Fund the Expedition of Rediscovery

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Glynn R Wilson  MOBILE, AL
Hi. My name is Glynn Wilson. I'm an independent investigative journalist with many years of experience writing for traditional newspapers, magazines and the web. But I'm no longer part of the mainstream media. I am now the editor and publisher of the New American Journal at NewAmericanJournal.Net where we practice real, independent watchdog journalism and tell it like it is without the influence of huge corporate sponsors or big city bosses. I have a long history of success in making a difference in covering these kinds of stories. In fact, I have a memoir just out this year that documents many winning cases where democracy worked because of the press playing its watchdog role in society and communities.

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My good friend Walter Simon is an artist and videographer with a similar progressive world view who shares my enthusiasm for working to tell the American people about an important story they are not hearing about in the traditional press or on television news.

That is, the story of a plan to not only commercialize America's great national parks with Budweiser advertising and such. There is a plan afoot to eliminate the National Park Service, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, and sell off the national parks to the highest bidder. A bill has already been introduced in Congress to do just that, and the outcome of that debate may be impacted by the  results of the presidential election on November 8, 2016.

You may have heard pieces of this story out there in social medialand, but not like this. I spent nearly 3 months last summer in Shenandoah National Park as a volunteer. What I learned behind the scenes about the private concessionaire Delaware North — a company with a long history of ties to mafia gambling operations already sucking the profits out of the national parks — should make you mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore.

Thanks for all the support we've recieved so far. It helped us get to Standing Rock,  Yellowstone and the
Grand Canyon before it was too late to finish our investigation of what's going on in the parks. We are still working on  a major series of stories with photos, videos, paintings and illustrations to alert the American people about what's really going on, like the writers, photographers and artists did in the early days to turn public opinion in favor of setting aside the parks -- and kicking the private privateers out. This full story is not being covered by the corporate media or any blogger anywhere.

We working on a documentary of this important adventure, which kicked off in Fairhope, Alabama, with a fund raising launch party and open mic jam at the Windmill Market restaurant Wednesday, Sept. 21. We shot footage along the way through Arkansas and Missouri and followed the Missouri River through Iowa and South Dakota all the way to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux are engaged in a historic protest of an oil pipeline. See our story on that experience here. We will have way more to say about this as the protests continue. We may even go back to Cannon Ball if we can raise enough cash. 

Standing Rock Sioux Prepare for More Protests to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline

Since we do not take corporate advertising money to produce fake news, we need your help to fund this trip, and time is of the essence. Winter is here and the presidential election proved disastrous. There was already snow in Yellowstone National Park when we arrived, as you can see from the photos on this story: Experiencing Wild Yellowstone Would Make the World a Better Place.

We geared up and left Mobile on Friday, September 23 and returned to Mobile on  October 18, documenting the trip timeline here: Expedition of Rediscovery Western Journey Timeline.

We only asked for $3,000 to pay the expenses of doing this journey out west to cover the gas, camp site fees, food, etc. Our travels have already taken us  along the Lewis and Clark Expedition trail all the way to Cannonball, North Dakota, where we camped out with the Red Warriors of  the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

From there we headed west to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where we conducted video interviews with park rangers and visitors in the investigation of Delaware North and the other private contracter Xantara there. Stories and videos are already in progress, but we still need your help.

From there we headed south through Utah on the way to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where Delaware North also controls all the receipts of all park hotels, lodges, restaurants, cabins, retail shops, grocery stores, gas stations, in-park bus tours, rafting centers, stables, bicycle stands, auto repair garages, dog kennels, golf courses, etc. Since Delaware North is a company privately held by one family, it's under no obligation to publicly disclose its earnings and is in no way accountable to voters or taxpayers for its operations and dealings.

This is a travesty that should be reversed, considering the long history of fighting private profiteers even documented in Ken Burns series on “America’s Best Idea.” He covered the history, but not the current dilemma. We can still save this best idea for future generations, but not if the American people do not know the facts because they are not being told the whole story by the media or even on Facebook. Even the so-called conservation groups advocating for the parks are not talking about this. We are uniquely qualified to tell this story, but the only way it is going to be told is with your help.

Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, this story is more important than ever.

Donald Trump Stuns American Establishment, Defeats Hillary Clinton for President

The historic pipeline protest in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, also deserves continuing coverage. As we reported Nov. 15, the protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline won another construction delay  when the Obama administration announced it would delay an easement for the pipeline to traverse the Missouri River until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a further environmental review with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Standing Rock Sioux Pipeline Protest Wins Another Construction Delay

As we reported from the camp:

From a Lakota Perspective, the Holocaust Against Native Americans Must End


We fully and thankfully appreciate any help you can give us in this quest. But it is not really for us. Do this for your country and your kids and grandkids. If there are going to be open wild places in the United States of the future, it is going to take all of us working together to preserve it. We are just trying to do our part, with your help.





Watch this video to find out more.

