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Andrew Curley

Andrew Curley

Board Member

Andrew is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, studying coal and development in the Navajo Nation. He cofounded the Dine Association for Self-Determination, a research clearinghouse for critical analyses of tribal politics. Previously he worked at the Dine Policy Institute, a research organization based at the tribal community college, and served on the tribe’s commission on government reform for two years. He has also written for the Navajo Times.
Chuck Morse

Chuck Morse

Editor/Writer

Chuck Morse is a writer, translator, and editor. He founded the Institute for Anarchist Studies in 1996 and taught at the Institute for Social Ecology. Morse translated the classic biography of the revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti by Abel Paz entitled Durruti in the Spanish Revolution (AK Press). In 2010, he completed a translation of Juan Suriano’s Paradoxes of Utopia: Anarchist Culture and Politics in Buenos Aires, 1890–1910 (AK Press). He presently lives in Los Angeles, California.
David Graeber

David Graeber

Board Member

David is an anthropologist, political activist and author. He is currently a professor at the London School of Economics and was formerly an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. David also played a role in the Global Justice Movement and was one of the earlier organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He is the author of numerous books including The Democracy Project (2013) and Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011).

Diana Benitez

GIS Specialist

Diana is an urban planner and critical cartographer based in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a Data and Research Analyst at Advancement Project California. Diana previously worked at the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and T.R.U.S.T. South Los Angeles Community Land Trust. She has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning with a Geographic Information Sciences Minor from California State University Northridge and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from UCLA.

Emily Kawano

Emily Kawano

Board Member

Emily is Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which is seeking to create an engine for new, community-based job creation in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wellspring’s goal is to use anchor institution purchases to create a network of worker-owned businesses located in the inner city that will provide job training and entry-level jobs to unemployed and underemployed residents through worker-owned cooperatives. She also serves as Coordinator of the United States Solidarity Economy Network. An economist by training, Emily served as the Director of the Center for Popular Economics from 2004 to 2013. Prior to that, Emily taught economics at Smith College, worked as the National Economic Justice Representative for the American Friends Service Committee and, in Northern Ireland, founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Lolita Andrada Lledo

Lolita Andrada Lledo

Board Member

Lolita is the associate director and cofounder of the Pilipino Worker Center. She immigrated from the Philippines in 1997 and has lived in Los Angeles for almost 20 years. She was an organizer against the Marcos regime. Lolita is the lead organizer of the COURAGE Cooperative, a home care cooperative. PWC is an anchor group in the Caring Across Generations campaign. Lolita and her family live in Larry Itliong Village in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.
Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Esq.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Esq.

Asian American Solidarity Economies

Parag is a principal in the Maryland/D.C. solidarity economies law firm Gilmore Khandhar, LLC and a co-founder of Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE). He recently finished a clinical teaching fellowship in the Community Development Clinic of the University of Baltimore School of Law where he worked with grassroots groups, community-based enterprises, and cooperatives. He has worked over the past 20 years in NYC, DC, and Baltimore with Asian/immigrant communities in direct and emergency relief services after September 11th, data advocacy, technical assistance, and as a community lawyer focused on tenants’ rights and language access. He is a facilitator-participant in the 2016 Law and Social Change Jam. He is also co-facilitator of a new Asian American Solidarity Economies project that will launch at CommonBound 2016 to map and support a peer network of Asian American groups exploring and building solidarity economic projects across North America. He is on the board of the Asian American Literary Review.
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Board Member

Rev. Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor and theologian. A graduate of St. Louis Soldan High School, Rev. Sekou has deep ties to the region. He began his ministry at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, where Michael Brown’s funeral was held. He has been on the ground in Ferguson for months on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation — the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization. Rev. Sekou was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr’s killing. He published a collection of writings, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy (Campbell & Cannon Press, 2012). Based on his in-depth reporting on the London Riots in 2012, Rev. Sekou has a forthcoming book entitled Riot Music: British Hip Hop, Race, and the Politics of Meaning (Hamilton Books, 2015).
Yvonne Yen Liu

Yvonne Yen Liu

Research Director

Yvonne is based in Los Angeles, California, where the sun smiles on her every day. Although a native of NYC, she and the city have broken up and went their separate ways. She is a practitioner of research justice with over 15 years of being a nerd for racial and social justice organizations. She has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD. Yvonne serves on the board of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network.