NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

Gar Byrum, a TAIPD board member and a would be novelist, is a lawyer who has long been active in politics and is a student of American political history.

Ivan Light, a member of TAIPD Board of Directors, is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at UCLA.

Charles Bayer has been a pastor and theological professor in the United States and Australia. He and Wendy live at Pilgrim Place Claremont, CA.

He currently serves on two not-for-profit boards, writes a weekly widely circulated political column, and is a watercolor artist. He is also a former member of a Claremont City committee dealing with hate crimes and hate incidents.

Merrill Ring has retired as a Professor of Philosophy from California State University, Fullerton – he is a member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy board and the editor of Progressive Democracy.

Barbara C. Aswad received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and began teaching at Wayne State University in 1968. She has been involved in issues involving the Arab-American population of southeastern Michigan and has contributed greatly to the development of community-based organizations, particularly in the city of Dearborn, Michigan. She is also a well-known scholar of Middle Eastern cultural anthropology and urban anthropology of the Detroit area's Arab community.

Dr. Aswad's devotion to the Arab community is shown through her activities in a number of organizations. She served on the executive board of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), an organization located in Dearborn since its founding 1971. During the "Southend Struggle," an organized attempt by the City of Dearborn to displace Arab-American residents, she was highly involved with the Southeast Dearborn Community Council. She has also been president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, a national organization that focuses on scholarship of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world. She has also been on the Executive Committee of the Middle East Studies Association of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Aswad retired from teaching at Wayne State University in 2001.  She is a member of the board of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy.

Bob Gerecke retired from Los Angeles County service as Principal Welfare Fiscal Analyst. His last assignment had been as staff for 5 years to the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission. Having been an active investor since the 1960's, after retirement he worked for 6 years in the financial industry as a stockbroker with an insurance license. He continues to monitor economic and investment issues, and they are the primary focus of his writing, although he occasionally strays into other topics, especially when the issue reflects a battle between "All for one, and one for all" vs. "Every man for himself". He was a political activist in the 1960's and has resumed his activism since his second retirement, including being a founding member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy.

John Grula has a PhD in biology and has very wide interests.  For the last 15 years he has been Astronomy Librarian at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena.  He writes a regular column for the Pasadena Weekly on matters at the intersection of science and public policy. He is affiliated with the Southern California Federation of Scientists.