Roy Bernard has been a journalist for more than 25 years, as an editor, reporter, columnist and copy editor. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and most recently was writing editorials for The Herald-News in Joliet, Il. He and his wife, Ann, have two children, one dog and some cats, a number that is not even revealed to family and friends.
Ken Brady Most of the important things about me are reflected in the work that I share here. You’ll learn about my country, my family, my moral coda, and my desires.
I grew up in a large, fun, working class family, played sports, enjoyed the 4th of July, cranked much Earth Wind and Fire, then studied Economics in college, then moved to Venice, CA to hustle film. Married a flamenco dancer. But that ended after 10 good years. Now in Brooklyn.
Have talked and talked my whole life
KL Johnson is a Los Angeles based writer/blogger/journalist and a native of Rayne, Louisiana. She is a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana (B.A., Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism) – go Pokes! – and is very fond of sharks, basketball and boxing. In her spare time, she runs a small civil rights legal practice with her longtime partner, Karen, and brings to the table 10+ years of looking at current events through the prism of her writing and legal background, usually from the perspective of the “little guy”. In 1992, she voted for Ross Perot. It is still her most curious act.
Ryan S. Heron is a young labor activist from Philadelphia, PA. Prior to writing for Progressive Press, he was a Master’s student majoring in Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University. Ryan currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Participle Dangler is a PhD candidate in French Linguistics and a former high school Spanish teacher originating from the Seattle area.
Dr. Michael A McAdams is an activist, consultant, academic, urban planner and writer/blogger with specialization in urban issues, transportation planning, public transportation, sustainability, Geographic Information Science/spatial technologies and political economy. He is the author of numerous articles, monographs and books. In addition, he is the managing editor of an online journal: Urbana: Urban Affairs and Public Policy (http://www.urbanauapp.org/ .) He is the creator/writer of three active blogs: The Chaotic, Fractal and Complex City (http://mcadamsfatih1.blogspot.com/ ); The Urban Flâneur Guidebook (http://urbanflaneruguidebook.blogspot.com/ ) and Geographic Information Science (http://geographicinformationscience.blogspot.com/ .) His most recent project was an edited book with Ivani Vassoler-Froelich ,and Jesus Treviño Cantú, The Geography, Politics, and Architecture of Cities: Studies in the Creation and Complexification of Culture’; published by The Edwin Mellen Press in 2012. Dr. Vassoler-Froelich and Dr. McAdams are in the process of compiling another collection of articles for a book concerning local democracy in Latin American with expected publication date in late 2013.
Brain Slug is a wilderness hiker and backpacker who resides in Seattle, Washington with his life partner and Daisy the wonder dog. He is the manager of a small business, and a freelance writer for The Progressive Press. He has been collecting and collating data about politics and the world in general for the last 45 years, and now he is ready to print out his conclusions. So take off your tinfoil hat, attach the Brain Slug to your cranium, and prepare to laugh until you cry. Though Brain Slug often uses humor to make his points, everything he posts is held to the most rigorous standards of logic, fairness and fact checking, and is grounded in bedrock progressive principles.
Clarissa Frankfurt is a law student at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. While her country of origin is Switzerland, she has also lived in America for 4 years and in Germany for 3 years.
Her Master studies are concentrated on International law and Human Rights, as well as Diplomacy.
When she’s not studying, you can find Clarissa online blogging about politics, mainly American politics, social issues such as Women’s Rights and equality for the LGBT community, Democracy and Human Rights (http://tocareornottocare2012.wordpress.com/). Offline, you can find Clarissa playing the violine in the university orchestra or fanatically shooting hoops.
Jeri Walker-Bickett was born and raised in Wallace, Idaho, a rough and tumble mining town with a checkered past. The storytelling urge struck at a young age, but an undergraduate degree in writing led to a graduate degree in English education. Between living the scholarship-laden life of an academic bum, she did seasonal work in national parks. Jeri met her future husband in Yellowstone and they later married in Las Vegas. This phase in their lives sparked an obsession with food and travel. Fate has intervened to allow her to take time off from the classroom. Her forthcoming novel, Lost Girl Road, is a ghost story that takes place in the woods of northwest Montana. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and their pets.
