2008 speaker bios
Kat Aaron is the Co-Director of People's Production House (PPH), a journalism and media justice organization headquartered in New York City (www.peoplesproductionhouse.org). PPH teaches organizers to make media in order to change public policy and influence public debate. Aaron has extensive experience in print and radio, and has been teaching radio classes since 2005. She began working in radio while still in her teens, and is now a producer for Wakeup Call, the morning news show on WBAI. Until 2005, she was the Communications Director at the nationally-renowned economic justice organization, the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.
Mimi Abromowitz is Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy at Hunter School of Social Work and the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her MSW and DSW degrees from Columbia University School of Social Work. Her books include Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present, the award-winning Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the U.S., and The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy. She is currently writing Gender Obligations: The History of Low-Income Womenís Activism since 1900 and is active in welfare rights and anti-racist work.
Junaid S. Ahmad, a law student at the College of William and Mary, is president of the National Muslim Law Students Association and an executive board member of the Domestic Violence Resource Project. In Pakistan, he has worked with groups such as Educate Pakistan and the Peoples Rights Movement, and he also works with Positive Muslims, a Cape Town-based organization working on issues related to Muslims, HIV/AIDS and gender justice. He is currently involved in a collaborative research project with the International Islamic University, Islamabad, on developing an annual ìState of the Muslim Worldî report.
Fahd Ahmed is a community organizer with DRUM, Desis Rising Up and Moving, a grassroots community-based social justice organization of working-class South Asian immigrants facing detention, deportation, and immigration issues in New York City, and increasingly involved in responding to the police surveillance and infiltration within the community.
Michael Albert is a leading critic on political economy, US foreign policy, and mass media. A veteran writer and activist, he currently works with Z Magazine and ZNet, both of which he co-founded. He has co-authored, with Robin Hahnel, many books on participatory economics. Realizing Hope (2006) and Remembering Tomorrow (2007), a memoir, are his latest books. He lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Cathy Albisa is the Executive Director of NESRI (National Economic and Social Rights Initiative), and a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background on the right to health. NESRI works in partnership with community organizers in the use of human rights standards to strengthen advocacy in the US on issues like the right to housing in New Orleans or New York, using a community-centered and participatory human rights approach.
David Aldridge is an award-winning journalist who currently works for the Philadelphia Inquirer and for Turner Sports (TNT). At the Inquirer, Aldridge writes a general sports column. But his primary coverage area is the NBA and NFL. At TNT, Aldridge serves as the network's "Insider," responsible for all breaking news reported on Turner's weekly NBA broadcasts.
Tariq Ali has been a leading figure of the European Left since the 1960s. Ali has written over a dozen books on history and politics, including Clash of Fundamentalisms, which has been translated into over a dozen languages, and Streetfighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties. He also writes fiction and has been a writer for stage, screen, and television. He is a longstanding editor of New Left Review and writes regularly for The Guardian and London Review of Books.
Milton Allimadi is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, an investigative reporter and publisher of NYC-based The Black Star News. Mr. Allimadi authored The Hearts of Darkness - an explosive investigative book that digs deep into the history of the negative, racist media representations of Africans and people of African descent that persist in contemporary America.
Debbie Almontaser is an educator and the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the first Arabic dual language program in NYC.
Ashanti Alston is the national co-chair of the Jericho Movement and a member of the revolutionary black nationalist Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. A former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, Ashanti was a political prisoner for fourteen years in the United States. He is known as the anarchist panther and is the author of the essay "Beyond Nationalism, But Not without It."
Kevin B. Anderson teaches in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University and is author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism (1995) and co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (2005).
Another Politics is Possible is a study group motivated by the following themes: The importance of non-hierarchical and collective leadership models; The concept of ìintersectionalityî and taking seriously the politics of race, gender and sexuality alongside class oppression; The idea that it is important to pre-figure the world we are trying to create, both in our politics as well as personal relationships; That all of the work we do on the local level in our communities is connected to a larger vision of social transformation.
Ana Maria Archila is a co-executive director of Make the Road NY, a grassroots group organizing immigrant communities in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
Ariel is helping to organize the New York City Anarchist Bookfair, and the Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory and Research and Development (BASTARD) anarchist theory conference, and taught classes in Girl Army (women's self-defense) as well as firearm practice and safety. She has been a member of Anarchist People of Color, and contemplates the possibility of anarchist economics.
Stanley Aronowitz is the co-managing editor of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he has directed the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work since 1988. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including How Class Works (Yale, 2003), Just Around the Corner: The Paradox of Jobless Recovery (Temple, 2005), and, most recently, Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (Paradigm, 2006).
Nicole Aschoff is a doctoral student in sociology at John Hopkins doing research on the restructuring of jobs within the U.S. auto industry.
Jessica Azulay is a writer and activist based in Syracuse, NY. She co-founded The NewStandard in 2003 and was a member of its collective until it shut down in 2007.
Nellie Hester Bailey is co-founder of Harlem Tenants Council (HTC), created to provide relief for the poor and to combat community deterioration as a result of the accelerated pace of gentrification in Harlem. HTC's goal is to build a broad-based bottom-up tenants' movement that can influence policies and programs that impact low-income residents and neighborhood small businesses. The group organizes educational forums, provides free legal counseling, builds ties with Harlem churches and businesses and organizes demonstrations to draw attention to the housing crisis.
Kazembe Balagun is an independent writer and theorist who is well schooled in the art of Revolutionary Afro Hermeneutics. He is a graduate of Hunter College, with a BA in Philosophy and Africana Studies, and writes frequently for The Indypendent and his blog blackmanwithalibrary.com.
Willie Baptist is co-coordinator of the educational arm of the Poor Peopleís Economic Rights Campaign, called the University of the Poor, which was launched in 1999 by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in Philadelphia. Formerly homeless, Willy Baptist came out of the Watts uprising, the black students movement, and the Panthers, and has worked as an organizer for the US Steelworkers Union and the National Union of the Homeless. He is currently Scholar-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminaryís Poverty Initiative.
Maude Barlow is the author of sixteen books including the best selling Blue Gold and most recently Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. Her dedication to global water justice has earned her many honors including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (the alternate Nobel Prize) and the Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. Barlow is National Chairperson of Canadaís largest advocacy organization, The Council of Canadians and the founder of the Blue Planet Project.
David Barsamian is the award winning founder and director of "Alternative Radio," the independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is a radio producer, journalist, author and lecturer. He has been working in radio since 1978. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. His latest books are Targeting Iran and What We Say Goes with Noam Chomsky, Speaking of Empire & Resistance with Tariq Ali, and Original Zinn with Howard Zinn.
Carol Barton was the founding director of the Women's International Coalition for Economic Justice, a global feminist network linking gender, race, class, and economic justice. She was an organizer for the Feminist Dialogue at the World Social Forums. She works on issues of racial justice and community action in a national faith-based women's organization.
Jennifer Baumgardner is a third-wave feminist author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (both with Amy Richards). Baumgardner is the editor of a series of feminist classics, including Shulamith Firestoneís The Dialectic of Sex (2003) and Germaine Greerís The Female Eunuch (2002) for Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She also wrote Look Both Ways: Girls and Sex. In 2002, she created the ìI Had an Abortionî campaign to encourage women (and men) to come out about their procedures, a core element of which is a film documenting womenís stories of abortion.
Chip Berlet is a veteran writer and photographer who investigates right-wing social movements, apocalyptic scapegoating and conspiracism, and authoritarianism. A staffer of the progressive think tank Political Research Associates since 1982, he has written numerous articles for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Progressive, The Nation, and The Humanist. He edited Eyes Right! Challenging the Right-wing Backlash (PRA and South End Press, 1995), a popular primer on the right. He also co-authored, with Matthew N. Lyons, Right-wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort (Guilford Press, 2000).
Frida Berrigan is a Senior Program Associate at the New America Foundation's Arms and Security Initiative, where she is currently working on two projects: U.S. weapons exports to regions of conflict and new investments in nuclear weapons. A contributing editor to In These Times magazine, Berrigan also writes for Foreign Policy in Focus. Her articles have recently appeared in the Madison Capital Times, The Nation and the San Francisco Chronicle. She also serves on the board of the War Resisters League and works with Witness Against Torture, a grassroots group organizing to shut down Guantanamo and end torture.
Dave Berry has been active on the Left for over thirty years, most recently in his union local. He teaches French and politics in the Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies at Loughborough University, UK. A founding member of the Anarchist Studies Network, he is also an editor of Anarchist Studies. Author of A History of the French Anarchist Movement (Greenwood Press, 2002), his most recent writings have been on the libertarian communist Daniel GuÈrin. He helped relaunch the Association des Amis de Daniel GuÈrin.
Edget Betru, worked as a youth coordinator at Just Act in the Bay Area, California. She moved from Ethiopia to Tennessee at age eight and attributes her activism both to her early experience with racism and to American ignorance about and misconceptions of other countries, especially in Africa. Presently, she is an organizer with Guant·namo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City.
Andy Bichlbaum couldn't hold down a job until he became a rep for the WTO, George W. Bush, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the US federal government. Now heís one of the Yes Men, using humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the local and global misdeeds of their unwilling employers. Author Naomi Klein has called Bichlbaum, and his partner Mike Bonanno, ìthe Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation.î Bichlbaum will show an excerpt of a film, currently in production, that follows the Yes Men on several recent adventures.
Brenda Biddle studies anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and is writing her dissertation on La Via Campesina.
Matt Birkhold is an independent scholar, educator, writer, and activist. He is founder of Political Education Outreach Collective and editor of the forthcoming National Hip Hop Political Convention publication, Elements. He has taught at several universities, and his written work has appeared in several places. His column, ìThe Corner of Cross and Damon,î runs every Tuesday at marclamonthill.com.
Robin Blackburn is an economic historian and distinguished professor at the New School for Social Research. His most recent book is Age Shock: How Finance Is Failing Us (Verso).
Grace Lee Boggs is an activist, writer and speaker whose more than sixty years of political involvement encompass the major US social movements of this century: Labor, Civil rights, Black Power, Asian American, Women's and Environmental Justice. Born in Providence, R.I. of Chinese immigrant parents in l915, Grace received her B.A. from Barnard College in l935 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in l940. In l953 she came to Detroit where she married James Boggs, African American labor activist, writer and strategist. Their book, Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century, was published by Monthly Review Press in l974.
Heidi Boghosian is the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association established in 1937. She is co-host of the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder on WBAI in New York and several affiliates. She has published writings and law review articles on policing, capital punishment and dissent, and her books reviews have appeared in The Federal Lawyer and the New York Law Journal. She received her JD from Temple Law School, where she was editor in chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review.
Patrick Bond, a political economist, is research professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies, where he directs the Centre for Civil Society. He studied economic geography at Johns Hopkins, finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and economics at Swarthmore College. Bondís recent authored and edited books include Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society (2008); The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa (2007); Looting Africa: The Economics of Explotiation (2006), Talk Left, Walk Right: South Africaís Frustrated Global Reforms (2006). He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1961.
Jason Ricciuti Borenstein is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Andrew Boyd, author, humorist, and twenty-year veteran of creative campaigns for social change, co-founded the 2004 media sensation ìBillionaires For Bush.î He has written two books of ìseriousî humor: Daily Afflictions and Life's Little Deconstruction Book. He co-founded Agit-Pop Communications, a ìsubvertisingî agency doing on-line video for social change campaigns. In 2006 he co-produced ìThe Oil Enforcement Agency,î a mini-mockumentary on global warming. In 2007 he co-produced ìStop the Clash of Civilizations,î the second most discussed political video on YouTube ever. He lives in New York with his wee laptop.
Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, and author, whose most recent book is Baldwinís Harlem, a biography of the writer James Baldwin. Boyd has written extensively on Black radical culture and politics. His articles can be found in such publications as The Black Scholar, The Final Call, The Amsterdam News, Cineaste, Downbeat, and the Network Journal, among others. He teaches at the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx and at City College New York, and is also the managing editor of The Black World Today, an online news service.
Jack Z. Bratich is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. He works on the intersection of autonomism, subjectivity, and culture. He has written about public secrecy and the politics of popular occulture. His current book is Conspiracy Panics: Popular Culture and Political Rationality (SUNY Press, 2008).
Noble Bratton serves on the Executive Council of Local 169, UNITE-HERE, on the Editorial Advisory Board of Working USA, and is a member of the Black Radical Congress and of the Working Families Party. He is a former member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the A. Philip Randolph Institute. He is a shop steward at Book Culture (formerly Labyrinth Books) in New York City.
Johanna Brenner teaches sociology at Portland State University. She is a member of Solidarity, a socialist-feminist anti-racist organization, and does politics in Portland, OR. Recent publications include "Socializing Care, Reinventing Family Life," in Toward a New Socialism (Lexington Books, 2007) and "Transnational Feminism and the Struggle for Global Justice," in Challenging Empires, 2nd Ed. (Black Rose Books, 2008) and Feminism and the Politics of Class (Monthly Review, 2000).
Mark Brenner is the director of Labor Notes, a twenty-nine-year old project dedicated to putting the movement back in the labor movement. His work has appeared in the Washington Spectator, Counterpunch, Metro Times, Black Commentator, Z Magazine, and Monthly Review. Before joining the staff at Labor Notes, Brenner spent a decade working with living wage campaigns, and wrote A Measure of Fairness about the impact of living wage ordinances. He is a staff economist with the Real Cost of Prisons Project, specializing in the many costs of the War on Drugs.
Renate Bridenthal, Professor of History, Brooklyn College, 1967-2002, is co-editor and contributor to Becoming Visible: Women in European History (1998, 1987, 1977), Families in Flux (1989, 1980), When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (1984), and The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germanness (2005). She is currently Chair of the PSC's International Committee, which does solidarity with academic unions abroad.
Kate Bronfenbrenner is the Director of Labor Education Research at Cornell ILR where she teaches, researches, and writes on union and employer strategies in organizing and bargaining and on the impact of capital mobility, corporate restructuring, and global trade and investment policy on workers. A former organizer and union representative with the United Woodcutters in Mississippi and SEIU in Massachusetts, her most recent publication is the edited volume Global Unions: Challenging Transnational Capital through Cross-Border Campaigns. Bronfenbrenner also runs a research center to train young people in labor research, organizing and bargaining campaigns.
