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David Schimke, editor in chief: 612-338-5040 ext. 325,
Rachel Smith, public relations specialist: 785-274-4441, 

Utne Reader Names Atlanta Residents “Visionaries” 
National Magazine Selects Locals Among 50 People who are Changing the World

ATLANTA (Oct. 14, 2009) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, names Lance Ledbetter, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Robert Bullard as visionaries who are making their individual marks on the world. They are among 50 people the magazine has chosen in its November-December issue, on newsstands Oct. 20. 

Ledbetter founded Dust-to-Digital after he spent years picking through the record shelves of eccentric collectors all over the country, rescuing what he calls “cultural artifacts” from obscurity. Dust-to-Digital’s mission is “to produce high-quality, cultural artifacts, which combine rare, essential recordings with historic images and detailed texts describing the artists and their works.” 

Garland-Thompson, a social critic and professor of women’s studies at Emory University, works to turn a would-be stigma of staring at disabled people into empowerment. She wrote “Staring” to explore staring, what motivates it and how it affects people.  

Bullard was one of the first activists to insert race and class into the environmental debate, writing and editing 15 essential books, including “Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina.”  

“Each of the inventors, environmentalists, media activists and community organizers we chose to celebrate this year are fueled by an inexhaustible desire to serve the greater good. Labors of peace, love and justice are rarely celebrated these days, and given the many challenges facing our world, it was exciting to give readers 50 reasons to believe in a brighter future,” says David Schimke, Utne Reader’s editor in chief. 

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