General Alison Hartson (Director of TYT Army)
Alison was a public high school teacher for 10 years in the working-class community of Garden Grove, CA. She taught English and designed and taught a successful intervention program for students who were at risk of not graduating high school.
Seeing up close how political corruption makes two systems in this country–one for the rich, and one for everyone else–she was inspired to begin volunteering for Wolf-PAC, an organization dedicated to removing the corrupting influence of money in our political system. As a volunteer and full-time teacher, Alison organized thousands of people in California to pass a measure through the state legislature that will begin the process of getting big money out of politics.
Alison went on to repeat this success in other states and soon stepped down from teaching in order to become the National Director of Wolf-PAC where she designed the infrastructure necessary to train and support volunteers throughout the country.
In 2018, Alison stepped down from Wolf-PAC in order to run for U.S. Senate in California as a Justice Democrat and has continued to spend her time helping other candidates and organizations in their fight to prioritize people over profit, policy over politics.
Alison now works full time with TYT, applying her experience of organizing and legislative strategy, teaching and training, as well as dealing with media bias and propaganda to build the TYT Army into a force to be reckoned with so that our communities are prioritized over the interest of profit-seeking corporations and power-hungry individuals.
TASK FORCE 1: LOOKOUTS
Task Force 1 vets stories that have been submitted to us for bias, misinformation, and/or propaganda to determine if they qualify for Task Force 2.
Colonel Carlos Ramirez III (TF1 Director)
Carlos is a millennial who graduated college at the start of the Great Recession in 2008. Having received a BA in Computer Science, he was lucky to work in the tech industry which was unaffected by the economic downturn.
Like many, he felt politically apathetic until discovering the progressive movement. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign inspired him and he became a fan of progressive media, including TYT.
When the TYT Army was announced, Carlos was one of the very first volunteers. He uses his experience as a software developer to combat media bias & propaganda. The TYT Army is Carlos’s first experience with political activism. He hopes to show that you don’t need any experience in politics to start volunteering and help make an impact.
Major Brianna Camillucci (TF1 Deputy Director)
Bri is a millennial who hates labels and irony. She is originally from Montana and went to school at the University of Idaho studying Sociology with a Criminology emphasis. She spent the last few years as a youth counselor at a residential treatment center for teenage girls in Utah. Her husband earned his MFA this past spring, after which they moved to northeastern Pennsylvania and adopted a dog. She currently works with underprivileged elementary school children. She is passionate about the TYT Army and creating lasting change.
Bri is also a 2-Star Captain (Organizer) in Task Force 4: Handlers, and a Sergeant (Member) of Task Force 5: Infantry.
Major Gumshoe (TF1 Deputy Director)
Gumshoe is an unschooled zillennial. As a child, he attended a protest of the war in Iraq, which sparked his interest in politics. He started watching TYT sporadically around 2012, but really got into it during the 2016 election. A Green Party member at heart, Gumshoe reluctantly joined the Democratic party this year in order to vote for Bernie Sanders in New York’s closed primary.
He has a passion for murder mystery puzzle games like Ace Attorney, which is why he uses the detective character “Dick Gumshoe” as his Slack handle.
He primarily works as an indie game developer, background actor, and music composer, and dedicates his remaining time to the TYT Army and other political activism.
Major Michael Berlind (TF1 Deputy Director)
Michael is somewhat of a third culture kid, an American born in Cyprus, and raised in France through his high-school years. He grew politically aware during the Bush era and the dawn of the Iraq war, which his parents – a former diplomat and a journalist – were fervently opposed to.
While he cast his first vote in 2012 as a college student, it wasn’t until the 2016 election cycle that he became more educated and critically-minded about the systemic political issues we face. He was particularly inspired by Bernie Sanders’ people-powered campaign and willingness to fight for real change. Now firmly progressive and engaged – and an avid viewer of The Young Turks – Michael has been vocal in supporting progressive policies, media, and candidates. He phone-banked and canvassed for local school board and city council races the following year, and was an early supporter of Justice Democrats like AOC.
In addition to volunteering for Bernie 2020, he is very proud to be working with the TYT Army in their fight against bias and propaganda in our media, which he sees as crucial to changing the political narrative of our lives. Michael has a day-job as a customer service representative, and is also working towards a career in screenwriting.
Major Susanne Talley (TF1 Deputy Director)
Susanne comes from a family that loves politics. No one ever ran for political office but they kept track of what was happening and had lively conversations around the dinner table. When she was in high school she learned that she was a direct descendant of John Hanson of Maryland, the first President of the Constitutional Convention. Is that why she has such interest in our government?
Retired since 2011, she became a fan of TYT in 2016 and joined the TYT Army in November of 2018. At last she can contribute to the betterment of all of us!
