When Barack Obama was swept into the White House last year on a mandate of hope and change, many progressives believed his arrival meant they could finally roll down their sleeves and wash their hands. But David Swanson was not one of them. Although he voted for Obama, Swanson, author of the recently published book “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,” predominantly about the Bush years, told Truthout that “people have gone through this foolish cycle of expecting an election to change everything and then being disappointed and discouraged that it didn’t.”
Vietnam-era veteran Vic Montgomery III, author of “Healing Suicidal Veterans,” spoke with Truthout’s Robert Corsini about the growing tsunami of veterans’ mental health needs. A specialist in crisis intervention and addiction therapy, Montgomery outlined the urgent need to address this crisis that he witnesses as a counselor first hand.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has been a prime target for conservative groups and politicians. Truthout’s Matt Renner sat down with Bertha Lewis, CEO and chief organizer for ACORN to discuss the recent events and the state of the organization.