FALL, WINTER 2004-05



Peter Bohmer               Lab II 2271  x 6431

                                           Office hours:     Tues. 4:15-5:l5 and by appointment

Jeanne Hahn                Lab II 2247   x 6014

       fall only                       Office hours:    Wed. 9 – 10 and by appointment

Marti Schmidt             Sem II D2108  x 6396 

                                            Office hours:    Wed. 9 – 10 and by appointment


Program Secretaries:   Ruth Joynes, Lab II 2250 x 6102

                                     Pat Kolstad,  Lab II 2250 x 6102



            What does it mean when President Bush says “we are bringing democracy to the Middle East”?  Is the US a democratic country now?  What is democracy, exactly?  What is the relation between our view of a just society and our view of democracy?  What are the political and economic aspects of democracy?  How can we act and organize to create a deeper and more meaningful democracy?  Within the US?  Globally?


            This program will probe these questions as well as examine how individuals and groups learn democratic practice and organize for a democratic society and life.  In addition to studying various struggles for a democratic society through the course of US history, we will focus on how to establish a voice, develop strategies, build organizations, exercise tactics, and confront obstacles to a participatory democracy founded on justice.


            We will examine the relations between democracy and human rights and will study key areas of US society such as civil liberties, racism, economic inequality and the economy, gender relations, the media, education and youth, the government and foreign policy.  We will look at what a democratic outcome would mean in each of these areas and how, acting individually, in groups, and in social movements, we can make democratic outcomes a reality.


            During the fall quarter we will investigate a historical instance of struggle for a more democratic society:  the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  We will analyze the difference between majoritarian and participatory democracy and define what constitutes democracy and democratic process.  We will study political organizing in its historical context in relation to race, gender, and class.  We will examine the upcoming elections in relation to democracy.  We will also participate in the Northwest Social Forum in Seattle.  Students will identify and make contact with the community organization or social movement group they will work with in the winter and develop a proposal for that work.


            A major part of the program will be learning how to organize for a democratic society.  We will read and watch films about individuals and movements working for social change and justice.  We will learn how individuals can make a difference, have their voices heard, and become active in their communities and society.  Workshops will be conducted on how to build democratic, inclusive, effective, and sustainable organizations; how to organize protest and resistance; how to do research and influence public policy for social change; how to develop effective strategies and tactics; how to raise funds; how to deal with the media and with repression.  We will develop writing, speaking, and other relevant skills for effective organizing and democratic participation.





Tuesday                 11 – 1     Lecture                                                Sem2 E1107


Tuesday                   2 – 4     Seminar

                                                   Peter                                               Sem2 D2107

                                                   Jeanne                                            Sem2 D3107

                                                   Marti                                              Sem2 D3109



Wednesday            10 –     1          Lecture, film, guest speaker     Sem2 E1107


Friday                   10 –      12:30   Workshop                                  Sem2 E1107

Friday                      1:30   3:30    Seminar

                                                            Peter                                     Sem2 D2107

                                                            Jeanne                                  Sem2 D3107

                                                            Marti                                    Sem2 D3109     







Available in the Evergreen Bookstore:


Charles Payne, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom:  The Organizing Tradition and the

            Mississippi Freedom Struggle.

Bill Moyer, Doing Democracy:  The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements.

Wayne Ellwood, The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization. 

Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas?:  How Conservatives Won the Heart of


Michael Yates, Naming the System:  Inequality and Work in the Global Economy.

Richard Swift, The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy.

Cynthia Kaufman, Ideas for Action:  Relevant Theory for Radical Change.

Dan Clawson.  The Next Upsurge:  Labor and the New Social Movements.

Urvashi Vaid, Virtual Equality. 


            Some additional readings are available on-line (the urls are in the syllabus).  Other articles are available at the Library Circulation Desk on Closed Reserve.  These appear throughout the syllabus, and you should have your own copies for discussion in seminar.  Several of the readings will be handed out in class.






