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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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Tanner and fam take their show on the Road, From Uploaded
(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 (52 Articles, 104172 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107509 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views) (View All Series)
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(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, 132451 views), education (1 Articles, 1435 views), Creativity (39 Articles, 71326 views) (View All Series)
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(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 (52 Articles, 104172 views), Sport/Fitness/Health (8 Articles, 15331 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107509 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 (52 Articles, 104172 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107509 views), Illness (24 Articles, 54449 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 (62 Articles, 107509 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), Illness (24 Articles, 54449 views) (View All Series)
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(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 (125 Articles, 274353 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 149461 views), environmental (24 Articles, 54544 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 (24 Articles, 54449 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), positivity (62 Articles, 107509 views) (View All Series)
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(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, 15331 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), health (27 Articles, 61833 views) (View All Series)
(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 (125 Articles, 274353 views), grassroots (67 Articles, 149461 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 91323 views) (View All Series)
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(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 (125 Articles, 274353 views), journalism (76 Articles, 177224 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 91323 views) (View All Series)
(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 (125 Articles, 274353 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 169056 views)
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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 (125 Articles, 274353 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 91323 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 113285 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 (125 Articles, 274353 views), Election Integrity (68 Articles, 169056 views), Bernie Sanders (38 Articles, 113285 views) (View All Series)
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(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, 113285 views), election campaign (30 Articles, 91323 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views) (View All Series)
2017 Charlottesville%2C Virginia car attack photograph., From WikimediaPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 19, 2020
Virginia: Where Tradition and Terror Intersect VA Gov., Ralph Northam, declared a state of emergency in Richmond last week when it became apparent that a host of gun rights advocates were planning to descend on the capitol on Monday during the annual Martin Luther King Day Vigil and Day of Advocacy, an event that the VA Center for Public Safety, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence have hosted for the last 28 years.
Series: grassroots (67 Articles, 149461 views), guns (5 Articles, 8407 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views) (View All Series)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 5, 2020
Can an App Make Jet Lag Virtually Disappear? Ted Finn: "After 30 years in shoes, I was looking for a change and working on various projects in technology. When I met Charles and he told me about the Jet Lag solution, I said "Charles, where have you been all my life?" and "Does it really work, really?" The rest is history, as they say."
Series: Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), Entrepreneurs (30 Articles, 55855 views)
Cover art for 'The Kindness of Strangers' [HarperCollins,2007], From Uploaded
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 3, 2019
Resilience, Hope and Light Amidst the Darkness KK: "The book is really inspired by a Hemingway quote: "The world breaks everyone, and, afterward, some are strong at the broken places." I think that fits every single major character. We all go through betrayal and heartbreak and hardship. What makes some of us persevere and go on to thrive? I'd love for readers to remember that we never know what battles other people we interact with are fighting."
Series: authors (38 Articles, 74843 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), the Arts (52 Articles, 104172 views) (View All Series)
poster for CBG Gala to Benefit Planned Parenthood, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 13, 2019
Rocky Mountain High: How Cannabis Does Good Cannabis Doing Good aims to inspire a standard for social responsibility between cannabis businesses, communities and consumers. We want to acknowledge those companies doing good and give consumers the ability to choose purpose-driven cannabis companies... It's an exciting time to be part of the industry, shaping best business practices, and acknowledging leaders in cannabis who support communities, people and the planet.
Series: Activism (208 Articles, 433677 views), Entrepreneurs (30 Articles, 55855 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views) (View All Series)
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 6, 2019
The Happy B*tch: Chatting with Cathi Hanauer CH: I wanted to do another book about this next stage in life for...women who at some point, after the chaos of young children, sat back and asked themselves certain questions: Am I happy? If not, why not? Is something in my life not working, or missing? Is the problem me? I wanted to do a book that reflected the choices a certain kind of woman makes in midlife in order to be happy--or, as the title suggests, happier.
Series: authors (38 Articles, 74843 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), the Arts (52 Articles, 104172 views) (View All Series)
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Family Secrets, Betrayal and Second Chances Shape Kristin Harmel's Historical Novels Part of my research involved eating my way through the Jewish bakeries of Paris as well as the Grand Mosque of Paris, which plays a vital role in the book, too. It's a wonder I didn't gain a hundred pounds while writing the book! I liked the idea that Hope had spent her whole life surrounded by secrets she didn't know existed, all of them baked into her grandmother's recipes - the inspiration behind the bakery setting.
Series: the Arts (52 Articles, 104172 views), Overcoming Challenges (125 Articles, 274353 views), Author/books (41 Articles, 82076 views) (View All Series)

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