Danny Alexander started writing about music, in part, because of the way it reflected the social and political issues that surrounded him. As a teacher, he has long been engaged in the fight against privatization of public schools. The combination of these concerns has led him to work on the many ways capitalism is trying to eradicate the public sector. He co-authored the pamphlet Water Wars--Coming Soon to Your Town. His most recent book is Real Love No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige.

Fingersnaps, Real Love and No Drama

Ibrahim Aoudé, Ph.D., is author of "Lebanon: Dynamics of Conflict. He is also editor of two books, "The Ethnic Studies Story: Politics and Social Movements in Hawaii," about the ethnic populations impacted by global forces and their resistance, and "Public Policy and Globalization in Hawaii." A frequent traveler to the Middle East and a University of Hawaii professor, Prof. Aoudé writes and lectures about Palestinian youth in the struggle of the Palestinian people, the politics of oil, and what the U.S. government's role in the Middle East means for Americans. He is author of several articles on Arab Americans, Middle East politics, and Hawaii's political economy.


Peter Brown, is a journeyman machinist who has taught Machine Technology at Laney College in Oakland since 2006. He is involved in the struggle for a new world where people's needs are met, both as an artist and industrial worker. His articles have been published by the People's Tribune, California Federation of Teachers, Occupy.com, Nation of Change.org, and Daily Censored.com. His specialty is making economics and technology understandable to all, in ways that offer genuine hope for a dynamic, positive future for humanity. Peter can speak with your church, union, club, community group or classroom. He can offer a variety of enjoyable, interactive workshops to suit your needs with either video of manufacturing OR actual live machining in an appropriate setting. DVDs of "The Digital Disruption - Technology & Economics for the 99%," are available for a $20 donation. Please visit http://peoplestribune.org/pt-news/videos/ and scroll down to view the video. Contact Speakers for a New America at info@speakersforanewamerica.com for more information.




William Blum, author, "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II" left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to U.S. policy in Vietnam. He became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the U.S., Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-3, writing about the Allende government's "socialist experiment" and its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and heightened interest in what his government was doing in various parts of the world. He worked in London with former CIA officer Philip Agee and his associates on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds. His talks convey an understanding of U.S. foreign policy -- its hypocrisy, the great harm it inflicts upon the world, and its motivations.
Maria Elena Castellanos

Maria Elena Castellanos is an immigration lawyer and anti-death penalty activist. From her home in Texas,"the execution capital of the country," she has mobilized thousands against the state's wave of executions. This includes the famous case where Ricardo Aldape Guerra, a young Mexican immigrant, was freed from death row, and when 10,000 immigrants tied up traffic on the border in protest of unequal application of justice in the execution of Ramon Montoya, a Mexican citizen.


Laura E, Garcia is co-editor of Teatro Chicana: A Collective Memoir and Selected Plays, (UT Press 2008), a collection of essays from the women who participated in that theatre group during the 1970s. Teatro de las Chicanas was the only all-female theatre group in the Chicana movement.The book brings a historical view of the civil rights and women's movement struggle at that time, with lessons for today. (See http://vimeo.com/9664922). Laura is also the editor of the Tribuno del Pueblo, a bilingual publication (See http://tribunodelpueblo.org). After the publication of Teatro Chicana, Laura and other teatristas began traveling the country, presenting and performing at universities and in the community. Laura, with other Chicana Teatristas, (See http://teatrochicana.com) have been presenting at university campuses.In 2011, as a tribute to the mothers of the disappeared and killed young girls of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Laura participated in putting together a play and then presenting, "Madres por Justicia" at the MALCS Conference at California State University. Madres por Justicia is at http://vimeo.com/27811317/ Laura is also the author of the bilingual pamphlet, Who is Killing the Women of Juarez?
Maria Elena Castellanos

Adam Gottlieb is a poet/emcee, teaching-artist, musician, community organizer, and revolutionary from Chicago. His poetry and music cry out for a new world with both passion and political clarity. His primary artistic project is leading a band that plays his original songs, "Adam Gottlieb and OneLove." Adam rose to national recognition when he was featured as a teen in the 2009 documentary film "Louder Than A Bomb," about the world's largest youth poetry slam festival by the same name. He now teaches widely throughout Chicago, the U.S., and world, working mostly with youth as a facilitator of safe spaces for creative expression and cultural community-building. In March 2014 he co-founded the Chicago chapter of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, part of an international network of poets and artists working to harness cultural tools for organizing and galvanizing social justice movements. He was also selected by the Guild Complex to be one of five emerging writers in a project called "Voices of Protest," through which he participated in the "Kapittel" festival for Literature and Freedom of Speech in Stavanger, Norway. Adam is a regular contributor to the People's Tribune.


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