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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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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 22, 2021
Novelist Asks: Are Unions Still Relevant? I came to realize that the only thing that would fix those problems was working people working together.So I quit my job and went to work for a labor union.A few years later I decided to write a book about it.Partly because I thought people might enjoy the story and partly because storytelling is part of social movements. I wrote Making Manna about the criminal legal system and now Union Made, a romance about union organizing.
Series: grassroots (67 Articles, 149031 views), Exploitation (31 Articles, 71046 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 80999 views) (View All Series)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 18, 2020
Why is Diversifying Our Social Circle A Good Thing? "Contact hypothesis": People fundamentally change--on an emotional level--when they mix with and get to know people who are different from them. They become more compassionate, basically--and that's something we desperately need in this era of siloed lives. Personally, I'd like to see a lot more of us voting with others in mind and supporting policies that benefit others. And in my mind, this is the best way to get us there.
Series: Racism (11 Articles, 21241 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), behavior/psychology (29 Articles, 52972 views) (View All Series)
Scrutineers.org, In a Nutshell, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 7, 2020
Scrutineers Connect The Dots Between Voting Rights and Election Security I started the Scrutineers community to bring together the voting rights and election security aspects of the election protection movement, to create a place people could learn about the issues and how to take action, and to build a movement. We have over 600 members, a delightful combo of people brand new to the issues, those working on election protection for a year or four, and veterans who've been involved for many years.
Series: grassroots (67 Articles, 149031 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 168566 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views) (View All Series)
Lizette: 'Overgrown jungle or butterfly snackbar', From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 23, 2020
Suburban Oasis Sublime Refuge for Butterflies and Two-Legged Creatures Lizette: I like a broad mix of plants, especially attractive to bees or butterflies. Some of my style grew from not having a lot of money to spend on plants, so I accepted any offers and figured out how to incorporate whatever they shared into my yard. A few of my bushes and a grape vine are actually my family heirlooms; they are cuttings taken from plants that were originally in my grandfather's yard close to 100 years ago.
Series: Creativity (39 Articles, 71074 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107092 views) (View All Series)
cover art for Greg's latest book: How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America's Missing Votes, From Uploaded
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2020
How Trump Stole 2020: Talking with Investigative Journalist, Greg Palast How Trump Stole 2020 has, at the back, a little tear-out poster, "Greg & Ted's New Improved Ballot Condom" for safe voting. No, you don't wrap it around your mail-in ballot--you follow the directions on how not to lose your vote. 22% of mail-in ballots are never counted, according to an MIT study. So pay attention, America, follow the directions on the Ballot Condom " we really can stop the steal.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), journalism (76 Articles, 176697 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 168566 views) (View All Series)
cover art for This Messy Magnificent Life, A Field Guide to Mind, Body, and Soul, From Uploaded
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
Freeing Ourselves From Emotional Eating It's not the thing we think we want that we want -- whether it's a thin body, success at work, a loving relationship or riches -- it's how we believe that having that will affect us. The Big Lie is that things we can touch, see or have make us happy, but that never happens, not once. We keep ourselves entranced about this so that we can keep wanting and keep believing that someday, we will finally relax, be content.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Empowerment (63 Articles, 111266 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 80999 views) (View All Series)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Childhood Friends Join 'Bakers Against Racism' Bake Sale The founders of Bakers Against Racism provided us with all necessary marketing information as well as graphics we could use across our social media platforms. Their only recommendations for the project were to make 150 pieces of our respective baked goods and donate 100% of the proceeds to an organization that supports black lives. This flexibility allowed us to really let our creative juices flow.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Empowerment (63 Articles, 111266 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views) (View All Series)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Signs of Caring I love orange and pink so I had to use my signature colors... and I think the effect was really solid. Right now, the feeling I think we all need to cultivate is courage. We need to feel strong and solid, grounded in our knowledge, and safe in our homes. It takes courage to keep going in difficult, traumatic situations. If I help a few people feel that way, then I've done something meaningful for my community.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Creativity (39 Articles, 71074 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views) (View All Series)
mailboxes and the USPO: increasingly key players in our elections, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 22, 2020
Trying to Vote These Days Be registered. Check your registration info online with your county election office. Don't rely on middlemen or advocacy groups to do it for you. Have a plan to get your ballot returned on time. In some states and regions, that means dropping it off at a county office building and not relying on the U.S. Postal Service. We have heard all kinds of things about how fast mail delivery should be. Take direct action.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 168566 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views) (View All Series)
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 21, 2020
Bob Koehler on What Defunding Might Look Like Changing our approach to social order doesn't mean disempowering police but re-empowering them. Carrying a gun and being tough isn't power,it's swagger.This behavior keeps no one safe, including the police. The "Officer Friendly" concept is problematic;it illustrates one of the biggest obstacles to real change: cynicism.We have to transcend that and continue pushing for real change, or in defiance of the cycnics,loving change.
