Check out this preliminary list of speakers for Socialism 2014!
The website will be updated as new speakers are confirmed.
Co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada and the author of recently released The Battle for Justice in Palestine. He has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is also author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.
Coproducer with Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill of the documentary film Dirty Wars, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2014. Arnove wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. The documentary is the film companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s History of the United States and its primary source companion, Voices of a People’s History, which Arnove co-edited with Zinn. Arnove is the editor of several books including The Essential Chomsky, Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions, and Terrorism and War, Howard Zinn Speaks, and, with Colin Firth, The People Speak. He is also the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. He is on the editorial board of Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review and is a longstanding member of the International Socialist Organization. He is based in Brooklyn.
Chair of the Department of Humanities, Social Science, and Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She writes and researches on feminism and socialism, anti-racism, and anti-oppression politics.
Charlotte Bence is a part-time student and a full time union organizer, working on young members and international solidarity. She is active in disability rights work, anti-fascist actions, and grassroots feminist campaigns in London. Her current favorite activity is defacing UKIP adverts.
Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal. She writes extensively on Marxism and oppression and is currently working on her second book which is , a material history of fear in colonial India. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.
Jack Bloom was a graduate student at Berkeley in the 60s. He is author of Class, Race and the Civil Rights Movement. Since then, for the most part, he has been a scholar of social movements. He recently published a new book about the Solidarity Union movement in Poland, entitled Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution.
Dana Cloud is a professor of communication studies at the University of Texas, Austin, and a longtime activist for social justice. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of media criticism, Marxist theory, feminist theory, and social movements. Her book, We ARE the Union: Democracy and Dissent at Boeing, came out in 2011 and features the voices of activists for union democracy.
Paul D’Amato is the author of The Meaning of Marxism, which will be published in a revised and updated edition this summer. He is also the managing editor of the quarterly journal International Socialist Review, and a regular columnist for Socialist Worker.
Journalist and leading member of SYRIZA and Internationalist Workers Left in Greece.
Ron Davis was born in Harlem in 1953. He moved to Los Angeles in 1960, at the age of 7. After the Watts Riots of August 1965, his family returned to Queens, NY in 1966. There he grew into a young man reading about Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and their different approaches to the same problem of civil and human rights. At age 20 he was offered a career job with Delta Air Lines in sales, which gave him the opportunity to travel the world. Through these experiences he learned to appreciate other cultures and seek goodness in all races. His mother, Eunice Davis, grew up in Georgia and served in WWII as a WAC (Women’s Army Corp). She was a registered nurse who saved many lives even though some southern soldiers said that they would rather die than have a Black person save them. His father, Percy Davis, was a U.S. Army soldier who fought in Germany during WWII.
Ron taught his son Jordan to be proud of the sacrifices that their family and other African American families made for the people of the United States. Ron has another son, Ron Jr., who lives in Jacksonville, FL in 1984. Ron met Jordan’s mother, Lucia, who lived in Dallas, TX at the time, and moved to Atlanta, GA in 1990. Jordan was born on February 16th, 1995 after a very difficult pregnancy. He was named after the strong “River Jordan” in the Bible. After Lucia and Ron divorced in 1999, he remarried and moved back to Jacksonville, FL in 2002.
Ron continues to parent his 39-year-old son, two grandsons, and “Jordan”, even in death. He retired from Delta Air Lines in 2006 after 32 years of employment. His wife, Carolina Davis, is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and loved and cared for Jordan for many years until his death.
Ron founded the Jordan Davis Foundation to assist youth across the nation to realize their potential and create a legacy for his son.
The author of many articles and several books on Cuba, including Revolution and Reaction in Cuba, 1933–1960, The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered, and Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment, published by Haymarket Books in 2011.
Sister of Larry Jackson, Jr, who was shot and killed by Austin Police Department’s Detective Kleinert as he was trying to go to the bank last summer. LaKiza led a fight to see Kleinert indicted for her brother’s death.
Editor of Haymarket Books’ annotated edition of The Communist Manifesto, is on the International Socialist Review editorial board, and has been a contributor to Socialist Worker for over 25 years. He teaches at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin.
Associate Editor of the International Socialist Review and frequent contributor on a range of subjects including economics, imperialism, and history.
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press. Goodman’s book with Denis Moyniham, The Silenced Majority Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, was released by Haymarket Books in 2012.
