Chet and Karen Briggs, Barre Historical Society, Barre, Vermont. http://www.oldlaborhall.com/home
Ardis Cameron, Professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine and author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring Women of Lawrence Massachusetts, 1880-1912, University of Illinois Press, 1994.
Tom P. Casey, retired Local 1044 Glaziers and Glassworkers, retired organizer District Council 35 Painters and Allied Trades, Vice President of the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council.
Michael B. Chesson, Founding Professor and Dean, The American College of History and Legal Studies, Salem, NH. www.achls.org
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of more than 150 books including American Power and the New Mandarins, Pantheon Books (1969), Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, co-written with Edward S. Herman, Pantheon Books (1988), and Hopes and Prospects, Haymarket Books (2010). Numerous essays have appeared in such journals and newspapers as In These Times, Z Magazine, and Boston Review.
Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America
Daniel Czitrom, professor of history, Mt. Holyoke College. He has published extensively on the history of American mass media and popular culture, as well as the history of New York City. His current project, New York Exposed: How A Gilded Age Police Scandal Shocked the Nation and Launched the Progressive Era, will be published by Oxford in 2013.The book examines the origins, revelations, and legacies of the explosive 1894 Lexow Committee inquiry into the New York Police Department. In 2008, the New Press published Czitrom’s Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn of the Century New York (with Bonnie Yochelson).
Steve Early, labor journalist and lawyer is a member of the National Writers Union/UAW. He is the author of Embedded With Organized Labor (Monthly Review Press, 2009) and The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor (Haymarket Books, 2011. Early was a Boston-based international representative and organizer for the Communications Workers of America for 27 years.
Marc Fasanella, son of painter Ralph Fasanella, who produced iconic paintings of Lawrence and the Bread & Roses strike. He is Visiting Professor of Art, Architecture, and the Environment, in the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University.
Jerry Fishbein, Vice President, Cape, Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts, 1199SEIU Massachusetts. Prior to coming to SEIU he was a union representative in Vermont and an organizer and officer in the garment workers’ union (ILGWU/UNITE) throughout New England. Jerry has been on picket lines and organizing drives from southwest Virginia to northern Wisconsin, served as an officer on the Central Labor Council in Fall River Massachusetts and serves on the steering committee of the Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth.
Donna R. Gabaccia, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota. She is co-editor with Vicki L. Ruiz of American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U.S. Immigration History, University of Illinois Press, 2006.
Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
James Green, Professor of History and Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston and author of numerous books, including Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America, Anchor Books, 2007 and The World of the Worker: Labor in Twentieth-Century America, University of Illinois Press, 1998
Robert Haynes: President Emeritus, Massachusetts AFL-CIO. For twenty years, Robert J. Haynes served the 400,000 union members of the Commonwealth as an officer in the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. He started as an ironworker and rose to the ranks of secretary treasurer of Ironworkers Local 7. He was elected MASS AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer in 1987 and served in that post until he was elected president in 1998 where he served until 2011.
Michael Hillard, Professor of Economics, University of Southern Maine and co-editor of Heterodox Macroeconomics: Keynes, Marx and Globalization, Routledge Press, 2009.
Rose Imperato, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. March 25, 2011, marked the Centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which took the lives of 146 mostly young immigrant women workers, and galvanized a movement for social justice. The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition is a nationwide coalition of organizations and individuals producing hundreds of commemorative events for the centennial.
Si Kahn has worked for 45 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer and musician. His songs of family, community, work and freedom have been recorded by more than 100 artists and translated into half a dozen languages. Such songs as Aragon Mill, Gone Gonna Rise Again, and Go To Work On Monday are part of the oral tradition, and are sung in folk clubs and living rooms around the world. His body of work includes 15 albums of original songs.
Sheila Kirschbaum, acting director Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell, MA, a partnership between the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park. The Center’s interdisciplinary approach brings history and science to life for students and teachers.
Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical stroytellers an dpolitical satirists. They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. "Two voices that complement each other beautifully & instrumentation that is spare, acoustic, & just right" - Victory Music Review.
Julie Kushner, Director, Region 9A of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).
