Toward Freedom is a news and analysis publication offering a progressive perspective on world events. We cover global politics, protest movements, government and corporate abuses of power, human rights, and other pressing topics. With writers and readers based around the globe, TF has worked for social justice through investigative and progressive journalism since 1952.
Charlotte Dennett is a former Middle East reporter and an investigative journalist and attorney. She is the author of The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil (Chelsea Green, 2020), a personal narrative and historical investigation into the events leading to the death of her master-spy father, resulting in her discovery of the role of oil and pipelines in today’s endless wars. Her book is reviewed here by Toward Freedom. The book is in many ways the backstory to her 2008 race for attorney general in Vermont, pledging to prosecute George W. Bush for his illegal war in Iraq, described in The People v. Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice (Chelsea Green, 2010) . She is also the co-author with Gerard Colby of Thy Will Be Done. The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, (HarperCollins, 1995, updated in 2017 by openroadmedia). This book, the result of 18 years of research and writing, has been called an “anatomy of conquest”: the techniques used to pacify indigenous tribes in the Amazon can be applied (with some local variations) to many parts of the world, most notably through the use of religious fundamentalists (e.g. Christian evangelical missionaires; Islamist jihadists) to conquer tribal lands for exploitation by powerful forces.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sam Mayfield, President
Sam Mayfield is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her work has taken her to India, West Africa, Palestine, Mexico and all over the United States. Mayfield has documented stories that remain largely untold in the commercial media landscape since 2005. Her second documentary Wisconsin Rising, is an award-winning film that explores the 2011 popular uprising against legislation gutting basic worker’s rights in Wisconsin. In 2018 she finished Blessings of Liberty, created with and for the disability community in Idaho. It explores the need for investing in home and community based services for people in the disability community. Mayfield currently lives in the pacific northwest. Follow her on Twitter: @
Nat Winthrop, Vice President
Nat Winthrop is an independent film producer living in Montpelier. He is former publisher of the Vanguard Press and Vermont Time sin Chittenden County, and he has had feature articles published in the Rutland Herald/Times Argus Sunday Magazine, Seven Days, Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe, and Vermont Magazine. He studied documentary filmmaking at MIT and Goddard College in the 1970s. He was executive producer of the collaborative six-part Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie (2013) and he co-produced two documentaries – Rookies at The Road (about Thunder Road in Barre) and Act of Faith, The Making of Disappearances– that aired on Vermont Public Television.
Robin Lloyd, Secretary
Robin Lloyd is a filmmaker, director of the video production company Green Valley Media, and active in the peace and justice movement in Burlington, VT. Her grandmother, Lola Maverick Lloyd was one of the many founders of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom whose centennial is being celebrated this year. Robin has been touring with a ‘performance piece’ featuring Lola: Talking with Our Grandmothers: www.WW1womenspeacemovement.com.
Rebecca Kemble is the past President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the President of CICOPA North America, the sub-regional body of the worker cooperative sector of the International Cooperative Alliance. She is also the Vice President of CICOPA Americas and serves on the Executive Board of CICOPA worldwide. Rebecca is a worker-owner at Union Cab Cooperative where she has served as chairperson of the Education and Strategic Planning Committees. She helped develop and implement innovative peer support systems including the Steward and Mediation Councils that have become integral parts of Union Cab’s democratic governance and management structures. In 2015 she was elected to the Madison City Council and was reelected in 2017. Rebecca is also a writer for The Progressive magazine, and founding member and editor at the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative. Rebecca earned a PhD (a.b.d.) in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Madison, WI.
Dorie Wilsnack has worked with international and US peace and human rights organizations as an organizer, nonviolence trainer and fundraiser. Her work has included Balkan Peace Team, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, War Resisters League, American Friends Service Committee, and ACLU of Vermont. Her newest endeavor is Radical Roots Genealogy, a project that helps people research and learn about their ancestors though a social change and social justice lens. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the International Nonviolence Training Fund. She’s appreciates Toward Freedom for the wide variety of international stories that it shares, and for the links it builds between people in Vermont and supporters of social justice around the world.
Gerard Colby is the former President of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981. His work has been published by national news outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, the North American Newspaper Alliance/United Features, The Nation, In These Times, The American Writer, and Toward Freedom. He is the author of Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain (Prentice Hall, 1974, Lyle Stuart Inc, 1984) and an updated 2016 e-book edition at Open Road Publisher’s Forbidden Bookshelf. A recently updated e-book edition of Colby’s and Charlotte Dennett’s Thy Will Be Done, The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, a documented history of what was behind the genocide of Amazonian Indians(Harvard Professor John Womack lauded it as the definitive history for the region in covers), is also available through OpenRoadmedia and Amazon Books. He was the co-recipient of the National Press Club’s Press Criticism Award for his contribution to the best-selling Into The Buzzsword: The Myth of the Free Press (Prometheus, 1994, ed. Kristina Borjesson), which also won the New York Public Library Award for best book in social science and the Independent Publishers Award for best book in 1994. He has lectured around the USA and Brazil, including the American Anthropology Association’s annual meeting, and taught political science, international economics and the political economy of Central America at Burlington College and Johnson State College in Vermont. Colby currently serves on the editorial committee of Toward Freedom’s board and on the board of the Henry Demarest Lloyd Fund for Investigative Journalism.
Dave Dellinger – Emeritus Chair (1915-2004)