Shortly after the passing of Mamie Till Mobley in 2003, Airickca, a proud member of the touring troupe of young orators, revived the Emmett Till Players. By 2009 to maintain an unyielding commitment to honor Mamie Till Mobley’s legacy and preserve her son’s memory, Airickca and her mother Ollie co-founded the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation.The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation is committed to Mamie’s vision of enriching the lives of others…regardless of race, creed, or color by: Providing Outreach Programs; Enrichment & Educational Programming; Peer Mentoring through Creative Arts; Fighting for Justice and Providing Support to Chicago Youth and Families Victimized by Racial Violence. Honoring the foundation’s mantra of Remembering the Past and Educating the Future, Airickca travels the country visiting various educational institutions, churches, conferences, private events and rallies speaking for various religious, civil and human rights organizations. She has been featured on the BBC Radio, FOX Chicago, CNN, Chicago Sun-Times, VIBE, Huffington Post, Jet Magazine and MSNBC, and has been a featured panelist for the Rainbow PUSH Hip-Hop Summit 2013.
Glenn Greenwald is an award-winning, independent journalist and the founding editor of the new media organization The Intercept. Greenwald has written widely on the national security state, and led the Guardian reporting that was awarded the Pultizer Prize for public service. Greenwald was the journalist to whom Edward Snowden broke last year’s NSA surveillance program story, which revealed that the U.S. government had built a vast system of spying infrastructure designed to, in Greenwald’s words, “end all individual privacy,” both within the United States and around the world. He is a regular speaker at the Socialism Conference and will be speaking at Socialism 2014 in person this year.
Howie Hawkins is a Teamster and the 2014 Green Party candidate for governor of New York.
A teacher, actor, and activist in New York City, and the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. He taught elementary grades for almost a decade in New York City’s public schools, and is now a doctoral student in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. Brian co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and is a contributing author to the book Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation . Brian has also lent his voice to several audiobooks, including The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World and Howard Zinn’s one-man play, Marx in Soho. Brian is the recipient of a 2012 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.
A journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture. She is a staff writer at In These Times and the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, as well as an editorial board member at Dissent, and a columnist at New Labor Forum. She is working on a book on class and social movements since the financial crisis. You can follow her on Twitter at @sarahljaffe and find all of her work at adifferentclass.com.
Associate professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. He writes on political economy and social movements.
Poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine. His political commentary has been featured on Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. He recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop, and he is on the organizing committee of USACBI (the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel). Visit his website poeticinjustice.net.
A writer on issues of race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. His latest book, The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror, was published by Verso Books in March 2014. Born and raised in London, he moved to New York in 2010. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain, which was selected as a New Statesman book of the year in 2007, and a former editor of the journal Race & Class.
Professor at Rutgers University and a union officer of the AAUP-AFT (Rutgers). Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. Her second book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, looks at how the “Muslim enemy” has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire. She is currently working on a third book on the cultural politics of the “war on terror.” She has shared her expertise in numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hurriyat Daily News (Turkey), Al Jazeera, and others. You can read her articles and watch her lectures at deepakumar.net.
Author of many books, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, Work and Struggle: Voices from US Labor Radicalism, and (forthcoming, with Michael Yates) A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today
Erica Violet Lee
A 23-year-old Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) student at the University of Saskatchewan. Since speaking at the first Idle No More teach-in in 2012, Erica has been recognized as an international youth leader with the movement, drawing attention to the need for social and environmental justice for First Nations in Canada. Named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, Erica works in the community as a student mentor and advocates for educational reform, having recently led a successful campaign to change the name and logo of her high school from the Bedford Road “Redmen.”
Mackie is a writer, educator, community activist. She is a former UPS driver and the founding editor of UPSurge, the 1970s UPS rank and file newspaper. She will share her experiences as a revolutionary socialist building a movement within the Teamsters Union. As a member of Teamsters Local 407 in Cleveland and a founding member of Teamsters for a Decent Contract (1974) and Teamsters for a Democratic Union (1976) Anne was a leader in the national movement that took on the biggest company in the shipping industry and laid the foundations of solidarity and militancy necessary to take on the corrupt Teamsters Union.
Emeritus Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. His interests range from soil science to agriculture and food (science, production, economics, policy) to the environment to the U.S. economy. His science research was on ways to improve the soil fertility, especially focusing on the critical role of soil organic matter. He oriented his agricultural outreach activities to explaining the application of ecological principles to food production. His most recent books are Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal (2010, edited with Brian Tokar) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (2011, with John Bellamy Foster). Recent articles include Global Resource Depletion Is Population the Problem? (January 2013), Class War and Labor’s Declining Share (March 2013), 21st Century Land Grabs: Accumulation by Dispossession (November 2013), The Plight of the U.S. Working Class, and Stagnation and Financialization: The Nature of the Contradiction (May 2014).
CeCe McDonald was a political prisoner incarcerated for defending herself against a racist, transphobic assault in 2010. Due to her willingness to fight, activists across the U.S. built up a solidarity campaign to demand her freedom, and were able to win her a reduced sentence. After serving a 17-month term, she was released in January.
After being released CeCe quickly become a leading and outspoken fighter in the movements for LGBTQ liberation, prison abolition, and racial justice. She is currently working on a forthcoming documentary with actress Laverne Cox on her case, “Free CeCe”. She was the Grand Marshall of Seattle Pride this year, and has spoken on Democracy Now!, MSNBC, and other media outlets.
Columnist for Inside Higher Ed and Book Editor for Jacobin. McLemee’s reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Nation, Newsday, and numerous other publications.
Long-time Boston activist. He traveled to Iraq in 2004 and the Gaza Strip in 2009 with international solidarity delegations.
Toronto-based ecosocialist activist. Riddell is the translator and editor of two books from Haymarket Books of documents on the world revolutionary movement in Lenin’s time: Toward the United Front (focus year, 1922; published 2012) and To the Masses (focus year, 1921; published 2015).
Frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. Roesch is also a women’s rights activist in New York City.
Associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. He is the author of six books and writes frequently about Arab Americans, Palestine, Indigenous Peoples and decolonization. His current book project is entitled Images of Arabs and Muslims in the Age of Obama.
A journalist focusing on prisons, harsh sentencing, and the broader criminal justice system. She is currently a senior editor at The Intercept, where she will be launching the site’s justice coverage. She has published stories for The Nation, Colorlines, AlterNet, the The Washington Post, and other publications. She is a longtime board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and a contributor to The New Abolitionist, as well as a board member of the racial justice think tank, Race Forward. She is currently a finalist for a Media For a Just Society award.
Snehal Shingavi is assistant professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he specializes in the teaching of South Asian literatures in English, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of the South Asian diaspora. He received his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India (Anthem Books, 2013). He has also translated Munshi Premchand’s Sevasadan (Oxford, 2005) and the infamous Urdu short-story collection, Angaaray (Penguin, 2014). He has a forthcoming translation of Agyeya’s Shekhar: A Life (Oxford, 2014) and of Bhisham Sahni’s autobiography, The History of Today (Penguin, 2015). He is currently working on a book-length manuscript titled, Slumdogs and Millionaires: the aesthetics of poverty in the era of neoliberal development.
Author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. She is also the author of Women and Socialism: Essays on Women’s Liberation, and the thoroughly revised second edition, Women and Socialism: Marxism, Feminism and Women’s Liberation, to be published in September 2014. She is also a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review.
Physician, pioneering environmental-health advocate, and 2012 Green Party candidate for President of the United States. She, along with labor, immigrant rights, Indigenous, anti-poverty and climate activists, spearheaded the Global Climate Convergence to bring justice movements together under one banner: People, Planet, and Peace Over Profit.
Author of the forthcoming Striking Back in Chicago: How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Corporate Education “Reform”.
Writer, public speaker, and activist in Chicago. She writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the U.S. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Gaper’s Block, Ms., among other publications. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for the 2013-2014 academic year.
A member of the editorial board of Against the Current and Science & Society. He is the author of eight scholarly books on U.S. literary and intellectual radicalism, including The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left (1987) and American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War (2012).
A Toronto-based Jewish Holocaust survivor and longtime activist for Palestinian freedom and environmental justice.
Nancy Welch is Professor of English at the University of Vermont where she helped lead the drive to unionize faculty and the Don’t Downsize Education at UVM campaign. Her work on neoliberal and social movement rhetorics includes “‘We’re Here and We’re Not Going Anywhere’: Why Working-Class Rhetorical Action Still Matters” (winner of the Richard Ohmann award for best article in College English) and “La Langue de Coton: How Neoliberal Rhetoric Pulls the Wool over Faculty Governance.” Her books include Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World and The Road from Prosperity: Stories. With Tony Scott, she is editor of the forthcoming Composition in the Age of Austerity.
David Whitehouse writes about Asia and Africa for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. Recently, he has been investigating the history and politics of the police. He blogs at worxintheory.wordpress.com.
Author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.
Author of Sexuality and Socialism, is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and is a frequent public speaker as well as a contributing writer to a broad range of left sites and publications. She blogs at SherryTalksBack.com.
Author of Author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute.His first book, No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey through the Deep South, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His third book, Who Are We—and Should It Matter in the 21st Century?, was shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize. The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream is his fourth book.
The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World” in 2009 and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.