Shireen Al-Adeimi, is a professor of education at Michigan State University, and has been at the forefront of anti-intervention efforts since the Saudi strikes began in 2015. For her, this activism is personal; she grew up in Yemen, and her extended family remains scattered across the country. Al-Adeimi has launched petitions, written op-eds, given talks, and updated her growing Twitter following on efforts to curb the US’s role in the war, which recently took a positive turn as the Senate passed a resolution demanding that the military end its support for the Saudi-led coalition.
Professor of education at Michigan State University,
Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston College
Sarah Babb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. Her research focuses on the sociology of economic policy. Some of her early work focused on debates and social movements surrounding monetary policy in the U.S. in the decades immediately following the Civil War. Her doctoral dissertation and book, Managing Mexico, examine historical changes in the economics profession in Mexico. Babb is co-author, with Bruce Carruthers, of a textbook on economic sociology entitled Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure. Her current interests include the International Monetary Fund and historical changes, fads, and fashions in economic policy reforms prescribed for developing countries.
Macroeconomist and Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He has written numerous books and articles relating to US economic policy and the macroeconomy. His book Getting Prices Right: The Battle Over the Consumer Price Index (M.E. Sharpe, 1997) was a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Council. His columns have appeared in many major media outlets including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, and the London Financial Times. Baker received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.
Documentary writer, photographer and long-time public policy advocate on issues of economic and social justice.
Anna Blackshaw is a political consultant, activist and photographer whose work for social justice has spanned the last two decades. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Oakland Institute, a think tank dedicated to increasing public participation and fair debate on social, economic and environmental issues. She worked in the California Legislature as a consultant for many years on issues of international trade and democracy, human rights, prison reform, economic justice and gender equality. She has also lived and worked in South Africa as an advocate on issues of workers rights, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and globalization. She is the co-author of the award-winning book, No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa.
Richard Toshiyuki Drury
Partner, Lozeau | Drury LLP
Richard Toshiyuki Drury is a partner with the law firm of Lozeau | Drury LLP where he represents environmental organizations, individuals and workers in environmental matters. Mr. Drury is a 1990 graduate of the Yale Law School, where he received the Raphael Lempkin Prize for outstanding work in the field of international human rights, and where he served on the editorial board for the Yale Journal of Law and Liberation. He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude.
From 1993 to 2003 he was legal director and attorney for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), and was CBE’s Board President through 2008. Prior to working for CBE, he was an environmental law fellow at the law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger in San Francisco. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California from 2006 through 2009, and was chair of the Section’s annual environmental law conference from 2007 through 2009.
Mr. Drury was the chair of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Pollution Trading Work Group from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Drury has been an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt), Golden Gate University School of Law, and New College Law School in San Francisco. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court in San Francisco.
Mr. Drury has received numerous awards, including the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2011, 2009 and 2002, the Ecology Law Quarterly Environmental Leadership Award in 2003, and the Super Lawyer Award (2008-2017). He has published several articles on environmental justice law, and a leading article on pollution trading (Pollution Trading and Environmental Injustice: Los Angeles’ Failed Experiment in Air Quality Policy. IX Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 231. www.law.duke.edu/journals/delpf (Spring 1999).
He was co-author of a book published by Beacon Press on international human rights law in the West Bank entitled Plowshares and Swords, and a chapter in the book, Common Law Remedies to Environmental Problems (ELI, 2007). He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Center on Race Poverty & the Environment, Communities for a Better Environment, Impact Fund, and is a San Francisco Little League coach. He has been involved in numerous successful published cases in the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, and federal courts, including a successful unanimous decision against ConocoPhillips Oil Company from the California Supreme Court (partial listing):
- Global Cmty. Monitor v. Mammoth Pac., L.P., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61565 (E.D. Cal. May 8, 2015)
- Coalition for Clean Air v. VWR Int’l, LLC, 922 F. Supp. 2d 1089 (E.D. Cal. 2013) League to Save Lake Tahoe v. Tahoe Reg’l Planning Agency, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65753 (E.D. Cal. July 30, 2009)
- Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refining Co., 179 F.Supp.2d 1128 (C.D.Cal. 2001), aff’d, 35 Fed.Appx. 508 (9th Cir. 2002)
- Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refining Co., 180 F.Supp.2d 1062 (C.D.Cal. 2001)
- Bayview Hunters Point Community Adv. v. Metropolitan Transp. Comm’n, 212
F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal. 2002), rev’d, 366 F.3d 692 (9 th Cir. 2004)
- Bayview Hunters Point Community Adv. v. Metropolitan Transp. Comm’n, 177
F.Supp.2d 1011 (N.D.Cal. 2001)
- Coalition for Clean Air v. South Coast Air Quality Management Dist., 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 16106 (C.D.Cal. 1999)
- Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District (ConocoPhillips Company), 48 Cal. 4th 310 (2010)
- Parker Shattuck Neighbors v. Berkeley City Council, 222 Cal. App. 4th 768 (2013)
- Coalition for Clean Air v. Visalia (VWR Int’l), 209 Cal. App. 4th 408 (2012)
- Center for Self-Improvement & Community Development v. Lennar Corp., 173 Cal. App. 4th 1543 (2009)
- Plastic Pipe and Fittings Assoc. v. California Building Standards Comm. 124 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2004)
- Communities for a Better Environment v. California Resources Agency, 103 Cal.App.4th 98 (3rd Dist., 2002)
Founding President and Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute
Jeff Faux is the principal founder of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) of Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, EPI became one of America’s leading research organizations on the economic conditions of workers and their families, earning an international reputation for its high-quality work and innovative ideas. Faux’s newest book is The Global Class War, published in January 2006 (John Wiley & Sons). His articles have appeared in a large number of magazines, newspapers and anthologies. He has been interviewed on television and radio many times.
