Socialism 2021 Event Tentative. Dates: 27, 28 November 2021; 4, 5 December 2021

About

Socialism is a biannual conference organised by left parties in South East Asia. This year, Socialism 2021 is brought to you with the theme ”Overcoming The Multiple Crises of Capitalism”. Socialism 2021 is jointly organised by Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM); Socialist Workers Thailand; Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), Philipines; Socialist Alliance Australia; Partai Rakyat Pekerja (PRP), Indonesia; and Kesatuan Perjuangan Rakyat (KPR), Indonesia.

These conferences have been an important platform to analyse international politics, imperialism, capitalism, worker struggles, climate change, gender, and much more from a Marxist perspective. Our participants are usually activists, academics, unionists, students, grassroots activist politicians, researchers, and basically anyone who is seeking an alternative to the oppressive capitalist system.


Previous conferences

Socialism 2015. Reform or Revolution? 21 and 22 November 2016. KLSCAH
Socialism 2016. Exit Capitalism. 25 to 27 November 2016. KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Socialism 2018. People's Need Not Corporate Greed. 7 to 9 December 2018 at KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Socialism 2019. Malaysia: Apa Yang Baru? 24 November 2019, 9 AM to 5 PM at KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur

Programme

9 panel sessions, 4 keynote speeches, 32 speakers.
The majority of the speakers are based in Southeast Asia, with others taking part from all over the world.

Interpretation available in Malay, Indonesian, Thai, and Mandarin (selected sessions)


Socialism 2021, 27th November. Officiating speech, greeting speech, keynote speech, session 1 and session 2.
Socialism 2021, 28th November. Session 3, keynote speech, session 4
Socialism 2021, 4th December. Session 5, keynote speech, session 6 and session 7
Socialism 2021, 5th December. Session 8, greeting speech, keynote speech, and session 9

27 November 2021

KEYNOTE: Socialism 2021: Overcoming The Multiple Crises of Capitalism (11:15am-1:15pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
[8:45am New Delhi, 10:15am Jakarta/Bangkok, 2:15am Sydney, 3:15am GMT, 11:15pm EST (26 Nov)]

PANEL: Building An Equitable Health Care System for the 21st Century (2pm-4pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(11:30am New Delhi, 1pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 5pm Sydney, 6am GMT, 2am EST)

PANEL: Dictatorship, Fascism, and Authoritarianism: Challenging the Far-Right Today (6pm-8pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(3:30pm New Delhi, 5pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 9pm Sydney, 10am GMT, 6am EST)

28 November 2021

PANEL: Capitalism's Economic Crises: People vs Profit (10am-12pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
[7:30am New Delhi, 9am Jakarta/Bangkok, 1pm Sydney, 2am GMT, 10pm EST (27 Nov)]

KEYNOTE: Fighting for Gender Equality - Socialist Feminist Perspectives (2-4pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(11:30am New Delhi, 1pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 5pm Sydney, 6am GMT, 2am EST)

PANEL: Revolutionary Unionism: Uniting the Socialists & Unions for a Workers' Fightback (6-8pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(3:30pm New Delhi, 5pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 9pm Sydney, 10am GMT, 6am EST)

4 December 2021

PANEL: Imperialist Geo-Politics and the Role of China Today (10am-12pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(3:30pm New Delhi, 5pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 9pm Sydney, 10am GMT, 6am EST)
KEYNOTE: Rojava Revolution: Feminism, Self Determination, and Popular Power (12:30pm-2pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(10am New Delhi, 11:30am Jakarta/Bangkok, 3:30pm Sydney, 4:30am GMT, 12:30am EST)

PANEL: The Climate Crisis: Why Green Capitalism Cannot Save Us (3-5pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(10am New Delhi, 11:30am Jakarta/Bangkok, 3:30pm Sydney, GMT 4:30am, EST 12:30am)

PANEL: Colonialism in the 21st Century and the Struggles for Self-Determination (6pm-8pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
[7:30am New Delhi, 9am Jakarta/Bangkok, 1pm Sydney, 2am GMT, 10pm EST (3 Dec)]

