Speakers

Carmencita "Chie" Abad will discuss the horrible working conditions she endured in the U.S. territory of Saipan while making clothing for the Gap. In her struggle to unionize workers, she was forced to leave the island and is now working to educate Americans about inhumane factory conditions occurring worldwide, including on U.S. soil. Chie will tell her audience what they can do to help eliminate sweatshop abuses occurring worldwide.   In countries around the world, millions of people, mostly women, toil in sweatshops to make the clothes on our backs.
Afnan began speaking publicly at the age of 12. In October 2006, she received the prestigious Canadian Islamic Congress Community Youth Award in recognition for her continued efforts in speaking up against the atrocities committed against Muslim nations, such as the unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She spoke in a number of anti-war rallies in Toronto.
Leslie Balog has lived the past 20 years in Cuba and worked at the island's international radio station. She has been arranging Cuba tours for Global Exchange since 1993. She has also worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as an immigration and tenant's rights attorney.   If you would like to plan a speaking event with Leslie, please email  action [at] globalexchange [dot] org with the subject line: SPEAKERS BUREAU: Leslie Balog  
Anna Baltzer is a Jewish-American Columbia graduate, former-Fulbright scholar, the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, and an award-winning lecturer, author, and activist for Palestinian human rights.
Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last six years, Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.
Khalil Bendib is the janitor -- or minesweeper -- of political cartooning in America. Potentially explosive issues avoided by other cartoonists, such as racial injustice, labor and class struggles, U.S. imperialism, environmental degradation, the scapegoating of Muslims and Arabs and the complicity of our Orwellian media are all grist to his mill. Where others see sacred cows, Mr. Bendib sees the potential for shish kebab.
Shannon Biggs is the Director of the Community Rights program at Global Exchange. She recently co-authored two books, Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature.
Beth Bird is a documentary filmmaker, whose work engages vital contemporary social-issues such as globalization, popular resistance, and local community empowerment, drawing attention to and putting a human face on struggles for social justice.
Creating Powerful Partnerships for Global Transformation   Alli Chagi-Starr is a creative change maker, alliance builder and cultural organizer.
Dr. Kevin Danaher is a co-founder of Global Exchange (1988), co-founder of FairTradeUSA (1997), founder and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals (2001), and Founding Executive Director of Friends of SF Environment (2012). His 1985 PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz was based on his dissertation, “The Political Economy of U.S. Policy Toward South Africa.”