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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.
JoanJoan Brannigan is president of the St. Louis, MO chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
NickNick Burbules is a professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been compiling Progressive Blog Digest since 2004 to document the failure and decline of the Republican party and, more recently, the efforts of the Obama administration to build a new, lasting Democratic coalition.
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.
MaryMary Di Valerio is a politically active feminist who believes in the quintessential power of free speech. She is a senior at Eureka High School and hopes to make the world a better place, primarily by using her voice to educate others and enact change
Sue Evans is a displaced Alaskan-in-spirit whose body currently
resides near St. Louis, Missouri.
Barbara 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.
BojanBojan Francuz is a freelance writer and community organizer in Chicago’s tech & startup community. He is fascinated by innovation and ideas with the potential to radically disrupt every aspect of our society. Native of Serbia, but at home at several places around the world. He tweets @francuzb
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.
WillyWilly Kesler is a retired librarian who a few years ago relocated to St. Louis. She is alternately delighted and horrified by some of the more gothic aspects of Missouri politics as well as fortified by the persistence of progressives in a reddening state.
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 Kovarikteaches 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.
HafsaHafsa Mansoor is an unconventional, tenacious, and candid nerd with a passion for words and hope. She is a senior at Timberland High School. She has a growing infatuation with the justice system and is an aspiring social and political activist for women's rights.
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.
AbbyAbby Mitchell is a senior at Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis Missouri. Additionally, she works as an intern at the Missouri History Museum and volunteers at KUTO crisis hotline..
JoannaJoanna Sandsmark is a freelance writer who has written for television and comic books, is the author of several books, teaches an online course called "Get Funny" and writes a monthly humor column about silver age comic books.You can find her website at http://www.joannasandsmark.com
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.
RandyRandy Turner is a former teacher, newspaper reporter and editor. He is the author of Let Teachers Teach, and No Child Left Alive. He blogs at The Turner Report.
Progress Women promotes progressive politics, feminism and wants to empower women of all ages to get involved. Its co-directors are Emily Spangler and Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman.
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