Speakers

Speakers for the United National Antiwar Conference


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  • Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian novelist, poet, activist, mother and the founder of Playgrounds For Palestine, a children’s NGO. Her debut novel, Mornings In Jenin, was an international bestseller, translated into 26 languages. Her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water, will be published in June.
  • Johnny Achi is a Syrian-American peace activist, and a founding member of Arab Americans for Syria. He has been to Syria seven times since the present crisis began in 2011 and led a U.S. antiwar fact-finding delegation to Syria in September 2013 at the height of the U.S. campaign to carry out a military strike.
  • Daniel Adam is a member of CT United for Peace and 350CT.org, actively considering ways to educate around fossil fuel wars in the climate justice movement.
  • Larry Adams is Vice Chair of the People's Organization for Progress and a former President of Local 300 of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. He was formerly a co-chair of NYC Labor Against the War and a leader of the Million Worker March Movement.
  • Suzanne Adely is a Global Labor and Human Rights Lawyer who works with Al-Awda New York, National Lawyers Guild, and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.
  • Pam Africa is the founder and leader of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
  • Monica Aguilar Calderon grew up in Jersey City, NJ and has lived the challenges faced by immigrants and residents in the area who are at risk of displacement from our society. In turn, she has worked to protect and expand access to basic human rights, working with Action 21 for the past 8 years. She has been the recipient of many awards for public service and activism, most recently the Vagina Warrior Award.
  • John Amidon is President of Veterans For Peace Chapter 10 in Albany, N.Y. and founder of the Kateri Tekakwitha Interfaith Peace Conference . He was instrumental in organizing Shut Down Creech, is part of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars and frequently participates in ongoing protests at Hancock Air Field in Syracuse.
  • Joel Andreas is a political activist working to promote racial equality and workers’ rights inside the United States and to stop U.S. military intervention abroad. Addicted to War is Joel’s third illustrated exposé.
  • Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire based in Detroit. He is an organizer for the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) and the Moratorium NOW! Coalition.
  • Kazem Azin is a leader in Solidarity Iran. He was born in Iran five months before the CIA coup that overthrew the democratically elected prime minister. At 20, he went into exile in the US, where he became an organizer of the student movement against the puppet regime of the shah. He later returned to Iran and participated in the people's mass uprising against the shah and imperialism and helped launch an international campaign in solidarity with Iran.
  • Judith Bello is a member of the UNAC Administrative Committee and a founding member of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, which protests Hancock Air National Guard Base. She has spent time in the Onondaga County Jail, visited Iran and Kurdish Iraq, interviewed victims of Drone strikes in Pakistan and traveled to Syria as an Election Observer. She blogs at DecconstructedGlobe.com and administers the UpstateDroneAction.org
  • Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and Global Exchange, and is the author of eight books, including her latest: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. She promotes diplomacy with Cuba and Iran and speaks out against US militarism and the bloated Pentagon budget. In May she will join a group of international women in a march from North to South Korea, calling for an end to the state of war there.
  • Mark Burton is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer in Denver, Colorado who represents the political prisoner Simón Trinidad of the FARC, who is imprisoned in Supermax in Florence, Colorado. Mark has been involved in Colombia solidarity work for a number of years and has participated in organizing two delegations to Colombia, and more recently a delegation to the Colombian Peace Process in Havana, Cuba.
  • Elizabeth Byce is the federal treasurer of the Socialist Caucus, the organized left wing of the labour-based New Democratic Party of Canada. She is a retired member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the former Secretary of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.
  • Tom Burke is a labor and anti-war activist with the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. He writes for Fight Back! newspaper.
  • Greg Butterfield is coordinator of the Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee of the International Action Center. He has written extensively about the U.S. role in the civil war between Ukraine and Donbass for Workers.org and other websites.
  • William Camacaro, originally from Venezuela, is co-founder of the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York and is an artist, radio host, and activist in New York City.
  • Maurice Carney is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over 15 years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity. He has worked as a research analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • Narciso Castillo was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S. in 1982. He is a community organizer and founder of Action 21, a non-profit community organization. He has a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged communities and supporting families to find solutions and resources for their needs.
