Yolanda Gonzalez

Yolanda Gonzalez is an Urban Agriculture Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She holds a dual degree in Master of Science in Environmental and Community Land Planning from SUNY ESF and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in.  Read More

Jie Jin

Jie Jin is a mushroom grower and founder of Curiouseed, an education studio dedicated to cultivating eco consciousness through playful, experimental and hands-on programming and experiences. Currently Curiouseed is focused on connecting people with the fascinating yet largely overlooked world of fungi. Jie is a member of New York Mycology.  Read More

Mohamad Junaid

Mohamad Junaid teaches Cultural Anthropology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests include formation of political subjectivity; military occupations; space and place; violence and precarity; visual politics; memory and cultural production. He has written on Kashmir.  Read More

Hafsa Kanjwal

Hafsa Kanjwal is an Assistant Professor of South Asian history at Lafayette College. She completed her PhD in history and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her research focuses on post-Partition state-formation in Indian occupied Kashmir. She has written on Kashmir for a variety of news outlets.  Read More

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado is a public intellectual, social scientist, and anthropologist who teaches at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) in Brazil. She’s also a contributor at The Intercept Brasil. Pinheiro-Machado is also the author of the award-winning book “Counterfeit Itineraries in the Global South,” as well as numerous journal.  Read More

Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator whose work focuses on racial justice, gender justice, transformative/restorative justice, ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She.  Read More

Christopher Nizza

Christopher Nizza is a New York City born, bred and based filmmaker and editor whose Emmy Award-winning work includes documentaries, commercials and music videos. His feature-length documentary film DEAR MANDELA won the Grand Jury Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival & the Golden Butterfly at the Movies That Matter Festival.  Read More

Peter Kinoy

Peter Kinoy is a New York based documentary editor and co-founder of Skylight, a human rights media organization.  His films WHEN THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE, GRANITO, 500 YEARS and many more have played Sundance, NY Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and national PBS.  In the 1990s his documentaries about.  Read More

Nick Estes

Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019).Read More
Idalin Bobé

Idalin Bobé

Idalin Bobé is founder of TechActivist.Org, a grassroot organization providing free technical training and political education workshops to working-class youth, activists, and disruptors interested in using technology for social good. She is also a founding member of the Popular Education Project and serves on the national education committee of.  Read More

Marie-Claire Picher

A Theater of the Oppressed trainer and popular educator who collaborated annually with Augusto Boal from 1990 until his death in 2009. She is a founding member of TOPLAB (1990) and the Institute of Popular Education at the Brecht Forum (1992). In addition to leading hundreds of workshops in the.  Read More

Ciara Taylor

Ciara Taylor is a popular educator, grassroots organizer and artist. In her position as Membership Manager with The People’s Forum, Ciara is committed to nurturing a community rooted in working class values of justice, love, and dignity for everyone through art and political education. She first became politically active in.  Read More

Kevin Kang

Kevin Kang is a Korean New York City native, born and raised in Flushing, NY, and currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for TPF. In his role as Outreach Coordinator, Kevin is committed to build the working class membership and character of TPF, and curate events to foster dialogue and.  Read More
Manu Karuka

Manu Karuka

Manu Karuka is the author of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press, 2019). He is a member of the Council for Collaborative Inquiry, and he teaches at Barnard College..  Read More

Richard D. Benson II

Dr. Richard D. Benson II is a historian specializing in education, the Black Freedom Movement and transnational social movements. He completed a PhD in Educational Policy Studies specializing in the history of education at the University of Illinois. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Spelman.  Read More

Russell Dale

Russell Dale is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College, CUNY as well as the long-time instructor for the NYC Marxist Studies Collective which has been holding courses since the Spring 2009 semester at the Brecht Forum. Russell is also an activist involved in various issues around the NYC.  Read More

Hilary N. Green

Dr. Hilary N. Green is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies and serves as the co-program director of the African American Studies program. She also has a partial appointment in American Studies. She earned her B.A. in History with minors in Africana Studies.  Read More

Bob Hutton

Bob Hutton is Senior Lecturer of History and American Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 2009 after studying history at Appalachian State University in NC and George Mason University in VA. His first book, Bloody Breathitt: Politics & Violence in Read More

Keri Leigh Merritt

Keri Leigh Merritt works as a historian and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her B.A. from Emory University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Her first book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press, 2017). It won both the.  Read More

Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic story “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. Mattison’s film “Habeas Corpus” won six film festival awards to date and can be streamed on KweliTV. Mattison’s.  Read More

