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About LJG

Lance was raised in Arkansas and cut his teeth on activism while working closely with the Young Democratic Socialist of American and various progressive organization while in college at the University of Central Arkansas.

 While in college Lance participated in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" protest in 2006 that awarded him six hours in county jail and the chance to declare that yes he has been to jail for justice.
Soulforce Right2Serve - Don't Ask; Don't Tell Protest
2007, Jena 6 March
Then a year later on September 20, 2007, he marched in Jena, Louisiana for the Jena 6.
After a year of working and living at California's Yosemite National Park, Lance found himself moving to Madison, Wisconsin where he found himself embraced by a core group of concerned citizens which would go on to form the Autonomous Solidarity Organization during the "Budget Repair Bill Protests" which he calls the Cheddar Revolution.
Lance J. Gosnell & Matthew Schauenburg
of Hungry Guy in Madison protesting in the Wi State Capitol.

Yet, all this from a divorced family where his father, James L. Gosnell, is a retired postal worker and his mother, Linda Stacks, a retired customer service manger.

Parents & LJG

writing, film making, politics, activism
Favorite Movies
Pump up the Volume, Reds, Dunwich Horror, In the Mouth of Madness, Hollywoodland, Worlds Greatest Dad, The Late Shift, Milk, The Devil's Rejects
Favorite Music
The Monkeys, Leonard Cohen, Meatloaf, Pearl Jam, Jennifer Knapp, Godsmack, Tom Petty, Oingo Boingo, Marilyn Manson, Garth Brooks
Favorite Books
People's History of the United States, Searching for God Knows What, Sleeping with the Devil, Metamorphosis

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