Contributors

Daniel Hardin

Daniel Hardin

Daniel Hardin is the screen name of an amateur historian interested in progressive movements and people. He has lived all his life in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

He became active in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the late 1960s and has remained active in various antiwar activities in the decades since. He also maintains an interest in the environmental, LGBT, women’s, labor and civil rights movements.


Craig Simpson

Rally Against Apartheid at South African Embassy !985 # 4

Craig Simpson in 1985.

Craig Simpson has a BA in labor studies from the National Labor College and lives in the District of Columbia.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a student activist. He is a former Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) bus operator who served 18 years on the executive board of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, including seven and one-half years as Secretary-Treasurer.

After his retirement, he  worked with the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, Progressive Maryland and ATU Local 689 on political and legislative issues.


Sue Reading

Hotel Workers Hit GOP 1974 # 18

Sue Reading in 1974.

Sue Reading  grew up in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh and attended Alverno College in Milwaukee from 1964-66.

When the U.S. invaded Cambodia in 1970, she quit her job at a Washington, D.C. advertising agency, got divorced, and began to participate in political activities against the Vietnam War and for civil rights, women’s rights, and prison reform.

In the mid 1970s she moved to Oklahoma City where she learned to drive an 18-wheeler and hauled heavy equipment across the country with her husband.  She moved to Austin, Texas  in the early 1980s where she worked building websites and where she helped to organize Austin Free-Net.

Sue is currently working in Austin as a freelance copy editor.


Bob Simpson

Bob Simpson being arrested during Occupy Chicago in 2011.

Bob Simpson in 2011.

Robert “Bob” Simpson is a former University of Maryland and Washington, DC area social justice activist who moved to Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1970s.

He taught high school history before retiring and later worked in web production. He is one half of the Carol Simpson labor cartoon team.

Bob remains active in greater Chicago and is a regular contributor to the Daily Kos, Counter Punch and has his own blog The Bobbosphere.


Stencil of Woman Power

Anonymous I & II

Anonymous I & II are women who contributed to the Montgomery Spark and Washington Area Spark from 1971-73. At the time, none of the articles in the alternative tabloid contained bylines. Instead they were attributed to the collective group, although they were authored by individuals. Both women have chosen to have their articles republished from that newspaper in the same manner they appeared originally–anonymously.


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