Reclaim Democracy! works to create a representative democracy with an actively participating public, where citizens don’t merely choose from a menu of options determined by elites, but play an active role in guiding the country and its political agenda. We believe a person’s influence should be a direct result of the quality of one’s ideas and the energy one puts into promoting these ideas, independent of wealth, race, gender or other status.
We are a non-partisan, non-profit (501c3) organization and welcome the opportunity to work with all who share our goals. Learn more about our mission, vision, goals and values.
What We Do
Inform and Empower People
Through presentations, articles, and skill-building workshops, we serve as a resource for individual activists, groups, reporters, legislators, and the public. Central to our outreach is illuminating key pieces of our “hidden history” and myths about our republic the lessons we can learn from it, as well as offering concrete steps toward re-establishing citizen sovereignty.
Work for Constitution-level Change
While we realize the necessity of defensive struggles against voter suppression and corporate harm to our communities, environment, human rights and more, we strive to think and work differently. We believe that campaigns in which a “victory” merely maintains the status quo cannot produce needed systemic changes.
We don’t limit ourselves to “politically realistic” goals. Instead, we seek transformations that will require broad and deep public education and grassroots organizing on a scale not seen in decades.
Ultimately, we aim to help drive a broad-based Democracy Movement that will effect at least three core legal changes–either through Constitutional Amendment or reversing Supreme Court precedent (see our proposed language for all three):
- Reverse the illegitimate precedent of granting Bill of Rights protections to corporations (see our Corporate Personhood page and Move To Amend).
- Reverse the precedent of equating political spending with constitutionally-protected speech (one article detailing this point: It’s Time to Overrule the Supreme Court); and
- Establish a universal affirmative right to vote, and to have our votes count equally
Build Positive Alternatives
Recognizing that political democracy is inseparable from economic democracy, we work to support the proliferation and success of independent businesses, cooperatives and employee-owned firms rather than increased dependence on online giants and absentee-owned companies.
Change the Language
This is essential because we cannot win a struggle defined by corporate language. We work to expose corporate manipulation of public opinion, by correcting misleading language such as “free trade” to describe global governance by corporate rules or using “consumer” where citizen is the appropriate term. Look for our forthcoming “Democracy Dictionary” in 2021 to advance this goal.
We aim to help lead the growing Democracy Movement by framing issues from the perspective of citizens who take democracy (rule by the people) seriously.
Build a Grassroots Democracy Movement
We provide personal support for grassroots leaders at the community level interest in organizing their communities, including newlsetter service, fundraising and outreach tools, writing, and a dedicated web page. We also suggest you contact Move to Amend if you seek to organize a local chapter tackling the problem of corporate personhood
Who We Are
ReclaimDemocracy.org was recognized by the IRS (approval letter) as a 501c3 non-profit organization in October of 2001. While we have a national office in Bozeman. MT, most of our work is done by volunteers dispersed around the country.
More than 95% of our funding has come from individual donors, mostly in amounts of $100 or less. Please contact us with any questions about our revenue or expenditures.
You can be a part of creating deep and lasting change by supporting ReclaimDemocracy.org today. We have a demonstrated track record of making a national impact on a shoestring budget. With your support, we will become a national force in creating a Democracy Movement. Our success depends overwhelmingly on individual supporters like you.
Please consider making a tax-deductible Donation now to support our vital work (and allow us to continue providing you the unique and free resources we offer on this site). Thank you!