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“If, in the present chaotic and shameful struggle for existence, when organized society offers a premium on greed, cruelty, and deceit, men can be found who stand aloof and almost alone in their determination to work for good rather than gold, who suffer want and persecution rather than desert principle, who can bravely walk to the scaffold for the good they can do humanity, what may we expect from men when freed from the grinding necessity of selling the better part of themselves for bread?”

— Lucy Parsons

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Current Organizational Affiliations

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Fellow : Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution
Co-Facilitator / Coordinator : Movement School for Revolutionaries
Steering CommitteeCampus Antifascist Network
National Committee Delegate (CA) Green Party of the United States

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Work Experience  :  Politics & Media

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2017 –
Present
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Free Speech TV  |  ‘Rising Up with Sonali’

On-Air Correspondent

Regular commentator on Free Speech TV’s morning newsmagazine show; providing analysis and insight on national and international politics and current events; specialized topics include Latin America, campus antifascist struggles

2017
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Green News Network

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Developed & co-founded GNN as a Facebook Live channel on Jill Stein’s 2016 Campaign Page to retain/politically engage w/ her base of >650,000 followers; produced 1-2 regular weekly shows + special broadcast events; explored/built on the campaign’s pioneering uses of SM livestream tech to reach a significant amount of voters. Featured programs include Inaugurate the Resistance, a 7-hour live broadcast from Washington DC on the day of Trump’s Inauguration. Watch: Part 1 )  ( Part 2 )

2016 –
2017
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green party  |  Stein/Baraka 2016 Campaign

National Press Director

– Managed PR & national press coverage for Jill Stein / Ajamu Baraka’s Green Party presidential campaign & post-election recount; wrote/edited copy for campaign press releases, candidate statements & op=eds ; developed core messaging & strategy in collaboration w/ candidates & communications team; Pioneered use of Facebook Live to circumvent traditional media blackouts of 3rd party campaigns; produced/directed multi-platform live broadcast p to insert Dr. Stein’s responses to the televised presidential debates in real time;  over 26 million viewers

2005 –
2016
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PACIFICA RADIO |  KPFK 90.7 FM LOS ANGELES

Producer/Engineer

Producer for prime-time public affairs programs “Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman” & “Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod” from 2005-2010; Audio engineer and line producer for several other programs, including the top-rated public affairs program “Background Briefing with Ian Masters”
– Co-producer for several KPFK/Pacifica Radio national broadcasts, including coverage of the 2010 California student protests, the annual Left Forum in New York, and election-night specials for the 2016 primary season

2014 –
2015
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UC BERKELEY  |   MEDIA COMMITTEE

Media Liaison

Coordinated w/ student and worker activists on behalf of the UC Graduate Student Union to develop coordinated messaging strategies for the media and general public regarding the grievances and demands of the student movement during the high-profile student protests at Occupy Cal and Occupy Oakland in late 2011 and the occupation of the California State Capitol in March 2012

2004 –
2005
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WALMART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE (2005)

Documentary Lead Researcher  |  Brave New Films

– Researched & compiled primary source material for the 2005 documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” ; Assisted segment producers to search for / evaluate potential subjects among current and former Wal-Mart employees & community activists Wal-Mart stores); Provided source material for the Nation article “On the Wal-Mart Money Trail” written by Liza Featherstone; Worked with researchers from UCLA, UCSB, the UCLA and UC Berkeley Labor Centers, the Food and Allied Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the Nation Institute, and the nonprofit advocacy group Good Jobs First

2002 –
2004
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LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER

Editorial Committee

– Edited and published featured news and public affairs content on the center column of the Los Angeles Indymedia website (la.indymedia.org)
– Wrote and published various feature articles on the antiwar movement, the Armenian Genocide and the war in Iraq.

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Public Talks

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November 4, 2017
Left Coast Left Forum, Los Angeles, CA

“Fighting Fascism with Solidarity: The Campus Antifascist Network”

November 4 ,2017
Left Coast Left Forum, Los Angeles, CA

“Can the Green Party be a Working-Class, Multi-Racial Party?”
With David Cobb, Timeka Drew, & Angelica Duenas

August 5, 2017
Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, MN

10-minute Clip: “Racism & Colonization”
from the “Basics of Solidarity” panel

August 5, 2017
Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, MN

“The Basics of Solidarity: Anti-Racism and Decolonization”
With Anoa Changa & Jackrabbit Pollack

August 4 2017
Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, MN
“Green News Network : Livestream for Democracy”
With Michael O’Neil

July 14, 2017
Green Party US Annual Meeting, Newark, NJ

“Fighting Neo-Fascism: Movement School for Revolutionaries”
With David Cobb

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Outreach, Education, and Commentary

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2014
west oakland : ‘SWAT THE W.O.S.P’ campaign

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WOSP – The City of Oakland’s Plan for Gentrification:
A Target For Anti-Displacement Activity

info pamphlet opposing the West Oakland Specific Plan
co-written w/ comrades from the Advance the Struggle collective


2012
Oakland + Berkeley  :  Occupy / General Strike

Solidarity Beats Austerity

co-written w/ Julie Michelle Klinger
originally appeared in Against the Current, vol. 156


2006
Los Angeles  :  Immigrant Rights

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The Sleeping Giant Awakes

originally appeared in Against the Current, vol. 122


2006
Capitalism + Globalization  :  Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart’s Real Cost

originally appeared in Against the Current, vol. 121