5 December 2021

PANEL: The Agrarian Question in the Socialist Transition (10am-12pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
[7:30am New Delhi, 9am Jakarta/Bangkok, 1pm Sydney, 2am GMT, 10pm EST (4 Dec)]

KEYNOTE: Challenges faced in the Transition to Socialism - Latin America and Cuba (12:30pm-2pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(10am New Delhi, 11:30am Jakarta/Bangkok, 3:30pm Sydney, 12:30am GMT, 4:30am EST)

PANEL: The Left and Elections: Contradictions and Challenges (4-6pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(1:30pm New Delhi, 3pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 7pm Sydney, 8am GMT, 4am EST)

PANEL: Joint declaration and closing rally (4pm-6pm KL/Manila/Beijing)
(3:30pm New Delhi, 5pm Jakarta/Bangkok, 9pm Sydney, 10am GMT, 6am EST)

Speakers

Socialism 2021

A smiling Sonny Melencio, with short black hair, sitting with clasped hands. He is wearing a medium blue polo t-shirt

Sonny Melencio is the chair of the socialist Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM), a registered national electoral party running candidates from President down to local councils in the 2022 Philippine elections. Sonny is a long-term leader of the Philippine left and fought and survived the martial law regime of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos. He is the author of the semi-autobiographical book Full Quarter Storms, and writings on the Philippine left.

A smiling Sam Wainwright, with short light auburn hair, wearing a light blue shirt. He is standing in front of a white backgroun

Sam Wainwright is a national Co-convenor of the Socialist Alliance Australia and a three-term Councillor on the Fremantle City Council. He is an active campaigner for refugee rights and is a well-known figure on the left in Western Australia.

Arulchelvan sitting at a 45 degree angle, with short white and grey hair, moustache, and beard. He wears a red t-shirt

Arul is currently the Deputy Chairperson of PSM. He served as the Secretary General of PSM from 1998 until 2015, Arul worked in SUARAM, a leading human rights NGO in Malaysia from 1995 to 2006, and served as local councillor for the Semenyih constituency from 2008 until 2013. He was one of the co-founders of: Jawatankuasa Kebajikan Mahasiswa/Mahasiswi UKM (UKM Student Welfare Committee); Plantation workers’ Support Group (JSML); and Community Development Centre (CDC), a grassroots group working with plantation workers, factory workers, urban pioneers, and orang asli. He was also one of the founders of Parti Sosialis Malaysia, Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas Malaysia (Malaysian Oppressed People's Network [JERIT]), and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (Movement to Abolish ISA [GMI]).

A smiling Melanie Wery-Sims with long dark waxy hair over her right shoulder, wearing a pair of glasses and black sleeveless top

Melanie Wery-Sims is a member of the Party Executive Committee of Die Linke (The Left), and also a member of the International Commission of the party. Born in Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, she is currently serving as a member of the District Council of Bernkastel-Wittlich in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, as well a member of the Council of Wittlich juvenile prison. She is also the spokesperson of the working group for queer politics of Die Linke in Rhineland-Palatinate.

A smiling Dr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, with short grey and white hair, wearing a white shirt and a pair of glasses

Familiarly known as Dr. Kumar, he is also known as the Giant Killer, Red Doctor, and was also known as the sole Socialist MP in Malaysian Parliament. Dr. Kumar was the MP for Sungai Siput for 2 terms from 2008 to 2018, as well as the first Socialist member of parliament after more than 40 years. He was selected amongst the top three Parliament members by the Speaker of the Dewan for prioritising healthy discussion and focusing on the priorities and interests of society. He is the current chairperson of PSM.

Saleh Moslem, with short black hair and a full moustache, both tinged grey. He is wearing a pair of glasses, a light blue shirt

Saleh Moslem is a member of the co-presidency council of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Autonomous Administration of North & East Syria/Rojava. He has been involved in the Kurdish liberation movement in Syria since the 1970s, and is a prominent leader of the process which has become widely known as the "Rojava Revolution".

