left forum 2007 speakers




Kat Aaron
is Co-Director of People's Production House. PPH is a media justice organization in New York City, which trains youth and workers as radio journalists. Our work combines media production, media analysis, and media policy. We build media organizers: media literate youth and workers who can create and demand a media system that works in their interests. Kat is also a producer for Wakeup Call, the morning news show at WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. She is formerly the Communications Director at the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. Check PPH out online at www.peoplesproductionhouse.org.

Younes Abouayoub studied American and British Literature at Hassan II University in Morocco, Applied Foreign Languages at the Sorbonne, Paris III, Geopolitics at Saint-Denis University Paris VIII, and Political Sociology at Denis-Diderot University, Paris VII, where he received his Masters. He has also been a visiting scholar at Columbia. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation on “Interest Groups Politics in the USA: Arab-Americans and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.” He is among the founding members of the AMI, American Moroccan Institute in New York, where he currently lives.

Bashir Abu-Manneh teaches English at Barnard. His writings on Israel-Palestine appear on ZNet.

Gilbert Achcar is a Lebanese-French academic, writer, and socialist activist, teaching politics at the University of Paris VIII. Among his most recent books are The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder (2d ed., 2006) with Noam Chomsky, Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007) with Michel Warschawski,The 33-day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences (2007)--all three from Paradigm Publishers.

Seth Adler is an independent scholar. He recently received his Ph.D. in sociology from UC Santa Cruz. He is long time peace and justice activist, and has taught courses in sociology and community studies at University of California at Santa Cruz and at New College of California.

Ujju Aggarwal is a Desi woman who is part of the collective of the Center for Immigrant Families. She has participated in local and national initiatives to address issues of violence against women, immigrants' rights, and racial justice. Center for Immigrant Families (CIF) is a collectively-run, popular education-based community organizing center for low-income adult immigrant women of color in uptown Manhattan. CIF addresses, in a holistic way, the inter-connected challenges facing immigrant women by linking our personal well-being, health, and development to concrete and sustained organizing that is focused on the root causes of the challenges we face.

Michael Albert is the co-conceiver of the economic vision called participatory economics, an author of numerous books and articles, a frequent public speaker, a long time activist, and an organizer of diverse projects. He currently works at Z Magazine, Z Media Institute, and primarily for the ZNet website. His most recent book is a memoir of the past four decades titled Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism.

Amanda Alexander is a Ph.D. student in the history department at Columbia University and a visiting scholar at the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Khalil Almustafa is an outstanding poet/satirist and is a leader in the Uptown Youth for Peace and Justice based in Harlem and Bronx. He is currently a performer and speaker on the “Hip-Hop is Dead Tour” spearheaded by Rosa Clemente of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement – the follow-up to the "Speak Truth to Power Tour" (2003-05). The tour is dedicated to raising consciousness about identity, the war, the role of hip-hop, sexism, reparations and political prisoners.

Sabah Alnasseri, born in Basrah (Iraq), is a Professor for Political Science (Middle East Politics) at the York University, Toronto. Prior to that he was a Lecturer of Political Science at the J.-W.-G.-University, Frankfurt. Currently he is working on an article, “Understanding Iraq,” for the Socialist Register.

Christopher Anderson is completing his doctoral studies at Columbia University, focusing on journalistic authority, media history, and new media technologies. He works for the NYC Independent Media Center and the NYC Independent, and his academic writings have appeared in The Handbook of Journalism Studies, Making Our Media, The International Encyclopedia of Communication, and The Media and Social Theory. He is organizing the 2007 Columbia University conference, "Conversations and Communications: A Colloquium in Honor of James Carey," and was a founding organizer of the 2003 New York City Grassroots Media Conference.

Gary L. Anderson is professor of Educational Leadership at NYU. He is a former middle and high school teacher and principal. He has just finished co-editing (with Kathryn Herr) the three-volume Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (Sage Publications).

Anatole Anton is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and former chair of the department. He was also co-coordinator of the Radical Philosophy Association and part of SFSU's minor in critical social thought. He writes and researches in the areas of political and social philosophy, philosophy of social science and Hegel and Marx. He recently edited Not For Sale: In Defense of Public Goods with Milton Fisk and Nancy Holmstrom. He was also an active participant in the student/faculty strike of 1968/69.

Jean Anyon is the author most recently of Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement and Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Education. In a forthcoming article she argues that No Child Left Behind functions on the social policy level as a substitute for job creation policies. She teaches Education Policy in the Doctoral Program in Urban Education in the City University of New York.

Anthony Arnove is the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which has been read in dramatic performances nationwide since 2004. The Culture Project in New York will produce a theatrical adaptation in 2007. Arnove’s latest book is Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (foreword by Zinn). Arnove also edited the critically acclaimed Iraq Under Siege. A Brooklyn-based activist, member of the International Socialist Organization and the National Writers Union, Arnove writes regularly for ZNet and sits on the editorial boards of the International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books.

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 20 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).

Brian Ashley was the Director of the Alternative Information and Development Centre, a prominent organisation in facilitating the building of struggles against neoliberal globalisation in South Africa. He was founder member of the third world anti-debt movement Jubilee South and has been active in struggles against the World Trade Organisation. He is also a prominent member of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in South Africa.

Beniam Awash is senior research aide at the Institute for Asian and Asian American Studies and a doctoral candidate in sociology at Binghamton University. His research focuses on peace and conflict in the Horn of Africa, political Islam, Sino-African relations, and the relationship between knowledge, power and development policy. He is a freelance writer on foreign policy, Horn of Africa, and global energy security.


Kate Bahn is a recent Hampshire College graduate who concentrated in Economics and Political Economy. She is currently working in Finance Operations for a market research website.

Sung E. Bai works with CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (also known as Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence), which was founded by Asian women in 1986. CAAAV focuses on institutional violence that affects immigrant, poor, and working-class communities and on issues such as worker exploitation, concentrated urban poverty, police brutality, immigrant detention and deportation, and criminalization of youth and workers. By organizing across diverse, low-wage, and poor Asian communities in New York City, CAAAV exposes and struggles against violence with the goal of building community capacity to exercise self-determination.

Andy Banks is Campaigns Director in the Teamsters' Department of Strategic Research and Campaigns. He has been senior faculty at the AFL-CIO's George Meany Center for Labor Studies/National Labor College and has served as International Representative of the Teamsters in their Office of Strategic Campaigns where he focused on campaigns against multinationals like Royal Ahold, Volkswagen, UPS and Coca-Cola. He was Education and Development Secretary of Public Services International, the Geneva-based global union federation of public sector trade unions. Banks was the first coordinator of Jobs With Justice.

Amiri Baraka is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism. He is a poet and political activist who has recited poetry and lectured on cultural and political issues extensively in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State College, Yale University, George Washington University, and SUNY Stony Brook.

Marleen S. Barr teaches in the Department of Communication and Media at Fordham University. She has received the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism. Her books include Feminist Fabulation, Genre Fission, and Alien to Femininity. She recently published Oy Pioneer!, a humorous feminist academic novel.

Hatem Bazian received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from Berkeley. Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies and an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley. His courses include Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America, and Middle East Studies. His latest book is Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness. As an activist, he has played significant roles in many Bay Area human and civil rights movements. He was Editor-in-Chief of Discourse Magazine, a progressive monthly, and co-hosted Islam Today on KPFA.

Michael G. Bennett is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Social Science at Michigan Technological University. He has a Ph.D. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His research focuses on the ethical, legal and societal implications of emerging technologies, and the intersection of race and technology.

Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Among her books are Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's U.N. and Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis. In early 1999 she participated in a 22-city speaking tour on Iraq sanctions with U.N. Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday. She works closely with United for Peace and Justice, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement.

Melody Berger graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in Women's Studies. She is the creator/editor of the F-WORD zine, a brand-spankin' new feminist publication for teens/youthful people (that was just nominated for an Utne Indie Press Award), and the editor of We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, out now on Seal press. When she's not raising a ruckus in the political arena, Melody likes to play bluegrass fiddle and sing a bit.

Rafael Bernabe is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. He is the author of Respuestas al Colonialismo (1996), and, most recently, Manual para organizer velorioso (2003). He is the spokesperson for the Frente Socialista and former president of the Asociacion de Profesores Puertorriqueños (APPU).

Alberto Bernárdez is the Recording Secretary for District 10 of the Service Employees International Union 32BJ.

Frida Berrigan is a Senior Research Associate at the World Policy Institute's Arms Trade Resource Center. She is the co-author of the widely-cited Weapons at War 2005: Promoting Freedom or Fueling Conflict? and tracks the economics of war and militarism.

Peter Bohmer has been active in movements for social and economic change in the United States, against U.S. intervention abroad and in solidarity with revolutionary struggles in may parts of the world for almost 40 years. He has a Ph. D. in economics and teaches political economy at the Evergreen State College. In 2001, he taught economics at the University of Havana and also worked for the Nicaraguan government in 1988. A major interest of his has been and continues to be developing and furthering participatory socialist alternatives to capitalism.

Jacqueline Brady teaches in the English Department at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. Her research focuses on the intersection of radical teaching and student-centered learning. She is on the editorial board of Radical Teacher.

Fernando Braga is an Army reservist who lives in the Bronx. He is a veteran of the Iraq war.

Jack Z. Bratich is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. His book, Conspiracy Panics: Popular Culture and Political Rationality, will be published with SUNY Press in 2008. He writes about public secrecy, media audiences, and reality television from an autonomist perspective. His essay “Becoming-Seattle: the State of Activism and the (Re)activity of the State” appears in the current issue of Fifth Estate (#374, Winter 2007).

Peter Bratsis teaches political theory at the University of Salford. He is the author of Everyday Life and the State, the editor (with Stanley Aronowitz) of Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered, and is a member of the Situations editorial collective.

Rose M. Brewer is Professor of African American & African Studies at The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has written extensively on Black families, race, class and gender, social and political change. Her coauthored book The Color of Wealth (2006) received the Gustavus-Meyers Book Award for best books on bigotry and human rights. She's a member of the board of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, has served on the board of United for a Fair Economy, and is a founding member the Black Radical Congress.

Steve Brier is Vice President for Information Technology and External Programs at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and is co-director of the New Media Lab. Brier co-founded the American Social History Project at CUNY was its executive director for 18 years. He is the supervising editor and co-author of the award-winning Who Built America?, a multimedia history curriculum which includes a number of other award-winning historical documentary videos, CD-ROMS, and Websites. He has published numerous articles on new media and history.

Kate Bronfenbrenner is the Director of Labor Education Research at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she is also on faculty. She is the co-author and editor of several books on including Ravenswood: The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor, Union Organizing in the Public Sector: An Analysis of State and Local Elections, and Organizing to Win: New Research on Union Strategies. Bronfenbrenner worked for many years as an organizer and business agent with the United Woodcutters Association in Mississippi and SEIU in Boston.

Dennis Brutus is professor emeritus of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a political prisoner in South Africa and remains active on issues of racism, anti-war, and corporate globalization. He is a member of Jubilee South Africa and the African Social Forum. Recent publications include Leafdrift (Whirlwind Press) and Poetry and Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader (Haymarket Press). He is currently a visiting scholar at the Centre for Civil Society, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Robb Burlage is an occassional lecturer in public health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and a Senior Management Consultant at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. He is a long-time health care activist, founder of the Health Policy Advisory Center (Health/PAC), and founding member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Southern Student Organizing Committee (SSOC).

Melanie E. L. Bush is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. Her book Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness is based on her research and work at Brooklyn College. In 2003 she was a prize winner of the Praxis Award for outstanding achievement in translating knowledge into action in addressing contemporary social problems.


George Caffentzis is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine and a member of the Midnight Notes Collective. He helped edit two books with the Collective, Midnight Oil: Work, Energy, War 1973-1992 and Auroras of the Zapatistas: Local and Global Struggles in the Fourth World War, both published by Autonomedia.

