ERIC Number: ED174514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The People Power Papers: A New Birth of Freedom.
Bayes, Bonnie, Ed.; Lines, Patricia, Ed.
The six papers which comprise this document are the result of a year-long "New Birth of Freedom" program in Seattle. The sponsoring organization was a broadly-based group called the People Power Coalition, comprised of civic organizations, churches, research institutes, and media outlets. The program examined the Declaration of Independence in light of contemporary challenges. "Freedom of Speech and Religion" presents results of a questionnaire to determine the value persons place on the first amendment rights. "Freedom of Equality" examines problems stemming from the pursuit of equal opportunity, particularly reverse discrimination. "Freedom and Learning" discusses problems facing public education: subject matter, community responsibility, student and teacher rights, and finances. "Freedom at the Grassroots" reviews recent political activity in Seattle. Questions concerning community role, extending grassroots democracy, restructuring government, and developing new resources are discussed. "Freedom and Technology" is a case study of citizen participation in Seattle futures study that resulted in a policy of reliance on conservation and expansion of hydroelectric facilities rather than continued nuclear plant construction. "Freedom From Want" proposes a model to aid in evaluating policy implication of social welfare programs. Results of citizen questionnaires and excerpts from Supreme Court decisions, constitutions, and statutes are included in the appendix. (KC)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Civil Rights, Community Involvement, Community Responsibility, Community Role, Constitutional Law, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Problems, Energy Conservation, Essays, Freedom of Speech, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Local Issues, Needs, News Media, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Press Opinion, Social Problems, Social Welfare
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People Power Coalition, Seattle, WA.
Note: Not available in paper copy from EDRS due to small print type of original document