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2022 Speakers

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Keynote Speaker
Rev. Dr. William Joseph Barber II

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach; Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; and Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. 

 

He has authored four books and helped relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign—which was begun by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in 1968—with an historic wave of protests in state capitals and in Washington, D.C., calling for a moral agenda and a moral budget. Rev. Dr. Barber has been arrested 17 times for nonviolent civil disobedience. 

Speakers & Presenters

Alan Adelson

Alan Adelson

Director, Producer, Writer – The People vs. Agent Orange

Alan Adelson works in both film and print. His film and television credits...

Ann Wright

Ann Wright

Veterans For Peace Advisory Board Member, Retired U.S. Army Colonel / Former U.S. Diplomat

Ann Wright is a VFP Advisory Board Member, a member of VFP Chapter 113...

Bevan Ramsden, B.E.(Elec), Dip Ed

Bevan Ramsden, B.E.(Elec), Dip Ed

Coordinating Committee - Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Bevan Ramsden is an ex-telecommunications engineer and telecommunications…

Bruce Carruthers

Bruce Carruthers

Save Our VA National Project Steering Committee

Bruce Carruthers is a U.S. Army Veteran who served a tour of duty in Viet Nam…

Christopher J. Antal

Christopher J. Antal

Staff Chaplain - Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center

Rev. Dr. Chris J. Antal is a clinical staff chaplain at the Michael J...

David Story

David Story

Former President - Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union

David Story is a third-generation union member born and raised in Alabama...

Donald Cohen

Donald Cohen

Founder & Executive Director - In the Public Interest

Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of the research and policy…

Fayeza Khan

Fayeza Khan

Scientist and Peace Activist, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Jenn Budd

Jenn Budd

Migrant’s Rights Activist, Ambassador for the Southern Border Communities Coalition

Jenn Budd is a former US Border Patrol agent turned migrant’s rights...

Jessica Marie Bugbee

Jessica Marie Bugbee

Yoga Teacher, Veterans Yoga Project

Jessica Marie Bugbee served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant...

Jim Janko

Jim Janko

VFP Member, CCMP Member

Jim Janko is a member of the Climate Crisis & Militarism Project of...

Jonathan C. Moore

Jonathan C. Moore

Attorney For Agent Orange Victims

Jonathan C. Moore is Senior Partner at the New York law firm Beldock Levine...

Kathleen Hernandez

Kathleen Hernandez

VFP Be the Change Book Club

Kathleen is a member of Veterans For Peace and a participant in VFP's "Be the...

Ken Mayers

Ken Mayers

VFP Be the Change Book Club

Ken is a member of Veterans For Peace and a participant in VFP's "Be the...

Kyle Toon

Kyle Toon

US Army Conscientious Objector

Kyle Toon is a southern Maryland native currently serving on Fort Carson, CO...

Leo Barrera

Leo Barrera

Founder of The Conflict Authority

Leo ’s formal training in conflict resolution began at the age of 18 in the…

Paul ("Pete") McCloskey

Paul ("Pete") McCloskey

Veteran and Attorney

Veteran of the Korean War (1951); U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Col. (ret.)…

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark

VFP NYC Associate Member, VFP Nuclear Abolition Working Group, Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World

Associate and life-time member of VFP, Rachel Clark is a Japanese American...

Sarah Jo Lively

Sarah Jo Lively

Yoga Teacher, Veterans Yoga Project

Upon retiring from the US Air Force after 20+ years as an Airborne...

Sung-Hee Choi

Sung-Hee Choi

Gangjeong Peace Network

Sung-Hee Choi of Gangjeong Peace Network, Association of Gangjeong Villagers…

Tara Houska

Tara Houska

Tribal Attorney, Land Defender, Environmental and Indigenous Rights Advocate

Tara Houska is a citizen of Couchiching First Nation, a tribal attorney, land…

Vince Dijanich

Vince Dijanich

VFP Be the Change Book Club

Vince is a member of Veterans For Peace and a participant in VFP's "Be the...

Alan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy

Lecturer of Public Policy, William & Mary

Alan Kennedy is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve who sued the military...

Annette Brownlie

Annette Brownlie

Independent and Peaceful Australian Network

Annette Brownlie of the Independent and Peaceful Australian Network will…

Bob Prokop

Bob Prokop

VFP Be the Change Book Club

Bob is a member of Veterans For Peace and a participant in VFP's "Be the...

Chris Velazquez

Chris Velazquez

VFP Digital Organizer, Gamers For Peace Founding Member

Chris Velazquez served in the United States Marine Corps as a Civil Affairs...

Claude AnShin Thomas

Claude AnShin Thomas

Zen Buddhist Monk, Vietnam Veteran & author

Claude AnShin Thomas is a Zen Buddhist monk, Vietnam Veteran and the author

Deann Borshay Liem

Deann Borshay Liem

Director, Producer & Writer of Crossings

Deann Borshay Liem has over twenty years experience working in development

Dr. Ross Gwyther

Dr. Ross Gwyther

Establishing Member - Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Dr. Ross Gwyther is retired, after working as an organiser with the National…

Garett Reppenhagen

Garett Reppenhagen

VFP Executive Director

Garett Reppenhagen is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and grandson of two World...

