Here are just a few of the visionary folks behind The Other 98%. Click on the name to see their biography.
John Sellers is co-founder of The Other 98%, a founding partner of Agit-Pop Communications, and President of the Ruckus Society. John worked for Greenpeace in the early 90s before leaving to help start Ruckus. He has had the great fortune to be integrally involved in powerful peaceful actions all over the world: from the high seas with the Rainbow Warrior to the streets of Seattle in the uprising against the WTO. He works from his home-office on a sleepy little island in the Puget Sound where he and his wife Genevieve homeschool their 8 year old twins Sam and Hazel. And he can out “apple-pie” your run-of-the-mill flag waving Tea-Bagger any day of the week.
Andy Menconi is a graphic designer and animator who has been creating viral content since 2000. While working as a web designer for Bank of America he won ‘Bush in 30 Years’: a flash animation contest sponsored by MoveOn.org which opened the door to being the graphics guy for many leftist political organizations.
He went on to form Agit-Pop Communications, an award winning viral media firm with partners John Sellers of the Ruckus Society and Andrew Boyd of Billionaires for Bush. On tax day in 2010, Agit-Pop communications began a new project called ‘The Other 98%’ as a meme to help shift the dialogue of the culture war to one of economic justice.
Andy Menconi was born in Texas, graduated from AAC in San Francisco, loves punk rock, the NFL, green chile and romantic dinners on the beach.
Samantha Corbin is Actions Director for The Other 98% and national coordinator of the US Uncut network, as well as a non-violent direct action trainer with The Ruckus Society and a founding member of the New York Action Network. She has coordinated scores of affinity group actions including banner hangs, blockades, and street theater actions; led several large-scale actions including the 5,000-strong Powershift 2011; and developed and delivered countless trainings in creative non-violent direct action, affinity group organizing, strategic planning, scouting, and high tech action. Throughout the Fall of 2011, she has been organizing and training with Occupy Wall Street. Sam is based in New York City.
Josh Bolotsky is an online organizer, blogger, comedic performer/writer and occasional voiceover artist, currently serving as New Media Director for The Other 98%. While with o98, he has worked on creating and spreading projects that include the RepubliCorp effort for MoveOn, and Target Ain’t People, the very first Depeche-Mode-inspired take on the Citizens United decision to break a million views on YouTube. Josh also serves as part of the national volunteer collective that manages Living Liberally, a network of progressive social groups and activist resources in all 50 states. He enjoys vegan chili and writing about himself in the third person.
Ericka Taylor is the Development Director for The Other 98%. She began her political career as an organizer with the DC chapter of ACORN and, since then, has worked as an organizer and technical assistance provider in Albuquerque, Memphis, and Alexandria, Virginia. She spent seven years on the program staff at Public Welfare Foundation, providing grants to social and economic justice organizations around the country and in northern Mexico. In addition to her work with O98, she is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction writing at Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers. She believes in truth, justice and the Tennessee Titans.