Fighting Back: Breakthroughs and Challenges in Holding the Powerful Accountable

Host/Sponsor: 
Toward Freedom Media
Room: 
1.90
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Abstract: 
The panelists are women working in journalism, legislative activism, and the civil and criminal court system who are reclaiming the stolen tools of truth, media, and the rule of law to advance accountability in the public and private sectors, and exercising the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. The combined insights of the panelists will focus on the power of impunity in the US and globally, and the need to develop strategies/campaigns to overcome it, and hold government accountable. We will show how women are fighting back by using the “master's tools [to] dismantle the master's house.”
Panel Track: 
Media and social media: Spreading the word, moving the movements
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Robin
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Lloyd
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Toward Freedom Media: http://www.towardfreedom.com/
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Peace Activist, founder of Green Valley Media of Burlington VT, longtime member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, vice president of Toward Freedom Media
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Stacy
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Bannerman
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
author
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Stacy Bannerman, M.S., M.F.A., is the author of HOMEFRONT 911: How Families of Veterans Are Wounded by Our Wars (2015) and WHEN THE WAR CAME HOME (2006). Stacy singlehandedly spearheaded state and national legislative campaigns, resulting in the passage of Oregon’s H.B. 2744 (providing military family leave), OR H.B. 3391, (creating first state-sponsored Military Family Task Force) and the introduction of the federal Military Family Leave Act of 2009. Stacy's former husband served two tours in Iraq, and his war wounds nearly killed her. She will discuss the horrific costs of an immoral, arbitrary war for families of wounded veterans and how she is seeking relief in a class action lawsuit against the Bush administration on behalf of the families of veterans who were killed or injured in Iraq.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Kristina
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Borjesson
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
investigative reporter
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
After more than thirty years as investigative reporter and documentary film director, ex-network producer Borjesson has become one of American journalism’s best-known whistleblowers. Long before “fake news” blew up, she published her landmark book, Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press and was exposing censorship and corrupt reporting in mainstream media on major stories like the Bush administration’s activities leading up to the Iraq War, the “war on terror” and the crash of TWA Flight 800. A prominent advocate for whistleblowers, Borjesson is developing TV programming and media platforms to raise their profiles, examine their issues and inspire activism leading to accountability and reform. In 2008, Borjesson worked with Charlotte Dennett and Vince Bugliosi on her campaign for Attorney General of Vermont that featured a platform to bring President Bush to justice.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Charlotte
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Dennett
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
investigative reporter, author
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Charlotte Dennett is an attorney and the author of The People v Bush, an account of her 2008 race for Attorney General in Vermont on a pledge to prosecute George W. Bush if elected, with the assistance of legendary prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. She will describe a newly launched project that is reaching out to lawyers, veterans, and activists to finish the work that the late Vincent Bugliosi started, namely, to hold the Bush administration –and its successors –accountable for crimes committed in office.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Robin
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Lloyd
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Toward Freedom Media
 

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