Very brief biographies of signers,
supporters, editors, and members of our Policy Council:
loren anderson is a former member of the International Socialist Organization in Washington, D.C., a coordinator for the Campaign for a United Socialist Party and a member of Philadelphia Socialists. He is active in anti-sectarianism, abortion clinic defense/escorting, and going to way too many political conferences like Labor Notes, Historical Materialism Toronto, Left Forum, Socialism 2011-2014, Marxist Humanism (west coast) and others. Find him on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/singularityneuromancer or email him at singularityneuromancer (at) gmail (dot) com.
Joaquin Bustelo is the pen name of José G. Pérez, a Latino activist based in Atlanta who is a member of the U.S. Socialist organization Solidarity. Pérez is currently a well-known figure among immigrant-rights activists in Georgia, as the producer and co-host of the daily "Hablemos con Teodoro" show on Radio Información 1310 AM, a non-profit Spanish-language progressive talk radio station in Atlanta (and on the Internet) focused on immigrant rights. Pérez also works on the "Música Sin Fronteras" (Music Without Borders) weekly program at Radio Información, the station's only music show. Pérez has a YouTube channel documenting the immigrants rights movement in Atlanta as well as a now-archival one called OccupyAtlantaVoices. He participated very actively in the Occupy Movement in 2011, saying the identification of tens of millions of people with its slogan, "we are the 99%," was the first manifestation of class consciousness—however rudimentary—on a mass scale in the United States in decades. In September 2014, he started blogging at Hatuey's ashes.
Pete Dolack is an activist, writer, poet and photographer who has worked
with several organizations focusing on human rights, social justice,
environmental and trade issues. His forthcoming book It's Not Over: Learning
From the Socialist Experiment, reflects his interest in synthesizing
theory and practice, analyzing attempts to supplant capitalism in the past in
order to draw lessons with application to the emerging and future movements that
seek to overcome the crises of today. He also writes about the economic crisis
and the political and environmental issues connected to it on the Systemic Disorder
is a member of the Socialist Party and of MetroWest Peace Action in
Massachusetts, a group he represents on the Coordinating Committee of
the United National Antiwar Coalition. David teaches computer science
at the university level.
Dequi Kioni-Sadiki is an activist
organizer with the Jericho Movement for Amnesty & Recognition of
u.s. held PP/POWs, co-coordinator of the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee
(so named for her POW husband), co-chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration
Committee, co-producer/co-host of the weekly public affairs program
"Where We Live" on listener-sponsored wbai 99.5.fm
radio in New York City.
Tekla Lewin is a member of the Green Party in Ohio and of Solidarity who is involved in prisoner advocacy. Now retired, she taught mathematics at the university level.
Lee Miscere is an activist in the New York Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz.
Efia Nwangaza is a lifelong civil/human rights activist and freedom fighter who first worked for the liberation of African/Black people as a child in her Garveyite parents' apostolic faith church, in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Afrikan-American Institute for Policy Studies and Planning and founding member and South Carolina Coordinator for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement for Self-Determination. She is the founder/coordinator of the WMXP-LP community-based radio, and a national board member of the Pacifica Foundation, the nations oldest progressive radio network. Efia is the former co-chair of the Jericho Movement for US Political Prisoners and is presently director of The Malcolm X Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Other organizational affiliations include the Stop Mass Incarceration Network; the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation; the Green Party; Not In Our Name; U.S. Human Rights Network; N’COBRA; Black Is Back Coalition. She is an Amnesty International USA Human Rights Defender, and past member of the national Board of Directors for the National Organization for Women.za,
Bryan Olamo is a New York City musician who is active in the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz.
Thano Paris became politically active as a high school student around the struggle to prevent the threatened execution of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1995. He has been active in student and campus campaigns around worker justice, anti-war, and Palestine solidarity work. He is co-convenor of the Progressive Student Alliance at Georgia State University, a member of the socialist organization Solidarity, and a supporter of the Black Left Unity Network.
Carlos Rovira, aka "Carlito," is currently involved in the campaigns to free political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Oscar Lopez Rivera, as well as other struggles against capitalist oppression, in support of antiracism and for Puerto Rican independence. During the 1960s and ‘70s he was a member of the Young Lords, a militant Puerto Rican youth organization. His parents were members of the clandestine New York committee of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico during the 1950s.
Peter Solenberger is a life-long activist and revolutionary, resident in Michigan. Current affiliations include Solidarity, the Fourth International, Socialist Party, Green Party, Democratic Socialists of America, UAW 1981 (National Writers Union), and others.
Kempis "Ghani" Songster was released on parole from Graterford state prison in Pennsylvania in December 2017 after a series of court decisions regarding juveniles serving “death by incarceration” (life without parole) sentences. For more on his 30-year imprisonment and legal case go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/podcasts/dispatch/. While still in prison Ghani became active with a “restorative justice” project called “Ubuntu Philadelphia,” which held a conference last year at which he spoke by phone from prison. (“Ubuntu” is an African word meaning “I am because you are.”)
Meg Starr is an educator and author of children's books, including the award-winning Alicia's Happy Day. A life-long feminist and anti-imperialist she has worked in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico since the early 1980s and is a founder of Resistance in Brooklyn (RnB). Meg has helped initiate such mainstays of the New York City left as the annual "Roses and Bread" women's/trans open-poetry event, and the annual RnB "Anti-July 4th Barbecue," which together have raised many thousands of dollars for local grassroots radical causes.
Sean Sweeney is a well-known activist in the international campaign to stop climate change, with a focus on involvement by the labor movement.
Linda Thompson is an artist and photographer, former adjunct Professor of Sociology & Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a founder of the Connecticut Ecological Health Organization ECHO, member of the Norwich Connecticut Chapter of the NAACP and of Solidarity, a former union rep and now AFSCME retiree. She is also currently Co-Chair of the Green Party of Connecticut and serves on the National Committee of the Green Party USA. In the 1960’s she went to jail in
Gene Warren, Jr. focused his youthful rebellion in the civil rights/Black liberation and anti-Viet Nam war movements. After 1969 he belonged to several revolutionary organizations, was a founding member of Solidarity and still belongs to that group. He has identified as an ecosocialist since the late 1990s. In 2005 he helped to organize "Converging Storms, the Crisis of Energy, Capitalism and the Environment," a seven week study series in Los Angeles, California.
Eileen Weitzman is an attorney and artist, resident in Brooklyn, NY, who has worked on housing, Palestinian solidarity, immigration, and prison issues for many years. She is currently co-chair of the Palestinian solidarity committee of the National Lawyers Guild and active in the New Sanctuary Coalition.