Wende Marshall has been an activist in southern African liberation support work and anti-apartheid organizing, was a tenant organizer in Harlem NYC, a volunteer and board member of the first needle exchange program in Philadelphia, an ethnographer of the decolonization movement in Hawaii, a living wage activist, and a leader/organizer with Stadium Stompers, a North Philadelphia-based campaign of community residents, students and workers who fought to stop Temple University’s proposed football stadium. As an adjunct at Temple, Marshall was a leader in the effort to unionize adjuncts, served as Chair of the Adjunct Constituency Council and Member of the Executive Committee. Currently, she is on the National Organizing Committee of Peoples Strike.
Matt Meyer is an internationally noted historian, orator, and organizer who serves as Secretary-General of the International Peace Research Association, the world’s leading consortium of university-based professors, scholars, students, and community leaders. Meyer is the Senior Research Scholar of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst’s Resistance Studies Initiative, active also with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the War Resisters’ International. The author/editor of over a dozen books, Meyer’s work focuses on African Peace and Nonviolence Studies; 21st Century Decolonization; the Strategies and Tactics of Movement-building; and Political Prisoners of Conscience and the Abolition of White Supremacy. South African Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in his Introduction to Meyer’s first book Guns and Gandhi in Africa (co-authored with Pan-African pacifist Bill Sutherland), noted that they “have looked beyond the short-term strategies and tactics which too often divide progressive peoples…and begun to develop a language which looks at the roots of our humanness.” Argentine Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, in his Introduction to Meyer’s encyclopedic look at issues of US imprisonment Let Freedom Ring, added that his “consistent work as a coalition-builder…provides tools for today’s activists.”
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