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Bruce Hartford
Bruce Hartford is webspinner of the Civil Rights Movement Veterans website ( During the 1960s, he was a civil rights worker in Alabama and Mississippi for Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Later he was a student activist with SDS at San Francisco State College, and then a freelance journalist covering military affairs during the Vietnam War era. For the past 34 years, Bruce has been a technical writer for Silicon Valley software firms.

"Sojourner's Blog" by Bruce Hartford can be found at:

Entries by Bruce Hartford

What's All the Fuss About?

(20) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:21 PM

There's a lot of controversy over recent revelations that the National Security Agency is logging and retaining metadata on every single phone call, email, and Web visit. But President Obama tells us that, "No one is listening to your phone calls." And ranking members of Congress assure us that everything...

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The Roots of Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Fifty years ago, black and white college students active with the Civil Rights Movement undertook freedom sojourns in rural communities of the deep South. For many of us, our starkest and most enduring memories of that intense time are not of KKK violence, mass protests or filthy jail cells but...

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Don't Fall for the Phony "Fiscal Cliff"

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 4:45 PM

The hype and hysteria about the "fiscal cliff" has just begun and soon we'll see a full-blown media tsunami of lies, distortions, and intimidation aimed at browbeating the White House, Congress, and the public into surrendering to Republican demands. Don't fall for it.

The so-called "fiscal cliff" refers to...

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The Gifford Shooting & the Freedom Rides

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 12:36 PM

As I try to absorb and understand the killings and attempted assassination of a Congresswoman in Arizona, my mind flashes back 50 years to the violent attacks on the Freedom Riders in South Carolina and Alabama and their mass arrest in Mississippi, a state transformed into an armed camp of...

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Arizona & Citizenship --- Some Historical Context

(17) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 2:32 PM

Arizona's Governor and the legislators who support the Arizona Immigration Bill disavow any intention or likelihood of racial discrimination or harassment, but the historical record indicates otherwise. They assure us that the rights of all Arizona citizens will be fully respected regardless of race or ethnic background, but the historical...

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Refuse to Be Abused by Your Big Bank

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 9:07 AM

I refuse to be abused by my big bank. My name is Bruce Hartford, and I'm in an abusive relationship with Bank of America.

They used my money for their Wall Street gambling. Then when they crashed the economy, they blackmailed my government into bailing them out with my tax...

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