Stephen Eric Bronner is Senior Editor of Logos, an interdisciplinary internet journal, and a member of the advisory board of Conscience International. His books include A Rumor about the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, and the 'Protocols of Zion'; Reclaiming the Enlightenment; Blood in the Sand: Imperial Fantasies, Rightwing Ambitions, and the Erosion of American Democracy; and most recently, Peace Out of Reach: Middle Eastern Travels and the Search for Reconciliation. Bronner is currently Distinguished Professor of Political Science and a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University.
Alrick Brown is an award-winning director and producer of narrative films and documentaries. His service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa informed his creative expression, first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. He has devoted his life and energy to changing the world by telling stories that otherwise would not be told. Brown will show a short satirical film he wrote and directed about a superhero who encounters his arch nemesis. Entitled ìThe Adventures of Supernigger: Episode I, The Final Chapter,î the film is an allegory about the shooting death of Amadou Diallo.
Anna Brown teaches political science and directs the Social Justice Program at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ. She was one of 25 people who walked to Guantanamo in 2005 as a member of Witness Against Torture and she is also a member of the Kairos Community.
B. Ricardo Brown teaches at the Pratt Institute's Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies. He is also a member of the editorial collective of Situations.
Dennis Brutus is known as the ìsinging voice of the South African liberation movement.î Currently living in the US, he is Professor of African Studies and African Literature, and Chair of the Department of Black Community Education Research and Development, at the University of Pittsburgh. Brutus' collections of poetry include, Sirens, Knuckles and Boots (1962), A Simple Lust (1973), China Poems (1975), Stubborn Hope (1978), Salutes and Censures (1984), Airs and Tributes (1989), and Still the Sirens (1993). His latest book is Poetry and Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader (Haymarket Books).
Sangeeta Budhiraja has done sexual rights/human rights work as an activist, organizer, educator, and advocate with organizations including FIERCE!, The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Urban Justice Center, Desis Rising up and Moving (DRUM), and Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ). She was formerly Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and is currently Program Officer for Building Movements at the Ms. Foundation. Budhiraja holds a JD from CUNY School of Law.
Sean Burns is a teacher, writer, musician, and community organizer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has great interest in how education is conceived of and practiced in progressive social movements. Burns is currently completing his Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness Department with a dissertation on legendary labor historian and folklorist Archie Green.
Andrew Burridge is a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Southern California. His work focuses on the US-Mexico border, particularly southern Arizona. His interests are in grassroots and direct-action groups working around immigration solidarity and in combining research and activism through the practice of militant ethnography. Through his organizing with the No Borders Network, and his work with humanitarian groups such as No More Deaths in Southern Arizona, he seeks to show how militarizing and policing national boundaries creates deaths and human rights abuses across the globe.
Melanie E. L. Bush is the author of Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness, numerous articles in scholarly journals, and co-author of a forthcoming book entitled Tensions in the American Dream: The Imperial Nation Confronts the Liberation of Nations. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Adelphi University, has presented at a range of national conferences and universities, and has been active for many years with community organizations involved with issues of peace, justice and equality and working for social change.
Roderick Bush is author of We Are Not What We Seem: Black Nationalism and Class Struggle in the American Century. He is an associate professor in the sociology department at St. John's University. He is currently working on a book entitled The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line (2008) and a co-authored book, Tensions in the American Dream: The Imperial Nation Confronts the Liberation of Nations (2009) both by Temple University Press. He has been active in struggles for social justice for many years.
Joseph A. Buttigieg is the Kenan Professor of Literature and Director of the Ph.D. in Literature Program at the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the advisory board of Rethinking Marxism and is a member of the editorial collective of boundary 2. This past year Columbia University Press published the third volume of his complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks. Buttigieg is also the general editor of the Pluto Press book series ìReading Gramsci.î
Valorie Caffee is Organizing Director for the New Jersey Work Environmental Council, an alliance of seventy labor, community, and environmental organizations working together for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. She has long experience organizing around community and environment issues as a community activist and union organizer.
George Caffentzis is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective and has been a co-editor of Midnight Oil: Work, Energy, War 1973-1992 (Autonomedia) and the author of an e-book, No Blood for Oil! (www.radicalpolytics.org).
Horace Campbell is Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University in New York. At Syracuse he is a member of the International Relations Faculty in the Maxwell School and is the Chair of the Africa Initiative of Syracuse University. He teaches courses on African Politics, African International Relations, Pan Africanism and Introduction to African American Studies. His most recent books are Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation and Pan-Africanism, Pan-Africanists, and African Liberation in the 21st Century.
Adem Carroll is Chair of the Muslim Consultative Network, a network of New York Muslims working towards inclusion, dialogue, and community strengthening. In addition to being a consultant with several social justice projects, he is also a member of the board of New York Disaster Interfaith Services, of Turning Point for Women and Families, and active with other coalitions, such as Communities in Support of Khalil Gibran International Academy. From September 2001 to April 2006 Carroll served as 9/11 Relief Coordinator for Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA Relief USA), assisting hundreds of Muslim detainees and their families.
Chris Caruso is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is studying poverty, social movements, and neoliberalism. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Fellow for the Macaulay Honors College, Caruso taught Urban Studies at Queens College. He is the founder of Human Rights Tech.
Graham Cassano is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He has published extensively on social theory, the culture struggles of the labor movement, and early American sound cinema. He sits on the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism and is an associate editor of Critical Sociology. Currently he is editing a collection on class analysis and household labor with Stephen Resnick, Rick Wolff, and Harriet Fraad. In addition, he is working on a manuscript entitled The Persistence of Republicanism with the labor historian Troy Rondinone.
Marco Ceglie (a/k/a Monet Oliver díPlace) is the National Co-Chair of Billionaires For Bush. As a Billionaire, Ceglie helped stage the groupís 2004 ìGet on the Limoî tours, auctioned off Social Security on eBay, and created the first-ever ironic think tank to help fight against Estate Tax repeal. Recently he helped the Center for Constitutional Rights deliver 37,000 copies of the US Constitution to the White House via Santa and sleigh. Ceglie is also Executive Director of Vote 18 (http://vote18.org), a nonpartisan voting education program. He continues to enjoy crafting viral messaging campaigns for nonprofit and issue-advocacy organizations.
Irina Ceric is an activist and lawyer based in Toronto. She is a Ph.D. candidate at York University, a member of Global Balkans and an advisory board member for the journal Upping the Anti.
Karen Charman is Managing Editor of Capitalism Nature Socialism and an independent investigative journalist specializing in environmental issues. Her work has appeared in World Watch, TomPaine.com, FAIR's journal Extra!, Sierra, The Nation, and Mother Earth News, among others.
Kassahun Checole is Publisher and President of the Trenton, NJ-based Africa World Press and Red Sea Press, which he founded in 1983 while a professor of African History at Rutgers University.
Kanishka Chowdhury is Associate Professor of English and Director of the program in American Culture and Difference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he teaches courses in globalization studies, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies. His most recent publications have appeared in Cultural Critique and Science and Society. He is currently working on a book on the New Indian subject.
Alyson M. Cole is an associate professor of political science at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford, 2006).
William Copeland is a poet and cultural organizer. He is a board member of the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, one of the founders of the Detroit Artist-Activist Community Dialogues, and a consultant for nonprofits on using art to amplify their messages. He works as a Program Director for University of Michiganís SERVE, advising college students in community service, learning, and social justice projects.
Ethel Cote is Board Member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET). She is North American Representative to the International Network for the Social/Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). Cote also serves as President of Solidarity Economy of Ontario (ESO).
Dolly Daftary is a doctoral candidate in social work at Washington University, St. Louis. Her work focuses on the relationship between rural communities and the postcolonial state, exemplified through the practices of agriculture, populist democracy, and ideas of citizenship. She is currently examining the process through which the neo-liberal state is attempting to create market-oriented farmer subjects in dryland communities, and the discourse of resistance in rural communities in western India.
Jane DíArista writes and lectures on economics, has served on the staff of the US Congress, and currently is an analyst with the Financial Markets Center.
Carl Davidson is a co-founder of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (USSEEN) and the Web editor for SolidarityEconomy.net. He sits on the Organizing Committee of the Global Studies Association, the National Steering Committee of United for Peace and Justice and on the National Committee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.
Lawrence Davidson is a Professor at West Chester University in West Chester Pennsylvania. His specialization is in the history of American relations with the Middle East. He has just finished a book entitled Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing American National Interest for the University of Kentucky Press.
Laurence Davis earned his D.Phil. degree in politics from Oxford University and has taught political and social theory at Oxford University, Ruskin College, and University Colleges Galway and Dublin. He is the editor, with Peter Stillman, of The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed (Lexington Books, 2005), and, with Ruth Kinna, of Anarchism and Utopianism (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2008). He is a founding member of the Anarchist Studies Network and convenor of the "Re-Imagining Revolution" panels for its first international conference in September 2008.
Susie Day has, for about fifteen years, written a monthly political satire column for New York's Gay City News, Z Magazine, Monthly Review, the Monthly Review webzine, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, and other quality commie publications, each of which has made her extremely powerful and wealthy. Rather unfunnily, she also writes about labor and prison issues. She performs her work on WBAI and various other locations.
Trishala Deb works with the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), a community-organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color in New York City. Through mobilization, education and capacity building, ALP works for community wellness and progressive, social and economic justice.
Bogdan Denitch chaired the Socialist Scholars Conference for twenty-three years. A founder and honorary Chair of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Denitch runs a human rights NGO in former Yugoslavia, active in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He is an active opponent of U.S. foreign policy.
Frank Deppe is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Marburg. His research and publications are in the fields of Marxism and working class movements and political theory. His most recent book is Political Thought in the Cold War (2 Volumes) (Vol. III of Political Thought in the Twentieth Century). He is an active member of the Left party.
William DiFazio is Professor of Sociology at St. John's University. He is the author of Ordinary Poverty: A Little Food and Cold Storage and co-author (with Stanley Aronowitz) of The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work. He is the host of CityWatch on WBAI-New York, 99.5FM. He teaches at the Brecht Forum.
Jacqueline DiSalvo has published widely in the field of early modern and romantic literature. Her books include War of Titans: Blake's Critique of Milton and the Politics of Religion (1984) and Blake, Politics, History (1998).
Chris Dixon, originally from Alaska, is a longtime anti-authoritarian organizer, writer, and educator, and a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a member of the administrative collective of Colours of Resistance, serves on the advisory board for the journal Upping the Anti, and has recently moved to Sudbury, Ontario, where he organizes with Sudbury Against War and Occupation. His writing appears online, in magazines, in Social Movement Studies, and in Global Uprising (New Society Press, 2001), Letters from Young Activists (Nation Books, 2005), Toward A New Socialism (Lexington Books, 2007), and Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge, 2008).
Brian Dominick has been organizing collectives in central New York and elsewhere for nearly fifteen years. He was co-founder of PeoplesNetWorks, the parecon organization that published The NewStandard from 2003 to 2007.
Bogdan Denitch has chaired the Socialist Scholars Conference for twenty three years. He is a founder and honorary Chair of Democratic Socialists of America, and runs a human rights NGO in the former Yugoslavia, active in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He is an active opponent of U.S.foreign policy.
Tim Doody was included in a list of ìparticularly troublesome, even dangerous anarchists,î featured on ABC-TV's ìNightline,î and Rush Limbaugh made fun of him and his last name on the air. Doody has been published in Brevity, Topic Magazine, XY, The Earth First! Journal, The Indypendent and two anthologies: Best Gay Erotica 2006 and That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. He is currently working with the Radical Homosexual Agenda.
Adolfo Doring is a filmmaker living and working in the New York area. His current documentary film, ìBlind Spot,î takes a look at energy and the ramifications that oil (as a resource) has had and will have on our culture. To put it succinctly, says Doring, ìOil is the DNA of our culture.î
Michael K. Dorsey is an assistant professor in Dartmouth Collegeís Environmental Studies Program. Dorsey provides advice to governments, foundations, and others on a variety of climate change matters. In 1992, he was a member of the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, ìThe Earth Summit.î His recent publications on climate change include: ìGreen Market Hustlersî in Foreign Policy In Focus (June 2007) and ìClimate Knowledge and Power: Tales of Skeptic Tanks, Weather Gods and Sagas for Climate (in)Justiceî in Capitalism, Nature, Socialism (June 2007).
Nijmie Dzurinko is part of the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP), which believes that media must be connected to the economic and social realities of everyday life. The right to free speech means little without the right to be heard. The project consists of organizers who engage in collaborative media making with organizations and individuals whose issues and experiences are purposely submerged from view. They work with a range of groups from taxi workers to anti-gentrification activists.
Steve Early was a Boston-based international union representative and organizer for the Communications Workers of America between 1980 and 2007. During the 1970s, he was a staff member of the United Mine Workers and assisted reform movements in the Steelworkers and Teamsters. He serves on the advisory board of Labor Notes and has written about labor issues for The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, New Labor Forum, WorkingUSA, and many other publications. He is currently working on a book about the role of Sixtiesí activists in American unions over the last four decades.
Regina Eaton is the Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action, which is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization. Her work concerns policy issues aimed at increasing voter registration and turn out, including Election Day Registration. Prior to her present position, Eaton was a consultant with Break the Chains, a national organization building a national movement within communities of color against punitive drug policies.
Hester Eisenstein is a professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She was director of the Queens College Womenís Studies Program from 1996 to 2000. She is Vice Chair of the Queens College chapter of the Professional Staff Congress, the CUNY faculty and staff union. Her writings include Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983), Inside Agitators: Australian Femocrats and the State (1996) and ìA Dangerous Liaison? Feminism and Corporate Globalization,î Science and Society (July 2005). She is completing a book on this theme with the working title of Feminism Seduced.
Max Elbaum was part of the radical ìgeneration of 1968î that, in various ways, tried to build/rebuild a coherent and durable left out of the large-scale ferment and broad radicalization of the 1960s. Elbaum offered a history and evaluation of one strand within that effort, the ìnew communist movement,î in his book Revolution in the Air (Verso 2002; paperback 2006). He is also a member of WarTimes.