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 (New Academia Publishers, Washington).

Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ, a graphic novella about the adventures of three women living in abandoned subway tunnels. Camper is also the editor of the comix anthology series Juicy Mother. Camper, a gay Lebanese-American, often uses her art in her activist work in the queer and Arab-American communities. Her cartoons and illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, comic books and anthologies, and have been exhibited in the US and Europe. Website: www.jennifercamper.com

Antonio Carmona-Baez teaches comparative politics and international relations at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. In 2002, he received a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is author of State Resistance to Globalisation in Cuba (2004) and various academic articles concerning popular and state responses to neoliberal globalisation in the Caribbean, Latin America and internationally. Carmona-Baez is co-founder of the Puerto Rico Social Forum.

Graham Cassano teaches social theory, race and ethnicity, gender, and the sociology of globalization in the Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut, Storrs and serves on the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism. He has published on Thorstein Veblen, Georg Simmel, and the American labor movement. He is currently at work on a study of cinematic representations of organized labor during the 1930s and 1940s.

Karen Charman is Managing Editor of Capitalism Nature Socialism. She is also an independent investigative environmental journalist whose work has appeared in World Watch, Sierra, FAIR’s journal Extra!, TomPaine.com, The Nation, In These Times and many other publications.

Kassahun Checole is the founder and President of Africa World Press and Red Sea Press. He did his doctoral work at State University of New York at Binghamton with specialization in political economy and development. He later taught at several colleges including Rutgers University in New Jersey and El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico-City. Checole has been involved in the politics of the Horn of Africa since his days as an undergraduate.

Deng Chenming, Ph.D., Professor at the Institute of Contemporary Marxism of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau of Communist Party of China. He is also a visiting professor at Harbin Institute of Technology and at Beijing Technology and Business University. His main research area is World Economy. His Ph.D. dissertation is on Deng Xiaoping’s Idea of International Economy. He has published several articles concerning the impact of the oil problem on China’s economic development, the development of the northeast industrial base in China, the WTO, and the world economy.

Erin Cherry received her B.A. in Theatre from UNLV and her M.F.A. from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she studied under Maggie Flannigan and William Esper. Her credits include: Opal in McReele (WellFleet Harbor Actors Theatre); Yolands in Crowns (St. Louis Rep & Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Reb in Beth Henley's Exposed, directed by David Esbjornson (NYSF); Bobo in The Blacks: A Clown Show (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Ermina in Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Capitol Rep); New Doors (Guthrie Lab); Lady in the Dark (Prince Music Theatre.) Television credits include: Law and Order.

Vivek Chibber teaches sociology at New York University. He is the author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003).

Staceyann Chin has been an out poet and political agitator for as long as she has been a writer. From the first angry rants delivered at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe to poetry workshops in Europe to co-writing and performing in Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin writes, speaks, and breathes in hopes of a world without poverty, prejudice or injustice. Her work appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. She wrote three critically-acclaimed one-woman plays. The film Staceyann Chin was released in Danish theaters. She is currently writing a memoir for Scribner of Simon & Schuster.

Merlin Chowkwanyun is a health care activist and Ph.D. student in History at the University of Pennsylvania, studying the history of urban health inequality, policy, and activism.

Richard Clapp is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the UMass-Lowell. Prof. Clapp is an epidemiologist with over thirty years of experience in public health practice, teaching and consulting. He is Co-Chair of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. His research has included studies of cancer around nuclear facilities, in military veterans, and in communities with toxic hazards. Clapp has served as an expert witness in major lawsuits against polluters. His most recent work has studied the health of 9/11 rescue workers.

John P. Clark is the Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and the Professions at Loyola University New Orleans. His most recent book is Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: The Radical Social Thought of Élisee Reclus. He moderates Research on Anarchism, an international multilingual discussion list and archives, and writes a column, "Imagined Ecologies," for Capitalism Nature Socialism. He has been active for many years in the green movement, local grassroots politics, and ecological forestry.

Marilyn Clement, National Coordinator of Healthcare-NOW, works with organizers nationwide to build a movement for a comprehensive single-payer national health care system that will cover every resident in the US with quality healthcare by the end of 2009. She formerly worked for Dr. King, was Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She has produced two films concerning the challenges to the Seattle WTO meeting in 1999 and the WSF in Brazil in 2003, along with other films, articles, and training materials about economic justice issues.

Patricia Ticineto Clough is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Queens College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her most recent publications are Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (Minnesota University Press, 2000) and an edited collection titled The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2007.

Alyson Cole is an assistant professor in the political science department at Queens College of the City University of New York, where she teaches classes in political thought, feminism, racial politics, public law and outsider jurisprudence. She is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press, 2006).

Janet Coleman is Arts Director at WBAI where she produces Cat Radio Café, The Next Hour, and Gore Vidal Speaks Heresy. Her publications include two books: The Compass: The Improvisational Theater That Revolutionized American Comedy, and (with Al Young) Mingus/Mingus: Two Memoirs. She played Evelyn Lincoln in the film Thirteen Days, Emily Ann Andrews in David Dozer's radio comedy series Poisoned Arts, and was recently heard on Pacifica Radio’s Mushroom Cloud Theatre. She has taught improvisation at the Actors Studio, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and The New School.

Paul Collins, born in Durban, South Africa, is the Anti-Racist Coordinator on the Coordinating Committee of the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS). He is a political science major at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

Harvey Cox, Professor of Theology at Harvard Divinity School, is the author of many books, including The Secular City, When Jesus Came to Harvard, The Silencing of Leonardo Boff: The Vatican and the Future of World Christianity, and The Seduction of the Spirit. He is a contributing editor of Religious Socialism.

Randy Credico is a political comedian and activist whose life is the subject of an award-winning documentary directed by Laura Kightlinger and produced by actor Jack Black. His stand-up career ranged from Vegas nightclubs to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to political demonstrations. For the past decade, he has directed the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice. Credico founded Mothers of the NY Disappeared, a group of ex-prisoners and families of those incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Their campaign led to drug-law changes in 2004. He continues to do stand-up comedy for progressive causes.


Michael da Cruz is a recent transfer student to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island from McGill University in Montreal. At Brown he is a member of SDS and is working on issues of accessible education, student power, and community building on the left. At McGill he worked with GRASPé (GrassRoots Association for Student Power), pushing for democracy within the McGill student union and the larger University, for bringing McGill into the wider Quebec Student Movement, and fighting for universally accessible education. He also works with the Providence IWW.

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia. His highly acclaimed writings on Iran, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art, include Theology of Discontent; Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future; Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran and an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema. His forthcoming book, Iran: A People Interrupted is published by The New Press in March. He lives in New York City.

Benjamin Dangl has worked as an independent journalist around the world, writing for publications such as Z Magazine, The Progressive and The Nation. His main focus is Latin America, where he has written about Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba and Venezuela. He is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (AK Press, 2007). Dangl won a Project Censored Award for his coverage of US military operations in Paraguay. An essay of his was recently published in the McGraw-Hill college textbook Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Latin American Issues.

Ashley Dawson is Associate Professor of English at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York. He is the author of Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (forthcoming from University of Michigan Press), and co-editor, with Malini Johar Schueller, of Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (forthcoming from Duke University Press), as well as of many articles on postcolonial literature and theory.

Susie Day writes a monthly political satire column for New York's Gay City News, Monthly Review Zine (www.mrzine.org), and other quality commie-fag publications. She also performs her work on local station WBAI and various other tawdry locations, not unlike this panel.  She is your leader.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He is Director of the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and Director of the Center of Documentation on the Revolution of 1974, at the same University. He has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, and German.

Patrick Deer is Assistant Professor of English at New York University, where he focuses on war culture, modernism, the twentieth-century novel and film, and postcolonial and cultural studies. He has recently completed the manuscript of Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature. His published work includes “The Dogs of War: Myths of British Anti-Americanism,” in AntiAmericanism, ed. Andrew Ross and Kristin Ross (New York University Press), and “Defusing The English Patient,” an essay on the film adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel commissioned for A Companion to Literature and Film, ed. Robert Stam (Basil Blackwell).

Mary Des Chene is an anthropologist and human rights activist who has worked in Nepal over the past twenty years. She is a founding editor of the Kathmandu-based journal Studies in Nepali History and Society.

Judy Deutsch, is Minister Emerita of the First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, Medfield, Mass. She has been a member of DSOC (the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee) and a member of DSA since its inception. She works for single-payer, universal health care as chair of Mass-Care's legislative committee, as vice-chair of Mass-Care, and chair of the Massachusetts and Sudbury League of Women Voters health care committees.

Guy L. deVeaux is a Retired School Teacher of Mathematics from the New York City Department of Education. He is a member of the Coordinating Committee of New York Chapter of the Black Radical Congress. He participates in numerous organizations with a social justice agenda, including Association of Black Educators of New York, New York Alliance of Black School Educators, Educators against Apartheid, Veterans for Peace, The African American Heritage Committee of United Federation of Teachers. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a Former Board Member of the Algebra Project.

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.

Chris Dixon is a longtime anti-authoritarian activist and a graduate student in the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His writing appears online, in magazines, and in Global Uprising (New Society Press, 2001), Letters from Young Activists (Nation Books, 2005), A New Socialism for A New Generation (Lexington Books, forthcoming), and Men Speak Out: ProFeminist Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge, forthcoming).

Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic and child advocate, is Director of the Children and Family Justice Center and Clinical Associate Professor of the Northwestern University School Law. Dohrn was a leader of Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground. She is an author and co-editor of two books: A Century of Juvenile Justice (2002) and Resisting Zero Tolerance: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students (2001). Dohrn teaches juvenile justice, human rights and international law at Northwestern and is a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Vrije University in Amsterdam.

Monique Dols has been an activist at Columbia University since the Fall of 2000. After 9/11, Monique organized opposition to the war on Afghanistan and later helped to initiate the Campus Antiwar Network in the lead up to the war on Iraq. She was also central to the fight to defend Middle Eastern professors who were targeted by the right-wing at Columbia and her writings defending academic freedom appeared in Socialist Worker, Counterpunch and Electronic Intifada.

Gary Dorrien is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. Dorrien is the author of twelve books and approximately 150 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics and history. They include three books on economic democracy and social ethics, two books on political neoconservatism, and a trilogy titled The Making of American Liberal Theology.

David Dozer is a playwright and actor whose long-running radio comedy series, Poisoned Arts, debuted on WBAI in 1967. His work has been published in Scripts and The Best Short Plays of 1999-2000, and performed in the repertory of The Dada NYNY Dadas. He appears as Sergeant Groves on TV’s M.A.S.H. His other acting credits include Young Doctors in Love, Dog Day Afternoon, Hackers, Blue Thunder, Comedy is Not Pretty, and A Wild and Crazy Guy. He created, wrote and performed in Mushroom Cloud Theatre for Pacifica Radio's Informed Dissent.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a longtime activist, writer, historian, and teacher from rural Oklahoma transplanted to San Francisco. She is the author most recently of a memoir series, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War.


Steve Early is a Boston-based international union rep and organizing coordinator for Communications Workers of America District 1, which represents more than 175,000 workers in New York, New England, and New Jersey. Early has written about the AFL-CIO split and other labor issues for The Boston Globe, Dollars and Sense, Working USA, Against the Current, Labor Notes, Tikkun, Our Times, and many other publications. He is currently working on a book for Cornell University Press about the role of New Left and Sixties' movement activists in American unions over the last four decades.

Alice Echols is associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-75 and Sweet Scars of Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin, among other books.

Beka Economopoulos has been a field organizer for environmental, economic and social justice organizations for the past 12 years. She now manages Greenpeace's online organizing program, where she develops and uses technology tools to coordinate scalable offline grassroots organizing efforts, and develops outreach and advocacy strategies in online social networks. She is a founding member of Not An Alternative, a non-profit arts collective and cultural production company, and she organizes Brunch 2.0, a quarterly event that promotes the meaningful cross-pollination of geeks, activists, and artists over eggs and pancakes.

