The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. The Progressive Era, a long-time honored movement throughout history, is a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the United States that has spanned from the 1890s to the present day, bringing together concerned citizens actively marching, creating rallies, and setting initiatives to focus on problems caused by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, political corruption, and social change. This illustrious Panel features highly-regarded public figures who have been actively traveling around the country and physically showing up - speaking at rallies, marches, Standing Rock, on the front lines - to making a difference in the world, supporting initiatives for social justice and change to enhance the quality of life for all.
Christine Blosdale - Moderator
Christine Blosdale is an award-winning on-air host, motivational speaker and consultant for authors, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. On her popular podcast show Out of the Box With Christine, not only is she a seeker of the truth, but each week she embarks on a passionate journey with the listener...the ultimate goal being transformation to our highest potential.
In 2002 she began her career in broadcast journalism at KPFK 90.7FM, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, where she not only produced and hosted countless programs focused on challenging the status quo, but she also continues to deliver record-breaking fundrive programming, raising well over 15 million dollars for the non-profit radio station and network.
She has interviewed such notables as Marianne Williamson, Ralph Nader, John Paul DeJoria, Kelly Carlin, Wanda Sykes, John Trudell, Mariel Hemingway, Ed Asner, Meredith Baxter, Greg Palast, Daniel Pinchbeck and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, among many others.
She has received the Excellence for Radio Programming with Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contribution Award and was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year and Best Interview at the Music Journalism Awards. For more info: christineblosdale.com.
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York Times bestselling books. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times best sellers. A quote from the mega best seller A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. On November 15, 2018, Marianne Williamson formed a committee as she explores the possibility of seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in 2020.
Jodie Evans has been a peace, environmental, women's rights, and social justice activist for over forty-five years. She is the co-founder of CODEPINK that works to stop US Military interventions overseas, promotes diplomatic solutions and Peace. She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaigns. She produced several documentary films, including the Oscar and Emmy-nominated "The Most Dangerous Man in America." She sits on many boards, including 826LA, Rainforest Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies and Drug Policy Alliance. CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action.
Frances Fisher is best known for her performance as Kate Winslet’s mother in Titanic, which garnered Fisher a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble Cast. She has appeared in over 40 films and TV shows including ABC’s Resurrection, and is currently shooting Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen for HBO. Ms. Fisher’s activism runs the gamut from supporting PeaceOverViolence.org, StandForTheSilent.org (end bullying), Environment California, Race to Erase MS (EraseMS.org) and SurvivorMitzvah.org and is an Ambassador for NWHM, working to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. Ms. Fisher was a surrogate for Bernie Sanders, spent time at Standing Rock where she learned of #MMIW (the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women - and the man-camps at every pipeline that breed sex-trafficking and sexual violence), spoke at the #MeToSurvivorsMarch LA in November 2017, and is a member of #TimesUp.
Jay Ponti From Occupy Wall Street to Standing Rock is one of the nation’s leading grassroots organizers. He was the co-creator of the #BankExit campaign which ignited billions in fossil fuel divestments and masterminded direct actions with Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, and other luminaries, which received international media attention. He was a core organizer of the global meditation synch of 12.21.12. He is an executive coach to the stars, a Sr. Hamsacharya of Babaji’s kriya yoga, and former aide-de-camp to Himalayan Master Yogiraj.
Del Bigtree was an Emmy Award-winning producer on The Doctors. As producer of the ground-breaking documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” Del began investigating the story of the CDC Whistleblower and the fraud perpetrated by the CDC and realized that he had stumbled upon a story of corruption and deception. Del travels the nation, meeting with politicians and standing with parents in their fight to maintain freedom of choice. He is the host of HighWire Talk, a top-rated radio show seeking answers to the questions everyone else is afraid to ask. He is the founder and CEO of the Informed Consent Action Network (CAN).
Richard Greene has worked as a Political Communication Advisor to Presidents, Prime Minister, and members of Congress in 10 countries around the world. A former lawyer, Richard writes frequently on politics for USA Today, The Huffington Post, and The Hill. He has worked very closely with "The March For Our Lives" students and Parkland parents to elect leaders who will pass gun safety laws, and showed up at political rallies to get out the vote in the Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Arizona key elections. His goal is to simplify politics, with his www.279forChange.us campaign and his recent eBook WTF are 'The Midterms'? available for free at www.WTFareTheMidterms.com