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Rockridge Institute News: February 2005

In response to your feedback, we’ve changed the format of our mailings to be more frequent and accessible. They’ll contain news, links to new material by Rockridge scholars, upcoming events and speaking engagements, opportunities for working with Rockridge, and links to Rockridge in the media. We hope this will let us keep in better touch with all of you in the progressive community. Some exciting things have been going on at Rockridge recently—read on!

Contents:

  1. A Letter from Rockridge Institute President Lawrence Wallack
  2. Rockridge Welcomes Back Ruth Rosen
  3. Putting Social Security and Abortion Rights in Context
  4. Upcoming Event:
    An Evening with George Lakoff in San Francisco (More information below)
    Wednesday, February 16, 7:30pm
    The Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th Street

1. A Message from Rockridge Institute President Lawrence Wallack

In the aftermath of the election, many progressives are wondering where to go from here, and how exactly “framing” figures in. Dr. Wallack clarifies why framing is essential and emphasizes the importance of doing framing at multiple levels—especially at the level of deeply held values—before crafting progressive messages:

http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/wallack/levels

2. Rockridge Welcomes Back Ruth Rosen

Ruth Rosen, a pioneering historian of gender and society, an award-winning journalist, and a founder of the Rockridge Institute, has rejoined the institute as a senior fellow.

She is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Davis, where she taught American history, women's history, history and public policy, and immigration studies for over two decades. She is a recipient of several awards and national fellowships, including two from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Dr. Rosen is the editor of The Maimie Papers, a New York Times Notable Book in 1978; and the author of award-winning books including The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America (1982) and The World Split Open: How The Modern Women's Movement Changed America (2001).

As a journalist, she has written hundreds of columns and contributed many essays to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, the Women's Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2000, she joined the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board and wrote on a broad range of subjects, such as reproductive rights and environmental health.

Until she left the Chronicle in 2004, she wrote extensively on the politicization of science, violations of civil rights and liberties through the PATRIOT Act, constraints on FOIA, and the Presidential Records Act, and the deceptions that led to the war in Iraq.

Dr. Rosen is now a senior fellow with Rockridge, writing and speaking about how we would change, reframe and rethink domestic and global public policy if women really mattered. Her articles can be found on the Rockridge website:

"Big-Box Battle":
http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/rosen/walmart/sellingwomenshort
For 1.6 million women, Wal-Mart represents the decline of the American dream.
"Toxic Terror":
http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/rosen/diamond
How one community fought for the human right to breathe clean air: a review of Steve Lerner's Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor.
More articles:
http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/rosen/

3. Putting Social Security and Abortion Rights in Context

Rockridge Senior Fellows Fred Block and Carole Joffe write about two great progressive achievements--Social Security and a woman’s right to choose. Dr. Block explains how market fundamentalism motivates the Right’s campaign against Social Security. Dr. Joffe describes why a commitment to abortion rights must be seen as just one part of a commitment to the rights of women and families. Read their articles on the Rockridge website:

Fred Block: "Pessimistic Conservatives Cannot Fix Social Security":
http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/block/pessimism
The Administration’s push for radical reform of Social Security rests on the idea that it is impossible to solve the system’s long term financing problems. In reality, this pessimism is simply a consequence of their deep hostility to public spending.
Fred Block: "No Mandate for Market Fundamentalism":
http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/block/nomandate
The President insists that his election victory paves the way for major new initiatives such as Social Security privatization. However, there is little evidence that the public embraces the right wing's long term hostility to our most successful and effective social program.
Carole Joffe: "It's Not Just Abortion, Stupid":
http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/joffe/notjustabortion
There exists now a powerful opening to expose the hypocrisy of “family values” conservatives who seek to withhold from working Americans virtually all that they need—contraception, meaningful sex education, health care for the uninsured, living wages, affordable childcare, as well as abortion care—to raise healthy families.

4. Upcoming Events

George Lakoff, a Senior Fellow at the Rockridge Institute, Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley and nationally-recognized expert on language and politics will discuss:

  • How conservatives think, and how to counter their arguments.
  • How progressives can communicate (much) more effectively about key public policy issues.
  • And more, including a Q & A session.

Location: The Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th Street (at Valencia St), San Francisco, CA.
When: Wednesday, February 16, 7:30pm.
Phone: 415.863.1087.

Tickets are $15; a portion of proceeds will go to The Rockridge Institute.

For more information, and to RSVP, read the invitation:

http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=KIDWMKXPTLTXLYPSUILB

Please RSVP and arrive early, as this event is expected to sell out.


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