Mona Eldahry is Founding Director of AWAAM: Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media. Her background is in video production, live sound, and popular education. She works to empower community members with the technical and community organizing skills necessary to affect social change.
Ronnie Eldridge hosts Eldridge&Co weekly on CUNY-TV. From 1989 to 2001, she served on the City Council representing Manhattan's west side. Her public service includes years as Special Assistant to Mayor John Lindsay, with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as a member of Governor Mario Cuomo's Cabinet and as Director of the New York Division For Women. Eldridge was also the Director of Special Projects at MS Magazine, the first Executive Director of the MS Foundation for Women, and the Executive Producer of ìWoman Alive,î a feminist series on network public television.
Caroline Elkins is an associate professor of history at Harvard University. She is the author of Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya, which was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. She is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. She has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs including NPR's All Things Considered, BBC's The World, and PBSís Charlie Rose Show.
Steve Ellner has taught political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela since 1977. His latest book is Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict and the Chavez Phenomenon (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008). He is a regular contributor to In These Times. He is also co-editor of The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika (1993) and Venezuelan Politics in the Ch·vez Era: Class, Polarization and Conflict (2003).
Barbara Epstein teaches in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has a book coming out on the underground movement in the Minsk ghetto during World War Two (UC Press).
Fuat Ercan is teaching at the Department of Economics, Marmara University, Turkey. His research focuses on Marxist political economy. He has written numerous books and articles on money and capitalism, value theory, economic geography and Turkish capitalist development.
Faramarz Farbod is an Iranian-American (a native of Iran). He taught politics in Iran for several years in the 1990s, and has been teaching politics in the US since 1998, at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. He is pursuing his PhD in comparative politics at Rutgers University. His primary areas of interest are American foreign policy in the Third World (especially the Middle East); issues related to globalization, empire, capitalism, and development; politics of dissent here in America; and issues related to the US media.
David Fasenfest is Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, focusing on urban economic development, work force development, and income inequality. He recently published ìRace, Ethnicity and Place: New Patterns of Integration in Metropolitan Neighborhoods, 1970-2000î, in Americaís Americans: The Populations of the United States (Institute for the Study of the Americas Press, 2007) and edited Critical Perspectives on Local Development Policy Evaluation (WSU Press, 2004). In addition, he edits the Critical Sociology and the book series Studies in Critical Social Science.
Leela Fernandes is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her most recent book, India's New Middle Class: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform, examines the political implications of the rise of the Indian middle class. She also wrote Producing Workers: The Politics of Gender, Class and Culture in the Calcutta Jute Mills and Transforming Feminist Practice. Her current research projects concern religion and politics and ethics and knowledge. She is Co-Editor of Critical Asian Studies and Associate Editor of Signs: A Journal of Women, Culture and Society.
Sujatha Fernandes teaches sociology at Queens College CUNY. She is the author of various articles on Cuba, Venezuela, and Latin America, as well as a book, Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, 2006). She is currently working on two new books. One is based on her field research in Venezuela, and is entitled In the Spirit of Negro Primero: Urban Social Movements in Ch·vez's Venezuela. The other is a memoir, Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a long-time international writer and activist. He is the executive editor of The Black Commentator (www.blackcommentator.com), and a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the co-founder of the Black Radical Congress and the Center for Labor Renewal, and the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum. Fletcher is the co-author of a forthcoming book on the crisis of organized labor called Solidarity Divided from the University of California Press.
Barbara Foley works in the field of US literary radicalism, especially in relation to African American literature. Her most recent book is Spectres of 1919: Class and Nation in the Making of the New Negro (2003). She has just completed a study of politics and history in Ralph Ellisonís Invisible Man that is provisionally titled Wrestling with Prometheus: Ralph Ellison, the Left and the Making of Invisible Man.
Harriet Fraad is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice in NYC. She is a founding mother of the women's movement. Her publications include: Bringing It All Back Home: Class Gender and Power in the Modern Household with Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff. A new expanded edition of the book is in process. Harriet publishes regularly in Rethinking Marxism and The Journal of Psychohistory. She is the president of the Association for Psychohistory.
Marisa Franco is an organizer for Domestic Workers United, which is bringing new energy into the labor movement through organizing unorganized groups of domestic workers. DWU coordinates with women immigrant domestic workersí groups across the metropolitan area to build the power of the workforce and establish fair labor standards. They are currently campaigning to amend New York labor law to establish a domestic workersí ìBill of Rights,î including basic benefits and health care. In June 2007, DWU was part of the formation of the Domestic Workers Alliance at the US Social Forum.
Richard W. Franke is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1972. His most recent works on Kerala include Local Democracy and Development: The Kerala People's Campaign for Decentralized Planning (2002, co-authored with Thomas Isaac) and Striving for Sustainability: Environmental Stress and Democratic Initiatives in Kerala (2006, co-authored with Srikumar Chattopadhyay).
Kamau Karl Franklin is an activist, attorney, and the new Racial Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, the co-chair of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and he is on the Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Franklin is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), a human rights organization committed to fighting ìBy Any Means Necessaryî for the rights of ìNew Afrikansî (Afrikans in the Americas). Franklin holds a MA in Political Science from Brooklyn College and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Harris Freeman is Longterm Visiting Professor, Labor Relations and Research Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Western New England College School of Law. Freeman was a toolmaker and machinist and member of UAW and IAM. He is completing an edited volume the adverse affect of labor law on worker rights and struggles. He edited ìIn the Shadow of the Anti-Labor Law: 60 Years after Taft Hartley,î the March 2008 issue of Working USA, and is Associate Editor of the journal.
Omar Freilla is the founder and director of Green Worker Cooperatives, a new organization that incubates worker-owned and environmentally friendly businesses in the South Bronx. He is committed to constructing alternatives to modern capitalism through worker ownership and the creation of strong local economies centered on principles of environmental justice and the rights of workers. Omar is also a board member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and was a former program director for Sustainable South Bronx and Transportation Justice campaign director for the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance.
George Friday is a longtime activist of independent progressive politics. She is the National Coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network and United for Peace and Justice National Co-Chair 2005-2007. She holds degrees in Political Science, Economics, and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she graduated in 1982. She spent her early career organizing in low income communities. Spending the next 25 years as an activist, her professional efforts brought equity to marginalized communities by helping build capacity to constituencies who had little experience accessing resources and leveraging community political power. She works with grassroots community organizations to provide leadership and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing and community building with particular focus on oppression dynamics and the role of "privilege" in transforming power dynamics leading to broad, deep economic and social justice change.
Frank Fried has spent sixty-five years in the socialist movement as a labor, civil rights, and peace activist. He has been an entrepreneur in the entertainment business, including music and theatre. He is a longtime friend and admirer of Daniel and Jean Singer.
Robert E. Fullilove is Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs and a professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles. He has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching. His work focuses on policy implications of current public health practice, with an emphasis on AIDS.
Jose Garcia is a researcher and policy analyst at Demos, a think-and-action tank dedicated to a more equitable economy, a more inclusive democracy, and a revitalized public sector. He is one of the co-authors of Up to Our Eyeballs: How Shady Lenders and Failed Economic Policies Are Drowning Americans in Debt (New Press).
Barbara Garson wrote the 1960ís political parody ìMacBird,î the OBIE winning Darwinian childrenís play ìThe Dinosaur Door,î and the new economic comedy ìSecurity.î Her books include All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work, The Electronic Sweatshop and Money Makes the World Go Around. Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts and MacCarthur Foundation fellowships and a National Press Club Citation. She edited the Free Speech Movement Newsletter during the Berkeley sit-ins and worked in a GI Coffee House during the Vietnam War.
Heather Gautney is an assistant professor at Fordham University, Lincoln Center in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where she teaches courses on social movements, politics and media, social theory, and inequality. She is a contributing editor of Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century (Basic Books) and Altered States (forthcoming from Routledge). Heather has written articles on various movements, including the global justice movement, World Social Forum, US anti-war movement and the anti-militarism struggle in Vieques. She is on the editorial board of Situations: A Project of Radical Imagination and Social Text.
Irene Gendzier is a professor of Political Science, Boston University. Her recent publications include Crimes of War, co-edited with R.J. Lifton and R. Falk (Nation Books, 2006), Notes From the Minefield, US Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945-1958 (Columbia University, 1997; 2006), and "Echoes from a Haunted Land," in E. Kfoury, ed., Inside Lebanon, Journey to a Shattered Land with Noam and Carol Chomsky (Monthly Review Press, 2007). She is now writing "Dying to Forget," a study of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
Reza Ghorashi has a Ph.D. in economics from Fordham University and teaches at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. His areas of research and interest are international trade, globalization, and the Middle East, particularly Iran. He has published articles in both English and Farsi on various matters.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Native American Studies and Communications. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI in New York City.
Nigel C. Gibson teaches at the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. His books include Fanon and the Postcolonial Imagination and the anthologies Rethinking Fanon: The Continuing Dialogue, Adorno: A Critical Reader, and Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus. His most recent work is Challenging Hegemony: Social Movements and the Quest for a New Humanism in South Africa. He is currently co-editing a volume on Steve Biko.
Marcia Ann Gillespie, a former editor in chief of Essence (1971-1980) and Ms. (1993-2002) magazines, has a long history as an activist and advocate for Gender and Racial Justice and Equality. In addition to being an in-demand public speaker and publishing consultant, she has written numerous columns and magazine articles. A biography of Maya Angelou — Maya Angelou A Glorious Celebration — which she co-authored is to be published by Doubleday on April 1st and she is currently working on a memoir tentatively titled When Blacks Became Americans — Moving on Up in the 1970s for Spiegel & Grau.
Sam Gindin is Packer Chair in Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He has been one of the influential forces behind the Canadian Auto Workers union.
Ted Glick is a founder and leader of the Climate Crisis Coalition and is Coordinator of the U.S. Climate Emergency Council. He did a 107-day ìclimate emergency fastî last fall demanding strong federal action on this issue, and he addresses climate issues often in his Future Hope columns. He has been a progressive/revolutionary activist since the Vietnam War and was formerly coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network.
Tami Gold is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. She produced the video Land, Rain and Fire, depicting the democratic insurgency in Oaxaca, Mexico, the latest among her many award-winning documentaries. She is the past recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships.
Michelle Goldberg is the author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. She is a contributing writer at Salon.com, and her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Observer, The UK Guardian, In These Times, Newsday and many other newspapers nationwide.
Patricia Gonzalez is member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at the New School in Manhattan. She has been involved in leftist movements in the United States and abroad. In addition to working with SDS, she has been active with the New School's Women of Color Organization and the Social Justice Conference. She is currently majoring in cultural and media studies.
Priscilla Gonzalez is a collective member and coordinator of the Center for Immigrant Families' Project to Challenge Segregation in OUR Public Schools. As a popular educator and community organizer, she has collaborated with organizations and coalitions in the US and in the Global South. In particular, her work has focused on violence against women, immigrant workers' rights, public education, and building the multilingual capacity of organizations. In addition to CIF, Priscilla is also an organizer with Domestic Workers United.
Michael Gonz·lez-Cruz received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 2005. He is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayag¸ez. He is the author of Nacionalismo revolucionario puertorriqueÒo (2006). Currently he is working with La Nueva Escuela, a popular organizing and education project.
Amy Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radioís WBAI in New York. In 1996, Goodman helped launch Pacifica Radioís ìDemocracy Now!îóa national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 225 stations in North America. Goodman is the author, with her brother, David Goodman, of The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People who Fight Back (2006), and Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (forthcoming).
Olivia Burlingame Goumbri is the editor of The Venezuela Reader: The Building of a People's Democracy and has appeared on various national radio programs as a Venezuela expert, including NPRís ìTo The Pointî and ìBBC World News.î She is currently the Executive Director of The Venezuela Information Office in Washington DC.
Philip Green is Emeritus Sophia Smith Professor of Government at Smith College. He currently lives in New York City and is Visiting Professor of Political Science, the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. He is on the Editorial Board of The Nation. He has recently published Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood (1998), Equality and Democracy (2000), Primetime Politics: The Truth about Conservative Lies, Corporate Control, and Television's World-View (2005), and ìRethinking Democratic Theory: The American Case,î in Journal of Social Philosophy (2005; with Drucilla Cornell).
Stephanie Greenwood edited 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Hate Taxes while completing a masterís degree in public affairs and urban and regional planning at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. She was previously a researcher at Good Jobs New York, a non-profit watchdog and advocacy group that tracks economic development subsidies. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Dollars and Sense, and Sojourners. She currently works in the City of Newark, New Jersey's Department of Economic and Housing Development.
Daniel Gross is an organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World and a co-founder of the first union in the United States at the Starbucks Coffee Co. Using the solidarity unionism model, the IWW campaign has won important gains in wages and working conditions for Starbucks workers across the country and has garnered support from around the world. Mr. Gross graduated from the Fordham University School of Law where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics. He serves on the steering committee of the National Lawyers Guild Labor & Employment Committee.
A.K. Gupta is an editor and founder of The Indypendent newspaper. He writes for numerous other publications and websites, including Z Magazine, Left Turn, Truth Out and ZNet. He is writing a book on the history of the Iraq War and decline of US power to be published by Haymarket Books.
Jane Guskin is the co-author of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (Monthly Review Press, July 2007).
Beverly Guy-Sheftall is founder and Director of The Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She is also founding co-editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. Her most recent publication is GenderTalk: The Struggle for Womenís Equality in African American Communities, which she co-authored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole.
Selime Guzelsari is teaching at the Department of Public Administration, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey. She wrote her Ph.D. on neoliberalism and public financial management reform in Turkey.
Jack Hammond is the author of Fighting to Learn: Popular Education and Guerrilla War in El Salvador and Neighborhood Movements in the Portuguese Revolution. He teaches sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
David Harvey is distinguished professor in the anthropology program at Graduate Center, CUNY and author of several books such as The Limits to Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; The New Imperialism; and A Brief History of Neoliberalism.
Kornelia Hauser is Professor of Sociology of Education and Gender Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her research topics include neocapitalism, new forms of socialisation, and the triangulation of race, class and gender.
Rachel Haut is a native New Yorker and has been an active member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) since February 2006. She began her career in activism working on the Ralph Nader presidential campaign in 2000. She is currently a junior at Queens College, and has been organizing students and workers against tuition hikes.
