Pro-Democracy Week: January 15-20, 2001

Contacts and Resources for Pro-Democracy Week Planning:

Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN)

Pro-Democracy Campaign

Phone:  973-338-5398
e-mail: (This site has resources for Voter Bill of Rights, links to Center for Voting and Democracy materials on instant run-off voting, proportional representation and related subjects.)

International Action Center (IAC)

Focus on opposition to death penalty and voter disfranchisement, justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal
Has applied for Jan. 20 rally permit for 10 am at 14th and Pennsylvania, NW and other sites

Phone: 212-633-6646 (has flyers for downloading for J20 actions)

Justice Action Movement (JAM)

DC-area organizing coalition or (will have calendar when plans coalesce)

DC Housing Coordinator

George Ripley
Phone: 202-986-5977
(George also hopes to help coordinate as many as four 25-person AfD affinity groups, working on clear messages on signs of uniform size and color.)

Additional Housing Coordination

Use to offer housing or indicate need for housing.
There is a housing listserve at

Washington DC Calendar  (Events, times and places will be added as they become firm.)

Saturday, Jan 13:

AFocus on Police Brutality,@ 1:00-5:00 PM at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 North Capital Street (near the Fort Totten metro stop on the Green Line).  Ron Daniels, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a nationally-known expert on the issue, will be speaking as will representatives of the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP and family members of victims of police violence.  Speaking from a human rights perspective, presenters will cover the lack of police accountability to communities, racism in the “justice” system and war on drugs policies as pretext for abuse.  The format will include presentations by Critical Resistance on the prison industrial complex and Copwatch as possible models for local/regional organizing projects.

Friday, Jan. 19:

Jesse Jackson and other Black leaders= rally/march protesting voter disfranchisement and other civil rights issues (tentative: time and place not yet announced)

Friday, Jan. 19 - after above event: Institute for Policy Studies-sponsored and AfD-endorsed Progressive Challenge Capitol Hill Forum on electoral issues and the Voters= Bill of Rights.  Time and room not yet announced.

10:00 am - 5:30 pm 19th The Progressive Challenge: An Action Agenda for Electoral Reform

At the Institute for Policy Studies
No pre-registration required. For more information contact the Progressive Challenge Project at IPS 202-234-9382,x238 or

Check out the Calendar

Saturday, Jan. 20:

International Action Center-convened rally protesting the death penalty and voter disfranchisement, 10 am, permit requested for 14th and Pennsylvania, NW

Inaugural Parade (afternoon): Pennsylvania Ave., between the White House and the Capitol:  Protesters should form in groups of 25 or fewer so as not to exceed the limit of number needing a permit.  (Families of 2 or 3 people could be a group.)  Bring your own signs and fold in with the crowd on the parade route.

Counter-Inaugural Ball: Evening C time and place to be announced.

Sunday, Jan. 21

There is discussion on holding a seminar on Awhere to from here?@

Endorsers of Pro-Democracy Week as of 12/27/00