Matthew Tyson is a writer and marketing strategist living in Alabama. Along with Rebecca Bratten Weiss, he co-founded the New Pro-Life Movement. Outside of his work with NPLM, he authors The Mackerel Snapper Blog on the Patheos Catholic channel and regularly contributes to AL.com. He is involved in non-profit work in Alabama, providing direct aid and affordable housing for homeless citizens, and he is also a fellow of the Democrats for Life of America. Matthew is married and has three children.
Rebecca Bratten Weiss is an eco-farmer, writer, and educator. Along with Matthew Tyson, she founded the New Pro Life Movement. Passionate about politics, and involved in pro-life and human rights activism from her teen years, she received her BA and MA in philosophy from Franciscan University, then did doctoral work in Literature at the University of Dallas. Through many ideological and political shifts, she has always remained committed to a pro-life ideal. After taking a hiatus from the academic world, her own experience facing a crisis pregnancy, and as a low-income single mother, helped solidify her stance as a pro-life feminist, and her belief in the need for radical social justice to create a whole culture that chooses life. She presently resides in Ohio with her family.
Tara Simons is a Catholic wife and mother with a Masters degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She pursued her doctoral studies in Theology and Art at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, until she left to start her family – the greatest blessing and adventure of her life.
H. Lillian Vogl settled in the Washington DC area immediately after college to pursue a policy-oriented career, inspired by her interest in pro-life and school choice advocacy. After a few years working for educational non-profits she attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the Federalist Society chapter President and an Olin Scholar in Law & Economics. She has focused her subsequent career on tax and financial services, and was a federally registered lobbyist for several years. She spent a decade actively involved in local Republican Party committees in Northern Virginia as a volunteer organizer and officer. Over years of observing the direction of the GOP nationally and locally and studying Catholic social justice encyclicals and real-life impacts of government policies, she found herself increasingly at odds with GOP orthodoxy and formally resigned in September 2016. She recently joined the National Committee of the American Solidarity Party.
John Farrell is a writer and producer working in Boston. He is the author of The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaître, Einstein and the Birth of Modern Cosmology from Basic Books, an imprint of the Perseus Books Group. A graduate of Harvard College with a B.A. in English and American Literature, Farrell has written for Skeptic, Cosmos Magazine, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal, The Manchester Guardian, The Boston Globe, Salon, National Review, Huffington Post, First Things and The Tablet of London, and he writes a science/tech blog for Forbes. He was a 2010 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.
Deacon Don Weigel was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Buffalo on May 29, 2010. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 40 years, and they have three grown children and two grandsons. He received his Masters degree in Theology in 2009 from Christ the King Seminary as part of his preparation for the Diaconate. Deacon Don is currently assigned as a Global Fellow for Catholic Relief Services and is also assigned to St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park. He currently writes a monthly “Justice Perspective” column in the Diocesan newspaper, the Western New York Catholic, and has given numerous presentations and retreats on social justice, ministry and spirituality issues. Deacon Don’s passion for mission and global justice have drawn him to travel in recent years to El Salvador with Maryknoll, Guatemala with a medical mission, and, most recently, to the Balkans with CRS to work with the Syrian refugees. He is currently an instructor in the Continuing Education Program at Christ the King Seminary and regularly gives talks, presentations and retreats to a wide variety of audiences. Deacon Don is also active in prison ministry at Collins Correctional Facility.
Elizabeth Broadbent is a cradle Catholic who dropped out of a Ph.D. program to parent and homeschool first one son, then two others. An advocate of attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and babywearing, Elizabeth is a staff member at Scary Mommy, and has been published in many diverse publications, including The Huffington Post, Bustle, Romper, The Today Show, and Time Magazine. Her work has been discussed on NPR and CNN.
Jack Quirk is founder and publisher of the online magazine Christian Democracy and a contributing editor for The Distributist Review. He is a lawyer living in Illinois, and has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1986. They have six children.
John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe has been a peace and pro-life activist for many years. Time magazine (and Joan Andrews who should know better!) have called him the “father of the rescue movement.” He has written extensively about nonviolence (for), and eugenics (against). He is currently working to build bridges between the left and the right wings of the Church; birds fly better with two wings. His publications include pamphlets and booklets that laid the foundation for pro-life nonviolence, especially “Peaceful Presence” (1978) and No Cheap Solutions (1984). He also wrote Emmanuel, Solidarity: God’s Act and Our Response (2000) and Roots of Racism and Abortion: An Exploration of Eugenics (2001). He wrote about immigration in two previous books: Sign of the Crossing (2012), about immigration and Scripture; and Welcome! Date TBD (2012), 20 brief arguments for the Maryland Dream Act. He has published in numerous pro-life publications, and in America, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, and the Women’s Studies Encyclopedia. Current project: a seven-part series on the teaching in Scripture and Tradition about immigration. Stories about him have appeared in NY Times Magazine, Time, New Yorker. NY Times reporter Jim Risen and Kansas City Star reporter Judie Thomas, in their book Wrath of Angels, devoted a chapter to him: “Father of Rescue: John O’Keefe.”