We began our work in 2002 as a study group examining the principles of citizens rights-based organizing for democracy at the local level and studying the works of the nationally-known group, POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy) http://www.poclad.org> of which one our Shays 2 founders, Ward Morehouse, is a co-founder.
Ward Morehouse, of Northampton, is a co-founder of Shays2.
He was a co-founder in 1994 of POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy).
Many of his
essays are included in the standard introductory book for POCLAD
work, Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy: A Book of History and Strategy, a collection of 70 published and unpublished articles, essays, speeches, letters, harangues, and screeds in which POCLADers
grapple with the reality that giant corporations -- backed by law -- govern our communities, our nation and the Earth.
The book was published for POCLAD
by APEX Press
, of which Morehouse
is the publisher.
is internationally known for his
work struggling against the corporate assault on human rights and speaks widely across the globe.
He is a co-founder of the International Coalition for Justice in Bhopal, India, working on behalf of the victims of the 1984 Union Carbide Corporation's chemical spill in that city, known as the Hiroshima of the chemical industry.
travels regularly to Bhopal
and is engaged in the ongoing litigation efforts to secure justice for more than 200,000 living victims.
is a co-author of The Bhopal Reader, a tool for activists and history of the 21-year struggle.
Morehouse is an activist in the international people's Law movement, the Permanent People's Tribunals, begun by Bertrand Russell during the Viet Nam war.
George W. Bush met with leaders of the industrialized nations to discuss trade, Morehouse
gave speeches and ran sessions.
has written or edited some 20 books, including Building Sustainable Communities
, The Bhopal Tragedy
of Power: The Social Performance of Multinational Corporations, Worker Empowerment in a Changing Economy, and The Underbelly of the U.S. Economy.
A lifelong human rights activist, Morehouse founded and is still president of the Council on International and Public Affairs (CIPA).
A former academic, Morehouse taught Political Science at New York University and has been a Visiting Professor in Sweden and India.
He has been a consultant to various United Nations agencies.