Read more about the ongoing stories with the national park service here



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Update 16
Posted by Glynn Wilson
2 months ago
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HOORAY! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this fund raising campaign! We hit and surpassed the $3,000 goal overnight, probably because people now see the reality of what the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress are doing to attack science and the environment and open more public land to oil and gas drilling, even fracking.

GoFundMe sent us a notice saying we could increase the amount of our goal, but we are not planning to do that at this time. We accomplished what we set out to do: Raise the money to pay back our expenses for the trip out west to investigate the commercialization and privatization of America's national parks, going through Cannon Ball, North Dakota along the way to cover the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux.

We would love to raise enough money to produce a full documentary on this, but there are more stories to cover and fund for now. The threat to the national parks is clearly not over, and we will continue to follow and cover that story. If you want to contribute more to this campaign to help us fund continued coverage of that story, that would be great. But we are not going to keep bugging people with promotions for that campaign.

We are planning to start another GoFundMe project soon, however, so stay tuned for details. If you have any specific story ideas you would like to see us fund and cover, we are open to ideas and suggestions. We have some ideas of our own too and will be making an announcement soon.

So stay tuned to the NewAmericanJournal.Net and thanks again for your generous donations. Keep sharing the links, folks. It really does help. We really do appreciate it very much.

As we said in the beginning, this has never really been about us or an attempt to profit from the news. It really is based on a genuine concern for the future of American democracy and the global environment -- and our belief that a well funded free press is critical in that struggle. So keep up the fight, and we'll see you on down the MoJo road somewhere, somehow -- with a little hep from our friends.
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Update 15
Posted by Glynn Wilson
2 months ago
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As we predicted and warned, Donald Trump won the election and Republicans retained a majority in both houses of Congress. Now that they have taken power, the commercial development and privatization of public land, especially the national parks in the west, is moving ahead fast and furious in an unprecedented government shock and awe campaign.

In the latest move by the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress to weaken federal regulations and conduct a war on science and the environment, Congressman Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would pave the way for more oil and gas drilling and fracking in America’s national parks — with virtually no federal oversight.

We've got the story here:

House Republicans Move to Open America’s National Parks to More Oil and Gas Drilling http://www.newamericanjournal.net/2017/02/house-republicans-move-to-open-americas-national-parks-to-more-oil-and-gas-drilling/

That's the bad news. The good news is we raised $500 more today in our $3,000 fund raising campaign to pay the expenses of traveling out west in the fall to gather information, photos and video footage all the way to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

We only need $75 more to make our goal and move on to the next phase of funding the alternative, independent watchdog web press in the tumultuous days ahead in this state and country.

There is no doubt now that the press in America is under assault by the Trump administration, and real news from real journalists may be more critical than ever before since the founding of the United States of America beginning with the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the First Amendment to the Constitution in 1789.

Do you have $25 to contribute today? Three people could take us over the top and we could stop bugging you with fund raising messages on this.
We need the watchdog press now!
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Update 14
Posted by Glynn Wilson
3 months ago
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"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
- Thomas Paine

Restless and anticipating trouble … wanting to see more of the country before the election … journalist Glynn Wilson and artist Walter Simon set out from Alabama on a Journey West in the fall of 2016. Donald Trump was about to be elected president of the United States, and there was unrest in Cannonball, North Dakota.

Following the Lewis and Clark Trail up the Missouri River from St. Louis, the modern day explorers camped at Standing Rock with the Lakota Sioux Red Warriors, getting in tune with the Native American vision by seeing it up close on the ground.

Then after visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, they made their way to Yellowstone to confront the corporate forces of commercialization and privatization in the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.

Interviewing rangers, volunteers and authors, they investigate relationships between the Park Service and private concessionaires, and environmental impacts of visitors on the landscape.

The 5,000 mile round trip took them through Utah to the Grand Canyon, and then back through the Navajo reservation to Las Vegas, New Mexico, home of the Longmire show on Netflix - then to Chaco Canyon and other historic sites, homes to long disappeared ancient civilizations.

This is a first rough draft trailer showing some of what happened on that trip. This new Corps of Rediscovery is raising money to tell this story in more depth in a three hour documentary. If you like what you see and want to help see this project come to full fruition, check out this GoFundMe campaign and make your contribution today,
A Journey West Trailer
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Update 13
Posted by Glynn Wilson
4 months ago
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Happy Holidays from the New American Journal.

We just added a Google map of the trip with photos embedded in the Google map. Check it out.



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We only need $575 to meet our goal of $3,000. Please make your contribution today. Thanks!
Happy Holiday from New American Journal
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$3,070 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 7 months
Created September 17, 2016
$75
Anonymous
2 months ago
$25
Pamela Black
2 months ago
BM
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Bethany Metzger
2 months ago
$500
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2 months ago
PB
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Pamela Black
4 months ago
TC
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Tom Frank Campbell
4 months ago
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DG
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Debra Gordon-Hellman
5 months ago

Thank you both!

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WH
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Wilbur Haines
5 months ago

keep it up, Glynn. Great stuff on Standing Rock.

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