These authors contribute regularly to the Hollywood Progressive on issues of political, social, and cultural consequence. Other writers contribute single or occasional articles. Contact us via our Contact Form if you’re interested in contributing an article or becoming a regular columnist. Click photos for individual author archives.
Sharon Kyle is a former president of the Guild Law School and is the publisher and co-founder of Hollywood Progressive and the LA Progressive. For years before immersing herself in the law and social justice, Ms. Kyle was a member of several space flight teams at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she managed resources for projects like Magellan, Genesis, and Mars Pathfinder. Sharon also sits on several boards including the Board of Directors of the ACLU and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Follow Sharon on Twitter @SharonKyle00
Dick Price is Editor of Hollywood Progressive and the LA Progressive. With his wife Sharon, he publishes several other print and online newsletters on political and social justice issues. He has worked in publishing as a writer, editor, and publisher for a quarter century. In earlier releases, he was a cab driver, bartender, construction worker, soldier, and farmhand, and for many years helped operate a nonprofit halfway house for homeless alcoholics and addicts. Follow @DickandSharon
Film historian and senior Hollywood Progressive editor Ed Rampell’s interview with legendary Greek director Costa-Gavras is in the September issue of The Progressive Magazine. Rampell is the co-author of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book, to be released by Honolulu’s Mutual Publishing in October 2013.
William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and professor of history, has written for TomDispatch.com, LA Progressive, Truthout, History News Network (HNN), Alternet, Salon, Antiwar.com, and Huffington Post among other sites. He is the author or co-author of three books and numerous articles focusing on military history as well as the history of science, technology, and religion.
Treva Brandon Scharf is a Los Angeles based writer, fitness professional and dating expert. Treva began as a copywriter at BBDO New York, and has since branched out into blogging, screenwriting, reality TV programming, and public speaking. As a dating expert, Treva imparts wit and wisdom about being single, dating, and finding love later in life at her blog, The Late Blooming Bride. She also dispenses dating tips and advice at Huffington Post, BetterAfter50, MidlifeBoulevard, and OlderDatingUK, among other publications.
Unapologetically Black, Jasmyne Cannick has developed a strong national following for her willingness to tell it like it is on uncomfortable and hard to discuss issues around race, politics, and society. Jasmyne is proud of her reputation for bringing attention to stories and issues that would have gone under-reported, overlooked, or just ignored. She continues to be a popular commentator on local and cable television news where she challenges and shapes public opinion while encouraging civic engagement for positive social change.
Julia Conley began her journalism career on PBS's weekly news analysis show Bill Moyers Journal, first as a production assistant and eventually producing interview segments for veteran journalist Bill Moyers. She also worked for over two years as a producer on Al Jazeera America's daily news broadcasts, and later on documentary films focusing on issues including the roots of the American opioid crisis and the history of white supremacy in the U.S. She has written for the quarterly women's magazine A Women's Thing, and joined the Common Dreams staff in 2017.
Jessica Corbett joined Common Dreams as a staff writer in 2017, after working for publications in New York City and Chicago, including Rolling Stone, The Nation, In These Times, VICE, and Fusion. She earned a degree in journalism and international studies from Ithaca College, where she developed her passion for exploring the intersection of politics, public health, and environmental policy through journalism. Jessica is a dedicated yogi who loves long books, live music, and adventures abroad.
Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bohemians, a novel that imagines the friendship between photographer Dorothea Lange and her Chinese American assistant in 1920s San Francisco. A New York Times summer 2021 recommendation, The Bohemians is also one of Oprah Daily's best books of historical fiction for 2021.
Alex Demyanenko is the producer of “Bastards of the Party” a feature documentary about the history of gangs in L.A. that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on HBO. The film was the first to expose the systemic abuses of the LAPD. Demyanenko was also the executive editor of the “Los Angeles View” newspaper in April of 1992, and he and his staff were on the streets covering the 1992 unrest as it unfolded.
Richard (RJ) Eskow is a former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. He is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future and hosts The Breakdown, which is broadcast on We Act Radio in Washington DC.
Frank A. Fear is professor emeritus, Michigan State University, where he served as a faculty member for thirty-year years and worked in various administrative positions for nearly twenty years. Find him on Twitter @frankfear and on Tumblr, “For the Public Good,” at https://frankfearblog.tumblr.com/ Frank also writes about issues that intersect sport and society. You can read him at The Sports Column at https://www.thesportscol.com/category/frank-fear/
Steve Early was a longtime union activist in Massachusetts. They are collaborating on a forthcoming book about veterans’ affairs. They can be reached at Lsupport@aol.com. Suzanne Gordon is the author, most recently, of Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans (Cornell University Press, 2018).
Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Lauren Gonitzke is the campaign assistant for CODEPINK’s China is Not Our Enemy campaign. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature with a focus in creative writing alongside minors in both Chinese and Asian American studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in communications, community building, and education.
Eric A. Gordon is the author of two composer biographies: Marc Blitzstein and Earl Robinson. He writes frequently on cultural and political subjects. He is former Chair of the SoCal Chapter of the National Writers Union (Local 1981, UAW).
Paul Haeder has been a journalist since 1977. He's covered police, environment, planning and zoning, county and city politics, as well as working in true small town/community journalism situations in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and beyond. He's been a part-time faculty since 1983, and as such has worked in prisons, gang-influenced programs, universities, colleges, alternative high schools, language schools, as a private contractor-writing instructor for US military in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington. A forthcoming book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber, looks at 10 years of his writing at Dissident Voice, and before, to bring defiance to the world that is now lobotomizing at a rate never before seen in history.
Tom Hall is a family lawyer in West Los Angeles. He is from Boston, and was raised in Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quakers) to think that religion was a progressive force. During the Vietnam War, he organized draft counseling centers and worked with groups training people in techniques for disciplined nonviolent
Sikivu Hutchinson is a writer, educator, and director. Her books include Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical, White Nights, Black Paradiseand the new novel Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe(March 2021). She is the founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, Black Skeptics L.A. and a co-facilitator of the Black LGBTQI+ Parent and Caregiver group
Gary Karasik, a 1970s graduate of San Francisco State’s Creative Writing program, has written features and columns for magazines and periodicals including the Tampa Tribune, Tallahassee Democrat, Miami Herald, and Los Angeles Times. While submitting freelance articles, he has also worked as a professional diver, magazine editor, and computer technician. In the early 2000s he started myITguy, a Los Angeles-based company that provided computer1support services exclusively for California-based non-profits. Now retired, he writes about progressive issues.
Garrison Keillor did “A Prairie Home Companion” for forty years, wrote fiction and comedy, invented a town called Lake Wobegon where all the children are above average, even though he himself grew up evangelical in a small separatist flock where all the children expected the imminent end of the world.
Sonali Kolhatkar is the founder, host and executive producer of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates.
Rev. Peter Laarman is a retired minister who formerly led Progressive Christians Uniting in Los Angeles.
Journalist Peter Laufer is the James Wallace Chair Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon and the author of several books including Dreaming in Turtle: A journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Covet Prehistoric Creatures & Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border.
Elise Lemire is Professor of Literature at Purchase College, SUNY. A recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professorship, Elise Lemire’s third book, Battle Green Vietnam: The March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Bruce Lerro as taught for over 25 years as an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to the three books he’s written, found on Amazon. Read more of his articles and get involved at Planning Beyond Capitalism. Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay, and as a career counselor and manager of the downtown Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a socialist feminist. She is a founder and organizer for Planning Beyond Capitalism.
Bruce Lerro as taught for over 25 years as an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to the three books he’s written, found on Amazon. Read more of his articles and get involved at Planning Beyond Capitalism.
Miguel Leyva is a case manager at Atraxia Law, where he researches how farmers and workers with Parkinson’s disease and other disabilities have had their health affected by exposure to pesticides such as paraquat.
David A. Love, JD, is a lawyer and journalist based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to the Progressive Media Project, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, In These Times and Philadelphia Independent Media Center. He contributed to the book, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons (St. Martin's Press, 2000).
Julianne Malveaux, PhD (JulianneMalveaux.com) is the Honorary Co-Chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC. Her latest book is Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy. A native San Franciscan, she is the President and owner of Economic Education a 501 c-3 non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C. During her time as the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Malveaux was the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America’s oldest historically black college for women.
Alfred W. McCoy is the Harrington professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, the now-classic book which probed the conjuncture of illicit narcotics and covert operations over 50 years, and most recently In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power (Dispatch Books).
Stephen Menendian is the Assistant Director and Director of Research at the Othering & Belonging Institute, and oversees the Institute’s burgeoning research initiatives and ongoing projects. In particular, Stephen leads the Inclusiveness Index initiative, fair housing policy and opportunity mapping project with the Equity Metrics team. Stephen’s research focuses on the mechanisms of inter-group inequality, “othering,” structural racism, and the design of effective equity interventions as permitted by law.
Bill Meyer is a musician, writer and producer of progressive multimedia events. He travels worldwide performing jazz with several groups. A longtime political activist and aficionado of progressive cinema, Meyer usually writes on the culture pages of the People's World and other journals, and primarily reports on film festivals.
Walter G. Moss is a professor emeritus of history at Eastern Michigan University. His most recent book is An Age of Progress?: Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces (2008). For a list of all his recent books and online publications, including many on Russian history and culture, go here: https://sites.google.com/view/waltergmosspublications1999ff/home
Holly Ober is an anthropologist who writes about faculty research in engineering, business, economics, sociology, anthropology, and gender & sexuality studies for the University of California, Riverside.
Saida Pagán is a Los Angeles-based, award-winning journalist and 2021 recipient of two first-place awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Saida was born in New York City and is of Puerto Rican descent. She has reported in cities across the United States and holds a master’s degree with distinction in Strategic Communication.
John Peeler is a retired professor of political science at Bucknell University, specializing in Latin American and international affairs. After growing up in Florida and Georgia, he moved north as a teenager, and began a lifelong leftward migration. He’s been writing primarily for LA Progressive since 2008. He continues to live in central Pennsylvania.
John Ragosta is a historian, lawyer, and beekeeper living in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is currently a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS)at Monticello and a fellow at Virginia Humanities. His work in history has focused primarily on the foundations of religious freedom in America, constitutional law and history, the Revolutionary War, and the early republic.
Jamala Rogers is the leader of the Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis and the Black Radical Congress National Organizer. Additionally, she is an Alston-Bannerman Fellow. She is the author of The Best of the Way I See It – A Chronicle of Struggle. She is a board member and columnist for Black Commentator.
Seth Sandronsky is a freelance journalist writing for Capital & Main, Comstock's magazine, CounterPunch, Monthly Review, MultiBriefs.com, The Progressive Populist, TheFix.com and The Sacramento Bee.
Randy Shaw is the Director of San Francisco's Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the Editor-in-Chief of the online daily newspaper "Beyond Chron." He is the author of three books, "Beyond the Fields", "The Activist's Handbook", and "Reclaiming America".
April M. Short is an editor, journalist and documentary editor and producer. She is a writing fellow at Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Previously, she served as a managing editor at AlterNet as well as an award-winning senior staff writer for Santa Cruz, California’s weekly newspaper. Her work has been published with the San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Salon and many others.
Alan Singer is a professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology and the director of social studies education programs. Dr. Singer is a former New York City high school social studies teacher and editor of Social Science Docket, a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for the Social Studies.
Aric Sleeper is an independent journalist whose work, which covers topics including labor, drug reform, food and more, has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications local to California’s Central Coast. In addition to his role as a community reporter, he has served as a government analyst and bookseller.
Michael Steven Smith is an attorney, a former board member at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the cohost of the nationally broadcast radio show Law And Disorder. He is the co-author, with Michael Ratner of Who Killed Che? and author of Lawyers for the Left. Jim Lafferty iis the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Lawyers Guild in Los Angeles; and the host of The Lawyers Guild Show on KPFK.
Jason Steinhauer is passionate about creating an educated, informed and historically and media literate citizenry. He served as Founding Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and is currently a Global Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Center and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Ron Steinman spent 35 years at NBC, and covered Democratic and Republican conventions four times between 1964 and 1984, and the major parties' presidential primaries from 1976 to 1988. Steinman won a Peabody Award, a National Press Club award, two American Women in Radio & Television Awards, and has five Emmy nominations.
Billy J. Stratton is originally from Eastern Kentucky, the son of a coal miner. He earned a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and currently teaches contemporary Native American/American literature, film, and critical theory in the Department of English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver. He writes in a variety of forms from literary and film criticism, to progressive literary journalism and fiction, with works appearing in various books, journals, and news outlets, including Oxford University Press, Routledge, The Hill, TIME, US News and World Report, Salon, Arizona Quarterly, Rhizomes, Wíčazo Ša Review, Transmotion, Cream City Review, and Big Muddy, among others, while also being a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War and editor of The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: a Critical Companion. For the better part of the last decade he has had the distinct honor of working as a partner and consultant to Cheyenne and Arapaho Sand Creek descendent representatives and has been instrumental in bringing greater understanding of this horrific event with the DU community. Aside from these academic pursuits, he also loves music and travel, while getting out to Los Angeles every chance he gets.
Rod Tanchanco writes medically-themed non-fiction focused on historical events and their human narratives. He is the author of First Patients and his articles have appeared in Time.com, TheAtlantic.com, History News Network, Intima, Medical Economics, and KevinMD.com.
Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. He has published stories and essays in numerous outlets. He has also spoken at the Sunstone symposium in Salt Lake on the subject of gay Mormon literature. His latest work is Zombies for Jesus.
Sukey Wolf is a lifelong rabble-rouser for progressive rights, a veteran in the feminist and LGBT movements, and a happy gay divorcŽe.