Howie Hawkins is a Teamster and Green Party activist in Syracuse, New York. He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Haymarket, 2006).
He Ping teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Wuhan University and is the author of numerous studies on Marxist and feminist theory (in Chinese).
Bill Henning is the elected 2nd Vice President of Local 1180 of the Communications Workers of America, and hosts the union's weekly radio program the ìCommuniqueî on WNYE. He teaches at the City College Center for Worker Education and participates in the Fulbright Institute on the Civilization of the United States, speaking on ìClass Consciousness and Organized Labor in the United States.î He chairs the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, and serves on the Boards of the Mount Sinai and Bellevue Occupational Health Clinics, and of the Working Theater.
Paget Henry is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Brown University, and the editor of the CLR James Journal. He is the author of Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua and also of Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy.
Doug Henwood edits the Left Business Observer (www.leftbusinessobserver.com), a newsletter he founded in 1986, and hosts a weekly radio show on WBAI in New York. He is the author of Wall Street (Verso, 1997) and After the New Economy (New Press, 2003). He currently writing a book on the American ruling class, whoever that may be.
Lourdes Hern·ndez-Cordero is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is the director of a major project in active living, City Life Is Moving Bodies, which seeks to increase physical activity in Northern Manhattan.
Adam Hochschild is the author of six books, including King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1998) and Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves (2005). He has written for Mother Jones, the New Yorker, The Nation, The Progressive, the New York Review of Books, and other magazines and newspapers. He teaches narrative writing at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley.
Amber Hollibaugh has been active on the Left since the Sixties. Currently Senior Strategist at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, she was previously director of SAGE, the first national organization for LGBT elders, and director of the Lesbian AIDS project at the Gay Menís Health Crisis. She is the author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home, and was co-producer and director of The Heart of the Matter, a documentary about women and HIV-AIDS, which won the 1994 Sundance Freedom of Expression award.
Nancy Holmstrom is Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University and Board Member of the Left Forum. She is editor of The Socialist Feminist Project and a regular contributor to Monthly Review.
Howard Horowitz is a political scientist by training, from NYU, and a market researcher by profession. He is the President of Howard Horowitz Associates, a media research and consulting firm specializing in the marketing of television, computer and internet services.
Joshua Howard is a co-founder of The New SPACE (The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education), a radical educational project in New York City that promotes a real engagement of ideas for the purpose of renewing liberation movements. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he studies social epistemology, Marxís critique of political economy, and intellectual movements. He sits on the working editorial board of the online journal Critique of Political Economy.
Shea Howell is a community activist and co-founder of Detroit Summer, a multicultural, intergenerational youth leadership program that engages the talents and energies of young people in rebuilding and redefining the city from the ground up. Howell writes a weekly column for the Michigan Citizen and is chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Communication & Journalism at Oakland University. Howell has worked on numerous community and cultural issues in Detroit and around the country.
Andrew Hsiao is the executive editor of the non-profit publishing house The New Press, and a host and producer of the weekly WBAI radio show, Asia Pacific Forum.
Peter Hudis teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Oakton Community College and is the co-editor of Power of Negativity (2002) and the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004).
Forrest Hylton is writing a Ph.D. thesis at NYU on indigenous movements for self-government in late-nineteenth-century Bolivia. A regular contributor to New Left Review and NACLA Report on the Americas, he is the author of Evil Hour in Colombia(Verso, 2006). With Sinclair Thomson, he is co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (Verso, 2007), and with Thomson, Felix Patzi, and Sergio Serulnikov, he is co-author and editor of 'Ya es otro tiempo el presente': Cuatro momentos de insurgencia indigena (Muela del Diablo, 2003).
Fatin Jarara is a 19-year-old Palestinian American who immigrated to the United States nine years ago. She is an alumni of AWAAM (Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media) and was on the Khalil Gibran International Academy design committee. Fatin is currently studying mathematics and education at Brooklyn College in hopes of teaching at the collegiate level in the Middle East.
Saru Jayaraman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 1992 she founded WYSE, a national organization for young women of color. At The Workplace Project she organized a law and organizing program for custodial, factory, and restaurant workers. After 9/11, she co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) and launched a cooperative restaurant. She co-directs the national Restaurant Opportunities Center United and co-edited The New Urban Immigrant Workforce.
Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin, is completing a book tentatively titled ìAll My Bones Shakeî: Radical Politics in the Prophetic Voice. He is the author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (both from City Lights Books); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang).
Natalie Jeremijenko is a new media artist, inventor, and engineer whose work focuses on the design and analysis of tangible digital media. Jeremijenko directs NYUís Environmental Health Clinic. Jeremijenkoís mission is to reclaim technology from the idealized, abstract concept of ëcyberspaceí and apply it to the messy complexities of the real world, often with disquieting results. Her work has been included in media festivals and museums throughout Europe and America, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, the Whitney Biennial '97, Documenta '97 and Ars Electronic prix '96.
Biodun Jeyifo is Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He was Professor of English at Cornell University for eighteen years, as well as Associate Chair of the English Department. He works on the complex connections between literature, critical theory, humanities scholarship, and 20th century progressive social philosophy. His most recent book is Wole Soyinka: Politics, Poetics, and Postcolonialism (2004).
Elissa Jiji, before becoming National Co-Chair of Billionaires for Bush, was the ìrichly-upholsteredî Chair of the New York City chapter, running meetings and organizing such actions as the Vigil for Corporate Welfare, the signature Million Billionaire March, and the croquet game on Central Park's Great Lawn during the 2004 RNC. Jiji has led workshops on activism at NYU, Barnard and elsewhere. As "Meg A. Bucks," she has been heard on WNYC, KPFA and NPR. Jiji lives, teaches, and works her food co-op shift in her hometown, New York City.
Ayana Jordan is an M.D.-Ph.D. Candidate at the Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She is president of the Einstein chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and a Board member of PNHPís Metro-New York chapter.
Peniel E. Joseph is associate professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. He is author of the award winning Waiting Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era.
Esther Kaplan is investigative editor at the Nation Institute. She is the author of With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right.
Marina Karides is assistant professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University. She is an active participant in the World Social Forums and Sociologists Without Borders. Her recent work considers gendered dimensions of globalization and the global justice movement. She has published articles in Social Problems, Social Development Issues, and International Sociology and Social Policy and multiple chapters that critically examine microenterprise development and the plight of informally self-employed persons in the global south.
Emily Kawano is a co-founder of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (USSEN) and its Executive Director. She is a Board Member of the North American Network for the Solidarity Economy (NANSE) and Director of the Center for Popular Economics (CPE).
Kerwin Kaye has been involved with the movement for sex workersí rights, both as an activist and as an academic researcher, for over ten years. His essay on the history of male prostitution won the Journal of Homosexuality's ìBest of Journalî award for 2003. He is also the editor of Male Lust: Pleasure, Power, and Transformation.
Sara Kershnar is the Director of Generation Five, which works to end child sexual abuse in five generations through the practice of Transformative Justice, which provides survivors of child sexual abuse with immediate safety and long-term healing while holding offenders accountable within and by their communities. Kershnar became active in the harm reduction and HIV movements after her father tested positive for HIV. She was founding director of the National Harm Reduction Training Institute and co-authored an extensive cross-cultural study of child sexual abuse for UNICEF.
Ruth Kinna is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University (UK). She is the author of Anarchism: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld, 2005) and William Morris: The Art of Socialism (University of Wales Press, 2000), editor of Early Writings on Terrorism (Routledge, 2006), editor of the journal Anarchist Studies, and convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network.
C. Clark Kissinger was a National Secretary of SDS and the principal organizer of the first March on Washington against the Vietnam war in 1965. He worked with the Black Panther Party and visited China twice during the Cultural Revolution. He was a founder of Refuse & Resist! and more recently initiated the Not In Our Name statement and the Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration. He is a writer for Revolution newspaper, and recently organized a demonstration of waterboarding outside the Justice Department.
Michael Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, based at Hampshire College. He is the Defense Correspondent of The Nation and the author of Resource Wars (Metropolitan Books, 2001) and Blood and Oil (Metropolitan Books, 2004). His newest book, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Oil, will be published by Metropolitan Books on April 15.
Jennifer Klein is Associate Professor of History at Yale University. She is the author of For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of Americaís Public-Private Welfare State (Princeton University Press). She was awarded the Ellis Hawley Prize and the Hagley Prize. Her articles have appeared in International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of Policy History, and Politics and Society. Kleinís forthcoming book, Caring for America: How Home Care Attendants Changed the Face of American Labor, co-authored with Eileen Boris, will be published by Oxford University Press.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international and New York Times bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in September 2007, The Shock Doctrine is slated to be translated into seventeen languages to date. Klein's previous book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies was also an international bestseller, translated into more than twenty-eight languages, with over a million copies in print. Klein's regular column for The Nation and The Guardian is distributed internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004 she released a feature documentary about Argentinaís occupied factories, The Take, co-produced with director Avi Lewis.
Lisa Maya Knauer was a founder of the New York Marxist School/Brecht Forum and helped organize a graduate union at NYU. Her scholarly work looks at black cultural performances, urban redevelopment and public space. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Race, Nation and Memory in Public Space (Duke). She recently took a group of students to New Orleans and is developing a service learning course on New Orleans at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she teaches.
Lucy Komisarís beat is the secret underbelly of the global financial systemóoffshore bank and corporate secrecyóand its links to corporate crime; tax evasion by the rich and powerful; empowerment of dictators and oligarchs; bribery and corruption; drug, arms and people trafficking; and terrorism. Her articles on the subject have appeared since 1997 in publications from The Nation to The Wall Street Journal (see http://thekomisarscoop.com). She is founder and co-chair of the Tax Justice Network-USA, American branch of the Tax Justice Network headquartered in London, which combats tax evasion by multinationals and the superrich. (taxjustice-usa.org)
William Kornblum is a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the author of numerous books and articles on American inequalities, including (with Terry Williams) Uptown Kids, and Growing Up Poor, and Blue Collar Community. He is a member of the editorial board of Dissent Magazine and a member of the executive board of the Association for Union Democracy.
Pat Korte is a member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at the New School in Manhattan. Since high school, he has been actively organizing against the occupation of Iraq by the United States. He is currently studying economics, with a focus on non-market, non-statist forms of participatory planning.
Joel Kovel is Editor-in-Chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism. His two most recent books are The Enemy of Nature (Zed) and Overcoming Zionism (Pluto). He is a founding member of Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ).
Michael R. Kr‰tke is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam, International Institute of Social History. He collaborates on the publication of the MEGA, the project to publish all of Marx and Engelsí work. He is the author of several books and many articles dealing with the theory and history of crises and modern finance. He is also the editor of unpublished work by Otto Bauer, Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Natalie Moszkowska and others.
Lauren Langman is a professor of sociology at Loyola University of Chicago. His publications are too numerous to list. He has long worked in Marxian critical theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt School. He will soon release his latest book on Capitalism and the Carnival Character: The Escape from Reality. His articles study popular culture, pornography and alienation.
James Lardner is a Senior Fellow at Demos and, with Jose Garcia, one of the co-authors of Up to Our Eyeballs: How Shady Lenders and Failed Economic Policies Are Drowning Americans in Debt (New Press).
Magali Sarfatti Larson is a sociologist who was born in Italy and grew up in Uruguay, France and Argentina. She has lived in the United States since the 60s and taught at Temple University until 1998 and at the University of Urbino until 2001. She is an activist in the Philadelphia area and works with Latino organizations in adult education and immigrant issues.
Eric Laursen is a longtime writer, activist, and journalist living in New York City. He organizes around and writes frequently on global trade, the war on terror, and the politics of the corporate media. Laursen is part of the New York City Anarchist Bookfair collective and involved with the New York Metro Anarchist Alliance. Currently. He is completing a history of the U.S. Social Security debate.
Marnia Lazreg is a professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She is a former fellow of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies; the Rockefeller Bellagio Center (Italy); the Bunting Institute (Harvard University); and the Pembroke Center (Brown University). Lazreg has published on colonial history (especially French), cultural movements, development, and gender (especially in the Middle East). She is the author of numerous articles and four books. Her latest book, Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton University Press) was released in December 2007.
Paul LeBlanc is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at LaRoche College. He is a historian and prolific writer on the labor and socialist movements. He is author of Black Liberation and the American Dream, Rosa Luxemburg: Reflections and Writings, A Short History of the U.S. Working Class, From Marx to Gramsci, and Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience.
Isis Leslie is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Lubbock, an interdisciplinary scholar who draws on film studies, history, and literature to examine questions of social justice. Her work includes issues of globalization, the intersections of racial politics and political theory, comparative political thought, human rights (their definition and abuses), and the relationships between psychoanalysis and politics. Leslie is currently working on The Vicissitudes of American Romanticism, which will examine the resistance African American intellectuals have historically presented to mainstream American romanticism and the consequences of American romanticism for contemporary political culture, economic justice, welfare, and punishment.
Kenneth Levin is an Assistant Professor of Economics teaching International Finance at Queens College. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Farmingdale State College. His doctoral dissertation involved a class analysis of the 1990's high-tech bubble and collapse. Current research interests include the decline of the U.S. dollar and middle class.
Lee Levin spent twenty years working in the labor movement, most of that with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the New York State Nurses Association.
Antonia Levy is a German transplant, a doctoral student in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, an adjunct instructor at Queens and Brooklyn College, and a social justice activist. She was the co-chair of the international conference "Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides" and the "Second Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference" in 2007. Her research and activism focus on feminism, queer theory, sex workers' rights, and political art.
Lynn Lewis is Director and Civil Rights Organizer for Picture the Homeless. She has worked in the social justice movement for twenty-seven years in New York, Florida, and revolutionary Nicaragua in a range of capacities, participating in organizations and initiatives led by poor people. Lewis has worked with Picture the Homeless, since its founding in 2000, to ìrelocateî homelessness as a racial and economic justice issue through grassroots organizing. In 2006, she was honored with the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University.
Li Dianlai teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Wuhan University, is a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University (2007-08), and the author of a book on Habermas (in Chinese).