  • Manzoor Cheema is the founder of Muslims for Social Justice which is dedicated to fighting for human rights for all. He is a recipient of the 2014 Human Rights Award given by the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina. Manzoor is active in anti-Islamophobia, anti-racism and worker rights movements.
  • Ramsey Clark is a former U.S. Attorney General and now internationally renowned solidarity activist and human rights attorney. Among those he has defended in court are Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, the Attica Brothers, Lori Berenson, Leonard Peltier, the Plowshares Defendants and numerous Texas death row prisoners. He is a co-founder of many progressive organizations, including the International Action Center.
  • Gerry Condon deserted from the Army in 1969 after refusing orders to Vietnam. For six years he organized against the war from exile in Sweden and Canada. He remains a strong advocate for war resisters and now serves as National Board Vice President of Veterans For Peace.
  • The Cuban 5 are five Cuban men who were political prisoners in the United States after being arrested by the FBI in September 1998. They were targeted for political prosecution by the U.S. government while they were fighting to protect the Cuban people from terrorism. They are Fernando González, René González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero. These last three were finally released in December 2014 after more than 16 years of unjust imprisonment and tireless struggle for their freedom.
  • Paulette D'Auteuil has been involved in revolutionary politics since the mid-60s. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the National Jericho Movement
  • Rosa Maria de la Torre is a Mexican immigrant who became a migrant worker at the age of nine and at 12 started a community-based English-as-second-language class with her mother Esther de la Torre and her comadres. A life-long activist for social justice and immigrant and worker rights, she most recently participated in the U.S. caravan of parents of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students.
  • Lamis Deek is a human rights lawyer and activist whose work spans international human rights, criminal defense, and civil rights. She is a member of Al-Awda-NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, US Palestine Community Network, the National Lawyers Guild and founded the Muslim Defense Project of the NLG.
  • John Dennie is a retired postal worker, a member of Local 300 of the National Postal Mail Handlers and is employed by the American Postal Workers Union as an organizer on their “Stop Staples” campaign. He helped to found the postal activist coalition “Postal Defenders.”
  • Avin Dirki is active in the Syrian American Forum opposing the U.S./NATO Western war on Syria. Avin is an author and poet. She will perform her poetry in Arabic with accompanying English translation.
  • Bill Dores has been an activist against racism and war since his teens. He helped coordinate the 2009 Viva Palestina USA convoy to Gaza and worked with the labor movement in Russia in the 1990s. He is a member of the International Action Center, Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition and a vice Chair of the International League of Peoples' Struggle.
  • Ana Edwards is Chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, a 2004 initiative of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, a Richmond, Va.-based social justice organization which grounds its work in the principle of the right of oppressed peoples to self-determination.
  • Bernadette Ellorin is the current chairperson of BAYAN USA, an anti-imperialist and democratic alliance of Filipino organizations across the US representing youth, women, workers, LGBT, cultural workers, and human rights activists. BAYAN USA is the oldest and largest overseas chapter of BAYAN Philippines, the main political center for the anti-imperialist movement in the Philippines.
  • Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is war resister, military counter recruiter, and author of Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America.
  • Sara Flounders is Co-Director of the International Action Center, founded 1992 to oppose U.S. militarism, racism and war. She is an editor and co-author of 10 books published by IAC and a regular writer for Workers World Newspaper Workers.org
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  • Glen Ford is executive editor of Black Agenda Report, the weekly Black left magazine of news, commentary and analysis, which he co-founded with Bruce Dixon and Margaret Kimberley in 2006. A lifelong activist, Ford has worked as a broadcast and print journalist since 1970. He is author of The Big Lie: Analysis of U.S. Press Coverage of the Grenada Invasion. He can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.
  • Andre Francois is President of the Boston School Bus Drivers' Union. This largely Haitian, Cape Verdean immigrant worker union just overwhelmingly won election, despite a company lock out, mass firings, still in place against 4 leaders, and felony charges, now defeated by a jury trial.
  • Ramiro S. Fúnez is a political journalist, activist and foreign policy analyst who has written extensively about Latin American politics and United States foreign policy. He is active in pro-worker, pro-immigrant and anti-imperialist causes and is a member of Fight Imperialism Stand Together as well as the National Popular Resistance Front of Honduras. Ramiro was born and raised in New York City.
