This morning on Bioneers, activist Victor Menotti, legal scholar john a. powell, and author and political operative Steven Hill outline strategies for shifting power from the clenches of fossil fuel mega-billionaires to unlock the political stranglehold on American democracy, energy policies and politics.
Victor Menotti was the International Forum on Globalization’s first employee upon its founding in 1994 and in 2009 became its Executive Director. Victor has written and spoken extensively about the impact of globalization on ecosystems, and he has helped build international networks among the traditional farming, forest, fishing, and indigenous communities whose survival depends on them. He is the author of the IFG report, “Free Trade, Free Logging: How the World Trade Organization Undermines Global Forest Conservation,” “The Other Oil War: The Halliburton Agenda on WTO Energy Services,” the chapter “WTO and Native Sovereignty” in Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization, and, ”The WTO and Sustainable Fisheries” for the Institute for Fisheries Resources. Victor learned to speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and some Slovak, after earning his degree in International Relations from UCLA.
john a. powell (spelled without capitals) leads the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, as announced May 12, 2012. Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, powell was born on May 27, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. Previously powell was the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He also taught civil rights law, property law and jurisprudence and held the Earl R. Larson Chair of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is founder and former Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty (IRP), which is located at the University of Minnesota Law School. He has taught at Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School, University of Miami School of Law, American University and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Steven John Hill (born June 6, 1958 in New London, Connecticut) is an American writer, columnist and political reformer.He has authored several books on American politics and political reform, as well as a book on the European political economy (Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age). He led the campaign to pass instant runoff voting in San Francisco in 2002, which was the first victory for electoral system reform in the United States since the 1950s, and was a leader in other campaigns for instant runoff voting and public financing of campaigns. He is a cofounder of FairVote and former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation.