Fall/Winter 2003 Issue: Volume 2, Issue 1
Sally Anderson - Sally Anderson is a freelance writer and editor living in Seattle, WA. She is the senior editor and an advisory board member of Poets Against the War, and co-editor with Sam Hamill of the book, Poets Against the War (2003). She has recently written a series of articles for msn.com and contributed to Face to Face: Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy in affiliation with SecondStory.com and the Public Broadcasting System. Ms. Anderson is the production manager and Web producer for Strategic News Service and the Future in Review conference series, and also serves as a writing consultant in fiction and nonfiction. She is a co-recipient of Communication Arts’ 2003 Award of Excellence in Interactive Media (Peabody Essex Museum—Yin Yu Tang), and the American Association of Museums’ 2002 Golden Muse award (Smithsonian Institution—Hirshhorn) and was the senior editor and an associate producer of the award-winning CD-ROM Leonardo da Vinci (1997).
Tania Cruz - Tania Cruz is a third year law student at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i. Since earning her B.A. in English from the University of Hawai’i in 1997, Ms. Cruz has worked for nearly seven years in international education. In 2002, she co-organized the annual Tribute to former Hawai’i Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink, an event that commemorated the Congresswoman examining post-September 11 national security civil liberities restrictions and awarding one law student a legislative fellowship to work in Washington, D.C. In September 2004, Ms. Cruz will begin working for law firm Steel, Hector and Davis in Miami, Florida.
Zohl De Ishtar - Dr. Zohl de Ishtar is an Irish-Australian lesbian who has worked in collaboration with Indigenous Australian and Pacific peoples since 1979. Author of Daughters of the Pacific (1994) and editor of Pacific Women Speak Out for Independence and Demilitarisation (1998), she has published widely on the Pacific, has travelled extensively in the region, and has conducted speaking tours in twenty-seven countries. She has also organized tours for thirty-three Indigenous women and men to Great Britain, Europe, and the North Americas. In 1999, she led the Pacific delegation to the Hague Appeal for Peace Citizen’s Centennial Conference where, with fifty Indigenous representatives, she shared the stage with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Affan. Dr. de Ishtar has two masters degrees and a doctorate in sociology. Her current areas of interest include collaborative cross-cultural development towards Indigenous cultural revitalisation and the eradication of White colonialism.
Lijon Eknilang - Lijon Eknilang was born on Rongelap in the Marshall Islands and was present on the island during the U.S. detonation of the “Bravo” nuclear test in 1954. As a child, she played in the nuclear fallout. She now lives on the island of Ebeye. Ms. Eknilang has represented the People of the Marshall Islands internationally in order to draw attention to the effects of nuclear testing. She spoke before the International Court of Justice in its Advisory Proceedings on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons and has also testified before the U.S. Congress.
Pramila Jayapal - Pramila Jayapal is an activist and writer. She is the founder and director of Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington, a grassroots nonprofit organization created in November 2001 in response to the backlash against immigrant communities of color following the events of September 11, 2001. For the past ten years, she has been actively involved in international and domestic social justice issues, focusing on women’s and children’s issues. From 1991–1995, Pramila served as Director of the Fund for Technology Transfer at Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). In 1995, she was awarded a two-year fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to live in rural India and write about her perspectives on modern Indian society in the context of development and social justice. She has provided consulting assistance to several international and domestic nonprofit social justice organizations and is the author of Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland (2000). She is Board Chair of Chaya, a nonprofit organization serving South Asian women in crisis, and is also a Board Trustee of the Institute of World Affairs. Ms. Jayapal has a masters degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Georgetown University in English and Economics.
Hon. Earl Jonson, Jr. - The Honorable Earl Johnson, Jr. is an Associate Justice on the California Courts of Appeal, Second District, Division Seven. He is co-Chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice and has served on the Judicial Ethics Committee and the Appellate Courts Committee of the California Judges Association, as well as the board of the Continuing Judicial Studies Program. A member of the Order of the Coif, Justice Johnson is past President of the National Equal Justice Library, Chair of the State Bar’s Access to Justice Working Group, and Chair of the Advisory Research Committee of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He received the Justin Dart Academic Innovation Award from U.S.C. and the State Bar’s first Loren Miller Legal Services Award. In 2003, he was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California. During his career he has authored or co-authored sixteen books, including California Trial Guide, Federal Trial Guide, Justice and Reform: The Formative Years of the American Legal Services Program (1974; 2nd ed. 1978), and Toward Equal Justice: A Comparative Study of Legal Aid in Modern Societies (1975; 2nd ed. 1981), as well as over forty articles. Prior to his appointment as a judge, he served as a federal prosecutor, a legal services lawyer and eventually Director of the OEO Legal Services Program (the predecessor of the Legal Services Corportation), and finally a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He received a B.A. from Northwestern University (1955) and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (1960), where he was Editor of the Law Review. In 1961, he received an L.L.M. in criminal law from Northwestern University School of Law.