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk in profile, with short black hair, looking off to the side, wearing a dark blue polo t-shirt

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, started out as an activist while in university. He then became a labour activist to support workers’ struggles in various factories; founded a trade union for democracy under socialist perspectives; campaigned for the establishment of the Social Security Act, minimum wage rises, and women's rights. Somyot worked as an editor of a political magazine from 2006 to oppose the dictatorship until he was prosecuted for lese majesty in 2011. Consequently, he was imprisoned for seven years and was released in 2018. He proceeded to resume fighting for political change, and was prosecuted for political incitement and lese majesty again in 2021. He is currently is the leader of the 24 June Democracy Group which calls for democracy and the establishment of a welfare state.

Walden Bello, with short grey and white hair, in a black shirt and a pair of glasses, standing at a conference or event

Walden Bello is currently the International Adjunct Professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Co-Chairperson of the Bangkok-based research and advocacy institute Focus on the Global South. He is the author or co-author of 25 books, received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in Stockholm in 2003 for his work showing the negative impact of corporate-driven globalisation, was named Outstanding Public Scholar by the International Studies Association in San Francisco in 2008, and is currently active in opposing the anti-human rights policies of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Vijay Prashad standing at an event or conference podium, speaking into a microphone. He has short black hair tinged with grey

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, editor, and journalist. He is the chief editor of LeftWord Books and the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is a senior non-resident fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China; and has written more than 20 books.

Reihana Mohideen with chin length wavy black hair, wearing a pair of glasses with a red shawl visible over her left shoulder

Reihana Mohideen is a long- term socialist and feminist activist. She has written several articles and programmatic documents on feminism and socialism. She is a scientist, and author of the recently published book ‘Women and the Energy Revolution in Asia'. She is a National Council member of the Partido Lakas ng Masa, and the head of the PLM International Committee.

Lidy Nacpil speaking into a microphone. She has shoulder length black hair, she is wearing a watch on her left wrist

Lidy Nacpil is the chairperson of the multi-sectoral organisation Sanlakas. She is the coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development, co-coordinator of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice, and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance on Tax Justice. She also serves as the convener of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and vice-president of the Freedom from Debt Coalition. She is a candidate for the Partido Lakas ng Masa party in the May 2022 elections.

Maria Fatima Villena wearing a pair of glasses, and long dangly earrings. She is wearing a red bliuse with a pattern of beads

Maria Fatima Villena or Jofti is a freelance development worker for several civil society or non-government organisations. She provides technical writing and consultancy to several health projects (i.e. water & sanitation, healthy eating or agriculture, road safety, health budgeting, etc). At the same, she also organised freelance writers to advance their rights as workers forming the Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines (FWGP), together with the other conveners; FWGP is now a DOLE-registered workers association.

a smiling Dr. Chee Heng Leng, with chin length dark brown hair, wearing a white top, in front of a white background.

Dr. Chee Heng Leng works in the field of health and health care. She was part of the group of academics, researchers, activists, and advocates who founded Citizens’ Health Initiative (Malaysia) in 1998; to work for equitable, accessible, and sustainable health care of quality. She previously held academic positions in universities, but has since retired, and continues with her academic writing and advocacy work.

Wasi Gede, bald, sitting down with his arms crossed, wearing a pair of glasses, a wristwatch, a white t-shirt, and brown slacks

Wasi Gede is the Executive Director of the research institute INKRISPENA (Research Centre for Crisis and Alternative Development Strategies). Previously, he was a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia from 1998 to 2016. His field of interest is in the areas of political economy, labor studies, social conflicts, and social philosophy. He currently works in the research and advocacy programme 'Mind the Gap': Strategies for Improved Access to Remedy together with research institutes from 8 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Fahmi Panimbang smiling, with short black hair, wearing a red t-shirt and a pair of glasses.

