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About John Bilorusky

John Bilorusky is President of WISR and Member of WISR's core faculty. John was one of WISR's four founders in 1975, and WISR has been, and will continue to be, the hub of his professional and community involvements. John received his BA from the University of Colorado (cum laude in Physics and cum laude in General Studies) in 1967. He received his MA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968 and his PhD in Higher Education from UC Berkeley in 1972. He has also held major faculty appointments in the College of Community Services at the University of Cincinnati (1971-73), in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley (1970-71) and at University Without Walls-Berkeley (1973-74). He has actively written and published in the field of adult learning and social change. He lives with his wife, Janet, and 18-year-old twins, Kyle and Nicole. Janet is a nurse at the Regional Center of the East Bay, serving and supporting people with developmental disabilities. Kyle and Nicole are currently enrolled at Berkeley City College. He has an adult son, Clark, who has a Master's in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State, and who lives with his wife, Donna, and their two children, Ilaw and Tala, in Vallejo, CA. Clark provides Tech Support in the Union City School District.

Greed, Exploitation and Deceit in Sheep’s Clothing:  Answer is, “What’s Neoliberalism?”

For at least 10 years, I’ve become increasingly distressed about the rapid and dramatic growth of economic injustice and inequality in the US. People in all walks of life, our elected officials, and the media have talked about stagnating wages, … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Legacy

The past month my e-mail inbox has been flooded with e-mails asking me to complete a  survey about what I think of President Obama’s legacy. Invariably, these e-mails are filled with loaded questions asking me to specify “which of the … Continue reading

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WISR AS AN EXPERIMENTING COMMUNITY: NURTURING GROUPS, CIRCUMSTANCES AND SUBCULTURES FOR PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

Larger social change and permanent institutional change is not easily created by working within the system, by working within existing institutions to create that change. When working within the existing institutions, we are limited by the ways those institutions “frame” … Continue reading

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Let’s Give Thanks for the Occupy Movement—it’s holding a place in line for each of us, so we can all speak out.

This Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for the good fortune that my family and I have had, in comparison to millions of Americans. We have a roof over our head, no imminent mortgage foreclosure, enough food to eat; we have … Continue reading

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For Inquiring Activists! Latest Important News and Commentary in Search of Justice and Progressive Social Change

As part of my continuing efforts to educate myself and others, I’m devoting this blog to highlighting eight news stories and commentaries from this past couple of weeks, and to sharing with everyone a couple of key sources of insightful … Continue reading

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Do you know about ALEC—the American Legislative Exchange Council? If not, why not? Why is it important to know about ALEC?

To learn more, read this blog post and/or participate in WISR’s September 22nd Seminar (6:30 pm to 8:15 pm at WISR), or contact me [johnb@wisr.edu] for access to a conference call phone line if you want to participate in the … Continue reading

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No Representation Without Taxation–A Call To Action this July 4th!

There are many challenges ahead if we wish to transform our dysfunctional, unsustainable and unjust government and economy into ones that are fair, humane and functional. One starting point is, I believe, to rephrase, the “no taxation without representation” call … Continue reading

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Am I a commodity? Are you? Who is, and who isn’t?

In the past week, Iowa Congressman, Steve King, argued against protections on the wages of laborers employed under Federally-funded projects–emphasizing that labor, people performing work, are commodities, just like rice, beans, or oil: “For the federal government to tell me … Continue reading

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Eli Pariser’s “Filter Bubble” and How the Internet May Stifle Our Curiosity Without Our Even Knowing It

Eli Pariser, former Executive Director of MoveOn and current President of their board, has recently written a book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, and has been speaking out about the book’s message of how search … Continue reading

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The Criminalization of Question-Asking by Ethical, Responsible Professionals: Today, Pediatricians in Florida, Tomorrow?

Special interest groups are no longer relying on the corporate control of the mass media, alone, in order to limit and control public dialogue, question-asking, curiosity, inquiry and information sharing.  Now, they are also securing passage of laws that make … Continue reading

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