Independent Voices

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 16:40.

"We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest"

The speakers listed below are available to speak at colleges, universities, union halls, religious institutions, community associations and anywhere else people can be gathered together. These speakers are "long distance runners," people who have given of their lives for decades in the ongoing struggle for justice and human liberation in the United States and worldwide.

The Independent Progressive Politics Network is pleased to make these people available for your group. For futher information please see the bottom of the page below the speakers list


Speakers List

Long Distance Runners Still Running and Speaking Out:

Soren Ambrose is Policy Analyst at 50 Years is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Justice.  Mr. Ambrose became interested in economic justice issues while working in Nigeria, where he learned that the IMF and World Bank were at the root of Africa's poverty.  He returned to Chicago to devote more time to these issues, becoming a part-time activist with the 50 Years Is Enough Campaign's Chicago Coalition, eventually becoming its coordinator.  In 1995 he moved to D.C. to work with the Nicaragua Network, a leading member of the 50 Years Is Enough Network.  Much of his work was devoted to analyzing economic issues and mobilizing activists to oppose the policies of the IMF and World Bank.  He is now employed by both the Nicaragua Network and as a policy analyst at 50 Years is Enough.  He also helped create the Alliance for Global Justice, which brings together eight progressive non-profit organizations under one umbrella.

  • IMF/World Bank Policies and Structural Adjustment
  • International Trade and Africa

Elaine Bernard is Executive Director of the Trade Union Program at Harvard University. Before moving to Boston in 1989, Bernard was the Director of Labour Programs at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia and President of the British Columbia wing of Canada's labor party, the New Democratic Party. She lectures and has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Australia and Europe. She is a founding member of the Labor Party in the U.S. and the New Party and a supporter of independent labor political action.

  • Democracy in the U.S.: Why Unions Matter
  • Building Social Solidarity and Social Unionism
  • Labor Law Reform: Beyond the Wagner Act
  • The Politics of Health Care Reform
  • What's Wrong with GATT and NAFTA and What We Can Do About It

Dennis Brutus is an internationally-known poet whose works center on his sufferings and those of his fellow blacks in South Africa under apartheid. He taught English and Afrikaans in South Africa for 14 years. His outspoken protests against apartheid led to an 18-month prison term, as well as his being banned from teaching, writing, publishing, attending social or political meetings, and pursuing studies in law. He has lived in the United States since the early 1970s. He has published eleven books of poetry and numerous articles on social and political issues.

  • Apartheid and Racism in Africa
  • Africa in the Global Economic Order
  • Mobilizing Student Activism

Vinie Burrows began her career as a child actress on Broadway with Helen Hayes. After six Broadway shows, disillusioned by the quality of roles offered to actors of color, Ms. Burrows branched out to create, produce and direct her own solo productions. She now has a repertoire of seven completely different one-woman shows which have been sponsored on more than 5,000 college campuses. Two of the more well-known are "Walk Together Children," an exploration of the African-American experience, and "Sister! Sister!," which celebrates the triumphs and trials of women around the world. She has been honored by the Actors Equity Association, the National Organization for Women, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Working Theater. She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Presents, the Hallmark Hall of Fame and As the World Turns.

  • The Situation in Southern Africa: Political, Economic, Social and Cultural
  • The Status and Condition of Women: An Historical Overview and Events Since Mexico City, Copenhagen, Nairobi and Beijing
  • Non-Governmental Organizations at the United Nations: Their Increasing Strength, Credibility and Restiveness
  • The Role of Ethnicity, Tribalism, Education and Poverty in the International Struggle Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

Leslie Cagan has been a tireless organizer for 30 years: from the Viet Nam war to racism at home, from nuclear disarmament to lesbian/gay liberation, from fighting sexism to working against U.S. intervention. Leslie's coalition and organizing skills have put hundreds of thousands of people in the streets in many of the country's largest mobilizations and countless smaller public protests. Wrapping up seven years as the Director of the Cuba Information Project, Leslie coordinated the U.S. delegation to the World Youth Festival held in Cuba in the summer of 1997. She serves on the steering committee of the Same Boat Coalition in New York City, is a national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence and is on the board of the Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation.

  • Why I Call Myself a Socialist
  • U.S.-Cuba Relations: An Overview
  • Coalitions and Alliances: Why We Need Them, How They Work, Why Are They So Hard to Maintain?
  • The Power and Limitations of Identity Politics

Marilyn Clement is Executive Director of the U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF's goal is to empower women to work together for peace and justice. She was formerly Executive Director of Health Care: We Gotta Have It!, a national women's campaign dedicated to acquiring a single- payer, universal health care plan for the United States. Working through EMPOWER, a small consulting firm, she helped to organize the WILPF Peace Train to the IVth International Women's Congress in Beijing in 1995. She also worked with the African National Congress to organize their largest conference just prior to the setting of elections in that country. She was formerly Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights for 12 years, Associate Director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, and worked as a researcher in Atlanta for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the SCLC.