***  Wednesday 6 Oct. – Benchmark Writing due  ***


***  Wednesday 13 October – Revised Benchmark Writing due  ***


***  Friday 22 October – Program Portfolio due in seminar ***


***  Friday 5 November – Synthetic Essay due in faculty mailboxes  ***


*** Tuesday 19 November – Initial Winter quarter proposal due ***


***   Tuesday 30 November – Revised Synthetic Essay due in seminar  ***


**Tuesday 7 December – Program Portfolio due  ***


***  Wednesday 8 December – Winter quarter Proposal due  ***





In the fall there will be three types of program writing:


1.      One interpretative/synthetic essay:

     There will be one five-to-six page essay of analysis and synthesis (due Friday 5 November) that will enable you to bring clarity to and develop your own interpretative analysis of major themes introduced through the program content.  Your essay should state, develop, and support a thesis or well-formed argument.  Evidence should be drawn from the program books, articles, films, and lectures.  All papers will undergo a revision process. The essay question and more detailed guidelines will be handed out at least a week prior to the due date.



2.      Your Program Portfolio (including all workshop writing assignments)

At mid-quarter (Friday 22 October) and at quarter’s end (Tuesday 7 Dec.), each student is to submit a Program Portfolio which includes the following:

a.       Two-page papers completed by each Friday’s seminar.  These papers

should relate the week’s readings to one of the following major program themes:

(i)                  Democracy

(ii)                Organizing for social change

     Over the course of the quarter, about half of your entries should focus on democracy, the other half on organizing.

     Note:  There will be no paper due for week I or week VI


b.      For week III, the week of the Northwest Social Forum, write up the


(i)                  A brief synthesis of the presentations, discussions from four of the events you attended.  These can include workshops, plenaries, panel discussions, films, etc.  Your entry should include the social problem being addressed and, if possible, the organizing to solve it.

(ii)                A write up of an interview you have conducted with a member of a group organizing for economic and social justice.  If possible, interview a member of a group you might be interested in working with in the winter.  Ask questions about the group’s worldview, the issue it is addressing, strategy, tactics, structure and decision making.  The interview should last about 15 minutes.


c.       All the writing you do in the workshops

d.      Your synthesis paper with your seminar leader’s comments

e.       Any additional writing that you do over the quarter related to the program themes.



3.  Winter quarter proposal

A significant part of the winter quarter will be devoted to an organizing project with a community organization or group involved in a social movement.  In preparation for this work, during the fall all students will research and develop an organizing proposal.   It is not assumed that you are familiar with local groups and organizations.  The process of research and writing the proposal will be in two steps:  an initial indication of your group and your work due Tuesday 19 November and a more detailed proposal due Wednesday 8 December.  Detailed guidelines for developing your proposal will be handed out in class.   






During the fall, we will collaborate as a program-of-the-whole on two major activities:


     1.  Northwest Social Forum (NWSF):

            As a program, we will attend the NWSF in Seattle on Friday and Saturday        October 14 and 15th (We recommend, but do not require, that you attend on

            Sunday.).  The Northwest Social Forum is modeled on the annual    

 World Social Forum (WSF) which has met for the past three years (twice

 in Brazil, once in India) as a grassroots response to the World Economic

Forum.  One of many regional Social Forums held throughout the world, the purpose of the NWSF is to make contacts and build mutual support relationships among northwest activists, organizations, and communities and to share visions, strategize, and collaborate in developing visions of a just and sustainable world. In addition to seeing various models of “organizing for democracy,” we see the NWSF as an opportunity for you to begin developing ideas and making contacts for your winter quarter work.  The NWSF website is and the WSF website is  We encourage you to look at the material posted on these two sites.  We will provide more detailed information on the NWSF and our activities at the Forum in the coming weeks.  There will be a $10 Registration Fee for the Forum, payable at Student Accounts. 


    2.   The U.S. elections:

              As the November 2 elections approach, we will focus on the relationship   between democracy and voting.  We will also assess mainstream and alternative press coverage of the election and consider effective strategies for communicating our ideas on the issues to a wider audience.  On Wednesday 3 November we will hold a campus-wide discussion and analysis of the election, the process, outcome, and implications.







            Thirty-two credits (sixteen at the end of each quarter) will be awarded to all students who successfully fulfill the expectations of the program.  As the material and assignments are tightly integrated, only under exceptional cases and with the agreement of the faculty team will partial credit be awarded.


