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Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to New Jersey Governor

Tell Gov. Murphy to Strengthen New Jersey's Local Media

Local news and information is the lifeblood of my community. And in New Jersey, the decline in my community’s connectedness mirrors the decline in local news in our state. Good governments and robust economies are fueled by the information we used to find in newspapers that were delivered to our doorsteps, and that have now shrunk in size or disappeared all together. It’s as simple as knowing that the water main is being worked on so I know that I won’t be able to shower for a job interview; or that my neighbor down the street is fundraising to buy a wheelchair accessible van for their daughter; or that a new restaurant opened in town serving my favorite kind of food. It’s these little pieces of information that let residents turn a town into a community. And those are all real information needs that would have made my life and the lives of neighbors a whole lot easier. But New Jersey is a state full of go-getters. Hundreds of citizens have risen up to form community groups on Facebook, launch local news websites, and spend their free time in town council meetings taking notes to deliver to their friends and families. Journalists have teamed up with tech innovators and academics to launch experiments that have proven their worth by delivering news and information that puts real economic and social power in the hands of our state’s citizens. Now we ask Governor Phil Murphy to prove his commitment to “a stronger and fairer New Jersey” by spreading this innovation to every corner of the state so that every citizen can be that much closer to reaching their potential. Governor Murphy can do this by including the Civic Information Consortium, a fund to support local news and information projects, in his inaugural budget. The Civic Information Consortium would fund the advancement of new and existing local news and information projects driven by the needs of the citizens of New Jersey – not editors in distant newsrooms or the Philadelphia or New York media markets. With Governor Murphy’s support, we can renew civic participation, combat political corruption, and bring vital resources to low-income communities. In New Jersey, we know what we need. The Civic Information Consortium will give us a megaphone with which to amplify our voice.

Simon Galperin with Free Press Action Fund
146 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Lydia Polgreen

Tell the HuffPost to Restore My Censored Article

As a longtime contributor to the Huffington Post I posted an article about Russia-gate to the site on November 4. Within 24 hours it was retracted. I have never heard from Huffington Post editors about this decision. As a reporter for mainstream media for more than two decades, including almost seven years at the Wall Street Journal, six years at the Boston Globe and ten years for the Sunday Times of London, I know that a newsroom rule is that before an article is retracted the writer is contacted to be allowed to defend her or his work. This never happened. There was no due process. An email I wrote to a HuffPost editor asking why it was retracted was ignored.  I can now only conclude that the decision was not for editorial, but for political reasons.  Like the word fascism, censorship is over-used and mis-used, and I avoid using it. But I can come to no other conclusion than that this is an act of political censorship. I am non-partisan as I oppose both major parties. I am a reporter who follows the facts where they lead. And they lead to an understanding that the Jan. 6 intelligence “assessment” on alleged Russian interference in the election was based on opposition research, not serious intelligence work. I captured a pdf of the censored article here: I've received a lot of support since the censorship became known. Ron Paul interviewed me about it on his TV show, The Liberty Report.  Journalists Tariq Ali, Max Blumenthal, Margaret Kimberley, Sam Husseini and Pepe Escobar have shared it on social media. Pepe said I "killed" the story. Peter Lavelle, host of CrossTalk, asked me about it on the show. ZeroHedge wrote a widely-read piece about it, Mike Whitney referenced it on CounterPunch, and former CIA-analyst Ray McGovern kicked it all off by first exposing the censorship on his blog. Someone actually took the time, 27 minutes and 13 seconds to be exact, to read the entire article on YouTube. Here is my interview with Ron Paul And with Peter Lavelle (other guests are Tim Black and Steve Malzberg) Anyone of course is free to disagree with my interpretation and analysis of the facts, but not with the facts themselves. Disagreement with a point of view is not grounds for retraction. It is the very essence of censorship. Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of the HuffPost, can be reached at Ask her to either explain why the article was retracted or to restore it to the HuffPost.  My email address is

Joe Lauria
3,496 supporters