Rescuing Democracy Conference: A Community Conversation. Four speakers and their topics include: (1) Howard Brick, Ph.D., Louis Evans Professor of History, University of Michigan: "The Meaning of Democracy in the U.S., 1787-1877," (2) Peter Hammer, J.D., Ph.D., Director of Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Professor of Law, Wayne State University: "Democracy and America's Contradictory Reality," (4) Vincent Hutchings, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan: "Democracy or Racial Oligarchy?" and (5) La'Ron Williams, B.F.A., Racial Justice Educator and Professional Storyteller: "Introduction/Closing & Sign-up for Democracy Action Groups." General Description of Rescuing Democracy Conference: For centuries, America's democratic ideals have been compromised by the realities of race, class, and gender hierarchy. Today, not only do those realities continue, they are being exploited by the highest offices in the land to sow confusion, and prevent cooperation among Americans of common political interests. How can America finally establish democracy as a reality and work to protect it from anti-democratic forces? This conference will provide the opportunity to answer that question and to register with organizations that are working toward that end.