  • The Cassini Space Launch and Beyond to Nuclear Warfare in Space
  • The Multilateral Agreement on Investments: Fast Track Must be Slowed and Stopped
  • The War on Drugs and Its Effects on Latin America
  • Social Security: Don't Gamble It Away on a Riverboat or on Wall Street

Ron Daniels has been a leading figure in some of the most significant progressive political movements of the last three decades. He was a leader of the National Black Political Assembly in the 1970s, Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Jesse Jackson for President campaign in the 1980s and an independent candidate for President in 1992. He was a member of the Executive Council for the historic Million Man March and Day of Absence in 1995. His weekly column, Vantage Point, appears in more than one hundred newspapers nationwide. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including the CBS, ABC and NBC nightly news, the Donahue show, the Maury Povich show, BET's Our Voices and BET Tonight, CNN's Both Sides with Jesse Jackson and Inside Politics, and NPR's Talk of the Nation. He is currently Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and National Chairperson of the Campaign for a New Tomorrow.

  • Finishing the Unfinished Democracy: A New Covenant for a New Society
  • From Montgomery to Memphis: The Transformation of Martin Luther King
  • No Sell-Out. . . Malcolm X
  • The Case for Reparations for Blacks in America
  • Beyond the Lesser Evil: Building an Independent Progressive Party in the U.S.

George Friday is a co-founder of Wholeworks, which works with grass-roots community organizations to provide leadership and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing and community building. She worked as a fundraiser for National Peace Action in the latter half of the 1980s and as Development Director of the Piedmont Peace Project in North Carolina in the first half of the 1990s. She is a board member of the Grassroots Policy Project, the Center for Voting and Democracy and the New World Foundation and is on the Advisory Committee of the Campaign for Human Development. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Federation for Industrial Renewal and Retention for four years.

  • Exorcising the Money Demon and Doing Successful Fundraising
  • Beyond Tolerance and Inclusion to Genuine Shared Leadership
  • Community-Based Economic Development

Ted Glick is the National Coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network. He has been working to create a mass-based independent political party since the mid-1970s. In 1971 he was named as a defendant in the Harrisburg 8 "Kissinger kidnapping" conspiracy case; all charges against him were eventually dropped. In 1973-1974 he co-founded and was a national coordinator of the National Campaign to Impeach Nixon. He has been a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based community activist since 1979 on issues of tenants rights, unemployment, racism, neighborhood development, environmental protection and economic justice. Since 1992 he has fasted for 12 days each October and is a coordinator of a national Peoples Fast for Justice network working to rename "Columbus Day" Indigenous Peoples Day and help gain Leonard Peltier's freedom.  He has just published his first book, "Future Hope: A Winning Strategy for a Just Society."

  • The Progressive Third Party Movement in the U.S. 
  • A White Man's Perspective on Dealing With and Overcoming Racism and Sexism From Injustice to Justice: A Winning Strategy for Changing U.S. Society

Merle Hansen, a retired farmer, still owns land purchased by his grandfather in 1905. He worked with Fred Stover, President of the Iowa Farmers Union and a leading farm policy authority, who made the nominating speech for Henry Wallace, Progressive Party candidate for President in 1948. Hansen was involved in farm protests during the 1950s through the 1980s. He was President of the North American Farm Alliance in the 1980s, a coalition of over 30 groups. The NAFA promoted unity between farmers and nonfarm progressives in the U.S. and abroad. Hansen was one of Jesse Jackson's agricultural advisors and gave a nominating speech for him at the 1984 Democratic Party Convention. He continues to be active in Nebraska and nationally in the farmers and progressive movements.

  • The Role of Farmers in the Struggle for Justice and World Survival
  • Corporate Control of Food and the Need for Land Reform
  • On the Need for Economic Democracy With Political Democracy

Howie Hawkins has participated in independent political efforts since 1967 and the U.S. Green Party movement since its beginning in 1984. He is active in community-based peace, ecology and economic justice movements and campaigns for public office, most recently as the Green Party Mayoral candidate in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1997 and for Congress in 1998. He is Director of CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives and community organizations in Central New York. CommonWorks serves as a poor/working people's chamber of commerce, providing technical assistance to cooperatives and advocating public policies that support economic democracy instead of corporate welfare. His articles have appeared in many progressive publications, from Against the Current to Z Magazine, and he is the Politics Editor for Synthesis/Regeneration: A Magazine of Green Social Thought.