Kimberly Egge is a sophomore at Pace University and studies Sociology and Anthropology. She has been a member of Students for a Democratic Society since February 2006. With SDS she has found interest in the anti-war movement and gender balance within the Left. She has also been active with freedom of expression issues on campus.

John Ehrenberg is a Professor of Political Science at Long Island University—Brooklyn. He has been teaching, writing, and speaking about the history of political thought for many years. His latest book, Servants of Wealth: The Right's Assault on Economic Justice, was published in September. He has also written an intellectual and political biography of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, an examination of Marxism's theory of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and a history of the notion of civil society. He has also contributed many articles to professional journals and remains actively involved in contemporary political life.

Jeff Eichler, Coordinator of the RWDSU’s Retail Action Project, has been in the labor movement since 1978 when he was a rank-and-file activist in the AFT local representing NYU clerical and technical staff. Since, he has held a number of staff positions with different unions representing a range of workers. In 1999, Jeff became Organizing Director of UNITE Local 169/ Amalgamated Northeast Regional Joint Board where he directed the union’s greengrocer campaign.

Hester Eisenstein is a professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She was director of the Queens College Women’s Studies Program from 1996 to 2000, a femocrat in Sydney, New South Wales, from 1981 to 1988, and has taught at Yale, Barnard, and SUNY Buffalo. She is Vice Chair of the Queens College chapter of the Professional Staff Congress. Her writings include Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983) and "A Dangerous Liaison? Feminism and Corporate Globalization," Science and Society (July 2005); she is currently working on a book based on this article for Columbia UPress.

Jill Soffiyah Elijah serves as Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School. In that capacity she is responsible for leading the fulfillment, development and expansion of the Institute’s work to address the urgent needs of the powerless, voiceless and indigent in the criminal justice system. She also supervises third-year law students in the representation of adult and juvenile clients. Professor Elijah has authored several articles and publications based on her research of the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems. Over the past 22 years, she has represented numerous political prisoners and social activists.

Steven Ellner has taught political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela since 1977 and has written several books and scores of articles on the Venezuelan Left and labor movement. He is co-editor of The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika (1993) and Venezuelan Politics in the Chávez Era: Class, Polarization and Conflict (2003). He has published regularly in In These Times and NACLA: Report on the Americas. His forthcoming book, Venezuela Reconsidered: Hugo Chavez and the Emergence of Revisionism, will be published by Zed Books.

Tod Ensign is a lawyer, author and the director of Citizen Soldier, a GI and vets rights organization. He is also a sponsor of the Different Drummer internet café, the first GI project of the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Noura Erakat is a Palestinian-American legal-activist. Upon graduating from Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley, she received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the National Grassroots Organizer and Legal Advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura is currently a steering committee member of AMWAJ, Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice.

Zack Exley is a Senior Strategist with OMP, a DC-based communications and fundraising firm, and co-founder and president of the New Organizing Institute. He directed the online campaigns for the British Labor Party's 2005 re-election and Kerry-Edwards 2004, served as Organizing Director at MoveOn.org, and played a part in the Dean Internet campaign. Zack speaks on progressive strategy and online organizing, advocacy and fundraising, appearing as a commentator on cable news shows, All Things Considered, BBC News Hour. He has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, LA Times, CNN, Wired News, and elsewhere.


Liza Featherstone is a contributing writer at The Nation magazine. A freelance journalist and critic, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Columbia Journalism Review, Newsday, Ms., Salon, and many other publications. She is co-author of Students Against Sweatshops, which was published by Verso in June 2002. Her second book, Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart (Basic Books, 2004) is now in paperback. Featherstone teaches political writing at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Deepa Fernandes is a bilingual radio journalist, features producer, and a leading activist in the international media democracy movement. Fernandes currently hosts the daily three-hour morning radio show, Wake Up Call, on Pacifica's affiliate station, WBAI, in New York. Seven Stories Press released Fernandes' first book, Targeted: National Security and the Big Business of Immigration, in January 2007. In Targeted, Fernandes weaves together history, political analysis, and first-person narratives of people caught in the grips of the increasingly Kafkaesque U.S. Homeland Security system.

Sujatha Fernandes is an assistant professor of Sociology at Queens College CUNY. She has done research on social movements in India, Cuba, and Venezuela, and is the author of Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, October 2006). Sujatha has written on progressive issues for Colorlines, ZNet, and Corpwatch, and she has produced radio reports for WBAI and Pacifica radio.

Hector Figueroa is Vice President of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in New York City.

Karen Finley is a controversial performance artist. Her Karen Finley Live DVD (2004) compiles performances of Shut Up and Love Me and Make Love. Finley is the recipient of both an Obie Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for The American Chestnut.

Bill Fletcher, Jr., is a professor at Brooklyn College and former President and CEO of TransAfrica Forum. He formerly served as the Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO, the Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. A graduate of Harvard, he has authored numerous articles, and is co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941. Fletcher has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Anamaría Flores is a Teaching Fellow in writing and literature at Queens College-CUNY. She has published in Socialism and Democracy and reviews Latina/o literature. At present she is writing her dissertation, "Recuperation, Reunion, and Rememory: Racial Politics in the Literature of the Americas."

Jennifer Flynn is the Executive Director of the NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), a membership organization comprised and led by low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. NYCAHN participated in the NYC SF and is a member of the National Planning Committee of the US Social Forum. Jennifer holds a Masters degree from the New School for Social Research and is a member of the Northeast region planning committee of the United States Social Forum.

Barbara Foley works in literary radicalism, Marxist theory, and African American writers and the Left. She has authored three books. Her latest is Spectres of 1919: Class and Nation in the Making of the New Negro (Illinois, 2003). She is currently working on a book about Ralph Ellison. Foley is a member of the Radical Caucus of the Modern Language Association; on the editorial collective of Science and Society; and Chair of the Combating Racism Task Force of NOW-NJ. She is Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark.

John Bellamy Foster is the editor of Monthly Review and a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance and Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature (both published by Monthly Review Press). He has recently written on "Monopoly-Finance Capital" (Monthly Review, December 2006).

Harriet Fraad is a Marxist psychotherapist in New York City. She has published in Rethinking Marxism, The Journal of Psychohistory, and Critical Sociology. She is currently working on a new edition of her book, Bringing It All Back Home, written with Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff and now edited by Graham Cassano. She is the President of the International Psychohistory Association.

Jean Franco is professor emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is coeditor of the Cultural Studies of the Americas series at Minnesota University Press and general editor of the Library of Latin America series at Oxford University Press. Her most recent book, The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America and the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2001) was awarded the Bolton-Johnson Prize by the Conference of Latin American Historians for the best work in English on the History of Latin America.

Peter Freund is Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. He has written on health, the body, and the automobile.

Mercedes Frias was born in Santo Domingo. In the 1980s she worked in cooperative projects involving Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic as well as in the human rights and women's movements. From 1990 she has lived in Italy. She has been active in public projects for intercultural education, native and immigrant women's associations, interventions against racism and discrimination and for the rights of citizenship. After serving as Environmental Assessor of the city of Empoli in Tuscany and Vice-President of the Network “New Municipalities,” she is now a Deputy (Rifondazione Comunista) to the Italian Parliament.

Bill Friedheim is an award-winning webmaster for the Professional Staff Congress (AFT #2334), the union for faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York. He is also the webmaster for several union-related and anti-war websites for academics. An author and retired professor, he has directed faculty development projects for both university and high school faculty on how to integrate technology into the classroom in ways that promote progressive pedagogy.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, and one of the nation's leading analysts of urban health. She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. Her work on AIDS is featured in Jacob Levenson's The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America. Her current work focuses on the connection between urban function and mental health.


Jeannette Gabriel is a Ph.D. student in American History at the CUNY Graduate Center currently working on the unemployed workers movement in the 1930s. She works with NJ Civil Rights Defense Committee which has been fighting against the illegal detention and torture of immigrants since 9/11. Gabriel is also a member of the Workers Democracy Network.

Satya Gabriel is professor of economics at Mount Holyoke College and author of Chinese Capitalism and the Modernist Vision. He is also academic coordinator of the Rural Development Leadership Network and former director of education and chief economist for the Urban League of Greater Portland, Oregon.

Heather Gautney is an assistant professor at Towson University in Maryland. She completed her Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center; her dissertation was titled “When the Empire Falls: The World Social Forum, Between Protest and Political Organization.” She is co-editor (with Stanley Aronowitz) of Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century.

Christine Gauvreau, currently the director of the Labor Art and Mural Project, has spent a lifetime exploring ways to give working people a voice in U.S. politics. Gauvreau ran a socialist campaign for U.S Senate in 1984 while working as a machinist at the Lynn, Massachusetts General Electric plant. As a member of the OCAW, she attended the founding convention of the Labor Party and worked the shop floor on the Labor Party's behalf. In the mid-term election, she promoted the socialist campaign of Jeff Mackler among antiwar activists nationwide.

Irene Gendzier teaches political science at Boston University. She co-edited, with Richard Falk and R.J. Lifton, Crimes of War (Nation Books, 2006), and authored Notes From the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945-1958 (Columbia University Press, 2006). "Exporting Death as Democracy: An Essay on US Foreign Policy in Lebanon" and "Democracy, Deception and the Arms Trade: the U.S., Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction" have appeared in ZNet and MERIP. Her current book project is titled Dying to Forget: US Foreign Policy in the Middle East.

Marvin Gettleman is a member of the Science and Society editorial board, and a member of the steering committee of Historians Against the War. His latest book (with Stuart Schaar) is The Middle East and Islamic World Reader. His current project is a study of the U.S. Communist Party's schools.

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 these topics.

Adolfo Gilly is Professor of Social and Political Science at the National Autonomous University Of Mexico. He has been a visiting professor at University of Chicago, Columbia, University of Maryland, Stanford, Yale, and NYU. His English language publications include The Mexican Revolution (New Press, 2005). He writes regularly for La Jornada. In 1991 and 1996 he was a researcher-in-residence at the National Humanities Center and was awarded grants from the Macarthur and Guggenheim foundations. His recent essay, "Bolivia: A 21st-Century Revolution," appeared in Socialism and Democracy (November 2005).

Jonah Gindin writes regularly for Venezuelanalysis.com, an editorially independent website produced by individuals who are dedicated to disseminating news and analysis about the current political situation in Venezuela. His writings have also appeared in Monthly Review and on ZNet.

Eric Glynn has taught economics at Northeastern and Quinnipiac and works as a data analyst for a consulting firm. He is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Tami Gold is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College. She co-produced and directed the new documentary, Land, Rain and Fire: Report from Oaxaca. Gold launched her carer in the Newsreel Film Collective of the anti-Vietnam War movement at the age of 20, and has since produced and directed over 20 films about controversial or often ignored subjects including Making A Killing: Phillip Morris, Kraft and Global Tobacco Addiction (2000), Another Brother (1999), Out At Work: Lesbians and Gay Men On the Job (1997) and Juggling Gender (1992).

Gertrude Schaffner ("Trudy") Goldberg is co-founder and chair of the National Jobs for All Coalition. Professor of Social Policy at Adelphi University and director of its Ph.D. program in Social Work, Goldberg is co-author of "Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provision." (2002)

Harmony Goldberg, a co-founder of the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in San Francisco, is currently a student of anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Priscilla Gonzalez is an Ecuadorian-Cuban woman who is part of the collective of the Center for Immigrant Families. She has engaged in political work with communities in southern Africa and Latin America. Center for Immigrant Families (CIF) is a collectively-run, popular education-based community organizing center for low-income adult immigrant women of color in uptown Manhattan. CIF addresses, in a holistic way, the inter-connected challenges facing immigrant women by linking our personal well-being, health, and development to concrete and sustained organizing that is focused on the root causes of the challenges we face.

