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Cheryl Biren is a Philadelphia-based researcher, writer, editor and photographer with a focus on social justice. From 2007-2011, she served on the editorial board of Opednews.com.

Cheryl has also consulted for the Rob Kall Radio Show with guests such as Noam Chomsky, whistleblower Jesselyn Raddack and former FBI agent and Time Person of the Year, Coleen Rowley. She co-hosted the program with guests Daniel Ellsberg, Rep. Robert Wexler and author Naomi Wolf.

She has covered numerous protests with a focus on First Amendment rights and getting stories out that are ignored, underreported or misrepresented by the corporate media.

Cheryl's photographs have appeared in various publications including Truthout, The Huffington Post, Firedoglake, LA Progressive, The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, The Nuclear Resister, France 24, along with print magazines, The Humanist and The Progressive. Her protest photography is seen in the film, Democracy and Human Rights. A collection of her photographs can be found here:

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Thursday, January 12, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Center for American Freedom taps "Jackass" Patrick Howley for conservative news team
(5 comments) The new conservative think tank, Center for American Freedom, recruits Patrick Howley for their online media outlet, The Washington Free Beacon. Howley is best known for his antics at the National Air and Space Museum protest and pepper spray incident while editor for The American Spectator.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Police and DA Still Silent Three Weeks After Man Pulls Gun on Animal Rights Activist
(12 comments) Last month in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a pigeon shoot protest ended with a car chase, a scuffle, and a gun being pulled on animal rights activist, Steve Hindi. The incident was documented by video which was recovered by police, yet no charges or investigative findings have been released to date.

Thursday, February 24, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Animal Rights Activists Confront Parents at Ringling Bros. Circus
(7 comments) Animal rights activists protesting outside Ringling Brothers Circus carried signs showing alleged mistreatment of elephants by Ringling and urged parents not to attend. In response, Ringling spokeswoman suggests they may seek a "free speech zone" with local authorities for future events.

Sunday, December 19, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Veterans Want YOU for Civil Resistance!
(75 comments) Veterans arrested at the White House Thursday determined to mobilize more civil resistance to the wars.

Friday, November 12, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
War On Dissent Town Hall; Documenting a failed and dangerous US intelligence network (Videos)
(29 comments) "If you read the bulletins from the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security all of which are on the Internet, very interesting reading in your free time, what you see is not a collection of information about threats from people who threaten violence or property damage, what you see is a wholesale attack on the whole concept of dissent."

Sunday, October 3, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Harry Belafonte takes President to task over war policy and One Nation should take note
(18 comments) Singer and activist, Harry Belafonte, breaks ranks with other One Nation speakers and criticizes President Obama's policy.

Monday, September 13, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Author Chris Hedges lends voice to the UStoGaza.org movement (video)
"You may have the bulldozers, the planes and helicopters that smash houses to rubble... the commandos who descend on ships and kill civilians on the high seas, as well as in Gaza. You may have the the vast power of the state. We only have our hearts and our voices. But note this well. It is you who are afraid of us. We are not afraid of you. We will keep working and praying, keep pushing and denouncing...

Monday, January 11, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Supreme Court blocks video coverage of Prop 8 trial, but The Advocate Tweets live
LA Times reports, "The U.S. Supreme Court, acting on an appeal from conservative defenders of California's ban on same-sex marriage, overruled a federal judge in San Francisco today and blocked video coverage of the trial on YouTube." However, the mag, The Advocate, comes through for the throngs of people who want to follow this trial by Live Tweeting updates. Continuing updates.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hiroshima Survivor Prays for "Hardship"
Over the weekend, many gathered to remember the 64th anniversary of the U.S. bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Two "Hibakusha" (Japanese survivors of the bombings) shared their stories. Madelyn Hoffman, executive director of NJ Peace Action as part of an ambitious plan will be asking President Obama to keep his promise about moving toward a nuclear weapons free world.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The State Department Ushers in Dennis Ross in the Dark of the Night
(33 comments) For months many concerns have been raised over the prospect of a Ross appointment as a special envoy to or adviser on Iran. To assign the former diplomat who actively supports not just coercive actions against Iran, but the policy option of a preventive military attack seems counterintuitive to the need for trust in this highly sensitive relationship.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jay Rockefeller Awarded Intelligence Public Service Medal: For Telecom and Torture Immunity?
(9 comments) On Monday, the ODNI awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. It's not known if there were others in the running, but a prior commitment to keeping numerous briefings about wiretapping and torture on the down-low and opposing the appointment of special counsel to investigate the destruction of the infamous torture tapes may have sealed the deal.