She earned an AA degree in 1980 and a BS in Computer Science in 2001. She worked for Department of Defense contractors and mostly for federal civil service for 35 years in the Information Technology field. She married at 19 in 1964 and has three GEN X children. She is still married to the same wonderful man. For years she attended college at night, worked full time, and raised children with her husband. Armed with all this experience she is ready to make a difference.
TASK FORCE 2: ANALYSIS
Task Force 2 is our team of researchers who verify and analyze facts concerning submissions from Task Force 1 or topics that have been determined to consist of bias, misinformation, and/or propaganda.
Major Dana Manning (TF2 Deputy Director)
Dana runs her own business as a litigation specialist with a primary focus on plaintiff’s medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. She is also on the board of a recently founded nonprofit legal service organization in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where she lives with her husband.
She was a co-founder of the Colorado Political Revolution (created in 2015), an elected delegate for Bernie Sanders to the Colorado State Convention in 2016, and a member of the organizing committee for the Colorado Working Families Party in 2017. Currently, she is an elected Grassroots Member of the Colorado Working Families Party State Committee (representing CD1), an active member of DSA and Our Revolution, and a Deputy Director for the TYT Army research department.
Major Daniel Haverty (TF2 Deputy Director)
Daniel is an expat living in New Zealand, but originally from Northern California. However, as he writes this bio, he is transitioning from his life living on the West Coast of NZ with his Kiwi wife to embark on an overseas adventure with Canada in his sights. He has just finished three and a half years of public service in land management, specifically regulating mining on the conservation estate.
Prior to becoming a lawyer and moving to New Zealand, Daniel was in law school where he participated in a program on counter-terrorism and national security law. This program allowed him to pursue study in refugee/asylum law and international criminal law, enabling him to work on projects and volunteering in these areas. He hopes to begin a career that involves helping those escaping international conflict.
Volunteering for the TYT Army has been an important way for Daniel to be able to participate and engage in the American political process, despite living overseas.
He loves good food, soccer and reading adventure novels.
Major Jessica Cressveur (TF2 Deputy Director)
Jessica Cresseveur has been teaching art history and interdisciplinary humanities to college and university students since 2004. In 2016, she became the first in her family to earn a Ph.D.
A lifelong political junkie and lover of the natural world, Jessica became an environmental activist at the age of 13 after learning about what was then called the greenhouse effect. Since then, she has marched and petitioned for action on climate, made changes to her lifestyle to reduce her carbon footprint, and continues to vote and volunteer only for candidates who refuse fossil fuel money and pledge to take aggressive measures to prevent catastrophe. Frustrated with the lack of coverage about the climate emergency in the establishment media after decades of crystal clear science, Jessica jumped at the chance to join Task Force 2, where she now puts her research skills to work for the greater good.
In Task Force 2, Jessica heads up the Environment and Follow the Money and Background issue teams but also helps with projects in other teams. So far, she has contributed to research into the Green New Deal, the Off Fossil Fuels (OFF) Act, attacks on Medicare for All, a misleading article about the 2020 Democratic primary race (which earned a shout-out from Cenk), and the crisis in Venezuela, to name a few. Always a lover of research and a vocal proponent of an educated populace, she finds her work with the TYT Army among the most fulfilling endeavors of her life and looks forward to being part of this amazing community for years to come.
TASK FORCE 3: REPORTERS
Major Elizabeth Griffith (TF3 Deputy Director)
Bio on its way!
TASK FORCE 4: HANDLERS
Task Force 4 is the front lines of the TYT Army. They are among the first to ensure that the products from Task Force 3 reach as wide of an audience as possible, while utilizing research about how to engage in effective online discourse.
Colonel Kim Meckley (TF4 Director)
Kim is part of the average working class. Banking and insurance companies gave her inside knowledge of how both have been taking advantage of Americans to their own enrichment.
While working, she started a family, giving birth to her daughter in ’88 and son in ’00. Her son was diagnosed with Autism in 2002.
In 2006, she ran across an angry Cenk on TYT who consistently talked about how we are being mistreated and that we deserve better. He impressed upon her that we have to make that change; we have to take action. This inspired her to leave her abusive husband and get a divorce. While driving home from working for yet another corporation (AT&T), she was hit by a drunk driver in 2013. This was life-changing and caused her to have to permanently stop working. Being a devoted TYT viewer, it was only natural that she join the TYT Army when it was created.
Kim is also a 1-Star Captain (Organizer) with Task Force 3: Reporters.
Major Joshua Filmer (TF4 Deputy Director)
Joshua is a working class millennial who was politically apathetic until the 2012 election. He was raised with the promise of a fair and prosperous America, a vision not realized in light of the financial collapse of ‘08 and 40 years of a corrupt political system. Angry and without hope he found progressive media, including TYT, and was revitalized with Sanders’ ‘16 run.
After supporting the Justice Democrats in ‘18, Joshua stepped into the world of activism with Wolf-PAC and the TYTArmy. His anger at the political system fuels his fight to change it in order to build a better America for future generations.