Ethel Long-Scott is Executive Director of the Women’s Economic Agenda Project, an organization with a transformational goal of ending poverty among women and their families. Ethel Long-Scott speaks on which way for today’s women’s movement, the unprecedented chasm between wealth and poverty, and the necessity of building a broad social movement to secure transformative change so that we all might thrive and not merely survive. For more than 45 years, in jobs as varied as grassroots community work organizer, social issues advocate, political campaign strategist and non-profit director, she has worked cooperatively with the political, economic and civic establishments, and with all kinds of people across racial class lines, on a mission to increase social and economic justice. Her partnerships include the first-ever U.S. Courts of Women on Poverty in 2012; the Teach-Ins from 2007 on looking at Poverty and Racism and their impact on Affordable Housing; looking at Austerity, Silicon Valley gentrification and the Fight for Economic Democracy in the San Francisco Bay Area; looking at health care as a human right; and looking at the frightening new Michigan Model of Toxic Neglect that poisoned Flint.

Dave Marsh has written more than 20 books about rock and popular music. His first book, “Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story” made the New York Times best-seller list. He co-founded Creem, the legendary Motor City rock and roll magazine that helped launch heavy metal, glam and punk, and he was a writer for Rolling Stone. Marsh edits the music and politics newsletter, Rock and Rap Confidential. He has lectured widely on music, politics, and censorship.

Maria Martinez is an editorial board member of the bilingual newspaper, the Tribuno del Pueblo. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she is committed to educating and fighting for a cooperative society where the needs of all people are met. She says, "Even though our daily lives are filled with individualism and consumerism, our hearts still long for freedom."
Claire McClinton
Claire McClinton, a Flint resident and former auto worker, is available to speak about the Flint water crisis, the dismantling of democracy in Michigan and the fight for toxin-free and affordable water as a human right. “In Flint, people were poisoned with lead and other toxins in the water. This was the direct result of a dictatorial emergency manager switching the city’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014,” she explains. In addition to speaking about the water crisis in America, McClinton discusses the question of how today’s new technology could make a new society possible – a world where life could be better for all. McClinton’s social activism has included advocacy for the homeless and for welfare rights. She is a member of the Democracy Defense League Water Task Force. She was born and raised in Flint, attending Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. She is a retiree from General Motors and proudly served in various positions at the United Auto Workers Local 659.
Sarah Menefee
Sarah Menefee, is an extraordinary poet whose books include: "Human Star", "I'm Not Thousandfurs" and "The Blood About the Heart." She locates the intimate within the naked social landscape of homelessness and need. At the center of her text is the human heart, where the voices of self and other find their dialectic. Sarah Menefee speaks on poetry and culture as expressions of visionary transformation and the role of the homeless movement in today’s revolutionary times. Sarah Menefee is a long-time activist in the homeless movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a founding member of Homes Not Jails and First they came for the homeless, a tent-community based, homeless-led homeless rights organization which organizes street actions to demand housing and defy criminalization. She is on the Editorial Board of the People’s Tribune, where she edits the homeless movement pages. View these pages at
Liz Miller
Liz Miller is a film-maker who produced, the documentary, The Water Front about the Highland Park, Michigan water struggle. The Water Front was screened at Ecofest in Greece and won the Water Award. Covering all water issues, from pricing to privatization and – above all- the human right to WATER, this film sends a strong message on the way public participation and action can overcome problems.
Steven Miller has written extensively about the privatization of public schools and other resources, such as water, in society. He co-authored, the pamphlet, “Water Wars - Coming Soon to Your Town!”. It is an in-depth analysis of the cause and solution to the current effort on the part of the corporations and government to privatize the public’s water.
Joyce Mills
Joyce Mills, a public health nurse and anti-poverty activist says,
"We live in exciting and dangerous times, where so much is possible, and at the same time, so much is denied to the vast majority of humanity. I want to help promote a vision of a new world."Joyce Mills is a public health nurse and anti-poverty activist from Oakland California. She has worked as a nurse aide, an ambulance driver, a public health nurse and a teacher and has special interest and expertise in the history of health care reform. She is a member of the California Nurses Association and WEAP.
Richard Monje, is a labor leader who spent decades in the trade union movement, organizing low-wage workers in the steel industry, the garment industry, and other occupations. Richard Monje has extensive experience in the labor movement in California, Texas, New Mexico and throughout the Midwest. He helped organize massive immigration rights’ marches in the Midwest. He spent years talking to workers of all nationalities in the Midwest about the immigration question and how to approach that question in a way that defends the interests of all workers. He was part of a union which mobilized its members to defend immigrants’ rights and to travel to Flint to take water to the embattled residents there. He is available to speak about the crisis of the trade union movement today; what’s really happening in the economy; and how to respond to the attacks on immigrants. In his presentations, Monje brings forward a vision of a society that cares for everyone.
Sylvia Orduño
Sylvia Orduño, an organizer with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization in Detroit, MI, has been in the forefront of the struggle to stop the shutoffs of water to low-income families in Detroit for years. She works with low income residents and community leaders on solutions for affordable water and housing to address these human rights crises.

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