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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, August 20, 2014     

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Peer Juries Rule! A Look Inside Restorative Justice
(6 comments) 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, Prison, lawyer (View All Series)

Thursday, August 7, 2014     

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Whitni Battle: Learning to Fly - How Circus Changed My Life
(2 comments) 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, Creativity, Empowerment (View All Series)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014     

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Maverick Singer Songwriter Ellen Bukstel Takes On Private Prisons and Big Pharma
(7 comments) 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, Careers, civil rights (View All Series)

Friday, August 1, 2014     

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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, Don Siegelman, Exploitation (View All Series)

Friday, July 25, 2014     

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Farmer Gene's Tiny But Mighty Popcorn - Mighty Tasty and NO GMOs!
(8 comments) 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, Careers, Entrepreneurs (View All Series)

Friday, July 18, 2014     

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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, Citizens United, Congress (View All Series)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014     

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"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, cancer, Careers (View All Series)

Monday, July 7, 2014     

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Amica Insurance: Where Customer Service Is No Laughing Matter
(3 comments) 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, Careers, Entrepreneurs (View All Series)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014     

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Inside The Tough Mudder - Extreme Challenge or Complete Lunacy?
(2 comments) 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, behavior/psychology, Sport/Fitness/Health (View All Series)

Monday, June 30, 2014     

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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, Election Integrity, Court System (View All Series)

Sunday, June 29, 2014     

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Detroit's Emergency Manager Shuts Off Water for Thousands of Homes; Is Your City Next?
(10 comments) 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, Corruption, debt (View All Series)

Thursday, June 26, 2014     

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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, justice, Exploitation (View All Series)

Monday, June 23, 2014     

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Bob Koehler on Justice with Healing at Its Core
(4 comments) 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, Court System, Creativity (View All Series)

Sunday, June 15, 2014     

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Is BOP Using Our Tax Dollars to Sever Family Ties?
(5 comments) 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, civil rights, Exploitation (View All Series)

Friday, June 13, 2014     

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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, Careers, Court System (View All Series)

Friday, June 6, 2014     

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BOP: Not Only Cruel and Unusual - Insensitive, Vindictive AND Just Plain Ridiculous
(4 comments) 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, civil rights, Corruption (View All Series)

Thursday, May 22, 2014     

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Interview: Whistleblower Don Soeken, author, "Don't Kill the Messenger!"
(4 comments) I take cases no one else will - and I win. I've counseled hundreds of whistleblowers over the past 40 years. I tell all in my recent book, focusing on just a few of the whistleblowers I've helped. Judges have declared me an expert witness uniquely qualified to testify about whistleblower psychology. Since 1980, I've helped whistleblowers win more than $100 million in court awards and settlements.
Series: Activism, Author/books, Careers (View All Series)

Saturday, May 10, 2014     

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Birds, Dogs and Mother's Day: A Tale in Two Parts
(7 comments) When I come to visit, Emma greets me lavishly, with enthusiastic tail thumps, smiles, wiggles and plenty of whiny greetings. We reunite and then go for a leisurely walk. Afterward, I chat with Kate for a few minutes and take my leave. Emma is sad for a nanosecond and then returns to her lovely life. Love is letting go and isn't that what we mothers have to learn again and again as our chicks leave the nest and take flight?
Series: Animals, Children, positivity (View All Series)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014     

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Inside the Polygon of Club Fed - Where Severe Weather and Sadistic Federal Prison Employees Are a Nasty Brew
(6 comments) I am sharing this so the weather conditions will be clear, as well as how horribly wrong and abusive it is for prison employees to treat visitors and prisoners the way we were treated during the awful weather.We are HUMAN BEINGS.Anyone with a single brain cell or a heart would realize that.Look what prisoners and their families are put through, making it as difficult as possible to maintain relationships with people we love.
Series: civil rights, Don Siegelman, Exploitation (View All Series)

