Vivek Venkatraman

Vivek Venkatraman is an organizer and artist based in Houston, TX. His work focuses primarily on the medium of political posters, but also includes print and web design work for people’s movements across the globe. Vivek’s work aims to bring socialist ideas and consciousness to the mainstream by leveraging modern Read More

Max Lane

Dr Max Lane guest lectures at Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta and other universities in Indonesia. He has recently lectured in the World Expert Lectures on Indonesia at the University of the Philipines. He is the author many articles and books on Indonesia, including Unfinished Nation: Indonesia Before and After Suharto.  Read More

Ekim Kilic

Ekim Kilic is a Kurdish journalist from Turkey. He is corresponding to a daily working class newspaper, Evrensel Daily. Their reporters are currently in the region, following multidimensional crisis in the disaster region..  Read More

Justine Medina

Justine Medina is a worker and a community organizer based in New York City. She is active in the Amazon Labor Union at JFK8 and serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Communist Party. In 2022, she and her coworkers organized the first successful union election at.  Read More

Layan Fuleihan

Layan Fuleihan is the Education Director at The People’s Forum and she is a popular educator, organizer, and lifelong student of historical and contemporary struggles of the oppressed. Layan developed her educational approach while working with youth and families in schools, libraries, and community and feminist organizations. In her role.  Read More

Brian Becker

Brian Becker is the National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition. He is a founder of and a central organizer for the Party for Socialism and Liberation..  Read More

Srecko Horvat

Srećko Horvat, born in 1983 in Croatia (socialist Yugoslavia at that time) is a philosopher, author and activist. He has published more than 10 books, including After the ApocalypsePoetry from the FutureRadicality of LoveWelcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism, and many more. His.  Read More

David Austin

David Austin is the author of the Casa de las Americas Prize-winning Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties MontrealMoving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness, and Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson Read More

Vijay Prashad

Vijay is an Indian historian, editor, and journalist. He is an editor of LeftWord Books and the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research as well as a writing fellow and chief correspondent at Globetrotter. He has written more than 20 books, including The Darker Nations and The Poorer NationsRead More

Ashraf Ahmed

Every few months we stand outraged at yet another Supreme Court ruling that favors a conservative agenda and ultimately hurts the working class and marginalized. Most recently, on June 24, 2022, Roe v. Wade was overturned, ending our constitutional right to abortion. This is the most recent chapter in a Read More

Eugene Puryear

Eugene Puryear is an American journalist, author, activist, politician, and host on Breakthrough News..  Read More

Raphael Agosto- Miranda

Raphael Agosto- Miranda is a certified emergency medical technician-basic and CPR/First Aid Instructor. He is an organizer with New York Boricua Resistance, an organization fighting for the liberation of Puerto Rico. As a Puerto Rican and a transman, he believes in the long standing communist tradition of revolutionary healthcare and.  Read More

Tanzil Chowdhury

Tanzil Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor in Law, Senior Fellow at the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School and a Visiting Scholar at the New School. He authored the book Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment and recently co-authored the book Abolishing the Police (Dog Press 2021). Tanzil.  Read More

Hector Rivera

Hector Luis Rivera is a Bronx born Boricua poet and song writer, performing since 1990. For 16 years, he co-led the Welfare Poets, scripting rap, Puerto Rican sones de bomba, and Puerto Rican plenas. Following his move to Chicago in 2006, and extending to this day, Hector enriched the genre.  Read More

Shahrin Azim

Shahrin Azim is a community organizer and henna artist. She has always been connected with her community via culture and arts. She grew up learning Bangla through natoks and being in company with Bengali aunties. Henna was another way she connected with her roots. Shahrin knows the working class struggle.  Read More
Portrait of Alejandro Varela

Alejandro Varela

Alejandro Varela (he/him) is based in New York. His work has appeared in The Point magazine, Boston Review, Harper’s Magazine, The RumpusJoyland Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, Blunderbuss Magazine, Pariahs (an anthology, SFA Press, 2016), the Southampton Review, and The New Republic. He .  Read More
Black and white portrait of journalist and author Roberto Lovato

Roberto Lovato

Journalist and teacher Roberto Lovato is the author of Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Remembrance (Harper Collins), a book picked by the New York Times as an “Editor’s Choice” that the paper also hailed as “Groundbreaking.” Award-winning author Roberto Lovato has reported on the drug war, violence, terrorism in.  Read More

