Richard Grossman (author)

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Richard Grossman
BornAugust 10, 1943
DiedNovember 22, 2011
Occupation(s)Author, Lecturer

Richard L. Grossman (August 10, 1943 – November 22, 2011) was best known for his work challenging the legality of corporate authority.[1] According to Ralph Nader he 'pioneered the rediscovery of American corporate charter history'.[2] He was the former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA,[3] founder of Environmentalists for Full Employment, and former co-director of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD).[4] He was co-author of Taking Care of Business: Citizenship and the Charter of Incorporation and Fear at Work. He lectured and organized widely on issues of corporate power, environmental justice, labor rights, and democracy.[5]

Grossman attended Columbia University, graduating in 1965.[6] He then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. In 1968, he signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[7]

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  1. ^ The Nation, November 29, 2011
  2. ^ Ralph Nader (1 April 2007). Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender. St. Martin's Press. pp. 123–. ISBN 978-1-4299-7852-1.
  3. ^ New York Times, October 12, 1985
  4. ^ POCLAD
  5. ^ Philip Shabecoff (26 September 2012). A Fierce Green Fire: The American Environmental Movement. Island Press. pp. 235–. ISBN 978-1-59726-759-5.
  6. ^ Columbia University: Richard Grossman ’65, Anti-Corporation Activist
  7. ^ "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" January 30, 1968 New York Post

Further reading[edit]

  • Charles Derber, Corporation Nation: How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Lives -- And What We Can Do about It, St. Martin's Press, 1998. ISBN 0-312-19288-6
  • Ralph W. Estes & Ralph Nader, Taking Back the Corporation: A Mad as Hell Guide. ISBN 1-56025-787-3
  • Ted Nace, Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy, Barrett-Koehler, 2005. ISBN 1-57675-319-0
  • Dean Ritz (ed.), Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy: A Book of History & Strategies. ISBN 1-891843-10-9

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