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Tag: Peace and War

George Friday worked for the Piedmont Peace Project, was a founding member and Executive Director of the Independent Progressive Political Network, was a founding member and is on the executive committee of Move to Amend (the national coalition to strip corporations of their claim to be “persons”); and is former co-chair of United for Peace and Justice.

David Swanson is the author of When the World Outlawed War, War Is A Lie, and Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union. He blogs at and and works for the online activist organizations and

Wally Myers is the President of the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans For Peace, and Vice-Chair of North Carolina Peace Action. His life’s journey to peace has taken him to live with the Hopi Tribe (the peaceful people) and to convert to Buddhism. He has written and performed the role of General Smedley Butler (War is a Racket) throughout North Carolina.

Ann Wright, first as a military officer and then as a diplomat, spent 35 years serving the U.S. government. She rose to public prominence in March, 2003, when she became one of only three State Department officials to resign in opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Since resigning, she has been a persistent, committed anti-war activist, and co-author of Dissent: Voices of  Conscience.

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, Perils of  Dominance: Imbalance of  Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, was published in 2006.

Dave Shreve is an economic historian, editor, and assistant editor of six volumes in The Presidential Recordings series. He is the author of American Promise: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and the Forging of  the Modern American Economy. A former history professor at the University of Virginia, he is an expert in 20th century U.S. political history and national, state, and local economic policy. He is a member of the Virginia Organizing Project Tax Reform Committee.

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. He edits the Just Foreign Policy daily news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute, In Web of Debt, her latest of eleven books, she shows how the power to create money has been usurped from the people, and how we can get it back. Her websites are and

Steve Horn is a researcher and writer at DeSmogBlog. He is also a freelance investigative journalist. Follow him on Twitter at @Steve_Horn1022.

Allen Ruff is a U.S. historian and an independent writer on foreign policy issues. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jeff Fogel has been a civil rights/civil liberties lawyer for 42 years. He has been the Executive Director and Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey, senior staff attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union, senior attorney for what is now the Puerto Rican Institute for Civil Rights, and Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Chris Rodda is the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), and the author of Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of  American History.

Benjamin Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. He is the author of numerous publications, with special interests in conflict resolution, command responsibility, international law, and torture.

Robert Jensen teaches at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D. in media ethics and law, and worked as a journalist for a decade prior to joining academia. He presently teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics.

Clare Hanrahan and Coleman Smith have more than half a century of activist experience including war resistance, opposition to nuclear weapons and power development, mountaintop removal, and much more. They are building the New South Network of War Resisters.

Mia Austin Scoggins works with veterans, especially those experiencing homelessness and other trauma. She is Vice President in Charge of Communications for (Eisenhower) Chapter 157, Veterans for Peace, and is Media Coordinator for North Carolina Peace Action.

Bruce Gagnon is co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and has worked on space issues for more than 20 years. His articles made Project Censored’s list of the most censored stories in both 1999 and 2005.

Karen Kwiatkowski is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former Pentagon desk officer who also served in a variety of roles for the National Security Agency. She came to fame for openly and publicly denouncing political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. She is running as a Republican in Virginia’s 6th District Republican primary.

Bunnatine (Bunny) H. Greenhouse is a former procurement executive and chief contracting officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 2005 she revealed waste and fraud in secret no-bid contracts for Halliburton in Iraq. She was demoted and marginalized in retribution. In 2011 a U.S. District Court awarded her $970,000 in restitution.

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of  Peace for the 21st Century and The End of  War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future. He is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Tony Russell lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. A naturalist, poet, photographer, and peace activist, he has worked as a carhop, as a busboy, as foreman of a crew clearing fire lanes, as a day care provider, as an Upward Bound director, as an advocate for senior citizens, as an administrator, as manager of an apartment complex, as a laborer in a glass factory, as a teacher, and as an outreach worker for a health care center. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Mary Beth Sullivan is a social worker from Brunswick, Maine, who acts as part-time Outreach Coordinator for Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

Jonathan Williams is a program associate at Peace Action and Student Peace Action Network Coordinator. He is the co-founder of Civilian-Soldier Alliance, a national, membership-based organization of civilian organizers working with service members and veterans to stop the deployment of traumatized troops.

Ray McGovern, after serving in the Army as an intelligence officer, joined the CIA. His duties eventually included preparing daily intelligence briefings for Pres. Reagan and the first Bush. He works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. He recently attempted to sail to Gaza on The Audacity of  Hope.

Helena Cobban has been a reporter for ABC News and the BBC, as well as a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. Her area of special expertise is Middle Eastern diplomacy and politics. She has written seven books of her own, and was a key contributor to When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel, published by the American Friends Service Committee. She recently launched JustWorld Books.

Lisa Savage is Maine coordinator for Code Pink and coordinator of a model statewide campaign to move money from wars to human needs at

Pat Elder is the Executive Director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy

Judith Le Blanc is the Field Director for Peace Action.

Bruce Levine is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been in practice for more than two decades. Levine’s most recent book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite.

John Heuer is a member of the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace and serves as chair of North Carolina Peace Action. He lives in Chapel Hill and can be reached at

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