Independent World Television, Board of Trustees
Paul Jay is the CEO and senior editor of The Real News Network. He has overseen the production of over 7,000 news stories and is the host of TRNN news analysis programming. Previously, he was executive producer of CBC Newsworld's independent flagship debate show CounterSpin for its 10 years on air. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 films under his belt including Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows; Return to Kandahar; and Never-Endum-Referendum. He was the founding chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and now the largest such festival in North America.
Michael Ratner is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York. He taught at Yale Law School, lectured at Columbia Law School, and was President of the National Lawyers Guild.
Danny Glover combines his acting career with a dedication to the common good. He is well-known for his film and television works, including the Lethal Weapon series, Beloved, To Sleep with Anger, and Freedom Song. He serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, works on behalf of AIDS victims in the U.S. and Africa, and helps a wide range of organizations advance the causes of civil right and economic justice.
Robert Lang is the founder and president of the Toronto-based Kensington Communications, a television production company with an established international reputation for documentary specials and innovative series. He is a founding member of the Canadian Independent Film Caucus, and an honorary board member for Maison Emmanuel, a community north of Montreal for young people with mental and physical disabilities.
Harriette Draper is an artist, producer, and filmmaker. The Grand Adventure of Aix-en-Provence, a film series on the genesis of the Opera festival at Aix-en-Provence, is one among the many films she has made. She filmed, edited, and produced Take It Back: The Movement for Democracy and Howard Dean.
T.M. Scruggs is an ethnomusicologist whose geographical specialty is Latin America and the Caribbean. He taught at the University of Iowa from 1994 to 2009, as well as universities in Nicaragua and Venezuela. He now lives in Berkeley, North California.
Robert Lee is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a master’s in Japanese literature. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School, he worked as a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie. In 1984, he founded his own firm with offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. His clients are mainly Japanese and Chinese companies doing business in the region.
Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer called to practice in the State of New York and the Province of Ontario, Canada, where he is a securities class action lawyer. Dimitri was a securities lawyer for a major Wall Street law firm in their New York and Paris offices. He represented the underwriting syndicate in what was, at the time, the largest initial public offering of common stock in United States’ history. He also acted on behalf of the Republic of France in the privatization of state industries, and on behalf of the government of Greece as well as the German development bank in numerous cross-border securities offerings.
Frank Hammer has been a social justice activist for nearly 50 years. He spent the last 40 years in the labor movement as an autoworker and a member, elected officer, staff representative, and now retiree of the United Auto Workers. Frank was the former president of the Greenacres Woodward Civic Association in Detroit, and he currently represents the association as a member of the Michigan State Fairgrounds Advisory Committee. He is a lecturer in the Labor Studies Programs at Wayne State and Indiana Universities. He’s a board member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, an activist with South East Michigan Jobs with Justice, the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW-UAW), and the Autoworker Caravan.
Susan Nestadt is the founder of ULUNTU, a centre for early childhood education and services for young, vulnerable parents in Baltimore. She serves on the Board of Safe and Sound Campaign, the Baltimore Outreach Center for Homeless Women and Children, and the Baltimore Streetcar Campaign. Previously, she worked for Catholic Charities Sex Abuse Unit for over 20 years. Susan has a BA from University of Witwatersrand in early childhood education, an MSc from Goucher College in dance therapy, an MSc from Johns Hopkins University in special education, and an MSW from University of Maryland in social work.
James Early is the director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Prior to his work with the Smithsonian, Mr. Early was a public program officer at the National Endowment for Humanities in Washington, D.C. He was host of Ten Minutes Left, a weekly radio segment of cultural, educational, and political interviews and commentary at Howard University's radio station. He is a former board member of TransAfrica, and a current board member of the U.S.-Cuba Cultural Exchange as well as the Institute for Policy Studies.
Baruti N. Kopano, Ph.D. is chair of the Department of Multiplatform Production and associate professor in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University. He teaches courses in mass media law, African American rhetoric and communication, radio station operations, management, programming, and finance. Before joining the Morgan faculty in 2005, he was an associate professor of mass communications and co-director of the Black Studies Program at Delaware State University.