Monday, April 28, 2014     

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Opened Vatican Archives Reveal Church Aided and Abetted Mussolini
(16 comments) The view presented by the Church portrays the pope as one of Mussolini's fiercest critics and the pope and Mussolini constantly in a state of conflict. What I discovered was something very different. Although Pius XI realized that Mussolini had not a religious bone in his body, he thought that the dictator could be God's instrument to restore the power of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy.
Series: Author/books, the Arts, History (View All Series)

Thursday, April 24, 2014     

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Scholastic and Big Coal Team Up to Bamboozle 4th Graders
(11 comments) Scholastic is invited into schools based on educators' assumption that Scholastic is trying to offer engaging, fair-minded curriculum. Instead, Scholastic was operating as a hired gun for Big Coal. And, it turns out, that through its In-School Marketing program, this is a part of what Scholastic does: hires out its curricular expertise and good name to corporations of all kinds. I was stunned.
Series: Activism, economy, environmental (View All Series)

Friday, April 11, 2014     

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Music + Love + Ghosts = "Bellweather Rhapsody"
I read like a tiny person possessed--basically, anything I could get my hands on.I loved to read and be told stories so much, I didn't want them to stop. From a very early age, I wanted to imagine my own; before I could spell, I dictated. I always think back to a great quote from Eudora Welty: "For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading." That was my path, without question.
Series: Author/books, Creativity, students (View All Series)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014     

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Who Will Be The Next US Senator To Hear The American People On Reversing Citizens United?
(6 comments) We got filibuster reform because you spoke out. Ultimately, just our own system helped to facilitate 30,000 constituent messages on that one. We stopped another vain Middle East war (in Syria) because you spoke out. We stopped fast track for the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership. The Senate intelligence committee just released the torture report, another one of our actions. And these are just a couple of recent examples.
Series: Activism, Documentary, economic inequity (View All Series)

Friday, April 4, 2014     

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Sue Wilson Outlines Citizen Action to Take Back Our Public Airwaves
(28 comments) Broadcast Blues, is a 75-minute primer about our rights as the owners of the public airwaves. I get groups to identify key problems they have with their local broadcasters. Then, we develop a personalized action plan for their community. And if I am there in person, I will take them into a local TV/radio station to inspect the public files; there is nothing more empowering than walking in like we own the place, because we do!
Series: Activism, Court System, Documentary (View All Series)

Thursday, April 3, 2014     

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Making Music for Peace: Backstage with Shani - Artist, Activist, International Pop Star
(1 comments) When people were in areas where there was struggle, conflict or natural disaster, they wondered if their plight was being witnessed, if anyone cared. And I thought to have some of the greatest voices in the world essentially "giving voice" to the people, to humanity as a whole, we could use this message of solidarity and connect through common ground - music.
Series: Activism, cancer, Careers (View All Series)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014     

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Constitutional Amendment Or Bust
(5 comments) Legislation would clarify the Constitution and that would reverse the Citizens United folly by empowering Congress to again establish reasonable regulation.Constitutional amendment is needed to reject the notion that spending money and free speech are indistinguishable. Otherwise, the very wealthy have giant 120 decibel megaphones and the rest of us have little tin cans on strings. And isn’t that what’s going on already?
Series: Activism, Congress, Corruption (View All Series)

Sunday, March 30, 2014     

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Sounds of Faith Concert Builds Bridges Through Music
(2 comments) I am especially excited to be the co-chair of this concert because I believe that bringing people of different religions and cultures together bridges understanding. This summer, I was very upset with the violence in Chicago that captured news headlines. I know that the violence represents a very small part of the population of Chicago. The real Chicago will be at Anshe Emet Synagogue on April 6th.