  • Bruce K. Gagnon is Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was trained as an organizer by the United Farm Workers Union and is a Vietnam-era veteran and member of Veterans For Peace. Bruce lives in Bath, Maine and often protests at Bath Iron Works where Navy destroyers are made outfitted with ‘missile defense’ systems.
  • Marty Goodman is a Haitian activist working since late the 1970's. He is on the Board of the Miami Haitian Refugee Center and active in Haiti solidarity. Goodman was in Haiti as journalist during the fall of 'Baby Doc' Duvalier in 1986, and an official election observer in 1990. He has visited Haiti many times since. Goodman is a retired NY transit worker and former union officer as well as a member of Socialist Action.
  • Petra Guerra, Ph.D. is a Chicana/Mexicana activist in Mission, TX, from migrant farmworker to college professor. She has been active as a union organizer; antiwar activist; and in struggles for the rights of farmworkers, undocumented workers, and the GLBTA community; and against apartheid in South Africa and Palestine and the wars against Nicaragua and El Salvador. Supporter of the Dreamers!
  • Teresa Gutierrez has been a National Co-Director of the International Action Center since 1992. Born and raised in Texas, Gutierrez is active in anti-racist, anti-war and anti-imperialist struggles. She is a Co-Coordinator of the New York May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights. In 2014, Gutierrez organized a National Caravan in Solidarity with Central American Immigrants in response to the crisis of children forced to migrate to the U.S.
  • Lawrence Hamm has been a relentless advocate for African-American people and the cause of human rights for more than 30 years. Raised in Newark NJ, he is a founder and current Chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, which struggles for quality education, employment opportunities, access to health care and against racial profiling and police brutality.
  • Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, a psychologist in private practice, and the co-founder and Chair of the Battered Mothers Custody Conference (www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org). She has co-written or co-edited seven books and has produced many articles on relationship dynamics and domestic violence.
  • Tamara Hansen
is the coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba in Vancouver, Canada and a member of the editorial board of Fire This Time newspaper. She has written extensively on Cuba and Latin America, authoring the book "5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: The Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership.”Tamara is also a high school teacher and union activist.
  • Daudi Henderson s a youth activist with the All African People's Revolutionary Party and People's Power Assemblies NYC.
  • Imani Keith Henry is a progressive writer and longtime activist in the anti-police brutality, anti-war and LGBTQ movements within the US. In 2013, he founded The Equality for Flatbush Project (E4F), which does grassroots anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the East Flatbush and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY.
  • Jaribu Hill is the Founder of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights and the Southern Human Rights Organizers' Conference and is a human rights attorney and veteran community organizer. Hill is an international human rights spokesperson and cultural artist.
  • Madelyn Hoffman is the director of New Jersey Peace Action and is dedicated to creating a peaceful and just world.
  • Larry Holmes was a GI war resister inside the army during the Vietnam war. Holmes is a renowned vetern of almost half a century of struggle for justice and liberation.
  • Cheri Honkala is a nationally and internationally recognized anti-poverty and human rights advocate. She is the co-founder and national organizer of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. For the past 25 years she has dedicated her life to creating a movement led by the poor themselves.
  • Chris Hutchinson is a member of Teamsters Local 671 at United Parcel Service, the Connecticut Community Committee of the Fight for $15 and a Union, and the former director of the successful effort to pass a Hartford city resolution to Bring Our War Dollars Home. He recently helped to organize the April 15 march for $15 in Hartford and initiated the “Stand with Hartford Teamsters to Say Justice for Freddie Gray!” protest in that city.
  • Camila Ibanez is a first generation "American" trying to connect with her indigenous Aymara roots in South America. She spends her time working at the intersections of climate justice and migrant rights on the National Coordinating Committee of Deep Roots United Front. Follow her on twitter @QuePasaApaza
  • Joe Iosbaker is a member of Anti-War Committee – Chicago. In 2010, Joe was one of the 23 activists raided by the FBI and subpoenaed to a federal grand jury for anti-war and international solidarity work. As a member of the UNAC Administrative Committee, he was one of the national coordinators for the protest against the NATO Summit in Chicago in 2012. He is a coordinator for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in their campaign for Justice for Rasmea Odeh.
  • Lynne Jackson of Albany, NY is a co-founder of Project SALAM. Lynne's has worked on the issue of preemptive prosecution since two Muslim men in Albany, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, were sentenced to fifteen years in prison after being entrapped by the FBI. Lynne wrote the database used in the report "Inventing Terrorists."
  • Naomi Jaffe is a founding member of the New York State Prisoner Justice Network and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration in Albany, N.Y.
  • Charles Jenkins is President of the New York Chapter of the National Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, a member of TWU local 100 and a leader in the Million Worker March Movement and May 1st Coalition.
  • Berta Joubert-Ceci is a founder of Philadelphia International Action Center, contributing editor to Worker's World Newspaper, and Co-Director of People's Video Network. She has written extensively on Latin America.
  • Antonia Juhasz is anenergy analyst, writer, and investigative journalist. An award-winning author, she has written three books and co-authored six others. She has been to Afghanistan twice and has written extensively on the role of oil and gas in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She serves on the National Advisory Committee of Iraq Veterans Against the War. AntoniaJuhasz.net, twitter.com/AntoniaJuhasz
  • Michelle Kamal is a mother of three and a grandmother of seven who lives in Irvington, NJ. She is a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church where she is part of the Prayer Ministries and Praise & Worship Ministries. Michelle is the Manager of 1199J benefit Fund, where she has worked for 23 years. Michelle became a member of People’s Organization for Progress in November 2013 after the death of her son, Abdul W. Kamal, who was shot by the Irvington police.
  • Chuck Kaufman is national co-coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice. He has spent the past 28 years exposing and opposing US intervention in Latin America and organizing against US imperialist wars. In April he helped lead a delegation to Cuba in support of the Colombia peace negotiations.
  • Kathy Kelly has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul as a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. On April 21st she was released from federal prison after serving a three month sentence for non-violently protesting drone warfare at Whiteman AFB which operates weaponized drones in Afghanistan.
  • Malachy Kilbride is on the national coordinating committee of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, where he organizes actions drawing attention to war crimes of the US government. He works with Witness Against Torture calling for the closing of Guantanamo, release of the prisoners, and an end to torture. He has also worked to support Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and other truth-tellers.
  • Margaret Kimberley has been an Editor and Senior Columnist of Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006. She was a contributor to the recently published book, “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence.” She is a regular guest on radio talk shows and has appeared on Al Jazeera English, Russia Today, the Real News Network and GRITtv.
  • Ed Kinane is a long-time war resister based in Syracuse and co-founder of the Upstate (New York) Drone Action Coalition working to expose Hancock Air Force Base war crimes. He can be reached at: edkinane@verizon.net
  • Kaylee Knowles is an organizer with People's Power Assemblies NYC where she struggles against racist police terror while fighting for the rights of all workers, including sex workers. Kaylee was the lead coordinator on this conference program journal.
  • Irina Koval is a human rights activist and a member of Council of Mothers of 2 May. She strives to bring the world the truth about what is happening in Odessa and throughout Ukraine.
  • Michael Kramer is a member of Veterans For Peace and the president of Chapter 021 (Northern NJ). He served in the Israeli military from 1972-1975. As the result of his experiences as a combatant and settler he became a strong supporter of Palestinian self-determination and the right of all Palestinian refugees to return to Palestine.
  • Ray La Forest was born in Haiti where he fought against the Duvalier dictatorship. Exiled, Ray has remained involved in the struggle of the Haitian masses for auto-determination and also for social justice in the U.S. Ray is a long-time labor organizer. He is a founder of Haiti Support Network, working to strengthen the progressive movement in Haiti.
  • Marilyn Levin is a longtime antiwar & social justice activist who has served as UNAC's Co-coordinator since its inception in 2010.
  • Lamont Lilly is a Durham, N.C.-based activist with the youth organization FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together), as well as Workers World Party. He is a Contributing Editor for Triangle Free Press and a Human Rights Delegate with Witness for Peace.
  • Joe Lombardo is co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition. He is a lifelong antiwar and labor activist. He is a member of CSEA local 999 and the Troy Area Labor Council. During the Vietnam War he work as a full-time staff person for the National Peace Action Coalition, one of the two major antiwar coalitions during that time.