  • Greens Parties in the U.S. and Around the World
  • Left Green Politics: Socialists, Anarchists, Ecologists and the Next Left
  • The Road to Power is Through the Cities: Building Progressive Majorities in Metropolitan Regions
  • Grassroots Democracy and Proportional Representation
  • Eco-Socialist Visions and Community-Based Economic Organizing

Connie Hogarth was a founder and Director of the Westchester Peace Action Coalition from 1973 to 1996. She was a national leader of SANE and SANE/Freeze, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Women for Racial and Economic Equality and the National Rainbow Coalition. She was a founding organizer in 1977 of the National Mobilization for Survival and an anti- nuclear activist against the Indian Point, Shoreham and Seabrook nuclear power plants. She has traveled to Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Middle East, Vietnam and the Soviet Union as part of efforts to promote peace and justice.

  • Three Decades of Grassroots Activism: Where Do We Go Next?
  • Living Under the Shadow of a Nuclear Menace
  • The Role of Women in the Peace and Justice Movement

Karren Kubby has been a community activist in Johnson County, Iowa since 1979. Subscribing to a philosophy of democratic socialist feminism, Karen has been a member of the Socialist Party, USA since 1980. She served for three consecutive four-year terms on the City Council in Iowa City. Karen has worked locally on a variety of issues including opposition to registration for the draft, standing on picket lines with local labor unions, environmental protection, affordable housing, the Nestle boycott, reproductive rights and many others. She has played a leading role in IPPN's National Slate of Independent Candidates task force, conducting workshops for candidates and campaign workers in different parts of the country.

Karen is a potter and beadworker.

  • How to Run a Winning Progressive Local Campaign
  • Leadership Includes Everybody
  • Affordable Housing: What You Can Do Right Now!
  • Karen's topics all include some kind of hands-on skill training and/or simulation

Stephanie Luce is an assistant professor at the Labor Center of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the co-author of "The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy," and has worked with dozens of living wage campaigns around the country. She has been active in independent politics and was a founding member of the New Progressive Party of Wisconsin. She was also a lead organizer in the campaign to unionize teaching assistants at the University of California-Riverside. 

  • The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy
  • Why Progressives Support Independent Politics

David McReynolds was born in Los Angeles in 1929. He graduated from UCLA in 1953.   He joined the War Resisters League and the Socialist Party while at UCLA, and refused induction during the Korean War. In 1960 he joined the staff of War Resisters League, and was Field Secretary for a number of years.  He was arrested in North Carolina during the Civil Rights movement and was arrested a number of times later during labor, peace, and civil liberties actions.   In 1965 he organized the first large rally of the pacifist movement against the war, and went on to serve on the leading committees of the anti-war movement.  After the war's end in 1975 he was active in the anti-nuclear movement.   During these years he traveled widely, including Moscow, Tripoli, Baghdad, Hanoi, Saigon, and Tokyo.  He retired from the active staff of War Resisters League in 1999.   He has been a member of the Socialist Party since 1951, serving as its Presidential candidate in 1980 and in 2000. 

  • The Case for a Socialist Movement/a Look at US Domestic and Foreign Policy and the Problems of Capitalism
  • American Foreign Policy: What Drives It.
  • Iraq and the Sanctions: Why US Policy is Murderously Wrong
  • The Drug War and Alternatives/A Look At Decriminalization and Medical

Phil Tajitsu Nash teaches Asian American history at the University of Maryland/College Park and has previously taught at New York University, Yale, City University of N.Y. Law senior White House officials and the U.S. Attorney General.

  • Campaign Finance: An Asian American Perspective
  • The Third Party Imperative: Why We Need a New Pie, Not a Piece of the Old One
  • The Important Role of Students in the Third Party Movement
  • Why Politicians Don't Get It: Entrenched Interests and the Need for Fundamental Reform

Njoki Njoroge Njehu is a Kenyan national who is currently Director of 50 Years is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice.  The 50 Years Is Enough organization is a coalition of 206 women's, environmental, faith-based, youth, development, grassroots, policy, labor, social and economic justice organizations dedicated to the profound transformation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Ms. Njehu speaks on social and economic justice issues at universities, churches, and other public forums around the world.  She has participated in the 1990 and 1991 Global Assemblies for Women and the Environment and in the 1985 Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the MC at the April 16th, 2000 rally in Washington, D.C. against the IMF and World Bank. Prior to joining 50 Years is Enough, Ms. Njehu was an Assistant to the Political Adviser for Biodiversity and Oceans at Greenpeace International.