Monday, December 15, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rep. Hoekstra Won't Seek Reelection: Good News for Intelligence Integrity?
It is expected that Rep. Pete Hoekstra will announce Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2010. His anticipated departure from Congress and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in two years won't be soon enough for some based on his troubling relationship with intelligence.

Friday, December 12, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hoekstra: Stark Reality Will Cause Obama to Reconsider Gitmo and Enhanced Interrogation
(30 comments) Rep. Pete Hoekstra suggests that Obama, who ran on a platform of change, may come to the sober conclusion that the controversial intelligence programs born of the Bush administration are best kept in place.

Sunday, November 16, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Update: Homeland Security Climbs Scaffolding on National Archives to Arrest Veterans
(10 comments) Without warning Homeland Security agents arrived at the site where seven veterans and the mother of USMC Sgt. James Brower on his third tour in Iraq have been occupying the top of a 92-foot high scaffolding at the National Archives Building to arrest the protesters.

Saturday, November 15, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Veterans Occupy National Archives - Again!
(6 comments) On Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 am, at the National Archives Building on Connecticut Ave., eight military veterans and a military mother climbed a 9-foot retaining fence and occupied a ninety-foot high scaffolding to raise two 450 square foot banners stating, "DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!" and "WE WILL NOT BE SILENT."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Iraq Veterans Arraigned on Disorderly Conduct Charges: Vow to Defend Right to Free Speech and Assembly
(19 comments) On Monday, the day before Veterans day, 14 members of the 'Hempstead 15' were arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a protest outside of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University on October 15.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Congratulations Cindy Sheehan
(22 comments) With tremendous respect and appreciation, congratulations Cindy on your run against the formidable Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Success does not always reveal itself in numbers of pulled levers, pushed buttons, touched screens or whatever godforsaken voting machine one uses in California's District 8.

Saturday, October 25, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Washington Think-Tank Cultivating 'Last Resort' Against Iran and Priming Next President
(26 comments) The likelihood of a military strike against Iran by the US or Israel has been debated for years waxing and waning with the geopolitical climate. What is not in question is the steady effort by some to lay the ground work for such an action. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has drafted a blueprint for the next president's Middle East policy with preventive military attack on Iran as a vital policy option.

Thursday, October 16, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Meet the Protester Who 'May Have Received a Minor Injury' at the Hofstra Debate
(25 comments) The mainstream media play down the fact that 10 of the 15 protestors arrested at last night's debate were Iraq veterans. They mention someone may have received a "minor" injury. Really? Meet Nick Morgan

Thursday, September 25, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Want the Govt. to Buy YOUR Bad Assets? Stop by Wall Street at 4 P.M. Today
(3 comments) A very interesting website with an even more intriguing solution to the country's financial crisis has appeared on the Internet. It's fun, it's cathartic and it might just let the powers to be know just how fed up the American public is.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Breaking Camp: Veterans Occupy National Archives Building
(27 comments) On Tuesday morning, September 23, 7:30am, at the front of the National Archives Building on Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C., five military veterans will risk arrest as they climb a 9-foot retaining fence and occupy a 35-foot high ledge to raise a 22x8 foot banner stating, "DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!"

Monday, September 15, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
NJ Congressman: Bush Admin. Will 'Gulf of Tonkinize' Iran
(2 comments) NJ Congressman predicts that Naval adventures in the Persian Gulf will be used as a pretext for an attack on Iran. With the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate fading from the nation's memory, a former CIA analyst offers sound advice.

Thursday, August 7, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Nancy Pelosi Book Signing: Know Your Power, Just Don't Speak Truth to It
(44 comments) Inside Nancy Pelosi's book signing in Philadelphia. Her remarks on Iran, Iraq - impeachment? And, what did this reporter ask that caused her to be escorted out of the building?

