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About Roger Hollander

Born Newark, New Jersey, 1941. 

Family moved to Southern California 1955; attended Reseda High School in the San Fernando Valley (1955-1958).

Graduate of  the University of California, Berkeley (1962), with a major in Political Science and a minor in Latin American Studies.  Elected to Student Council (1961-62), challenged UC President Clark Kerr on free speech issue; founder of Berkeley’s Hyde Park Free Speech Area, which played a key role in the Free Speech Movement (1964) when it was moved to Sproul Plaza.

Attended 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles that nominated John F. Kennedy (was an Adlai Stevenson supporter).

Summer 1961: church sponsored deputation to missionaries in the Ecuadorian Amazonia, spent time with Amazonian Kichwa, Siona y Secoya tribes.  Visits to Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico.  Eyes opened up to the consequences of historic United States imperialist relationship with Latin America.

One year graduate theological studies, Princeton Theological Seminary (1963-1964).

Summer Internship in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Coordinator of literacy project in largely Afro-American Ghetto (1963).

Summer Internship, Washington Office of National Council of Churches (1964); attended nightly vigil at the White House for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Attended 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City that nominated Lyndon Johnson (spent the entire Convention on the Boardwalk in support of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which was locked out of the Convention).

Radical activism in the San Fernando Valley; Civil Rights, United Farm Workers, anti-Vietnam War (1964-1968).

Public Health work in Los Angeles to fulfill civilian service requirement as a Conscientious Objector (1967-1968); joined Resistance and deserted work; took refuge in Canada to avoid prosecution.

Returned to California (1973), convicted for desertion of civilian work and received suspended sentence.  Completed civilian service requirement as Medical Clinic Administrator and Family Planning Coordinator at the Los Angeles Free Clinic (1973-1976).  Received Presidential Pardon from Gerald Ford (who also pardoned Nixon, the two pardons presumably unrelated).

Returned to Canada (1976).  Canadian citizenship (1984).  Excutive Director of inner city community centre (1980-1987); elected three times to the Municipal Council of Metropolitan Toronto (1987-1995) specializing in representing the under-represented; concentrated on community and social services, anti-racism, police reform and anti-poverty; used office to support radical youth, women, immigrant community, LGBT community, homeless, etc.

Moved to Ecuador 1995 while maintaining residence in Canada (lots of travel back and forth).  Began career in the plastic arts.  Concentrates on freelance writing but mainly Blogging, with specialized interest in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America (especially Ecuador); human rights, anti-capitalsim, anti-war, democratic socialism, international affaris.

Thirty year association with the Marxist-Humanist movement in the United States founded by Raya Dunayevskaya (www.newsandletters.org).


1. rushay - December 24, 2008

thank you for sharing sir your blog is a great read sending you greetings from south africa

rogerhollander - December 24, 2008

Thank YOU, Rushay, it is great to hear from South Africa. I send you greetings from Ecuador, South America; I recommend your website to my readers http://www.rushay.org

2. Sarah Dotlich - February 10, 2009

Hi Roger,
Thanks so much for your attention to the Chevron case regarding their abuses in Nigeria. We appreciate you helping to get the word out. would you like to be on our email list?

3. johnbisceglia - February 14, 2009

Hey Roger, I just noticed you have me in your blogroll (I also just returned the favor). Thanks.

[gay tax protest] …..now it’s Equality Tax Revolt.

No protest. REVOLT. I’ve had it.

