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Lauren A.R. Koslow
J. Richard Marra
Sally Joyner, a lifelong Memphian, has been a member of the Socialist Party USA since 2005 and was a co-founder of the Memphis local in 2008. Sally is a staff attorney with a nonprofit immigration law firm where she focuses her practice on deportation defense of children, gender-based asylum claims, and immigration relief for victims of domestic violence. She has a BA (English Linguistics) and JD from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Christian Brothers University. Sally is a board member of People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws (PERL), an organization that monitors law enforcement responses to sexual violence and seeks to end practices within the political and justice systems that decriminalize rape and sexual assault.
David Keil is a member of the Editorial Board of “The Socialist” and of the Boston Area local of the Socialist Party.
Lauren A.R. Koslow is celebrating ten years as a socialist. She appreciates the intersection of socialism with the other facets of her life: animal rights, public libraries, and The Episcopal Church. She holds a BA from Boston University and a MLIS from Rutgers University. She works as an adult services librarian and organizes a vegan group as well as a chapter of Direct Action Everywhere. She is married with two cats, Patience and Fortitude (named for the lions of the NYPL), and resides in South Carolina.
Lynn Lomibao has been a member of the Socialist Party USA since 2010. Born in Toronto, Canada, to parents from the Philippines, she spent her formative years reading, writing, and examining the human condition. Not much has changed, except that she now channels those efforts into socialist advocacy. Lynn has a BA in English (with an American Studies specialization) from UCLA and a MS in International Relations from Troy University. She also completed the MPA program at CSUN, but never took the comp because she ran out of money. Lynn lives in Los Angeles, California, with the greatest loves of her life: Mimi, Scottie and Freyja.
J. Richard Marra lives in Connecticut. He received his Doctoral degree from Cornell University in 1977, majoring in Musical Composition and the History of Music Theory. While on the Faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, he completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in the Philosophy of Science. He is a member of the Socialist Party USA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Philosophy of Science Association. He is also a contributing writer for the Secular Buddhist Association. He is a 2014 recipient of the SPUSA’s Eugene V. Debs Award. To read other essays by J. Richard Marra, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/thoughtsandthingsjrichardmarra/.
Amanda Riggle graduated with her BA in English Education and is enrolled in an English MA program with hopes of continuing onto her PhD. She studies Early Modern English Drama, Marxism, and Feminism. She is one of the co-founders of the Inland Empire chapter of The Socialist Party USA as well as co-chair of the Socialist Party of California.
Steve Rossignol is Archivist for the Socialist Party USA.
Brooke Shannon currently calls Austin, TX home, though she grew up in Denver, CO and was born in Houston, TX. It was there that as a first grader, she wrote in “a non-Christian, non-white woman” in a school-wide mock election for the 1992 presidential candidate. Since then, Brooke has been hustling for justice. A member of the SPUSA since 2012, she has served on the national committee and the Memphis local’s executive committee as Empress of Information (Secretary).