Monday, March 17, 2014     

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Robert Reich Warns: Millions of Voters Could Be Turned Away in November
We have so many things to be outraged about that it's all too easy to fall into a kind of cynical oblivion. But that's a dangerous cop-out. Even if someone is living in the bluest of states, they're likely to have friends or relations in a red state -- and those friends or relations need to be mobilized to take on Republicans who won't lift a finger to save the Voting Rights Act or who might try to suppress minority votes.
Series: Activism, Author/books, Court System (View All Series)

Sunday, March 16, 2014     

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Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing Looms, Many Questions Remain
(3 comments) Our original piece, which appeared within four days of the bombing, attracted tremendous attention and huge social media reaction, was based on our concerns that so many "national security" events don't make sense, and that we need to be vigilant about being manipulated in support of unexplained agendas, often having to do with the power and profitability of the perennial "homeland security" and "national security machines."
Series: Federal, journalism, terrorism (View All Series)

Sunday, March 16, 2014     

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Meet Michelle Friedman: Always on the Lookout for New Challenges
(2 comments) I went from being too afraid to even leave my house that first year or so to challenging myself to do things I really wanted to do, even though I was blind. There are a few things I would like to still do; one is to ride on a motorcycle. There are some places I would still like to travel to. I have heard that they are working on a car that you don't have to see to drive. The minute that's a reality, I'm signing up!
Series: Author/books, behavior/psychology, Empowerment (View All Series)

Monday, March 3, 2014     

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The Inside Story of a Judicial Campaign
(2 comments) One of the key elements in whether they leave with a feeling that, win or lose, they had their fair day in court, is dependent on the judge's temperament.Too many judges leave those appearing before them with a feeling that they did not get a chance to present their cases, that the judges were rude or impatient with them or their attorneys, and they felt they never got a proper hearing.This is a complaint I've heard too often.
Series: Activism, Careers, Children (View All Series)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014     

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Speak Out for Net Neutrality If You Ever Hope to Speak Out Again
(4 comments) We have some sympathetic FCC commissioners to talk to. They have already twice tried to make this happen by simple rule-making. This is not a case where we are railing against a smug and intractable House majority. On February 19th, the FCC opened up a docket for public comments. They WANT to hear what YOU have to say about all this. We have a window of 30 days to do this and we need to jump all over it.
Series: Activism, Entrepreneurs, Exploitation (View All Series)

Monday, February 24, 2014     

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Don Snyder on Love and Loss: "Of Time and Memory: My Parents' Love Story"
(2 comments) It was the winter of 1998 and my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I began to think he would leave this world without me ever knowing who he was really. That seemed profoundly sad to me. I wanted to do something about it. You know, who our parents were before we knew them, and the love story that carried us into the world remains a mystery to most of us. Who were those people in the old black and white photographs?
Series: Activism, authors, Children (View All Series)

Saturday, February 22, 2014     

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Here They Go Again! Watch BOP Make Up Infractions On the Fly
(8 comments) I returned to my car and as I was preparing to leave and make additional calls, the two visitors who had walked across the grass while I was begging Patrick to let me visit my husband - my RIGHT, NOT a privilege - returned to their car as yet another group of visitors walked across the grass. I was concerned they were also not being allowed to visit, but they told me one of them just had to change her shirt.
Series: Activism, Court System, Don Siegelman (View All Series)

Saturday, February 15, 2014     

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Coming Out and Pushing Back Against Alzheimer's, Part Two
(3 comments) Now, I look back at all of this with a feeling that we all did the best that we could and tried to maintain some quality of life for him and for our relationship with him as the illness progressed. In many ways, I feel very proud of myself for finding ways to cope and afford him as good a quality of life as I could, under the circumstances. I feel good about being helpful to others who are going through similar situations.
Series: Activism, behavior/psychology, health (View All Series)

Thursday, February 13, 2014     

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Thousands will Die from 25 States' Medicaid Opt-Out, Research Shows
(10 comments) Some governors and legislators feel that it's so important to undermine Obamacare that they're willing to sacrifice huge potential health and financial gains for their citizens while at the same time turning down billions of dollars that would help their economies.
Series: health, Illness, legislation (View All Series)

