COALITION FOR DEMOCRACY
April 14, 1997
The Upstate New York Coalition for Democracy is a non-partisan, multi-issue network of organizations and individuals dedicated to upholding democracy and the constitutional rights of all people. We are committed to supporting and promoting diversity and mutual respect. Our Membership includes the Adirondack religious Coalition for CHoice, Albany/Schenectady League of Arts, Albany County Rape Crisis Center, American Association of University Women (Schenectady Chapter), Anti-Defamation League/New York State Region, Capital District Humane Society, Citizen Action of New York State, Empire State Pride Agenda, Family Planning Associates of New York State, Fiscal Policy Institute, Institute for First Amendment Studies, national Womens, Political Caucus - NYS/Capital District Chapter, National Education Association of New York, New York State Alliance for Arts Education, New York State United Teachers - AFL/CIO, People for the American Way Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Health Services of NENY, Statewide Youth Advocacy, Upstate New York Black Women's Health Project, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, and YWCA of Schenectady.
We have been brought together by our concern over the growth of the Radical Right in upstate New York, by attempts of political and religious extremists to impose their religious, social and moral values on all of us, and to limit the free and open discussion that is the basis of our democratic process and electoral system.
One of our first tasks is to survey the region: to develop an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the nature and extent of activity intended to break down the constitutional separation between church and state. To that end, we have enclosed a survey that we hope you will disseminate to your organizational leadership and to key membership throughout the geographical areas you cover.
Please be aware that we have no interest in characterizing or labeling groups or individuals. We are aware that any single incident does not necessarily indicate an organized radical Right presence or agenda. The information you share with us will be used only as part of our documentation process and to suggest patterns and areas to which we should give further attention. Please be as detailed as possible. Specific answers will be confidential. If you have any questions, call 518-869-9004. Please return this survey no later that May 15, 1997. We hope your organization will document and report future incidents to us on an ongoing basis.
Thank you for your help.