A Direct Path to Reclaim Democracy
- Are you concerned we will lose our freedoms in a post COVID-19 world?
- Are you feeling frustrated because you see that our Democracy has fallen apart and we now live in primarily a country controlled by large corporations and government surveillance?
- Do you want to change this dysfunction peacefully and rapidly?
- Do you want to support your health and well-being as well as of others for generations to come?
- Do you want to have an uplifting experience that brings changes to this dysfunctional system?
If so, there is a way you can participate, and it starts in your neighborhood. Seven steps can reclaim our Democracy — when they are strategically directed.
Our Democracy can be reclaimed to serve the people, instead of corporate profits, through grassroots alignment strategically focused on the key pressure point
The pressure point is within the system that impacts our life the most. Government is the overriding system that regulates monetary, business, education, health care, law enforcement and military systems. It has a key access point, where grassroots have the advantage instead of big money.
This primary access point within the overriding system is through county, city and town governments. The counties (boroughs) are a self-sufficient legal entity that forms the base of the government hierarchy. This is where people live, work and are most affected by government. The state and federal layers are dependent upon the base; however, the county is not dependent on the upper layers, but can function as a self-sufficient system.
The key pressure point can quickly transform our governance, with the least amount of energy. The pressure point must be accessible by grassroots, and capable of transforming the entire system. It can be found locally.
A local approach has many advantages. Issues affecting your community can often stir up emotion and the need for a resolution. It is where mainstream media have the least influence on local issues, local independent sources of information are more easily geared for the local scene. It is the most accessible entry point, and, it is where you live.
The U.S. counties are a self-sufficient legal entity that cares for most of the commons. Within county governance are concentrations of power where the pressure point of the system lies. Networking local grassroots connections and strategically directing this community force to the pressure point will rapidly transform the entire system.
The primary pressure point is the “majority” of the County Board of Supervisors (the governing Council in local government). Also of importance are the sheriff, the mayor, and the prosecuting attorney.
This brings up the need for a well-networked umbrella approach. A local independent Standard Political Action Committee (PAC) in the U.S. can facilitate platform identification, candidate selection, have candidate access, support and develop candidates, and fund-raise for all campaign expenses. A non-partisan approach with local county grassroots control is definitely needed, as the major political parties have been hijacked by big-money interests.
It is imperative to have a “majority” of the governing councils dedicated to progressive values and serving the people instead of corporate profits.
What constitutes a majority varies from region to region. Getting a majority of progressives in local government (referred to as politicians who support the common good instead of corporate profits) is best served by some version of a political action committee. It is not difficult to form, and can be started by a small, dedicated group. Each county, city or town should have a non-partisan, independently run organization that selects, develops and campaigns for these progressive candidates. This mechanism supports collaboration among county progressives and is bipartisan, independent, and owned and directed by its local creators.
Maui County, Hawaii, has shown the way to remove oppression that ruled for 125 years. The history of the residents’ struggle for fairness exposed the system and showed how to change it. It is the same system of oppression that grips the majority of nations on the planet — including the United States!
In 2018, a small group of six activists started a Standard Political Action Committee, the Maui Pono Network, with a dedicated team. As director, I managed the team who organized some 300 volunteers, working over a 10-month period. We developed a platform based on longstanding issues facing the community; from that, we developed a questionnaire, interviewed 42 candidates, selected 14, helped their development, and worked diligently to get them elected. As a result, we ushered in the first progressive majority in Maui County’s history. The newly elected officials are supporting legislative reform that impacts the nine core platform issues we identified with unprecedented progress. But it is not one-and-done; the progress continues. Maui is not alone, as other counties have experienced similar success.
A small group of citizens can be the catalyst for systemic change in their county, city and towns. Seven steps can Reclaim Democracy! With a proven strategic map, the journey can be fun, engaging, and uplifting.
When progressives within counties align with other counties and agree on progressive state candidates, the next layer is impacted, and the same alignment goes both for other states and for the federal level. What drives and moves the house- cleaning forward is grassroots organizing from the base. This is a peaceful path to reclaim our government from big-money interests. Grassroots groups working from the bottom up can defeat big-money from the top down.
To learn how you can be involved and create progressive change in your county contact: info@ReclaimDemocracy.US
Author Paul Deslauriers
Paul has served over two hundred organizations involving mergers, restructuring, work process flows, teamwork, management coaching, and asset management. The work involved diverse groups such as the Alaskan Inuit, Icelandic communities. Employing innovative, new-paradigm concepts for “high energy group performance”, serving clients such as Hoechst, Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus, IKEA, and over seventy TV broadcasting and advertising agencies.
In 2002 Paul woke up to the dysfunction we live in and became a full-time activist. He coordinated 287 grassroots groups focused on government system change. Later started a non-profit organization, Co-Act that served thousands of low-income residents in Western Massachusetts. All these efforts to try and change the system led to his involvement in Maui. It is an isolated county with longstanding control by big money interests, the people suffered. This county stood out as a pilot program for the Seven Steps where Paul started a political action organization.
The Maui Pono Network, involved close to 300 volunteers working for over 10 months to address longstanding community issues. The team developed their own political platform, interviewed 42 candidates and selected 14. They used a wide variety of campaign and community engagement tools. They were successful for the first time in 125 years to get a progressive majority in the County Council. Within six months they have transformed the island by serving the common good instead of corporate profits. This includes affordable housing, tax reform, pollution control, water distribution, and removing 4 county department heads. This was within the first 8 months.
Paul is also author of:
- “Grassroute Guide: Roadmap to Community Empowerment”, lays out in a practical and applicable format, insightful principles of community organizing.
- In the novel, “Bearer of Light: A Catalyst for Global Change”, I weaves six key characteristics of successful communities throughout the story, while providing hope and an uplifting approach to the challenges faced by our local communities.
- IN THE HIGH-ENERGY ZONE: The 6 Characteristics of Highly Effective Groups, describes the principles for developing high energy organizations.