Grace Holter is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology from St Martin’s University, in Lacey WA and French from Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA. Her interests are varied, as you will see from her articles, including Human Rights, Constitutional Law and States’ Rights. She lives in the Denver area with her husband and 4 dogs.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugo Esteban Rodriguez is a Houston-based copy-editor for The Progressive Press. Hugo was born on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and his experiences growing up in between two countries has colored his writing as much as his personality. Inspired by everything from his grandfather’s corridos to Marvel Comics, he has made it his life’s goal to be a writer. On the way, he’s been an award-winning journalist, a failed salesman, a law student, an immigration advocate, a write-in candidate for Texas Senate and a lobbyist for trying to get “cowbell” approved by the AMA as a cure for fevers.
He holds two bachelor’s of arts degrees from the University of Texas at Brownsville, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.
K.M.F is currently managing a program in youth corrections for enrichment in the arts, life skills training, and transitions services for young men 16-24 years old for positive youth development and increased successful reintegration into community. Advocating for justice issues, including incorporating Restorative Justice Principles into our current system of crime and punishment, ending the school to prison pipeline, and addressing mandatory minimum sentences. Working to break down stereotype and stigma of juveniles with adult felonies returning to society.
M.S.Ed Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning with 20 years of experience in formal and informal education, services and advocacy for at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence and refugee resettlement. Health and Environmental Health educator and former law enforcement officer.
Bill Urich A tail-end baby-boomer, Bill Urich was born in Cleveland to a grade school teacher and her Navy vet husband, and reared in Greater Detroit. Working his way through school primarily at night, Mr. Urich holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University.
In his legal career he has acted as an assistant state prosecutor, city attorney, special prosecutor, mediator, magistrate, private practitioner and mayor of Royal Oak, the seventh-largest city in Michigan. Mr. Urich remains active in selected campaigns and causes related to labor, social and criminal justice. A father of three mostly-grown sons, he spends his precious free time on family, friends, an annual film festival, three rescue cats and fronting the rock band Calcutta Rugs from behind the drum kit.
Jonathan is an activist, student, and fellow at Young People For (YP4), a youth leadership development program of The People for the American Way Foundation. He grew up in Cambridge, MA and has a special interest in gender theory, economic inequality and political communication.
He has experience working for political campaigns and national non-profits, and has contributed research and writing to multiple academic publications, including one book. He can be found on twitter (@damejo1)
Pat O’Malley is a freelance writer and consultant for nonprofit organizations working toward social justice in Pittsburgh. With a background in business, economics, and politics, she has worked as a social service provider, public policy advocate, and lobbyist for nonprofit organizations since the 1980s. Pat’s online column, Community Matters, uses current events to teach American government process and function – civics – with emphasis on the US Constitution. She explains how and why our government works. Pat also teaches courses in American Civics and Government.
Danny Turkel studied Political Science and International Relations at Florida International University and has been involved in politics since working on his first political campaign at the age 12. This has directly led to his political wonkiness. Danny also spent a year abroad, volunteering in under-served communities in Costa Rica.
E.A. King is a junior pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in political science and French language. She has interned for organizations such as AARP New Jersey and Global Youth Connect. She has organized projects for disability awareness on her college campus, and will be representing New Jersey in the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. After graduation, she hopes to be part of advocacy and lobbying for disability rights, women’s rights, and social justice.
JP Hochbaum JP is an economics writer/blogger for nearly 2 years out of Chicago, and a student of macroeconomics for 5 years via an extensive economics blog roll that he reads daily. His economics background is completely self taught. He plans to go back to school for a degree in computer science and minor in economics.