As a national coalition, Move to Amend has several spokespeople who are available for interviews and background information. To schedule an interview please contact or call 707-269-0984.
David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.
David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.
In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.
Ben Manski is a Wisconsin attorney. He serves Liberty Tree as Executive Director and is the organization's founder. Ben received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2005, and a B.A. in Sociology with a focus in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison in 1999. He is Liberty Tree Fellow and an Associate Fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies.
Ben Manski served as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States from 2001 through 2004. He was employed on the staffs of a number of environmental, social justice, pro-democracy, and education advocacy organizations throughout the 1990s, and played leadership roles in many others. Ben currently serves as President of the Press Connection Foundation. He is a member of the Speak Out! Speakers and Artists speakers bureau.
Leesa "George" Friday holds degrees in Political Science, Economics, and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
She began her career as Phone Canvass Director for National Peace Action in the latter half of the 1980s and Program Director of the Piedmont Peace Project in North Carolina in the first half of the 1990s. George works as consultant to nonprofit organizations seeking to build capacity and organizational strength while acknowledging and addressing issues of oppression and privilege in ways that build community.
She is the National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Coordinator for the Independent Progressive Politics Network. George co-chairs the Green Party US Black and Women’s caucuses and the North Carolina Green Party. George has served on several boards and Steering Committees including the Institute for Southern Studies, FairVote, the Grassroots Policy Project, American Friends Service Committee, United for Peace and Justice, the US Social Forum National Planning Committee, and Move to Amend.
George's Vision in 50 words or less: We have realized a justice driven movement – created from the roots up, transforming self-defined and well-wishing “progressives” into skilled effective allies who act strategically, sustain strong relationships with those most affected by injustice, following their leadership and/or supporting emerging leaders. The core principle; Strategic Use of Privilege.
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College.
She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation.
In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.
Kaitlin serves as the National Director for Move to Amend. She oversees the national field organizing operations for the campaign, the affiliate support program and provides internship program supervision.
Ashley Sanders is a long-time community activist from Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in English. Ashley worked for Democracy Unlimited in 2009 and helped to form the Move to Amend coalition. She founded the Salt Lake affiliate of Move to Amend and serves on the National Executive Committee.
Ashley works for Peaceful Uprising, a climate justice organization in Salt Lake, and is fighting to stop the first tar sands mine in the country that is slated to begin operations in Southeastern Utah.
Ashley helped to organize Occupy DC Freedom Plaza and was involved in Occupy Salt Lake. Ashley is one of the people interviewed in the award-winning film, "American Autumn: An OccuDoc", a documentary about the Occupy movement.
Ashley's passion is creating community spaces for discussion and collaboration, and she spends her free time doing freelance writing and (recently!) storytelling.