Faux has researched, written, and lectured – in the U.S. and abroad – on a wide variety of subjects from the global economy to neighborhood community development, from fiscal and budget policy to trade and the economics of public investment. He has consulted with governments at all levels, labor unions, business, community, and citizen organizations. He is also founder and steering committee member of the Global Policy Network – an international group of think-tanks in both developed and developing countries. Faux has worked as an economist with the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Labor. He has management experience in the finance industry. He has been a small-business man, a blueberry farmer, and a member of a municipal planning board in the state of Maine.
Producer and Campaigner
Suzie Gilbert is a producer and campaigner, developing strategies to engage the media around social and policy issues, often working with artists
She co-produced “The Untold History of The United States”, the documentary TV series for Showtime and Sky Atlantic, directed by Oliver Stone. She also co-produced the feature film “W.”, about George W. Bush, and the documentary films, “South of the Border” about the progressive movements in Latin America, and “Castro in Winter”, also directed by Stone. She handled delegations with artists such as Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn to Brazil and Venezuela to meet with Presidents Lula, Dilma and Chavez and to visit the MST Landless Movement school in Sao Paulo.
She has worked on various campaigns in defense of whistleblowers, enlisting high-profile international support, as well as that of a recently released Guantanamo detainee. She also traveled to Pakistan to raise awareness in the international media around the use of drone strikes and calls for greater transparency.
Ms. Gilbert holds a B.A from Cambridge University and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California Producing Program.
Chair, The Yemeni Alliance Committee
Jehan Hakim chair of The Yemeni Alliance Committee, which was formed after the first Muslim Ban (1/2017)- to support Yemeni-American communities in the Bay Area during periods of social unrest. The YAC organizes protests and actions, coordinate congressional visits, create social media toolkits and campaigns to resist anti-Yemeni policies. YAC’s focus recently has been advocating to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen by raising awareness and pushing legislation. The founders of YAC also happen to be from Yemen and are directly impacted by these issues. Through YAC’s advocacy and organizing we aim to equip our communities and allies with the tools to challenge harmful national security and foreign policies that impact Yemeni Americans and their families here and in our homeland.
Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Colorado at Denver
Suzanne W. Helburn is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her most recent work is as co-author of The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America (Polipoint Press, 2004), a primer on U.S. politics She was the principal investigator of Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers which brought together a team of researchers from four universities to complete the most comprehensive study to date of U.S. child care centers and their impact on children. She helped conduct a parallel study of family day care, and edited a special issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, The Silent Crisis in U.S. Child Care. She is co-author, with Barbara Bergmann, of America’s Child Care Problem: The Way Out (Palgrave for St. Martin’s Press, 2002).
In addition to work on the economics of child care Helburn has estimated minimal standard-of-living budgets for single mothers. She was part of the New Social Studies curriculum reform movement of the 1960-s and 70’s, co-authoring an innovative curriculum, Economics in Society, a series of high school texts and accompanying teacher training materials (Addison Wesley, 1974). She has written in the history of economic thought and philosophy of science as the co-editor of Marx, Schumpeter, and Keynes: A Centenary Celebration of Dissent (M. E. Sharpe, 1986), and on the ethical foundations of the economics of John Maynard Keynes.
Rev. James B. Holiman
Campus Minister Emeritus at the Illinois Disciples Foundation
Rev. James B. Holiman is Campus Minister Emeritus at the Illinois Disciples Foundation, a peace with justice campus ministry affiliated with the University of Illinois. For 36 years, in his role at the IDF, Jim led the organization in fighting for Civil Rights, protesting the Vietnam War, providing public sanctuary for refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala, organizing against the first Gulf War, and more. His love of people and commitment to justice extends to his work as an active participant with Immigration Forum, and as an Elder at University Place Christian Church and at their “Open Door” Program, which is working to help homeless individuals. Jim says that the focus of the Open Door Program is “the faithful care of human beings struggling against the hard realities of social violence: economic and political.”
Former President of the Board of the California Coalition for Fair Trade and Human Rights
Co-founder and Director of Climate Parents
Lisa Hoyos is the California Director of the Apollo Alliance. Lisa Hoyos is also a Co-founder and Director of Climate Parents. Lisa has two decades of experience working on labor and environmental issues. She has worked for the national AFL-CIO as a California senior field representative, as the political director of the South Bay Labor Council, and as an organizer of Latino immigrant workers with SEIU’s Justice for Janitors. She served, under Senator Tom Hayden, as an analyst to the CA Senate Natural Resources Committee and has worked with environmental organizations including Greenpeace and the Environmental Project on Central America.