Geo Maher

Geo Maher is an organizer, writer, radical political theorist and Visiting Associate Profesor at Vassar College.  He has been Visiting Scholar at the Decolonizing Humanities Project at the College of William & Mary, the Hemispheric Institute in New York and the Institute of Social Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma
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Kerbie Joseph

Kerbie Joseph is a first generation Haitian woman from Brooklyn, NY and a community organizer with the ANSWER  (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition. Kerbie has been organizing since the age of 19 in NYC against police brutality, mass incarceration, housing insecurity and LGBTQTSTGNC oppression. Kerbie has.  Read More

Derek Ford

Derek R. Ford is assistant professor of education studies at DePauw University, where he teaches and researches about how educational theory can contribute to revolutionary struggles. He’s written six books, including Communist Study: Education for the Commons and Politics and Politics and Pedagogy in the “Post-Truth” Era: Insurgent Philosophy and Read More

Curry Stephenson Malott

Curry Stephenson Malott is associate professor in the Department of eEducational Foundations and Policy Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He’s the author of numerous books in the politics, psychology, and cultural aspects of education, including A History of Education for the Many: From Colonization and Slavery to the Read More

Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb

Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she teaches postcolonial literature and theory and poetry. Her first book, Epidemic Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2021) uncovers the history behind the dead metaphor of the “terrorism epidemic,” by looking at documents of public.  Read More

Nimmi Gowrinathan

Nimmi Gowrinathan is a writer, a scholar, and an activist. She is a Professor at the City College of New York, where she founded the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative, a global initiative that draws on in-depth research to inform movement-building around the impact of sexual violence on women’s political.  Read More

Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper

Mamyrah Prosper is an Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is also the International Coordinator for the Pan-African Solidarity Network with Community Movement Builders in the United States. In that capacity, she serves as a coordinator of the Leve Kanpe Avèk Ayiti.  Read More


Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle.  Read More

Francia Elena Marquez Mina

Born 39 years ago in the small town of Yolombó in the municipality of Suárez (Cauca), Francia Elena Márquez Mina is a lawyer, environmental leader, and human rights defender. She became an activist at the age of 15 as part of a grassroot community process that sought to prevent the Read More

Natalia de Campos

Natalia de Campos, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is a performance and theater artist, producer, writer, educator, translator, and activist. Natalia has taught English and Portuguese to non-native speakers since she was 19 years-old in various settings. She moved to New York in 1998, founded the multidisciplinary arts collaborative Syncretic.  Read More

Niki Franco

Niki Franco is a Caribbean abolitionist community organizer, writer, and facilitator of spaces for collective study. Seeking to disrupt the institutionalized bureaucratic frameworks of academia and transactional ways in which relationships exist under capitalism, her work experiments with truth-telling, radical history and thought, and revolutionary imagination. She also curates educational.  Read More

Alicia Kuhl

Alicia Kuhl is the President of the Santa Cruz Homeless Union. She lives in her RV with her three children and works full time, although she is currently not working due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alicia was, alongside Deseire Quintero, a principal organizer of the Ross Camp Council, a committee
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Khalilah Ali

Khalilah Ali received her doctorate in Educational Studies with a focus on Literacy, Pedagogy, and Culture from Emory University, Masters in Middle and Secondary English Instruction and Bachelors in Literature and African American Studies from Georgia State University. She is also a member in the educational advocacy collective TITUS (Teaching.  Read More

Maggie Dickinson

Maggie Dickinson is an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at CUNY’s Guttman Community College. She is an anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on political economy, welfare policy, labor, food politics and social movements.
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Rhae Lynn Barnes

Rhae Lynn Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Princeton University and the leading expert on the history of amateur blackface minstrelsy. She is a historian, editor, and onscreen commenter specializing in the globalization of American popular culture. Her research and teaching focus on the histories.  Read More

Marc Wood Pierre

Marc Wood Pierre was born in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. He is a Christian believer, a lawyer and a teacher.  During the legislative race in Haiti in 2015, he ran for the 3rd electoral district of Port-au-Prince and failed to get elected. He relocated in the United States in.  Read More

Ismael García Colón

Ismael García Colón is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is a historical and political anthropologist with interests in political economy, oral history, migration, farm labor, U.S. empire, Latinxs, Latin America, and the Caribbean. His research.  Read More

