We as citizens of the United States observe politics from afar and the vast majority of us may participate in the political process only to the extent that we go to the polls once a year to vote. We may endeavor to follow the news accounts of our nation's politics as they unfold, and of the consequences those political actions yield, but we have little power to influence our "democratically" elected officials. Perhaps we write an occasional letter to our senator or representative, but we almost inevitably receive a vague and impersonal response explaining why they will vote in our opposition.

Over the decades, our representative democracy has been systematically undermined and has ultimately failed in preserving the well being of the people of this nation. The system that the founding fathers painstakingly devised in order to best serve the interests and the will of the people has been corrupted and the systems of checks and balances on power that they instituted have been stripped away. Most of us accept this reality as being beyond our control and continue to observe, comment, and complain without aspiring to achieving any real change, without any hope of instituting a new system of governance that would instead take directly into account your views, and the views of your neighbors, and would empower you to make real positive change possible in your communities.

This site will attempt to explore in depth the places in the world where people are successfully bringing about that type of change in the face of similar odds, where an alternate form of democracy, which is called participatory or direct democracy, is taking root. Initiative, referendum & recall, community councils, and grassroots organizing are but a few ways in which direct/participatory democracy is achieving great success around the world.

Our system of representative democracy does not admit the voice of the people into congressional halls, the high courts, or the oval office where our rights and our liberties are being sold out from underneath us. Our local leaders and activists in our communities, and even those local elected officials who may have the best of intentions are for the most part powerless to make real positive change happen in our neighborhoods, towns and villages when there is so much corruption from above.

In places like Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, India, and the Phillipines, new experiments in grass roots community based governance are taking place. There is much to be learned from these and other examples of participatory democracy from around the world when we try to examine how this grass-roots based governance could begin to take root here in our own country in order to alter our political system so that it might better serve the American people.

In the hope that one day we can become a nation working together as a united people practicing true democracy as true equals, we open this forum…


Thursday, September 11, 2008

ECUADOR: Video y Poesia Enviado por la Asamblea Constituyente

Video Enviado por la Asamblea Constituyente de Ecuador

La asamblea constituyente de Ecuador que ahorita está en el proceso de elaborar la nueva constitución del país segun un modelo participativo nos mandó este video. Visita la pagina web de la asamblea para leer más.- Editor

Te invitamos a mirar este excelente video:

Que venga la esperanza
Que venga la igualdad
Que venga la rabia
Las ganas de luchar

Que venga la justicia
Que no se deja comprar
La que no se vende
Que busca la verdad

Que venga el trabajo
Que se levanta como himno
Que satisface
El trabajo digno

Que no vuelva la avaricia
Que no vuelva el abuso
La calumnia
El cuento la falacia

Que vengan las mujeres
Y los hombres nuevos
Que venga la educación
Y los jóvenes que sueñan que viene algo mejor

Que venga la libertad
Que venga la dignidad
Que vengan los desplazados
Porque ahora tienen lugar

Que no vuelva la pobreza
Que no vuelva el hambre
El llanto, que no vuelva aquel espanto
Que no vuelvan nunca más

El desprecio el asco la desgracia
La avaricia la codicia
El egoísmo
Que no vuelvan a rondar

Que venga la salud
Que venga el bienestar
Que venga el cambio
Que venga la felicidad

Que vengan los ciegos
Porque saben escuchar
Que vengan los indios, los montubios, los negros
Que vengan que se unan que ahora somos más

Que vengan los que creen
Que vengan los que luchan
Que vengan los hermanos
Que vengan los que amamos

Que vengan los que amamos
Ser ecuatorianos
Dejemos el pasado atrás

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