Monday, February 10, 2014     

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Coming Out and Pushing Back Against Alzheimer's, Part One
(4 comments) Bernie was really getting annoying with his constant questions, my feeling his greater dependence on me and his no longer being the person I married. I had to take more and more responsibility and guide him. At times I found myself getting very irritated and taking it out on him. Then, the guilt set in. He's not doing this on purpose. He has always been very thoughtful and helpful to me. Why am I yelling at him?
Series: Activism, behavior/psychology, health (View All Series)

Sunday, January 19, 2014     

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The People Lobby Nails Down The Senate Finance Committee On The Trans Pacific Partnership
(6 comments) What this new resource empowers you to do is make a public record of what the congressional aides you speak to are saying, to cut though all the puff about where they actually stand and whether or not we, the people, can count on their vote, and to demand that they vote in our interest. Just like the name says, the intent is to make the voice of the people a real lobbying force for the first time.
Series: Activism, Business, Congress (View All Series)

Friday, January 17, 2014     

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Check Out Donna Karlin's "So You Want to Get Divorced?"
(4 comments) Going through a divorce can demolish us, yes, but it can give someone an opportunity to design a life that is better than they ever imagined. Humans have the ability to look at life through a wide-angled lens. We can stay centered enough to survive and move on, but we can also look at what we want for our future and start making necessary changes right now to create a life we love. I can attest to that.
Series: authors, Divorce, Empowerment (View All Series)

Thursday, January 9, 2014     

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Why Should We Care About Bookstores? Who Reads Anymore, Anyway?
(20 comments) Bookstores are considered a dying species despite the role they have played in communities as centers for the exchange of information and ideas.I can't predict the future but for people who enjoy the bookstore experience-browsing for books,discussing them with other book-lovers,acquiring them for their libraries-I suggest they take advantage of their existence while they still can. Future alternatives might not be as much fun
Series: authors, Business, Careers (View All Series)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014     

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Forrest City Federal Prison: Where Prisoners Don't Have a Prayer
(4 comments) Prisoner families have no "normal" life together-no sharing of family time or daily experiences,no prayers or mutual support during difficult times,no running errands,no shopping for gifts for the kids,no taking care of the family pets,no smiles,hugs, kisses or even holding hands,no waking up together on Christmas morning.Guess what the prison employees gave the prisoners and families during the holidays? NO MAIL!
Series: Activism, civil rights, Don Siegelman (View All Series)

Sunday, January 5, 2014     

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Use This Innovative Action Page Link and Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership
(11 comments) We worked straight through the holiday to take our activism to a new level. We now have an upgraded and updated function on our action pages for sending letters to the editor of your nearest local newspaper, and here's why: Recently a former congressional aide wrote that NOTHING gets the attention of members of Congress more that when THEIR NAME appears in a letter to the editor. It's called publicity and they're petrified
Series: Activism, Congress, Corruption (View All Series)

Thursday, January 2, 2014     

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Toronto Musicologist and Mother of Six Secretly Helped 3,000 Jews Escape from Syria
(8 comments) I learned to operate by using natural street sense. I put myself into the mindset of the people with whom I was dealing. I was very, very careful not to make a mistake. It always took me a lot of time to make decisions for someone's life. If I would not put one of my own children on the escape route, the Syrian Jews didn't go either -- until I was ready and the border was quiet. Luck also played a part.
Series: Activism, Careers, Music (View All Series)

Friday, December 27, 2013     

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Sen. Warren Shifts Debate on Social Security and Medicare
(13 comments) She has enough stature that her endorsement of higher benefits was enough to get this idea on the Washington political agenda. I think this is a great time for folks to take a breath and celebrate that we have held off this massive attack on programs that mean so much for so many millions of people. We cannot become complacent, but we should recognize the progress we have made in this area. It is a big deal.
Series: Congress, economic inequity, legislation (View All Series)