  • Shafeah M’Balia is a member of Black Workers For Justice, the Black Left Unity Network, the Imam Jamil (Rap Brown) Action Network, and Muslims for Social Justice.
  • Jeff Mackler is on the administrative committee of UNAC and is director of Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal. He is the former West Coast Coordinator of the Lynne Stewart defense committee. Mackler is the author of “Free Palestine!” and other books and pamphlets on US and world politics.
  • Nick Maniaci is an activist with the Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition at Queens College in New York City.
  • Taylor Janay Manigoult is a 19-year-old African-American queer woman living in Richmond, Virginia. An art student at Virginia Commonwealth University, she is currently taking the semester off due to the lack of financial aid available to students. She is a leader in Students for Social Action and also works with Virginia Student Power, Socially Responsible Teachers and the Virginia Defenders.
  • Kathy Manley works with many civil rights groups, including the Muslim Solidarity Committee, National Lawyers Guild, Project SALAM, and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, where she serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee. She is also the Vice President of the Albany chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
  • Potri Ranka Manis is the daughter of a sultan from the southern Philippines. She performs the classical and tribal dances of Mindanao and other Filipino dances solo and with Kinding Sindaw, the dance company she founded and directs. She has performed throughout the Philippines, the Middle East, Hong Kong and the U.S., and also is an award-winning poet and playwright.
  • Christine Marie is a long time member of CT United for Peace and serves on the Administrative Committee of UNAC. She is currently a member of 350CT and building the May 31 CT Climate Justice March.
  • Mari Matsuo is an anti-war and social justice activist based out of Albany New York. She works on a wide range of issues from the Israeli occupation of Palestine to ending mass incarceration in the US. She also focuses on ways to promote alternatives to the mainstream media narratives through the use of social media.
  • Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. He works to promote revolutionary ideology, and to support all who fight against the global system of monopoly capitalist imperialism.
  • Ray McGovern is a former Army Infantry/Intelligence officer and CIA analyst, having served under seven Presidents and nine CIA directors. He was one of the senior analysts who prepared -- and briefed -- The President's Daily Brief; he also chaired National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs). His website is raymcgovern.com.
  • Kait McIntyre led the SDS contingent at the NATO protests in 2012 and is a founding member of Anti-war Committee Chicago. Kait was one of the people arrested at Boeing headquarters in Chicago in the summer of 2014 to protest Boeing's weapons sales to Israel, and ran for Boeing's board of directors as a way to raise awareness about Boeing's weapons manufacturing.
  • Cynthia McKinney is a former six-term U.S. Congresswoman, well-known for her defense of political prisoners and Palestine. Traveling on a ship bringing medical supplies to Gaza that was rammed and sunk by the Israelis, she was arrested and held in Israel. McKinney led international delegations to Libya during the seven-month U.S. bombing of Libya and traveled to Syria during the U.S.-NATO war.
  • Rolandah Cleopattrah McMillan is a native of Richmond, Va.; an entrepreneur; a human and social rights activist; community leader; youth adviser and member of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. A McDonald's restaurant worker, she is a workers' leader in the Raise Up for $15 Campaign.
  • Michael T. McPhearson is currently Executive Director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Saint Louis, MO Don’t Shoot Coalition. The coalition formed in the direct aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown Jr. in the Saint Louis suburb of Ferguson. He works closely with the Saint Louis based Organization for Black Struggle and the Newark centered People’s Organization for Progress.
  • Aaron Mercredi is a Metis Indigenous organizer, activist and author. He has written extensively on Indigenous issues in Canada and has traveled throughout Canada and the U.S. to speak on Indigenous issues and representing the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba. Aaron is also an editorial board member of Fire This Time newspaper.
  • Alejandro Molina has organized in the Puerto Rican/Latino communities in New York, Hartford, San Francisco and Chicago around the issue of the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners. Editor of "USA on Trial", he currently sits on the Coordinating Committee of the National Boricua Human Rights Network and is part of the leadership of the May 30th NYC March and Rally for the Freedom Of Oscar López Rivera.