  • IMF/ World Bank, Structural Adjustment, International Trade, and Africa
  • Women In the Global Economy

Daniel R. Osuna's presentations entail historical, philosophical and spiritual perspectives that deal with the self, that which is most difficult for men and women to face. His presentations stir a range of emotions by challenging us to look at a situation within the context of ourselves, where the primal answer lies. His unique perspective as a messenger and teacher is reflective of, not only his life experiences, but also the red, yellow, black and white blood from which he has descended. A Chicano Yaqui, he is of the fifth element.

  • 500 Years of Colonization and Resistance in Indio-America
  • Black and Chicanos-Parallels in Political and Historical Struggle
  • The Positive Revolution-Breaking the Negative Cycle
  • Buscando America-A Spiritual Journey

Gwen Patton is currently an archivist at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery, Alabama, in the Division of Special Collections on the Voting Rights Movement in Montgomery. As a young person she was part of the Montgomery Improvement Association (bus boycott) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the deep South. She was student body president at Tuskegee Institute during the turbulent 1960s and co-founded the Association of Black Students and the National Black Anti- War/Anti-Draft Union Against the War in Vietnam. During the 1980s and 90s she was a leader of the Southern Rainbow Education Project,  School and Georgetown University Law Center. A beneficiary of affirmative action, he has worked as a civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, AFSCME District 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services Plan and the Education Law Center. During 1993-1994 he served as Founding Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, the only national legal advocacy organization for Asian Americans, and presented position papers and testimony on Asian American issues to Congress, National Committee for Independent Political Action and Working Group on Electoral Democracy. She is active in many community, national and international efforts and has traveled to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Central and Latin America.

  • Present at the Beginning: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement
  • The Civil Rights Movement of the 60s from a SNCC Perspective
  • "A Race to Freedom" (28-minute video)
  • Voting Rights Then and Voting Rights Now: The Need to Get Money Out of the Political System

David Reynolds teaches in Labor Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. He is author of Democracy Unbound: Progressive Challenges to the Two-Party System, published by South End Press. His articles on third party organizing and economic coalitions have appeared in numerous political and union publications, and he has appeared on several national radio programs. He has worked as a union organizer, a writer for the United Auto Workers and as a professor of political science. A member of the New Party and the Labor Party, Reynolds has participated in several successful electoral campaigns. He is currently working with the metro-Detroit AFL-CIO to sponsor a Living Wage Campaign in Southeast Michigan.

  • Third Parties Work!: Examples of Successful Alternatives to the Two Parties
  • Putting People First: Building a New Economy
  • Differences That Matter: Europe's Social Democracy
  • How to Organize Living Wage Campaigns in Your Community

Don Rojas is the founder and CEO of Communications for a New Tomorrow LLC, a multimedia communications company dedicated to the reporting and dissemination of relevant news and views about people of color communities around the world. He established and maintains The Black World Today, an award-winning website recognized in the media industry as the premier source of news and commentary about the global black experience. Rojas is a former director of communications for the NAACP, executive editor of the New York Amsterdam News and executive at the International Organization of Journalists headquartered in Prague, Czechoslovakia. From 1979 to 1983 Rojas worked in Grenada, West Indies as the editor-in-chief of the national newspaper and press secretary to Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. He has edited four books of speeches and documents from the Grenadian and Cuban revolutions.

  • The New Media and the Struggle for Social Justice
  • High Tech, Globalization and Their Impacts on Society
  • Imperialism in the 21st Century

Jerome Scott is Board Chair of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide and southern regional organizer for Up and Out of Poverty Now! He is a former Board Chair of the Funding Exchange and a Steering Committee member of the Regional Economic Justice Network. He works with activists and scholars to conduct action research and popular economic and political education for grassroots groups throughout the country who are at the front lines of the struggle for justice and equality. He is currently working on a book examining the social history of America, the high technology revolution and the process of societal transformation.

  • The History of the South
  • The African American Movement for Liberation
  • Globalization of the Economy and Its Effects on Our Communities
  • Welfare Reform and the Effects on Family Structures

Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. His column and op-ed articles have appeared in major newspapers around the country. He is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a new nationwide consortium of public-policy experts scrutinizing media releases from major think tanks. He has written or co-authored seven books, the latest being Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs including ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," CNN's "Crossfire," C- SPAN and NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Talk of the Nation."

