Danny Glover is an award-winning actor, producer and longtime activist. Outside of his iconic performances in such films as To Sleep With Anger, The Color Purple, The Royal Tenenbaums, and the Lethal Weapon series, Glover has actively campaigned on behalf of workers’ rights and civil rights. Born to parents who were postal workers and active members of the NAACP, Glover attended San Francisco State University in the late 1960s where he collaborated in the 1968 student strike that led to the creation of the first ethnic studies department in the U.S. He’s since lent his voice in support of labor unions, immigrant rights, and the fight against inequality among various progressive causes.
Ray Suarez is a veteran broadcast journalist who has covered some of the pressing national and international news stories of the day, from the 9-11 attacks and the earthquake in Haiti to four presidential elections. Suarez most recently hosted Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. Prior to that, he was a senior correspondent and anchor of public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour, the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six years, and earlier in his career, served as CNN’s Los Angeles correspondent. Suarez is also a visiting professor at Amherst College.
Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan is the founding partner at Kaplan & Company, LLP. A formidable litigator with decades of experience in both commercial and civil rights litigation, Robbie is best known for successfully arguing on behalf of her client Edith Windsor United States v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court case that nullified the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), paving the way for gay marriage. Other notable clients include representing Columbia University on Title IX issues, the Minnesota Vikings and a slew of technology companies in complex high-profile matters. Robbie is also the author of the book Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a former staff writer for the New Yorker; a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement; and he has been heralded by The Boston Globe as “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”
Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers. An Academy Award nominated, Primetime Emmy Award winning director/producer, Kennedy’s work deals with such critical issues as poverty, political corruption, domestic abuse, drug addiction, war, human rights and mental illness. Kennedy has made more than 30 highly acclaimed documentaries including 2014’s Oscar-nominated Last Days in Vietnam. Her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and TLC.