National Nurses United (NNU), the union spearheading the drive for a Robin Hood Tax, also calls for a “participatory democracy,” evidence of the current vitality of a concept born at the Port Huron convention of SDS fifty years ago this June. Saying, "Democracy is not a spectator support,” a chart by the NNU envisions participatory democracy flowing into economic democracy, then political democracy, and finally into representative democracy.
Paradigm Publishers is publishing Participatory Democracy this September, a volume including writings by Tom Hayden, Linda Gordon, Robby Cohen, and 12 original participants from Port Huron. The book includes a special section on “Teaching Port Huron,” designed by the NYU’s Cohen for use among high school teachers across the country.
The American Sociological Association (ASA) is hosting panels on Port Huron and participatory democracy during its Denver convention August 17-20. Conferences and panels also have occurred this year at UCSB, UCLA, NYU, Harvard, MIT, Clark, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan (October 30 - November 1). The Nation has provided front-cover analysis as well. Articles also have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and next month, Rolling Stone.
The September 17 declaration of Occupy Wall Street also called for a “direct and transparent participatory democracy."