Mike Legaspi

Mike Legaspi is a Filipino-American activist and organizer for Migrante New York and BAYAN-USA. Having been a youth organizer in the past, Mike has developed a perspective that education must be culturally relevant, anti-colonial, and anti-imperialist. As a member of Migrante New York, he also sees the need to make.  Read More

Yordanos Goitom

Yordanos Goitom was born in Eritrea. As a child, she witnessed the impact that civil war (militarism) had on her family. The civil war tore her family in terms of mortality, having to immigrate to unknown countries as a refugee, and to be scattered throughout the diaspora. She graduated from.  Read More

Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson is a speaker, activist, and leader in the global fight to end sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficked in New York at the age of 12, arrested for prostitution a few years later, and placed in the foster care system, she became an activist at age 14..  Read More

Areerat (Aree) Worawongwasu

Areerat (Aree) Worawongwasu is a community organizer, cultural worker, and educator. Her work in grounded in the grassroots, using research to serve movement work, and leveraging resources of the academia to redistribute to local working-class communities of color. Aree organizes with Decolonize This Place, stewarding youth organizing. She is the.  Read More

Marie Ty

Marie Ty is a union organizer and will share her transnational perspectives on women and work, women and labor during the second session of the Summer School of Women’s Activism. Her work in the movement is expansive and we continue to learn and grow from her..  Read More

Ninotchka Rosca

Ninotchka Rosca is a transnational Filipina. She has authored seven books: two novels, two short story collections, three non-fiction. Her by-line has appeared in publications all over the world. She is also an organizer and an advocate for human and women’s rights. She is one of the founders of AF3IRM..  Read More

Nayoung Kim

Af3irm Chicago’s Nayoung Kim is a feminist activist, writer, and attorney from South Korea. She is involved in the South Korean women’s movement and the global women’s movement, on stage, behind the scenes, and in spirit. She engages in activism through research, advocacy, organizing, writing, and performing. Her project is.  Read More

Genevieve Rana

Genevieve Rana is a core member of AF3IRM, first-generation Filipina, and educator. Inspired by experience in AF3IRM Los Angeles’ Women’s March, Genevieve joined the New York chapter upon her move to the city, Outside of AF3IRM, she works as a elementary school teacher in an all-girls school and a museum.  Read More

Laura Ramirez

Laura Ramirez is the Program Coordinator at the first international non-governmental organization working to oppose human trafficking, prostitution, and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Laura is also a core organizer with Af3irm NYC. Laura centers historical materialism and anti-imperialism in her advocacy and work, which focuses on building a.  Read More

Claudia Lara

Claudia is a first generation Xicanx from Hawai’i. Having learned everything she knows from watching her mother organize with her fellow survivors of domestic violence and undocumented community, Claudia too has dedicated her life to ensuring women of color are at the forefront of any and all issues. She first.  Read More

Nneka Southwell

Nneka is a neuroscience PhD student studying at Weill Cornell. She is a Rochester born native who loves poetry, music, and dance..  Read More

Princess Manuel

Princess Manuel is the Organizing Director of AF3IRM National and core member of AF3IRM NYC. Aside from doing transnational feminist activism, she is an herbalist, mental health therapist, social worker, and engages in electoral politics as co-founder of Women of Color for Progress. She loves to be in nature, swim,.  Read More

Jaslin Kaur

Jaslin Kaur is a Policy & Advocacy Organizer with Know Your IX where she protects Title IX rights for survivors of sexual assault. Her work has spanned NYC and Washington D.C. where she worked with non-profits and youth organizations to advocate against family separation, detention and deportation, and barriers to.  Read More

Yasmin Vafa

Yasmin Vafa is co-founder and Executive Director of Rights4Girls, a national organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. As a human rights attorney and advocate, Yasmin’s work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, violence, and the law. She has successfully advocated for.  Read More

Olivia Canlas

Olivia is the current National Education Director for AF3IRM. She works in Foreclosure Prevention in Far Rockaway, NY, an area that was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. She is a people’s lawyer and a producer for Asia Pacific Forum Radio, formerly broadcast on WBAI 99.5 FM. With AF3IRM, her interests.  Read More

Daniel Kovalik

Daniel Kovalik is Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). He has worked for the USW since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. While with the USW, he has served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket.  Read More

Roberto Sirvent

Roberto Sirvent is Professor of Political and Social Ethics at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA, where he serves as Chair of the Social Science Department. He also teaches regularly at Claremont School of Theology and Yale University’s Summer Bioethics Institute. Roberto earned an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a.  Read More

