Welcome to the Hudson’s Blog
We are Barbara and Fenton, longtime residents and activists of the Wayside section of Ocean Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Since 2005 we have been on the scene of our community attending important township meetings and working with other residents on township problems. During this time, when major newspaper reporters disappeared from the scene, we decided to pick up the slack, sending out reports about four of our most important monthly township meetings: council, school board, sewer authority and planning board. Later we added periodic email summaries and then articles of local, regional, state, national, and international news derived from internet newspapers and alternative websites for citizens to acquire information beyond that available and what seemed rampant propaganda from most of our mainstream news outlets. Our email list of over 300 reaches many more as residents receiving the reports send them on to others.
This period of activism is actually our second as a previous and first began in the early 70’s ending in 1980. Then, concentrated on environmental interests in our rapidly developing community, we worked with other local activists to help assure residential and commercial development proceeded as sanely as possible. During that period Fenton was township manager for nearly four years, preparing us well for our future endeavor, as did Barbara’s experience who had worked with other activists at the statehouse in Trenton where she found her lifelong interest to understand related local, state and national issues. During those 70’s citizen activism like ours had been growing and effective in communities around the nation and its statehouses. What seemed to bring its growth to a standstill, and now makes it at least for us just a brief and shining moment, was the national election of 1980 reaching in contrast another climax that was the power of money, media and celebrity to win office. Discouraged, we retired from activism while realizing dire national and local issues, not to be addressed, were destined to get worse to erupt in the future. Barbara had recorded such thoughts and her experiences in a book that we published and distributed ourselves, an experience convincing us more that such action of citizens although having the upmost need was in general demeaned and overshadowed by the intense spotlight focused on the powerful few. Democracy that such efforts represented was being obliterated in our nation of growing empirical ambitions. Enormous accumulated power was and would continue to be concentrated in our government and its financial supporters. In 2005 our second phase of activism began after reading our local mayor was indicted for bribery, the first of many similar indictments made by our ambitious and soon to be governor, Chris Christie, who was then U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. The time had come to return. This blog represents the latest phase of our current activism.
The blog began in September of 2013 with the posting of our review of the Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick book, The Untold History of the Unites States. This reading made us more clearly aware of our empire and its militarism to come to write a review of it to attach to one of our newsletters and then post it to our new blog. Also, with the book inspiring us to think more about the fate of our nation, we composed a long essay that, although a personal interpretation, is filled with much documented information. Following, postings came to include important “alternative news articles” for readers to expand their knowledge of what is happening in our country–information that mainstream corporate media usually and simply ignore. In addition we began postings articles in our archival section from our relevant research concluded in 2008 covering major events mainly from the Clinton and Bush Jr. administrations. That section also includes a history or our Ocean Township’s scandals that became known to the public around 2005.
As we continue on, we will begin our blog with new postings on top to be followed, if not on top, by “Finding your way through out blog“ and Index that outlines all of the blog’s contents.