            In order to receive fall quarter credit, you will be expected to:


1.      Regularly attend all program meetings

2.      Participate in seminar, group discussions, and group work

3.      Write one synthetic analytical essay drawing on the program materials, including revisions as needed

4.      Participate in the Northwest Social Forum

5.      Maintain a Program Portfolio

6.      Complete your winter quarter proposal

7.      Prepare self and faculty evaluations and participate in a conference with your seminar leader








Week I:  27 September – 1 October


            Week’s readings:

                        Charles Payne, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom:  The Organizing Tradition

                                    and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, Intro through ch 9.

                        Casey Hayden & Mary King, “A Kind of Memo” (handout)


            Tuesday am:    Introduction to Program

                                     Lecture:   Peter, “ Liberal, Conservative, and Left Radical


            Tuesday pm:    25-Year Exercise


            Wednesday:     Debrief 25-Year Exercise 

                                     Lecture:  Peter, Tuesday’s lecture continued

                                     Films:  “Eyes on the Prize: Ain’t Scared of Your Jails” (1960-61)

                                                            and “Bridge to Freedom” (1965)


                        7PM Capitol Theatre:  “What’s at Stake?”  Speakers include Medea

                                      Benjamin, Norman Solomon, and Dan Ellsberg.  Entertainment

                                       (highly recommended)


            Friday am:       Film:  “You Gotta Move”

                                     Group discussion of films

            Friday pm:        Payne, Introduction – ch 9, and Hayden & King



Week II:  4 – 8 October


            Week’s readings:

                        Payne, ch 10 to end

                        Bill Moyer, Doing Democracy:  The MAP Model for Organizing Social

                                    Movements, Intro, Parts I & II, Conclusion


            Tuesday am:    Lecture:  Jeanne, “Context for the Social Movements of the


            Tuesday pm:    Payne, ch 10 - end


            Wednesday:     Films, “Eyes on the Prize:  “The Time Has Come” (l964-66), 

                                                “Two Societies” (1965-68), and “Power” (1967-68)

                                     Conferences with seminar leaders; Benchmark Writing due at



            Friday am:        Benchmark Writing workshop

            Friday pm:        Moyer



Week III:  11 – 15 October:  The Northwest Social Forum


            Week’s readings:

                        Wayne Ellwood, The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization

                        Articles on the World Social Forum (on closed reserve) for Wed.

                                       Emmanuel Wallerstein, “The Rising Strength of the World

                                                Social Forum”

                                        Michael Hardt, “Today’s Bandung?”

                                        Tom Mertes, “Grass-Roots Globalism 


          Monday PM Lecture:  Gus Newport, long-time activist and former mayor of

                        Berkeley, Calif., Recital Hall, time TBA (highly recommended)


            Tuesday am:     Lecture:  Marti, “Neoliberal Globalization”

            Tuesday pm:     Ellwood, all


            Wednesday:       Mini lecture and Group discussion of World Social Forum


                                       Workshop:  Interviewing (Marti)

                                       Finalize the NWSF plans


                             *** REVISED BENCHMARK WRITING DUE. 10 AM ***


            Friday am:     Seattle

            Friday pm:     Seattle

            Saturday        Seattle

            Sunday:         Seattle (recommended)



Week IV:  18 – 22 October


            Week’s readings:

                        Michael Yates, Naming the System; Inequality and Work in the Global



            Tuesday am:     Lecture:  Peter, “Competing Economic Paradigms and

                                                     Implications for Social Change”

            Tuesday pm:     Yates, Introduction through 4


            Wednesday:      Students debrief the NWSF

                                      Introduction to Winter quarter project (Marti)            


            Friday am:        Workshop:  Peter, Social Statistics/Social Indicators

            Friday pm:        Yates, ch 5 to end


                        *** PROGRAM PORTFOLIO DUE IN SEMINAR  ***



Week V:  25 – 29 October


            Week’s readings:

                        Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas?