Kevin R. Johnson - Kevin R. Johnson is Associate Dean for Acadmic Affairs and Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California at Davis. He has published extensively on immigration law and policy, racial identity, and civil rights, including recent articles on the civil rights impacts of the security measures implemented in response to the events of September 11, 2001. In January 2004, Temple University Press will publish Professor Johnson’s latest book, The “Huddled Masses” Myth: Immigration and Civil Rights.
Darlene Keju-Johnson - Darlene Keju-Johnson was born on the island of Ebeye and grew up there as well as on isolated Wotje Atoll. She studied public health in Hawai’i before returning to the Marshall Islands in 1984 to direct the Marshall Islands Family Planning program from 1987–1992, and then the Ministry of Health’s Division of Adolescent Health. During that time, she founded Youth to Youth in Health (YTYIH), a peer health education and leadership program for young people. At the age of forty-five, she died of breast cancer in 1996. Her courage and vision inspired many. In her memory, YTYIH continues one of her last projects—building a $1 million (USD) Youth Health Center in Majuro, the capital.
Frances McCue - Frances McCue, artistic director and co-founder of Richard Hugo House (a community center for the literary arts in Seattle, WA), is a poet, art reviewer, essayist, teacher, and arts administrator. Ms. McCue was a winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize in 1992, and her book, The Stenographer’s Breakfast, was published by Beacon Press. She has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is an Adjunct Professor of Education at Seattle University and a freelance art reviewer for The Seattle Times. Ms. McCue was an Echoing Green Fellow from 1998-2002.
Alix Olson - Alix Olson is a nationally and internationally touring folk poet and spoken word artist who performs at hundreds of colleges, clubs, and festivals every year. Her quick wit, fearless poetry, and charismatic presence have earned her many rewards, including membership on the 1998 Nuyorican National Championship Slam Team and winner of the 1999 OutWrite National Slam. She has self-produced two CDs, Built Like That and Independence Meal, and has headlined events such as the National Organization for Women’s National Conference, the National Lesbian Summit, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change, and GenderPAC. In 2002, she was nominated for three OutMusic Awards, including Outstanding Debut Artist, Female Outstanding Producer, and Outstanding Songwriter.
Natsu Taylor Saito - Natsu Taylor Saito is a Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law, where she teaches Race, Ethnicity, and the Law, Immigration Law, International Human Rights, and Criminal Procedure. A co-founder of the Georgia Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, she has worked with the Georgia Supreme Court and the State Bar on matters of racial justice and access to the courts. She is currently on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and serves as co-director of the Human Rights Research Fund. Her scholarship has addressed questions of redress and reparations for race-based wrongs, the role of perceived “foreignness” in the racial identification of Asian Americans, the World War II internment of Japanese Latin Americans, the federal government’s treatment of Seminole Indians of African ancestry, the plenary power doctrine as applied to immigrants, American Indian nations and external U.S. colonies, the post-September 11 treatment of Arab and Muslim detainees, and the USA PATRIOT Act in the context of the U.S. government’s suppression of political dissent.
Lynne Stewart - Lynne Stewart has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for twenty-seven years in New York City. Since receiving her law degree from Rutgers School of Law (Newark), Ms. Stewart has worked tirelessly to defend political prisoners, victims of the war on drugs, and indigent defendants. She has represented many well-known defendants, including David Gilbert of the Weather Underground, Richard Williams of the United Freedom Front, and Sekou Odinga of the Black Liberation Army. Ms. Stewart was arrested on April 9, 2002, by FBI agents for allegedly providing material support to terrorists and violating Special Administration Measures (SAMs) imposed by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Although the terrorist charges were dismissed by a federal court in July 2003, the Department of Justice later reinstated them on different grounds. Since her indictment, Ms. Stewart has traveled the country raising awareness about her case and its implications for all lawyers.
Nadine Stossen - Nadine Strossen is a Professor of Law at New York Law School. Since 1991, she has served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. She has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. Professor Strossen has won numerous awards and honorary degrees for her legal and activist work. She has twice been named one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal and was one of the first women to receive the U.S. Jaycees’ “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” Award in 1986. She is the author of Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights (1995), named a “notable book” of 1995 by the New York Times, and Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (1995). Professor Strossen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nine years in Minneapolis and New York City.
Alyn Ware - Alyn Ware is a consultant for peace and disarmament. He is currently a Consultant at Large for the Lawyer’s Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA), Outreach Educator for the Aotearoa/New Zealand Foundation for Peace Studies, Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament, and Consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. Mr. Ware is the former Executive Director of the Lawyer’s Committee on Nuclear Policy and the UN Coordinator for the World Court Project, which led the effort to achieve a ruling from the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons. He was one of the coordinators for the drafting of a model treaty on the abolition of nuclear weapons which has been circulated by the UN. Mr. Ware also serves on the boards of a number of international organizations, including the International Peace Bureau, Global Campaign for Peace Education, World Conference on Religion and Peace Disarmament Commission, Abolition 2000, and the Middle Powers Initiative. The author of numerous articles and co-author of four books, Mr. Ware was awarded the UN International Year of Peace (New Zealand) prize in honor of his extensive peace education work.