Michael González-Cruz received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 2005. He is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. He is the author of Nacionalismo revolucionario puertorriqueño (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 Radio’s New York Station, WBAI. In 1996, Amy helped launch Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! — a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 225 stations in North America. Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television, shortwave radio, and the internet. Goodman is the author, with her brother, David Goodman, of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (Hyperion).

Peter Gowan is Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University and is a member of the editorial board of the New Left Review.

David Graeber is an anthropologist trained at the University of Chicago and currently employed at Yale. He is author of a number of books, including Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and the forthcoming Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar, Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion and Desire, and Direct Action: An Ethnography. As an activist he has worked with a variety of groups from the Direct Action Network and Anti-Capitalist Convergence to PGA, the IWW, and the Planetary Alternatives Network.

Margaret Gray is assistant professor of political science at Adelphi University. Gray’s work on Latino and labor politics focuses on immigration, race and ethnicity, and transnationalism. She has published academic and policy pieces. She guest edited, along with Carlos Decena, a special issue for the journal Social Text titled "The Border Next Door: New York Migraciones" (Fall 2006) about new Latinos in New York State. Gray has a decade’s experience working for nonprofits on economic justice issues.

Richard Greeman, best known for his translations of the Franco-Russian writer and revolutionary Victor Serge, has been a socialist activist in the U.S. and France since the 1950s. He has written for Socialisme ou barbarie, l’Oiseau Tempête, Le monde libertaire, Temps critiques, News & Letters, New Politics, and Z Magazine as well as for literary journals. He is affiliated with the Praxis Research and Education Center in Moscow and Secretary of the Victor Serge Foundation in France (www.victorserge.org).

Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist historian from the Balkans. He writes for ZNet. After having to leave the University of Belgrade, he moved to Fernand Braudel Center at SUNY Binghamton. His central political interest is developing "Global Balkans", an emerging  activist research, media and organizing network that works both locally and in solidarity with Balkan social movements to investigate, publicize  and impact political, social and economic struggles in the former Yugoslav and wider Balkan region.

John Gulick is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies academic unit at Akita International University in Japan. He has also taught at universities in California, Tennessee, and China. His published work has appeared in Capitalism Nature Socialism and The Journal of World-Systems Research, among other outlets. His research explores the tension between capitalist globalization and big power rivalry, energy resource and climate change limits to continued world accumulation, and geo-economic integration in the Northeast China-Russian Far East border zone.

A. K. Gupta has been a writer and editor for The Indypendent since 2000. Gupta has written extensively about the Iraq War for The Indypendent as well as Z Magazine and Left Turn and been a frequent guest on Democracy Now! He is currently writing a book about the history of the Iraq War to be published by Haymarket Press in 2008. Gupta was previously an editor at The Guardian Newsweekly from 1989-1992.


Robin Hahnel is professor of economics at American University, where he has taught radical political economy for over thirty years. Together with Michael Albert he developed the alternative to capitalism known as "participatory economics." His most recent books are Panic Rules! Everything You Need to Know About the Global Economy (South End Press, 1999), The ABCs of Political Economy (Pluto Press, 2002), and Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation (Routledge, 2005). He is a life long activist who currently works with the Southern Maryland Greens.

Andrea Hairston is Professor of Theatre and Afro American Studies at Smith College, where she teaches playwriting, and African, African American, and Caribbean theatre literature. A playwright, director, actor, and musician, she is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and has produced original theatre with music, dance, and masks for over twenty-five years. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on public radio and public television. Her speculative novel, Mindscape (Aqueduct Press 2006) is a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award 2007.

Jack Hammond is the author of Fighting to Learn: Popular Education and Guerrilla War in El Salvador (Rutgers University Press) and Building Popular Power: Workers' and Neighborhood Movements in the Portuguese Revolution (Monthly Review). He teaches sociology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a leading theorist in the field of urban studies whose influential books include A Brief History of Neoliberalism; The New Imperialism; Paris, Capital of Modernity; Social Justice and the City; Limits to Capital; The Urbanization of Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference; and Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. Harvey has also taught at Johns Hopkins and Oxford, and was a Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Dalia Hashad is Amnesty International’s Director of the USA Program. She is a co-host on the radio program, Law and Disorder. Previously, Dalia was the Arab, Muslim, South Asian Advocate for the ACLU, focusing on civil liberties and human rights abuses post-9/11. She was a human rights legal advisor in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As chairperson for CALPIRG, Dalia tackled issues including the weakening of environmental laws, hunger and homelessness, campaign finance reform, and cuts to federal financial aid. Dalia received a degree in environmental policy from the UC—Berkeley and in law from NYU.

Salah Hassan is Chair of the Department of History of Art and professor of African and African Diaspora art history and visual culture at Africana Studies at Cornell University. He is also a curator and art critic. He is founder and editor of NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, for which he serves as consulting editor for African Arts and Atlantica. He authored and edited several books including Unpacking Europe, Authentic/Ex-Centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art, and Gendered Visions: The Art of Contemporary Africana Women Artists.

Tate Hausman is the Co-Director of DotOrganize. He is an online strategy consultant for progressive campaigns and organizations, helping clients like Dean for America, SEIU, Sierra Club and IAVA figure out how technology can further their goals. He has served as online director for two congressional races (John Hall, Donna Edwards) and associate online director for one gubernatorial race (Arianna Huffington), and he ran an online/offline urban voter project in 2004 (Slam Bush).

Howie Hawkins is a member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union. He recently ran for U.S. Senate as a candidate for the Green Party.

Chaia Heller taught ecological philosophy and feminist theory at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. She has been involved in the ecology, feminist, anarchist, and global justice movements as an activist, educator, and writer. Heller received her Ph.D. in anthropology from UMass, Amherst. Her dissertation explores the controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms in France based on research funded by the National Science Foundation. Currently, she is visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Ecology of Everyday Life: Rethinking the Desire for Nature (Black Rose Books).

Judy Hellman teaches political and social science at York University in Toronto.

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's the author of Wall Street (Verso, 1997) and After the New Economy (New Press, 2003). He's currently in the early stages of a book on the American ruling class, whoever that may be.

Christoph Hermann is a senior researcher at the Working Life Research Institute in Vienna and lecturer at the University of Vienna. He is co-cordinator of a joint European research project on Privatisation of Public Services and the Impact on Employment, Productivity and Quality (www.pique.at) and a member of the research network Privatisation and the European Social Model (www.presom.eu).

Aaron Hess is a graduate student in American Studies at Columbia University who has written for Counterpunch and the International Socialist Review. He has worked as a researcher and trade union activist in 1199 SEIU.

Sander Hicks is founder of Soft Skull Press, and Vox Pop, a media company, bookstore, and coffeehouse in Brooklyn. The 2002 film Horns and Halos documents Hicks' attempts to get the truth out about G. W. Bush. His book, The Big Wedding (Vox Pop, 2005), reveals several key insights into the 9/11 attacks. In Flatbush, Brooklyn, he runs Vox Pop and edits The New York Megaphone, Vox Pop's muck-raking newspaper.

Michael Hirsch is a New York City-based journalist and union staff writer. A member of the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America and of its steering committee, he is also an editorial board member of the socialist periodical New Politics and the DSA quarterly Democratic Left. Hirsch writes on labor, urban politics and business issues.

Nancy Holmstrom is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Rutgers University, Newark. She has published numerous articles on core political philosophical concepts including freedom, exploitation, rationality and human/women's nature. She edited The Socialist Feminist Project: A Reader in Theory and Politics and co-edited Not For Sale: In Defense of Public Goods. She has been a political activist all her life.

David Hookes has degrees from Cambridge University, Kings College London, University of Westminster, and is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Liverpool University Computer Science Department. His research interests include physics, political economy, computer networks, and the scientific foundations of Marxism.

Robert P. Horstemeier became interested in flying saucers during his childhood in the 1950s. He has been active for many years in organizations interested in UFOs but has maintained a critical distance from their claims, which he regards as originating in extraterrestrial expectations engendered in science fiction and in the fantastic portion of the popular science literature.

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh is Professor of Economics at Drake University, Iowa. His most recent publication is The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006). He has previously published one book, Soviet Non-Capitalist Development: The Case of Nasser’s Egypt (1989). His published papers concern topics that include long waves of economic expansion and decline, economic crises and restructuring policies, currency-trade relations, NAFTA and labor, Third World debt, determinants of presidential economic policies, the political economy of war and military spending, and the roots of conflict between the Muslim world and the West.

Matt Hrutkey is an Iraq war veteran who served at Ft Drum, and is an IVAW organizer.

Huang Xiaowu, assistant professor and Ph.D. candidate at Tsinghua University, specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese literature. She is an editor of Foreign Theoretical Trends, sponsored by the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party. Her current research concerns the history of modern Chinese thought. Her articles have appeared in a Series of Books in Chinese Modern Literary Studies (2006), and Studies on Literature and Arts (2007).

Peter Hudis has published widely on issues in Marxian and Hegelian theory and is co-editor of The Power of Negativity and The Rosa Luxemburg Reader. He is national co-organizer of News and Letters Committees and teaches philosophy at Oakton Community College.

Jörg Huffschmid is a professor of political economy and economic policy at the University of Bremen, specializing in financial markets and European integration. He is also a coordinator of the scientific network European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe (www.memo-europe.uni-bremen.de). A member of the Advisory Board of the National Jobs for All Coalition (New York) and of ATTAC Germany, Professor Huffschmid has written extensively on major current social and economic issues.

Jonathan Hutto is on active duty with the Navy, in Norfolk, VA and an organizer of the Appeal for Redress, which has been signed by 1,000+ active duty GIs.

Forrest Hylton is a researcher at New York University and author of Evil Hour in Colombia and co-author with Sinclair Thomson of the forthcoming Revolutionary Horizons: Popular Struggle in Bolivia.


Hussein Ibish is Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). He has made over 3,500 radio and television appearances, has written for the LA Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, and was Washington correspondent for the Daily Star (Lebanon). Ibish is editor and principle author of two major studies of hate crimes and discrimination against Arab Americans. He is the author, with Ali Abunimah, of The Palestinian Right of Return and “The Media and the New Intifada” in The New Intifada. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UMass, Amherst.


Ruth Indeck is the coordinator of Economy Connection, the speaker/resource bureau of the Union for Radical Political Economics.


Anne Jaclard, a feminist and Marxist-Humanist, writes on revolutionary movements and theory for the newspaper News & Letters. She serves on the organizing committee of The New SPACE (New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education) in NYC, where she is also active in solidarity work and dialogue with grassroots civil society movements in Acheh, Indonesia, and feminist groups in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Latin America.

Mazibuko Jara is a member of the Cape Town District Executive Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP). He is an activist and researcher in human rights, HIV/AIDS, lesbian and gay equality, community development, promotion of co-operatives, alternative economic transformation, and land and agrarian reform. He was recently expelled from the Party's Young Communist League after serving as its deputy national secretary. Mazibuko currently works as the Research Director of the Ikhwezi Institute, a newly established a progressive, black-led think tank and as Co-Managing Editor for Amandla Publishers.

Saru Jayaraman graduated from Yale Law and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 1992 she founded Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E.), a national organization dedicated to building critical thinking and leadership among young women of color. As Attorney/Organizer at the Workplace Project, a Latina/o immigrant worker-organizing center, she created The Alliance for Justice. Together with workers from Windows on the World, she founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), an immigrant workers' center focused on organizing restaurant workers. A professor at Brooklyn College and NYU, she co-edited The New Urban Immigrant Workforce.

Badili Jones, long-time activist in LGBT, Black Liberation and Green movements and member, National Executive Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization/ Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad.

Brian Jones studied Acting and Directing in Brown University’s Department of Theater, Speech, and Dance. Brian Jones has toured across the country as Marx in Howard Zinn’s one-man play Marx in Soho since 1999. He recently lent his voice to the audio recording of Noam Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival. A teacher in Harlem, he is a member of the United Federation of Teachers, Teachers for a Just Contract, and the International Socialist Organization.