                         Fred Rose, “Coalition Democracy and Class Politics:  An Overview,”

                                    from Rose, Coalitions Across the Class Divide (on closed reserve)


            Tuesday am:     Lecture:  Jeanne, “Shrinking Democracy:  The US Electoral


            Tuesday pm:     Frank, Introduction through ch 5


            Wednesday:       Film:  “Eugene Debs and the American Movement”

                                       Workshop on the Synthetic Essay                                                                 


            Friday am:        Workshop on the media and publicity (Peter)

                                       Reflections on Organizing from the Democratic National

                                                Convention to the Republican National Convention

            Friday pm:        Frank, ch. 6 to end; Rose




Week VI:  1 – 5 November


            Week’s readings:

                        Richard Swift, The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy

                        Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres, “The Problem Democracy is Supposed

                                    to Solve” (on closed reserve)

                        Three short articles on voting (on closed reserve)       

                        “Losing the Vote:  The Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Law,”

                                    get at:


            Tuesday am:     Lecture:  Jeanne, “Can we have both Liberalism and


                        ELECTION DAY

            Tuesday pm:     Swift, all.



            Wednesday:   Discussion of elections and final forum preparation


                        12-3 Campus-wide panel discussion/analysis of the election, LH 1


                        Wednesday pm through Friday:  All-faculty retreat, off campus


            Friday am:       Lecture:  Marti, “The Electoral System and Organizing for


                                     Guest speaker on Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)

            Friday pm:       Debrief Election Panel and seminar on articles



                          3:30  ***






Week VII:  8 – 12 November


            Week’s readings:

                        Cynthia Kaufman, Ideas for Action:  Relevant Theory for Radical Change

                        Eric Mann, “’A Race Struggle, a Class Struggle, a Woman’s Struggle all

                                    at once’; Organizing on the Buses of LA” (on closed reserve)


            Tuesday am:     Lecture:   Peter, “Racism and Racial Inequality since the Civil

                                                                  Rights Movement; Anti-racist Organizing”  

            Tuesday pm:     Kaufman, Introduction through ch 5


            Wednesday:      Guest Panel:  Organizing in Thurston County                                                                             

                                      Film:    “The LA Bus Riders’ Union

                                      Mann  -- read for discussion with film


            Friday am:        Guest speakers:  Mary Lou Finley, “Organizing Lessons from the

                                                                        Women’s Movement (tentative)

                                                                Dan Leahy, “Doing Political Work:  Lessons

                                                                         from a long-time Organizer”

            Friday pm:        Kaufman, ch 6 to end









Week VIII:  15 – 19 November


            Week’s readings:

                        Dan Clawson, The Next Upsurge:  Labor and the New Social Movements


            Tuesday am:      Lecture:  Peter & Marti, “The US Labor Movement:  History and

                                                                                Current Issues”

            Tuesday pm:     Clawson, Preface through ch 4




            Wednesday:      Film:  “Bread and Roses”

                                      Workshop:  Leaflet writing


            Friday am:       Guest speaker:  John Ross, “How to Change the World without

                                                               Taking Power”

                                     Labor Panel

            Friday pm:       Clawson, ch 5 to end








Week IX:  29 November – 3 December


            Week’s readings:

                        Urvashi Vaid, Virtual Equality


            Tuesday am:      Guest Panel:  Gay and Lesbian Movement:  History and

                                                             Current Issues

            Tuesday pm:      Vaid, Preface through ch. 6


                        ***  REVISED SYNTHETIC ESSAY DUE IN SEMINAR  ***


            Wednesday:       Guest lecture and workshop:  Anne Vandeman on setting up

                                           a not-for-profit organization, fundraising, and grantwriting



            Friday am:         Film:  “Brother Outsider:  The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

            Friday pm:         Vaid, ch. 7 to end









Week X:  6 – 10 December


            Week’s readings:

                        Moyer, Part III and Conclusion

                        Rose, “When Classes Meet:  Class-Cultural Lenses” and “Learning in

                                          Coalitions” (on closed reserve)


            Tuesday am:     Faculty Panel

            Tuesday pm:     Moyer and Rose


                        ***  PROGRAM PORTFOLIOS DUE IN SEMINAR  ***


            Wednesday:     Sharing of project proposals


                  ***   WINTER PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE   ***


            Friday am:   Workshop:  Running a meeting, decision making, and leadership

            Friday pm:   All-Program Potluck and Fall quarter Wrap-up

                                 Cedar Room, Longhouse



Week XI:  13 – 17 December




Tuesday 4 January, 11 am:  First winter quarter class meeting, place TBA