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.

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor Politics and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College.  He is a frequent contributor to a variety of national publications and a widely traveled speaker.   He is the author of, among other works, The 100  Greatest Americans of the 20th Century:  A Social Justice Hall of Fame.

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 Institute's Board.

John Grula has a PhD in biology and has very wide interests.   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.

Bill Meulemans, after a long tenure as Professor of Political Science at Southern Oregon University, accepted a post as Professor of Politics in Northern Ireland at The Queens University Belfast – after a decade there he returned to the US as Professor of Political Science at Portland State University.  He has specialized in studying conflicts in Israel, Northern Ireland the US. His published works include Making Political Choices: An Introduction to Politics, Belfast:  Both Sides Now!  Forthcoming this year will be Inside the Left and the Right: Why the Political Divide?   Over and above his university work, he was a staff aide in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Committee on Education and Labor, has served on many boards and commissions in the United States and Northern Ireland, been a political consultant in more than 100 political campaigns, and served as a political organizer for several federal and state funded agencies.

Merrill Ring  is Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at California State University, Fullerton – he is a member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy board and is the editor of Progressive Democracy. He has edited the volumes Pithy Progressive PolemicsPolitical Ideas and Criticism from Progressive Democracy 2011-2014 and Leftward Ho!: Political Ideas and Criticism from Progressive Democracy 2011-2014.

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist.  He is the Chair of the UCLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current President of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; and Co-President-Elect of the Progressive Jewish Alliance.   

Andy Winnick is Professor of Economics and Statistics, California State University Los Angeles and has been a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisors.    He is the President of the American Institute for Progressive Democracy.