Ria Julien is nonfiction editor at Seven Stories Press and a former member of the Mondragon Parecon and Arbeiter Ring Collectives in Winnipeg, Canada.


Stan Karp was a public high school teacher in Patterson, NJ. Currently Director of the Secondary School Reform Project for New Jersey's Education Law Center, he works on reforms that grew out of the Abbott case, a landmark state court decision regarding funding for poor, urban schools. Karp edits the journal Rethinking Schools and writes widely on No Child Left Behind, school reform, and educational policy. His articles have appeared in Z Magazine, Education Week, Radical Teacher, and New Politics. He co-edited several books including Funding from Justice: Money, Equity and the Future of Public Education.

Leili Kashani is a Ph.D. student in the joint program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She has been a student council member at The International Society for Iranian Studies, and is a senior editor at Arab Studies Journal.

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz's work alternates theory-making and practice. A pioneer in women's studies at UC-Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D., she has also worked as an anti-rape organizer, and as founding director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. Her writings on violence, racism and anti-semitism are widely taught and anthologized. Her newest book The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism comes out this April. She has twice been named a Visiting Distinguished Professor. Currently she teaches in Comp Lit at Queens College.

Marc Kehoe is a painter, filmmaker, and performance artist. His short films have shown at The Times Square Show, The Mudd Club, Club 57 and other venues. He performed in "Kapusta Descending" and other hybrid evenings at the Kitchen Center for Video Dance and Music. He produced The Wild, Wild World of Jeff Turtletaub for Lower Manhattan Cable Television, is a member of the Coney Island Hysterical Society, and created an experimental film festival in Vermont. "A Courbet," Kehoe's homage to Gustave Courbet, showed at NY’s Seventh and 2nd Gallery.

Brian Kelly is a Pace University student and member of Students for a Democratic Society.

Michael Kimmel is one of the founders and National Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS). The founding editor of the scholarly journal Men and Masculinities, and author or editor of twenty books about gender issues, he teaches at SUNY Stony Brook and lectures around the world supporting gender equality.

Laura Kipnis is the author of The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability (Pantheon, 2006). Her previous book was Against Love: A Polemic (Pantheon, 2003). She teaches at Northwestern University.

Jennifer Klein is a Professor of History at Yale University and author of the award-winning For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America's Public-Private Welfare State (Princeton, 2003).

Andrew Kliman, author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency, which has just been published in paperback by Lexington Books, is professor of economics at Pace University. He is also an organizer of and teacher at The New SPACE (New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education) <http://new-space.mahost.org> and co-editor of Critique of Political Economy (www.copejournal.org),  a new online journal. Many of Kliman's writings are available on his website, (http://akliman.squarespace.com).

Moogy Klingman was a founding member of Todd Rundgren's Utopia. He is co-author of "(You Gotta Have) Friends," Bette Midler's theme song, also heard in Shrek. Moogy's songs have been recorded by Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow, and Carly Simon. He played and recorded with rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Luther Van Dross, Jeff Beck, Bo Diddly, Phoebe Snow, Cindy Lauper and Thelma Houston. He wrote the musical Joe Homeless while co-host of WBAI's Listener's Action on the Homeless. Recently he appeared in the feature film The Rodnees.

Joel Kovel is the Editor-in-Chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism. His two most recent books are The Enemy of Nature (Zed) and Overcoming Zionism (Pluto).

Michael R. Krätke is professor of political economy at the University of Amsterdam. He is a collaborator on the MEGA (Complete Works of Marx and Engels) and the Historical Critical Dictionary of Marxism, and regularly contributes to several Left journals and reviews in Europe. He’s the author of many articles and several books on Marxist political economy, the history and actual state of the world economy, public finance, international money and financial markets, welfare states, and social policy in Europe. He’s also a Counselor for several international organizations (ILO, FAO, WHO) and the EU.

H.J. Krysmanski is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Muenster. He is a member of the scientific council of Attac and of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He has a large body of publications in class analysis, cultural and media studies, and power structure research. He is also the author of numerous documentaries on German national television.

Deepa Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization, and the UPS Strike (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2007), which is about the power of the working class to impact the media and society in progressive ways. Her most recent articles on the Danish cartoon controversy and Islamophobia, “Danish Cartoons: Racism has No Place on the Left” and “Fighting Islamophobia: A Response to Critics,” originally published by Monthly Review Zine, have been circulated around the world.


David Laibman is Professor of Economics at Brooklyn College and The Graduate School, City University of New York. He has been active with the Marxist quarterly, Science & Society, for 34 years, and editor of the journal since 1990. He is the author of Value, Technical Change and Crisis (M. E. Sharpe, 1992); Capitalist Macrodynamics (Macmillan,1997); and, most recently, Deep History: A Study in Social Evolution and Human Potential (SUNY Press, 2007), as well as numerous articles in Marxist political economy and social theory.

Radhika Lal is an economist with a specialization in political economy and trade issues. Over the years, she has taught economics, worked with a number of civil society organizations on issues related to economic policy, technology and advocacy and given talks and participated in panels organized by the Asia Society, the Asian Writers Workshop, UN University-INTEC, as well as colleges in the NYC area on a range of economic, social, political and cultural issues.

Joanne Landy is an editor of New Politics, and co-Director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy. Landy calls for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, supports resistance to the U.S., and opposes the victory of those elements of the resistance organized to impose a repressive, extreme authoritarian regime on the Iraqi people. Domestically, Landy advocates independent politics, believing it is suicidal for progressive movements to continue to support the Democratic Party. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Progressive, The Nation, New Politics, and In These Times.

Lauren Langman is a professor of sociology at Loyola University of Chicago. He has long worked in Marxian critical theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt School. His most recent book is: Trauma Promise and Millennium: The Evolution of Alienation with Devorah Kalekin. His forthcoming book is The Carnivalization of America.

Marnia Lazreg is a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and Hunter College, CUNY. She is a member the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She has published extensively on feminist theory, gender in the Middle East, cultural movements, social class, human rights, development, and colonial history. Her publications include The Emergence of Classes in Algeria: A Study of Colonialism and Social Change and The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question. Her latest book, Twilight of Empire: Torture and Identity, will be published by Princeton University Press.

Elana Levin is the Communications Manager of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a non-partisan progressive think tank. DMI uses the lens of the middle class squeeze to analyze domestic policy. Elana runs the highly regarded DMIblog, where grassroots organizers weigh in on the policy issues they face every day and engage in a conversation with readers that range from policy experts to laypersons. DMIBlog.com and DMI’s Netroots Advisory Council have become a model other organizations have turned to for their innovative dissemination of progressive ideas and grassroots voices.

Norman Levine, Executive Director of the Institute for International Policy in Phoenix, Arizona, is currently working on a multi-volume study of the Marx-Hegel relationship. The first book of this series, Divergent Paths, was published in January 2006, and the second volume, The Invisible Hegel, will be completed in the summer of 2007. In the summer of 2007 Prof. Levine will spend two months in Berlin conducting research at the MEGA project.

Mark Levinson is a senior fellow with the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute and is co-director of the Institute’s Agenda for Shared Prosperity project. A former chief economist for UNITE-HERE and AFSCME’s DC 37 in New York, Levinson is book review editor for Dissent magazine.

Queen Mother Dorothy Benton Lewis is Co-Chair of International Affairs Commission of N’COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America). She is a researcher, writer, and lecturer on reparations and related issues. Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa Ohema aka Dorothy Benton Lewis has been a constant voice for Black Reparations since the 1960s when she co-founded and led several organizations: Restitution for Involuntary Servitude, Inc. (Alaska, 1968); the Black Reparations Commission (Maryland, 1978); the African National Reparations Organization (New York, 1982); the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (Washington, DC, 1987), and the N’COBRA Legal Defense, Research, Education Fund (2004).

LeShane Lindsey is a labor organizer for 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers east and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the New York Chapter of the Black Radical Congress.

Meaghan Linick is a freshman at Pace University in New York City. She has been a member of Students for a Democratic Society since September 2006 and has been organizing on campus since then with issues such as the free speech battles and the effort to form a Free Student Union.

Ana López 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.

Karen Lopez is a Latina from San Francisco, CA by way of Colombia. She has been involved with struggles in various arenas including youth, people of color, immigrants and workers. She has traveled through Mexico learning about different social movements. Currently, she is a community organizer at Brooklyn for Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE).

Patty Lovera is the assistant director of Food & Water Watch. Patty works on food issues, especially meat inspection and mad cow disease, country of origin labeling, and dairy issues. Patty has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Lehigh University and a master's degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan. Prior to Food & Water Watch, Patty was the deputy director of the energy and environment program at Public Citizen, and the research associate at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

Michael Löwy, 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 “On the Concept of History” (Verso, 2005).

Stephanie Luce, teaches at the Labor Center of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage (Cornell University Press, 2004).


John Mage is an Officer and Director of the Monthly Review Foundation.

Audra Makuch is an Organizing Coordinator for Service Employees International Union. She has been involved in the union movement for the past five years and recently moved to New York City from California. She is from Connecticut and loves ponies.

Sadatu Mamah-Trawill is an Organizer with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia’s 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).

John F. Manley is Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Stanford University. He is currently working on a comparative analysis of western welfare states.

Manning Marable is Professor of History and Political Science, Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. He is the author of numerous books, including Black Leadership, Black Liberation in Conservative America, Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Radicalism and Resistance, Beyond Black and White, The Crisis of Color in Democracy, Race, Reform and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990, WEB DuBois: Black Radical Democrat, Black American Politics and How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America.

Erwin Marquit is an emeritus professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota.

Randy Martin is Professor and Director of the Program in Arts Politics at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He has published a number of books including Socialist Ensembles: Theater and State in Cuba and Nicaragua (Minnesota), On Your Marx: Rethinking Socialism and the Left (Minnesota), and Financialization of Daily Life (Temple). His An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management is just out from Duke University Press.

Josh Mason is the News Editor for the financial and economic news and analysis website: www.globalmacroscope.com.

Jack McCallum has been a senior writer at Sports Illustrated for 26 years. In 2005 he was elected to the writers' wing of the Basketball Hall of Fame. His articles have appeared in Best American Sports Stories and he is the author of nine books and the co-author of two sons.

John McDonagh is a cab driver, comic and political activist. He is founder, producer and host of Radio Free Eireann, a weekly WBAI radio show. He has performed his cabbie comedy at such venues as Caroline’s, The Comic Strip, The Cinema Arts Center, and Rocky Sullivan's pub. As an activist, he organized the "Cabbies Against Bush" campaign during the 2004 Republican Convention and works with Veterans Against the Iraq War. He has been editor of the Irish People Newspaper, and started an Irish radio show in Perth, Australia.

Michael Menser is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College/CUNY. He has published on technoscience, anarchism, architecture, and the global justice movement. His most recent work is on anticapitalist transnational participatory democracy. He has participated in the World Social Forum (SF), the NYC SF, and is a member of the Northeast organizing committee of the US Social Forum (set for June 2007 in Atlanta).

Edward Mercado is Venezuelan and part of the Bolivarian Revolution. Currently he is one of the coordinators of the US-Venezuela Bolivarian Exchange Network (USVEN), a people to people approach that seeks to increase understanding of the Bolivarian Revolution as a participatory democracy seeking to transfer the power to the people. USVEN works directly with grassroots organizations in both countries to design each delegation to match interests of the groups or organizations. He is one of the founders of the Cincinnati Bolivarian Circle, begun in 2001, and worked as the communications coordinator for the Venezuelan Information Office.

Cinthia Mercante is an eight year Army veteren and the Coordinator of the Different Drummer GI project, Ft. Drum, N.Y.

Walter Benn Michaels is the chair of the English department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A literary theorist, his books include The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality, The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History, Our America: Nativism, Modernism and Pluralism, and The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism.

