Dr. Joel Simpson
FRIDAY June 2nd Session A: 5:00pm - 6:45pm
It’s clear that our election system has been thoroughly compromised by both major parties, rendering it but a faint and partial reflection of the will of the people. The “innovation” of computerized voting machines in the early 2000’s has proven a poison gift, easily hacked, resulting in the blocking of popular access to power, as well as the domination of the GOP, the party that represents a clear minority of US citizens. This has exacerbated inequality and increased the wealth and power of the wealthy, in corporate, banking, military and security/surveillance sectors of the economy and government. All other sectors of society have suffered to a greater or lesser extent, and the historic mission of American democracy has been stalled or reversed. Surprisingly, neither the mostly losing party (the Democrats), nor the mainstream press nor most of the progressive print media has investigated or even taken note of the corruption of our elections, although public awareness has been increasing via Internet news sources such as,, and documentaries, such as Greg Palast’s The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. This panel will assess how far we’ve come in raising awareness of election corruption, and review the obstacles and possible ways of overcoming them.
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Jonathan Simon: "CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century" 2016 edition
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Left Forum/Independent activist-photographer
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Anti-war activist in the 60s and 70s, Simpson got a PhD in comp lit from Brown, taught English for 5 years in New Orleans, then left academia for jazz piano. He stayed 22 years, performed abroad, recorded, created a CD-ROM on jazz piano history with Dick Hyman, then returned to the NY area in 2000, to become even more active politically active. He’s been involved in the Election Integrity Movement since 2014 and speaks frequently to the Humanist Society. A fine art photographer, he has shown in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Rome and elsewhere.
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Executive Director, Election Defense Alliance
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Jonathan Simon, author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century, is Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, and has published numerous papers on aspects of election integrity. He has appeared in Stealing America: Vote by Vote & Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections, among other places, and has been interviewed in several dozen broadcasts, including WBAI’s Guns and Butter. He tweets @JonathanSimon14. See Dr. Simon is a graduate of Harvard College, the New York University School of Law, and the New York Chiropractic College.
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Political Science Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio
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Bob Fitrakis is the author of five Fitrakis Files books: Spooks, Nukes & Nazis, Free Byrd & Other Cries for Justice, A Schoolhouse Divided, The Brothers Voinovich and the Ohiogate Scandal and Star Wars, Weather Mods and Full Spectrum Dominance. compilations of his writings at the Free Press and Columbus Alive. Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman co-wrote Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election? Essential Documents and What Happened in Ohio? A documentary record of theft and fraud in the 2004 election (New Press 2006) (with Steve Rosenfeld) and How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008, George W. Bush vs. The SuperPower of Peace in 2003 and Imprison Bush in 2004-2005. Fitrakis also wrote The Idea of Democratic Socialism in America and the Decline of the Socialist Party (Garland Publishers 1993). Dr. Fitrakis is a frequent speaker on political, labor and social policy issues at national academic and political conferences. Fitrakis was a member of the Human Rights Party in Michigan, a founding member of the Michigan Democratic Socialists Caucus (DSC), a founding member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio (DSCO). He served on the National Political Committee of DSA in 1994-5. In 2006, Fitrakis ran as an independent candidate for Governor of Ohio endorsed by the Green Party. Fitrakis was a candidate for Congress in the 12th district in 1992, running against Congressman John Kasich and for the Columbus School Board in 1995. He was the elected Democratic Ward committeeperson in the 55th ward from 1996-2000. He currently serves as a Near East Area Commissioner and ran for Columbus City Council in the primary of 2003 Columbus School Board that same year and endorsed by the Central Ohio Green Party. He served on the Africentric School Advisory Board for the Columbus Public Schools and worked with the West High School College Preparation Program. Dr. Fitrakis was a columnist and investigative reporter for Columbus Alive from 1996-2002, a local alternative weekly newspaper, and was awarded First Place for Best Coverage of Government for the article "The V File" investigative report on Sen. George Voinovich and Second Place for "Spook Air" about Southern Air Transport's ties to the CIA and drug-running at Rickenbacker Air Base in central Ohio from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (OSPJ). He has also written for other national and local publications. From 1990-2000, Dr. Fitrakis co-hosted a regular public access news/public affairs program, "From the Democratic Left," offering analysis of political events and social issues, locally and nationally. This program chronicled the activism of the progressive community in Central Ohio, from Gulf War demonstrations to anti-Klan protests. Since June 1996, he has co-hosted, and now hosts a weekly public affairs call-in talk radio program, "Fight Back!" first on WSMZ103.1FM and now on WVKO 1580 AM 11:30am-12:30pm Saturdays. He also appears with Charles Traylor on "The Fitrakis Files" 8-9am Thursdays. In March 1994 he served as an international observer for the national elections in El Salvador and in 1993, he visited Reynosa and Matamoros, Mexico as part of a human rights delegation to investigate conditions in the maquilladoras. As a result of the trip, he co-produced a video entitled "The Other Side of Free Trade" shown around the country at colleges and public access stations. Fitrakis was an Election Protection attorney on November 2, 2004 in Franklin County. He called the first public hearings on voter suppression and election irregularities and was one of four attorneys to file a challenge to Ohio's presidential elections results: Moss v. Bush and Moss v. Moyer.
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Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU
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Author of Boxed In: The Culture of TV; The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder; Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform, and editor of Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008 plus many essays and articles. Currently he edits Forbidden Bookshelf, an e-book series that republishes important titles that were variously killed at birth. Miller was the editor of Icons of America, a book series published by Yale University Press, and Discovering America, a book series published by the University of Texas Press. He is now the editor of Forbidden Bookshelf, an e-book series devoted to republishing important titles that were variously killed at birth. Miller earned his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1971, and his doctorate in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1977. Although he specialized in Renaissance literature, Miller is best known as a media critic. Before joining New York University, Miller served as director of film studies at Johns Hopkins University.
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Independent author, editor and blogger.
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Marta Steele been involved in the EI movement since 2001. She has written for Oped News since 2006, contributing reports, book and film reviews, and op-eds, many focused on EI, of course. Her own website is, her author page is at She published her account of EI history between 2000 and 2008, “Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols,” in 2012 (CICJ Press) and is working on a sequel, “Ballots or Bills: The Future of Democracy.”  Marta lives in Washington, DC, the source of much of her coverage most lately.
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Green Party Candidate for US President, 2012 & 2017, activist for environmental justice and Election Integrity
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Dr. Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 and 2016 candidate for President. She is a mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories in campaign finance reform, racially-just redistricting, green jobs, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic threats. She was a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit in 2014.
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Mark Crispin
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independent activist, photographer, writer