Monday, December 23, 2013     

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Recent NSA Ruling Actually REALLY Bad News?
(14 comments) When a judge like Leon takes a strong position on the NSA and other judges in other circuits take opposite positions-as they have-that puts the whole issue of NSA domestic data mining and spying on a fast track to the Supreme Court. Today's Court has a majority that has a split personality on individual rights.In policing and national security issues, it sides with state power. We may get a ruling that we will not like.
Series: Activism, Court System, journalism (View All Series)

Saturday, December 21, 2013     

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Behind the Scenes with Hollywood Screenwriter, Robert Avrech
I learned more about making movies from the late director Sidney Lumet than from any single person.Sidney insisted that a script must have, at its core, an essential truth that the audience recognizes. He also said that 90% of a director's job is in casting the right actors. If you put the wrong actor into a role, no matter how well written and directed, the film will fail. Watching Sidney work with actors was a revelation.
Series: authors, Careers, Creativity (View All Series)

Thursday, December 19, 2013     

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Why We Care About Poop: 2.6 BILLION People Lack Access to a Toilet
(3 comments) I always believe you start small. Jewish tradition teaches, if you save one life, you have saved the world. And so I have built Youthaiti by starting in one small village in rural Haiti, and now we are reaching over 20 villages. We teach one person to use a bucket composting toilet, and soon the whole family is using it. We provide a composting toilet for one village, and the next one is ready to use it too.
Series: Activism, Children, Food (View All Series)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013     

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Inmates Train Service Dogs with Assist from Civilians on Weekends
Most of the dogs in the program live with prison inmates for about a year, starting from the age of about three months. The inmates train the puppies to be service dogs but what they can't do for them is give them real-world experiences, like riding in a car or going to a movie. We take the puppies out Friday-Sunday evenings and gradually expose them to all of the experiences they'll encounter as working service dogs.
Series: authors, Children, journalism (View All Series)

Saturday, December 14, 2013     

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Forrest City FCI: Where Visitors, Civil Rights and Human Dignity Are Unwelcome
(6 comments) It was after 1:30 when we were taken to the visiting room to wait for Gary,who was, again, never paged. In fact, when he finally came in almost 20 minutes later, the BOPer at the desk almost sent him back, telling Gary he had not paged him!I mean, WHY NOT? We had been there since 10:30 - visitation ends at 3:00! Gary told the BOPer the unit BOPer had called and verified he had visitors and had sent him to the visiting room.
Series: civil rights, Judy White, Prison (View All Series)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013     

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The Worst Trade Deal Ever, And What You Can Do To Stop It
(10 comments) It's the most outrageous attempted corporate power grab yet.Suppose some foreign transnational corporation wanted to come into your country and start fracking or they wanted to unilaterally rewrite your labor laws, you would be forced to submit to that.This sounds like the kind of hysterical hyperbole that right wingers are so fond of trafficking in.This is what is actually being pushed in secret. It's like NAFTA on steroids.
Series: Activism, Business, Congress (View All Series)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013     

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Rock and Wrap It Up's Creative Approach to Hunger
We now have 73 sport franchises and colleges practicing the Sports Wrap! program.Food from their arenas and stadiums now goes to the local indigent in their catchment areas.The entire NHL works with us in North America. This year, the NFL is working with us to recover all of the food generated surrounding and leading up to Super Bowl XXXXVIII, in both NJ and NY, and will be recovered through Rock and Wrap it Up!
Series: Activism, economic inequity, Food (View All Series)

Sunday, December 8, 2013     

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A Free Speech David Takes On Goliath About "The Last War Crime" Movie
(6 comments) Our goal for the The Last War Crime film project was to tell the true story of how we were misled into an attack and invasion of Iraq, which now even the neocons have been forced to admit has been a strategic catastrophe.They have also tried to revise history as if they could not have known that the intelligence was bad, when in fact they knew (or should have known) all along that the intelligence was garbage (a polite word).
Series: Activism, Freedom of the Press, grassroots (View All Series)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013     

