass demonstrations protesting corporate involvement in setting the priorities of the June, 2002, annual national meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cities for People! Also organized a conference on progressive municipal po