Noam Sandweiss-Back

Noam Sandweiss-Back is the Program Coordinator at the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice and organizes with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He is committed to a global movement of the poor and dispossessed..  Read More

David Stovall

David Stovall, Ph.D. is Professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to.  Read More

Zena Agha

Zena Agha is an Iraqi-Palestinian writer and analyst born in London, currently based in New York. Her work examines immigration, war and life in the diaspora. Zena’s poems have been translated and published internationally and she has performed at universities and festivals around the US, UK and France. She.  Read More

Randa Wahbe

Randa Wahbe is a graduate student in anthropology at Harvard University and a member of Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Her research focuses on how Palestinian dead bodies are exploited by the Israeli state to facilitate its settler-colonial expansion. Before starting her PhD, Randa coordinated international advocacy efforts for Addameer Prisoner.  Read More

Marcos Rezende

Marcos Rezende received his Master in Social Development and Management (2017) and graduated in History from the Federal University of Bahia (1999).  His work focuses  mainly in the subjects of  race, human rights, patrimony, Afro-Brazilian religions and religious racism. He has also acted as the  National Councilor of Public Security,.  Read More

Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell

Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell is a founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a former union rep of the UAW, and a founding member of the Communist Labor Party. He is the author of the pamphlet “Detroit: A History of Struggle, A Vision of the Future” (2010), and the.  Read More

Maha Abdallah

Maha Abdallah is a Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq, a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization. She focuses on corporate accountability and business and human rights in conflict-affected areas and occupied territory; primarily the role of corporations in the unlawful exploitation of natural resources, complicity and involvement in human.  Read More

S’bu Zikode

S’bu Zikode is founder and President of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement in South Africa, which has more than 50,000 dues-paying members. In December 2009 Bishop Rubin Phillip conferred the Order of the Holy Nativity on him. He was the first non-Anglican to be honored in this way. In 2013, 2014 and.  Read More

Binota Moy Dhamai

Binota Moy Dhamai has more than 15 years of experience in the Indigenous Peoples rights movement, network building, campaign and advocacy, in the national, Asia regional and international forum. He is a member of the Jumma-Tripura, one of the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, where he.  Read More

Barbara Foley

Barbara Foley is Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark. She has published widely in the fields of Marxist criticism, US literary radicalism, and African American literature. Her books include Marxist Literary Criticism Today (Pluto, 2019), Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Duke University.  Read More

Margaret Stevens

Margaret Stevens is Professor in the Department of History at Essex County College in Newark. She is a contributor to the volume Communist Histories, Volume 1 (LeftWord, 2016) and the author of Red International and Black Caribbean (Pluto, 2017)..  Read More

Nicholas Laccetti

Nicholas Laccetti is the Communications Coordinator for the Kairos Center, and a member of the National Communications Team of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He began his work at the Kairos Center as a Poverty Initiative fellow with the field education program at Union Theological.  Read More

Lou Cornum

Lou Cornum is a diasporic Navajo writer and PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center where they study decolonial thought across Black and Indigenous speculative fiction. Lou was born in Chandler, Arizona and now lives in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared in Art in America, The.  Read More

Craig Gilmore

Craig Gilmore managed bookstores, published books, and edited a quarterly prison newsletter before transitioning into an anti-prison organizer. He is a co-founder of the California Prison Moratorium Project, a member of the Community Advisory board of Critical Resistance and was awarded the  Ralph Santiago Abascal Award for Environmental Justice.  Read More

Sónia Vaz Borges

Sónia Vaz Borges is a militant interdisciplinary historian, social and political organizer. She has B.A. in Modern and Contemporary History, Politics and International Affairs from ISCTE -University Institute of Lisbon, and a M.A. in African History from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon. She received her Ph.D..  Read More

Ronnie Burrage

Ronnie Burrage has played with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean and is featured on more than 150 recordings; and has toured on all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan. Ronnie’s latest production, “Dance of the Great Spirit”, may be some.  Read More

Max Elbaum

Max Elbaum has been involved in peace, anti-racist and radical movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s.  Through the 1970s and 1980s he was active in then-widespread efforts to build a new U.S. revolutionary party as a leader of one of the.  Read More

LaRose T. Parris

LaRose T. Parris is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY where she teaches courses in African American Literature and Contemporary Black Fiction.  Her book, Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature was awarded the Nicolás Guillén Prize for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature by the.  Read More

