Find a Union Writer – Maura Stephens

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Maura Stephens is an independent journalist, creative writer (fiction and nonfiction), playwright, theatre artist, YA novelist, and editor expert in various styles. She has written on a wide variety of subjects over many years, most recently concentrating on intersectional issues around environment, climate change, media reform, democracy building, human rights, international cooperation, education, the arts, labor, and activism. Currently writing two of her own nonfiction books, she has recently edited several science and nature books and is interested in doing more such work. Fluent in English, she is conversant in Spanish and has rusty French.
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Work Sample 1 Description
The Challenges of Social Change Organizing in Rural Areas (academic book chapter).
Rural inhabitants, human and nonhuman, are among those most affected by corporate criminality. Rural areas are particularly affected by chemical contamination, fossil fuel exploitation, the absence of coverage of relevant local issues by the media, marginalization by governments, and the loss of cherished places and ways of life. Conditions make it especially difficult to fight back, with growing poverty, dwindling and aging populations, lack of transit, unreliable, spotty telecommunications, and other obstacles. Stephens illustrates why ramped-up activism is essential to protect the rights of rural residents, the natural environment, and the farmlands that feed the majority of the U.S. population.
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For the Children, the Bunnies, the Redwoods, the POC, the Women (essay).
Maura Stephens makes an uncharacteristic argument in advance of the U.S. 2020 presidential election.
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Bioplastics or "Biodegradable Plastics": Solutions? (journalistic article; cowritten)
A number of new materials have been introduced in response to public push-back against plastics. Called bioplastics, they are being marketed as eco-friendly and “the next step in plastic.” But are they?