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Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of progressive values as vital to making the world a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.
Christopher Burke is a freelance writer and cartoonist based in Bogota, Colombia. His cartoons are often in the pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education. His website is http://www.burkecartoons.com
Bobbi Clemons is an an activist, pseudo-educator, and sometimes writer whose passion for all things geeky rivals her love of Norway.
Mary Clemons retired but not retiring, moved from being an armchair progressive to becoming an active advocate for issues of social justice. She credits her new found skills in writing and speaking out to Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, an organization she now serves as president.
Susan Cunningham is a retired teacher of American history. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri.
Mike Davis is a local community organizer for groups such as the Coffee Party and Moveon.org and works with Veterans for Peace on a regular basis.
Sue Evans is a displaced Alaskan-in-spirit whose body currently
resides near St. Louis, Missouri.
Barbara L. Finch is a writer and former public relations practitioner. In 2005 she and three friends founded Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, an organization of progressive women now numbering more than 500 members and friends.
Lindsey Garner is a healthcare consultant, policy wonk, and blogger living in Atlanta, Georgia. She believes that an informed population is the best political actor. Her blog is http://www.lets-be-real.org.
Madonna Gauding is a freelance writer, illustrator and book designer living in St. Louis. MO. She is the author of 10 books on a variety of “mind, body, spirit” topics.
Before Bill Kesler retired in 2007 as vice-president of production for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he worked for more than 20 years as a photojournalist.
Lisa Granich-Kovarik taught sixth grade for six years in Ritenour School district and currently coordinates a middle school Model United Nations program for Civitas. A mom of three, Lisa enjoys following politics when she is not filling sippy cups and settling disputes over paper dolls.
Frank Kovarik teaches high school English in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He blogs at Corresponding Fractions.
Since 1969, Arthur Lieber has been teaching and working in non-profit educational organizations. His focus has been on promoting critical, creative, and enjoyable learning for students in informal settings. In the 2010 mid-term elections, he was the Democratic nominee for US Congress from Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
Nicole Lopez is a recent graduate of Washington University, with a degree in Arabic language and literature. She currently works in Chicago, shaking her head at the outrageous state of politics in the nation.
Stacy Mergenthal is a citizen journalist, activist for progressive causes, and voice for the working class. She currently resides in Wentzville, Missouri with her husband and children.
Renee Shur lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Steve Sorkin A lifelong organizer and activist, Steve Sorkin now qualifies for the senior menu at IHOP and spends his time pontificating on the intertubes. He credits reading Doonesbury faithfully for 40 years for everything he knows.

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