Stephen Mikesell is an anthropologist who has worked in the western United States, Nepal, and Southwest China. He has been grappling with issues of the nature of the state, grassroots democracy, and class struggle. He also has been involved in community radio and biointensive agriculture.

Paul Mishler is a labor educator and historian currently working at Indiana University's Division of Labor Studies. He is the author of Raising Reds: Young Pioneers, Radical Summer Camps and Communist Political Culture. He is a member of the Science & Society editorial Board.

Claude Misukiewicz is assistant editor of Monthly Review.

Benjamin Moldenhauer is a Bremen, Germany-based cultural scientist, editor and cultural organizer. He has been part of the editorial board of the German literature magazine Stint since 2005 and of the German internationalist magazine alaska. He curates the conference series On Rules and Monsters: Horror and Transgression. Currently, he is writing a dissertation on the theory and history of the horror movie.

Andrea Montagni is Vice-President of the National Steering Committee of the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL) and a secretary of Florence's Camera del Lavoro. His political activity began in the 1970s in the student and unemployed movements, and then with the supermarket chain Esselunga. In 1991 he became National Secretary for the university sector. He is a member of the CGIL's "Labor and Society" grouping and the author of numerous articles on the job crisis of the universities, sustainable development, the centrality of labor to human rights and on left strategy in general.

Suren Moodliar is a coordinator for the North American Alliance for Fair Employment (NAAFE) and was a coordinator of the Boston Social Forum.

Frank Morales, Episcopal priest, squatter, writer and researcher, focuses on US military domestic operations. His articles have appeared in Covert Action Quarterly, Global Outlook, and World War 4 Report. Morales lives in NYC/LES and is Associate Minister at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery.

Nilda Morales is an organizer for Make the Road by Walking.

Rosalind Morris is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Recent and forthcoming publications include "The Mute and the Unspeakable: Political Subjectivity, Violent Crime, and ‘the Sexual Thing’ in a South African Mining Community," in Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, edited by Jean and John Comaroff (University of Chicago Press, 2006); “Legacies of Derrida,” Annual Review of Anthropology (Vol. 37, 2007); “The Miner’s Ear,” Transition Magazine (Spring 2007); “The Age of Dinosaurs,” /nor (Spring 2007); and “Imperial Pastoral,” Representations (Fall 2007).

Curtis Muhammed is a member of the New Orleans Survivor Council and a founder of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund.

Ananya Mukherjea is an assistant professor of Women’s Studies and Sociology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She is a on the board of CUNY's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Mario Murillo, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Hofstra University and a radio journalist, is the producer and conductor of Wake Up Call, WBAI. He is author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization.

Deborah Mutnick is Professor of English at Long Island University. She is the author of Writing in an Alien World: Basic Writing and the Struggle for Equality in Higher Education and has been a member of the Science & Society editorial board since September 2001.


Immanuel Ness teaches at the Center for Worker Education of the City University of New York, Brooklyn College Graduate Division. He writes on labor unions, global migration, class struggles, and revolutionary movements.

Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and Professor of Sociology, at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (University of California Press, 2002), Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (University of California Press, 2003), and What to Eat (North Point Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006). Many of her published articles, media interviews, and reviews of her work are posted at www.foodpolitics.com.

Nicola Nicolosi came to Milan at the age of 16 as a Sicilian immigrant. He worked first on a new left newspaper and then in city government. He was elected to Milan's Board of Public Employment and, in the mid-80s, became national coordinator for public employment for the trade-union left "Council Democracy" before joining the CGIL's (Italian General Confederation of Labor) National Board of Public Office. After several top positions with the union in Lombardy, he went to Rome in 2006 to become National Coordinator of the CGIL's "Lavoro e società" grouping and CGIL Director of European Affairs.

Marsha Niemeijer is a staff writer and organizer at the Labor Notes East Coast Office. She was a graduate student in Political Science at York University. As an active member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she served on the executive board during her Local's 11-week strike in the Fall/Winter of 2000. She has been working with the Transnationals Information Exchange since 1995, and coordinates the TIE international and cross-border programs with Teofilo Reyes. Marsha covers longshore workers (ILA/ILWU), UE, Telecom/CWA, Canadian and European labor, as well as international economic issues.

Jennifer Nordstrom is the Project Associate for the Reaching Critical Will project. Prior to joining Reaching Critical Will in 2005, Jennifer was the International Coordinator at Global Action to Prevent War. Jennifer worked to create links among conflict prevention, disarmament, gender and peacekeeping communities with the belief that civil society is the emerging global superpower required to reign in governments. She is also part of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Yusuf Nuruddin is a visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies at the University of Toledo.  He is a frequent contributor to Socialism and Democracy, as well as a member of its editorial board. His research on African-American Muslims appears in other journals and edited collections. He is also the managing editor of a forthcoming journal, Timbuktu: Contemporary Islamic Thought of the African Diaspora.


Mary E. O'Brien, M.D., has been a practicing physician in NYC for almost 30 years. After her graduation from Harvard Medical School, she did her residency at Columbia Presbyterian in Internal Medicine For the next ten years she was the Director of the St. Luke's ER and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She now does outpatient primary care at Columbia University. She is on the executive board of the NY Metro Physicians for a National Health Program and runs their Communications and Media Committee.

Tom O'Donnell (Ph.D. Michigan, nuclear physics) has written and lectured widely on the global oil order, and on U.S., E.U. and Middle-East affairs (see: http://TomOD.com). He teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor at the Center for Middle East and North African Studies (CMENAS), the Residential College, and the Michigan STS Program. He has lectured at The University of Algiers and teaches summers at The New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs. Dr. O'Donnell is currently writing a book on The New Globalized Oil Order and the Middle East.

Richard Ohmann's most recent book is the Politics of Knowledge, in which he links the privatization of the university with parallel assaults on public K-12 schooling. He has also experienced high stakes testing and No Child Left Behind as a member for the past seven years of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District's school board in Massachusetts. He is on the editorial board of the Radical Teacher and on the steering committee of the MLA Radical Caucus.

Susan O’Malley is Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College and Professor of Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. She also teaches at CCNY’s Center for Worker Education. She is past chair of the CUNY Faculty Senate and currently a Community College Officer of the PSC, the CUNY union. Her latest book is Custome Is an Idiot: Jacobean Pamphlets on Women (2004). She is on the editorial board of Radical Teacher and the steering committee of the MLA Radical Caucus. Her current research is on women’s brass bands from the 1890s to 1914.

Mostafa Omar, an Egyptian-American activist and writer, has been involved in the anti-war movement and the fight for Arab and Muslim rights since September 11, 2001. Prior to this, he was active in many social justice movements, including the struggle for Palestinian rights. He is a contributing author to The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket Books). Today, he is active in Adalah: The MidEast Justice Committee, formed in response to Israel's war on Lebanon, which continues to link the wars and occupations in the Middle East. He is also a member of the International Socialist Organization in NYC.

Martin Oppenheimer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University. He is on the Critical Sociology Editorial Board. His latest book is The Hate Handbook (Lexington), and he is currently working on immigration issues.

Carlos Orellana is an organizer for the Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA) in Westchester and Putnam counties.

Ozgur Orhangazi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Roosevelt University Chicago. He has recently completed his Ph.D. thesis “Financialization of the U.S. Economy and its Effects on Capital Accumulation: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Rupal Oza is the chair and advisor of the Women’s Studies program at Hunter College, CUNY. Her book, The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender, and the Paradoxes of Globalization was just released from Routledge, New York and from Women Unlimited, India. Current projects include organizing with construction workers in New York City, tracking the rise of Hindu rightwing movements in India and the US, and a joint project with Rabab Abdulhadi on India and Palestine.


Nieves Padilla is Head of Workplace Organizing for Make the Road by Walking.

Leo Panitch is Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada and co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is the author of many books including Renewing Socialism (2001).

Christian Parenti is a correspondent for The Nation and is author of The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (New Press, 2004). He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics in 2000. His two previous books are The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror (Basic Books, 2003) and Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (Verso, 2000). He has been a Soros Senior Justice fellow and a Ford Foundation Fellow at the CUNY Graduate School's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.

Patty Lee Parmalee is the author of Brecht's America and other writings on such topics as East Germany. She has taught at UC-Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, and Ramapo College New Jersey. She has also reported for The Guardian and served in leadership positions in Students for a Democratic Society and New American Movement. Currently, she is Coordinator of Save the Ridge, an environmental activist organization in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York, and serves on the editorial board of Capital Nature Socialism.

Michael Pelias is co-managing editor of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. He teaches philosophy and film studies at Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Canek Peña Vargas is a member of Estacion Libre and has traveled to Chiapas to study Tzotzil and assist in research in autonomous clinics. He is currently editing a collection of Zapatista communiqués and speeches from 2001-2006, entitled The Speed of Dreams (City Lights Press, 2007).

Bill Perkins is New York State Senator of the 30th District, representing Harlem and the West Side.

Cynthia Peters has explored gender and sex and sexuality (among other topics) in her writings on ZNet and other progressive media outlets. Currently, she teaches union-based adult education, and is a freelance writer and editor. She is also active in the anti-war movement and other community-based struggles.

Elizabeth Phillips is Principal of P.S. 321 where she has experienced first-hand the problems with No Child Left Behind. She is a Mentor Principal in the NYC Leadership Academy and has taught in the Reading and Writing Project sponsored by Teachers College.

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 Bush’s Militarism (2004). She also co-authored several books with Richard Cloward, including Why Americans Still Don’t Vote; Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare; and Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail. She is the current president of the American Sociological Association.

Thomas Ponniah is a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in social theory, globalization, and development. He is the editor of the first book of proposals from the World Social Forum: Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum. He is a member of the Network Institute for Global Democratization—one of the founding organizations of the WSF.

Deborah Poole is a Professor of Anthropology and director of the Program of Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is the co-editor of Anthropolgy in the Margins of the State and author of Vision, Race and Modernity: A Visual Economy of the Andean Image World.

Nomi Prins is an author, journalist, and Senior Fellow at Demos, a NYC-based public policy think-tank. Her Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America was chosen as a Best Book by The Economist, Barron's and The Library Journal. Her latest is Jacked: How "Conservatives" are Picking Your Pocket (whether you voted for them or not). Before journalism, Nomi worked as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and at Bear Stearns in London. Besides television and radio appearances, she has written for The New York Times, Newsday, Fortune, The Guardian, The Nation.com, Left Business Observer, and LaVanguardia.



Ramya Raghavan is an Associate Manager of Organizing and Outreach for Campus Progress. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, she worked at Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit organization which provides resources and advocacy to students and parents in New York City public schools. Ramya received her B.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she helped build successful coalitions on campus that addressed important student issues like voter registration and affirmative action.

Uri Ram teaches sociology in Ben Gurion University, Israel, and is currently a Visiting Professor at The New School for Social Research. He is the author of The Time of the “Post”: Nationalism and the Politics of Knowledge in Israel (Resling, 2006) and The Globalization of Israel: McWorld in Tel Aviv, Jihad in Jerusalem (Routledge, 2006; in Hebrew: Resling, 2005). He is an editor or co-editor of Israeli Society: Critical Perspectives (Breirot, 1993); The Power of Property: Israeli Society in Global Era (Van Leer & Kibbutz HaMeuchad, 2004); and In/Equality (Ben Gurion University Press, 2006).

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. agriculture.  She is currently a visiting instructor at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, and is the owner of a small farm in Missouri.

Gerardo Renique is an associate professor of history at City College, CUNY and has recently edited "The Reawakening of Revolution," a special issue of Socialism and Democracy. He has also co-produced, with Tami Gold, the video Land, Rain and Fire: Report from Oaxaca.

William C. Rhoden has been writing about sports for The New York Times since March 1983.

Rainer Rilling is a professor of sociology at the University of Marburg, and is a member of the Department of Policy Analysis at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin. He has published extensively in the fields of political communication, international relations and peace and conflict studies.

Martha Rodriguez, originally from the Dominican Republic, is part of the Center for Immigrant Families. In addition to organizing around public education and gentrification, Martha is also a jewelry designer and mother.

