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 filtering service. I selectively limit my search for stories to trusted, authoritative, leftwing, online news publishers. Every day I do an initial scan of over 100 articles from about 75 different sources, selecting 25 to 50 stories that make the first cut. From these, I will choose one, maybe two, 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; a short original introduction; my own selection of a featured image; a carefully edited, abridged or reorganized version of the author’s original content; for longer articles, added sub-headings and font highlighting to facilitate browsing; embedded videos if available; added links to related external sources; and added images. 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. Sometimes I will add SEE ALSO references to related articles. 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 citizen activists.

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 sharing stories with others who are similarly 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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