FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Cloud
Political Research Associates
Somerville, MA 02144-1731
Rights for Some: New Report Targets Erosion of Democracy
Somerville, MA, August 22, 2001 - Political Research Associates (PRA)
announces the release of Rights for Some: The Erosion of U.S. Democracy
by PRA President
Jean Hardisty. The paper discusses right-wing leaders’ attempts to
limit the definition of democracy, often leaving people of color, women,
immigrants and other groups “outside the fence” and not worthy or
deserving of protection under the law.
“An accurate analysis of the Right’s agenda reveals that, while it
embraces the rhetoric of democracy, it promotes a constricted, shrunken version
of democracy,” according to Hardisty.
Rights for Some details the efforts of the US political Right to restrict
democratic participation in a number of areas, including privatization and
deregulation, voting rights, the separation of church and state, immigrant
rights, and ballot initiatives.
“With the George W. Bush administration’s lack of leadership and worsening record
in the area of human and civil rights, Rights for Some is useful in shedding
light on the origins and implications of current policies, and points in the
direction we should proceed if we’re serious about inclusion,“ according
to PRA Director Kate Cloud.
Political Research Associates (PRA) is an independent research center based
in Somerville, MA that monitors and analyzes anti-democratic movements and
trends. The organization has served as a national information resource on the
political Right for activists, journalists, educators, policy makers and the
public at large for the past twenty years.