4. an - February 26, 2009

Hi I am a survivor of “Rendition” I was stalked , kidnapped and tortured by american military subcontractors in Egypt…….I was drugged and tortured and much more…….some of the more minor aspects were that….I didnt have a toothbrush or change of clothes or toilette or bath…in a month….I was repeatedly psychologicaly tortured as well as physicaly tortured (broken teeth broken leg untreated)………..much of the interogation material was from sealed court documents the usa possesed….I am now in Canada.but the usa is trying to get the canadians to deport me to usa.I am not usa citizen….none of my identification or personal posessions were ever returned to me….I was actualy sent to the usa…..and left at JFK airport….no id no money,,,and untreated injurys.I was kidnapped in egypt on 27 july 2006.any help…I am realy scared.I am rceiving services from Vancouver Area Survivors of Torture…VAST……….please help me.I was targeted for a reason of retaliation.now Homland Security say its National security issue and wont release any info…I am 52 year old female

5. an - February 26, 2009

All of my torture was videotaped….and all my interogators and torrturers wer americans……….I was subjected to bouts of sensory deprivation…lack of food…i lost 30 lbs in 30 days………there seemed to be a “standing order” to not do any damage to my face……the “reason” for my torture morphed through numerous reasons.from crossing the gaza egypt border too many times…to me being crazy and found wandering without shoes (yet the shoes I was wearing at the torture center were the same ones I ha d worn for 3 years prior and can be seen on airport surveilance tapes from Usa to europe to africa……The long road to recovery is mired with pitfalls like the canada imigration flaws where those who need help dont find any……can anyone help me>

6. Lillian - May 22, 2009


I was born in 1948 i Madison County, Iowa. But growing up I heard how my Mom’s sister’s and husband’s had gone to Bible School in Abeleine, Tex and had been firends with five missionaires speared to death in jungles of equador.

When I was 12 we moved to bayous of South Louisiana. In Iowa we belonged to Quaker Church. Partly because one of my Mom’s grandparents goes back to England, Holland, england, Mayflower to Plymouth.

Elizabeth Tilley married John Howland.

In Louisiana my Dad went to work offshore for J. Ray McDermott. We hunted and fished in the swamps and watched rigs owned by texaco dumping oil at night.

When you are a teenager out in a swamp being bitten my misquitos and see hundreds of orange eyes glowing knowing they are alligators, watching an oil rig dumping oil does not seem to be more dangerous than the creatures of the swamp.

I would appreciate it if you sent me an e-mail.

In 1970 I living in Vancouver when we shut down all border traffic for nearly eight hours in peace park. Right before Kent State. Do you remeber that?

7. Paul Barrow - June 10, 2009

Ms, I would like to do whatever I can. Please contact me. I’m the director and publisher of United Progressives http://www.unitedprogressives.us. My name is Paul Barrow. You can reach me at info (at) unitedprogressives.us

8. Ryan Isaac Nathan - August 28, 2009

Great BIO and Work, Our agency has help settle several Sri Lankans in the Oakland area. RMD Housing and Support Services has been providing housing for the poor and underserved in the City of Oakland for over 10 years. We have not been earmarked for any fundings or grants to help us to propel to do more support services sorrounding the homelessness. We appreciate if you can please propagate our services to all non profits to generate some funding dollars to help assist the homelessness. We have a non profit that can help find quality housing for people in need.

Ryan Isaac Nathan
RMD Housing and Support Services -Second Chance Housing – A Not-for Profit Agency
(EIN: 83-0491483)
5760 Market Street,
Oakland, CA 94608
Tel: 510.420.1414 / 510.420.1444
Fax: 510.420.1166
Email: rmd_services@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.rmdservices1llc.com
Providing Affordable Rental Solutions to the East Bay Community
Rapid Housing Strategies

9. Nick Van der Graaf - November 29, 2009

Roger your piece about the border crossing is remarkable. The unaccountable power that those guys have, their easy use of it to give arbitrary orders, to search private belongings, to lie to citizens in a democracy – it takes one’s breath away.
I congratulate you on your work aiding war resisters. As is clear from your account, you have done nothing ilegal – and neither have they. Soldiers hae a right to refuse illegal orders. I won’t preach to the converted about the legality of the attack on Iraq. Keep up the good work brother.

10. Kenneth Kimball - February 1, 2010

I would love to get a book to you to review.

