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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Jennifer Cohn, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Jennifer Cohn

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA In the wake of the 2016 election, Jenny Cohn became interested in election integrity. Her initial research concerned voting machine vulnerabilities, but she soon wondered how we came to have such a flagrantly insecure voting system. Though her quest continues, what she has unearthed thus far is alarming. Her goal is to verify and separately source (with mainstream media articles wherever possible) each fact that led to our flawed voting system. She is propelled by the notion that we must understand how we got here in order to find our way out. Background: Jennifer Cohn received her BA in Psychology from UCLA and JD from Hastings College of the Law. She practiced law for over 20 years and was a partner with Nielsen Haley & Abbott, LLC in California. Her practice focused primarily on insurance coverage and appellate law. She left the practice of law several years ago to focus on her young family.

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Dr. Emma Briant, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Dr. Emma Briant

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA Dr. Briant’s presentation will be conducted remotely by video. Emma Briant specializes in the topics of propaganda and political communication, and is interested in changing technologies and their implications for democracy, international security, migration, inequality, and human rights. Current projects include a book on Cambridge Analytica, Propaganda Machine: The Hidden Story of Cambridge Analytica and the Digital Influence Industry; and a coauthored book with Robert Entman, What’s Wrong with the Democrats? Media Bias, Inequality, and the Rise of Donald Trump. Briant completed her PhD at Glasgow Media Group, University of Glasgow, where her dissertation examined changes in Anglo-American counterterrorism propaganda strategy since 9/11. This work became a book, Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism: Strategies for Global Change, and led to many international invited talks. Her first book, the coauthored Bad News for Refugees, looked at UK political and media discourse on migration prior to the Brexit referendum in 2016. Her work has also appeared in Critical Sociology, Journal of Media Education, International Journal of Press/Politics, Race & Class, openDemocracy, United Nations Association Magazine, and Sociological Review, among other publications. She previously served as Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Essex, Lecturer in Journalism Studies at University…

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Harvey Wasserman, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Harvey Wasserman

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA Harvey Wasserman is an American journalist, author, democracy activist, and advocate for renewable energy. He has been a strategist and organizer in the anti-nuclear movement in the United States for over 30 years. He has been a featured speaker on Today, Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight and other major media outlets. Wasserman is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service,[1] an investigative reporter, and senior editor of The Columbus Free Press where his coverage, with Bob Fitrakis, has prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them “the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election.”[2] He lives with his family in the Columbus, Ohio, area. Wasserman’s articles have appeared in the New York Times,[9] the Huffington Post,[10] and other newspapers and magazines. His first book, Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States, was first published by Harper & Row (NY) in 1972 (introduced by Howard Zinn), with approximate sales of 30,000 copies. (The book has been republished by Four Walls, Eight Windows (NY).)[11] In the book Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation, Wasserman relates stories about people and animals living near nuclear weapons facilities, mining and waste storage sites, uranium processing plants, and nuclear power reactors. For example, farmers in central Pennsylvania whom he spoke to reported abnormalities in their animals in the wake of the Three Mile…

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Norman Solomon, National Voting Rights Task Force Conference Speaker

    Norman Solomon

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA Norman Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, author and activist. His dozen books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” The Los Angeles Times called the book “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.” The newspaper’s reviewer added: “Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist.” The Humanistmagazine described the book as “a definitive historical text” and “an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets.”A full-length documentary film, narrated by Sean Penn, was based on “War Made Easy.” The New York Times review called the film “ultimately persuasive” and said: “Many of its arguments have been made before … but Mr. Solomon digs deeper and hammers harder.”Solomon is the founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He is IPA’s executive director and the coordinator of its ExposeFacts program.He is co-founder and national coordinator of the online organization RootsAction.org, which now has 1.5 million active supporters. Website: https://www.normansolomon.com/

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  • 2019 NVRTF Conference Speakers
    Steven Rosenfeld

    Steven Rosenfeld

    Conference Discussion Topic: TBA Steven Rosenfeld has been an award-winning American journalist for nearly 30 years. He covers national affairs for AlterNet.org, including democracy issues. Previously, he has reported for National Public Radio, Monitor Radio and Vermont newspapers. He has written several books on U.S. elections, including an account of partisan voter suppression in Ohio in 2004’s presidential race, a profile of Vermont’s 1990 House race electing Socialist Bernard Sanders to Congress and a forthcoming book, Inside Job: How American Elections Are Still Rigged Against Voters.

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