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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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Teresa's garage door after its makeover, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Alley Art Spiffs Up Evanston Neighborhood In a Big Way I see people in the alley taking pictures. One family used one of the doors as a backdrop to their Christmas card. Since the Stay at Home Order, I think people are walking more and making the alley their destination. I hope it becomes a trend. Anyone or any group can paint a garage. The alleys are wasted spaces. A neighbor suggested we put flower pots and chairs in our alley and let the kids use it as a playground.
Series: Women (67 Articles, 121450 views), the Arts (51 Articles, 91312 views), positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views) (View All Series)
Traveling light: fully loaded, Whitni's luggage weighed in at between 10-15 pounds, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 22, 2020
Don't Cry for Me In Argentina: Straddling Two Countries Amidst COVID-19 I'd just been accepted into a Master's program studying Translation and Interpretation which was set to start in the fall in Monterey, CA, so I told Carmen that a major trip like that didn't make sense for me, but she was on an existential quest and needed a companion and I almost never say no to an adventure. We chose March because the weather is nice then and that gave us a couple of months to save up for the trip.
Series: Transitions (8 Articles, 12022 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views) (View All Series)
Judy modeling her own creation while hopefully at a red light, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2020
Unmasking BOP Abuses and More from Gary and Judy White That huge amount of tax dollars includes healthcare while in halfway houses and on home confinement as they are legally defined as "in custody of the BOP." What the BOP does, however, is NOT spend that money for the purpose it should be used for, leaving the expense of actually getting healthcare later to the prisoner, family, and the insured, uninsured or paid healthcare system when and if the prisoner survives prison.
Series: Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views) (View All Series)
Doesn't this remind you of 'Come Together', that old Beatles song?, From InText
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 3, 2020
Signs of Spring, Signs of Gratitude What messages are folks trying to share these days? I came home like a child returning from the beach, pockets bulging with shells. My phone was filled with the images of flowers and trees erupting joyously into bloom. As well as plenty of art. Everywhere, people were reaching out to one another. This is what we're apt to miss, if we're in a hurry or not paying attention. So, just in case you haven't been paying attention...
Series: positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views) (View All Series)
a Wisconsin cheesehead/voter, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2020
How COVID-19 Is Affecting 2020 Elections There's great potential for disenfranchising multitudes of voters,more than in voter purges, if states rapidly & chaotically shift to mostly voting by mail.Laws/procedures governing voting by mail vary from state to state.The finish line is also complicated.Ballots can be rejected for all kinds of technicalities.Voters might not even know/have few options to fix mistakes--like typos. This is not every state. But it's enough.
Series: voter disenfranchisement (7 Articles, 10500 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 151418 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Check Out Episode 3 of SGN: Some Good News with John Krasinski If you haven't run across SGN [Some Good News] on YouTube yet, here's your chance. It'll brighten your day, I guarantee!
Series: positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views) (View All Series)
Tanner and fam take their show on the Road, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Meet The Guy Behind the Surprise Quarantine Drive Up Show I'm so glad that so many people have enjoyed this video and that it has been able to spread joy to more people than I had ever imagined.This is a scary time and many people are feeling lonely and sad especially because a lot of us are not able to see our loved ones. Music really has the power to bring people together and I love that. Because of the amazing response we are working on a part two to the quarantine drive up show.
Series: the Arts (51 Articles, 91312 views), positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views) (View All Series)
Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 19, 2020
Wouldn't You Have Loved To Have This Teacher?! I discovered during my week in WV that storytelling has a different kind of power than the written word. My role was in service of the story. If I remembered that, my courage grew for the sake of the story. And this wasn't just for stories with deep moral issues or big life lessons. It was also for the tales that people simply need. To laugh. To be entertained. To escape from worries and fear. Everybody needs that.
Series: Women (67 Articles, 121450 views), education (1 Articles, 1069 views), Creativity (35 Articles, 57197 views) (View All Series)
Chalk, From InText
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 6, 2020
Chalking It Up to Changes, Connections and Coincidences I had allowed myself to be literally jolted awake by my clock radio spewing bad news. I replaced the clock radio with one that wakes me up by shining a soft intermittent light. Being gently awakened as well as starting the day with good news are great steps toward setting the tone for my day. When I feel powerless about so much, this is a way to assert control over those aspects of my life that I actually can control.
Series: the Arts (51 Articles, 91312 views), Sport/Fitness/Health (8 Articles, 13473 views), positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views) (View All Series)
A hint of what awaits you!, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2020
The Shows Must Go On! Free Classic Musicals for 48 Hours Each! Great idea from Universal! Check it out! Welcome to The Shows Must Go On the channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history!
