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The news collective: a history and some info on each of us

Lori SpencerLori Spencer

Lori's dream assignment was to travel from one Occupy camp to another and report on what's happening out yonder in the American heartland. She packed up her three-bedroom house, put all her furniture in storage, and hit the road. Look for more of Lori's traveling occupy journals on TCBH! over the months ahead. She will also be covering women's issues, the environment, history, politics, the arts and popular culture during her travels.

Alfredo Lopez, is the latest member of the TCBH! Collective. During his nearly half-century of movement activism, organizing and writing, Alfredo has been a leader in the Puerto Rican Independence, labor and anti-war movements; an organizer of several major national demonstrations and scores of smaller ones; editor of two publications (Claridad and Sevendays Magazine); radio and television producer (and host); and college teacher; and author of six published books and hundreds of published articles.

Alfredo LopezAlfredo Lopez
Some 15 years ago, he founded an Internet organization called People-Link that merged, seven years ago, with another called May First. "May First/People Link is today the largest left-wing Internet membership organization in the country and one of the few progressive organizations organized in both the United States and Mexico (with members in many other parts of the Americas). It is the technology leader for the United States Social Forum and many other activists world-wide. Alfredo is Co-Chair of the organization's Leadership Committee.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his spouse: the writer, teacher
and organizer Maritza Arrastía. They have two sons and a grand-daughter.

Alfredo also has a blog at: Alfredo Lopez

Charles M. Young grew up in Waukesha and Madison, Wisconsin. He went to Macalester College where he was the worst player on a football team that lost all its games in his senior year by an aggregate score of 312-46 and that went on to set the NCAA record for consecutive losses. Getting his ass kicked relentlessly on the gridiron prepared Young well for his unlucrative career in freelance writing, which began at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. It was there he met Dave Lindorff, founder of and the only other member of the Class of ’75 who might have an even more unlucrative career than Young.

Three days before graduating from the j-school, Young entered the Rolling Stone College Journalism Contest, which he won. This led to a bad case of tinnitus and many profiles of famous musicians, ranging from the Sex Pistols to the Eagles to the Who to the Butthole Surfers to Jerry Lee Lewis, most of whom can't hear very well either. He has interviewed Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Beavis & Butt-Head.

story | by Dr. Radut