Alcena Madeline Davis Rogan is an Assistant Professor of English at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia. She has published three articles and a number of book reviews on science fiction. She is currently revising her dissertation, "The Future in Feminism: Reading Strategies for Feminist Theory and Science Fiction," into a book manuscript.

Heather Rogers is a journalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Her book Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage (New Press, 2005), looks at the history and politics of household garbage in the U.S. Her documentary film, also titled Gone Tomorrow (2002), has been screened in festivals around the globe. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Nation, Socialist Register, Utne Reader, In These Times, Z Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Architecture Magazine, and Punk Planet.

Judy Rohrer is a feminist scholar-activist. She has spent much of her adult life moving back and forth between the non-profit world and the academy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i’s Political Science Department in April 2005. She is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University.

Joe Rollins completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently associate professor of political science at Queens College, CUNY. His first book, AIDS and the Sexuality of Law: Ironic Jurisprudence, was published by Palgrave/Macmillan in 2004. With the support of a Placek Award and a year as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at UC Berkeley, he is currently completing a second book, Legally Straight: A Jurisprudence of Sexuality After Lawrence and Goodridge which will be published by NYU Press in 2008.

Fred Rosen is a NACLA contributing editor based in Mexico City.

Nir Rosen is a fellow at the New America Foundation who has written extensively on American policy toward Afghanistan and Iraq. He spent over two years reporting on the occupation and related aspects of postwar Iraqi society. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic, Boston Review, Time, Mother Jones, and World Policy Journal. His research focused on the development of Islamist resistance, insurgency, and terrorist organizations. He’s written In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq (Free Press, 2006).

Richard Rosen has a Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University. With over twenty-seven years of experience in energy sector resource planning and management, and environmental compliance, his research also focuses on issues involving the economics and feasibility of restructuring the electricity utility industry. He helped organize the Tellus Institute in Boston, where he has recently been working on a corporate reform project including new regulatory mechanisms for reviewing corporate investment decisions.

Delsa Rosso is a Dominican-born woman who lives in New York City. She is a collective member of the Center for Immigrant Families (CIF) and a leader in CIF's Project to Challenge Segregation in our Public Schools. She is the mother of two children and an early childhood educator. CIF is a collectively-run, popular education-based community organizing center for low-income adult immigrant women of color in uptown Manhattan. It address, in a holistic way, the inter-connected challenges facing immigrant women by linking our personal well-being, health, and development to concrete and sustained organizing that is focused on the root causes of the challenges we face.

Chris Rude is an independent writer and researcher who lives and works in New York City.


Najla Said is a founding member of NIbras Arab-American Theatre Collective, and served as the company's artistic driector from 2005-2006. An actress, writer, and comedienne, Najla grew in New York City, the daughter of a Lebanese mother and the Palestinian American scholar Edward Said. A graduate of Princeton University. she trained at The Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theatre/NYSF and The Actors Center Conservatory. Recent acting credits include "Iraq:Speaking of War," "Nine Parts of Desire," and the debut of her two plays "Palestine" and "Lebanon.

Roger Salerno is the Chair of the Sociology/Anthropology Department of Pace University, where he serves as an advisor to Students for a Democratic Society. His book, Landscapes of Abandonment, deals with the destructive nature of capitalistic culture on the modern psyche.

Ajamu K. Sankofa, Esq, is a national organizer for Healthcare-Now. He is a human rights and public policy specialist with over thirty years experience organizing and supporting the organizing of working class, people of color, and marginalized communities to expand and defend their human rights. He is also the strategic planning consultant for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA), Legal Defense, Research, and Education Fund. He is a former staff lawyer and the Director of the AIDS Project of the National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation, Inc. He currently resides in Brooklyn.

William H. Schaap is a New York attorney and co-founder of the magazine Covert Action Quarterly. He has worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and has testified as an expert witness on the CIA and intelligence matters in Congressional and UN hearings, as well as federal, state and foreign courts.He is the co-editor, with Ellen Ray, of Covert Action: The Roots of Terrorism and Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars the American Way.

Abby Scher, Ph.D is a longtime independent print journalist and editor. She is founder of the Independent Press Association-New York, a network of immigrant, African American and other community press. She is currently editor of The Public Eye, a quarterly analyzing the Christian and secular Right, and its companion website.

Janelle Scot is an assistant professor of Educational Policy at NYU where she studies the politics of urban education with an emphasis on issues of race, class, and equity. Research areas include charter schools, educational privatization, and the impact of school choice reforms on high poverty communities of color. Her recent book is School Choice and Student Diversity: Examining the Evidence (Teachers College Press).

Stephen R. Shalom teaches political science at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Among his books are Which Side Are You On? An Introduction to Politics and Socialist Visions. He writes for ZNet and is on the editorial board of New Politics.

Lucas Shapiro is the former National Organizer for the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS), the youth section of the Democratic Socialists of America. He has worked with various activist and community organizations promoting LGBT rights, prisoner education, student labor solidarity, progressive strategic campaigning, peace and global justice.  He spent most of last year working with social movement organizations in Spain.

Ahmed Shawki is an Arab-American socialist, writer and activist. He is the editor of International Socialist Review (isreview.org) and author of Black Liberation and Socialism published by Haymarket Books. He has written and spoken extensively on US imperialism and the Middle East. He also serves on the steering committee of the National Council of Arab-Americans.

Uruj Sheikh is a junior at Pace University where she is studying Sociology/Anthropology and English. As a member of Students for a Democratic Society, Sheikh is an organizer with special interest in race, gender, and education, both internally within SDS and externally. She hopes to be a professor of sociology.

Gregory Sholette is a NYC based artist, writer and a co-founder of the artist collectives REPOhistory (1989-2000) and Political Art Documentation and Distribution (1980-1986). His work has appeared at the MoMA, Dia Art Foundation, and Exit Art. Sholette is co-editor with Nato Thompson of The Interventionists: A User Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (MIT, 2004 & 2005); and Collectivism After Modernism co-edited with Blake Stimson (University of Minnesota Press, 2006). He teaches classes in critical theory at New York University.

Ira Shor is a Professor of English at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, CUNY. His nine published books include a 3-volume set in honor of the late Paulo Freire, the noted Brazilian educator who was his friend and mentor. With Freire, he co-authored A Pedagogy for Liberation in 1986. Shor also authored the widely used Empowering Education (1992), When Students Have Power (1996), and Critical Teaching and Everyday Life (1980). He lectures widely, consults on curriculum design at various colleges, and offers faculty development workshops in critical literacy across the curriculum.

Ruth Sidel is professor of sociology at Hunter College and is associated with the New York Progressive Network. Her research interests center on poverty, particularly its impact on women and children, and the need to develop a comprehensive, universal family policy in the United States. Sidel is the author of a number of works, including Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream (University of California Press, 2006).

Evan Siegel teaches math at New Jersey City University. He has a substantial record of publication and presentation of scholarly papers on Iranian and Azerbaijani history. Among his works is a study of the Palestinian response to the Iranian revolution and numerous works on the Iranian constitutional period.

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 (Chilavert, 2005; AK Press, 2006). Marina has traveled extensively in Latin America, spending time with the various new social movements. She is currently completing a book entitled: Insurgent Democracies: Latin America’s New Powers (City Lights Press, 2007). Marina teaches part time at the Gallatin School of New York University, holds a Doctorate of Law from the CUNY School of Law, and is finishing her Ph.D. at SUNY Stony Brook.

Deborah Peterson Small is a native New Yorker. As Executive Director of Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs, she continues the work she began as public policy director of the Drug Policy Alliance, helping to build a movement in communities of color in support of drug policy reform. Deborah became an ardent advocate for drug policy reform as she became increasingly aware of the grossly disproportionate number of people of color incarcerated for drug offenses. She speaks regularly about issues relating to the government’s failed drug policies.

Andrea Smith is a co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project. She is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, and the editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex (South End Press).

David 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 has held post-docs at the East-West Center, Honolulu, and taught at Rutgers University. He has written on the transition to capitalism in China, on capitalist development and China’s environment, on capitalism and eco-collapse, and related issues for New Left Review, The Ecologist, Monthly Review, Journal of Ecological Economics, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Against the Current and other publications.

Ann Snitow has been a feminist activist since 1969 when she was a founding member of New York Radical Feminists. She was among the founders of the Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force, of the action group No More Nice Girls, and of the Network of East-West Women (concerned with women’s changing situation in East and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union). A writer of germinal essays about feminism, she co-edited Powers of Desire and, with Rachel Du Plessis, The Feminist Memoir Project. She is professor of gender studies and literature at The New School for Social Research.

Chris Spannos is an alternative media, anti-war and anti-capitalist organizer and activist. A former social service worker in Vancouver's Down Town East Side, he is now full time staff with Z, primarily with ZNet. He is editing two forthcoming titles from AK Press, ParEcon & the Good Society (2008) and Hope, Reason & Revolution (2009).

Christoph Spehr is a political theorist, editor, author and organizer. His essay “Free Cooperation” appears in The Art of Free Cooperation (Autonomedia, 2007). Collaborative video work with Jörg Windszus includes On Rules and Monsters (2004), On Blood and Wings (2006), and others. Spehr is the organizer of the conference series Out of this World - Science-Fiction, Politics, Utopia. He is a member of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s Future Commission and contributes to the Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism. Currently, he works for the German Left Party.

Irwin Sperber is Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY New Paltz. He does research on the political economy of environmental organizations and is a member of the New York editorial collective of Capital Nature Socialism.

Michael Spies is the program associate for the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy. He is co-editor of the forthcoming report, "Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security? U.S. Weapons of Terror, the Global Proliferation Crisis, and Paths to Peace," and recently authored the forthcoming article, “Iran and the Limitations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime,” American University International Law Review. Prior to joining LCNP, he worked for the Los Alamos Study Group in New Mexico, a non-profit that monitors the Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory.

Peter Staudenmaier has been active in the anarchist and ecological movements since the 1980s. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany, conducting research for his dissertation on the Nazi era. Much of his historical work focuses on the crossover between left and right thought, including the role of conspiracy theory in alternative social movements.

Karsten J. Struhl teaches political and cross-cultural philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and the New School. He has co-edited Philosophy Now, Ethics in Perspective, and, most recently, The Philosophical Quest: A Cross-Cultural Reader. His articles have appeared in a variety of journals and books on such topics as socialist ethics, ideology, human nature, war and terrorism, and global ethics.

Ida Susser is a professor of anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and adjunct–professor of Socio-Medical Sciences and the HIV Center, Columbia University. She is a member of the steering committee of Athena: Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to AIDS. Among her many books are Medical Anthropology in the World System (co-author) and The Anthropology of AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean (co-editor). Her current research, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Institute of Health examines global policies and women's mobilization concerning HIV/AIDS in southern Africa.


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).

Eric Tang took his doctorate from the American Studies Program at NYU in May 2006. From 1996-2004 he was Associate Director at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, serving as a community organizer in the refugee neighborhoods of the Bronx, New York. The author of numerous essays and articles on Southeast Asian refugee politics, community activism, and social movement theory, Tang recently received an award from New America Media (Best Katrina Reporting) for his coverage of the Vietnamese Americans of post-Katrina New Orleans. He teaches at the Worker Education Center of CUNY.

Meredith Tax is the president of Women's WORLD. She is the author of The Rising of Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917, as well as the novels Rivington Street and Union Square. Tax co-founded both the PEN American Center Women's Committee and the International PEN Women Writers Committee.

Sheree R. Thomas is a poet, short-story writer, editor, publisher and visual artist whose groundbreaking and award-winning Dark Matter series collected the works of some of the best African American Science-Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy writers. She is the publisher of Wanganegresse Press and the editor of Anansi: Fiction of the African Diaspora. Her fiction and poetry have been anthologized in Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and others. She teaches creative writing at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center. See her blog Black Mojo.