Paul Laverty, Lawyer and Scriptwriter. He has worked alongside director Ken Loach on such films as the 2006 Palme d'Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and the 2000 Palme d'Or nominated Bread and Roses starring Adrien Brody.
Nelson Lichtenstein, MacArthur Foundation Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, University of California Santa Barbara. He is author of: The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business, Metropolitan Books, 2009; and State of the Union: A Century of American Labor, Princeton University Press, 2002. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/7255.html
Ken Loach, film and television director. He has directed such films as the 2006 Palme d'Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley starring Cillian Murphy, and the 2000 Palme d'Or nominated Bread and Roses starring Adrien Brody. He is well-known for tackling issues of social justice in his work.
Joe Manning, freelance journalist, historian and genealogist. Manning is tracking down the children in the famous Lewis Hine photos of child labor in the U.S. in the early 20th century. http://www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/lewishine.html
Paul Marion, Executive Director Office of Community and Cultural Affairs & Co-Director, Center for Arts and Ideas, UMass Lowell.
Darryl! L.C. Moch, Executive Director, Labor Heritage Foundation. The Labor Heritage Foundation (LHF) was founded in 1983, and incorporated in 1984, as a result of inspirationg of the GLAE gatherings, by Joe Glazer, Joe Uehlein, and Saul Schniderman. They brought together that small committed group of labor leaders, artists, and activists to build on a growing network of people sharing a passion for the labor movement. What began as a labor arts exchange has grown into a strong and vibrant national community organization where artists, activists, and organizers could share music, art, and performance, works that that speak to their experiences, vision, and work for and in the labor movement.
Marianne Paley Nadel, owner, Everett Mill Real Estate, LLC and 2011 recipient of the Eartha Dengler History Award from the Lawrence History Center.
Katherine Paterson, Author, Bread and Roses, Too and The Same Stuff as Stars. Two-time winner of both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award.
Warren Pepicelli, Manager of the New England Joint Board, and Executive Vice President of UNITE HERE. The Joint Board represents 8,000 members in the six New England States, including 600 members at Polartec, (formerly Malden Mills) Inc. in Lawrence, 200 at the Aramark laundry on Glen St., and another 500 at the Southwick / Brooks Brothers plant, recently relocated from Lawrence to Haverhill.
Kimberley Phillips-Fein, president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association is a historian of twentieth-century American politics. Her first book, Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan, was published in 2009 by W. W. Norton
Robert J. S. Ross, Ph.D., Director of International Studies Stream and Professor of Sociology, Clark University. Ross is author of Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops, The University of Michigan Press, 2004
Ruth Ruttenberg, is an economist, specializing in labor economics and occupational safety and health. She is widely published and is an active consultant with a range of unions and government agencies. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nina Silber, Professor of History, Boston University. Her research and teaching focus on the U.S. Civil War, U.S. Women's History, and the history of the American South. She is the author of Gender and the Sectional Conflict, University of North Carolina Press, 2008 and Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War, Harvard University Press, 2005.
Preston Smith, Associate Professor of Politics, Mt. Holyoke College and author of the forthcoming The Quest for Racial Democracy: Black Civic Ideology and Housing Interests in Chicago, 1940-1960.
James Snow, currently the Northeast Regional director of the AFL-CIO. He previously served as the Commissioner of Labor and Industries for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis. He has also worked as the Director of Organizing for District Council 35 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and as an organizer for Community Labor United.
Chris Tilly, Director of UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and Professor in the Urban Planning Department. He is the author of: The Gloves Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market, co-edited with Annette Bernhardt, Heather Boushey and Laura Dresser, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2008; and American Cities in Transition: The Changing Face of Urban Inequality, co-edited with Alice O’Connor and Lawrence Bobo, Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.
David Torrisi, state representative, 14th Essex District.
Niki Tsongas, Congresswoman, Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District.
Susan Tucker, Former State Senator, 2nd Essex and Middlesex District.
Bruce Watson, author of numerous books including Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream, Penguin, 2006 and Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, Viking, 2010.
Jon Weissman, Western Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Susan Winning, Coordinator, UMass Lowell Labor Extension Program.
Pamela Yameen, president, Board of Directors of the Lawrence History Center