Minds New Jersey/Philadelphia :
Ending Racism, Violence and Authoritarianism
1 day. 20 speakers. Endless discussion.
Moderated by: Stephen Knight
Lauren Chen, aka Roaming Millennial
Moderated by: Melissa Chen
Moderated by: Bill Ottman
Rucka Rucka Ali
Moderated by: Stephen Knight
Mark Meechan, aka Count Dankula
Moderated by: Lauren Chen, aka Roaming Millennial
Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad
Special guests tba
Daryl Davis is an American R&B and blues musician, activist, author, actor and bandleader. Known for his energetic style of boogie-woogie piano, Davis has played with such musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Bruce Hornsby, and Bill Clinton. His efforts to improve race relations, in which as an African-American he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), have been reported on by media such as CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post. Davis summed up his advice as: "Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they're not fighting.
Tara is a NYC-based comedian, writer, progressive commentator and founder of the unapologetically liberal website RepublicanDirtyTricks.com, now known as RDTdaily. No stranger to speaking her mind in the spotlight, Tara has featured in NYC's top comedy clubs, including Carolines on Broadway, The Metropolitan Room and Gotham Comedy Club. She has opened for Judy Gold, Kate Clinton and Jessica Kirson and features regularly on Poppy Champlin’s Queer Queens of Comedy. Tara’s appeared numerous times on the nationally syndicated liberal talk shows, The Mike Malloy Show, the BradCast with Brad Freidman, the Nicole Sandler Show and Head on Radio Network with Bob Kincaid.
Tara's weekly podcast, "TARABUSTER" is recorded LIVE every Saturday evening from 6PM - 8PM EST at the RDTdaily Facebook and Youtube channels and syndicated on on Progressive Voices and GDPR Revolution 99.
Follow her on Twitter at @REALTaraDevlin and Instagram @Taradacktyl
Graham Elwood is a political comedian, keynote speaker, producer, and director. The host of Political Vigilante Youtube/podcast, a regular guest on The Jimmy Dore Show and Aggressive Progressives on TYT. Director of First Nations Comedy Experience on FNX.
Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer, journalist, and founder and editor of the website and blog Feminist Current. She also vlogs on a Youtube channel under her own name. Meghan completed a Master’s degree in the department of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012. She is skeptical of rigid ideologies and stresses the need for critical thinking when advancing arguments.
Jeff is the host of Around The Nation with Jeff Waldorf, Part of The Young Turks Network on YouTube. He grew up in Michigan as the son of a working class family, He had worked in retail & manufacturing before going into independent media. His background growing up working poor has informed his blue collar perspective on issues of workers rights, healthcare, and politics.
Brittany Simon is an alternative lifestyle educator focusing on BDSM, polyamorous and queer relationships. She helps others balance political, religious and cultural pressures while trying to live authentically happy lives. She can be found on YouTube and most social media platforms.
As the Founding member of VICE News, Pool has covered major events around the world in places such as Istanbul, Cairo, and Sao Paulo. In 2014 Pool Joined Fusion as Director Of Innovation and in 2016 launched an independent Youtube network reaching over One Million Subscribers.
In 2019 Pool was a co-founder of Subverse a News and Entertainment outlet.
Carl "Sargon of Akkad" Benjamin is a popular independent Vlogger with over 900,000 subscribers on YouTube. A skeptic of ideologies both theological and political, his channels are dedicated to rational arguments backed by evidence. Sometimes a polemicist, at other times soft spoken, Sargon of Akkad has created a considerable amount of content regarding skeptical thought.
Lauren Chen aka Roaming Millennial is a political and social commentator, and host of the new podcast “Pseudo-Intellectual”. She began as a YouTuber just over two years ago, and has since gained over 20 million views on the platform and hundreds of thousands of followers. She has also appeared on Fox News, The Daily Wire, Rebel Media, PragerU and The Rubin Report.
Melissa Chen is the current Managing Director at Ideas Beyond Borders and Editor at Global Conversations. She studied Computational Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Computational Biology at Boston University. She worked at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Stephen Knight is a blogger and host of award-winning 'The Godless Spellchecker' Podcast. He is a critic of religion and proponent of freedom of expression. He has featured on the BBC's flagship ethical debate show and frequently reports from UK secular conferences.
Mark Meechan also known by his internet pseudonym “Count Dankula” is a comedian, Youtuber, and political activist. Mark rocketed into the public consciousness in 2016 when he released a controversial viral video on YouTube. The controversy surrounding this situation has stirred a massive debate over the values of free speech and free expression in the Western world. Since June of 2018, he has been very active in British politics with the UKIP party.
Rucka Rucka Ali is a talented comedian and musician that boldly takes on issues surrounding politics, race, philosophy and many other social constructs.
Blaire White is a conservative political commentator and outspoken advocate for transgender rights. Blaire inspires individuals to be open-minded and create a positive global societal change.
Hunter Avallone is a conservative YouTuber and entertainer with 650,000 subscribers and over 100 million views on his YouTube channel. He is an outspoken commentator on social and political topics and infuses humor into his content and critiques.
Aydin Paladin is a libertarian political commentator and independent researcher with an emphasis on human communication and social psychology. She creates videos designed to serve as edutainment via in-depth exploration of relevant findings in the social sciences and their application to current events in politics, particularly as it applies to issues of intergroup conflict across race, sex, culture and ideology.
Andy Ngo is an independent journalist and photographer dedicated to covering topics related to protests, free expression, and Islam. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Quillette Magazine, National Review, American Spectator, and many other places.
Daisy is a YouTuber and cultural/political commentator based in Brisbane, Australia. She is also a regular television commentator on Sky News, and contributes to a number of print publications, including The Spectator Australia and The Courier Mail. Daisy is thrilled to be part of the #Minds New Jersey event, and is looking forward to continuing to fight the culture war
Alice Vaughn produces and co-hosts the top 200 iTunes show “Two girls One Mic” and is the (in)famous creator of Offensive Crayons, an adults-only box of crayons for the wildly artistic with a healthy sense of humor – with names like Boner Bill Blue, Miscarriage Maroon, and Privilege (White), the inappropriately- named crayons have been banned from Amazon for “insulting children and Caucasians”. When she’s not gleefully exploiting the general public’s constant stream of PC outrage, Vaughn often finds herself accidentally going viral – for better or worse – like she did here, here, and here.
Music Man Mike is a mean guitar player, music aficionado and songwriter. When he’s not sharing his love of the guitar and teaching people how to play, he expresses his opinions on socio-cultural politics. A self described progressive, and speaker at Mythcon 5 , Mike brings to the panel his point of view — delivered with his charming New Zealand accent.
travel & accommodations
Human Village Brewing Co.
148 S Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071
7:00- 11:00 PM
Approximately 5 minutes from venue
Courtyard by Marriott Deptford
Approximately 9 miles from event location
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Approximately 25 minutes from event location