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Tell It Like It Is: Tell It Like It Is: Richard Grossman, When Injustice is Legal

Dec 08, 2011: 10am - 11am
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In memory of Richard Grossman, a local activist and organizer who died on November 22, 2011, "Tell It Like It Is" features a 2006 speech, "When Injustice is Legal," from TUC Radio, in which Grossman describes how corporations usurped many of the rights that are properly due to human beings and have become the dominant institutions or our time. From Dave Henson, a colleague of Grossman's and founding member of POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy): "Richard was a direct and profound inspiration for thousands of activists and people of conscience. Through his writings and the organizations he founded and co-founded, including in the mid-1980’s the Highlander Center’s STP Program (“Stop the Pollution, Save the Planet”), in 1994 the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD), and in 2007 the “Democracy Schools” [co-created with CELDF.org], Grossman has helped lead tens of thousands more people to a clearer historical, cultural and legal analysis of the structural causes of – and potential remedies to – persistent social and economic disparity in power and wealth between We The People and the political and economic institutions the People are meant to govern." At the time of his death on Nov 22 2011, Richard was working with a new group, SPAN (Sovereign People's Action Network) of Ulster and Greene counties which had drafted legislation to criminalize fracking. Richard had met with a NY senator to discuss passing the legislation, and SPAN members are continuing the work to criminalize fracking.