Eljeer Hawkins is a community and anti-war activist, born and raised in Harlem, New York, member of Socialist Alternative/CWI for 21 years. He has toured internationally, invited to address audiences from South Africa to Ireland, Brazil to Belgium on the black struggle in the U.S. He has been involved in the recent Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for $15 movement. Eljeer is a former shop steward with Teamsters local 851 and former member of SEIU 1199, and is currently a non-union healthcare worker in New York City. A leading member of the New York Metro chapter Labor Party in the late 90s and early 2000s. He contributes regularly to Socialist Alternative Newspaper and socialistworld.net and Hampton Institute on race, criminal justice, Black Lives Matter, and the historic black freedom movement. Eljeer has lectured at Harvard University, Hunter College, Oberlin College, Clark University, and University of Toronto.