Grass roots movements are in the news right now with Occupy Wall Street in full swing, but they’ve been around throughout the history of our great Country (example, maybe extreme, but: the Revolutionary War).
Meet Martin Schwartz, a man who has given a voice to the people and a place to share opinions — since 2002. Martin had written for newspapers about politics for a number of years and was working in an office position in County government. He realized no one was enabling people to have their voices heard without censorship, in an independent way. The Schwartz Report was born.
The goal of the Schwartz Report is to educate voters in Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island and enable them to speak their minds — even in the face of obstacles or opposition. Additionally, Martin hopes the Schwartz Report has enhanced the quality of life of people who live on Long Island, and he believes the site has enabled them to know what’s going on in Government. After all of these years, the site is still maintained untainted and with a major degree of independence.
When asked about rumors or people posting untrue statements, Martin noted that, mostly, the site reflects true comments that should be taken seriously. The site has a moderator that cleanses opinions or thoughts that may be detrimental to families or a person’s well being. He said the moderators are not concerned if comments offend a person, as the comments are a voice of the people.
How does it work? Users just go on the site, www.theschwartzreport.com, and start a new thread where people will post comments, or the user can just read what others have to say and may post comments as they feel appropriate. The site is a measuring device, of sorts, that may point out where problems are — a lot can be learned from negative comments or discussion. The Schwartz Report lets politicians know if they are acting unfavorably on behalf of their constituents, as well. Martin noted that he believes The Schwartz Report has even acted a “heads up” to some local newspapers, and has provided reporters with some story leads.
Martin hopes The Schwartz Report will continue to educate masses of people on Long Island. He is planning on starting a business site in the near future and encourages people (like me!) to work to improve the quality of life of others.
Lesson learned? Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, as that is the only way things will change
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