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Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is May First/People Link's body for deciding the organization's political direction.


All leadership committee members are members of May First/People Link. The current members are (organizations are for identification purposes only):

Maritza Arrastia

Maritza Arrastia is a political activist, teacher, educator and writer, active in the left-wing movement of this country for nearly a half-century. She was born in Cuba and living in the United States since the age of 13. Over the years, she has been active in the leadership of the Puerto Rican independence movement, the Cuba solidarity movement, the feminist movement, the movement against abuses such as forced sterilization, the struggle for quality adult education, quality public education and, most recently, the Occupy movement. She is an award-winning adult literacy educator, published journalist and novelist.

Carlos Pablo Correa Hernández

Pablo Correa was born in Mexico City and is a journalist by training. He has always worked in alternative media in Mexico as a reporter and photojournalist. He has been a broadcaster on social issues in independent radio projects and public radio in Mexico for five years. He won the National Youth Award in 2009 and National Journalism Award in 2011 in Mexico. In 2012, he founded La Coperacha specializing in social and solidarity economy, environment and other social issues. In 2013 he joined MFPL and was elected president of the Cooperative Primero de Mayo, the instance of MFPL in Mexico.

Juan Gerardo Dominguez Carrasco

Juan Gerardo is trained in physics, engineering and economic planning. He worked in hardware development in Mexico, Germany and Cuba for the better part of his decades-long career. He is currently the Coordinator General of the Cooperative Society for the Advancement of Social Advisers (SCAAS) and has facilitated of over 200 workshops and training courses for collective organizations in Mexico and Central America. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Promotion of Cooperatives GDF and is Secretary of the Union of Mexico City (DF) and Speaker of the National Coordinating Committee of Cooperative Unions and Federations. He was president of the Union of Cooperatives of Mexico City (DF), president of the Commission on the Solidarity Economy of the National Confederation of Cooperatives of Diverse Activities of Mexico. He has published many works on the cooperative and solidarity economy in North America.

Louis Head

Louis works as Facilitator of the South by Southwest Experiment, a partnership between Southern Echo (Mississippi), Southwest Workers Union (Texas) and the SouthWest Organizing Project (New Mexico). From 1982-1998 he worked on the staff of SWOP, and is a former Board member. He later co-founded and directed the Cuba Research and Analysis Group, which engaged in a variety of exchange and applied research efforts related to Cuba and US-Cuba relations, including work with artists and arts presenters to re-open cultural pathways between the two countries. He has served on the National Planning Committee of the US Social Forum, within which he worked to increase global south participation at the 2010 USSF in Detroit.

Mallory Knodel

Since the beginning of 2012, Mallory has been the communications and network development manager for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). And since 2008 has been a member of May First/People Link and on MFPL's leadership committee. Originally from the US but living in Quebec, she has worked with grassroots organisations around the world in Bolivia, France, Palestine, UK. She's used free software professionally for over 10 years and considers herself a "radical technologist," specializing in cybersecurity. Her background in community organizing with social justice groups also extends beyond a decade.

Alfredo Lopez

Alfredo Lopez led the Puerto Rican Student movement in the United States and was involved in the struggles for Open Admissions and other reforms in the New York City University system in the 1970s. He also led the Carlos Feliciano Defense Committee, joined the Puerto Rican Socialist Party and became the editor of the U.S. Edition of its newspaper Claridad. Alfredo has written five published books, produced and directed over a dozen documentary films, and produced two radio series and a television documentary series. He's written articles for a wide variety of publications, has spoken and lectured to audiences in virtually every state of this country and has been a faculty member at nine colleges in New York City. In 1994, Alfredo founded People Link and has directed the organization until it merged into the May First/People Link organization.

Jamie McClelland

Jamie is a founder of May First/People Link. He is also the Technology Systems Director for the Progressive Technology Project. In 1999, he co-founded Media Jumpstart, a worker-run technology collective that supported nonprofit organizations in New York City, that merged with People Link to become May First/People Link in 2005. He played an instrumental role in the technology committees for the 2007 and 2010 US Social Forums. Jamie worked at Libraries for the Future network administrator, national Youth ACCESS coordinator, and Information and Technology Policy Specialist. Jamie was formerly on the Board of Directors of Paper Tiger TV.

Enrique Rosas

Enrique works for the Rosa Luxemborg Foundation in Mexico as Project Coordinator for digital education and Free/libre technology. As a student at the National Polytechnic Institute, Enrique defended the right to public, free and secular education. He has worked in solidarity with the initiatives of the indigenous movement, led by the EZLN, in the struggle for respect for indigenous rights, for respect for their territory, autonomy, cultural identity, forms government, as well as the right to have their own media. He is close to various resistance struggles against neoliberal capitalism at the local level in Mexico.

Jerome Scott

Jerome Scott is a labor organizer and founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in the auto plants of Detroit in the 1960s-70s, a community organizer, popular educator and author in the South since the 1970s, was a founding member and former director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide in Atlanta, GA. He serves on the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies the connections between globalization and political mobilization. Her current research focuses on the World Social Forum process and the larger global justice movement, across a variety of differences such as class, race, gender and national identity. She teaches courses on transnational social movements, global society, and the United Nations. She edits the Journal of World-Systems Research (, an Open Access journal and coordinates the International Network of Scholar Activists (


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