Lorri L. Jean (LAW ’82) is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She was the lead plaintiff in Gay Rights Coalition of Georgetown University Law Center v. Georgetown University, a landmark federal lawsuit that compelled the University to give the gay rights group equitable access to benefits as a student group because of the sexual orientation protections of the D.C. Human Rights Act.
She now serves as CEO of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, the world’s largest LGBT organization with more than 300 full time employees serving over a quarter million people each year, a position she has held since 1993 with a short break while serving as executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 2001 to 2003. Before 1993, Ms. Jean spent ten years as an attorney for FEMA, where she was the highest-ranking openly gay or lesbian person in the federal government until her retirement from government office.
Cheri Honkala is a community activist who has spent her life fighting against poverty and homelessness. Honkala, who has been homeless herself, is running for Sheriff of Philadelphia with the Green Party, promising to refuse to evict individuals from their homes if elected. In an interview with Counterpoint’s Cole Stangler, she talks about her political vision, poverty and homelessness in the United States, and how her campaign is similar to the Occupy Movement across the country.
Dave Zirin is a sports writer, activist, and author. He currently serves as Sports Editor for The Nation magazine and hosts Sirius XM Radio’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. Zirin has most recently authored Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love and A People’s History of Sports in the United States, part of Howard Zinn’s People’s History series for the New Press. He is also co-author, along with John Carlos, of the forthcoming book The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World about John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s iconic black power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium.
Bob Shrum, a 1965 graduate of Georgetown College, served as a speechwriter and campaign advisor to Democratic candidates for nearly 40 years. He is the author of No Excuses: Confessions of a Serial Campaigner and wrote Ted Kennedy’s famous address at the 1980 Democratic convention. Shrum now contributes a column to The Week and teaches at New York University. Interview conducted and transcribed by Eric Pilch. (more…)