John Bellamy Foster is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, USA, where he teaches environmental sociology, social theory, Marxism and political economy and serves as editor of Monthly Review Magazine. Foster was active in the anti-war and environmental movements from a young age. His early research centered on political economy and theories of capitalist development.
Josua Mata has been a trade unionist for more than 25 years now. He is currently serving as the Secretary-General of the 80,000 Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Mangagawa (SENTRO). Mr. Mata concurrently sits in the Board of Trustees of the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN), a workers’ education association established by the trade unions.
Jacqui was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to a Jamaican immigrant father and an African American mother from Mississippi. She attended Boston University where she gained a Bachelors in Special Education while working in the Boston shelter system and participating in the “Housing Now” movement. During her 3.5 year term as a volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Jamaica she worked with the Community Environmental Resource Center which began due to the contamination of the Harbour View community water supply by the neighboring Shell Company plant.
Christian Parenti has a PhD in sociology (co-supervised in geography) from the London School of Economics and is a Professor in Sustainable Development at The School for International Training Graduate Institute. His latest book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011), explores how climate change is already causing violence as it interacts with the legacies of economic neoliberalism and cold-war militarism. The book involved several years of travel and research in conflict zones of the Global South.
Dr. Jill Stein represented the Green Party in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. A Harvard Medical School graduate who become an internist specializing in environmental health, Stein became an advocate for campaign finance reform in her home state of Massachusetts, working in 1998 with others in her community to pass the Clean Election Law. The law was approved by voters by a 2-to-1 margin, but was later repealed by the Massachusetts State Legislature on an unrecorded voice vote. More.
A labor leader, Oscar Olivera advocated for affordable, clean water when the Cochabamba's water system was privatized. After a brutal crackdown, he emerged and continued protests and negotiations that forced the government to cancel the sale. More.
Note: Vandana Shiva will be joining a mini-rally Sunday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m. ahead of the People's Climate March at 71st St and Central Park West. This gathering is sponsored by our Convergence partners at the Organic Consumers Association.