Interview Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Topics of conversation:
- Escalating teen pregnancies in US and causes
- High youth unemployment and permanent unemployment
- Education issues and student loan scams
- Teen homelessness on the rise and causes
- Teen sexual orientation and causes of rise in suicides
Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall is an American-born child and adolescent psychiatrist, activist and single mother, who closed her 25-year Seattle practice in 2002 and emigrated to New Zealand. She worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the New Zealand National Health Service until her retirement in June 2010. Since then she has become a full time activist and Internet journalist/author. She writes a left-green-feminist political commentary blog called “The Most Revolutionary Act” at www.stuartbramhall.com and recently served on the National Executive of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Her first book, a memoir entitled The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee won a 2011 Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award. It describes the government harassment, related to her activism, that led Dr Bramhall to leave the US.
The Battle for Tomorrow, a young adult novel she published in April 2011, received a 2011 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, as well as a 2012 Reader Views Reviewers’ Choice Award.
In January 2012, she published a non-fiction ebook, 21st Century Revolution. A collection of essays on political change, 21st Century Revolution is available as a free download from Smashwords.
Her daughter is a PhD candidate in the Health Sciences Technology program at MIT in Boston.
Sixteen-year- old Angela Jones, the sole caregiver of her invalid mother, leaves her home in Seattle to join the antiwar movement in Washington DC. She is arrested for participating in a November 2010 blockade and occupation of the US Capitol and ends up in juvenile hall. While there, she fights for the right to live independently, in opposition to laws that require her to be released to a parent or guardian.