Australian by birth and radical publisher by profession (with Black Rose Books), Nathan McDonnell is a citizen revolutionary by conviction. He believes in the power of community to build a democratic, just, and ecological society beyond the injustice, madness, and cruelty of capitalism. He lives, works, and organizes in the Milton Parc neighbourhood, which hosts the largest community housing project on a community land trust in North America. He is a volunteer community activist with and Vice President of the Milton Parc Citizens’ Committee, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Nathan is especially involved in popular education and mobilization around the citizen control of the city (the Right to the City), community economic development, urban ecology, building grassroots citizen power, and solidarity with indigenous peoples and Milton Parc's homeless.
He and many other citizen dreamers, with the Communauté St Urbain, a coalition of over 60 community organisations, are working on a community-led vision for the future of the enormous site of the decommissioned Hôtel-Dieu Hospital as well as other local sites with major potential for community development. He co-founded “From the Ground Up // A nous les quartiers,” a popular education initiative of several workshops and a weekend-long international conference about the community control of land, housing, and the economy that involved a total of 600 participants throughout spring 2019.