Panelists

Kathleen Barry holds two doctorates – in sociology and in education – from the University of California, Berkeley. Having taught at major universities for over twenty years, she is now a university Professor Emerita.  She  first broke new ground with her landmark book FEMALE SEXUAL SLAVERY (1979) which has been translated into six languages.  This book launched a new global movement against trafficking in human beings. She reframed prostitution as a violation of human rights which led to the formation of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization, The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women which she co-founded.  Her book and activism earned her the Wonder Woman Award and she is featured in the famous Canadian film on pornography, Not a Love Story.

Kathleen Barry’s new book is UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN: How Empathy Can Reshape our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves.  Introducing new concepts such as core masculinity and expendable lives, this book exposes how masculinity and the military prepare men for killing and introduces new approaches to world peace and a new masculinity that is already in the making.

She is completing a new book on single women and spontaneity, THE SPONTANEOUS SELF, Women, Identity and Spirit.  Her study of three generations of women in the Troubles in Northern Ireland is the subject of her next book.

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Dawn Schiller was fifteen when she met thirty-two-year-old porn star John Holmes. Courted and manipulated with drugs and alcohol, Dawn was physically and emotionally abused by Holmes for years. After the famed Wonderland murders in 1981 they fled to Florida, where she broke free and turned him over to the police.

Dawn eventually relocated to the Pacific Northwest and wrote The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes, which was nominated for the R.O.S.E. (Regaining One’s Self-Esteem) award in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and the Sunshine Peace Award in 2010. Dawn worked as an associate producer and consultant on the movie, Wonderland, in which she was portrayed by actress Kate Bosworth and John Holmes was played by Val Kilmer.

To raise awareness of the vulnerabilities of teens growing up in abusive and neglectful environments, Dawn developed a presentation titled “Our Throwaway Teens—Who Are They and How Can We Help?” and founded E.S.T.E.A.M., (Empowering Successful Teens through Education, Awareness & Mentoring), a nonprofit dedicated to assisting teens who are struggling to find a safe and successful path to adulthood. She is an advisory board member for the National Center of Victims of Crime and a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime as well as an advisory board member for The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

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Heath Atom Russell is a radical lesbian feminist activist in Northern California. She graduated in 2011 from Humboldt State University with a BA in Sociology. She works for Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability. She is currently writing a memoir about her childhood, transition, and detransition.

Click here to visit her blog.

Rachel Ivey is a feminist activist, writer, and educator on issues including reproductive justice, resistance to ecocide, and gender critical feminism.

She serves on the Steering Committee of Deep Green Resistance, a radical feminist environmental organization.  While with DGR, she has written and given dozens of educational talks and workshops across North America on the topic of militant resistance to environmental and social oppression.  Also in conjunction with her work with DGR, she gave a talk entitled The End of Gender (or alternatively, I Was a Teenage Liberal) which engendered some controversy due to its critique of third wave feminism’s liberal conception of gender.  She has been subject to harassment, threats, and no-platforming since speaking publicly in favor of gender abolition.

She is also on the board of Warrior Sisters Society, a women-run nonprofit that provides free self-defense training and materials to women in need. In recent years, she has spoken on radical reproductive justice at the 2013 Stop Porn Culture feminist teach-in in Boston, on the current state of feminism at the 2013 Redstockings radical feminist conference in NYC,and on the connections between misogyny and ecocide at the 2014 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon.

Click here to visit her blog.

Samantha Berg is a radical feminist journalist, activist, and public speaker. Originally an anti-poverty and reproductive rights activist, she turned her attentions towards the most raped women of all women, prostituted women. Since then, Samantha has often been invited to speak publicly about the sex industry and her articles on the subject have been published in progressive news outlets for over a decade.

In 2004 there was no Facebook or Twitter but anti-prostitution activists wanted a space to coordinate actions online, so Samantha created the forum community Genderberg.com where over 200 dedicated members contributed to one of the first radical feminist internet communities.

In recent years, Samantha organized several political events with the specific focus on reducing men’s demand for prostitution and served as National Coordinator for the nonprofit organization Stop Porn Culture. Her published articles on sexual exploitation are collected at  Johnstompers.com

Lierre Keith is an American writer, radical feminist, food activist, and environmentalist.

Lierre is the author of the novels Conditions of War and Skyler Gabriel. Her non-fiction works include the highly acclaimed The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability.

She is coauthor, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet (Seven Stories Press, 2011) and she’s the editor of The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012). She serves on the advisory board of an activist organization also named Deep Green Resistance (or ‘DGR’).

She lives in northern California.  Click here to visit her website.

 

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