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Kevin Danaher: is an anti-globalization activist and the author of numerous books, including "Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots", and "Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power." He is co-founder of Global Exchange, an anti-globalization Non-governmental organization based in San Francisco, California.

Don Overton: Executive Director of Veterans of Modern Warfare

Jason Leopold: investigative journalist. He writes for the online publication The Public Record.

Melanie Sloan: serves as CREW’s Executive Director. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries.

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Michael Ratner: is an attorney, adjunct professor of law at Columbia University Law School, and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit human rights litigation organization based in New York, New York.

John Laird: Assemblymember for the 27th Assembly District, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. In 2004, Mr. Laird was named by Assembly Speaker Núñez to join the Assembly leadership team as chair of the Budget Committee.

Cliff Schecter: political commentator and journalist. His blog is called The Political Carnival. His latest book is called “The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t

Riane Eisler: is an eminent social scientist, attorney, and author best known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future. Her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and planet.

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Robert Parry: founder of  His new book is called “Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush”.

Alexander Melikishvili: is a research associate at the Washington, D.C. office of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Robert Dreyfuss: freelance investigative journalist whose work appears in The Nation, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, and other progressive publications.  His work also appears in the new blog “Dreyfuss Report“.

Christine Cegelis
: is an IT consultant and was the 2004 Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional district of Illinois

Brad Friedman: self-described election integrity muckraking journalist jerk. You can read his blog at

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Paul Waldman: author of four books on media and politics. His latest is called “Free Ride: John McCain and the Media”. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects at Media Matters for America. He is also a columnist for The American Prospect. You can read his blog at

Bruce Raynor: is the General President of UNITE HERE, the union representing nearly half a million workers in the hospitality, gaming, apparel, textile, retail, distribution and laundry industries in North America.

Rob Richie: is the executive director of FairVote, a non-profit organization that researches and advocates election reforms that increase voter turnout, accountable governance and fair representation, such as instant runoff voting and the National Popular Vote plan.

Dahr Jamail: is an award-winning freelance journalist. His reporting from Iraq has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards.

Lt. Gov John Garamendi: 46th Lieutenant Governor of California. He brings to the office 32 years of public service.

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Rep. Sam Farr: The Congressman, a fifth-generation Californian, represents the state’s beautiful Central Coast. Throughout his 14-year tenure, Farr has been a leading advocate for California agriculture, an outspoken activist for affordable housing and a champion of the oceans.

Jennifer Brunner: Ohio’s first woman to serve as secretary of state

Ari Melber: is The Nation’s Net movement correspondent, and a writer for the Campaign 08 blog at as well as a writer at

Steve Freeman: is co-author of Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count (New York: Seven Stories Press).

Matt Siegel: for over twenty years, Mr. Siegel has hosted "Matty In The Morning", on WXKS, aka "KISS 108" in Boston. He recently received "Personality of the Year" at the National Association Of Broadcasters' Marconi Awards. 

Jason Leopold: investigative journalist. He writes for the online publication The Public Record.

Greg Palast: is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "Armed Madhouse" (Penguin Paperback 2007). When Palast, investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering, turned his skills to journalism, he was quickly recognized as, "The most important investigative reporter of our time" [Tribune Magazine] in Britain, where his first reports appeared on BBC television and in the Guardian newspapers.

John Wellington Ennis: attended the USC and NYU Film Schools.  His production company Shoot First Inc. specializes in non-fiction entertainment.

Bob Fitrakis: is a lawyer and award-winning journalist and Professor of Political Science in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College.

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Wendy Weisser: directs the Brennan Center's work on voting rights and elections. During the run-up to the 2004 and 2006 elections, she masterminded litigation and advocacy efforts that kept hundreds of thousands of voters from being disenfranchised.

Will Bower: is known as the person who had created the group known as “Party Unity My A—“ (PUMA), after Senator Hillary Clinton of New York had lost the Democratic nomination. The ongoing contest between Clinton and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois had created a rift within the Democratic Party.

Cliff Schecter: political commentator and journalist. His blog is called The Political Carnival. His latest book is called “The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t”.

Dr. Bill Durston: is running as the Democratic candidate for House of Representatives in California’s 3rd Congressional District to give voters a choice for change.

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Dr. Carole Wolman: is a psychiatrist in Northern California.  A lifelong peace activist, she has written extensively on the psychology of our times. She is a cochair of Bay Area Impeach Bush-Cheney and is now a Green candidate for Congress in CA district 1.