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Re-organization News Not Coming Soon, We Must Fend For Ourselves While Waiting

by Bill Eichman, Voices IT Volunteer, former President and Board Member, and long-time Voices supporter, donor, and advocate. 


Voices PeopleVoices has been undergoing a transformational death and rebirth. We have been seeking a new form, one that has evolved to suit the needs of our rapidly changing 21st century lives, and our expanded and demanding community lifestyles. And we'd love to tell you that we have it all figured out, and that we are on time and on on budget. And give you the date of our grand reopening and gala debut.

Ah, no. Nope. Nah. Sorry. No big debut, yet. We are still working on things. (Hey, if it was easy, everybody would do it.)


However we are all agreed on this; because everyone we talk to tells us this key thing over and over. This town needs an independent Free Press, and a strong and unabashedly liberal community voice.
And there are people here who love the art and craft of journalism, who believe in the Voices mission, and who see the importance and power and potential of the multi-generational community of remarkable people found here in the Nittany and Penns Valleys. Read more »

Too Many Zoos doing some Brasshouse

Pennsylvanians for Safe Access medical marijuana rally in Altoona

PENNSYLVANIANS FOR SAFE ACCESS: Medical Cannabis Support Rally

Friday October 23rd, 2015, Rally from 4-7, Press Conference 5:30
Heritage Plaza, Altoona PA

After 88 Years of cannabis prohibition, which was led by a gentleman named Harry Anslinger from Altoona, a broad spectrum of Pa. citizens are tired of not having safe access to safe natural medical cannabis. Medical cannabis legislation is further along in the legislative process than it has ever been in PA, and should pass by the end of the year or beginning of next year.

Pennsylvanians for Safe Access is coming to Altoona to have patient advocates and patients that would greatly be helped by medical cannabis tell their stories. Through stories of personal triumphs and education about what medical cannabis is, we will help break the stigma and negative associations of this plant. We encourage all to attend, those for, against, or on the fence. Over 300 people have indicated that they are planning on attending.

Pennsylvanians for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana


Photo: Harry Anslinger Source: Wikimedia Commons

Important letter from the Voices Editor-in-Chief to the Nittany and Penns Valley communities, includes her resignation.

Given the low participation and level of interest expressed by people at the Facebook discussion and in private conversations I've had over the last few weeks around town, I’m recommending to the current Voices Board of Directors - Elaine Meder-Wilgus, Art Goldschmidt and Chip Mefford - that they hire an attorney to begin the process of closing Voices of Central Pennsylvania, paying off remaining debts and disbursing remaining assets.
There are not enough community members willing and/or able to do the work required to fund and operate the newspaper in an effective way. The current model of scrambling for content, working without sufficient staff, and worrying whether money is available for publication is not sustainable.
Effective immediately, I'm resigning as editor-in-chief, and will be exploring possibilities for launching new citizen-media structures under the auspices of either New Leaf Initiative's 501(c)3 or Spring Creek Homesteading Fund's 501(c)3.
The closure of Voices is not an isolated predicament, nor is it a blameless one. There are individuals who could, but probably won’t, be held responsible. Around them stand multiple ranks of individuals who could have, but did not, step up to support the paper’s efforts with their labor as leaders, reporters, donors, distributors, photographers, or advocates.
It’s also not a victimless predicament.
People need accurate, timely, contextualized, public information about what’s going on where they live, and they need civic leaders empowered by knowledge and citizen support to successfully confront and stop power abuses. Privacy helps abusers to get away with their abuse. Exposure helps victims organize and resist.
That information and civic leadership is not being provided by the Centre Daily Times, the Daily Collegian, the Gazette,, WPSU or any of the other media in town.
As a result, the whole community suffers from collective, ongoing traumatization as power-abusers repeatedly get away with abuse. It's as bad for bystanders who witness the abuse and are helpless to stop it as it is for those who endure the abuse personally.
It's fostered a profound learned helplessness: deeply ingrained habits of denial and willful blindness that enable dysfunctional, destructive individuals and organizations to occupy crucial public spaces, at the tremendous cost of foreclosing possibilities for healthy individuals and organizations to get a foothold.
If you are are interested in exploring possibilities for developing a healthy civic culture in the Centre Region, contact me at [email protected].
It's important work, but not for the faint of heart.

The Voices September 2015 Issue - the Last Issue? Voices Re-organization Begins.


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