No War 2017 Speakers

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SPEAKERS:

Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. Benjamin is the author of eight books. Her latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and she has been campaigning to stop the use of killer drones. Her direct questioning of President Obama during his 2013 foreign policy address, as well as her recent trips to Pakistan and Yemen, helped shine a light on the innocent people killed by U.S. drone strikes. Benjamin has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the 2012 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial. She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization.

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. His new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, is in stores now. His 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Nadine Bloch is currently Training Director for Beautiful Trouble and an innovative artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista. Her work explores the potent intersection of art and politics; where creative cultural resistance is not only effective political action, but also a powerful way to reclaim agency over our own lives, fight oppressive systems, and invest in our communities — all while having more fun than the other side! She is a contributor to Beautiful Trouble and We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press), and author of a Special Report Education & Training in Nonviolent Resistance (2016, US Institutes of Peace.) Check out her column on the blog WagingNonviolence, “The Arts of Protest.”

Suzanne Cole is a senior at the George Washington University studying international affairs with a focus in international sustainability and development. She is a coordinator with GW Fossil Free, and has been heavily involved in divestment and environmental activism both on campus and within the larger DC community. Suzanne also spent a year working as an outreach coordinator with a fossil fuel divestment campaign in New York State, as a member of Elected Officials to Protect New York.

Natalia Cardona is the North America Frontline Engagement Coordinator at 350.org. She is based in Philadelphia, Penn. She tweets at @natycar74.

Alice and Lincoln Day first teamed up with VideoTakes, Inc. and the American University Center for Environmental Filmmaking to produce a five-minute trailer of Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives which was screened at the 2006 DC Environmental Film Festival. Throughout 2006 and 2007, the Days and their VideoTakes production team worked continuously to bring the feature-length version to the screen. Their production schedule took the Days to Australia, California, Vermont, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia to conduct interviews and location shooting. The feature-length version premiered at the 2008 DC Environmental Film Festival. Since then, the film has been screened in film festivals throughout the U.S. and some countries overseas, winning 15 awards along the way. A shorter 56-minute version of the film was created that aired nationally on Public Television in 2011 and 2012.

Tim DeChristopher is Founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. Tim DeChristopher disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by posing as Bidder 70 and outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah.  For his act of civil disobedience, DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in federal prison.  Held for a total of  21 months, his imprisonment earned him an international media presence as an activist and political prisoner of the United States government.  He has used this as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.  Tim used his prosecution as an opportunity to organize the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, and most recently founded the Climate Disobedience Center.  He continues the work to defend a livable future.

Dale Dewar  is retired from her position as Executive Director of Physicians for Global Survival, the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Much of her clinical work was in Northern Saskatchewan, among the largest uranium mines in the world.  She and her husband, Bill Curry, received the Global Citizen’s Award for Saskatchewan in 2010 for environmental activism and international volunteer work. They were Sunderland P Gardiner Lecturers with Canadian Yearly Meeting (Quakers) in 2014. From 2003 to 2013, Dale developed and facilitated “Care to Care”, an advanced obstetrical and human rights training program for doctors and midwives in Northern Iraq.  In 2016, she ran as a Green Party candidate in the provincial election. Besides doing volunteer work, she continues to work part time as a physician in Nunavut. Bill died suddenly in October 2015 but she continues to live on an acreage with many cats, a dog and a variable number of chickens. She likes cross-country skiing, yoga, cycling and the wide prairie skies. She blogs here and http://imdoc-daledewar.blogspot.ca.

Pat Elder is the author of Military Recruiting in the United States, and the Director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, an organization that works to counter the alarming militarization of America’s high schools. Elder was a co-founder of the DC Antiwar Network and a long-time member of the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth. His articles have appeared in Truth Out, Common Dreams, Alternet, L.A. Progressive, Sojourner’s Magazine, and U.S. Catholic Magazine. Elder’s work has also been covered by NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post, Aljazeera, Russia Today, and Education Week. Elder has crafted bills and helped to pass legislation in Maryland and New Hampshire to curtail recruiter access to student data. He has been instrumental in helping to convince more than a thousand schools to take steps to protect student data from recruiters. Elder helped to organize a successful series of demonstrations to shut down the Army Experience Center, a first-person shooter video arcade in a Philadelphia suburb. Pat Elder worked to pressure the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child to call on the Obama Administration to adhere to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict regarding military recruiting practices in the schools.

Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.  He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992. Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 30 years.  In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997) that drew enormous support and media coverage around the world and was featured on the TV program 60 Minutes. Bruce has traveled to and spoken in England, Germany, Mexico, Canada, France, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, Australia, Scotland, Wales, Greece, India, Brazil, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, South Korea, and throughout the U.S.

Will Griffin is a member of the board of Veterans For Peace. He studied in the California State University San Marcos, Global Studies program with an emphasis on U.S. Foreign Policy and International Conflict and Cooperation (2014). He was a U.S. Army Paratrooper 2004-2010, All-Wheel Mechanic, 4/25th BCT (ABN) in Alaska, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-07, Operation Enduring Freedom 2009-10. He is also on the board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, the Steering Committee of the Task Force to Stop THAAD and Militarism in Asia & the Pacific, and creator of The Peace Report social media 2016-Present. Griffin has been part of VFP delegations to South Korea, Okinawa, Palestine, London, India, Nepal, and Standing Rock.

Tony Jenkins, PhD, has 15+ years of experience directing and designing peacebuilding and international educational programs and projects and leadership in the international development of peace studies and peace education. Since 2001 he has served as the Managing Director of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and since 2007 as the Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE). Professionally, he has been: Director, Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo (2014-16); Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Peace Academy (2009-2014); and Co-Director, Peace Education Center, Teachers College Columbia University (2001-2010). In 2014-15, Tony served as a member of UNESCO’s Experts Advisory Group on Global Citizenship Education. Tony’s applied research has focused on examining the impacts and effectiveness of peace education methods and pedagogies in nurturing personal, social and political change and transformation. He is also interested in formal and non-formal educational design and development with special interest in teacher training, alternative security systems, disarmament, and gender.

Kathy Kelly, during each of 20 trips to Afghanistan as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand determines what you see.” In June, 2016, Kathy participated in a delegation that visited five cities in Russia, aiming to learn about Russian opinions regarding NATO exercises taking place along their border. Kelly has joined with activists in various regions of the U.S. to protest drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri. In 2015, for carrying a loaf of bread and a letter across the line at Whiteman AFB she served three months in prison. From 1996 – 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kelly traveled to Iraq 27 times, during that period. She and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. They have also lived alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) at Whiteman Air Force Base and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

Jonathan Alan King is Professor of Molecular Biology at MIT where he has long taught biochemistry and directed biomedical research on protein misfolding and human disease. Prof. King is a Past President of the national Biophysical Society, and former Councilor of the American Society of Virology and of the American Society for Microbiology. He is a recipient of MIT’s M.L. King Jr. Faculty Leadership Award. Long involved in issues of science and society, Prof. King served for many years on the FASEB national committee addressing the federal R&D budget, as well as the national Joint Committee on Biomedical Research. Prof. King was a co-author of the Science for Peace Resolution of the World Council of Churches, calling for continuing nuclear disarmament. Subsequently he was a leader of the national campaign of biomedical scientists to press the Senate to ratify the Biological Weapons Convention. This culminated in Senator John Glenn’s shepherding passage of the treaty through Congress in 1989. Prof. King currently serves on the Board of Massachusetts Peace Action and chairs its Nuclear Disarmament Working Group.

Lindsay Koshgarian is research director of the National Priorities Project. Her research interests include education and workforce spending, social insurance and entitlement spending, debt and deficits, and tax policy and revenue generation. Lindsay came to NPP from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, where she led economic studies on workforce and education, housing markets and affordable housing, and federal and state spending initiatives, including Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security spending in New England. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UCLA.

Peter Kuznick is professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He is author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America, co-author with Akira Kimura of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives, co-author with Yuki Tanaka of Genpatsu to Hiroshima – genshiryoku heiwa riyo no shinso (Nuclear Power and Hiroshima: The Truth Behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power, and co-editor with James Gilbert of Rethinking Cold War Culture. In 1995, he founded American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute. That year, on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombings, his Institute co-hosted a major exhibit with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which displayed many of the artifacts that were originally supposed to be part of the Smithsonian’s ill-fated Enola Gay exhibit. Every summer, since 1995, he has taken Institute students on a study-abroad class to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. He and Oliver Stone co-authored the 10 part Showtime documentary film series and book both titled The Untold History of the United States. He regularly provides commentary for all the major U.S. and international media and has begun his fourth three-year term as Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.