Series: Racism (11 Articles, 21241 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views) (View All Series)
George Floyd protesters; signs say 'Stop Racist Cops' and 'Stop Killing Us! I Can't Breathe', From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 21, 2020
Dialogs on Racism: First Step There is no doubt that police officers have dangerous jobs, but this view of officers as being at war with the communities that they serve turns every citizen into a potential enemy combatant and every encounter into an acrimonious one. The way that you view a person heavily impacts how you approach and deal with them.
Series: Racism (11 Articles, 21241 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views) (View All Series)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Reflections On Taking A Knee with My Neighbors I'm freely exercising my right to choose -unity over divisiveness, awareness over ignorance, action over paralysis, hope over despair. I have a feeling we will have to keep exercising that choice, over and over,in the days to come.When this crisis passes, maybe it will have become more natural to continue making thoughtful, life-affirming choices.That is a good thing for us, individually and as a nation. I welcome that change.
Series: positivity (62 Articles, 107092 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Activism (208 Articles, 432330 views) (View All Series)
Not taking himself too seriously with digital help from granddaughter Atara, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Senior Uses Humor and Creativity to Leaven Pandemic Self-Quarantine About 25 years ago, I was downsized. I was very upset and wrote a couple of short essays, a poem, and different lyrics to "Yellow Submarine". My anger sparked my creative juices.More recently, I did have lymphoma, which produced a lot more new lyrics. I think putting these hopes, fears and hospital experiences into song lyrics made them easier to deal with. It made a dark and fearful place more of an open reality to live with.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Illness (24 Articles, 53397 views), Creativity (39 Articles, 71074 views) (View All Series)
The humble root, doing its magic,  changing lives, rebuilding war-torn communities, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2020
From Mines to Vines: CA Mom Follows in Princess Di's Footsteps Removing landmines is half the problem. Planting completes the value chain that has been broken due to war. Landmines hold the land hostage long after the guns of war have silenced.Together, we also decided to start a Penny Campaign to build schools and soccer fields for children living in Afghanistan. My daughter Kyleigh spoke at various schools from kindergarten to college.Over time, she raised 50 million pennies for peace.
Series: positivity (62 Articles, 107092 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Empowerment (63 Articles, 111266 views) (View All Series)
Teresa's garage door after its makeover, From Uploaded
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, 132091 views), the Arts (52 Articles, 103055 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107092 views) (View All Series)
Traveling light: fully loaded, Whitni's luggage weighed in at between 10-15 pounds, From Uploaded
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, 13473 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Illness (24 Articles, 53397 views) (View All Series)
Judy modeling her own creation while hopefully at a red light, From Uploaded
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 (24 Articles, 53397 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107092 views) (View All Series)
Doesn't this remind you of 'Come Together', that old Beatles song?, From Uploaded
(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 (62 Articles, 107092 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Illness (24 Articles, 53397 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, 12079 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 168566 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 (62 Articles, 107092 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 272477 views), Illness (24 Articles, 53397 views) (View All Series)

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