I am a freelance writer, having written for newspapers in the Philadelphia area for over twenty-five years, covering town watches, school boards, community associations, Labor issues, and demonstrations. I am an advocate writer; I specialize in writing about people in the community empowering themselves to make their communities better. I am also a long-time activist for the Labor movement and related causes.

I am a man who seeks to do what is best for his communities and the world in general. During my childhood and adolescence, I was bulled, teased, picked on , and mocked by not only the other kids but also adults-teachers who didn’t give a crap about me, people who treated my hopes and ambitions like a joke, and my own parents who couldn’t see past their own prejudices. they treated the the bullying and teasing like it was my fault, or took part in the “fun.”  From that experience, I have learned to love myself and to understand that it is my right and duty to myself and the community to stand up for my rights and the rights of others.

Over the years I’ve had to reject ideas that have long been accepted as “truth.”  Your family has nothing to do with DNA, it’s the people who love you. Your home isn’t the building you dwell in, it’s where you feel safe. And as for the “adults” who didn’t care about me-age is not the same as adulthood; so many young people show great maturity, while many people in their seventies and sixties are silly little brats.

I also have the power, right, and duty to question the ideas that were forced onto me growing up, in”school,” the pulpit, and the media  that was available at the time; what they taught was not how the world works in real life. All of this fuels my activism and my writing.

I am also a published poet; I have read my work in various venues in Philadelphia, such as Najee’s Loft, Kelly Writers House, Painted Bride Art Center, Sedgwick Cultural Center, and Robin’s Book Store/Moonstone Arts Center. I have two volumes of poetry, Mutterings and Out Of The Box; they are published through CreateSpace.com, and they are available on Amazon .com. An anthology of my writings, All Of The Above, has been published by Moonstone Press, http://www.moonstoneartscenter.org/.

Here is the link to my Amazon author page.

Please send all correspondence to:

1500 Walnut Street

Suite 700-21A

Philadelphia, PA 19102

E-mail: john.mason.2016@verizon.net

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