Fahmi Panimbang is a labour researcher based in Indonesia. Among his most recent publications is an edited book, 'Resistance on the Continent of Labour: Strategies and Initiatives of Labour Organizing in Asia' (2017) published by the Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong.

a smiling Rasti Delizo, bald, wearing a pair of glasses, a red t-shirt with buttons, standing in front of a window

Rasti Delizo is an international affairs analyst and a longtime socialist activist. He is the former Alliance Coordinator and Spokesperson of the Progressive Democratic Coalition (SANLAKAS); former Political Affairs Coordinator of the socialist political party, Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses [PLM]); former National Coordinator of the socialist political center, Laban ng Masa (Fight of the Masses); and former Head of the General-Secretariat of the broad anti-war coalition, Campaign for Peace with Social Justice (PEACE CAMP). Rasti is a co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition (StWC); and is presently a Vice President of the revolutionary socialist political center of the Philippine working-class movement, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers [BMP]).

Choo Chon Kai, standing at a 45 degree angle, with short black hair, wearing a pair of glasses and a black t-shirt

Choo Chon Kai graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with a degree in Chemical Sciences. He was involved in student activism during his campus days and was suspended for a semester by USM for protesting against the Internal Security Act (ISA). Chon Kai previously worked with human rights organisation SUARAM as its Penang Coordinator (2002-2007). He was also one of the 6 PSM members detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) in 2011. He is currently the coordinator for the International Bureau of PSM, and is the editor for Sosialis.net.

Muhammad Ridha, with short black hair, sitting at a conference table, wearing a dark blue-grey shirt

Muhammad Ridha studied Political Science at the University of Indonesia; has a Masters in Development Studies from Murdoch University, Australia; and is currently reading Political Science for both his Masters and PhD in Northwestern University, Illinois; where he is writing on comparative politics, the political economy of democratisation, social movements, state theory, and political theory. He is a recipient of both the ISRSF Arryman Scholar Award and the ISRSF Arryman Fellow Award, and has published work on oligarchy, class struggle and the state, and forced eviction.

A smiling Florentino Batista-Gonzales, Ambassador of Cuba to Malaysia; with very short dark brown hair, in a white shirt

Florentino Batista Gonzalez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba

Manjette Lopez speaking into a handheld microphone. She has short back hair, is wearing a pair of glasses, and a black shirt

Manjette Lopez is the National President of the multisectoral organisation Sanlakas, and the Vice President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition. She is a long-term leader of the Philippine left, who fought against and survived the Marcos dictatorship.

Dimitri Dwi Putra represented Indonesia Young Greens to the First Partai Hijau Indonesia Presidium. An experienced professional in the private sector and civil society organisations, his beginnings in green politics began when he joined the Green Student Movement organised by WALHI (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia). Dimitri currently works closely with Urban Poor and the Cooperation Movement in Jakarta to promote social and ecological justice.

Nalini Elumalai, with tied-back hair, wearing a black top, dangly earrings, and a gold shawl over her shoulders.

Nalini Elumalai is a grassroots and human rights activist. She is a Central Committee member of PSM (The Socialist Party of Malaysia). Nalini has been actively involved in grassroots and human rights issues since 2003 as an undergrad student. She is also actively involved in grassroots movements concerning workers, the rural poor, and plantation workers. Nalini was the former Executive Director of SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia) as well as the former secretary of the Abolish ISA Movement.

Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo, with short black hair, standing at a podium, speaking into a microphone, wearing a black shirt and glasses.

Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo is a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines. He served as Dean (three times) of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of the Philippines. Dr. Ofreneo served as Undersecretary for Labor Relations of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in 1997-98, at the height of the Asian financial crisis; during his stint as Undersecretary, he personally handled and settled a dozen strikes and approved the registration of around 160 new unions. Dr. Ofreneo is President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)8 and the Integrated Rural Development Foundation.

a smiling Lek Patchanee, with long black hair, sitting on a black couch, wearing a flowery blue and black top

