Solutions Institute Empowering Activism

DanJohnsonHQ_crDan Johnson, President of the Solutions Institute, entered activism at 18. Over the next two and a half years, he grew PANDA, People Against the NDAA, into the largest movement resisting a federal law at the local level in the United States. In the meantime, he wrote for The Huffington Post, Policy Mic, Occupy.com, Western Journalism, Ben Swann.com, and many others. He has spoken at nearly 75 events, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including Coast to Coast AM, Liberty Roundtable, and RT America’s Breaking the Set. He is a certified Nation builder Expert, and has extensive experience in public speaking, copy editing, organizational management, legalese (unfortunately), social media, and dealing with every level of government.

 

Website: solutions-institute.org and pandaunite.org

Brian Engelman

Event Promotion, Entertainment Consulting

11800226_435083043344341_780213510089247378_nBrian Engelman booked concerts for his high school & college rock bands, then took that experience to Bowling Green State University, as Concert Director. He spent a year fund-raising, & planning a 4,300 person, sold-out MTV Campus Invasion concert featuring Moby & Bush. He then moved to Los Angeles, worked for the world’s largest talent agency, started his own agency, & booked live music showcases at various concert clubs. He finally settled into his current sales & entertainment consulting company “Fuzz Installment Productions.” He currently hosts the “Agree To Disagree” & “The Unhappy Hour” radio shows, & has been a guest on numerous radio programs including Coast To Coast AM, The Lions Of Liberty Podcast & The Eccentric Perspective Radio show, to name a few. He also runs The New American Media, which spans topics such as civil liberties, sports, spiritual enlightenment, & entertainment.

About

Growing up in a small little town was a unique experience. Being out as a gay male was not a wise decision being amongst loggers and farmers.

Things in my personal life made it necessary for me to move to a bigger and more accepting community, Thanks in part to a very good friend and his wife, this was made possible.

The move as been very exciting; but scary and overwhelming at times. Although, my family knew I was gay the acceptance of my lifestyle felt more like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as they still made snide comments and jokes about gays in general.

Being in my new surrounding and learning to be comfortable in my own skin while being introduced to others that embrace who they are has made me feel like a kid in a candy store but also like I need to hide behind someone out of the sense of needing security.

As part of my exploration process, while using my experience as a radio announcer, my friend and I do a podcast every Thursday night addressing a variety of topics. I am the voice opposite Dru on The Druth.

Taking yet another step in discovering and accepting who I am I launched “Loki’s Closet,” a weekly radio show on the “We Resisters Radio Network” covering topics that the LGTBQ community face on a daily basis. I am always seeking topics and ask for your help in this endeavor, what topics do you think I should talk about? Is there a topic that you think should be brought more to the forefront?

I am also the moderator for “The Only Thing ‘Straight’ Here Is the Truth” a FaceBook group and also write a blog under the same title. It is my hope to educate and inspire people. I will accomplish this by sharing my personal experiences and hopefully having each of you share yours.

As with anything in life not all topics discussed will be positive, however they will make you think. You cannot have the good without also acknowledging the uncomfortable issues. One person cannot make a very impactful change by themselves, however together as a team or family people will take notice.

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