The Democracy Center, Cochabamba, Bolivia

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About Us

About the Democracy Center

Founded in San Francisco in 1992, the Democracy Center works globally to support progressive citizen activists in their work on social, economic and environmental justice. Through a combination of investigation and reporting, advocacy training, and leading international citizen campaigns, we have worked with activists in more than three-dozen countries on five continents, from immigrant leaders in California to public health workers in South Africa. The Democracy Center has worked from Bolivia for fourteen years where, among other projects, it provided the first international coverage of the Cochabamba Water Revolt in 2000 and helped lead the winning global campaign against the Bechtel Corporation following the Water Revolt.

As The Democracy Center begins its third decade, a special emphasis of our work is strengthening citizen action on the global climate crisis and helping citizens challenge the power of corporations. The Democracy Center’s work on climate change includes substantive coverage of climate change’s impact in the Andes (including this multimedia site on climate change and water) and projects aimed at making climate activism more effective (such as this set of campaign case studies and this recent article in Climate Progress.).