Sandy Perry
Sandy Perry is a regular contributor to the People's Tribune newspaper and he works with the Community Homeless Alliance Ministry in San Jose. He speaks on the role of religion and spirituality in the revolutionary movement, and how we can draw on our diverse spiritual traditions as we fight for a society based on human need, not private profit.
Rev. Pinkney
Rev. Edward Pinkney is a minister in the forefront of the fight for democracy to prevail over corporate power. He is the founder of the Black Autonomy Network Community Outreach (BANCO). BANCO defends Benton Harbor, Michigan’s poor against unjust incarceration and the encroachment of Whirlpool, the giant corporation that rules the region. Whirlpool is leading the redevelopment in Benton Harbor that is forcing out the town’s poor, which is largely African American. Rev. Pinkney speaks about the fight for democracy over corporate rule, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the use of the electoral arena to educate and mobilize the people. He also speaks about the town’s bitter fight against Whirlpool’s theft of Benton Harbor’s lakefront property where he led recall drives that targeted local politicians allied with Whirlpool. In an attempt to stop the people’s fight for democracy, the local government, under the thumb of Whirlpool, charged Rev. Pinkney with vote fraud. Convicted by an all-white jury in 2014, he served 30 months in prison despite the fact that his case was on appeal. The Michigan Court of Appeals denied Rev. Pinkney’s appeal. However, in 2017, in a tremendous victory for the people, the Michigan Supreme Court exonerated Rev. Pinkney. Hear an interview of Rev. Pinkney on Redacted Tonight at

Ted Quant, is Director of Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice at Loyola University in New Orleans, provides training in leadership development and conflict resolution to Inner-city Programs for Youth. He has a long history as an activist against police brutality and the death penalty. Before and after Katrina, he advocated for housing and the rights of the poor of New Orleans.
Lew Rosenbaum
Lew Rosenbaum, is an associate member of the Caucus Of Rank and file Educators (CORE), a member of Teachers for Social Justice, Rogers Park Neighbors for Public Schools and the Education Committee of Occupy Rogers Park-Chicago. He edits an on-line newsletter, the Chicago Labor and Arts Notes.
John Slaughter -- author of New Battles Over Dixie: The Campaign For a New South -- addresses the role of southern politics on the nation. The book is a dramatic non-fiction account of Southern politics and economics. He grew up in the piney woods of rural Alabama, picking cotton as a youth. As a young man he was profoundly affected by the civil rights movement, and later worked in oil fields, shipyards, and paper mills. He has pastored churches and taught philosophy. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His presentations discuss the grassroots struggle for democracy and the role of southern politics on the nation.
Jerome Scott

Jerome Scott, a labor organizer in the auto plants of Detroit in the 1960s-70s, and a community organizer, popular educator and author in the South since the 1970s, was a founding member and former director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide in Atlanta, GA. He serves on the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, is active in Grassroots Global Justice and other organizations, including the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. He is author/co-author of numerous chapters and articles on race, class, movement building and the revolutionary process, and is a contributing editor to four popular education toolkits including The Roots of Terror and Today's Globalization. He was co-recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2004 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology. 



Salvador Sandoval, M.D., a Physician, Migrant Farmworker Clinics, says "With the technological marvels that exist today, no one should go without health care, just as no one should go without food, clothing, and shelter. With the eager young minds and hands, good health can be realizable for everyone." Dr. Sandoval is a doctor at the forefront of the fight for universal health care for all. He has provided health care in migrant farmworkers clinics in California's Central Valley for over a decade. He writes on the impact of denying health care to undocumented immigrants. He discusses the technological changes which creates the possibility of single payer, quality health care for all.
Maureen D. Taylor
Maureen D. Taylor, Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, has been in the front lines of the struggle of the poor for decades. Today, she is a leader in the fight to turn water back on for thousands of families in Detroit who cannot afford to pay the skyrocketing price of water. Maureen asks what kind of society allows people to go without water, food, or homes? She brings an understanding of the underlying cause of the destruction of so many lives of the poor.

Steve Teixeira



Steve Teixeira helps inner-city students on the university level close the gap between their academic skills and those from affluent communities. He is an officer of a statewide university union. He helped create EOP, Chicano Studies, and the learning skills center at California State, L.A.
Michele Tingling-Clemmons documents hunger in "The Face of Hunger in the US," an essay in The Color of Hunger: National and International Perspectives. Her experience reaches to the 1970's as an organizer of Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns, church and drug abuse conferences, and women's self-help groups. She challenges the idea that we are living in a time of scarcity.
Rev. Bruce Wright is Director of the "Refuge," a St. Petersburg, Florida church of the poor, homeless and counter-culture youth. He is a leader of the struggle to make the government provide homes for all who need it. He discusses topics such as the true meaning of Jesus in a Biblical sense, versus how capitalism has portrayed Him, and why right-wing teachings contradict Christ.
Diana Zwinak is the founder of Teen Writers and Artists Project, a non-profit organization specializing in mentoring teens in the arts and making sure young people's voices are heard. She is also founder of Project Learn, an organization to help retrieve education from the hands of corporations and put it back into the control of parents, students and educators. Through Project Learn, she works to encourage alternatives to mainstream public education. She has been a public school teacher for 10 years, and is a poet, writer, and journalist, and is a founding member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade Chicago,

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