Together for Justice: 2012 International Gathering
August 13-15, 2012
Catholic Theological Union
Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker by the Nation magazine. More recently, the Institute under Anuradha's leadership unveiled land investment deals in Africa which revealed a disturbing pattern of a lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability. The dynamic relationship between research, advocacy, and international media coverage has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organizing in the U.S. and abroad.
Mittal has authored and edited numerous books and reports including (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab; The Great Land Grab: Rush for World's Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor; Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution; 2008 Food Price Crisis: Rethinking Food Security Policies; and Turning the Tide: Challenging the Right on Campus; among others. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers. Anuradha has addressed the Congress, the United Nations, given several hundred keynote addresses including invitational events from governments and universities, and has been interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America.
Anuradha is on the board and advisory committees of several nonprofit organizations including the International Forum on Globalization, and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry's which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry's social mission and brand integrity.
Manuel Pérez-Rocha helps to coordinate the Networking for Justice on Global Investment project, as part of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) Global Economy Project. In this role, he works together with allies at the Democracy Center in Bolivia and organizations in several countries. Prior to that, he directed "The NAFTA Plus and the SPP Advocacy Project," as part of the Global Economy Project. He is a Mexican national who has led tri-national efforts to promote just and sustainable alternative approaches to North American economic integration for more than a decade.
Prior to moving to Washington, DC in 2006, he worked for many years with the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC) and continues to be a member of that coalition’s executive committee. For the past several years, he has also contributed to the Alternative Regionalisms project of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and worked as a consultant to Oxfam International on trade issues in the Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean region.
Manuel studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a M.A. on Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, Netherlands.
Tutu Alicante, Executive Director of EG Justice, is a human rights lawyer from the island of Annobon, Equatorial Guinea. After law school, he spent three years litigating violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act, the Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and other unfair immigration-related employment practice, on behalf of migrant farm-workers employed in the Deep South. After completing the LL. M. program at Columbia University, he has worked as a research consultant for the Open Society Justice Initiative, a branch of the Open Society Institute, on issues related to transparency and accountability in the extractive industry in Equatorial Guinea. Currently, Tutu leads the work of EG Justice, a non-governmental organization that promotes human rights and the rule of law, transparency, and civic participation to build a just society in Equatorial Guinea.
Hunter Farrell serves as the Director of World Mission for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Hunter served as a Presbyterian mission worker in the Congo and Peru for 15 years, teaching New Testament and mission and working in Christian community organizing. Hunter earned his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Diplôme d’études approfondies in religious anthropology from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and the Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His dissertation examined the relationship between culture and violence in a Peruvian Andean community. Among his greatest teachers have been the Congolese and Peruvian Christians with whom he worked.
Hunter’s articles on mission, justice, and congregation-based mission work have been published in The Latin American Journal of Theology, Christianity Today, Horizons Magazine, and several books. Hunter is a Presbyterian minister and he and Ruth have three children. They live in Louisville, KY where Ruth serves as the coordinator of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow currently serves as a National Organizer at Interfaith Workers Justice, where she leads the organization's work with colleges, universities and seminaries, connecting students and faculty to IWJ's work at the intersection of labor and religious communities. She also spends time building connections and training pastors and other religious leaders on organizing tools so that they can be involved in local and national economic justice campaigns.
Prior to IWJ, Sung Yeon worked at Asian American Institute as their Community Organizer, organizing Asian Americans in the greater Chicagoland area to work together around immigration reform, the state budget, redistricting, and voting.
Sung Yeon holds an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary and a member of the Chicago Presbytery, she is currently going through the ordination process with the Chicago Presbytery, to become a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.).
Reverend Thomas John serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in two capacities: he is the companionship facilitator for the "Joining Hands" initiative of the Presbyterian Hunger Program in India and the coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer program in South India. In the latter capacity he facilitates the work of Chethana, an anti-poverty network of some 20 grassroots organizations in South India.
Thomas is a theologian, an educator, and an ordained minister of the Church of South India. He has served the Union Christian College, Aluva, in the state of Kerala, India, for over 33 years as professor and head of the department of psychology. He was the general secretary of the Student Christian Movement of India from 1990 to 1994. In 1994-1995, he was mission partner in residence in the Worldwide Ministries Division of the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).