  • The Myth of the Liberal Media
  • Media Bias: Myths and Realities
  • How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh
  • Great Illusions of the Clinton Era

Alli Star is the co-founder of Art and Revolution, a multi-city movement of artist-activists who revitalize political protest throughout the United States using street theater, dance, music and giant puppetry. Ms. Starr works in the California Human Rights/Public Education Department of Global Exchange in San Francisco, and is the coordinator of the Power to the People Roadshow – Democracy Action Tour. She has performed and taught dance, theater and political song to activists across the country since 1994 and currently teaches "Ensemble Theater: Tools for Troublemakers" at New College of California.  Ms. Starr is a founding member of the San Francisco Bay chapter and Continental Direct Action Network. She coordinated art-actions in Seattle during the WTO ministerial, in D.C. during the IMF/World Bank meetings and in Los Angeles during the Democratic National Convention. Ms. Starr teaches anti-oppression/anti-racism workshops for activists and promotes projects with youth and artists of color. She is a founder of the annual Reclaim May Day labor celebration and the director of the annual Radical Performance Fest now in its seventh year. Her article, "Relevant Art and Strategic Anarchism" was published in the magazine, "Voices from the WTO" and her piece, "The Power to the People" is soon to be published in Democratizing the Global Economy, by Kevin Danaher. Ms. Starr speaks on panels, radio shows and to students about the power of art on the frontlines of today’s movement for social and environmental justice.

  • Creativity at the Center: The Vital Role of Art and Culture in Current Political Movements.
  • Making the Connection: Global and Local Links in the Anti-corporate Globalization Movement.
  • Festivals of Resistance and Creative Rebellion 2000: Challenging theCorporate Elites in Seattle, D.C. and Los Angeles. 
  • -Corporate Globalization is the Latest Face of Colonization: Addressing Racism in Contemporary Struggles for Social Justice.
  • -Sustainable Activism: How We Can Avoid "Burn Out"?

Muriel Tillinghast went south as a student in the mid-1960s to work in Mississippi and elsewhere with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. This experience led her to a life-long career as a community activist around issues of health care, education, housing, early

childhood education and tenants rights. She ran as Ralph Nader's running mate in New York State in the 1996 Presidential election.

  • The Envelope of Racism: Breaking the Boundaries
  • The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and Its Relevance for Today's Student Movement

Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr. was a founder and has been the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) since 1979. From 1973-1978 he was Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. Through IFCO he helped to initiate the National Anti-Klan Network, now known as the Center for Democratic Renewal. He is pastor of the Salvation Baptist Church in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, N.Y. In response to being wounded in a Nicaraguan "contra" terrorist attack in 1988, he conceived and helped to organize Pastors for Peace, which has organized humanitarian aid caravans to assist the victims of U.S. foreign policy in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chiapas and Cuba. In 1996 he and four others engaged in a 94-day "Fast for Life" which successfully forced the U.S. government to release computers they had seized that were destined for hospitals in Cuba.

  • U.S.-Cuba Relations: Time for a Change
  • Nicaragua at the Brink
  • The Tragedy and Promise of Haiti
  • The U.S.'s War Against Its Own Inner Cities

Bill Weinberg , a native New Yorker, is an award-winning investigative journalist and author specializing in the environment and Native peoples.   A veteran of the anti-nuclear movement, he earned his BA from the State University of New York’s Empire State College independent study program in 1989, after a year of research in Central America.   His work on the social roots of tropical deforestation in the isthmus was published as a book, War On the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed Books, London, 1991).   His writing has appeared in the The Nation, The Village Voice, New York Newsday and a wide variety of small-press publications.   He currently corresponds for Native Americas, the quarterly journal of Cornell University’s American Indian Studies Program.   He has won three awards from the Native American Journalists’ Association (NAJA) for his reportage on indigenous issues from Nicaragua to Arizona.  Environmental Editor and columnist at the lower Manhattan weekly Downtown from 1989 to 1991, he then served as News Editor at the national counter-culture monthly High Times from 1991 to 1996.  He continues to travel and write for Pacifica network affiliate, where he hosts a weekly talk show.  His new book, Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico is now available from Verso.

  • Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia 
  • The War on Drugs (domestic and international)
  • The Balkans
  • Free Trade and the Environment
  • Indigenous Peoples Issues

Howard Zinn was a professor of history and political science at Spelman College in Atlanta and Boston University from 1956 to 1988. He is the author of 15 books and numerous articles. Essays have been published in another twenty books. His writings have been translated abroad into nine different languages. He has lectured at Tokyo University, Kyoto University, University of Amsterdam, University of Capetown and in South Africa, as well as at over 200 colleges and universities in the United States.

  • The Uses of History
  • The Possibility of Hope
  • Class Conflict in America
  • Bringing Democracy Alive

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