Longtime movement activists share why they support Liberty Tree

December 31, 2014

Over the past few weeks we've invited longtime democracy movement activists to share why they support the Liberty Tree Foundation.  

Read on for their stories, and don't forget to make a year-end tax-deductible donation to Liberty Tree today!

Richard Flacks, Co-founder, Students for a Democratic Society

What does Liberty Tree mean to me?

Well, for starters you should know that my involvement in pro-democracy work goes all the way back to 1962.  Back then I had a hand in crafting the Port Huron Statement, the founding document of the original Students for a Democratic Society or SDS... 

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Leland Pan, Dane County Board Supervisor

I'll never forget my first taste of what a real democracy movement looks like.
 
It was early 2011 and I was just beginning my involvement in activism as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  That February Scott Walker released his union-busting mega-austerity bill, and Wisconsin responded immediately by occupying the State Capitol building and taking to the streets in the hundreds of thousands... Click here to keep reading!

 


Marybeth Gardam, WILPF

I support Liberty Tree because of the way I’ve seen the organization use its resources to strengthen democracy, empower ordinary people, and bring together important presenters from all over the world at its Democracy Conventions.

I first began working with Liberty Tree as a leader at the democracy focused Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. At WILPF we recognize that our democracy, if we ever had one to begin with, is close to becoming an outright oligarchy...  Click here to keep reading!

 


Leah Bolger, CDR, USN (Ret)

When I joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 I swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. During my subsequent 20-year military career I gave little thought to what exactly that meant. Growing up I was taught that we lived in the best country on Earth and that our democracy was the envy of every other nation.  It wasn’t until after I retried from the Navy in 2000 that I started questioning American foreign/military policy and began to realize how little genuine democracy we actually have... Click here to keep reading!

 


Roshan Bliss, Trinational Coalition in Defense of Public Education

It was in my capacity as an education activist that I first began working with the Liberty Tree Foundation. At their second Democracy Convention last year I helped organize the Democratizing Education conference and planned workshops that brought together an amazingly diverse group of student organizers... Click here to keep reading!