Sheilah Garland-Olaniran

Sheilah Garland-Olaniran grew up in Flint, MI. As a child she walked the picket lines with her father who was a member of the United Autoworkers Union for 35 years.  Sheilah has organized across the country, most recently with National Nurses United, organizing Registered Nurses into the union from Nevada.  Read More

Onleilove Chika Alston, M.Div., MSW

Onleilove Chika Alston, M.Div., MSW is a faith rooted organizer, speaker, minister and writer. From the ranks of the poor having experienced poverty and homelessness as a child she has a passion for justice and compassion for people. Born and raised in East New York Brooklyn and now living in Read More

Rabih Ahmed

Rabih Ahmed is a poet, performer & educator from the Bronx. She has performed her poetry at Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, various college campus in New York State and abroad. You can find more information on her work at artistrybyrabih.com..  Read More

Claudia de la Cruz

Claudia is the People’s Forum’s Director of Culture. She was born in the South Bronx to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. She is a popular educator, community organizer and theologian. In her role as Director of Culture at The People’s Forum, Claudia is committed to contribute her experiences and.  Read More

Alyssa Bonilla

Alyssa Bonilla, M.A., received her degree in Labor Studies from the Murphy Institute, School for Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY. She teaches Labor and the Global Economy, at Queens College, and has published in the journal, New Labor Forum..  Read More

S. Ani Mukherji

Ani Mukherji is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is currently working on his first book, The Anticolonial Imagination: Race, Empire, and Migrant Radicalism before World War II, an analysis of the political interventions of Asian and African diasporic artists and activists who.  Read More

Bhante Suddhaso

Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City. Bhante Suddhāso has studied under the guidance of some of the most important names in Western Buddhism, such as Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Vīradhammo, and Bhante Gunaratana. He was initially trained in Soto Zen Buddhism at Tassajara Zen.  Read More

Tithi Bhattacharya

Tithi Bhattacharya is a leading marxist feminist and a national organizer for the March 8 International Women’s Strike..  Read More

Gammy Alvarez

Gammy Alvarez is an artist, activist and organizer from NYC. Her creations challenges the system that we currently live under by showing powerful women of color resisting and fighting back. Her mission is to educate through art that is not only visually powerful, but to help trigger conversations about change Read More

Karim Elhaies

Karim Elhaies is an Egyptian American multilingual graduate student of Middle Eastern Studies, History, and Cinema. He teaches Arabic language and Arab cinema classes at several New York colleges and universities. Believing that language structures social lives, he is interested in teaching Arabic language as well as Arab history (cinema,.  Read More

Aldo Ulisses Reséndiz Ramírez

Aldo Ulisses Reséndiz Ramírez is a multilingual, queer immigrant from a farm-working family of Indigenous hñähñu and xo’oi descent. They are a writer, cultural worker, community organizer and language justice promoter in community organizing spaces across New York City working on critical language pedagogy and popular education approaches to teaching.  Read More

David Harvey

David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His substantive interests lie in the study of urbanization and uneven geographical development of capitalism at a variety of scales, from local to global. Social Justice and the City, Paris, Capital of Read More

Ben Wilkins

Ben Wilkins is a labor organizer based in North Carolina, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival..  Read More

Chelsea Gregory

Chelsea Gregory is an community-engaged dance theater artist, cultural organizer and restorative justice practitioner with over 2 decades of experience working at the intersections of arts and social change. All of her work is informed by her training in somatic technique, experiential anatomy, body-mind centering and various mindfulness practices. For.  Read More

Kayhan Irani

Kayhan Irani is an Emmy-award winning writer, a performer, a cultural activist, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She creates art to build community, spaces for healing, and to re-connect audiences into their desires to effect change. She has trained hundreds of groups in Theater of the Oppressed and.  Read More

Popular Education Project

The Popular Education Project (PEP) is a collective of organizers and popular educators from popular movements in the United States. Together we have decades of experience working in diverse communities of struggle, including organizing workers, immigrants, homeless people, survivors of police abuse, youth, faith communities, antiwar, and local peace economy.  Read More

Nijmie Dzurinko

Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko is an organizer and movement strategist of over 20 years from Pennsylvania. She is co-founder of Put People First! PA, a working class statewide base building human rights organization, and is a chair of the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival..  Read More

Avery Book

Avery Book has over a decade of experience as an organizer and political educator as part of organizations rooted in bases of the poor and dispossessed sections of the working class, in both urban and rural contexts. He is the President of the Coordinating Committee of the Vermont Workers’ CenterRead More