Thursday, July 24, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Democratic Majority: Enabling a Rogue Presidency and Stonewalling the American People
(38 comments) Tomorrow, Rep. Conyers will hold a hearing, "Executive Power and its Constitutional Limitations." This article illustrates Conyers' rhetoric since '06 and details the failed attempts at accountability by the Democratic majority of the Bush/Cheney crimes.

Friday, July 11, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Seven Republican Members of House Judiciary Call for Impeachment out of Duty to the Constitution?
(30 comments) Rep. Lamar Smith stated, "As much as one might wish to avoid this process, we must resist the temptation to close our eyes and pass by. The president's actions must be evaluated for one simple reason: the truth counts." For complete understanding, read 'til the end.

Monday, June 30, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
If Increased Sanction Resolution, 362, Could Give Bush License for a Naval Blockade Why Support It?
(20 comments) This is one of the questions raised in my conversation with Congressman Robert Wexler. Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, weighs in as well. GOP Congressman Wayne Gilchrest urges his colleagues to vote against Res.362 and Rep. Rob Andrews warns of Naval adventures in the Persian Gulf used as a pretext for an attack on Iran. What is the future of 362, a resolution that activists have dubbed The Iran War Resolution

Friday, May 30, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A 'Sea of Tombstones' in Philadelphia Brings Memorial Day Remembrances to a New Level
(4 comments) A veterans group display at Philadelphia's Independence Mall shows the true cost of war. An intimate look at reactions by family members, veterans spanning several wars and a vet who served with one of the fallen.

Sunday, April 20, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Did True Majority Drop a Bomb or the Ball at the Philly Debate?
(13 comments) Last week, TrueMajority's IranMobile made a stop in Philadelphia. Their mission? "To stop the march to war with Iran by the right-wing spin machine." With all the talk of Iran, Israel, "massive retaliation," and "no option is off the table," at Wednesday's Democratic Presidential Debate, is it wise to give the Democrats a free ride on this issue?

Saturday, March 22, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Democratic Majority: Enabling a Rogue Presidency and Stonewalling the American People
(9 comments) Rep. John Conyers, once again, dangles impeachment in front of the Take Back America crowd. Past behavior strongly suggests it is only a tease to elicit voter support in the upcoming elections. This report looks at the failed strategies of the Democratic Congress to hold the Bush administration accountable. In the process, they turn their backs on the ones who elected them and on their country.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Winter Soldier: Can the Mainstream Media Handle the Truth?
(5 comments) For four days next week, veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan will gather in one place to tell the truth about their experiences on the ground. Will the mainstream media step up? Can they handle the truth?

Thursday, February 7, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Telecom Immunity Battle: A Red Herring?
(1 comments) Is the telecom immunity debate distracting us from the real objective?

Friday, January 18, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Nancy's Choice: Affleck or Nirenberg
(10 comments) On Wednesday, January 16, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had an important choice to make.

Friday, January 4, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Keeping the Republic
(8 comments) After emerging from the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got - a Republic or a Monarchy?" He replied, "A republic if you can keep it." How have we been doing then at the charge of "keeping the republic?"

Friday, November 2, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Et Tu, ACLU? Et Tu?
(3 comments) The ACLU and impeachment.

Sunday, August 26, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Dancing With Conyers
(22 comments) Oops he did it again. Congressman John Conyers and the impeach movement.

Monday, August 6, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Breaking Down Segregation in the Peace and Justice Movement
(24 comments) Recent actions, articles, and blog comments expose the self-imposed segregation that exists in the peace and justice movement.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Sorry Senator Biden. No Can Do.
(16 comments) Senator Joe Biden tells Americans to flood the White House with calls over the commutation of Libby's sentence by Bush. Who should we really be calling?

Thursday, May 17, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Wowee! Hillary Needs My Help!
(7 comments) Today, Hillary Clinton asked the American People for advice on her campaign. Will we be able to answer the call?

Friday, May 11, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What Does a Criminal Have to Do to Get Impeached Around Here?
(3 comments) April 28, 2007, National Impeachment Day at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey