The GRASSROOTS EMERGENCY ELECTION PROTECTION COALITION is built around a national network of organizers, activists, journalists, researchers and others working to guarantee a free and fair 2020 election.
Conveners, Joel Segal and Harvey Wasserman have been working on the issue since 2004.
As a top aide to US Rep John Conyers, Joel convened the first Congressional hearing on election protection, focussed on “irregularities” that plagued that year’s presidential contest in Ohio.
Then based in Columbus, Harvey helped break many of the key stories about those problems with Attorney Robert Fitrakis, a long-time election expert who serves as GrassrootsEP’s financial coordinator.
Editor/Publisher of the Columbus Free Press/Freepress.org, Bob was chief attorney for Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s 2016 post-election investigations in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Since April, GrassrootsEP has conducted more than a dozen 90-minute zoom calls, each involving 40-60 activist/organizers, covering the wide range of election protection issues.
In concert with Progressive Democrats of America and other local, state and national groups, the calls are increasingly focussed on building a network of grassroots citizens to protect the election at the county and state level.
PDA’s Mike Hersh now engineers those calls, which are broadcast on the Progressive Radio Network and elsewhere. Webinars are posted on FaceBook, YouTube and elsewhere.
Our goal is to build a grassroots army of organizers and activists strong enough to guarantee that the outcome of the 2020 election reflects the will of the American people. JOIN US!
Harvey Wasserman has been active in civil rights, peace, ecological, safe energy, and election protection issues since 1962. In 1966 he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Meredith voter rights march through Mississippi. A co-founder of the global grassroots No Nukes Movement, in 1979 he helped produce the legendary MUSE Concerts in Madison Square Garden. In 1994 he spoke for Greenpeace USA, where he remains a Voting Member, to 350,000 semi-conscious music fans at Woodstock2. A radio host, journalist and historian, he’s co/written some 20 books, including seven on election protection with Robert Fitrakis. Among those introducing his books are Howard Zinn, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Marianne Williamson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. His People’s Spiral of US History will be published when Trump leaves the White House. He has taught US History, Western Civilization, Ethnic Diversity, Globalization and journalism at Hampshire College, Capital University and Columbus State Community College. A widely travelled public speaker, his debate opponents have included Gen. William Westmoreland and Phyllis Schlafly. He hosts the Green Power & Wellness podcast at PRN.fm, and California Solartopia, broadcast at KPFK/Pacifica-Los Angeles. His Master’s Degree in US History is from the University of Chicago, where he was a Woodrow Wilson fellow; his BA in History & Journalism is from the University of Michigan, where he was Editorial Director of the Michigan Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is married with five daughters and many grandchildren, for whom he wishes a future grounded in truly democratic elections and an ecologically sustainable way of being.
Joel Segal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he focused on constitutional law and conflict resolution studies.
Joel Segal is a cofounder, and the National Director of the “Justice Action Mobilization Network;” a nationwide multiracial climate action network. JAMN is lobbying elected officials and educating the public about the need for an expedited transition to renewable energy, millions of green jobs, environmental justice, and millions of solar or green energy affordable apartments in order to end homelessness in America.
He was the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer to Rep. John Conyers from 2000-2013, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Dean of the U.S. Congress, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus. Joel was the founder of the 2000 universal health care movement, and co-authored HR 676, Rep. Conyer’s now heralded “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All” bill. He was one of the leading architects for passage of the Affordable Care Act…. AKA Obamacare.
He was a senior technical consultant for Michael Moore’s health care documentary SICKO. Joel cofounded the Global HIV/AIDS Alliance, and was one of the senior Hill staffers who worked on federal legislation pertaining to global HIV/AIDS, voter suppression, ending homelessness, Hurricane Katrina, Jobs For All, and ending poverty. He is the Co-Founder and National Director of the Covid-19 Emergency Response Group, and The Middle East Peace Working Group.