2.5 • Who are the moderators, in real life?

The Portside and Portside Labor moderators are:  Mark Allen, Judy Atkins, Peter N. Carroll, Barry Cohen, David Cohen, Ira Cohen, Jeannette Ferrary, Marti Garza, Greg Heires, Michael Hirsch, Geoffrey Jacques, Will Jones, Alice Kim, Stephanie Luce, Ray Markey, Leanna Noble, Carol Pittman, John P. Pittman, Natalie Reuss, Meredith Schaffer, Jay Schaffner, and Kurt Stand. Other regular contributors are Nan Rubin and Ethan Young.

The moderators’ work on Portside is an unpaid labor of love. No kidding. No pay, but they love it. Must be the benefits.

The moderators include a historian, a philosopher and a computer scientist, a professor of labor studies, two librarians, and a public school teacher. Other moderators have held or hold positions in the labor movement, including elected official, researcher, editor, negotiator and organizer.

The moderators are racially diverse. They reside in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, New Mexico, Hawaii and the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

They’ve been involved in more movements, campaigns, causes, demonstrations and debates than they’d care to remember or you’d care to hear about.