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E-michers: Wanted to share this information with you. Imagine actually living in a community, watershed or state where citizens were really empowered. Where democracy and open doors were not just " political " buzzwords but the very foundation upon which strategy and  decision making evolved.
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
From Steve Chase
Director, Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program
Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England:

Recently, two graduates of Antioch University's Environmental Advocacy 
and Organizing Program started a new movement-building organization in 
New England called Advocates for Community Empowerment (ACE). The 
mission of the organization is to help empower local communities to go 
beyond conventional regulatory strategies and secure a truly democratic 
future by enacting enforceable by-laws and ordinances that place 
control in the hands of ‘we the people” while stripping corporations of 
their illegitimate power to usurp people's rights to a clean and 
healthy environment. This strategy has already been used to good effect 
in western Pennsylvania through the efforts of Tom Linzey and the 
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

As one of the main activist training tools for helping local 
communities in New England learn more about this new organizing model, 
Ellen and Steve will soon begin offering "Daniel Pennock Democracy 
School" weekend workshops in New England communities that were first 
developed by Tom Linzey of CELDEF and Richard Grossman, a founder of 
the Program on Cororations, Law, and Democracy (POCLAD). If you haven't 
heard about this grassroots strategy to challenge corporate rule 
through local organizing, or about this important activist training 
tool, you owe it yourself to learn more. For more information, go to 

All my best,

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Steve Chase, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program
Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431
603-283-2336; 603-357-0618 (fax); Steven_Chase@antiochne.edu

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To learn more, check out the study, ACTIVIST TRAINING IN THE ACADEMY: