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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.


Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.

When Joan hit one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.


While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: "Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!"

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
2015 'Best for the World' List Highlights B Corp Honorees The B Corp Best for the World Lists highlight those companies creating the most impact for a better world. We think of this as the Fortune 500 of social and environmental impact. 120 companies have been honored for creating the most overall impact, community and worker impact as well. These companies as leaders among leaders and hope they will inspire all companies to start measuring their impact with as much rigor as profit.
Series: economy (13 Articles, 22016 views), Business (10 Articles, 16088 views), Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, April 16, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"The Diary of Anne Frank" - What Can There Possibly Be Left to Say? I believe we tell stories in an attempt to understand. With Diary, it still makes no sense to us-- the ridiculousness of the cruelty, the fact that they were on the last train to leave Westerboerk. Plus, performing in the space we are in where only 60 people experience the story at the time. They are literally inside the annex! And can see one another watching the play which adds another layer of empathy.
Series: Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), Creativity (22 Articles, 23388 views), History (3 Articles, 4620 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (28 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
CODE RED: Jonathan Simon's Hail-Mary for Democracy For all the illusion of business as usual, our democracy itself is in the ICU on life support. Yet "the basic counting of votes, in an observable way that ensures the legitimacy of our elections, . . . is an easy assignment. We need only to break a spell that has been cast on us--a spell of convenience, passivity, helplessness. We need only remember that democracy is not something that we watch, it is something that we do."
Series: Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views), Election Integrity (13 Articles, 15631 views), grassroots (21 Articles, 29765 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Poles Apart: Adventures of a Nat Geo Cover Photographer Antarctica is all about the ice. Its shapes, forms and colors always leave me thinking I'm in the studio of a mad, yet genius sculptor.The air is delicious to breathe, the stillness is profound. Nature at its absolute purest. It has become my monastery, a place where I can get away from everything that pushes and pulls upon me in my life at home, as well as all the gadgetry of our lives. Doing so not only rejuvenates me...
Series: Pollution/Climate Change (3 Articles, 6528 views), environmental (10 Articles, 17071 views), Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Making Manna" - A Novel about Incarceration and Baking Bread The real problem is that the justice system doesn't protect people who need protection and doesn't help people who've been hurt. My story shows people -- betrayed by the justice system -- finding their own paths. They want to heal wounds, hold people accountable and make amends. But they must do it on their own. Their instincts are closer to what's sometimes called Restorative Justice. "Crime is a wound. Justice should heal."
Series: positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), Court System (21 Articles, 25037 views) (View All Series)

Monday, March 9, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Getting Things Off My Chest" About Breast Cancer I decided to write Getting Things Off My Chest,first the blog and then the book, to open up about having cancer and facing down a trifecta of setbacks (disease, death, debt).My mission was to help women navigate their cancer journey with more information, more clarity and more confidence.Today, the blog is less about coping with cancer and more about coping with the challenges of everyday life and maintaining a healthy balance
Series: Women (52 Articles, 63711 views), positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, February 26, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Backstage with Bluegrass 'Triple Threat' Rebecca Frazier It seems like I was just listening, singing, and playing all the time. But I was the typical busy kid with plenty of other activities that took attention from music. [There] was the time my parents tried to convince me to go see "a great young bluegrass fiddle player" at my high school auditorium. I was 14 and said "No thanks." Later, I realized that had been an Alison Krauss concert! I just wasn't into bluegrass at the time.
Series: the Arts (29 Articles, 38416 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), Music (8 Articles, 7529 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sights, Scents and Stories from a Spice Emporium When we first opened our shop in 1957, we sold coffee, tea, nuts, and spices. I worked there for my allowance from the time I was 8, so I was able to be a part of our learning and growing process. We're still grinding in-house and mixing by hand small batches of our seasonings, which are formulated from old family recipes. Sharing top quality products with the customers that appreciate them is a wonderful daily experience.
Series: Food (9 Articles, 10086 views), Entrepreneurs (23 Articles, 30124 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views) (View All Series)

Monday, February 2, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Northshore Automotive: Small Business, Big Heart Each car has to be clean, smoke-free, no major accidents reported to Carfax, no flood damage, no major body work, and something that I know when I sell it to a customer, it will be a great car.It's because I take so much care in vehicle selection that I give a free one year bumper-to-bumper warranty on these auction vehicles. It's my way of saying "thank you!" for trusting in me and the service that we provide here.
Series: positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views), Entrepreneurs (23 Articles, 30124 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, February 1, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Just is Army Justice? Four months before Lt. Lorance's patrol, an army sergeant had slaughtered sixteen Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in a village in the same province. I believe the army decided then that the next time civilians were killed by a US soldier, that soldier was going to have to be sacrificed and sent to prison. And having done this to Lt. Lorance, I don't believe the army will ever risk being exposed for this.
Series: Military/Foreign Policy (7 Articles, 6989 views), justice (20 Articles, 26160 views), Corruption (15 Articles, 26675 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, January 25, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Maya Schenwar: "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better" When you say, "incarceration isn't violence prevention, it's violence itself," that's a statement that a lot of people don't immediately accept. Confronting this topic head on meant I needed time and space to have long and sometimes uncomfortable (and ultimately, joyous) conversations with the reader, examining our assumptions and missteps and tragedies and thinking about what collective safety might look like.
Series: Prison (28 Articles, 33170 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), justice (20 Articles, 26160 views) (View All Series)

Monday, January 19, 2015 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Magistrate's Deceit Discovered in Siegelman Case - Does Anyone Care? The bipartisan criticism of the Siegelman case has come because the former governor and codefendant engaged in standard behavior in our political system. That has never been considered illegal, but it was in the Siegelman case. Obama has appointed donors to ambassadorships and other positions; Reagan did the same, never dr[awing] the whiff of an investigation, much less an indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), journalism (42 Articles, 66900 views), Don Siegelman (11 Articles, 24085 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
UDC Law Students Organizing Against Police Brutality Our first day of law school was less than 48 hours after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.As a former police officer, I felt my experience could help address the issue of police brutality and racially disparate abuse of discretion in the criminal justice system.I created a logo and FB page talking about the issues. I drafted a concept paper and reached out to my classmates and several of them answered the call.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), justice (20 Articles, 26160 views), grassroots (21 Articles, 29765 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Canadians' Convoy Protests Detroit's Water Shut-Off We brought 50 five-gallon jugs (1000 litres) to our friends in Detroit to draw attention to the human rights violations happening in Detroit and to call upon Pres. Obama to declare a public health crisis. There has been fervent opposition from many to the cut offs, including actor Mark Ruffalo. Hundreds of people attended a town hall meeting to testify how they lacked water for drinking, cooking, bathing and flushing toilets.
Series: positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views), economic inequity (27 Articles, 37584 views), Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views) (View All Series)

Monday, January 5, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is GMO Chestnut Tree Monsanto's Trojan Horse? the GE chestnut has been engineered with foreign DNA from wheat, a process which damages the genome and leads to numerous mutations. This means the engineered tree will likely have unanticipated and unpredictable consequences when released into a forest ecosystem. As we've seen time and again with GMO crops, these unanticipated consequences can be very damaging to biodiversity and wildlife, not to mention people.
Series: environmental (10 Articles, 17071 views), Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views)

Sunday, January 4, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Government Ends Threat to Jail James Risen but Danger to Journalists and Whistleblowers Remains Freedom of the press depends on media outlets being able to provide the public with information about powerful people and institutions that those powerful people and institutions don't want publicized. If whistleblowing is shut down, freedom of the press suffers. Politically and legally, the situation with Risen in the Sterling trial is apt to be a hugely important test case that will cast a long shadow for the future.
Series: Freedom of the Press (4 Articles, 12665 views), journalism (42 Articles, 66900 views), Whistleblowers (21 Articles, 37811 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, January 3, 2015 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
David Swanson: "War is So 2014!" President Obama has been credited with "ending" and "drawing down" this war [in Afghanistan] not only while expanding it to triple the size but also for a longer period of time than various other major wars combined.The catch is that this war is not over or ending. This year was more deadly than any of the previous 12. War is optional, that it is not imposed on us, that we have the responsibility to scale it back or to end it.
Series: Military/Foreign Policy (7 Articles, 6989 views), History (3 Articles, 4620 views), Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Drone Protester Will Kick off New Year with Prison Sentence In the '80s,we grew familiar with planning actions that included nonviolent civil disobedience. We aimed for radical, uncompromising actions that called for an end to U.S. intervention in Central America. I was incarcerated for a year at a maximum security prison in Lexington, KY --it was one of the most educational years of my life. I emerged with a strong desire to be part of ongoing peace team efforts.
Series: Military/Foreign Policy (7 Articles, 6989 views), Prison (28 Articles, 33170 views), Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 (46 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Medicare: Nine Myths, Misconceptions and Costly Mistakes I'm fully aware of all the costly misconceptions, incorrect assumptions, mistakes, and errors that people make when going on Medicare. Unfortunately, much of this bad information is passed on from retiree to retiree and, therefore, thousands of dollars are thrown away due to poor choices made when going on Medicare. My role has been to break this chain of bad information and get people pointed in the right direction.
Series: insurance (4 Articles, 7927 views), health care (2 Articles, 4581 views)

Saturday, December 20, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Public Radio's "A Way with Words": Not Just for Word Nerds and Language Lovers "It's a show about people and how they talk." Sometimes we call it "Car Talk for language" or "cracking open language and letting humanity and history pour out." We deal with all aspects of language -- word and phrase origins, slang, linguistic diversity, regional dialects, grammar, and that weird thing Grandma used to say. Our hope is to inform, inspire, and connect people, and nurture their curiosity about language.
Series: the Arts (29 Articles, 38416 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views) (View All Series)

Friday, December 19, 2014 (21 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Journalist Robert C. Koehler says: Abolish the CIA! The U.S. launched its disastrous war on Iraq based largely on the false intelligence the CIA produced via torture.The Senate Intelligence Committee report makes clear that the information extracted by these techniques had no accuracy, belying all justification of them. But more to the point, torture and murder are utterly immoral acts, which rouse fury and hatred that come back to haunt the perpetrators: the American people.
Series: Corruption (15 Articles, 26675 views), Military/Foreign Policy (7 Articles, 6989 views), NSA/surveillance (2 Articles, 2519 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
79-Year Old Grandfather Spends Thanksgiving in Prison For Drone Protest Die-In This is immoral, illegal, unethical. It's not what I used to think we are about.It seems we have lost our way.My role will be to continue to try to get us back on track.Perhaps idealistic and unrealistic yet I see this struggle as my duty. I took an oath to defend my country vs. enemies foreign and domestic.I now see our problem not as a foreign threat but a threat of ignorance,apathy and stupidity of our government & people.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views), Military/Foreign Policy (7 Articles, 6989 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
1100 Certified B Corporations in 121 Industries, 37 Countries! B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. This year we welcomed companies from exciting new sectors, like Green Mountain Power, the first certified public utility, Natura, the largest and first public B Corp in Latin America and Kickstarter, a fast growing crowdfunding platform.
Series: Creativity (22 Articles, 23388 views), Entrepreneurs (23 Articles, 30124 views), positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, December 11, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Torture, Now as American as Apple Pie? The torture issue is a critical litmus test. If you are cool with torture, what atrocity will you not excuse away? Let all people with integrity speak out to the ACLU, to Pres. Obama, and while you are at it, why not check out The Last War Crime movie, where we make the dramatic case for war crimes prosecutions which are only now being delayed by the failure of enough people so far to do what we just said.

Thursday, December 11, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Network of Spiritual Progressives Hosts 'Reclaim America' Strategy Session, Sunday 12/14/14 at USF You can challenge progressive organizations to introduce into all their activities a shared vision of the world -- not just focusing on what is wrong, but presenting a positive vision of the world as it needs to be --a New Bottom Line of love, caring, kindness, generosity, social justice, peace, environmental sanity and awe and wonder at the grandeur and preciousness of our planet earth and the universe of which we are a part.
Series: grassroots (21 Articles, 29765 views), Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
White Coat "Die-Ins" by Medical Students Highlight Police Brutality I think it's important that we speak out as future care providers and acknowledge the power medical professionals are given over bodies, and how that power exerts itself over bodies that are seemingly valued less in our society. Once it was clear that this could gain more momentum, people really worked hard to coordinate and ensure that the effort was strong and solid in its message and the way it was carried through.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Police (3 Articles, 4233 views), Racism (3 Articles, 4233 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ferguson Lays Bare Police Brutality and Racism in America We saw all this unfold before our very eyes.The spark was the 9/11 attacks.It unleashed a cultural tidal wave of war fever in military circles,never-ending threats recited on TV,& other militarized responses that swamped the culture.We're still living with those reverberations:the military-industrial complex re-invented,siphoned billions for new arms & the growth of the data-centric national security state exposed by Snowden.
Series: Racism (3 Articles, 4233 views), Police (3 Articles, 4233 views), justice (20 Articles, 26160 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Matthew Hoh with More on Hagel's "Forced Resignation" What we are up against is well organized, well funded and very, very media savvy. Our movement will never be able to match those resources head to head, but we must be aware of the strengths of our opponents and counter or diminish those strengths. We must find the resources to build and sustain organizations capable of operating in the media, in Washington and in local communities. What Occupy tapped into we must follow up on
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Military/Foreign Policy (7 Articles, 6989 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thriving Changemaker Summit Great Resource for Flagging Activists Sometimes we will come across challenges, or things won't turn out the way we planned. When we experience a challenge, it doesn't mean anything is wrong with us or our goal. A lot of people come across challenge and either give up or burn out. If we want to reach extraordinary or seemingly impossible goals, then we need tools for resilience. So that we keep going and bring forth the kind of world that we know is possible.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, November 20, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Soldier's Story His mother contacted me and I heard the anguish in her voice. I thought of all the mothers who had watched their children go to war, all the mothers who just want what is best for their children. Of my father who was a soldier in WWII.. Of his two good high school friends who were killed on the beaches of Normandy. How I had been spared from going to Vietnam because I won a football scholarship to go to college.
Series: war (4 Articles, 7399 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), justice (20 Articles, 26160 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dr. Margaret Flowers: Net Neutrality and What You Can Do To Ensure It Take the action pledge at PopularResistance.org so you can receive action updates. We've organized national days of action and protests at the FCC. We have a campaign asking people to submit photos of themselves calling for Title II net neutrality. It is particularly important that people of color submit photos because the NAACP and Reverend Jesse Jackson have taken money from and have sided with the industry on this issue.
Series: grassroots (21 Articles, 29765 views), Corruption (15 Articles, 26675 views), Net Neutrality (2 Articles, 2477 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
AMA Med Students Back State Laws to Achieve Universal Health Care In 2004, the CBC ran a TV series called "The Greatest Canadian." The show conducted national polling in the spirit of "American Idol" to identify the greatest Canadian in history.The winner: Tommy Douglas, who started Canada's first province-based single-payer health care system in 1962 Saskatchewan.The system was later adopted nationally. [not Wayne Gretsky, Alexander Graham Bell, Celin e Dion, Mike Myers or Michael J Fox]
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Overcoming Challenges (22 Articles, 23775 views), health care (2 Articles, 4581 views) (View All Series)

Monday, November 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Filmmaker John Wellington Ennis: "Pay 2 Play, Democracy's High Stakes" Jack Abramoff introduces a key premise of the film: that major political spending is about a return on investment; there is nothing more profitable than lobbying and contributing to campaigns in order to get preferable treatment for your business.Others can make that claim. He can attest to having done it. He said that for tens of millions, he was able to make clients billions."99% of what I did was legal; that's the problem."
Series: grassroots (21 Articles, 29765 views), Election/Voting (1 Articles, 655 views), Documentary (24 Articles, 25659 views) (View All Series)

Friday, November 14, 2014 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Harvey Wasserman: How the GOP Bought, Rigged, Stole and Lynched the 2014 Election We can get a national holiday for voting, as Bernie Sanders has now proposed. We can start with just that first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, including the whole four-day weekend. We can get universal automatic voter registration, universal hand-counted paper ballots and abolition of the Electoral College.It's a simple program. How do we win it? Well, THAT's the $64 trillion question. But we have to find a way
Series: Election Integrity (13 Articles, 15631 views), journalism (42 Articles, 66900 views), Koch Brothers (6 Articles, 8836 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russ Baker on "The 'Double Government' Secret Gets Out", the Bush Dynasty and More The web and some radio outlets have made it possible to go around the gatekeepers. And more and more people get that there is a giant con being perpetrated year after year, with elections the "bread and circuses" we all demand as a substitute for real introspection. More wikileaks, more Snowdens, more of the kind of work being done by "renegade" journalists and a growing army of activists, and we'll get to critical mass.
Series: Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views), Corruption (15 Articles, 26675 views), journalism (42 Articles, 66900 views) (View All Series)

Monday, November 10, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fight "the Sitting Disease" with an American-Made Stand Steady Standing Desk Research on the harm of sitting all day at work is consistent and shocking. Sitting six-eight hours a day reduces your lifespan by two years, even if you exercise regularly. After I had a minor car accident, I started to have back pain after sitting all day at work. Research on the internet led me to want to try a standing desk. I created a mock-up. Colleagues asked about the desk and acknowledged that they too had back pain!
Series: health (19 Articles, 29476 views), Women (52 Articles, 63711 views), Entrepreneurs (23 Articles, 30124 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Smart Films, Smart Kids: Facets Does It All Film IS the most important art and we act as a bridge between audiences and great independent, world and art films. This means daily screenings of films at the Facets Cinematheque, a public archive of over 65,000 films on DVD and video, film classes, seminars, director appearances, publishing and distribution of independent films and at the heart of Facets, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, in its 31st year.
Series: Children (13 Articles, 11904 views), film (11 Articles, 13158 views), positivity (29 Articles, 27164 views) (View All Series)

Friday, October 31, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tom English: "Democrats are Stupid if They Don't Vote, Republicans are Stupid if They Do" First thing we gotta do is kick the system into gear. I believe that what happened last Spring in Virginia was a magnificent, exhilarating triumph of the American voting system. Flex your VOTE! My motivation when I was creating this piece of art was to entertain and inspire. It's a Constructivist piece. It's a Public Service Announcement.My government is not doing it's job, so as a Citizen, I am taking it upon myself to do it.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Music (8 Articles, 7529 views)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Underdog with a Heart of Gold Leaves Lasting Legacy It's hard to look back on Boo's life and not see some kind of hand of destiny at work. Starting as an abandoned, bullied puppy with disabilities, he then became a hero dog who brought so much joy to people and ended up jet-setting across the country for his television appearance--all with his usual unflappable placid approach to whatever life threw at him. I can only laugh at the unlikeness of it all.
Series: Animals (4 Articles, 4337 views), Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
BradBlog: Judge Posner's Turnaround on Photo ID is Huge! As he said in his amazing dissent last week "There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is no actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens." He absolutely destroyed every single Right Wing talking point.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Election Integrity (13 Articles, 15631 views), Federal (5 Articles, 6848 views) (View All Series)

Monday, October 6, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Manna Food Center Fights Hunger with Nutritious Offerings We opened our doors in 1983 with a donation from Giant of 16,000 pounds of food. Fast forward 31 years and that is approximately the same amount of food that we distribute every day. We also have a greater focus on nutrition and food quality and no longer think about our work just in terms of food in and food out. We believe that you can't climb out of poverty on an empty stomach.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), economic inequity (27 Articles, 37584 views), economy (13 Articles, 22016 views) (View All Series)

Friday, October 3, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Film Shows Autistic Youths How to Interact Safely with Police My son Tom was diagnosed with autism at 13. With a late start, I had to get busy learning all I could and getting him the help he needed. I wrote my first book to answer the 1,000 questions that all new parents have, to save them the extensive and exhaustive search for unbiased information! From there, I became an advocate and leader, because autism was not just about my son anymore and there was a lot of work to be done.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), behavior/psychology (7 Articles, 6256 views), Children (13 Articles, 11904 views) (View All Series)

Friday, September 19, 2014 (37 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactor on FIVE Earthquake Fault Lines! How Can We Shut It Down? Pick your local nuke and shut it down. There's no substitute for personal involvement with a local polluter. That includes fracking and all forms of pollution. Go to the source and show your face in person. It's a hundred times more effective than what we can do online.t's a two-pronged deal---fight the dirty King CONG corporations around the corner, where they can see you, and make your own little Solartopia at home.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views), Business (10 Articles, 16088 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Once-Homeless Filmmaker Tackles Youth Homelessness in "Lost in America" Youth who are on the street are not there by choice. They are there because either home no longer exists, home is no longer safe, or home no longer wants them.When these youth end up on the street they're met with the harsh truth that no one wants them there either.So, where to go? No child should ever have to face that question. It's time to start paying attention, to make sure that no child ever has to end up Lost in America
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Children (13 Articles, 11904 views), Documentary (24 Articles, 25659 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peer Juries Rule! A Look Inside Restorative Justice Restorative justice has great merit. Individuals should be treated with respect, given opportunities for reform, and there is often a lot of commonality between people on both sides and that true listening can be extremely effective towards positive change. I also greatly appreciate the focus on prevention--In the US, we spend far too much time and money on punishment rather than on setting people up for success.
Series: Restorative Justice (1 Articles, 696 views), Prison (28 Articles, 33170 views), lawyer (4 Articles, 3977 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, August 7, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Whitni Battle: Learning to Fly - How Circus Changed My Life People think that they have to be young or fit or naturally flexible or strong to do the things I do, but really, the only thing that holds you back is not believing in yourself. Once I started to achieve my small goals, my confidence blossomed and I felt enthusiastic about seeing what else I could do. The fact that I could teach my body to do the splits is enough evidence for me that anything is possible.
Series: Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), Creativity (22 Articles, 23388 views), Empowerment (22 Articles, 22015 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Maverick Singer Songwriter Ellen Bukstel Takes On Private Prisons and Big Pharma People are finally pointing the finger at politicians for their collective hypocrisy, who support the continued development of lethal pharmaceutical drugs that are killing people, while putting people in jail for a substance that does no harm. Hopefully, with this issue in people's minds, the laws will change and we can make prisons for profit a thing of the past and educate people to the benefits of medicinal cannabis.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), civil rights (10 Articles, 14229 views) (View All Series)

Friday, August 1, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
BOP: 'Til Death Do Us Part? If I left Gary and prison by 2:00, I could stop for gasoline and a caffeinated drink, make a snack-and-bathroom-break stop, and get home by 8:00, 20 to 21 hours after I had started the day. In those 20-hour days, I have usually been able to spend only five hours or so with Gary. Sometimes it was only two hours, when the prison employees were being particularly horrible. Those hours together had to last until the next time.
Series: Animals (4 Articles, 4337 views), Don Siegelman (11 Articles, 24085 views), Exploitation (18 Articles, 27519 views) (View All Series)

Friday, July 25, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Farmer Gene's Tiny But Mighty Popcorn - Mighty Tasty and NO GMOs! One of the good things about TBM Popcorn being an heirloom is that it is dent sterile meaning it will not cross with other corn so it can't be contaminated with GMOs. Heirlooms are more difficult to grow but the flavor and ability to propagate each year are good things.The seeds are smaller than conventional popcorn and have a very thin hull so when popped, it is easily digested and does not get stuck in your teeth.
Series: Business (10 Articles, 16088 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), Entrepreneurs (23 Articles, 30124 views) (View All Series)

Friday, July 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Overturning 'Citizens United': The People 3, Plutocrats 0 This morning we celebrate about the most momentous issue of our generation, repudiating the corrupt Citizens United Supreme Court decision. In CA, Gov. Brown has issued a proclamation allowing the legislature to put the Overturn Citizens United Act on the Nov. ballot which will give the voters an opportunity to speak out on whether the Constitution should now be amended to clarify: money is NOT speech, corporations NOT people.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Citizens United (4 Articles, 3436 views), Congress (9 Articles, 14229 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"The Meryl Streep of Audiobooks" is Also Miss Rosa on Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black' An actor's life is fraught with highs and lows, the unexpected, massive disappointment, rejection, and life changing moments of wonder. Just being able to recognize how one is doing and what to do next, given the chance, is a constant, stress making enterprise. But this is what I know. It is what makes me tick. I hope to be able to continue to provide pleasure either on screen, stage, or in a pair of earbuds near you.
Series: Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views), cancer (3 Articles, 3099 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views) (View All Series)

Monday, July 7, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Amica Insurance: Where Customer Service Is No Laughing Matter Amica received our 12th JD Power award for customer satisfaction in homeowners insurance. We received highest honors for the NE region in the JD Power 2014 US Auto Insurance Study.This is the 15th year in a row that JD Power has recognized us for customer satisfaction with auto insurers. We were also so proud to finish first in the 2013 Best Places to Work in RI competition, an event at which our corporate office was honored.
Series: Business (10 Articles, 16088 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), Entrepreneurs (23 Articles, 30124 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Inside The Tough Mudder - Extreme Challenge or Complete Lunacy? Tough Mudder brands itself as "probably the toughest event on the planet." While I obviously can't verify this (nor can they, actually), I can attest to the fact that it's difficult and requires a certain physical and mental grit to prepare for and complete. If a bunch of unathletic guys like us can tackle it, so can you. Get yourself in shape, get some friends together and register. It's totally worth it.
Series: Empowerment (22 Articles, 22015 views), behavior/psychology (7 Articles, 6256 views), Sport/Fitness/Health (1 Articles, 1059 views) (View All Series)

Monday, June 30, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
BRAD BLOG Exposes CA Law Restricting "Recounts" To the Wealthy They argued that people have a right to know who is funding a count. They struck me as odd, because a count is a count, no matter who pays for it. Ballots are all counted publicly by county officials in such a "recount". But making it harder for citizen oversight -- particularly so that only rich people can afford "recounts" -- seemed insane to me, and the folks in the Election Integrity community seemed to agree.
Series: journalism (42 Articles, 66900 views), Election Integrity (13 Articles, 15631 views), Court System (21 Articles, 25037 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, June 29, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Detroit's Emergency Manager Shuts Off Water for Thousands of Homes; Is Your City Next? They're scrambling for water from family, neighbors, friends, whatever; trying to find new housing with water included, trying to keep the child welfare system from taking away their kids, trying to find a place to shower and use the toilet. I doubt that those of us who have never faced this particular kind of oppression can imagine what it must be like. Very neocolonial and unjust.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Corruption (15 Articles, 26675 views), debt (3 Articles, 5538 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, June 26, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Clete Wetli: An Alabama Liberal on Mass Incarceration's Steep Price Tag I do believe that politicians and policy makers are finally having a moment of clarity by realizing that our current system is unsustainable, not to mention ridiculously expensive. In Alabama, the media firestorm that has shed light on the abuses at Tutwiler is definitely causing some legislators to change their tune about sentencing reform and prison reform. I think that one of the barriers to change is public perception.
Series: legislation (17 Articles, 22531 views), justice (20 Articles, 26160 views), Exploitation (18 Articles, 27519 views) (View All Series)

Monday, June 23, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bob Koehler on Justice with Healing at Its Core Restorative Justice begins with the notion that justice is about healing rather than punishment. It is a worldwide movement that has been slowly growing, but it comes from the indigenous tradition of sitting in a circle and communing about matters of significance to the community. A circle is non-hierarchical; everyone in it is equal and everyone's presence is vital to the whole. I call this a state of "vibrant equality."
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), Court System (21 Articles, 25037 views), Creativity (22 Articles, 23388 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, June 15, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is BOP Using Our Tax Dollars to Sever Family Ties? Last week, the mother of a prisoner, drove six hours from Missouri, planning to visit her son, likely for the final time. This mother has a terminal illness and is three months past her life expectancy according to her healthcare providers. When she went through the metal detector, it went off. She told the prison employees she had a rod in her back and they told her she could not see her son. That is just purely evil.
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), civil rights (10 Articles, 14229 views), Exploitation (18 Articles, 27519 views) (View All Series)

Friday, June 13, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Best-Selling Author John Lescroart Talks About Latest Book, Prisons, Writing & Friendship One of the truisms I discovered is that the jail's inmates are in many ways a truly invisible population. Nobody spends a lot of time worrying about them, even though the environment is ripe for abuse. If somebody dies in jail, it's probably not going to make headlines. I thought that putting the jail in the center of this book's conflicts would add an unusual and powerful element to what is otherwise a highly domestic story.
Series: Author/books (16 Articles, 22649 views), Careers (34 Articles, 38969 views), Court System (21 Articles, 25037 views) (View All Series)

Friday, June 6, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
BOP: Not Only Cruel and Unusual - Insensitive, Vindictive AND Just Plain Ridiculous For two years, Dave has sought medical treatment because of blood in his urine.Eventually, Dave was taken to the hospital, where it was quickly determined that he has multiple tumors and needs emergency medical intervention and surgery. The emergency treating physician told Dave that if he had not gotten to the hospital, he would be in the newspaper, the obituary section.He remains in prison,without surgery or a treatment plan
Series: Activism (90 Articles, 119757 views), civil rights (10 Articles, 14229 views), Corruption (15 Articles, 26675 views) (View All Series)

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