Craig Brown created NewsCenter
in May of 1997 and has served as Editor since then. He is the Executive Director
of Common Dreams - a non-profit founded in 1996 to develop use of the internet as a progressive political organizing tool.
carpenter- turned social worker - turned political consultant, Brown is a native
of Massachusetts. Brown began his career in progressive politics when he served
as Chair and then Executive Director of the Maine Public
Interest Research Group from 1973-1977. In 1976, Brown was a co-organizer
of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance - and spent time in New Hampshire jails
for sitting in front of bulldozers at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant construction
Brown has managed dozens
of state, local, Congressional and US Senate campaigns over the past 25 years.
He has managed and worked for many environmental, anti-nuclear and human rights
referendum campaigns. He has worked on campaigns for Common
Cause, Maine Audubon Society, Freeze Voter '84,
the High-Level Nuclear Waste Project and Americans for Medical Rights. Brown worked for the Citizen's Party on ecologist Barry Commoner's 1980 presidential campaign. He later
served on the presidential campaign staffs of former US Senator Alan Cranston
(D-CA) and former US
Senator Paul Simon (D-IL).
In 1990, Brown managed the
successful upset primary and general Congressional campaigns of then-Democratic
Maine State Senator Tom Andrews. Brown went on to serve as Chief-of-Staff
Tom Andrews in Washington for Andrews' two-terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1994, Congressional Quarterly rated Andrews as the most progressive member
of Congress - a designation Andrews was proud of. Columnist Jack Anderson called Andrews 'the most courageous member of Congress'. Ralph Nader called him 'the most principled politician I have ever met'. Tom Andrews is currently the National Director of the Win Without War coalition.
In the 1994 Newt Gingrich-led rightwing sweep, Andrews lost to Maine's
other House member, Republican Olympia Snowe, in his bid to succeed
Senator George Mitchell in the U.S. Senate.
In 1995 and 1996, as Political
Advisor to the President of People
for the American Way, Brown created and led PFAW's national Expose
the Right! campaign which successfully exposed the powerful influence right-wing
forces played in the 1996 Republican presidential nomination process.
In 1999, Brown managed the
successful Maine citizens initiative which legalized the medical use of marijuana
in Maine - winning with a 61% - 39% margin.
editor (at) commondreams.org