1) Support and campaign for popular involvement in political decisions
2) Take direct action against injustice and support campaign groups
3) Oppose first-past-the-post elections and campaign for proportional representation
4) Expose party funding and cap it so that the influence of capital in politics is reduced
5) Fight to ensure civil rights and freedoms won in the past are not taken away (especially in “developed” countries, where the rights to assembly, protest, and a fair trial were won, along with provisions like universal education and the British NHS)
6) Campaign for participatory budgeting, where there is popular control of public funds
7) Don’t rely on the mainstream media. They have money to publish because they serve the interests of someone wealthy.
8) Oppose hierarchies and unequal pay structures in the workplace (just like workers’ co-operatives have done)
9) Campaign for an economy that works for people rather than corporations and elites
10) Learn about direct forms of democracy around the world (like in Zapatista and other indigenous communities). Use them to inspire your own fight for democracy.
Adapted from an article in the October 2010 edition of the New Internationalist