Yvette Arellano is Research and Policy Liaison with t.e.j.a.s. in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Political Science and is a graduate of the University of Houston’s Pre-Law Institute and Hobby Center for Public Policy (CHIP) program. She is a strong believer in supporting the community through volunteer efforts. Continue reading
Jim Farrell is an artist, metalworker, comedian and pain in the ass. He is a co-founder of Backbone Campaign and loves bringing the messages and images of progressive communities to life. He is happy to be able to help Backbone Campaign in a new capacity.
Mary Lou Finley has been an activist since the mid-1960s when she served on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s staff during his campaign in Chicago. She has worked in women's movements, environmental movements, peace movements and more. She is a co-author of Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements (2001) and co-editor of The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North (2016). She is also a Kingian nonviolence trainer, conducting workshops and trainings on nonviolence for many years, and a sociologist and a professor emeritus at Antioch University Seattle.
Margaret has been a long time collaborator with the Backbone Campaign, having attended our Action Camps several years as a presenter, helped to coordinate our anti-TPP work, and is currently part of the Baltimore Backbone Campaign Solidarity Brigade. She worked for many years as a pediatrician and is now a full time activist.
Blake Kremer is a Washington State Attorney noted for his trial work on behalf of peace activists and environmental activists, in both federal and state courts. Primarily a personal injury practitioner, Blake takes on advocacy work for victims of crimes, children with HIV/AIDS, the state Bar, a transitional program for women leaving prison, and a hospice program among other causes. Blake is frequently called on to speak about constitutional rights. In his spare time Blake loves to ski with his wife and take interpreters to the driveway of home improvement stores to meet with immigrants and explain to them their constitutional rights. Continue reading
Daniel Lee is the Project Manager for the James Lawson Institute. Additionally, he has been a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team since March of 2012. (Move to Amend is a partner with the Backbone Campaign.) An active member of Occupy Los Angeles and InterOccupy, Daniel has participated in Occupy encampments across the country as well as done community organizing locally in Los Angeles. Continue reading
David McLanahan spent two months working at the Civilian Hospital in Danang, Vietnam, as a third year medical student in 1996, a life-defining experience. After medical school he moved to NYC and co-founded the Franz Fanon Health Collective, an activist group of 12 health care workers involved in many social justice causes – anti-war, anti-racism, disability rights, and workers’ rights. Continue reading
Selected as one of the Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016, Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over 10 years of policy analysis, community organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado, he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate for a variety of social justice campaigns including affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT citizens. Continue reading
Jeff Snyder’s activism has spanned five decades. He became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement following the Kent State shootings in 1970 and continued that activism throughout the ‘70s. In protest against the US supported Contra War in Nicaragua, Jeff traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 as a member of the Olympia to Nicaragua Construction Brigade, and upon this return, he co-founded the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister County Association. Continue reading
Activist/Author Rivera Sun writes social justice novels (The Dandelion Insurrection, The Way Between, and more). She is a nationwide trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements. She is the editor of Nonviolence News, and was the cohost of two radio shows syndicated on the Pacifica Network. Her essays on movements are syndicated by Peace Voice and published in hundreds of journals. Rivera also serves on the advisory board of World Beyond War. www.riverasun.com