Sinclair Thomson is associate professor of history at New York University and author of We Alone Will Rule: Native Andean Politics in the Age of Insurgency and co-author with Forrest Hylton of the forthcoming Revolutionary Horizons: Popular Struggle in Bolivia.

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. Author of books and articles on Marxist Political Economy, particularly on the USSR, FSU, South Africa, finance capital and the nature of capitalist decline.

Jaime R. Torres was born and raised in Ciales, Puerto Rico and came to New York in 1976 to attend Fordham. He completed a Surgical Residency at Coney Island Hospital, earned a Master of Science degree from Long Island University in 2000, and was selected to the Advisory Board of the National Hispanic Medical Association. In 2005 he founded, and is national coordinator of Latinos for National Health Insurance. This coalition advocates for a single payer national health insurance program that would cover everyone, regardless of immigration status.

James Tracy is a long-time organizer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is active with the Community Housing Organizing Project and the SF Community Land Trust. His articles on social movements and urban studies have appeared in Race, Poverty and the Environment, Shelterforce, Dollars and Sense, Z, Processed World, and at www.jamesrtracy.wordpress.com. Tracy has edited two activist handbooks, the Civil Disobedience Handbook and the Military Draft Handbook, both on Manic D Press. He is currently co-authoring a book on community organizing in poor white neighborhoods during the sixties.

Robert Turner is a Doctoral Candidate in sociology at City University of New York, Graduate Center. His dissertation, “Fifteen Minutes of Fame: The Life and the Mind of the NFL Athlete,” examines social reality from the perspective of the NFL athlete. After attending James Madison University on an athletic scholarship, Turner was drafted as a defensive back playing 4 seasons in the USFL, CFL and NFL. He is a two-year Harrison Fellow award winner at the Graduate Center.

Jarvis Tyner is a founding member of The Black Radical Congress (BRC), Executive Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA, and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the New York Chapter of the BRC.


Juliet Ucelli, co-founder of Italian Americans for A Multicultural U.S. (IAMUS), a group dedicated to opposing Columbus Day celebration and a contributor to the forthcoming book The Cost of Privilege: Overcoming White Supremacy and Racism.


Vamsi Vakulabharanam is an assistant professor in the economics department at Queens College, City University of New York. He has written on agricultural economics in India.

David Van Arsdale is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York's Tompkins Cortland Community College. He also serves as a research consultant for the office of Labor Education Research of the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University. Recently David has been researching and writing about low-wage and temporary work in the US. His forthcoming article, "Reconstituting Casual Blue-Collar Workers: Industrial Temporary Help Work's Relationship to the Casualization of the Working Class," will be published in Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas (Duke University Press).

Eleni Varikas is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris VIII.

Jose Vasquez is currently an Army Reservist and President of the NYC chapter, Iraq Vets Against the War.

Ramaa Vasudevan is currently teaching at Barnard College, New York, and has earlier taught in the Sustainable International Development Program at Brandeis University and at The New School. Her Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research focused on the political economy of international trade and finance. Before coming to the US to do her Ph.D. she taught for many years at PGDAV college in the University of Delhi and has been active in the civil rights and women’s movement in India.

Rima Vesely-Flad founded and directs the Interfaith Coalition of Advocates for Reentry and Employment (ICARE), a New York State advocacy project focused on changing reentry barriers encountered by people with criminal convictions. She holds master’s degrees from Union and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is a doctoral student in Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Her research and publications have explored the connections between Calvinist theology and criminal law, the Slave Codes and Black Codes of the nineteenth century, and the expansion of the prison-industrial complex. She taught religion at Sing Sing Prison from 2004-2006.

Doug Viehmeyer graduated from Hartwick College in 2005. As a sociology and anthropology undergrad, he organized on campus, mainly in the antiwar and Palestine solidarity movements. He joined Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in February 2006 and founded an SDS chapter in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Leonard Vogt is Professor Emeritus of English at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, where he has been faculty advisor for the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) for the last 15 years. He also is on the editorial collective of Radical Teacher.


Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper magazine, is a fellow of the Transnational Institute, the International Labour Studies Centre at University of Manchester, and the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics. Her current work is focused on what happens to popular resistance in the face of corporate-driven globalization. Her books include Reclaim the State: Adventures in Popular Democracy, Arguments for a New Left: Answering the Free-Market Right, and Labour: A Tale of Two Parties.

Victor Wallis, the managing editor of Socialism and Democracy, teaches in the department of Liberal Arts at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His writings on ecology and technology have appeared in Capitalism Nature Socialism, Organization & Environment, the Historisch-Kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus [Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism], and Socialism and Democracy, and have been translated into seven languages.

Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Prior to that Mr. Warren spent seven years as national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, where he led national constitutional and impact litigation to advance civil rights and civil liberties.

Jerry Watts teaches English and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Bill Weinberg is editor of the online journal World War 4 Report (ww4report.com), a producer at WBAI Radio and author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico (Verso, 2000). He is currently at work on a book about Plan Colombia and indigenous movements in the Andes.

Lois Weiner is Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education at New Jersey City University and a member of the editorial board of New Politics.  She is co-editing with Mary Compton a reader for teachers on neoliberalism's assault on public education and teacher unions.

Peter Weiss is an international lawyer who has devoted a good part of his last twenty years to trying to rid the world of nuclear weapons. He is President of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and Vice-President (former President) of IALANA, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms He was a principal author of the draft brief to the International Court of Justice, which held in 1996 that the threat and use of nukes is “generally illegal” under international law.

Seth Weiss is a cofounder of The New SPACE, a pluralistic anti-capitalist educational project in New York City (http://newspace.mahost.org). He is also a supporter of the National Organization for the Iraqi Freedom Struggles (http://no-ifs.org).

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).

Dale Jiajin Wen was born and raised in China, and worked in Silicon Valley before moving to non-profit work. She has published a booklet, “China Copes with Globalization: A Mixed Review” and travels frequently to China, where she maintains close ties with China’s emerging civil society.

Peter Werbe has worked with the Detroit-based anti-authoritarian magazine Fifth Estate for much of its 42-year history. Since 1970 he has also hosted Nightcall, a phone-in talk program on WRIF in Detroit. The FBI once described the Fifth Estate as "supporting the cause of revolution everywhere." So does Peter (www.peterwerbe.com).

Cornel West is Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University. The recipient of more than twenty honorary degrees and an American Book Award, he is one of America’s most important public intellectuals. He is author of many books, including Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism, The African-American Century: How Black Americans Shaped Our Country (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Race Matters, and Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism. He serves as an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America and co-chair of The Tikkun Community.

Dominic Wetzel is a graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center, teaches at Hunter College, and is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. He is currently working on his dissertation "Resisting Secularism: Modernity, Catholic Charismatics, Everyday Life, and the Troubled Project of Enlightenment."

Cathy Wilkerson was active in the civil rights movement, Students for a Democratic Society and later the Weather Underground. For the past twenty years she has focused on numeracy as a social justice issue, working as an educator in adult education, high school and middle school mathematics. She is currently collaborating with middle school mathematics teachers in the Bronx to strengthen students' understanding of mathematics. She believes that only a rich understanding of math and science can ensure democratic participation in today's critical decisions.

Hank Williams is a Ph.D. Candidate in English and Africana Studies at the City University of New York and teaches at City College and NYU’s Gallatin School. He is a former board member of the Brecht Forum. He has been involved in political organizing for nearly a decade around police brutality and the criminalization of youth of color and open admissions in the CUNY system with the Student Liberation Action Movement. He is a member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

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.

Joseph Wilson is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Director of City University's Graduate Center for Worker Education.

Barbara Winslow is an Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Brooklyn College. She is the author of Sylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism, as well as several articles on the origins and legacy of the women's liberation movement. She was a founding member of Seattle Radical Women in 1967, and her activism has continued unabated. She is presently writing a history of the women's liberation movement, as well as compiling the Shirley Chisholm Archive of Brooklyn Women's Activism.

Frieder Otto Wolf, Dr. phil., Honorary Professor for Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. Born at Kiel in 1943, he studied philosophy and political science (at Kiel, Paris, and Edinburgh). Teaching and research at the University of the Sarre, Saarbrücken, at the Free University of Berlin, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and at the Science Centre Berlin. 1984-99: Active in the European Parliament for the German Greens; 1994-99 Member of the EP. English contributions in New Left Review; Socialist Register; Capitalism, Nature Socialism. website: www.friederottowolf.de

Max Fraad Wolff is a doctoral candidate in economics at The University of Massachusetts. He is also an instructor at the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University and a freelance writer and researcher in the areas of Finance and Foreign Policy.

Richard D. Wolff is professor of economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His latest books with co-author Stephen Resnick are Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the USSR (2002) and New Departures in Marxian Theory (2006), both published by Routledge. He teaches at the Brecht Forum and serves on the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism.

Mark P. Worrell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaches political sociology and theory at SUNY Cortland. His current research focuses on unexplored aspects of the Frankfurt School's wartime exile in the United States. Worrell is currently working on a book-length manuscript, Dialectic of Solidarity: Labor, Antisemitism, and the Frankfurt School that is based on his 2003 Ph.D. dissertation.

JoAnn Wypijewski is an independent journalist based in New York City. Her wrtings have appeared in The Nation, Harper’s, CounterPunch, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, New Left Review and other publications. She is the editor of several books including Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid’s Scientific Guide to Art and The Thirty Years Wars: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994, the collected work of Andrew Kopkind. She has also been active in New York for tenants’ rights and preservation of the Lower East Side since 1980.




Hisila Yami, aka Parvati is a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and of its International Department, former head of the All Nepal Women's Association (Revolutionary), and currently co-incharge of the CPN(M) Kathmandu Valley Bureau and a memberof the interim parliament of Nepal. She has written extensively on the roles of women and dalits in the Nepali Maoist movement. Her English publications include "People's Power in Nepal,” http://www.monthlyreview.org/1105parvati.htm. She will participate via telephone.

Yang Jinhai, Ph.D., is professor and deputy secretary-general for Central Compilation and Translation Bureau of the Communist Party of China. He graduated from Peking University in 1994. He is currently a lead scholar working on The Project of Marxist Theoretical Research and Development in China, the secretary-general for the Chinese Society of Marx and Engels, and a visiting professor at Peking University. His main research area include the history of the development of Marxism, philosophy, and humanology. His books include Ontology of Human Beings (1995), Methodology of Philosophy (1992), System Philosophy (1992), and Rereading ‘Communist Manifesto’ (1998).

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). He has presented two television documentaries for the BBC, was awarded newspaper journalist of the year for the Ethnic Minority Media Awards for three straight years (2002 – 2004), and has been nominated for foreign journalist of the year for his reporting from Zimbabwe.


Ivan Zatz is professor of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His current work concerns the film, television and computer screen as a production of space.

Zhuang Junju is an assistant professor of political science at the Institute of World Socialism of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau of the Communist Party of China. He is also a doctoral candidate in the School of International Studies at Peking University. He is the author of The Dialogue of Neoliberalism Research and The Study of the Beijing Consensus and the China Model.

Dave Zirin, Press Action’s 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, is a columnist for both SLAM Magazine and thenation.com. He is the author of "What’s My Name, Fool?” Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books). This spring, Zirin will be releasing The Muhammad Ali Handbook (MQ Publications) and this summer, Welcome to the Terrordome (Haymarket Books, foreword by Chuck D). Zirin is also writing A People’s History of Sports (New Press). Read him at www.edgeofsports.com.

Kristal Brent Zook is associate adjunct professor at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is the author of Color By Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Black Women’s Lives (Nation Books, 2006). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Essence, Village Voice, Vibe, and many other publications. She has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, MTV, BET,and TV-One.

Michael Zweig teaches economics and is director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of The Working Class Majority: America’s Best Kept Secret (Cornell University Press, 2000) and editor of What’s Class Got to Do with It? American Society in the Twenty-first Century (Cornell University Press, 2004).



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