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Adam Briggle (centre)
22-09-2015
Adam Briggle is a member of “Frack Free Denton”, an alliance of citizens that banned hydraulic oil and gas drilling (“fracking”) in Denton, Texas, in November 2014. The successful protest against fracking was realised by means of direct democracy. It gained worldwide attention...
A touchable voting screen for ballot measures in the USA
20-08-2015
On Monday, 17 August 2015, the Senate of US California voted to increase the fee for filing a citizens’ initiative (‘ballot measure’ in US English) from $200 to $2,000.
Citizens of Denton protesting against fracking, source: Flickr, Blackland Prairie Rising Tide
06-08-2015
In the US city of Denton the Council has overruled a citizens’ initiative that had led to the banning oil and gas drilling. At a meeting on 4 August 2015, the Councillors decided to pass new rules for hydraulic fractioning (‘fracking’) although a citizens’ initiative (or ‘ballot...
01-04-2015
In a series of interviews, we present to you the members of Democracy International's board. We start with Joe Mathews, California editor of Zócalo Public Square. What is our motivation? Our board members present their ideas of direct democracy and the development of Europe's...
Women in Missouri about to count the votes on Election Day 2014
09-11-2014
It's not just a cliché: In the United States everything is huge: The width of the streets, the portions of food and the vastness of the landscape. After travelling Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana from 3 to 9 November on the occasion of US Election Day 2014, we need to...
Paul Jacob of Citizens in Charge
27-10-2014
Arkansas is neither vibrant New York nor sunny California. Located in the South-Mid of the US, Arkansas is average: the state ranks 32nd in terms of population and 29th in geographical size. At the same time, the "Natural State" has produced extraordinary figures: Bill Clinton (...
Joe Mathews
15-10-2014
We had the opportunity to interview Joe Mathews, co-organiser of Democracy International's upcoming "Big River of Democracy Tour" through the US States Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana in November 2014. Joe Mathews is a board member of Democracy International and a...
A screenshot of ballotpedia.org, capturing all ballot measures in the US
07-10-2014
Final call for registrations to the 2014 Big River of Democracy Briefing Tour across the United States! The November 4 elections across the U.S. offer fascinating opportunities to learn more about how democracy works in America – and doesn’t. In the so-called mid-term elections...
USA Democracy Tour
10-07-2014
We cordially invite you to a five-day study tour through the dynamic Mississippi region of Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, visiting the cities Kansas City, Little Rock and New Orleans. The trip will take place from 3 to 9 November 2014.      
Initiative and Referendum in the US. Image by Ballotpedia (slightly modified)
06-11-2013
With less spotlight in Europe compared to one year ago, when US President Obama was re-elected, this year’s Election Day invited US Americans to fill some vacant seats of US Congress, to elect public executives and to compose parliaments of different US states. In terms of...

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