James Marc Leas is a Vermont attorney and is a past co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee. He collected evidence in the Gaza Strip from November 27 to December 3, 2012 as part of a 20 member delegation from the U.S. and Europe and co-authored several articles describing findings. He also participated in the National Lawyers Guild delegation to Gaza after Operation Cast Lead in February 2009 and contributed to its report, Onslaught: Israel’s Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law. He has been a leader of a campaign to block the stationing of F-35 jets in Burlington, Vermont, and of the formation of a Vermont chapter of World Beyond War.

Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle on the spies’ incompetence and crimes. Drawing on her varied experiences, she is now a media pundit, author, journalist, political campaigner, and PR consultant.

Ray McGovern leads the “Speaking Truth to Power” section of Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington.  A former co-director of the Servant Leadership School (1998-2004), he has been teaching there for more than 20 years.  His current course is: “On the Morality of Whistleblowing.” McGovern came to Washington from his native Bronx in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which he briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s five most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985. In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq.

Rev Lukata Mjumbe is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Black Alliance for Peace. He is also affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Irvington, NJ, Coordinator of the Black Organizers Project, and the Praxis Project.

elizmurrayElizabeth Murray is a former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council (NIC) and was a CIA political analyst for 27 years.  A member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, she currently serves as Member-in-Residence at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA where she resists the deployment of Trident nuclear submarines from the local Kitsap-Bangor naval base .  In June 2016 Elizabeth joined Ann Wright, Kathy Kelly, David Hartsough and other peace activists in a fact-finding trip to Russia, where, among other things, she organized a “Swim for Peace” in Yalta with military veterans of the former Soviet Union.

Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright is US Coordinator with The Leap. He has presented the case for climate justice, environmental justice, and climate change action at universities nation- and world-wide and written on the subjects for various publications. Anthony was named one of Grist’s “50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016.” His most important client is his 20 month old son, Zahir Cielo, and he currently resides in Seattle, WA.

Alice Slater serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.   She is on the Global Council of Abolition 2000 working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons, serves on its International Coordinating Committee and directs its Sustainable Energy Working Group.  She is a member of the NYC Bar Association and serves on the Coordinating Committees of the  People Climate Committee, New York working for 100% Green Energy by 2030.  Ms. Slater serve on the Board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, is an Advisor to the Rideau Institute and is Secretary of Sustainability in the Green Shadow Cabinet. Ms. Slater has written numerous articles and op-eds, with frequent appearances on local and national media.

Gar Smith is a WBW Coordinating Committee member with a long history as a peace and environmental activist. Jailed for his role in the Free Speech Movement, he became a war-tax resister, draft protester, and “peace beat” reporter for the Underground Press. He led troop train protests in Berkeley and helped organize the Port Chicago Vigil at the Navy’s Concord Naval Weapons Station. Arrested for blocking a napalm truck, he was acquitted after a six-month federal trial. He has covered revolutions in Grenada and Nicaragua and participated in whale-saving missions in Oslo, Tokyo, Bonn, and Bristol. He has sailed on the Rainbow Warrior and the peace ship Fri. He is the founding editor of Earth Island Journal and his writing has appeared in newspapers, online, and in magazines ranging from Mother Jones to Hustler. His exposé, “One Nation Under Guard,” unmasked the hidden martial-law agenda of the Pentagon’s “Urban Warrior” exercises. In 2003, he co-founded Environmentalists Against War and organized the “Carbon-Free” contingent in San Francisco’s massive peace march. He has been honored with the World Affairs Council’s Thomas More Storke International Journalism Award and multiple Project Censored awards. He is the author of Nuclear Roulette and The War and Environment Reader.

Susi Snyder is the Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager for PAX in the Netherlands. Mrs. Snyder is the primary author and coordinator of the Don’t Bank on the Bomb annual report on nuclear weapon producers and the institutions that finance them. She has published numerous other reports and articles, notably the 2015 Dealing with a ban; the 2014 Rotterdam Blast: The immediate humanitarian consequences of a 12 kiloton nuclear explosion, and; the 2011 Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. She is an International Steering Group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and a 2016 Nuclear Free Future Award Laureate. Previously, Mrs. Snyder served as the Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Mike Stagg is a writer, documentarian, podcast host, free lance journalist and activist based in Lafayette, LA. He’s been active in Louisiana environmental and social justice fights for four decades. He’s worked extensively in print, video and digital media production. He’s volunteered for, participated in and managed grassroots campaigns. He’s been a candidate for office. He is the producer and host of Where The Alligators Roam, a weekly radio show and podcast that originates in Lafayette, also airs in Baton Rouge and is available through iTunes and the Android Store.

