Samuel Paz is a native of Los Angeles. In 1971, Paz graduated with honors from UCLA. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1974. Since then, he has practiced law specializing in litigation of civil rights claims, earning numerous victories in cases involving injuries or death caused by police misconduct.
During the Bill Clinton administration, Bob Scheer carried on a crusade in the Los Angeles Times to defend Wen Ho Lee, a Los Alamos Nuclear Scientist accused of giving secrets of miniturized warheads to the Chinese.
Over fifty years, through twenty books, one a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Griffin has been making unconventional connections between seemingly separate subjects. Whether pairing ecology and gender in her foundational work,Woman and Nature, or the private life with the targeting of civilians, in A Chorus of Stones, she has shed a new light on countless contemporary issues, including climate change, war, colonialism, the body, democracy, and terrorism.
Aris Anagnos was born in Greece. During WWII, he escaped to the Middle East and joined the exiled Greek army which fought on the side of the allies. He joined a mutiny of Greek forces who sympathized with the Greek Resistance Movement. They demanded a free plebiscite to unseat the imposed King.
Vivian Rothstein was introduced to activism through the civil rights movement of the early 1960s. She was a Mississippi Freedom Summer volunteer in 1965 and later an SDS community organizer in Chicago working to build “an interracial movement of the poor”.
Leo Frumkin has been a powerful and highly effective force for peace and for social economic and political justice for decades. Leo was born and raised in East Los Angeles and was greatly influenced by his older sisters, members of the Socialist Worker’s Party.
Pat Krommer, CSJ was born in Berkeley, California into a middle class family. The family moved to the Central Valley. She attended Catholic schools in elementary and high school. From time to time she thought about religious life but considered other paths open to her.
Mickey Flacks is a red diaper baby born in the Bronx to cosmopolitan parents who immigrated to the U.S. in the teens and 1920’s. She grew up in the milieu of foreign born, Yiddish speaking leftists who believed in education, trade unionism and in keeping their Jewish/Yiddish culture and identity intact.
Dick Flacks grew up in Brooklyn, the son of teachers. His parents had taught in New York City schools and were active in the Teacher’s Union, a Communist led union. His parents and grandparents were involved in the Workman’s Circle, a Jewish Socialist organization, and his early upbringing was influenced by their community organizing.
Len Chandler was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio. Pivotal early influences included his step mother and his grandmother, both of whom introduced him early on to the joys of music. His father was a jazz musician, and music curriculum in the schools he attended quickly became Len’s primary educational interest.
Leonard Beerman was founding Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple where he served for 37 years. Long active on issues of Peace and Justice, Rabbi Beerman co-founded the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race and the Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops.
Angela Sanbrano, was born in Juarez, Mexico. She grew up in El Paso, Texas. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from People's College of Law, Los Angeles and bachelor's degree in psychology from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges. Angela has dedicated her life to the struggle for peace with justice and to improve the quality of life of Latinos.
Theresa Killeen Bonpane grew up the youngest child in an Irish working class family in Troy, New York. Theresa fended for herself from an early age. An indifferent student, her life consisted of the social side of school, and a rigorous Catholic faith.
Blase Bonpane grew up in Los Angeles. His father, an Italian immigrant, became a lawyer, and eventually a Judge. Against his family's wishes, Blase left home to join the Maryknoll Religious Order. He was drawn to Maryknoll because of their history of international service.
Susan Adelman is a feminist, activist and a philanthropist who was inspired by her times, and her mother, Lucy Adelman. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Susan was in SDS, worked for the Liberation News Service and went to Cuba with the Venceramos Brigade.
InJoan Andersson's formative years she was heavily influenced by an exemplary set of parents whose progressive child rearing practices helped her mature without the strictures or role limitations that affected most young women of her generation.