Citizen Action Monitor


Frank White, Editor

Frank White, Editor


Citizen Action Monitor will be of primary interest to people who want to remain actively and responsibly informed about major contemporary global and Canadian-specific issues, including, for example: climate change; threats to democracy; human rights & social justice; corporate power; economic inequality; alternatives to capitalism; popular resistance; social movements; U.S. politics; government surveillance; global conflict; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and mainstream media bias.

Given that we are inundated daily by news and information from large corporate owned sources, as editor of Citizen Action Monitor, I offer a news and information filtering blog — I selectively limit my search for stories to trusted, authoritative, primarily leftist, online news publishers. Every day I do an initial scan of dozens of articles from about 50 newsletter subscriptions, selecting 20 or so articles that make the first cut. From these, I will choose one, maybe two articles, for reposting on my blog.

For the selected one or two stories, I usually add intellectual value in the form of: an original title and subtitle; an opening excerpt from the story that captures the author’s theme or thesis; my own short original introduction; my own selection of a featured image; and sometimes a link to a related story. In the body of the repost, I will either repost the original piece as is OR sometimes present a carefully edited, abridged or reorganized version of the author’s original content. For longer articles, I add sub-headings and text highlighting to facilitate browsing. If the story includes a video or audio, I will embed it. I am always careful to preserve the creative genius and integrity of the original work. Occasionally, I add a personal opinion about the story. And I always provide a full citation and link to the original article. Once in awhile I write an original post.

Librarians are service-oriented people. When I retired as director of a college library in Michigan, I looked for ways to continue to be of service to a community — in my case, a community of citizens actively engaged in current events.

Having been a member of a few citizen action groups, I’m well aware of the challenges activists face in planning and delivering effective one-off actions or more ambitious ongoing campaigns. It is seldom easy to find advice of the “how-we-done-it-good” kind, or to discover a one-stop resource for stories by and about others who are actively engaged. I hope that this blog will serve this information resource niche.

Not that it matters much, but I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and information sciences from Carleton University, the University of Toronto,  and the University of Western Ontario. I also have an online teaching and learning certificate from the University of British Columbia.


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