On March 15, 2004 I emailed my premier issue of CPR4Democracy – a daily summary of news items I’d found online, along with my own daily commentary. The concept of the “blog” was in its infancy, but I had something different in mind. My goal was to provide my subscribers with the news that they were not getting on their TV or the front page of their favorite newspaper. To do that, I would travel myself to the places in America where things were happening, to report first-hand and combine my daily report with news summaries available on the Internet. The format was short and simple so that my readers would only have to invest a few minutes every day to find out what was happening in the world. There were similar online journalism ventures emerging when I started CPR4Democracy, such as Truthout and BuzzFlash. But CPR4Democracy was different because of the personal commentary that I wrote for each edition. Unlike traditional editorials, I mixed my perspective on current issues and events with my personal story – past and present experiences – that lent a colorful touch that ordinary folks could relate to.
This e-book is a collection of essays and blogs by Jeeni Criscenzo written between January 2004 and April 2007. These blogs were originally part of the CPR for Democracy Online Newsletter that Jeeni Criscenzo sent out to an email list of about 5,000 subscribers and posted on the CPR4Democracy.org website. 358 pages. Please respect copyrights and do not distribute this e-book without permission.
Part I – THE VIEW FROM FLORIDA
Part II – ON THE ROAD
Part III – CALIFORNIA HERE I COME
Part IV – THE CAMPAIGN
Part V – WHAT’S NEXT?