Jill Stein is a physician, activist, and politician. She was the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She was a candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. In July 2017 she helped lead a peace delegation to Korea.

davidDavid Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Find him on Facebook and Twitter and contact him at david at davidswanson dot org.

Robin Taubenfeld is a national nuclear spokesperson with Friends of the Earth Australia, a mother, teacher, artist, media maker, community worker, and a recipient of a Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom’s Peacewomen Award 2016. Six months in the Australian Northern Territory opposing the Jabiluka uranium mine in the late 90s helped Robin understand that uranium is as much a social justice as an environmental issue – in the broader picture, much more a political issue than an economic one. Since that time, Robin has spent much of her time attempting to make the links between peace, social justice and environmental issues, with a focus on – militarisation, nuclearisation and colonisation in Australia and the Pacific.

Eric Teller is coordinator of Fossil Free GW at George Washington University. He is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs with a dual concentration in Comparative Social, Political, and Economic Systems and International Environmental Studies, along with a minor in Sustainability. He grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, but many of the experiences that sparked his environmental ethic took place in places like Yosemite, the Rocky Mountains, and the desert Southwest, where he discovered a lifelong love of nature. Although he believes that protecting our last remaining wilderness areas is an indispensable part of environmentalism, the most important environmental work we can do, he believes, is about directly making peoples’ lives better, in fighting for clean air and safe homes. To Teller, environmentalism is about connecting people to their communities, drawing common cause between nations, and allowing people to take back control of their land and livelihood.

Brian Terrell is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. He lives on a Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa, and has been a peace activist since 1975, participating in communities of resistance around the US and the world. On September 21st, Brian is returning to the United States from his fifth visit to Afghanistan.

Brian Trautman is the treasurer of Veterans For Peace and a lifetime member of the organization. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served on active duty as a cannon crewmember from 1993-1997. Brian has been employed in various administrative and faculty positions in higher education over two decades, including as an instructor of peace studies and economics at a community college since 2008. He is on the steering committee of his local peace group, Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice. Brian became involved with the peace and justice movement during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. His interests as a peace scholar-practitioner include peace education, counter-hegemonic struggles, ecosocialism, indigenous knowledge systems and intersectional social justice.

Richard Tucker is an environmental historian at the University of Michigan. He specializes on the world history of environmental impacts of war and militarism. He hosts the website environmentandwar.com. He has been a peace and environmental activist since the Vietnam War years.

Donnal Walter serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War and helps maintain its website and presence on social media. He also maintains two Facebook groups: A Global Security System and On Care for Our Common Home. He is active in the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, a local affiliate of World Beyond War, and is a regular participant in Arkansas Peace Week. He was a participant in #NoWar2016 in Washington, DC. Donnal is on the board of Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light and a member of the Little Rock Citizens Climate Lobby. In 2015, he organized a two-bus contingent from Arkansas and Tennessee to the People’s Climate March in New York City. He is sought after as a discussant of Pope Francis’ climate encyclical, Laudato Si’. Donnal is a neonatologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and on the faculty of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is an active member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Diane Wilson is a fourth generation shrimper, mother of five, author, and an environmental, peace, and social justice advocate. During the last 30 years, she has launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, hunger strikes, sunk boats, and even climbed chemical towers in her fight to protect her Gulf Coast bay. She is a co-founder of Code Pink, the women’s anti-war group based in Washington, DC, co-founder of the Texas Jail Project, which advocates for inmates rights in Texas county jails, cofounder of Texas Injured Workers, which advocates for injured workers in the petrochemical, oil, and gas industry on the Gulf Coast, and executive director of San Antonio Bay Waterkeeper and former executive director of Union of Commercial Oystermen of Texas, an organization comprised of over 375 Latino commercial fishermen from Galveston to Port Aransas She was featured in the award-winning documentary Texas Gold, and in Americans Who Tell the Truth, a portrait series by photographer Robert Shetterly.   She won the Blue Planet Award in Berlin, Germany for her activist work.

Emily Wurth is Food & Water Watch’s Co-Organizing Director. Emily conducts research and promotes policies at the local, state and federal level to help protect the nation’s water systems as public assets, and to safeguard the country’s water resources. Emily has a B.A. in international studies and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She can be reached at ewurth(at)fwwatch.org.

Kevin Zeese is an organizer with Popular Resistance.  Its Our Economy, Creative Resistance, and a radio show are all projects of Popular Resistance. Zeese is also an attorney who has been a political activist since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980.  He works on peace, economic justice, criminal law reform and reviving American democracy.  His twitter is @KBZeese

 


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