Richard Lichtman is Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Wright Institute. He is the author of several books, including The Production of Desire and various articles in philosophy, psychology, social theory, politics, aestheticsówhich the standard clichÈ describes as too numerous to cite. He is the Director of a Graduate Degree Program in Critical Psychology in a degree granting flexible university which is centered in California but is available to students throughout the country.
Lars Lih worked for six years in the Washington office of Congressman Ron Dellums of Berkely California. He afterwards received a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, taught at Duke University and Wellesley College, and is now an independent scholar living in Montreal Quebec. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Russian history and Bolshevik ideology, including Bread and Authority in Russia, 1914-1921, Stalin's Letters to Molotov, and Lenin Rediscovered: What is To be Done in Context. He is now working on a short biography of Lenin.
Meaghan Linnick-Loughley is a student at the New School and an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society
Martha Livingston is Associate Professor of Health and Society at SUNY College at Old Westbury and Vice-Chair of Physicians for a National Health Program, Metro-New York chapter.
Ana LÛpez is a long time community activist in NYC. She teaches at John Jay College of the City University of New York in the Puerto Rican and Latin American Studies Program.
Michael Lˆwy, born in Brazil, has lived in France since 1969. He is emeritus research director in sociology at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. A prolific author of many books in several languages, his latest English publications include: The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx (Haymarket Books, 2005) and Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin's ìOn the Concept of Historyî (Verso, 2005).
Stephanie Luce is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently Distinguished Lecturer at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY. She is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage, on the editorial board of Against the Current, and a member of Solidarity.
Staughton Lynd is a radical historian from Ohio, who has written numerous books on labor struggles, civil rights, and movement building. He has also edited, with wife Alice, four volumes of oral histories. Lynd received a BA from Harvard, an MA and PhD from Columbia, and a JD from the University of Chicago. Since retiring, Staughton has been Local Education Coordinator for Teamsters Local 377 in Youngstown. The Lynds are also deeply involved in efforts to respond to the growing number of prisons in Youngstown, and regularly visit a number of incarcerated men.
Kimberly Macellaro is a graduate student in the English Ph.D. program and a participant in the Rice Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Certificate program. She holds an M.A. in English from Rutgers University, Newark.
Howie Machtinger was active in the student and radical movements of the Sixties, including Students for a Democratic Society. He has taught high school and worked at the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been active in a succession of antiwar movements, and has worked on issues ranging from Palestine to educational equity and popular education. He has worked in Viet Nam with his wife, Trude Bennett, on public health and education issues, particularly the impact of Agent Orange. He has long been obsessed with issues of race.
Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and the Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbiaís School of International and Public Affairs. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda, and was President (1999-2002) of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa. Mamdani is an expert in African history, politics, and international relations. His most recent publication is Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror (Doubleday, 2004).
Rickke Mananzala is Executive Director of FIERCE, a membership-based grassroots community organization focused on stopping the causes and impacts of gentrification, police brutality, and homelessness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth of color in New York City. Mananzala believes organizing is a crucial strategy for the social justice movement because it allows people to develop their leadership potential and power to improve their own lives and communities. Mananzala is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Right to the City NYC and of the national Steering Committee for the Right to the City National.
Mehret Mandefro is Founding Director of TruthAIDS, a preventative health non-profit, a physician, public health practitioner and advocate who has worked with HIV infected and affected communities in Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia and the South Bronx. Her work is the subject of a feature-length documentary that explores the transmission of HIV among African-American women and is scheduled for independent film release in 2008.
John F. Manley is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stanford University. His work on welfare states is part of an on-going class analysis of U.S. history with an emphasis on public policy and a critical analysis of pluralism.
Luz Marquez-Benbow is the co-founder and Associate Director for the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA). SCESA is a women of color led non-profit committed to ensuring that systems-wide policies and social change initiatives related to sexual assault are informed by critical input and direction of women of color. SCESA utilizes a multi-strategy approach of leadership enhancement and support for women of color. She has provided statewide testimony of the realities of women of color, people with disabilities, and urban teens of color as they relate to sexual assault.
Esperanza Martel was born in Puerto Rico and first came to the United States at the age of four. It has been said that she has been an activist ever since, drawing inspiration from the Black Panther Party and the Cuban Revolution. She currently works on healing women with cancer as a result of the U.S. military bombing tests in Vieques, Puerto Rico. She helped establish the Latin Womenís Collective. She also established the House of Womynís Power in the South Bronx. She is also a former City College faculty member who was purged for supporting student activists.
Julie Matthaei is a co-founder of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (USSEN) and a member of the Coordinating Committee. She is a professor of economics at Wellesley College. She is also Co-Director of Guramylay: Growing the Green Economy.
Jack McCallum, senior writer at Sports Illustrated since 1981, has covered virtually every sport from Archery to ... well, he can't think of any sport that begins with Z. But he has covered the World Championship of Squash. His primary beat, however, is basketball, and in 2005 he was named to the writersí wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He has written seven non-fiction books and one novel, has taught journalism at several colleges, and occasionally gets himself into trouble writing political columns for his local newspaper, The Morning Call, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Jamie K. McCallum studies Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and teaches at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges. As an agitator for social justice, he's been a labor organizer in New York and California, and helped build worker-activist alliances before the WTO protest in Seattle in 1999. He has published fiction, journalism, and photography. At parties, he is fond of telling people he is ìworking on a novel.î This is his fourth year as a coordinator of Left Forum.
Alfred McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. He wrote, at the risk of his life, the well know book The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia. His recent book, A Question of Torture, documents how the American government paid hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, with the aid of scientists at top American universities, the various methods of torture that are used by the CIA today.
Heather McGhee is Managing Editor of Around the Kitchen Table, Demos' monthly e-journal on economic issues. For Demos, she co-authored Retiring in the Red: The Growth of Debt Among Older American. Her writing has appeared in the Detroit Free-Press and CampusProgress.org. Her research has been cited in numerous national and regional news outlets. McGhee worked for the John Edwards campaign as Deputy Policy Director for Domestic and Economic Policy.
Patricia McFadden is a leading African feminist voice, known for her critique of nationalism and her insistence on examining issues of sexuality. Born in Swaziland, she came of age in the South African liberation movement and was forced into exile because of her political activities. Since 1993 she has lived in Zimbabwe, where she was in charge of gender programming at SARIPS (Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies) and was the founding editor of SAFERE (Southern African Feminist Review). She held the Cosby Chair at Spelman College, 2005-2007.
Andree-Nicola McLaughlin is First Holder of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Distinguished Chair in Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. McLaughlin is also Professor and Director of Women's Studies. She also serves as the Founding Coordinator of the International Cross-Cultural Black Women's Studies Institute, a twenty-one year old global network which has convened more than a dozen world conferences, study tours, and international symposia on Black and Indigenous women's issues in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America, South America, and the Pacific Islands. McLaughlin considers herself to be a Black feminist and change agent.
David McNally is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of four books including, most recently, a second edition of Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism published by Merlin Press and Arbeiter Ring Publishing (2006).
David McReynolds has been active in anti-war and international solidarity movements since the early 1960s. His work as a staff member of the War Resisters League and his writings on non-violent resistance have inspired multiple generations of peace activists. In 2004 McReynolds ran for the Senate on the Green Party ticket as an explicitly anti-war candidate.
Richard J. Meagher teaches political science at Marymount Manhattan College. He is completing his doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center; his dissertation concerns the alliance between economic and religious conservatives.
Rosemary Mealey is a writer, poet, educator, attorney, and former member of the Black Panther Party.
Miguel "Mickey" Melendez is an activist for Latino and Puerto Rican rights. He has held senior positions in the New York City government and has taught in the black and Hispanic studies department at Baruch College, CUNY. He is also the recipient of the Charles Revson Fellowship (2004-2005) at Columbia University. He is the author of We Took the Streets: Fighting for Latino Rights with the Young Lords (Rutgers University Press, 2005).
Michael Menser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, serves on the executive boards of the Environmental Studies Program at BC, the Center for the Study of Place, Culture, and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center, and the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network. Among his most recent publications are ìDisarticulate the State! Maximizing Democracy in ëNewí Autonomous Movements in the Americas,î and ìTransnational Participatory Democracy in Action: The Case of La Via Campesina.î He helped organize the U.S. Social Forum and was a participant-organizer in the World Social Forum 2005, NYC 2001, 2003, 2004, and Boston 2004.
Matt Meyer is an educator-activist, based in New York City. Currently Co-Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the major North American consortium of university- and K-12-based peace programs, Meyer has long worked to bring together academics and activists for lasting social change. With Bill Sutherland, Meyer authored Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan-African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation. Meyer is also editor of War in Africa and An African Peace. He is a member of the collective Resistance in Brooklyn, and has recently re-joined the National Committee of the WRL, as representative of WRL's Publications Committee.
Ethan Miller is a co-founder of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (USSEN) and a member of its Coordinating Committee. He also works with the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) and the Data Commons Project.
Sam J. Miller is Lead Organizer with Picture the Homeless. He organized a Housing Campaign for nearly three and a half years, spearheading the Manhattan Vacant Building Count and Anti-Warehousing legislation, as well as dozens of protests, press conferences, policy briefings, and fundraisers. Miller has represented the organization at conferences in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
Cindy Milstein is the co-organizer of the annual Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference and the Radical Theory Track at NCOR, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and a collective member of both the Free Society Collective and all-volunteer Black Sheep Books in Montpelier, VT. She also taught for many years at the ìanarchist summer schoolî known as the Institute for Social Ecology. Her essays appear in several anthologies, including Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority (AK Press, 2007), Globalize Liberation (City Lights, 2004), and Confronting Capitalism (Soft Skull, 2004).
Lori Minnite has taught at Barnard College since 2000. Before that she was Associate Director of the Center for Urban and Policy Research at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Her research is concerned with issues of equality, racial and social justice, political conflict, and institutional change. This fall The New Press will publish her book, ëAs Many As We Couldí: Keeping Down the Black Vote in America, co-authored with Frances Fox Piven and Margaret Groarke. Minnite is completing a manuscript on the politics of electoral rules tentatively entitled, The Politics of Voter Fraud.
Carl Mirra is an associate professor at the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education at Adelphi University. He edited Enduring Freedom or Enduring War? The Prospects and Costs of the New American 21st Century (Maisonneuve Press, 2005) and wrote U.S. Foreign Policy and the Prospects for Peace Education(McFarland Press). He is completing an oral history of the Iraq War. His articles have appeared in Left History, American Diplomacy, Peace Review, ZNet, Journal of Peace Education, History News Network and elsewhere. Mirra became a peace activist while serving in the Marines during the first Gulf War.
Nahyshene Molina is an eighteen-year-old Puerto Rican American and senior at George Washington High School. Since the age of ten, Molina has been a part of FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality). As the daughter of a founding member, Molina would come to FUREE with her mother and brothers. She became more involved with its organizing work when, two years ago, she interned for its electoral campaign, NY VOTE. Since then, Molina has represented FUREE at the NYC Urban Youth Collaborative; she co-founded FUREE's Youth Organizing Project. She was recently profiled in The Exchange Magazine.
Brian Moore has been a civic activist and a political volunteer all of his adult life. An opponent of the Iraq War since early 2002, he organized the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace & Justice, a grassroots group of 160 people from three separate counties in Florida. He is currently active in the St. Pete for Peace group and is the Presidential candidate of the Socialist Party USA in the 2008 elections.
Vanessa Moses, as a member of Generation Five's Program Team, is organizing g5's Transformative Justice Study to Action process and the emerging Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative. She joined the Program Team after several years of experience in leadership development and anti-oppression work. Vanessa was trained as an organizer at the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and is now also a staff organizer with Just Cause Oakland, a membership-based organization fighting for racial and economic justice.
'M'ampela Mpela is a long time civil rights activist from Lesotho. Mpela is a board member of Global Information Network and co-producer of the Africa Roundtable.
Micere M. Githae Mugo is a poet and playwright. She is also a full professor and has taught in the Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University since the fall of 1993. Although a Kenyan by birth and upbringing, she is a citizen of Zimbabwe, a Pan-Africanist by identification, an internationalist in orientation, and a Black feminist.
Cathy Mulder, an assistant professor of economics at Washington College, specializes in labor economics and political economy. She had previously been a union activist for thirty years, from IBEW shop steward to President of her graduate student union, GEO-UAW, and, most recently, as a paid representative for the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802. Her most recent article, ìWal-Martís Role in Capitalism,î will appear in Rethinking Marxism. Her book manuscript, Trade Unions and the Strategy of Class Transformation: The Case of the Broadway Musicians is currently under review by Routledge Publishers.
Soniya Munshi is a graduate student in sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her current research is interested in the political economy of the domestic violence industry in the United States, especially in relationship to the Global War on Terror.
Donna Murch teaches African-American history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she is affiliated with the Center for Race and Ethnicity.
Immanuel Ness is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His research examines the working class and labor unions from a historical-comparative perspective. He is the author of Immigrants, Unions, and the New U.S. Labor Market (Temple) and Chains of Migration (forthcoming). Ness is editor of Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society.
Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and popular educator engaged in social justice work, has helped coordinate projects related to public education and racial justice, women's empowerment, Palestine/Israel, and indigenous rights. She is a co-founder of the Center for Immigrant Families and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
Mukoma Wa Ngugi is a Kenyan author of several books including Hurling Words at Consciousness (2006), Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (2003) and editor of a forthcoming anthology, New Kenyan Fiction (Ishmael Reed Publications, 2008). He is co-editor of Pambazuka News and a political columnist for the BBC Focus on Africa Magazine. His political essays and columns have appeared in the LA Times, Progressive Magazine, New Internationalist, Monthly Review, Radical History Review, Chimurenga Journal, and Kenya's Business Daily Africa, among other places. His fiction and poetry will appear in the New York Quarterly, Wasafiri Journal and Kenyon Review.
August H. Nimtz is Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies and member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota. His most recent book is Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic'.
Not4prophet was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised on the streets of East Harlem and the South Bronx, NYC. As a teen-ager he was homeless, (then) a squatter, and his first artistic endeavor was as a graffiti writer. He went on to form(ulate) and front the underground anti-corporate political punk/hip hop/salsa/reggae fusion band known as Ricanstruction and later founded the outlaw art and agitation collective called Ricanstruction Netwerk. Not4Prophet is currently MC for the radical rap/hardcore hip hop group called X-Vandals.