Gilbert M. Joseph
Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University
Gilbert M. Joseph received his doctorate from Yale University in Latin American history in 1978. In 1993, after teaching for fifteen years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he returned to Yale, where he is presently Farnam Professor of History and International Studies. In January 2005 he finished an eleven-year term as director of Latin American and Iberian Studies and as Yale’s representative on the New England Consortium of Latin American Studies. Joseph has produced numerous books on social movements and U.S.-Latin American relations as well as articles dealing with modern Mexico, social movements, and the history of rural crime and protest. Among his academic honors are the Sturgis Leavitt Prize; induction into the Academia Yucatanense de Ciencias y Artes; the Tanner Award (for excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of North Carolina); the inaugural Graduate Mentor Award from Yale University; and the Geoffrey Marshall Faculty Mentoring Award, bestowed by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.
Throughout the 1980s, Professor Joseph led or participated in delegations to Nicaragua, one of which gave rise to the international organization “Witness for Peace.” He also helped to found Chapel Hill’s Sister City program with San Jorge, Nicaragua.
Michael Brun serves as Treasurer of the Board of Just Foreign Policy. He is an avid chess player and a former Economics Faculty member at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign and is currently at the Illinois State University, where he teaches development, intermediate macroeconomics and economics of money, banking and financial markets.
He lives in Urbana, Illinois, and can be reached at Michael.J.Brun@gmail.com.
Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, and Policy Studies at Health Policy and Management and International Health at Johns Hopkins University
Vicente Navarro is Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, and Policy Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Political and Social Science at Pompeii Fabra University. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Services,and author of The Politics of Health Policy (Blackwell, 1994) and Dangerous to Your Health: Capitalism in Health Care (Monthly Review, 1993). His primary research is in social policy; public policy; the socio-political economic forces that shape health policy; and international comparisons of health and social policy.
Guy T. Saperstein
Former Attorney & Political Philanthropist
Guy T. Saperstein is a retired attorney who founded the largest private plaintiff civil rights law firm in America and successfully prosecuted the largest sex, race and age discrimination class actions in American history. Saperstein also prosecuted False Claims Act cases against Lockheed Martin regarding satellite surveillance systems and Raytheon, Boeing and TRW regarding the sham National Missile Defense Program.
From 1994-2000, Guy was included in the National Law Journal’s list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” From 2004-2006, Guy was President of The Sierra Club Foundation. In 2006, Guy helped write the “Real Security” plank of the Democrat’s New Directions for America, and, in 2007, he founded the National Security/Foreign Policy New Ideas Fund, with funding from the Democracy Alliance. He was Co-Chair of the Democracy Alliance’s Strategy Group and its NSFP Working Group. In 2015, he traveled to Iran in support of the Iran nuclear deal. He currently is working with Ploughshares Fund to teach Democrats a new way to talk about national security.
Editor-in-Chief of Truthout
Maya Schenwar is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better” and the co-editor of “Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.” She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. She is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, the Women’s Prison Association’s Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship. Maya is a cofounder of the Chicago-based prison abolitionist group Love & Protect and the Chicago Community Bond Fund, and a member of the advisory board of Waging Nonviolence. Previous to her work at Truthout, Maya was Contributing Editor at Punk Planet magazine and served as media coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
President of Public Citizen
Robert Weissman – President, Public Citizen. Lawyer. Robert Weissman is a staunch public interest advocate and activist, and an expert on issues ranging from corporate accountability and government transparency, to trade and globalization, to economic and regulatory policy. He is at the forefront of efforts to loosen the chokehold corporations and the wealthy have over our democracy. Immediately after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, Weissman established the Democracy Is For People campaign, a project of Public Citizen, specifically to fight for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling and curb money in politics. He has pushed for strong legislation and regulatory action, specifically through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to stabilize the financial system, hold corporations and big banks accountable and help Main Street. Weissman expanded Public Citizen’s work to curb climate change and push for a single-payer, Medicare-for- all health care system. He is also an expert in intellectual property issues associated with drug patents. He also pushed Congress to pass meaningful legislation to hold the oil industry accountable, reform the regulatory process, and protect workers and the environment.
Julian Bond (1940-2015)
Board Chairman of the NAACP since 1998
Professor of History at the University of Virginia
Julian Bond began a lifetime career of social activism during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. While still a student, Bond founded the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights, an organization that successfully fought to integrate Atlanta’s movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks. He also helped to form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later became the communications director of the organization. Bond began a political career in 1965 when he was elected to a one year term in the Georgia House of Representatives. Members of the House voted not to seat him because of his outspoken opposition to the war in Vietnam. Bond was elected two more times before the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Georgia House had violated Bond’s rights in refusing him his seat. He served in the Georgia House and Senate until 1986.
Bond was named the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center at its founding in 1971 and still sits on the board. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor in the history department at the University of Virginia. In 1995, Bond was elected to his fourth term on the National Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Bond has served as chairman of the NAACP since his election in February 1998.
Bond passed away in August. The NYT obituary is here:
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