To pursue its educational goals US Inc. (US) carries on separate but related projects. These include hosting an annual conference called the Writer’s Workshop, publishing a quarterly journal named The Social Contract, running the Social Contract Press & Bookstore, and encouraging independent writers and researchers interested in working on US’s issues. US also serves as a cost effective, tax-exempt umbrella organization for self-governing projects that act as independent organizations, and as a temporary incubator for start-up organizations that eventually close down or spin-off to become completely independent organizations. US’s largest project is ProEnglish. These projects are described in greater detail below.
The Writer’s Workshop
US hosts this annual, one-day conference and gathering of writers, researchers, academics, legislators, grassroots activists, and others with a strong interest in immigration, assimilation, population and environmental issues. Normally held in early fall in the Washington, D.C. area, the conference draws participants from all over the country. Past speakers have included pollster and commentator Frank Lunz; Congressman Lou Barletta, former Congressman Tom Tancredo; former California board of regents member and civil rights activist Ward Connerly; former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm; syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer; Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ron Unz; former United States Treasurer Bay Buchanan; former Reform Party Vice-Presidential candidate Pat Choate, and many other stimulating speakers.
The Social Contract Journal
US publishes a quarterly journal named The Social Contract that reaches an international audience with articles on the interrelated issues of human population growth, migration and immigration, language, assimilation, and cultural and national unity. Conceived as a way to fill a void in reporting on the immigration issue, it has evolved to become a vehicle for publishing original research and cutting-edge articles on immigration-related issues. In addition to being mailed to subscribers, the journal is published online where it can be read or downloaded for free.
The Social Contract Press and Bookstore
US sells more than 60 hard-to-find or out-of-print books and occasionally publishes books that deal with immigration reform, population, the environment, or assimilation issues. These books are made available and sold online through The Social Contract’s website, and in some cases are also sold through arrangements with outside vendors. In addition, the bookstore sells back issues of The Social Contract journal as well as pocket-size booklets of short essays with titles such as Common Sense on Mass Immigration, The Ethics of Immigration Policy, and The Victims of Illegal Immigration. The bookstore sells hundreds of books every year led by its bestselling book, The Camp of the Saints, by French author Jean Raspail.
Writers and Researchers Support
US supports the work of independent writers, researchers, and academics to encourage and support their work and freelance writing on issues US is interested in promoting. Their output sometimes appears in conventional print media, but more commonly is disseminated via independent blogs and Internet magazines. These individuals also serve as a talent bank to generate articles and research for publication in The Social Contract and for other special writing needs.
Special Projects (excluding ProEnglish)
US underwrites special projects that serve its educational purposes. One example was the Terry Anderson Radio Show, a weekly talk-radio show hosted by African-American immigration reform activist Terry Anderson broadcast over KRLA Radio in Los Angeles and carried live on thirty other radio stations across the country. Prior to Mr. Anderson’s death in 2010, the show attracted one of the largest audiences of any weekend radio talk show in the nation and was broadcast nationally over the Internet. In another example, US undertook the important task of documenting the history of the modern immigration reform movement by conducting a series of video interviews of individuals who have played critical roles on both sides of the immigration debate over the years. Some material was produced for specific media projects, but most was done simply to create an accurate historical record. Today, US has approximately 330 videotapes stored in digital format available to researchers as well as for other educational purposes.
ProEnglish is a self-governing project of US that advocates for preserving English as our nation’s unifying national language by making it the official (but not the exclusive) language of government at all levels of government in the United States. Although legally and technically a project of US, ProEnglish is based in Washington, DC, has its own board and staff, and conducts itself as if it were a separate entity. It raises and spends its own funds, which are segregated according to the principles of fund accounting. For financial and tax reporting purposes, however, ProEnglish’s operations are consolidated and reported with those of US.
Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Series
US sponsors this annual educational series in the Petoskey, Michigan area.
Second Saturday Salon
In existence in one form or another since the early 1970s, this monthly event draws together people in the Petoskey, Michigan, area who like to read books for two hours of discussion. The first hour is spent discussing a book or two, and the second hour concentrates on some topic one of the group members has agreed to present, with background reading material circulated beforehand.
Outdoor Lighting Forum
Outdoor Lighting Forum (OLF) consists of 15-20 community members who volunteer to work on outdoor lighting issues. The Emmet County Planning Commission Signs and Lighting Committee convened the group. The OLF statement of purpose is: To research and disseminate information on good outdoor lighting practices, to promote the efficient use of lighting, offer safety to the public, improve community appearance and protect the night sky environment.
Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (website)
US provides administrative support for the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW) to conduct both scientific study and public education regarding raptors (hawks and owls) that migrate through the Straits of Mackinac region. MSRW records and reports the data for free professional and public access. Its goals are to promote and conduct scientific research on the numbers and timing of migration of birds of prey and associated migrants in the Straits of Mackinac region of Michigan; to educate the public about birds of prey and about the importance of the Straits of Mackinac as a migratory pathway; and to aid in conserving and protecting the resting and feeding stop-over habitat for birds of prey in the Straits of Mackinac region. MSRW holds the Mackinaw Raptor Fest in Mackinaw City, Michigan, each spring to celebrate and educate the public about these important migrating birds.