Collective No. 20 is a group of writers being assembled who are located in different geographical regions throughout the globe. Some young, some older; some long-time activists and writers, others just getting started, but all equally dedicated to providing analysis, vision, and strategy useful for winning a vastly better society than we currently endure.
The members of Collective No. 20 hope their contributions concerning social, political, economic, and ecological issues will generate more useful content and better outreach through a collective publication effort as opposed to individuals doing so on their own.
Collective No. 20’s current members, with more to come, are
Arun Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. He is is a journalist and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York and author of the upcoming Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk Food-Loving Chef’s Inquiry Into Taste. He is working on a book about the decline of the American empire.
Andrej Grubacic is a Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Social Change Department, author of Living at the Edges of Capitalism, and incoming editor of Journal of World-Systems Research. Read more at https://www.ciis.edu/faculty-and-staff-directory/andrej-grubacic
Bill Fletcher Jr.
Bill Fletcher Jr. is former president of TransAfrica, a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, a board member of BlackCommentator.com, political author, novelist, and activist.
Brett Wilkins is a San Francisco-based activist and independent journalist. He is also a board member of the nonprofit advocacy group Ethics In Tech. His work, which focuses on issues of war and peace and human rights, regularly appears at Common Dreams, Counterpunch and Antiwar.com and is archived at www.brettwilkins.com
Bridget Meehan is based in Ireland and is a community activist and public policy researcher. She is co-founder of Our Money, the campaign for a mutual bank in the north of Ireland, and co-founder of Collaboration for Change, a network of progressive activists across Ireland.
Cindy Wiesner is a grassroots feminist and movement strategist, and has been active in movement building for many years. She is currently executive director of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and helped co-found the Climate Justice Alliance.
Cynthia Peters is a grassroots activist on a wide range of issues, currently mostly focusing on housing justice with City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston, Massachusetts. As a writer she has addressed a wide range of topics including organizing, parenting, feminism, racism, class relations, and kinship vision. She edits a social justice magazine written by and for adult English language and basic education students called The Change Agent.
Don Rojas was the Editor in Chief of Grenada’s national newspaper The Free West Indian. He served as press secretary for Prime Minister Maurice Bishop from 1981 to 1983. He was General Manager of Pacifica Radio station WBAI in New York from late 2002 to May 2005. He was an editor at the New York Amsterdam News, a famous Black paper based in Harlem.
Elena Herrada is a Detroit resident. Wayne State University alum, former Detroit School Board member, radio host of Beloved Detroit, on 910am, Human rights activist; mother and grandmother.
Greg Wilperts a sociologist and journalist who helped launch the teleSUR English website. He founded Venezuela Analysis. Currently Greg is a managing editor for The Real News Network and lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Jamala Rogers is a Black feminist and veteran organizer in the Black Liberation Movement. She is a featured columnist in several publications, an author and a public speaker. She actively participates in the efforts to build a transformative, inclusive democracy.
Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at IPS. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration. Khury graduated from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography in Massachusetts, after completing a dissertation that focused on militarization and sovereignty. He is one of the co-authors and organizers of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars.
Leslie Cagan has been a climate, peace, and justice organizer in a wide range of social change movements for more than 50 years. Moving between local and national work, her coalition-building and organizing skills have been central to the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of people in many of the nation’s largest demonstrations and too many other protests to count.
Mandisi Majavu is a senior lecturer At Rhodes University in South Africa. His current research explores the racial politics of the settler colonies of South Africa from the 19th century into the recent past. His current philosophical research is on race, and, in particular on the race and science, race and liberalism, race and sport, as well as the critical theorization of anti-blackness in the 21st century.
Mark is based in Birmingham (UK). He has worked in health care for nearly 20 years and is currently training to be a counsellor / psychotherapist. Politically, he identifies with the left-libertarian tradition and is an advocate for a Participatory Society. He is currently working on an on-line information and community centre for those with similar politics. Related interests include health equity and trade union revitalisation.
Medea Benjamin is a writer and political activist who co-founded Code Pink and, along with activist and author Kevin Danaher, the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange.
Michael is a writer and activist and co-author of the economic vision, participatory economics and an advocate of participatory society. He currently hosts the podcast RevolutionZ, and works on ZNet.
Noam Chomsky, 92 and forever young, is a writer, activist, interviewee, and public speaker known for his precision, depth, and scope – a rare combination.
Oscar A. Chacón is a co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas, a Chicago-based national network of Latin American immigrant‐led and immigrant serving organizations in the US. He has occupied leadership positions in Centro Presente, Oxfam America, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. Alianza Americas mission is to improve the quality of life of Latin American immigrant communities in the US, as well as of peoples throughout the Americas.
Paul Ortiz is director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and professor of history at the University of Florida. He is president of the United Faculty of Florida-UF (NEA/AFT/AFL-CIO). He is the author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States. He is active in Gainesville Veterans for Peace. He is currently writing a book on the history of social movements in the United States
Peter Bohmer is an activist organizer who has been a member of the faculty at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA since 1987 where he teaches teaches political economy. Peter’s research interests include alternate economics systems, the political economy of racism, and analyzing economic inequality.
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues. She is a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She works with many anti-war organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world
Savvina Chowdhury teaches feminist political economy at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Her current projects include working with Economics for Everyone, a community-based group that holds free, monthly popular economics workshops in downtown Olympia, Washington, inviting dialogue and discussion on inequality and the crises of capitalism.
Vincent Emanuele is a writer, activist, and co-founder of P.A.R.C. (Politics Art Roots Culture), a community cultural center located in Michigan City, Indiana used for political organizing efforts, live music events, and a wide range of social activities. He is a veteran and was previously a member of I.V.A.W. (Iraq Veterans Against the War).