Nicole Schabus, Arthur Manuel’s partner in life and work from the local to the international level, continues to teach law in Secwepemc’ulecw. She drafted the first ever Indigenous submissions to international trade tribunals setting out that failure to recognize Aboriginal Title and Rights constitutes a subsidy under international trade law. She also covers international environmental negotiations, with a focus on traditional knowledge. Nicole is passionate about ensuring recognition of Indigenous territorial authority as a way to ensure more environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable development. Nicole has been travelling the globe studying and working with Indigenous peoples in the Americas, Australia ,and Europe. She is grateful for all the teachings that have been shared with her, that have enabled her to navigate the greatest loss in her life and find her path from here.
Andy Hanson lives with his wife and two children in Belleville, Ontario. As a member of the consolidated committee of five teachers’ unions, he organized marches and rallies, coordinated picket lines, and allied with community organizations. After the men’s and women’s elementary teachers’ unions amalgamated, he was elected ETFO local vice-president and held that position for 12 years. Hanson received his PhD in Canadian Studies from Trent University in 2013.
Daniel Lukes has written for metal and rock magazines Terrorizer, Kerrang!, Decibel, and Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory. He has a PhD in comparative literature from New York University, and is the co-author of Triptych: Three Studies of Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible (Repeater Books). He lives in Montreal, where he likes to disappear into the winter.
Stanimir Panayotov holds a PhD in comparative gender studies from Central European University, Budapest. He works at the intersections of continental and feminist philosophy, non-philosophy, and late antique philosophy, and has published in the Minnesota Review, Aspasia, Heathen Harvest, and Metal Music Studies. He is the editorial manager of Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture.
Jaci Raia is an all-black-wearing art director currently living and working in New York City. She works in advertising, and uses her free time to take on a variety of both freelance and personal projects to fulfill herself creatively. After design and typography, metal music is her second love, and she spends a lot of time seeing shows in town and collecting records, tapes, and band shirts, much to the detriment of her wallet.
Cynthia Kaufman is the director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, where she runs and teaches in a community organizer training program. She is the author of The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook (Between the Lines and PM Press, 2021); Challenging Power: Democracy and Accountability in a Fractured World (Bloomsbury, 2020); Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (2nd ed. PM Press, 2016); and Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books, 2012). She has been active in a wide variety of social justice movements including Central American solidarity, union organizing, police accountability, and most recently tenants’ right and climate change. She publishes on social justice in Common Dreams.
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel.” His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has appeared in twenty-four languages. He’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
Peter Kropotkin (1842–1921) was the foremost theorist of the anarchist movement. Born a Russian prince, he rejected his title to become a revolutionary, seeking a society based on freedom, equality, and solidarity. Imprisoned for his activism in Russia and France, his writings include The Conquest of Bread; Fields, Factories, and Workshops; Anarchism, Anarchist-Communism, and the State; Memoirs of a Revolutionist; and Modern Science and Anarchism.
David Graeber (1961–2020) taught anthropology at the London School of Economics. He was the international best-selling author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. He has written for Harper’s, The Nation, Mute, and the New Left Review. One of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street, Graeber has been called an “anti-leader of the movement” by Bloomberg Businessweek. The Atlantic wrote that he “has come to represent the Occupy Wall Street message … expressing the group’s theory, and its founding principles, in a way that truly elucidated some of the things people have questioned about it.”
Andrej Grubacic is a dissident from the Balkans. A radical historian and sociologist, he is the author of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History; Don’t Mourn, Balkanize! Essays after Yugoslavia; and the editor of From Here to There: The Staughton Lynd Reader. A fellow traveler of Zapatista-inspired direct-action movements, in particular Peoples’ Global Action, and a cofounder of Global Balkans Network and Balkan Z Magazine, he is associate professor in cultural anthropology at California Institute of Integral Studies.
Ruth Kinna works at Loughborough University in the UK. She is the author of Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (2016) and writes on historical and contemporary anarchist politics. She is editor of the peer-review journal Anarchist Studies.
Oakland-based artist GATS (Graffiti Against the System) is an internationally renowned graffiti artist with work reaching as far as Palestine, the Philippines, and Rome. He is best known for his iconic mask imagery, the intricate insignias that fill them, and his liberatory political messaging accompanying many of his pieces.
Bhakti Shringarpure is associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches postcolonial literature and theory, cultural studies, and gender studies. She is editor-in-chief of Warscapes magazine. She is the author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital, editor of the Decolonize That! series, and co-editor of the Insurgent Feminisms: Women Write War. She has written for The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Africa is a Country, among other places.
Zelda Abramson is an associate professor of sociology at Acadia University. Her areas of teaching and research include methodology, health, and family. As a public sociologist, she strives to combine academic research with social activism. Zelda grew up in Montreal as a child of Holocaust survivors.