2.5 • Who are the moderators, in real life?

The Portside and Portside Labor moderators are:  Judy Atkins, Carl Bloice, Mark Brenner, Barry Cohen, David Cohen, Ira Cohen, Marti Garza, Greg Heires, Will Jones, Stephanie Luce, Ray Markey, Carol Pittman, John P. Pittman, Meredith Schaffer and Jay Schaffner. 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, Texas, California and Hawaii.

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.