The Community/Democracy Building Project

WE NEED DEMOCRACY

Democracy gives us the following:

Liberty – We need democracy because it protects our liberty and defends us from arbitrary and unreasonable restraints. Liberty in law extends to the full range of conduct which the individual is free to pursue, and it cannot be restricted except for a proper governmental objective. ¬†Liberty is the power to do as one pleases as long as it doesn’t deny others their liberty. It is also freedom from physical restraints and controls. And it is freedom from arbitrary or dictatorial control and the ability to enjoy a range of culturally accepted social, political, or economic rights and privileges.

Rights – These include our rights to expression in religion, speech, press, assembly, petitions, jury trials, privacy, and other elements defined in law such as free education and movement from one place to another.

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OUR DEMOCRACY IS WEAKENING

Evidence of democracy’s weakening includes:

A government that is hobbled in partisan divide

Representatives that spend more time asking the wealthy for money than working for the people

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WE MUST STRENGTHEN OUR DEMOCRACY

Democracy means power for the people. But the people are only powerful when they are united, engaged and in agreement on what needs to be accomplished. The primary way to build the power of democracy is to build community. Democracy building means that people connect with one another well enough to cooperate, compromise, collaborate and build coalitions with other communities on the issues and concerns they share. Here are some things needed to strengthen our democracy:

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JOIN US AND WORK FOR A STRONGER DEMOCRACY THAT SERVES ALL THE PEOPLE

We invite you to be part of an engaged Hopewell Valley community that will strengthen our democracy . We can all work together to build a better community through the use of a stronger democracy, please join the Hopewell Valley Civic Trust (HVCvcT).

To join, go to Join HVCvcT in the menu above.