Lek Patchanee has been a member of Socialist Workers Thailand since 2003, to promote workers’ democracy and socialism. She has been a labour rights activist from her start with the Thai Labour Campaign in 2009; and is now an independent researcher and journalist, involved in labour networks and pro-democracy activists’ networks in Thailand and Asia. She has researched, translated, and published pieces on Thai political and economic development, socialism, women’s rights, and formal workers’ conditions of employment and struggles via a variety of different digital and print media. She is a co-founder of the Workers’ Union in Thailand, during the students uprising amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.

a smiling Sivarajan Arumugam, with short grey and white hair, a moustache, and a short beard. He is wearing a red t-shirt

Sivarajan Arumugam is the current Secretary General of PSM (since 2015). He served as Secretary for Dr. Nasir Hashim when he was the State Assemblyman (ADUN) for Kota Damansara, and also served as councillor for Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) from 2008 to 2013. Sivarajan was one of PSM's founding members in 1998; and was also a founding member of Community Development Centre (CDC) in 1992 - a grassroot group working with plantation workers, factory workers, urban pioneers, and orang asli. He was also a Coordinator of the Coalition of Urban Pioneers under Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas Malaysia (JERIT).

Carlos Ron, a bald man with a moustache and beard wearing a red shirt speaking in front of a microphone

Mr. Carlos Ron, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs to North America and President of the Simon Bolivar Institute For Peace and Solidarity Among People.

Luke Espiritu, with very short black hair, moustache, and a black goatee tinged with grey. He is wearing a black shirt.

Luke Espiritu is the President of the revolutionary socialist political center of the Filipino working class: the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers/BMP). In 2018 and 2019, he was active in organising the struggles of precarious workers, and led them on the frontlines of direct action through workers’ strikes. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, his organisation has been on the forefront of mass campaigning for human-centered solutions to the crises opposing corporate profit preservation.

a smiling Sivaranjani, with her arms folded, with tied-back hair, wearing dangly earings and a red t-shirt.

Sivaranjani has been a student activist since her campus days in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi. She later played an active role in Community Development Centre (CDC). She is a committed activist, and has worked for several years as a full-timer with the PSM. An experienced workers campaigner, she has a no-holds-barred attitude towards expressing her views. Sivaranjani was instrumental in the success of two national PSM campaigns; namely the Minimum Wage Campaign; and the Employees Insurance Scheme, recently introduced by the government.

Benny Agung is a UNILA (Universitas Lampung) student, a member of KPR (Kesatuan Perjuangan Rakyat), and is also administrator of the SMI (Serikat Mahasiswa Indonesia) central committee. KPR is a political front (consisting of Labour, represented by Federasi Perjuangan Buruh Indonesia [FPBI] and Serikat Pekerja Kereta Api Jakarta [SPKAJ]; Youth and Students, represented by SMI; and Rural Communities, represented by Barisan Masyarakat Indonesia [BMI]) in Indonesia, that focuses on handling structural problems and seeks to build progressive political parties in Indonesia.

An illustration of Surya Anta. He has curly dark hair and is wearing a white t-shirt. The background of the image is grey.

Surya Anta is the spokeperson of the People's Liberation Party. He says, "I am just nobody like every poor person".

Adam Hanieh, with short grey and white hair, a blue sweater over a light blue collared shirt in front of a grey background

Adam Hanieh is a professor of Political Economy and Global Development at IAIS, University of Exeter, and joint chair at the Institute of International and Area Studies (IIAS) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research focuses on the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. His most recent book, 'Money, Markets, and Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East' was awarded the 2019 British International Studies Association International Political Economy Group Book Prize and the 2019 Political Economy Book Prize of the Arab Studies Institute. He is a founding member of the Centre for Palestine Studies and active in the London Middle East Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East and Research Information Project (MERIP), based in Washington D.C.

Haris Qadeer, with short black hair, moustache and beard stubble, and wearing a khaki shirt and a light grey blazer

Haris Qadeer is a Journalist and a left wing political worker. He works with The Struggle Pakistan, was the former Information Secretary of Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF); a famous socialist student organisation of Jammu Kashmir. Haris also works with Pakistan's socialist digital media platform, Daily Jeddojehad Online, as a member of the Editorial Board.

