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).