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Ruth Caplan has been active with the Alliance since its founding convention in 1996 where she was elected national co-chair with Ronnie Dugger. She spearheaded the Alliance's first national campaign as part of a successful international campaign against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). She co-chaired AfD's Corporate Globalization/Positive Alternatives and Defending Water for Life campaigns, and presently co-chairs the Massachusetts Public Banking campaign
Joan is one of the original founders of the Alliance's Portland (OR) chapter, following Ronnie Dugger's tour of Oregon with longtime progressive activist Harry Lonsdale. She writes, "Eliminating corporate dominance is only way to create effective and permanent social change. It is also the most difficult since corporations are fully aware of what they are doing."
Ethan's background in computer science led to his interest in the integrity of the vote-counting process in US elections. His work includes organizing a panel discussion on election integrity at the 4th National Media Reform Conference, interviewing EI experts for radio, serving on the Election Integrity caucus of the Oregon Democratic Party, and voter education. He has been a member of both the Portland OR and Boston-area Alliance chapters, as well as a member of the Hub Public Banking working group.
Barbara Clancy, national campaigns coordinator
21 Main St.
Hudson MA 01749
afd (at) thealliancefordemocracy.org
Barbara handles communications with our members and supporters through our e-news, newsletters, website and social media. She is locally active on trade and democracy issues, and is a founding member of the Massachusetts Public Banking coalition.
Lois Voltmer, national office assistant
In addition to working at the Alliance office, Lois is active in local work on behalf of a constitutional amendment to say that money isn't speech and corporations cannot claim the rights of human persons.