About John Oliver Mason

I am a freelance writer, having worked for newspapers, magazines and blogs for over twenty-five years, covering neighborhood and working people making their communities and their lives better. I believe in the power of the written word to bring about change, and I put that into practice. I believe that when we become aware of the effect our small actions in the community have in improving lives, we can truly make a difference. I am also one of the leading poets in the Philadelphia area, and I also write fiction. I also act, performing on the public access channel PhillyCAM.

Election Work, May 21, 2019

Yesterday I spent all day at my division polling station, in the Election Board of my division of my ward in Philadelphia-I served as Machine Inspector. I helped set up the voting machine and turned it on, to help people get ready to vote, the most basic and simple-and essential-function of a democracy (what’s left of it in this country). I showed people how to use the machine if they were a little confused; and when the polling station closed I helped take the cartridge out of the machine, along with the tape that counted the votes, and closed the machine. It was a great day, rough in spots, but I enjoyed my work in advancing the democratic process. I hope all of you voted, and I encourage you to play a role in your own communities.

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Article Published

An article I wrote for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice (http://pjvoice.org) about the recent Israel Independence Day festivities has been published. Please check it out, http://pjvoice.org/2019/05/13/israel-independence-day-celebration-at-thomas-paine-plaza/#.XN7wFo5KiM8 .

Showdown Coming?

Would trump rile up his followers-including the white nationalists and neo-fascists-to fight any attempt to remove him from office, either by impeachment or voting out? I wouldn’t put it past him; trump has no knowledge or regard to the political system or American history, no idea of respect for the rule of law or human rights-he is simply a self-centered plutocrat, no different from the crowd around Putin in Russia, who definitely assisted trump in the election of 2016. If he goes down, he’ll try to take the nation down with him, and we must see he doesn’t.

In standing up to trump, the signals are mixed from the Democratic congressional leadership, but other voices are entering the mainstream. Nancy Pelosi originally stated that trump wasn’t work the bother of impeaching-he was the zero he is-a jab at his vanity, which would anger him; now she’s indicated that impeachment is on the table. Is she genuinely warming to the impeachment idea? Is this a subtle threat to trump? I don’t think he has the brains to take the hint, all he understands in brute power, by the State or by the fist.

Our political system is geared towards avoiding violence but towards compromise and working things out to keep things from going too far; but HAVE things gone too far? We are not in normal times.trump wont’ take defeat, and neither will his acolytes.