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A Thanksgiving Message from OEN's Joan B
(6 comments) OEN's Joan Brunwasser, Election Integrity Editor and author of over 600 articles, shares her annual newsletter of appreciation and thanks, and an invitation to participate in supporting more coverage of her articles on compelling topics.
Series: Careers, journalism, positivity (View All Series)

Sunday, December 1, 2013     

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Katy Read on The Regrets of a Stay at Home Mom
(7 comments) When my sons were six months and two years old, I left my full-time job as a newspaper reporter. I became a freelance writer/stay-at-home mother, with my sons in daycare three afternoons a week.It seemed like a great arrangement for everyone in the family. Then in 2008, my husband and I split up and I moved back to Minneapolis.That's when the recession hit. The newspaper industry had already been imploding and shedding jobs.
Series: Careers, Divorce, economic inequity (View All Series)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013     

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"Women Unchained": A Filmmaker's Campaign to Promote Justice in Jewish Divorce
(3 comments) A friend of mine has a daughter whose marriage couldn't get a "get' from her husband.Nothing worked. In the end, Ariel's "get' cost my friend close to a half-million dollars in assorted pay-offs to her son-in-law.Following this ordeal, my friend and her husband were adamant to expose this not-uncommon abuse of the power imbalance in Jewish law.They asked me to take on the topic in a documentary.And so the fundraising began
Series: Activism, Documentary, Domestic Violence/Abuse (View All Series)

Monday, November 18, 2013     

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A Class Act: Chicago Actor Coaches Kids, Saves Vintage Theatre
(2 comments) The lovely Grande Dame at 100 was not meant for this much use, that's for sure. There are the things that aren't very sexy, like updated plumbing, electrical, fixing the facade. We are also on the cusp of a Kickstarter campaign so we can convert to digital.So many towns have lost their independent theatres to huge mall multiplex mega theaters. That is like losing the town's soul. What a loss that can never be recovered.
Series: Careers, Creativity, Entrepreneurs (View All Series)

Monday, November 11, 2013     

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Inmates Stick Their Necks Out to Cast Light on Recent Prison Death
A prisoner who was very distressed about the events was threatened that he would be sent to solitary confinement for telling his own wife. I have shared with you the written statements of two prisoners who shared crucial moments of the day Mr. Hallford died. They understand the risk is to all prisoners when there is no accountability and and prison employees are allowed to kill prisoners without consequences.
Series: Activism, civil rights, health (View All Series)

Thursday, November 7, 2013     

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"Citizen Koch" Fights to Tell Its Story
(3 comments) Because of David Koch's donations and his position on the board of one powerful PBS affiliate, he film was censored.The public agency that funds independent documentaries withdrew its financial support and its broadcast partnership for our film to avoid offending WNET's benefactor David Koch.Not only did the film lose $150,000 in funding, but millions of viewers lost their chance to see "Citizen Koch" on public television.
Series: Activism, Corruption, Documentary (View All Series)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013     

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Comedian Mark Schiff's Done it All: Seinfeld, Carson, Letterman and Leno - Now What?
(4 comments) I've been doing private events and touring with Jerry Seinfeld. I was at Caesar's Palace with him a few times in the last couple of years. It's a great gig. Private jets and five-star hotels. One of the things I'm most proud of is that I work clean. There is no cursing in my act. I can't tell you how many people appreciate that. The play is also a rare bird these days. There is, I think, one curse word in 90 pages.
Series: authors, Careers, Creativity (View All Series)

Sunday, November 3, 2013     

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The Making of "Crime After Crime" with Producer/Director Yoav Potash
What hooked me on making Crime After Crime was really Deborah Peagler herself, the protagonist of the film. I'm very proud that one of the ways the film has been used is as a centerpiece to events that raise funds to support domestic violence shelters. And thanks to the nature of the people in the film and the love that they demonstrate through their actions, this is actually a film full of hope and humanity.
Series: Activism, Documentary, Domestic Violence/Abuse (View All Series)

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