A smiling Rassela Malinda, with chin length dark brown hair, wearing a blue and pink pastel top, and round dangly earrings

Rassela Malinda is part of editorial board in Islam-Bergerak, a collective media covering contemporary Islamic issues through an economic-political perspective.

A smiling Sarah Hathway, with long straight auburn hair, wearing a medium blue top, and a navy blue blazer.

Sarah Hathway is a trade union organiser in the health sector, and a national co-convenor of the Socialist Alliance Australia. She has been involved in organising young people, and human rights and environmental campaigns in Geelong, Victoria.

A smiling Melissa Kowara, with medium lenght black hair, wearing a pair of glasses, and a brown top

Melissa Kowara is a wooden toy maker turned climate activist. She graduated from London School of Economics and later Cambridge University for her masters; and has been involved in many businesses in Indonesia, ranging from a nightlife app to F&B establishments. Since 2019, Melissa has been actively involved in Extinction Rebellion Indonesia and Jeda Iklim, a coalition of civil society organisations that seeks to pressure the government towards real climate action, including establishing a citizens assembly as a system change. She joined Partai Hijau Indonesia in 2021, with a single goal: to change the economical and political system of Indonesia for good.

A smiling Cheong Huei Ting, with tied-back hair, wearing a white sleeveless top, sitting in front of a bourganvilla tree

Cheong Huei Ting is a member of the Socialist Party of Malaysia's Youth Wing (Pemuda Sosialis) and the PSM's Environment and Climate Crisis Bureau, she is interested in a wide range of issues from climate justice to racial inequality — and refuses to be a passive bystander amidst the climate crisis.

Abu Mufakhir has short black hair, a moustache and a beard. He is wearing a pair of glasses, a navy blue t-shirt and flak jacket

Abu Mufakhir is a researcher at the Sedane Labour Research Centre (LIPS), Indonesia. His most recent research focuses on analysing working conditions and workers organising in Chinese investments in Indonesia, especially in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Eduardo C. Tadem speaking into a microphone, with short black hair, a moustache, and a grey goatee. He is wearing a black shirt

Eduardo C. Tadem is Professorial Lecturer of Asian Studies, University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman; Convenor for the Program on Alternative Development of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UPCIDS AltDev). He retired as Professor of Asian Studies at UP Diliman, where he was Editor-in-chief of Asian Studies (Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia). He is Co-chair of the Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA), and founding Governing Board Member of the Consortium on Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA). He has been active in social movements as Steering Committee member of the socialist coalition, Laban ng Masa; President, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) from 2014-2018; Co-convenor, Asean Civil Society Conference/Asean Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) Philippine National Organizing Committee (2017); and International Committee member, NGO Forum on the ADB from 2014-2018.

Perdana Putri in a white t-shirt, sitting under a parasol, wearing a pair of glasses, hoop earings, has black wavy hair

Perdana Putri is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology, Northwestern University; studying palm oil plantations and land law.

A smiling Mahira Muliotoh with short dark wavy hair, wearing a pair of glasses, a dark blue collared shirt, and a black jacket

Mahira Muliotoh is a Youth Wing member of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and is the lead member of PSM's youth wing, Pemuda Sosialis' Media and Communications bureau. Her experience ranges from marketing, graphic design, videography, photography, copywriting, to education for corporate, non-profit and start-up companies.

Iqra Anugrah standing in front of a tree. He has short black hair, and is wearing a black t-shirt and black button down shirt

Iqra Anugrah is a scholar-activist from Indonesia. He is an Affiliated Researcher at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University; and a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) in Jakarta. He is also a contributing editor for IndoProgress, an Indonesian socialist media collective. Iqra started out as a student activist, and he is now active in several people’s movements in Indonesia, including networks of religious progressives and agrarian justice advocates.

Chloe DS is a member of Melbourne Socialist Alliance and is a refugee activist. She writes for Green Left on Australia's refugee policy.