Series: the Arts (51 Articles, 91312 views), positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views), Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views) (View All Series)
Not mine, but still!, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2020
The Surprise Ending to My COVID-19 Birthday Blues I walked home with a spring in my step. I spent the day receiving phone calls as well as watching those loving videos from close friends and family. What fun! How affirming! What had I felt a few short hours ago? Alone. Disconnected. Abandoned. Overwhelmed. What did I feel now? Loved. Cherished. Connected. Celebrated. I had been wanded and transformed by a fairy godmother, in this case, my wonderful, creative, lovable kids.
Series: positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views) (View All Series)
Jane Standing Still stands guard against chainsaw, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Draft, Dioxin and Death Threats: Further Adventures of a '70s Activist Even while eligible for the draft I was protesting the Vietnam War with soldiers who had actually been there. After helping to raise two children, I joined the occupation at the Seabrook nuclear power plant site, and I fought against a high voltage power line in northern New York -- staging the first transmission tower occupation, achieving a statewide ban on dioxin, and surviving three attempts on my life.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), grassroots (65 Articles, 134662 views), environmental (24 Articles, 50170 views) (View All Series)
Italian response of solidarity to COVID-19, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 19, 2020
Alone but Together: Italians Singing Solos on Balconies and More What I have observed is a lot of people are seeing beyond the immediate moment to a larger reality. Dangerous as the possibility of pandemic is, the fact that everyone is facing it in essentially the same way, in isolation, and the fact that EVERYONE needs to be made safe from it or no one can be safe, is an extraordinary learning experience -- for the whole planet.
Series: Illness (23 Articles, 44445 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), positivity (59 Articles, 90189 views) (View All Series)
Lotus, From PixabayPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Beyond Surviving: How to Thrive in Challenging Times There's a lot of fear going around with the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler manages to keep her cool. What are her secrets?
Series: Sport/Fitness/Health (8 Articles, 13473 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), health (27 Articles, 57162 views) (View All Series)
Hippie in front of National Guard soldiers, pre-riots, Democratic Convention, 1968, Chicago, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 15, 2020
How I was Radicalized at Age 16 When I was sixteen years old, 15 officers from 4 different police agencies raided our house and arrested me for my first ounce of marijuana.I was charged with two first degree felonies.There's nothing more effective than a marijuana bust to cause a child to start questioning the validity of our laws. I was radicalized overnight. I was now under constant surveillance. The only way I could fight back was to join the campaign of
Series: Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), grassroots (65 Articles, 134662 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 83774 views) (View All Series)
Cover art for Robert's new book, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 7, 2020
Robert Reich Reflects on Our Rigged Political System We must face the fact that the current system is not working. Those who have great power and resources would be foolish to think that personal philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and the myths of meritocracy and free-market capitalism will suffice to maintain the current allocation of power. Unless they get out of the way of necessary change, history will hold them responsible for what happens next.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), journalism (75 Articles, 162280 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 83774 views) (View All Series)
Ballot Marking Device, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 29, 2020
California Spent $300 Million for WHAT?! We export democracy around the world. We send election monitors overseas to ensure free and fair elections. And we can't do it here? Instead of using hand-counted paper ballots, the only fully verifiable voting system, we are increasingly relying on electronic voting and tabulation, with no way to verify the results. We can only hope that nobody rigs our elections. In many jurisdictions we won't be able to prove it if they do.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 151418 views)
Georgia Berniemoblie, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 28, 2020
Fair Fight? Bernie vs. The 'Highly Paid Bouncers' of the Corporate Media McGovern was the last presidential candidate who spoke against a current war and advocated change at many levels. His campaign was destroyed, partly by bad luck (the Eagleton fiasco), partly by the media, partly by Nixon. I think he served as the perfect excuse for the Democratic Party to shut the door on the New Left and stay caged in corporate centrism. Sanders is trying to open that cage.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 83774 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 104618 views) (View All Series)
The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 9, 2020
Election Analyst Delves into Bernie's "Electability" Based upon actual data rather than mere opinion, it is shown that Bernie Sanders can win the White House. Primary results and polling data from 2016 and 2020 show Bernie defeating Donald Trump then and now. Bernie would carry the "Blue Wall" lost by Hillary Clinton, and he has proven strength in rural counties all across the nation. A Sanders victory depends upon a unified Democratic party, and a free and fair election.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 151418 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 104618 views) (View All Series)
Bernie, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Corporate Media Bias and the Iowa Caucus Bernie didn't win the 2016 nomination in part because the DNC put its thumb on the scale in various ways to help Hillary. Four years later, the main obstacle to Bernie winning the nomination is the corporate media system, not the DNC. Thanks to grassroots pressure, the DNC is acting in a more neutral fashion today. But corporate outlets -- afraid of the popularity of Bernie's proposals (and some of Warren's) -- are in a panic.
Series: Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 104618 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 83774 views), Overcoming Challenges (111 Articles, 222278 views) (View All Series)

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