Iris Nowak received her Ph.D in 1971 at the University of Hamburg. She is the co-editor of analyse & kritik, a Left German newspaper. She works on feminist views on precarization and organizing, and on gender and care relations in neoliberalism.
Tavia Nyong'o is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at NYU who writes on racial and ethnic studies. He is a member of the editorial collective of Social Text. His writing on Kenya has appeared in The Nation and the literary journal N+1, and he blogs at bluegum.typepad.com/kenya.
Mary O'Brien is an attending physician at Columbia Univeristy Health services and a faculty member at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a Board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, Metro-New York chapter, and chairs its media committee.
Tom O'Donnell, who received his Ph.D in Nuclear Physics, writes and lectures widely on the global oil order and US Middle East and Latin American relations (TomOD.com). He is currently US Fulbright Scholar in Caracas at The Center for the Study of Development (CENDES) at the Universidad Central de Venezuela researching the political economy of oil in Venezuela in comparison to Algeria. He teaches at The New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA). He is writing a book, The New Globalized Oil Order and the Middle East.
Sebnem Oguz is finishing her PhD on globalization and restructuring of Turkish state at York University, and teaching at Trent University.
Bertell Ollman is a professor in the Department of Politics at NYU and author of Alienation: Marx's Conception of Man in Capitalist Society, Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method, How to Take an Exam...and Remake the World, and other works. He is also the inventor of the Class Struggle board game, and convener of the Marxist Theory Colloquium at NYU. For his writings, see www.dialecticalmarxism.com.
Sowore Omoyele is the former leader of a national student organization critical of Nigeria's military rulers and the subsequent administration of democratically elected Olusegun Obasanjo. He was repeatedly jailed and tortured by government police and hired thugs. Omoyele helps operate a human rights school in Lagos, which trains young people to be government watchdogs, since democracy withers without strong civic institutions. He also writes on and publishes Saharareporters.com, an online community of Nigerian and international reporters founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Martin Oppenheimer is professor emeritus of sociology, Rutgers University, and Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania. He is on the editorial board of Critical Sociology. His latest book is The Hate Handbook (Lexington). He is the author of ìDoes Immigration Hurt U.S.-born Workers,î in the Winter 2008 issue of New Politics (www.newpol.org).
Major Owens is a former Congressman, who retired after twenty-four years. Representative Owens was a member of the vital Education and the Workforce Committee, which guides all federal involvement in education, job training, labor law, programs for the aging, and people with disabilities, and equal employment opportunities. Owens is presently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, where he is writing a book about the Congressional Black Caucus and the guiding force of Communications Services Center.
Leo Panitch is Canada Chair and Distinguished Research Professor at the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. He is Chief Editor of the international annual journal Socialist Register and has published many books and articles on numerous themes in the field of international and comparative political economy.
Party Study Party is a study group of NYC-based left activists and organizers who came together based on relationships formed in mass work to collectively study how to build a successful liberation movement in the United States. The first 8-month study focused on the united front as a model of left organizing and the second, just concluded with a larger group, on left political organization and organization building, with the stated goal to develop our capacity to make informed decisions about building or starting left organization.
Josh Pavan is a member of Q-Team, a Montreal collective that organizes politically-engaged queer events, public forums, and parties in order to foster and contribute to a radical, anti-capitalist, anti-racist and trans-positive queer community. He is also a coordinator of a community-run kitchen, sits on the board of the 2110 center for Gender Advocacy, has been involved in grasroots organizing in montreal since 2003, and appears occassionally as the ravishing Ms. Ana Ki.
Michael Pelias is co-managing editor of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. He teaches philosophy and film studies at Long Island University-Brooklyn.
Anne Peterman is Co-Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project. She has been working for the protection of forests and for indigenous peoples' rights since 1989. She has been participating in and writing about the UN climate conventions since 2004 and is a co-founder of the Durban Group for Climate Justice, as well as the recently formed Climate Justice Now! Network that came together during the UN Climate Convention in Bali.
Suzanne Pharr founded the Womenís Project in Arkansas in 1981. She served on its staff until 1999, when she became the first woman director of the Highlander Center, whose work centers on workersí rights, Civil Rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and the leadership of grassroots community people, including youth. Suzanne is the author of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism and In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation. She successfully campaigned against Oregonís antigay ordinance in 1991 and is currently working with SONG to create a mobile organizing school in the South.
Stephen Philion is an assistant professor of sociology at St. Cloud State University. He is currently writing a book, entitled Workers Democracy and China's Transition from State Socialism (Routledge, 2008). He lived for five years in Taiwan and almost two years on mainland China researching the impact of privatization (and more broadly globalization) on workers across the Taiwan Straits. He has spent much time interviewing laid-off workers and labor movement organizers and supporters throughout mainland China.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002) and 2012 : The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006). His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, ArtForum, Esquire, and many other publications. He is the editorial director of Reality Sandwich, and writes a monthly column for Conscious Choice Magazine. He is also working on a series of animated shorts and a documentary feature, which can be previewed at http://PostModernTimes.com.
Frances Fox Piven, political activist and scholar, is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her recent books include Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (2006) and The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bushís Militarism (2004). She also co-authored several books with Richard Cloward, including Why Americans Still Donít Vote; Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare; and Poor Peopleís Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail. She is a past president of the American Sociological Association.
RenÈ Francisco Poitevin is an assistant professor at New York University. His work looks at the intersection of gentrification, labor markets, and Marxist theory. He is also board member of the Brecht Forum.
Thomas Ponniah is co-editor of the book Another World Is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum (Zed Books, 2003). He is Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in social theory, globalization, and development. He is a member of the Network Institute for Global Democratizationóone of the founding organizations of the World Social Forum.
Ai-Jen Poo is an organizer for the new union, Domestic Workers United, which is bringing new energy into the labor movement. The DWU, which came out of an organizing project at CAAAV (Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) unites women immigrant domestic workers from five communities: Pan-Asian, Filipina, South Asian, Haitian, and a workers cooperative in Long Island. The union is currently campaigning to amend NY labor law to cover domestic workers. In April, 2007, Ai-Jen Poo announced the formation of a new National Alliance of Domestic Workers at the US Social Forum.
James Gray Pope is Professor of Law and Sidney Reitman Scholar at the Rutgers University School of Law. His articles on worker rights have appeared in numerous publications, including the Columbia Law Review, Labor History, and Yale Law Journal among others. Pope has a JD from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton. From 1974 to 1980, he was a metal-trades worker and member of the IAM and the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers. He has written numerous articles about workers' rights, constitutional law, and labor history.
Mimmo Porcaro is a ìfree-lanceî student in political theory and political sociology. He is a former member of the National Political Committee of Partito della Rifondazione Comunista (PRC) and present political secretary of the only PRC Minister in Italian Government. His latest publication (in English) is Experiences of the European Left (2003).
David Pratt is a member of the Steelworkers union and a former Teamster, with many years experience as an occupational health and safety specialist. As a volunteer with the New York Committee for Occupational Health and Safety (NYCOSH) he has been very involved in projects monitoring the issues facing different groups of workers in New York City following 9/11.
Nikita Price is the Rental Subsidies Organizer for Picture the Homeless. Nikita worked in the food and beverage industry for over twenty-five years in New York and New Orleans. After returning to NYC, he and his 15-year-old daughter became homeless. While navigating the NYC shelter system, Nikita joined Picture the Homeless. Working as a member for over a year, Nikita was selected to become an organizer trainee which he successfully completed and was hired as a full time organizer.
Katie Quan is Associate Chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, specializing in labor strategies in the global economy, policies that promote the rights of immigrant workers, and equity issues for women workers. She was an international vice-president of UNITE who rose through the ranks, having been a rank and file seamstress, shop steward, union organizer, and manager of the unionís Pacific Northwest District Council. She has organized on mainland China and currently is a fellow at the Cornell ILR School, doing oral histories of Chinese garment workers.
Elizabeth Ramey is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is completing a dissertation on the political economy of U.S. food and agriculture. She is currently a visiting instructor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
Maia Ramnath is a long-time activist on issues including global economic justice, anti-war, on-campus labor rights, and Palestine solidarity. She can currently be found at the University of California at Santa Cruz where she seeks solace on the airwaves of the Free Radio Santa Cruz collective from the throes of finishing her PhD dissertation in history, on anti-colonial radicalism in the South Asian diaspora.
Tarso LuÌs Ramos is director of Research of Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank analyzing the US Right. He has been a researcher and writer about right-wing movements since 1991. As director of the Wise Use Public Exposure Project he led efforts to counteract anti-union and anti-environmental campaigns in the western US. From 2000-2005 he directed Western States Centerís racial justice program, which resists racist public policy initiatives and supports the base-building work of progressive people of color-led organizations.
Peter Ranis is Professor Emeritus at the CUNY Graduate Center and York College. He is the author of Argentine Workers: Peronism and Contemporary Class Consciousness and Class, Democracy and Labor in Contemporary Argentina. His latest publication in Working USA is entitled ìEminent Domain: Unused Tool for American Labor.î
Jack Rasmus teaches Politics and Economics at Saint Mary's College of California and Santa Clara University. His books include The Political Economy of Wage and Price Controls and The War At Home.
Michael Ratner is President of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). He has led CCR in its aggressive legal fight against the post 9/11 violations of civil liberties by the Bush administration. He was part of the small group of lawyers that first took on representation of the Guant·namo detainees in January 2001, a case that went to the Supreme Court where a major victory was won in June 2004. CCR recently filed a suit against Blackwater for the killings at Nisoor Square in Iraq.
Audacia Ray is a blogger (WakingVixen.com), video podcast host (LiveGirlReview.com), author (Naked on the Internet), porn director/producer (The Bi Apple), and erotic art curator (Arena Studios). She was executive editor of $pread for three years.
Fernando Reals is a Puerto Rican and Colombian anti-imperialist activist and popular educator who teaches in a NYC public school. Reals had been a long-term volunteer with DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving, a South Asian immigrant-justice organization - and is a member of SPIN - September 23rd Pro-Independence Network, a network working in the spirit of Comandante Filiberto Ojeda Rios to unite and strengthen Puerto Rican pro-independence organizations and movements.
Jan Rehmann is a co-editor of the German Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism (HKWM) and teaches philosophy and social theories at Union Theological Seminary and at the Free University in Berlin. His most recent book was Postmoderner Links-Nietzscheanismus. Deleuze und Foucault. Eine Dekonstruktion (Argument-Verlag: Hamburg, 2004).
Jessica Rechtschaffer is a New York City activist. She has an M.A. in religious studies from Columbia University.
Resistance in Brooklyn is a study group and intergenerational collective of anti-imperialist whites in and around NYC that formed in 1992. Three things that define our core practice and beliefs: antiracist movement building, solidarity with liberation movements, and political prisoner support.
Patricia Blau Reuss has been the Senior Policy Analyst for the National Organization for Women since 2002. Before that she directed the D.C. office of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund for over ten years. She serves as a veteran legislative and issue strategist, coalition builder, progressive political activist and grassroots organizer for women's, civil and reproductive rights. She has been an activist on behalf of women's rights for thirty-five years and was a major force behind the 1994 passage of the $1.62 billion Violence Against Women Act.
Revolution & Evolution in the 20th Century is a study group conceived in the 1960s revolutionary upsurge. James and Grace Lee Boggs' Evolution and Revolution in the 20th Century became the one of the seminal texts of the New Left. Seeing personal transformation growing out of political revolution, Evolution is a careful study of political rebellion of the 20th century and where the movement is headed.
Jean Rice has been homeless for twenty-five years. He picks up cans for recycling and engages in constitutionally protected activities such as panhandling. Rice is an avid student of history and was incarcerated in Attica from 1963 to 1965. Rice has been an active leader of the Civil Rights Committee of Picture the Homeless since 2001. Through his work with the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, and as a leader of Picture the Homeless, Jean has been instrumental in building a coalition of faith communities to support homeless resistance to poverty and racism.
Rob Richie has directed FairVote since 1992. He is co-author of Every Vote Equal about establishing a national popular vote for president and Whose Votes Count, about the case for proportional voting and instant runoff voting. His writings have appeared in seven additional books and many newspapers and magazine. He has been a guest on C-SPAN, NBC News, CNN, FOX, Bloomberg News and MSNBC and has addressed annual conventions of the American Political Science Association, National Association of Counties, National Association of Secretaries of State and National Conference of State Legislatures.
Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrewís Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, is a longtime activist in movements concerned with gender, racial and economic justice. His support of reproductive rights and lesbian/gay rights has made him a target of conservatives in the denomination, who unsuccessfully tried to strip him of ordination. His efforts to articulate a progressive vision of Christianity have also generated controversy, leading to an ongoing struggle at the national level to create more space in the denomination for churches with non-traditional theology and politics.
Rainer Rilling is a member of the Department of Policy Analysis at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin and a professor of sociology at the University of Marburg. He is a member of the scientific advisory of ATTAC Germany. He has published in the fields of political communication, international relations, and peace and conflict studies. His recent publications include ìImperialityî in Capitalism Reloaded, Hamburg 2007, Debating Multitude: Ten Notes (2005) and Power and Property (2004).
Amy Richard is a feminist activist, writer, and organizer. Richard co-founded the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30, which she led for a decade. She wrote her first book, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, with Jennifer Baumgardner, published in October 2000. Together they recently completed their second book, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, and also created a lecture agency, Soapbox Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out.
Ignacio Rivera is a Queer Trans- Entity, Black Boricua performer, activist, sex educator and sex worker. As a sex worker ze is a Pro-dom and is working in the adult film industry. Ze is the founder of Poly Patao Productions. P3 is dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, films, play parties, and educational opportunities. Ignacio is also one of the founding board member of Queers for Economic Justice, a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation.
Juan Antonio Ocasio Rivera is an activist and social worker in the New York City area.
Selena Roberts became a senior writer for Sports Illustrated in January of 2008 after more than 11 years with The New York Times. Prior to her position as sports columnist beginning in 2002, Roberts had served as The Timesí Olympic and tennis writer, as well as the beat reporter for the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. From 1994 to 1996, Roberts covered the Minnesota Vikings for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. She is the author of A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs and the Tennis Match That Leveled the Game.
