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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, 2000-2008" (Columbus, Free Press) and a member of the Election Integrity movement since 2001. Her original website, WordsUnLtd.com, first entered the blogosphere in 2003. She recently became a senior editor for Opednews.com. She has in the past taught college and worked as a full-time as well as freelance reporter. She has been a peace and election integrity activist since 1999. Her undergraduate and graduate educational background are in Spanish, classical philology, and historical and comparative linguistics. Her biography was listed in "Who's Who in the East" in 2000.
Moveon/Indivisible Rally in Front of Capitol Building Lambasts HR (Horror?) 1
A peaceful Protest in front of the Capitol building today, sponsored by Moveon and others, featured two U.S. Senators as well as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and several of her colleagues. The bottom line was to reach the people with the news that HR 1 is a horror show in action that must die along with its Senate counterpart. The bill concerns this coming year's budget of course, courtesy of Trump's values system and its friends.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017(1 comments)
Mayday October 3 at SCOTUS: Political Gerrymandering on Trial
The U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments pro and con a landmark case that is predicted to determine the future of gerrymandering in this country, Gill v. Whitford, which originated in a dispute over this practice at the level of the Wisconsin state legislature in 2011; then a three-judge federal court ruled against it.
September Is Voting Rights Month
A proclamation of September as Voting Rights Month, so close to this day that commemorates MLK's "I have a dream" speech 54 years ago, will be issued soon, along with a calendar of relevant events for next month.
A mid-month (September 13) press conference at the National Press Club will discuss the newly formed Commission for Voter Justice, whose purpose is, according to the Transformative Justice Coalition's ex Series: Election Integrity (71 Articles, 74884 views), politics in general (23 Articles, 25255 views)
RespectMyVote Rally Protests Meeting of Trump's Voting Commission
The #RespectMyVote protest in Washington, DC this morning drew around 100 from a large variety of activist groups. The target was the newly formed Commission on Election Integrity, whose purpose, per the "president," is to prove that he and not Hillary Clinton won the huge popular vote margin of more than 3 million, the largest ever won by a presidential "loser."
The People's Climate Change March in Our Nation's Capitol
The People's Climate Change March brought out more than 100,000 protesters from all over the country to brave the blazing 90 degree heat. I have never seen DC's Metro so crowded in my life, not even during the Cherry Blossom Festival, which tanked in tune with the arrival of the new regime, I mean administration.
Disingenuousness from an Ambiguous Publication in a Liberal University Town
An alternate fact published by Austin, Texas's leading newspaper, of ambiguous partisan affiliation in the state's largest, most liberal city. Other MSM vehicles in this country have become more honest. Why should we dispute figures affirmed by the Texas office of the secretary of state?
Read this and weep.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
In Memoriam: The Election Assistance Commission (with a P.S.)
The Election Assistance Commission, established by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to help the people vote, has been effectively abolished by a House committee dominated by the GOP. Does it have to do with Trump's ambition to find myriad examples of voter fraud, perhaps ultimately to prove that no one at all voted Democratic?
More on the Sister Giant Conference, Day 2
Day 2 of the Sister Giant conference challenged and stimulated, synthesizing hope and despair into an indomitable spirit strong enough to push hard, persist, and envision victory.
Brainstorm: Isn't It Time We Designed an Election for the 21st Century?
An enlightened, nonpartisan panel discussion at the DC think tank New World about the hopes and fears associated with voting this year and in the near future. There is one positive scenario revealed and other situations in need of change. "It's nice to talk aspirationally instead of in despair," said Dahlia Lithwick, one of the panelists.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Movie Review: Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Our Truth Sleuth weaves together into a seamless labyrinth his two major concerns that have absorbed his renowned and versatile genius since the turn of the century: voting and its raptors vulture capitalists; read: culture swilling down nature and nature in turn sealing us away from the beloved rising ocean toward the inland, where her violence is taking other forms.
Myth Busting: Voter IDs Have Been Part of the U.S. Landscape since 1970!
This article, a brief draft from my forthcoming book Ballots or Bill$: The Future of Democracy? Or, Why Does Evil Genius Always Win? is for those (I don't know how many . . . maybe I'm assuming too much) who believe that the photo ID requirement was born in Indiana and Georgia in 2008. But that is when STRICT photo ID entered the picture: the requirement of not only any form of ID, but state- or federally issued photo ID ... Series: Election Integrity (71 Articles, 74884 views), politics in general (23 Articles, 25255 views), Reviews (87 Articles, 90923 views) (View All Series)
Last night's (May 9) PDA leadership conference and the light shed on the future of the Election Integrity movement and hence our democracy, and an invitation to its sequel, a panel discussion to spread our ideas farther, at UDC Law School May 20, 6:30 pm. Series: The Capitol Beat (72 Articles, 71516 views), Election Integrity (71 Articles, 74884 views)