She has published ten books, including four New York Times #1 bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. She serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world. Williamson is also the force behind Sister Giant, a series of seminars and teaching sessions that provides women with the information and tools needed to be political candidates. Through these seminars, she encourages women to run for office and align their politics with their spiritual values.
Van Jones has long been an advocate for moving America’s Economy into a Green Economy; one which will begin to address the toxic contamination of earth’s resources, advance America’s need for job creation and help lift citizens out of poverty. Further he states, that we are entering an era, during which our very survival will demand invention and innovation on a scale never before seen in the history of human civilization and that in the end, our success and survival as a species are largely and directly tied to the new business eco-entrepreneurs.
Areas of particular concern to Ralph Nader are consumer protection, environmentalism and America’s Democracy. After a lifetime of advocating for issues affecting public health and safety, he has turned much of his focus toward the corporate takeover of democracy in America and what American citizens must do to take back their democracy.
Catherine Crier is an astute, long-time observer of the political scene in America. In her latest book, ‘Patriot Acts: What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic’, she examines how modern politicians are betraying the founding principles, constitutional system, and economic capitalism that all Americans, left and right, profess to defend.
A prolific writer and lecturer, Bill McKibben works tirelessly educating people about the many ecological crises that threaten humankind’s existence on earth. He was instrumental in the establishment of a non-profit organization called ‘350.org’. The name 350.org refers to the amount of carbon dioxide (350 parts per million), above which is very detrimental to climate change’s effect on ecological systems on earth.
Gov. Granholm leads a campaign for a national clean energy policy, that promotes and funds research and manufacturing for solar, wind and advanced battery industries in the United States. She has also advocated for creating a ‘race to the top’ initiative for private entrepreneurs to establish a competition, whereby new energy technology inventors would compete for funding in each state.
Paul Hawken is the author of seven books, including Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce. He has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. His bestselling book, ‘Blessed Unrest’, focuses on the potential of NGOs to change the world.
Rex Weyler has penned multiple books and essays about the history of Greenpeace, indigenous peoples in the Americas and issues relative to ecology, economics, energy and more. He is very active in the ‘Tanker Free BC’ movement, which is attempting to protect Vancouver’s Burrard Harbour from becoming a petro-port for oil export from the Tar Sands project in Alberta. He is a staunch critic of the Canadian government’s support of the Tar Sands project, as well as it’s treatment of the indigenous peoples of Canada, whose lives and culture are being threatened by proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands.
Mark Ruffalo has become one of America’s leading activists and critics of Hydro-Fracking for natural gas. He is a frequent public speaker advocating for renewable energy sources in place of fracking, that will result in methane leaks that cause global warming, groundwater contamination and cancer-causing chemicals in our communities.
Cenk Uygur is the host and founder of The Young Turks, the largest online news show in the world, and CEO of the TYT Network. TYT Network online has a verified global audience of more than 86 million views a month and 2.3 billion total video views, making it one of the most watched online news networks in the world. TYT Network shows appear on YouTube, Hulu, Pivot TV, MakerTV and more.
Kalle Lasn is one of the leading critics of Consumer Capitalism in western society. He implores everyone to turn from working in service to corporate and political pollution of both the planet and “the mental environment” and to embrace social and environmental responsibility. Through an article he ran in Adbusters magazine, Kalle Lasn is credited with planting the seed idea that turned into the Occupy Movement.
Having worked for nearly 20 years as a foreign news correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans and having reported from over 50 countries, Chris Hedges has emerged as a vocal critic of America’s Totalitarian Capitalism. He sued the United States in 2012, claiming the National Defense Authorization Act is Unconstitutional, in that it allows the President to authorize indefinite detention without habeas corpus.
Greg Palast is an investigative journalist that has uncovered major stories of corruption. These stories range from oil company contamination of indigenous people and Land in Ecuador, to the financial takeover of Third World Countries by the World Bank and the IMF and the cover up of technical flaws that caused the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
At the age of 90 yrs., Doris walked 10 miles every day for 14 months, from Pasadena, California to Washington DC, to call attention to the system of legal bribery that is destroying democracy in America. After finishing her heroic walk, Doris spent the next 10 years of her life registering working women to vote and crisscrossing America campaigning for public funding of elections, to stop the cycle of bribery that infects our body politic. She died in 2010, at the age of 100.
Through his writing and his radio commentary, Jim Hightower has been a long-time critic of Crony Capitalism, whether it comes from the left or the right of the political spectrum. Through humor and keen political insight, he exposes the abuses in government that oppress the common people. He was an early fan and supporter of Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s walk across America that called for the removal of corrupt money from America’s elections and spoke with her regularly on his radio show as she progressed across the country.
As President of the Hip Hop Caucus, Reverend Yearwood works with urban youth, empowering them to participate in elections, policy making and service projects. His ‘Respect My Vote’ campaign registered voters in 50 cities in 12 states in the 2008 election. More recently, Reverend Yearwood’s ‘One World, One Voice’ movement encourages young people in the U.S. to join the global movement and work to solve climate change. Hip hop Caucus currently has over 650,000 supporters with the majority of them being ages 18-35.
Buddy Roemer was a Presidential candidate in 2012 because he wanted to remove the corrupting influence of private money from American elections. He says that democracy in America is in peril and neither of the two political parties will do anything to change it, because both parties are getting rich from corporate bribery.
John Perkins played an integral role in the process of economic colonization of third world countries, on behalf of a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government, in order to steal natural resources for pennies on the dollar. After working on deals with world leaders, that were not successful, John Perkins knew that his failure led directly to the assassination or coup d’état of those heads of state. He decided to write a series of books detailing this secret international foreign policy of the United States, which has led to the takeover of democracy in America by multi-national corporations.
As one of America’s most powerful lobbyists, Jack Abramoff was sentenced to six years in federal prison for fraud, conspiracy and bribery of a public official. Since his release from prison in 2010, he has criticized the lobbying industry, saying that it is a system of legalized bribery that is ultimately destructive to democracy.
When Josh Fox was confronted with the onslaught of the fracking industry, in his hometown in N.E. Pennsylvania and his neighbors were complaining about dangerous gas coming out of their kitchen faucets and their water having a strange brown color to it, Josh decided to get out his video camera and start to follow the story. Throughout the course of the resulting film, ‘Gasland’, Josh exposed the fracking industry’s many threats to the health of people and wildlife and fresh water resources.
David Cobb left his law practice in Houston, Texas to devote himself full-time to political activism to achieve real democracy in the United States. As national spokesperson for Move to Amend, he speaks out about the need to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling Citizens United v. FEC, which gave corporations the same legal rights status as people and consequently opened a floodgate of corporate money into U.S. elections and helped to solidify the corporate grip on America’s Democracy.