Jenny Pacanowski

Jenny Pacanowski

Poet, Combat Veteran, Facilitator, Public Speaker, Playwright, Curator

Jenny Pacanowski is a poet/combat veteran/facilitator/public speaker…

Jill Godmilow

Jill Godmilow

Independent Filmmaker

Jill Godmilow is an internationally known and award-winning independent…

Jim Rine

Jim Rine

VFP and CCMP Member

Jim is a retired research geologist and an adjunct professor in the…

Judith Sandoval

Judith Sandoval

VFP Be the Change Book Club

Judith is a member of Veterans For Peace and a participant in VFP's "Be the...

Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly

National Committee - Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Kathryn Kelly has been an activist on peace, environment and democracy issue…

Keslie Carrion

Keslie Carrion

VFP Member and GFP Community Developer

Keslie is a US Army Veteran having served as a Jumpmaster at Fort Bragg...

Laverne Glover

Laverne Glover

Yoga Teacher, Veterans Yoga Project

Laverne is a USAF Veteran, that served in the 509th Bombardment...

Lindsay Koshgarian

Lindsay Koshgarian

Program Director - National Priorities Project

Lindsay is the Program Director of the National Priorities Project at...

Paul Cox

Paul Cox

VFP Board Member, VAORRC Core Member

Paul Cox is a veteran of the American War in 1969 and 1970 in Quang Tri…

Rosa Del Duca

Rosa Del Duca

Writer, Journalist, Teacher & Musician

Rosa del Duca is a writer, journalist, teacher and musician. She grew up a...

Solveig Overby

Solveig Overby

Retired Attorney & Archivist, speaking on her father Charles Overby

Charles ("Chuck") Overby was a veteran of the Korean War (1953); B-29 bomber...

Susan Schnall

Susan Schnall

VFP Board President, VAORRC Core Member

Susan is the President of the VFP Board of Directors, a member of the core of…

Taylor Barnes

Taylor Barnes

Field Reporter - Inkstick Media

Taylor Barnes is Inkstick Media’s field reporter for the military-industrial…

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows

Professor in Educational Leadership for Change, Fielding Graduate University

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), aka Don Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a…

Andrea MacDonald

Andrea MacDonald

Associate Dir. of Education & Programs - Bergmann & Moore

Andrea is an Associate Director of Education and Programs at Bergmann & Moore. She is...

Becky Luening

Becky Luening

VFP Be the Change Book Club

Becky is a member of Veterans For Peace and a participant in VFP's "Be the...

Brian Garvey

Brian Garvey

Assistant Director - Massachusetts Peace Action

Brian Garvey is the Assistant Director of Massachusetts Peace Action. He...

Christian Sorensen

Christian Sorensen

Author, Air Force Veteran & Independent Researcher

Christian Sorensen is an independent researcher focused on the military-industrial…

David Collins

David Collins

VFP - UK and CCMP Member

At 18 years old David served for 3 years as a rural policeman in…

Derek Dimond

Derek Dimond

Yoga Teacher, Veterans Yoga Project

Derek Dimond is a retired Army paratrooper and Iraq war veteran...

Ellie Kinney

Ellie Kinney

Conflict and Environment Observatory, CEOBS' Campaigner

Ellie has worked on campaigns since 2015, largely focusing on nuclear…

Jeff Whyte

Jeff Whyte

Research Fellow - US Library of Congress

Jeff is a research fellow at the US Library of Congress. His work centers on…

Jeremiah Knowles LMSW

Jeremiah Knowles LMSW

VFP Board Vice President, Mental Health Professional

Jeremiah is an Army National Guard veteran who served in Kabul Afghanistan…

Jim Driscoll

Jim Driscoll

VFP Member, Co-founder Extinction Rebellion-DC

A combat veteran of Vietnam, Dr. Jim Driscoll quit teaching at MIT in...

John ("Jack") Doxey

John ("Jack") Doxey

VFP Korea Peace Campaign

Jack is an active member of the VFP's Korea Peace Campaign. He served in the...

Jules Vaquera

Jules Vaquera

Organizer & Artist, VFP Member Coordinator

Jules Vaquera is a veteran of the USAF and Operation Iraqi "Freedom." She...

Katie Considine

Katie Considine

VFP Member and GFP Community Developer

Katie, aka Plantifa, is a community developer and member of the Gamers For...

Kyle Kajihiro

Kyle Kajihiro

Professor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kyle Kajihiro earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography and Environment from the...

Lee Jae-Bong

Lee Jae-Bong

Professor Emeritus of Political Science & Peace Studies - Wonkwang University, Korea

Lee Jae-Bong will speak on the late Professor Glenn D. Paige (1929 – 2017)...

Moneaka Flores

Moneaka Flores

Prutehi Litekyan/Save Ritidian (PLSR)

Moneaka Flores of Prutehi Litekyan/ Save Ritidian (PLSR) about the…

Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan

Director of Veteran Outreach - Bergmann & Moore

Paul is the Director of Veteran Outreach at Bergmann & Moore. He served as Deputy…

Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

PhD Candidate at UCL

Sarah Collier is a PhD candidate in English and Film at UCL in London, UK…

Stephanie Atkinson

Stephanie Atkinson

Courage to Resist Activist & VFP GI Resistance Working Group

1991 Gulf War US Army resister, and current Courage to Resist activist...

Suzanne Gordon

Suzanne Gordon

Journalist & Author, Co-Founder - Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She is co-founder…

Val U Baul French

Val U Baul French

M.A. Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution

Val (She/They/Somebunny) has personally and professionally seen...