Katherine Hoyt is National Co-Coordinator of Alliance for Global Justice and its Nicaragua Network program. She lived eighteen years in Latin America – two years in Chile and sixteen in Nicaragua. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and has authored numerous academic and activist publications including The Many Faces of Sandinista Democracy from Ohio University Press. She has taught at Wayne State University, Rutgers University and Whitman College. In the mid-eighties she served as the Michigan coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance as director of the Michigan Interfaith Committee on Central American Human Rights (MICAH) in Detroit.
At Alliance for Global Justice, she has worked on campaigns to support Nicaragua’s garment workers and on campaigns against IMF mandated privatization and user fees. In the 2000s, she actively represented the Nicaragua Network in the Stop CAFTA Coalition.
James Jordan cut his political teeth in the anti-apartheid struggle in Chicago, where he studied religion and philosophy at North Park College (now University). After moving to Tucson, Arizona, Jordan began the first anti-apartheid organization in the state. The group achieved a series of rapid successes, including a decision by Arizona’s largest bank to stop selling South African Krugerrands, as well as the agreement by the University of Arizona to divest its stock in South Africa.
In Tucson, he became heavily involved in local anti-nuclear and environmental movements. Since 2007, he has been employed by the Alliance for Global Justice, where he focuses on two key areas – issues affecting farmers and political prisoners in Colombia and exposing and opposing interference in foreign elections by the US government and corporations. He has also been involved in programs related to solidarity with Venezuela and Haiti.
He has written a number of articles over the years for progressive publications, including the National Catholic Reporter, Peoples Weekly World, Fight Back! News, Narco News, Upside Down World, and Z Magazine. He is a frequent speaker on college campuses and at conferences.
Chuck Kaufman is National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice. He has been a leader of the Central and Latin America solidarity movements since joining the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987. He gave up his successful advertising business out of disgust at Congress’ cowardice during the Iran-Contra scandal. He went on his first coffee picking brigade to Nicaragua that same year. Chuck has been in the front ranks of the movements to support the right of people in Latin America and the Caribbean to dignity, sovereignty, and self-determination. He has led delegations to Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti and Honduras.
Chuck has written and spoken often about US democracy manipulation programs through the National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development as well as what he calls the need to look to the Abolition Movement as our inspiration to change the culture of US militarism. He is a board member of the Latin America Solidarity Coalition and a leader of the LASC’s effort to build a stronger movement to oppose US militarism and the militarization of relations with Latin America. He was a founder of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition and has spoken at most of the major Washington, DC anti-war demonstrations. He is a board member of the Honduras Solidarity Network and a founder of the Venezuela Solidarity Network. He has a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University. His first political activism was as a high school student in 1969 when he organized student walk-out in four county high schools in his native Indiana.
Robert Moses got his moral compass while attending Antioch Church of Christ in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended integrated Public School starting in the 8th grade and graduated from T.C. Williams High School in June 1969. It was in a 12th grade government class that he was introduced to Marxism and he has studied Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tse Tung thought since.
During his youth in the 1960s he was involved in the Civil Rights struggle. He worked with the NAACP, Urban League and helped found the Black Association for Cultural Advancement. He was Convener of the Northern Virgainia Youth Coalition. He also worked in the Anti-War Movement during the Vietnam War. At age 18, he was an effective Community Organizer in Alexandria. During the 70s he was part of the Stone Soup Collective that ran a food store in Washington, DC., under the slogan, “Food For People, Not For Profit.”
He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a major in political science and minor in economics in 1982. Robert worked in the Northern Virginians Against Apartheid when he received his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army in 1985. He return to school at the Prince George’s Community College to become a CPA and is 6 Communications Course hours short of an Associates Degree in Accounting. He went on to The University of Maryland University College to get Advanced Accounting courses, concentrating on Auditing. Today, he is running the Accounting Department at AFGJ and active with International A.N.S.W.E.R., Justice First and March Forward and working to Free The Cuban Five. He has given up becoming a CPA.
Bruce Wilkinson is Grassroots Coordinator for Alliance For Global Justice and lives in Olympia, WA. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College where he studied political economy and Latin America. He helped start Olympia’s Latin American Solidarity Organization (LASO) four years ago after spending several months in Venezuela as part of a group of 40 students, and worked to publish a twenty-essay book written mostly by students about their impressions of Venezuela. Before Evergreen, the main focus of Bruce’s passion was in environmentalism, community service and grassroots media. He spent two years in Americorps building trails through the wilderness in the Cascades. He worked as a canvasser for an environmental group in Seattle between trail jobs. His young passion has been for graphic design, journalism and media reform and has held a number of jobs in the journalistic field. Today Bruce spends his energy innovating alliances in the movement. Having been involved in Occupy Olympia, state budget battles, national movements for solidarity and everything else that drives passionate people to take direct action or organize, Bruce is always in search of the next big wave.