Notes on Contributors

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.

Bob Gerecke (BG) 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 Institute's Board.

Joe Cicero is Executive Director of Progressive Leaders for Democratic Action and former President of Americans for Democratic Action in Southern California. He works at Peace Action West (formerly SANE/Freeze). 

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.

Ivan Light is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at UCLA and is a founding member of TAIPD.  He has recently completed a novel on WWI which is being published.

Merrill Ring (MR) 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.