Robert Robinson is the Housing Campaign and Rent Subsidies Campaign Leader for Picture the Homeless, which he joined in January 2007. A native New Yorker and college graduate, in 2004, Robinson experienced his first bout of homelessness as a result of being laid off in Miami after over a decade on the job. He returned to New York, where he became an advocate for the homeless and a leader in the New York City Coalition for the Continuum of Care (NYCCoC), the governing body of the NYC shelter system. Robinson is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Right to the City NYC.
Adriana Rocha is a program officer at New York Foundation, which supports groups in New York City that are working on problems of urgent concern to residents of disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods.
Len Rodberg is Chair and Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College, and Research Director and Treasurer of Physicians for a National Health Program, Metro-New York chapter.
Rogers was one of the first New Yorkers to be trained by the Olinsky Foundation as a community organizer. Rogers has worked as an instructor, researcher, lecturer, and organizer. Rogers has had several articles published as a freelance writer and as an entrepreneur he has been the owner of several businesses ó a shipping company and a literary research firm in Harlem. Rogers joined Picture the Homeless as a member in June of 2004. He is the past President of the Council of Black Catholics for Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
Heather Rogers is a journalist, author, and filmmaker. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Utne and Architecture. Her first book, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, traces the history and politics of household garbage in the United States. Her 2002 documentary film, also titled ìGone Tomorrow,î screened in festivals around the globe.
Nancy Romer is Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and executive director of the Brooklyn College Community Partnership. She is University-Wide Officer of the PSC and has been studying grassroots organizations in Bolivia and Venezuela.
Laine Romero-Alston has been the Director of Research and Policy at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center since September 2002, where she coordinates the implementation of community-based, participatory research and policy initiatives in partnership with grassroots organizations throughout New York City. Romero-Alston has a specific interest in the application of research as an effective tool to further the organizing and advocacy efforts of communities traditionally and systemically marginalized. Laine also worked for four years as a community organizer in Mexico City.
Troy Rondinone is Assistant Professor of History at Southern Connecticut State University. His areas of interest include working-class history, economic history, and radical studies. He has written about the impact of Wal-Mart in Connecticut, the effect of nationalism on media representations of the Pullman Strike, and the power of Civil War memory on popular understanding of late 19th century labor conflict. He is working on studies of professional boxers in mid-twentieth century America and of nationalism during the Pullman Strike. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Connecticut History.
Stephanie Rooker is the founder of Party for the People (PftP), a free public event designed to build community awareness and engagement. Born and raised in the mountains of rural Virginia, Rooker began performing music as a small child. She studied classical voice throughout high school and at Oberlin College, where she also earned a degree in ethnomusicology, focusing on the music of the West African Diaspora. After moving to New York in 2004, Rooker began studying jazz voice and piano. She continues to compose, blending a range of styles into her originals and arrangements.
Fred Rosen is a NACLA staff member based in New York and Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is the editor of Empire and Dissent in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2008).
Loretta Ross is the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, a network founded in 1997. She was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Womenís Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in US history, with more than one million participants. Between 1996 and 2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta. She is the co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, with Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, and Elena GutiÈrrez (2004).
David F. Ruccio, who teaches in the Department of Economics & Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is the editor of Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture, and Society.
Chris Rude is an independent writer and researcher who lives and works in New York City.
Lisa Rudman is Director of National Radio Project. NRP (not NPR!), produces the Making Contact series each week, and broadcasts on over 200 non-commercial radio stations. NRP trains and collaborates with grassroots groups to make media and to get their voices heard to an ever-broadening audience (broadcast and Internet). Rudmanís roots in independent media activism go back to PCTV in the early 1980s. She has contributed programming to Deep Dish, Free Speech TV and other outlets. She founded the Women's Desk at National Radio Project, and NRP's Welfare Radio Collaborative.
Maliha Safri is an assistant professor in the economics department at Drew University. She finished her dissertation on the political economy of immigration in the US, and is currently working on related projects such as remittances, employment, and household dynamics. Recent work includes a paper in progress with co-author Julie Graham on globalized aspects of remittances, and the specific household and class consequences for senders and receivers. Other forthcoming projects include a paper on subjectivity and the theory of the gift, as well as contemporary Pakistani and Afghan interactions.
Viviane Saleh-Hanna is a professor of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Coptic and Palestinian in origin, Canadian in citizenship and Pan-Africanist in her heart, she identifies as an activist scholar. Prior to moving to the United States, she lived in Nigeria and worked with prisoners in Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia. Her book Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria is the first publication on prisons in West Africa and the first publication to provide an in-depth look at the life inside African prisons. More recently, her scholarhsip and activism have focused on the role black music plays in black liberation struggles and the fight against modern slavery through mass incarceration.
John Sanbonmatsu is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the author of several journal articles, as well as of the acclaimed book The Postmodern Prince: Left Strategy, Critical Theory and the Making of a New Political Subject (Monthly Review Press 2005).
Eric Sawyer is a founder of ACT UP and Housing Works, the largest provider of housing, care, services and advocacy for people with AIDS in the USA. He is a Board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, Metro-New York chapter.
Jeremy Scahill is an unembedded, international journalist. He is a correspondent for the national radio and television show Democracy Now! and a frequent contributor to The Nation. He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. His first book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, is a New York Times best seller. Scahill has reported extensively from Iraq, Yugoslavia, Nigeria, and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, exposed the presence of Blackwater mercenaries in New Orleans. His work has also appeared in The Progressive, In These Times, and Z Magazine.
Danny Schechter is an author, filmmaker, and blogger whose 2006 documentary, ìIn Debt We Trust,î spotlighted the perils of subprime lending and the broader menace of the American ìcredit and loan complex.î
Helen Scott is an associate professor at the University of Vermont where she teaches postcolonial studies in the English department and Women and Gender Studies program. She is currently a union delegate for United Academics: AFT-AAUP. She has published articles in Callaloo, International Socialist Review, Journal of Haitian Studies, Postcolonial Text; has chapters in anthologies including Marxism, Modernity, and Postcolonial Studies, and Haiti: Writing Under Siege; and a book, Caribbean Women Writers and Globalization: Fictions of Independence, published by Ashgate. She is the editor of The Essential Rosa Luxemburg newly published by Haymarket Books. Originally from Britain, she has lived in the US since 1988 and is a long time socialist activist who frequently speaks on panels and at rallies against war, and for labor and immigrant rights.
Ron Scott is a television producer, a founding member of the Detroit Black Panther party, a spokesperson for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, and host for the weekly talk show ìFor My People.î
Thomas Seibert is a political philosopher. He works for the leftist relief organization Medico International, as well as being a member of the Federal Council of ATTAC Germany, an activist of the Interventionist Left (IL), and member of the editorial board of the magazine FantÙmas. His latest publication is Truth, Event and Real Movement: On the Deconstruction of Subjectivity, Philosophy, and Politics (2007). He has an article in Socialism and Democracy(forthcoming, 2008) called ìNew Commonplaces after Heiligendamm.î
Micol Seigel is Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research and teaching focuses on prisons and policing, state discipline and surveillance, cultural politics, transnational connections, and race in the Americas, particularly the U.S. and Brazil. She is an abolitionist and organized with Critical Resistance-South from 1999-2003 and CR-Los Angeles from 2003-2007.
Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was the founding National Coordinator for Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq and the Interfaith Worker Justice Center for New Orleans. He is an Associate Fellow in Religion and Justice at the Institute for Policy Studies. Rev. Sekou serves as Senior Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York. His forthcoming book, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Religion and the Future of Democracy (Ig Publishing) will be published in April 2009.
Aarti Shahani is a co-founder of Families for Freedom, a multiethnic organization of families fighting deportation.
Dave Shukla is a researcher and activist in Los Angeles. He has organized at the local and national levels of Students for a Democratic Society with the UCLA chapter. In conjunction with the School of Public Affairs at UCLA, he and David Wallechinsky are currently developing a model for mass participation and engagement with institutional design and policy formation for each agency and program in the federal government.
Cleo Silvers is a former member of the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords Party, and the Detroit Revolutionary Union Movement. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA while working fulltime and graduated with a BA from Cornell Universityís partnership program with the National Labor College, in June 2007.
Charlene Sinclair is a student at Union Theological Seminary, former director of National Campaign for the Center for Community Change, and an organizer in Poor People's movements.
Marina Sitrin is a dreamer, teacher, student, and militant. She is the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina, an oral history of the autonomous social movements in Argentina. (Spanish edition Chilavert 2005, English edition AK Press 2006) Marina has traveled extensively in Latin America, spending time with the various new social movements. She is currently writing and editing a book, Insurgent Democracies: Latin America's New Powers (City Lights Press 2008).
Michael Slater is deputy director of Project Vote, the country's premier nonpartisan voter registration organization. His work focuses primarily on enforcing the rights of low-income and minority Americans to register, vote, and have their votes counted. In the past several years, Slater has contributed to the passage of election legislation in half a dozen states, helped lead a successful effort to overturn laws in seven states restricting voter registration, and edited or authored numerous publications on election policy. Slater has thirteen years of community, labor and faith-based organizing experience.
David N. Smith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and, since 1990, has taught sociology at the University of Kansas. He has published widely on Marx, critical theory, sociological theory, genocide, prejudice, and authoritarianism.
Michael Steven Smith is an attorney practicing injury litigation in New York City. He is the co-host of the WBAI radio program Law and Disorder. He is on the boards of The Center for Constitutional Rights, The Left Forum, and The Brecht Forum. He has written Notebook of a Sixties Lawyer and Lawyers You'll Like, and most recently edited two books by William Kunstler.
Richard Smith wrote his dissertation on the transition to capitalism in China and has written on this and related topics for the New Left Review, Monthly Review, The Ecologist, Against the Current and other publications. He is working on a book on capitalist development and Chinaís ecological collapse.
Alan Snitow is an award-winning filmmaker whose PBS documentary ìThirstî (with Deborah Kaufman) and its follow-up book (Wiley, 2007) exposed how the corporate drive to control water has become the catalyst for community resistance to globalization. Snitow and Kaufman's earlier PBS films dealt with organizing high-tech workers ("Secrets of Silicon Valley") and with Black-Jewish relations ("Blacks and Jews"). Snitow is on the board of Food and Water Watch. He is currently working on a film about Jewish power and identity in America.
Ingar Solty is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at York University in Toronto. He is also Politics Editor of Das Argument. Together with Frank Deppe et al., he is co-author of The New Imperialism (2004). His articles have appeared in Das Argument, Z, Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung, Socialism & Democracy, Capital & Class and Sozialismus, covering a broad range of themes in international political economy, US and European politics, political theory, and political aesthetics. His doctoral research focuses on the changing relationship between conservatism and neoliberalism and conservative and socialist post-neoliberalism strategies.
Mia Son teaches in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Kangwon National University, Korea. Sonís recent work explores the application of Marxist theory to the area of workerís working conditions and health.
Chris Spannos is on the staff of Z and the editor of Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (May 2008).
Spiritchild is a rhythmic poet with and leader of the hip hop jam band Mental Notes. Spiritchild is Founder & Chair of Movement In Motion, an artist & activist collective and Creative Consultant for Eyes Infinite Films.
Stephen Steinberg teaches in the Urban Studies Department at Queens College and the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is author of The Ethnic Myth and Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy. His most recent book, Race Relations: A Critique, was published in September by Stanford University Press.
Lynn Stewart is an attorney who began providing political defense of those criminalized by New York State (Anti-Springbok, May 19 Communist, Black Panther, Black Liberation Army, Weather Underground, Ohio 7, Richard Williams, Larry Davis, Ahmad Ajaj, and Nasser Ahmed). In 2002, she was arrested for aiding terrorism and last year was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist (her client, Sheikh Omar Rahman). She is currently awaiting a decision from the Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of her appeal.
Edwina Stokes is an educator and graduate student at Long Island University.
Nova Strachan is a member of Mothers on the Move (MOM), a social justice community organization based in the South Bronx, organizing to build a just society where there is equal economic, social and political opportunity for all. Strachan was born and raised in the South Bronx, where she has been a N.Y.C.H.A resident all her life. She currently works with MOM in hopes of building unity and power among all residents in the struggle against gentrification all over NYC. Strachan is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Right to the City NYC.
Amy Sugimori is Executive Director of La Fuente, a tri-state worker and community fund working to bring together organized labor and community partners around immigration and worker rights issues. Its project in New York City is the New York Civic Participation Project. She is an attorney and previously worked with the National Employment Law Project specializing in rights of low-wage workers.
Chyng Sunís forthcoming documentary ìThe Price of ëPleasureí: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationshipsî investigates the production, content, and consumption of pornography. She explores its personal and social effects on American citizens in our increasingly pornographic culture. The issue of pornography combines all the issues the Left has been fighting against: sexism, racism, big media corporations, and commodification/alienation under capitalism. Sun's two previous documentaries are left critiques of media domination and representations, ìMickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood and Corporate Power,î and cultural imperialism and the war on terrorism, ìBeyond Good and Evil: Media, Children and Violent Times.î
Yan Sun is Professor of Political Science at City University of New York's Queens College and Graduate Center. She is the author of The Chinese Reassessment of Socialism: 1976-1992 (Princeton University Press, 1995) and Corruption and Market in Contemporary China (Cornell University Press, 2004). She has also published numerous professional articles on China's post-Mao economic transition, political ideology, corruption, and comparative studies of Chinese and Russian reforms.
George Szamuely was born in Hungary and educated in England. He was an editor at The Times (London) and The Times Literary Supplement (London) and as a U.S. editor for The Sunday Telegraph (London). He has been affiliated with a number of think tanks, including the Hoover Institution and the Hudson Institute. A former columnist at New York Press and at Antiwar.com, he has written for many publications, with a special focus on the Balkans. He writes for Counterpunch and is currently writing a book on the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, titled An International Disgrace.
William K. Tabb taught economics at Queens College for many years, and economics, political science, and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Economic Governance in the Age of Globalization (Columbia University Press, 2004), Unequal Partners: A Primer on Globalization (New Press, 2002), and The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001).