Phil Wider

Phil Wider has been an organizer and political educator in the U.S. movement to end poverty for the last three decades. His entry point to the U.S. survival movement was through the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Union of the Homeless, where he was an organizer and educator with its educational arm –.  Read More

Kristin Nicely-Colangelo

Kristin Nicely Colangelo is a formally homeless mother of three. She has organized poor and homeless families for the past 16 years. She is the coordinator of the University of the Poor’s Homeless Union History Project that
facilitates and supports poor and homeless organizing nationally which includes the organization of.  Read More

Savina Martin

Savina Martin is a lifelong activist and organizer from Massachusetts. She is an Army Veteran, and over the years has mobilized and organized around the war on drugs affecting homeless men, women and veterans in Boston and San Diego, CA. In 1993, she helped to coordinate resources to refurbish an.  Read More

Willie Baptist

Willie Baptist is a formerly homeless father of three who came out of the Watts uprisings and the Black Student Movement. He has 50 years of experience educating and organizing amongst the poor and dispossessed including working as a lead organizer with the United Steelworkers, as an educator and organizer.  Read More

Colleen Wessel-McCoy

Colleen Wessel-McCoy is Co-Coordinator of Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development at the Kairos Center, National Political Educator for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and Lecturer in Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Her.  Read More

Charon Hribar

Charon Hribar is the Director of Cultural Strategies at the Kairos Center. She also serves as the co-coordinator of Theomusicology and Movement Arts for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Over the past 15 years, Charon has been dedicated to the work of political education, leadership.  Read More

Shailly Gupta Barnes

Shailly Gupta Barnes is the Policy Director at the Kairos Center. She coordinated and edited the Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, working closely with the Institute for Policy Studies. This report looked at the evolution of the
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Adam Barnes

Dr. Adam Barnes is the coordinator of the Rights and Religions program at the Kairos Center. Born in St. Louis, MO and raised in Colorado, he has lived in New York since 2006 and worked at the Poverty Initiative/Kairos Center since 2007. In 2016 he completed a PhD in.  Read More

Jeramy Turner

Jeramy Turner’s primary concern for many years has been the appropriation of visual art and film for the purpose of countering ruling class hegemony. From 1975 -1992, she directed alternative movie theaters in Chicago and Minneapolis, and edited the cinema journal, “Shattering Screen.” In 1986 she taught herself oil painting Read More

Jack Shneidman

Jack Shneidman earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase, and an MA from the City College of New York in music composition and jazz performance, respectively. He is the author of the instructional book, 1001 Jazz Licks published by the Cherry Lane Music Company (2000). He has led jazz ensembles in Read More

Juliet Ucelli

Juliet Ucelli has taught labor economics and class/race/gender for unions and activists, and writes on Eurocentrism in Marxist theory, and Marxist understandings of human development. She also teaches Marx’s Capital, Volume One with The Marxist Education Project.Read More

Johanna Fernández

Johanna Fernández teaches 20th Century US history and the history of social movements in the Department of History at Baruch College (CUNY). Her book on the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party is forthcoming (July 2019, UNC Press). In 2015, she directed and co-curated, Read More

Richard D. Wolff

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, and the University of.  Read More

Peter Bratsis

Peter Bratsis teaches political science at the City University of New York. He is a founding editor of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination; author of Everyday Life and the State (Paradigm, 2006); and editor, with Stanley Aronowitz, of Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered (Minnesota, 2002). His.  Read More

Michael Pelias

Michael Pelias teaches philosophy from the ancients to the moderns at Long Island University – Brooklyn, and is the co-managing editor of Situations. He is a board member of the Institute for the Radical Imagination and a co-host of the Manhattan cable TV show, The Radical Imagination. His scholarly work.  Read More

Stanley Aronowitz

Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His most recent book is “The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement”(Verso, 2015). He is the co-managing editor of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, and a.  Read More

John Wessel-McCoy

John Wessel-McCoy is co-coordinator of Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development at the Kairos Center. He develops relationships with grassroots community, religious, and labor leaders nationwide. In addition, he researches and develops curriculum focused on history, particularly focused on lessons from the abolitionist movement. He has worked as a union organizer
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Miguel Robles-Durán

Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist and Associate Professor of Urbanism at the New School / Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is a Senior fellow at “Civic City”, a post-graduate design/research program based at the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD) Geneva, Switzerland and is a Read More