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Speakers at MICat50Cville Conference


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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the 6th District Republican primary.

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.

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.

Wally Myers is the President of the Eisenhower Chapter of the 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.  He is the author of Friday evening’s Dramatic dialogue with Eisenhower, Jefferson, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Mr. Naiman 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.

Dave Norris is the Mayor of Charlottesville.  He was the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge until June 2011. Norris has been employed as Executive Director of PACEM, the Associate Director of Madison House, the Interim Director of PHAR (the Public Housing Association of Residents, and the former Chairman of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

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

David 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 UVA, 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.  

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.  

David Swanson is a progressive activist, author, and blogger.  His latest book is War Is a Lie.  He has also written Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.

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.

Ann Wright, first as a military officer and then as a diplomat, spent thirty-five 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 oppositon 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.

And from Carnegie Hall, musician Janet Bratter.



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