A. Shahid Stover

A. Shahid Stover is an avant-garde African-American writer/philosopher/social critic and editor-in-chief of The Brotherwise Dispatch. Stover’s first work, Hip Hop Intellectual Resistance deals with intellectual engagement and Hip Hop aesthetics as Black cultural resistance to Empire..  Read More

Juan Lazaro Mendolas

Juan Lazaro Mendolas is a Bolivian native Quechua speaker who has been teaching Quechua in schools, public libraries, and in cultural spaces in Argentina for the last four years. Teaching Quechua is a profession Juan started after decades of singing in Quechua in both musical groups and as a solo.  Read More

Aliou Cissé Niang

Aliou Cissé Niang is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His research interests include Postcolonial Criticism in conversation with Social Criticism and Cross-Cultural Studies. Dr. Niang earned his B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in history (Cum Laude) at Williams Baptist College in.  Read More

Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson is a financial analyst and president of the Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends. He is distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and professor at the School of Marxist Studies, Peking University in China. Hudson has written or edited more 
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Brittany Friedman

Brittany Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Her research juxtaposes race and social inequality with incarceration conditions and politics. She is currently writing a book about the systematic use of extreme punishment against black militant prisoners and.  Read More

Ajamu Baraka

A human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism, Ajamu Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles. He was the 2016 Vice Presidential candidate of the Green Party of.  Read More

Glen Ford

In the fall of 2006, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley and Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor left Black Commentator, which Ford had co-founded and edited since 2002, and launched Black Agenda Report. Executive Editor Glen Ford: A Certified Elder of the Black Journalism Tribe Historic “firsts,” “mosts,” and.  Read More

Danny Haiphong

Danny Haiphong is a socialist activist, writer, and political analyst. For the last five years, Haiphong has been a weekly contributor to Black Agenda Report. His articles have also appeared in publications such as MintPressNews, Counterpunch, The American Herald Tribune, The Center for Global Research (Canada) and The Herald (Zimbabwe)..  Read More

Karol Ruiz

Karol Ruiz is a case manager and legal service coordinator at New Jersey Reentry Corporation and copresident of Wind of the Spirit. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and she is a Bicultural Human Rights Advocate, Immigration Lawyer, and Reentry Facilitator. Karol is a trusted community liaison skilled in.  Read More

Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell is a staff attorney in the eviction defense unit at The Legal Aid Society, where he has worked since moving here 3 years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Before coming east, Dave worked with co-panelist Anthony Prince and the homeless community of Salinas, California on litigation.  Read More

Anthony Prince

Anthony Prince is the General Counsel for the California Homeless Union/Statewide Organizing Council, an attorney in the state of California and the Co-Chair of the California Poor People’s Campaign. He was a founding and leading member of the National Union of the Homeless and its Chicago/Gary Indiana local chapter in.  Read More

Harriet Fraad

Dr. Harriet Fraad is the host of WBAI’s radio program, “Interpersonal Update: How Capitalism Hit’s Home.” Her blog is called Capitalism Hits Home and she writes about the interactions between Global capitalism today and US personal life. Her latest article, “The Work of Sex”, can be found in Knowledge Class Read More

Esteban Kelly

Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), and is a co-founder of AORTA, (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training and consulting. He holds a Masters degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the.  Read More

Diana Ramos Gutiérrez

Diana Ramos Gutiérrez graduated from the Department of Hispanic Studies and History of Latin America at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She has collaborated with alternative media in Puerto Rico and Latin America, including Revista Cruce, Diálogo Digital, 80grados, Espacio Insular (Dominican.  Read More

Ras Moshe

Saxophonist, educator, and organizer Ras Moshe Burnett is a Brooklyn NY native and recent graduate of a SUNY degree program in music studies at Empire State College.
He is the organizer of the “Music Now!” series formed in 1999 and a member of the Neues Kabarett collective, both at The.  Read More

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 co-editor of 1804 Books, and he teaches at Barnard College.
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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  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 Colangelo is a formally homeless mother of three. She has organized poor and homeless families for the past 20 years. She is the Membership Director, the National Secretary and one of the regional organizers of the National Union of the Homeless. She is the coordinator of the University 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 has taught Philosophy at LIU Brooklyn for nearly 30 years and a founding member of the journal, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, a founder of the Institute for the Radical Imagination. His latest essays are “The Greek Boat People: Exile and Creativity,” and “Disaster Unionism:.  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