11. judie pirrie - April 13, 2010

Hello Mr. Hollander

I’m so glad you still you and more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Waves from lake simcoe wishing you the best

12. G. Clavier - October 14, 2010

Keep doing what you do. I’m an independent translator. Based on information on your Web site, I was able to evaluate and refuse a job for an entity discussed in one of your blogs. Client confidentiality prevents me from saying more, but I appreciate having access to non-mainstream confirmable sources when I have to make calls on who I am prepared to do business with.

Governments, companies and other organizations need to know they are being watched and will be held accountable for their misdeeds, if not in a court of law, then in the court of world opinion.

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14. anonymous - June 16, 2011

The 9/11 truth is out on the internet.
This is the truth: The WTC was destroyed by 3 underground thermo-nuclear explosions. They were detonated by the US government who used this as an excuse to lead the US and its allies into invading Afghanistan and Iraq. All these wars and deaths were based on a lie.

Goebbels: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Will you help to tell the truth to the world?


Be sure to watch the 26 part video there.
#4 is on the built-in nuclear demolition scheme of the WTC
[video src="http://www.911-truth.net/911_WTC_nuclear_demolition_Dimitri_Khalezov_part04.mp4" /]
#14 in on Building 7, which collapsed even though no plane hit it.
[video src="http://www.911-truth.net/Dimitri_Khalezov_interview_WTC_nuclear_demolition_part14.flv" /]
#24/25 is on the chronic radiation sickness of the WTC responders)
[video src="http://www.911-truth.net/911_WTC_nuclear_demolition_Dimitri_Khalezov_part24.mp4" /]
[video src="http://www.911-truth.net/911_WTC_nuclear_demolition_Dimitri_Khalezov_part25.mp4" /]


Click to access 11septemberthirdtruthenglishnexus.pdf


15. shyammael - June 23, 2011

Hey Roger,

Just discovered your blog. As always it’s good to come across somebody else who’s motivated enough to do something. I like your input of art as well as the other informative posts (only a few of which I’ve read through so far). I reposted your Peace in the World or the World in Pieces, and took the liberty of rotating the image. The reasoning behind the action is explained in this post:


All power to your pen.


Shyam Mael

16. Roger Kauffman - June 6, 2012

I promised Brian Van Camp I’d invite you to the class of ’62 reunion in October. If you’re interested, I’ll send you more info. Please e-mail me anyway so I’ll know you got the message. How have the last 50 years treated you? I am married(45+ years) have 5 kids and 6 grandkids and have lived in NJ for 45 years. How’s Neal?
Roger Kauffman

17. buzzburza - November 11, 2012

Long time no speak…ya can run but ya can’t hide…write quick

18. Sharron - December 20, 2012

Roger can you contact me through your email, I lost your addy. Thanks

19. Dr. Padmore Agbemabiese - April 11, 2013

Hello Roger Hollander, can you allow me to use one of your pictures of Blacks in jail for a cover of a collection of poems about Blacks in Jail? Hope to hear from you.

20. LatinOpen - March 16, 2015
21. Russ Buchanan - February 25, 2016

Hey Roger –

Russ Buchanan (son of John and Eleanor of Pacoima) here. I just blundered into your blog and have been delightedly devouring your entries. Wonderful work.


22. Steve Slater - June 12, 2017

Roger, Hello from Steve Slater, it’s been 48 years, Montreal, 1969

23. rogerhollander - June 12, 2017

Hi, Steve, it cannot be 48 years, I’m still a youngster. Good to hear from you.

24. Michael Glen Bell - December 17, 2017

Thought you might be interested in this music video by The Project (Indianapolis) honoring Victor Jara & John Lennon -https://youtu.be/UTA3bjW9VqM

25. Will Benware - May 13, 2019

Will Benware – May 13, 2019
Really impressed by all the good work you have done. It looks as though you have touched many lives for the good! I still cherish our time together at Berkeley.

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