  • Monica Moorehead is a Workers World Party secretariat member and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Born in Alabama under segregation, she is the editor of the 2007 book, “Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle” and co-authored “Mumia Speaks-- an interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.” She is presently a co-coordinator of the International Working Women's Coalition in New York City.
  • Nick Mottern has worked as a reporter, researcher, writer and political organizer over the last 30 years. He is coordinator of KnowDrones.com and originator of the Boycott and Divest Honeywell campaign, begun in 2014 because of the firm’s involvement in drone war. His articles have appeared in Truthout.org since 2008.
  • Dr. Ghias Moussa is a practicing cardiologist who sits on the Board of Trustees of the Syrian American Forum, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the education of the Syrian American community and the American public on social, economic and political events regarding both Syria and the United States.
  • Malik Mujahid is an American Muslim religious leader and political activist. He is a founding member of the Muslim Peace Coalition and of Sound Vision, which develops Islamic content and does public relations for peace and justice causes. He is executive producer of RadioIslam.com. In November 2009, he was elected chairman of the Parliament of World’s Religions.
  • Erik-Anders Nilsson is the co-founder and current director of Jersey City Peace Movement, a peace and justice organization based in Northern New Jersey, with over 800 members and supporters. JCPM produces antiwar teach-ins, film screenings, lectures, art events, year-end celebrations and other progressive events - all of which are free and open to the public!
  • Chris Nineham is one of the founder members of the Stop the War Coalition in the UK and is now vice chair. He is author of The People Versus Tony Blair and writes for Stop the War, Open Democracy, and Counterfire.
  • Lucy Pagoada-Quesada is a teacher and activist from Honduras and citizen of the United States. Since the June 28th, 2009 United States led military coup in Honduras, Lucy has become a permanent local, national and international voice denouncing the US/European Union intervention in Honduras and the multitude of human rights violations occurring under the dictatorship of Juan Orlando Hernández, a United States puppet.
  • John Parker has been on various international peace delegations with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. At 18 he organized his first union election at a small steel plant in New Jersey and, in Los Angeles, mobilized anti-war forces to support striking workers. He is currently the main proponent and writer of a ballot initiative for the City of Los Angeles requiring a $15 minimum wage.
  • Aidge Patterson is a Coordinator of the People's Justice for Community Control & Police Accountability, a New York City coalition of grassroots organizations working in Black, Latino/a and Asian communities.
  • Elsa Rassbach is co-founder of the German Drone Campaign. A veteran German-American antiwar activist who worked on GI newspapers in Berlin during the Vietnam War, she is now active in WRI and Attac in Germany as well as in UNAC and Code Pink. She is also a filmmaker and journalist for German and US publications, including Truthout, Common Dreams, CounterPunch and Mondoweiss.
  • Rebel Diaz is a political hip hop duo fronted by MC’s Rodstarz and MC/Producer G1. With roots in Chicago and now based in the South Bronx, New York, Rebel Diaz has piqued the interest of hip hop and academic communities alike with their poignant social commentary and energetic performances. They released their debut album, The Radical Dilemma, in December 2013.
  • Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican political prisoner who has served more than 30 years in prison for fighting for Puerto Rican Independence. In 1999 President Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), but López refused to accept the deal because it did not include two fellow activists.
  • Azza Rojbi is a Tunisian social justice activist and member of the Executive Committee of Mobilization Against War and Occupation. She is an Executive Board member of the Vancouver Pride Society and a queer immigrant youth advocate. Azza is also a central organizer with Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice
  • Denise Romero Franco is an undocumented (unapologetic & unafraid) immigrant, born and raised in Mexico, now residing in Queens, New York. She has worked in counter-military recruitment, organizing against the revoking of student MetroCards and educational justice work with the Ya-Ya Network. She is currently working with the Migrant Power Alliance, Radical Arts Collective and a NYC-based Feminist/Womynist Collective.
  • Olga Rusev is a lawyer, human rights activist, and a member of the "Patriot +". This group is engaged in the exchange of prisoners and the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the “Anti-Terrorism Operation” (ATO) area in Ukraine, as well as supporting children and refugees from the area of the ATO.
  • Pavel Rusev is a lawyer, mediator, and conflict manager in the field of elimination of inter-ethnic conflicts. He is a Ukraine-based youth activist struggling in the name of peace and the development of international cooperation.
