william aal
is an activist and popular educator who for the past twenty years
has brought an antiracist perspective into struggles for economic, gender, and
environmental justice. He is a member of the Seattle Global Economy Working
Group, the Washington Biotechnology Action Council, and the Economic Liter-
acy Action Network, and is a cofounder of the Urban Action School. He does
training, organizational development and consulting as an associate of Tools for
Change (website: He resides in Seattle, Washington.
allan bérubé
is an independent scholar, a member of the National Writers
Union, and a founder of the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project.
Since 1978 he has written, lectured, and presented slide shows on U.S. lesbian,
gay, and transgender history. He is author of the award-winning book Coming
Out under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two (Free
Press, 1990). He co-wrote the 1994 Peabody Award–winning documentary
film based on his book. He has taught lesbian and gay history courses at the
University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, Portland State Uni-
versity, and the New School for Social Research. In 1994 he was awarded a
Rockefeller fellowship at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY, and
in 1996 he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur fellowship. He is currently
writing a history of gay work and activism among the crew members of the
great ocean liners from the Great Depression to the Cold War, titled Shipping
Out (Houghton Mi∆in, forthcoming).
dalton conley
is currently associate professor of sociology and director of
the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University. Prior
to joining the ranks of nyu, he was a faculty member of the Departments of
Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of
Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America (Uni-
versity of California Press, 1999), and Honky (University of California Press,
2000), a memoir of growing up white in a predominantly minority urban-
housing project. Conley has written extensively on issues of race and socio-
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