Andrés Thomas Conteris` family background is from North and South America. His uncle, Hiber Conteris, was a political prisoner for eight years under the military dictatorship in Uruguay beginning in 1976. Andrés organized a worldwide campaign on behalf of him and worked closely with organizations such as Amnesty International, Americas Watch, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.He graduated with honors with a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in 1984 focusing on Gandhian nonviolence, human rights advocacy, and intentional faith-based communities of justice and peace. He was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to pursue the topic “Theology of Resistance”. He has an M.A. in religious studies from the Howard University.In 1985, Marcos Conteris, first cousin of Andrés, was gunned down by U.S.-backed contra rebels in Nicaragua. This led Andrés to dedicate much of his life to bring change to U.S. foreign policy in Central America. He participated in a nonviolent direct action in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa in 1987 and the following year he initiated and organized an international nonviolent protest at U.S. embassies in Guatemala City and Tegucigalpa as well as the headquarters of the Pentagon´s Joint Task Force Bravo at the Palmerola Airbase in Honduras.Andrés lived and worked in Honduras from 1994-99 and worked as a Human Rights Advocate. He served as an active member of the Commission of Guarantors, assigned to monitor compliance of an accord signed between the Honduran President and leaders of indigenous peoples. For his efforts, Earlham College, honored him in 1997 with the Sesquicentennial Alumni Peacemaker Award.He is a Co-Producer of “Hidden in Plain Sight” (2003), an award-winning feature-length documentary film narrated by Martin Sheen that looks at U.S. Policy toward Latin America through the prism of the School of the Americas, the controversial military school that trains Latin American soldiers in the United States.Andrés has led a number of educational and action delegations throughout the Americas. He has been active with worldwide movements including the World Student Christian Federation, the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, and the World Social Forum.Since initiating Democracy Now! en Español in 2005, Andrés has worked to build a network of over 500 radio stations throughout the Americas and Spain which air the headline news in Spanish of Democracy Now!´s War and Peace Report, a daily, grassroots, global, unembedded, international, independent news program.When the military coup expelled the president of Honduras on June 28, 2009, Andrés travelled there the following day to lead the first post-coup international fact-finding delegation. On September 21, 2009, he entered the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa to cover the return of President Manuel Zelaya to the country. For the next four months, Andrés filed stories from inside the embassy for dozens of independent media around the world and worked as a stringer photographer for Agence France Presse. By the time President Zelaya left the embassy on January 27, 2010, Andrés was the only member of the media left in Brazil´s diplomatic headquarters in Honduras. On that day, he was interviewed on Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman.Since 2006, Andrés has been part of the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program of the California Institute of Integral Studies. His passion for cosmology is something an elder traditional woman from the Oneida nation recognized when he was a child and granted him the name, “Shooting Star.” He is now working on a writing project which weaves the wisdom of the cosmos with the need for revolutionary change on planet earth.