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.

Semper WTF? Trump tells FOX News that he only supports the military when they bow down to him @alternet

Trump’s reason for slamming McRaven was that he allegedly supported a couple of Democrats This has been a busy Sunday for Donald Trump. When he wasn’t posting flagrant propaganda videos of himself disrespecting California fire victims, he was excitedly planted in front of his television so that he could fire off rapid responses to the insolence directed at him by those pesky Democrats and wayward Republicans. So naturally he lashed out the imaginary ‘caravan’ of criminal invaders marching toward the U.S. border.

Source: Semper WTF? Trump tells FOX News that he only supports the military when they bow down to him @alternet

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Upcoming, November 17, 2018

I will take part in the swap-meet tomorrow, starting at 3:00 PM, taking place at my favorite bar, Dirty Frank’s, on 13th and Pine streets in Philadelphia. There I will sell my books of poetry and my anthology.

I will also be at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street in Philadelphia, for the Wednesday evening poetry reading of the Moonstone Arts Center, http://moonstoneartscenter.org/ . On Wednesday, November 21, the featured readers will be Hanoch Guy and Lisa Grunberger, with warren Longmire as host; on Wednesday, November 28, the featured readers will be Lynn Levin and Joan Roberta Ryan, with Alina MacNeal and Jennifer Hook as hosts. Following the featured readers will be the open mic, where I and other fine Philadelphia poets will read their material.

PHILAPOSH Awards Night

Last night I took part in the 34th Annual Awards Night of the Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH), an organization dedicated to protecting the health and safety of workers on the job. Here are some photos I took of that wonderful event:

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Peggy Ellis, with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, winner of the Leadership In Health and Safety Award.

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My friend Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, winner of the Tony Mazzocchi Award

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Nicole Fuller, the new Director of PHILAPSOH, following…

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…Barbara Rahke, the retiring Director

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Lewis Fitzgerald, the other winner of the Leadership In Health And Safety Award

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Christina Martinez, winner of the Crystal Eastman Award

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Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

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Wendy Ruterman (left), Dylan Purcell, and Barbara Laker, winners of the Karen Silkwood Award, for the reporting in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the health hazards of Philadelphia public schools.

We had also a commemoration for Cathy Brady, a tireless union activist who was instrumental in pushing for a memorial to Labor in South-West Philadelphia.

In the US, white supremacists have infiltrated police and military to get weapons training

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via In the US, white supremacists have infiltrated police and military to get weapons training

These are the people who are trained with firearms to enforce the power of the State, and they take with them an ideology of hate. I’m afraid a future dictator would be happy to have these guys fighting for him.