Sander Hicks giving talk at Our Community Place in Harrisonburg, Virginia
January 19, 2009
|Born||1 February 1971|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, Activist, Contractor, Playwright, Publisher|
Sander Hicks (born February 1, 1971) is the founder of Soft Skull Press, and Vox Pop Inc. Raised in the DC area, he is the son of Norman Hicks, a former World Bank economist who was an initial investor in his publishing business and his cafe. Sander attended Bishop Ireton High School, where he graduated with honors. He later transferred from James Madison University to Eugene Lang College, of New School University in New York City.
In 1999, Soft Skull Press won awards for "Outstanding Independent Publisher of the Year" when Hicks was at the helm. The award followed Hicks's acquisition and publication of the controversial Bush biography Fortunate Son, by James Hatfield. Hicks, Hatfield, and Soft Skull Press enjoyed positive media coverage in Newsweek, 60 Minutes, Court TV, and the Washington Post. Hicks was accused by one article in the New York Press of not paying his authors during this time, but no authors went on the record with these allegations.
9/11 truth and a Senate campaign
In his journalism and his 2005 book The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle-Blowers, and the Cover-Up, Hicks levies questions about the official account of the September 11th attacks. Hicks reviewed the 9/11 Commission report, critically, for the New York Press.
He sought election as the United States Senator from New York in the 2006 election. He ran as a member of the Green Party, challenging incumbent Hillary Clinton. He lost the Green Party nomination to Howie Hawkins, but later served the Hawkins campaign as media director.
Hicks has done four national speaking tours, on issues of citizen media activism, 9/11 truth, peace and justice.
In January, 2009, Sander Hicks and Chic Migeot hosted a series of "speakouts, as part of a caravan headed to D.C." for the Inauguration of Barack Obama. Under the banner "Inaugurate Yourself!", the caravan and speaking tour stopped in several U.S. cities with the intention to "gather fellow rebels and radicals, spiritual people and political instigators, people who want to speak out." Hicks described his campaign as "Three New Ideas" in which he called for:
- The U.S. government to renounce violence within our lifetime.
- The U.S. to start an innovative green venture capital program that would rejuvenate the economy and change the whole paradigm of capitalism.
- A full accounting and total transparency of U.S. Federal government acts.
The Truth Party
Sander Hicks is a political activist and urges the American people to uncover the truth behind political corruption. Having founded the Truth Party, Hicks aims to take the USA back to its original roots and admires the kind of activism found in Martin Luther King Jr, Caesar Chavez, and Thomas Jefferson. This party now has official representation in Boston, New York City, Chicago, Madison, and Austin, Texas. The Three Virtues of the Truth Party include:
- USA Peace Leadership
- Peace Economics
- Cash Cow & Artanimal (1995) ISBN 1-887128-06-9
- The Breaking Manager: 3 Plays (1999) ISBN 1-887128-37-9
- The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistleblowers, and the Cover-Up (2005) ISBN 0-9752763-1-X
Other published blog articles written for The Huffington Post include:
- "Freelance Christian of the Street: Rev. Ian Alterman"
- "The Life of Luna, Holocaust Survivor"
- "Holy Week Revolution: How My Faith Was Built Up At Left Forum 2010"
Hicks is the lead singer for the art-punk group White Collar Crime, which went on hiatus in 2003, but re-united in the Summer of 2011 for the Punk Island festival. In 2016, the band release the album, "Wars Undeclared." It's available at bandcamp: https://whitecollarcrimepunknyc.bandcamp.com/album/wars-undeclared
Regarding the new album, Music Connection Magazine said:
Been a while since we heard a band namecheck Bertrand Russell, but that’s typical of White Collar Crime, a brainy, guitar-less punk four-piece led by Sander Hicks whose agit-prop lyrics and confrontational singing style has echoes of B-52s’ Fred Schneider and Gang of Four’s Jon King. “No Conspiracy” busts out of the gate at full gallop, the bass and keys handling each twist and turn admirably. An effective changeup is “Waltz for Rachel” where Hicks can be touchingly melodic and abruptly scalding. This entertainingly subversive music demands your attention. Not for everyone, we can imagine WCC playing an art gallery for aerosol artistes. Precocious, socially aware art nerds with a taste for mischief will love these guys.
Horns and Halos (2002), an award-winning documentary film directed by Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, is primarily about the difficult road the author (James Hatfield) and publisher (Sander Hicks at Soft Skull Press) travelled to bring Fortunate Son, an unauthorized and controversial biography of George W. Bush to bookshelves again.
In 2004 Hicks launched his new publishing venture Vox Pop, Inc. (originally called Drench Kiss Media Corporation): a publishing company, bookstore, and coffee-house located in Brooklyn, New York. He ran Vox Pop from 2004 until January, 2009.
- CounterPunch "Reality is a Construction . . . Sander Hicks and the 9/11 Truth Movement" by Mickey Z. December 9, 2004.
- "Sanderland, Truth Party Report". Sanderhicks.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- Truth Party Report
- Hicks, Sander (May 6, 2009). "Life Among the Eco-Capitalists: A Revolution Takes Hold in New Jersey". AlterNet. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- Hicks, Sander (2010-03-31). "Holy Week Revolution: How My Faith Was Built Up At Left Forum 2010". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- Sander Hicks. "Vox Pop Introductory Presentation, 2009" (PDF). Sanderhicks.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.