Michael Tanzer is President of Tanzer Economic Associates, Inc., which since 1969 has specialized in consulting to Third World governments in the oil, energy and mineral areas. He is the author of scores of articles on the political economy of oil and natural resources, and five books, including The Political Economy of Oil and the Underdeveloped Countries, The Race for Resources: Continuing Struggles over Minerals and Fuels, and Energy Update: Oil in the Late Twentieth Century (with Stephen Zorn).
Nyong'o Tavia is currently an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at New York University where he teaches courses on black diaspora performance, cultural studies, social and critical theory. Nyong'o received his B.A. from Wesleyan University. Nyong'o was the 2004 runner-up for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Award given by the American Studies Association annually for the best doctoral dissertation written in the field of American Studies. His book, The Amalgamation Waltz, will appear in 2009.
Meredith Tax has been active on the Left and in the US and global womenís movements since 1967. She has participated in organizations including Bread and Roses in Boston, the Chicago Womenís Liberation Union, and CARASA. She is President of Womenís WORLD, a global free speech network of women writers, and author of The Rising of the Women, a history book; the novels Rivington Street and Union Square; and Families, a childrenís picture book that was the object of a Christian Coalition censorship campaign.
Makani Themba-Nixon is Executive Director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting community-based media and policy advocacy to advance equity and justice. She previously directed the Grass Roots Innovative Policy Program (GRIPP), a national project to build local organizing to address institutional racism in welfare and education. She is co-author of Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention and author of Making Policy, Making Change. Her latest book, co-authored with Hunter Cutting, is Talking the Walk: Communications Guide for Racial Justice.
Liz Theoharis is co-founder and Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, where she is studying for a doctorate in New Testament Studies. Theoharis is also the Co-Coordinator of the University of the Poor and certified for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.
Kaitlyn Tikkun is an independent photojournalist with a focus in environmental, healthcare, queer, and local community activist issues. She is a member of the Callen Lorde Community Health Center Transgender Community Advisory Board, and has lobbied for transgender rights via the Federal Citizens Health Care Working Group. Her current projects include a free queer and genderqueer dating site, and a photo-documentary book on people who self-injure.
Hillel Ticktin is Editor of the journal Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory and Emeritus Professor of Marxist Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Ticktin is the author of many books and articles on Marxist political economy, particularly on the USSR, former Soviet Union, South Africa, finance capital, and the nature of capitalist decline.
Victor Toro, a founder of Chile's MIR, is now an activist for the human rights of immigrants. He has lived in New York for twenty-five years, founded Vamos a la PeÒa del Bronx, and is currently fighting his own deportation order. His case is rescheduled for August 15, 2008.
Nkenge Toure has been a community advocate for Human Rights issues that impact women and children for the past thirty-five years. In 1978 she created Rape Awareness Week. While living in Washington, D.C., Toure served on the Rape Protection Act Committee, successfully changing the districtís Rape Law. A feminist, teacher, organizer, and a former member of The Black Panther Party, Ms. Toure is committed to promoting the human rights of all people. She has been the radio host for Pacifica Radioís WPFW program In Our Voices for the pat twenty years.
Rebecca Traister covers women in media, entertainment, and politics as a staff writer for Salon.com. She has also written for The New York Observer, Elle, New York Magazine, Glamour, Vogue, and The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn.
Marie Trigona has reported from Argentina for numerous media outlets around the world. A writer, radio producer, and filmmaker, her work focuses on labor struggles, social movements, and human rights in Latin America. Her writing has appeared in publications including Z Magazine, ZNet, NACLA, Monthly Review and many others. She collaborates with video and direct action collective Grupo AlavÌo (www.agoratv.org).
James Trimarco's writing includes journalism, cultural criticism, and a body of science fiction stories that explore the intersections between power, freedom, and technology. He is a long-time volunteer at the community arts group ABC No Rio and the art director at the Left Forum.
Nicole Trujillo-Pag·n, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and the Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies at Wayne State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her current research includes the Latino recovery workforce in New Orleans and Latino workers and subcontractors in the construction industry. She also volunteers at the workers' center (Centro Obrero) in Detroit, Michigan.
Jerry Tucker is a former UAW International Union Executive Board member and co-founder of the UAW New Directions Movement. He is a member of the National Steering Committee of U.S. Labor Against War and co-convener of the Center for Labor Renewal. He currently coordinates the Solidarity Education Center.
Max Uhlenbeck is an organizer living and working in New York City. He is part of the Left Turn magazine editorial collective and works at the Brecht Forum as their development coordinator.
Judith Van Allen has been a scholar-activist for more than forty years. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for African Development, Cornell University. She is working on a book on the political economy of womenís rights and the prospects for feminist ìpopular democracyî in Botswana in the context of similar struggles within Southern Africa.
David Van Arsdale is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hartwick College and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Joseph S. Murphy Institute of CUNY. He is currently working on a book about temp workers in the global economy. An article entitled ìAgencia de Empleos: 3 Days of Temping in New York Cityî is forthcoming in volume 17, issue number 2 of New Labor Forum.
Eleni Varikas is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris VIII.
Alejandro Velasco teaches Latin American Studies at New York Universityís Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He holds a B.A. in history from Boston College and an M.A. in history from Duke University, where he is completing a dissertation on the street politics of Venezuela before Hugo Ch·vez. His work draws from and intervenes in literatures on social movements, urban culture, and democratization, and has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, and the Ford and Mellon Foundations, among others.
Carlos Vilas is an Argentine political scientist and author of The Sandinista Revolution, Between Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Markets, States, and the Revolutions in Central America, La dominaciÛn imperialista en Argentina, Derecho y Estado en una economÌa dependiente and other books. He was an advisor to the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s and has worked for the Kirchner government in the area of social development.
Ziga Vodovnik is an anarchist writer living in Slovenia. He is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where his teaching and research is focused on anarchist theory/praxis and social movements in the Americas.
Tamara Vukov has been active in a range of autonomous social movements, independent media and media arts in MontrÈal over the past fifteen years, recently including Solidarity Across Borders, the People's Commission on Immigration Security Measures, and the Volatile Works collective. In collaboration with the Global Balkans activist, media and solidarity network, she is currently filming a documentary on the impacts of the postwar neoliberal transition in Serbia to be completed in 2009. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Media@McGill center for critical media research in MontrÈal.
Asbjorn Wahl is a Norwegian labor activist and theorist who, for over two decades, has been a prominent figure in the trade-union movement. He is currently working as the national co-ordinator of the Campaign for the Welfare State and as an adviser to the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees. Wahl is a member of the co-ordinating committee of the European Network for Public Services and Forum Social Europe, which is an informal network for progressive trade unionists. Wahl has written extensively about the Norwegian Left Party and its current government participation.
Alan Wald, a pre-eminent scholar of U.S. literary radicalism, has authored eight books and numerous articles. His two most recent books are Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left (2002) and Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade (2007).
Rodrick Wallace is a research scientist in the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric institute. He is the author of many books and peer reviewed papers, and the recipient of the Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His work focuses on population health and its dependence on public policy.
Victor Wallis, managing editor of Socialism and Democracy, teaches in the Liberal Arts department at the Berklee College of Music. He writes frequently on ecological issues for Capitalism Nature Socialism and has co-edited three special issues of S&D: Radical Perspectives on Race and Racism (2003), Hip Hop, Race, and Cultural Politics (2004), and Socialism and Social Critique in Science Fiction (2006).
Wang Xinyan teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Wuhan University and is the author of numerous studies of Marxism and China (in Chinese).
Dorian Warren is on the political science faculty at Columbia University.
Jerry Watts teaches English and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Bill Weinberg is editor of the electronic journal World War 4 Report and author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico (Verso, 2000). His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, AlterNet, New America Media, and NACLA Report on the Americas. He is also co-producer of the ìThe Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusadeî on WBAI. Weinberg has also been active in international solidarity campaigns in Central and South America and the Middle East, helping to found the National Organization for the Iraqi Freedom Struggles.
Alison Weir is a journalist and founder of If Americans Knew, an organization that provides information on topics of importance that are substantially misreported or unreported in the US media. The organization's primary focus is on Israel-Palestine.
Suzi Weissman is Professor of Politics at Saint Mary's College of California. She sits on the editorial boards of Critique and Against the Current, and hosts a weekly drive-time radio program (Beneath the Surface) on KPFK in Los Angeles. She is the author of Victor Serge: The Course is Set on Hope (Verso, 2001) and has edited Victor Serge: Russia Twenty Years After (Humanities, 1996) and The Ideas of Victor Serge (Merlin Press, 1997).
Seth Freed Wessler is a research associate at the Applied Research Center, a public policy institute advancing racial justice through research, advocacy, and journalism. ARC publishes ColorLines Magazine, a national magazine on race and politics. At ARC, Wessler has done research on health access, child welfare and immigration policy, and has written on immigration and national security policy for ColorLines. He is currently investigating the intersections of immigration, incarceration and child welfare policies.
Dominic Wetzel is a graduate student at the CUNY Grad Center, and has been involved with a variety of activist projects, including Queer Fist. He is currently working on his dissertation "Resisting Secularism: Fundamentalism, Disenchantment and the Troubled State of Modernity."
Billy Wharton is an organizer with the Socialist Party USA ñ NYC Local. He is the former chief steward of the Graduate Student Employees Union/CWA Local 1104, was an active participant in CUNY student movement of 1990s, and has completed internships with the AFL-CIO Union Summer and the Association for Union Democracy. He has been active in anti-war movements opposing the bombing of Yugoslavia, sanctions against Iraq, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Susan Wilcox is the Co-Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a Harlem-based organization serving Black and Latina/o youth. Bro/Sis offers holistic and comprehensive guidance, support, and love for counteracting the adverse circumstances of their members' lives. Through exploring knowledge of self and issues of social justice, and by participating in rites of passage, community organizing, and international study activities, young people are helped to develop into critical thinkers empowered to create change in their communities.
Nona Willis-Aronowitz is a freelance journalist. She has written about culture, politics, and women's issues for publications like Salon, the Village Voice, and the New York Observer. She lives in New York City.
Greg Wilpert is a German-American sociologist, with a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and freelance writer, who lives in Caracas, Venezuela. He edits the website www.venezuelanalysis.com, a site that provides regular news and analysis on Venezuelan society and politics. He is author of Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The Policies of the Chavez Government (Verso Books, 2007).
Patricia J. Williams is a professor of law at Columbia University. She writes The Nation column, "Diary of a Mad Law Professor." Her books include The Rooster's Egg (1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997), and Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own (2004).
Ora Wise co-founded the Palestine/Israel Education Project (PEP), inspired by popular education models of movement building. PEP teaches a course at a Bushwick high school and facilitates multi-media workshops in high schools and youth groups nationally, connecting the history of Israel/Palestine to the historical and current struggles against racism and colonialism in the U.S. Wise is also getting her masters in Jewish Education, is the Education Director at a synagogue in Brooklyn, and is coordinating simultaneous study groups in four cities as a project of emerging international network of anti-Zionist Jews.
Naomi Wolf wrote an international bestseller, Beauty Myth, and has recently written The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. The book shows how events since 9/11 parallel the steps taken in the 1930s by fascist dictatorships.
Max Fraad Wolff is an instructor at the Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University. A freelance researcher, strategist, and writer on international finance and macroeconomics, his work appears regularly at the Huffington Post, The Asia Times, PrudentBear.com, Seeking Alpha, and The Indypendent.
Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His numerous publications include Knowledge and Class (with Stephen Resnick), Bringing it all Back Home (with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick), and most recently New Departures in Marxian Theory (with Stephen Resnick).
Elizabeth Anne Wood is a feminist sociologist and sex worker rights advocate. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nassau Community College and co-founder of SexInThePublicSquare.org where she writes about sex and culture.
Susan L. Woodward is professor of political science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and senior fellow, FRIDE, Madrid. A specialist on the Balkans, her current research is on transitions from war to peace, state failure, and post-war state-building. On the faculties of Northwestern University, Williams College, and Yale University, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, 1990-1999, and head of the Analysis and Assessment Unit for UNPROFOR in 1994, her writings include Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War (Brookings Press, 1995), and Socialist Unemployment: The Political Economy of Yugoslavia, 1945-1990 (Princeton University Press, 1995).
Haja Worley works with Project Harmony Gardens. His father was a sharecropper in Virginia and his mother grew up in the South; in the South, everyone had a garden and, when Worleyís parents moved to the North, they brought their love of growing fresh fruits and vegetables with them. Located off of 122nd Street in Harlem, Worley brings the gift of a Black Panther Partyís servant of the people dedication to the liberation of the land and the human spirit through his activism.
Julia Wrigley is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Class Politics and Public Schools and also of Other People's Children. She recently published (with Joanna Dreby) a study of fatalities in child-care in the American Sociological Review and is interested in how child-care can be made both safer and better. She is currently working on issues related to class dynamics in caregiving relationships. She is currently serving as Acting Provost at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Wu Xinwei is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Wuhan University and a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University (2007-08), where is he working on Gramsci and language.
Eddie Yuen is a writer, teacher, archivist, radio producer, and activist. He is the co-editor, with George Katsiaficas and Daniel Burton-Rose of Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global Movement (South End Press). He teaches in the Urban Studies Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Gary Younge is a columnist and correspondent for The Guardian and the Alfred Knobler fellow for The Nation. He has written extensively from Southern Africa and throughout Europe, and is author of No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South (1999), and, most recently, of Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States (2006).
Dave Zirin, Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called ìan icon in the world of progressive sports,î and Robert Lipsyte says he is ìthe best young sportswriter in the United States.î He writes regularly for SLAM Magazine, The Nation, and for the Los Angeles Times op-ed page. He also has an online column on Sports Illustratedís website, si.com. Zirin is the author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports (Haymarket Books) and the forthcoming A People's History of Sports in the United States (New Press).
Slavoj Žižek writes everything from reflections on Lenin's polemics to Levi blue jeans ads. éiûek's work has appeared in the The New York Times, New Yorker, The Guardian, as well as the feature length film, éiûek!. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Michael Zweig is a professor in the Department of Economics at the SUNY Stony Brook, where he is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life. His works include What's Class Got to Do with It?, American Society in the 21st Century, and The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret. He produced the film Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour. For his writings and information on the June 2008 conference, How Class Works, to be held in Stony Brook, see www.workingclass.sunysb.edu.