  • El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan is a Metropolitan Washington, DC-based human rights advocate; author, lecturer and poet. He is a founder of the Coalition Against Political Imprisonment, the National Association for Police Accountability, and the Peace Thru Justice Foundation, a Metro Washington-based grassroots human rights organization. Saalakhan is the author of several books.
  • Sharmin Sadequee is the Director of the Prisoners and Families Committee of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, where she supports and organizes families of Muslim political prisoners targeted in the domestic war on terror. As a prison abolitionist activist, prisoners rights advocate, organizer and artist, she incorporates visual art in her academic and organizing work.
  • Margaret Sarfehjooy co-chairs the Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) Middle East Committee and serves on the WAMM Board of Directors. Professionally, Margaret is Registered Nurse. She has traveled to Iran, written articles, and is a dual US/Iranian citizen.
  • the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an activist, theologian and author. A Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Education and Research Institute, he went to Ferguson, Mo., in mid-August 2014 on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation to organize alongside local and national groups. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and former organizer with the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.
  • Dhoruba Toure Shakur is a fighter for Black liberation. He is self-employed at Komorebi Music. He was on the streets in Ferguson and St. Louis protesting with Tribe X for months after Michael Brown's murder.
  • Janine Solanki has been the chair of Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) since 2007. She has written extensively on issues of imperialist war and occupation and has participated in many international events and conferences in Canada, Europe and the U.S. She is also an editorial board member of Fire This Time newspaper.
  • Sandy Steubing is a former music teacher, social worker, and international sales manager. Since moving to Albany in 2010 Sandy has been an activist in several organizations, one of which is People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE). As spokesperson for PAUSE, Sandy frequently presents an oil train slide show to civic groups, schools, labor and peace organizations.
  • Margaret Stevens’s personal biography is an a mixture of academic scholarship, teaching experience, military service and community leadership. Having enlisted from 1997 to 2003 as a combat medical specialist in the National Guard, Prof. Stevens was called up in the aftermath of September 11. Currently she is an Associate History Professor and Director of the Urban Issues Institute at Essex County College.
  • David 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. He blogs at and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
  • Debra Sweet Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched. She has worked with abortion providers for 25 years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.
  • Clarence Thomas is a third generation longshoreman and a member of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU). He has been a member of Local 10 for thirty years serving the union in several capacities including siting on the Executive Board for multiple terms. He is currently a National Co-Chair of the Million Worker March Movement.
  • Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report.
  • Dr. Mazeda Akter Uddin is a South Asian (Bengali) who has been advocating for immigrant, worker’s, and voting rights for over 30 years. Mazeda is the founder and president of the “South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship, and Training” (SAFEST) organization to serve the South Asian community throughout NYC and elsewhere.
  • Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the State Department on his own terms. See more at WeMeantWell.com
  • Tylon "U-Savior" Washington is a filmmaker, journalist, entrepreneur and media access activist born in Harlem and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. He is the owner of Go Pro Radio, LLC and Iron Metropolis Pictures.
  • Barry Weisleder is the chairperson of the Socialist Caucus, the organized left wing of the labour-based New Democratic Party of Canada. He is a writer and past Executive Board member of the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union, and is currently a member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.
  • Phil Wilayto is a longtime antiwar activist and editor of The Virginia Defender, a statewide quarterly newspaper. He is a co-founder of the Virginia People's Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice and author of In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey through the Islamic Republic.
  • Ann Wright is a retired US Army Reserve Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War. She helped organize the Gaza Freedom March and was on the 2010 and 2011 Gaza Freedom Flotillas. She travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen on talk with families of victims of assassin drones. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.
  • Kevin Zeese, JD is an attorney and political activist who co-directs PopularResistance.org which builds the movement for social, economic and environmental justice. Zeese is involved with many other projects including It’s Our Economy, Clearing the FOG radio, Come Home America, and the Private Manning Support Network.
  • Marylin Zuniga has worked in the fields of education and youth development for nearly a decade, striving to address issues such as police brutality, educational inequality, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Her recent projects include the launching of a monthly program, "Books and Breakfast," in Newark which provides families with the opportunity to nourish their bodies and stimulate their minds with free books.

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