Why I am going to #NoWar2017: War and the Environment

World Beyond War’s #NoWar2017 conference is next weekend, September 22-24, in Washington, DC at American University. A concurrent event will be held in Berlin, Germany, where I was fortunate to take part from last year. I’ve put up this short video to explain why I am going to DC to attend the conference:

There is still space available at the conference and I really encourage folks to attend if they can, as the list of speakers is truly and absolutely fantastic:

Medea Benjamin, Nadine Bloch, Max Blumenthal, Terry Crawford-Browne, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Tim DeChristopher, Dale Dewar, Thomas Drake, Pat Elder, Dan Ellsberg, Bruce Gagnon, Kathy Gannett, Will Griffin, Seymour Hersh, Tony Jenkins, Larry Johnson, Kathy Kelly, Jonathan King, Lindsay Koshgarian, James Marc Leas, Annie Machon, Ray McGovern,  Rev Lukata Mjumbe, Bill Moyer, Elizabeth Murray, Emanuel Pastreich, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Alice Slater, Gar Smith, Edward Snowden (by video), Susi Snyder, Mike Stagg, Jill Stein, David Swanson, Robin Taubenfeld, Brian Terrell, Brian Trautman, Richard Tucker, Donnal Walter, Larry Wilkerson, Ann Wright, Emily Wurth, Kevin Zeese. Read speakers’ bios.

And special guest: Chelsea Manning.

The fellowship and solidarity that occurs at events like this is why I keep going to these sorts of things, besides, of course, for the opportunity to learn, grow and develop as a peacemaker. I always come away from a conference like this stronger, more balanced and greatly inspired, because of the company I have just been with.

Information on the conference can be found here. It’s a pay what you can event, and there is a ride share and lodging message board to help you find a way to DC and then find a place to stay once you are there.

If you can’t join us in DC next weekend, the conference will be live-streamed via World Beyond War’s Facebook page, so please attend virtually, and, if you are able, please consider providing a donation so that World Beyond War can continue to do its work (I’m an advisory board member).

I hope to see you in DC! Wage Peace!




Last week I took part in the ribbon cutting of a new effort to encourage men and women in government and corporate service to listen to their conscience and find the courage to speak out and confront what they know is not right.

Expose Facts is a project of the Institute for Public Accuracy and has received support from the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

In addition to a website that will serve to assist whistleblowers, we placed our first billboard  encouraging truth tellers. Outside the State Department you will now find a billboard of Daniel Ellsberg, a building I once walked into daily in 2005 and 2006 while working on Iraq policy. It was an honor to help cut that ribbon with Colonel Ann Wright.

If you like this idea, you can support more billboard placements throughout DC and in other cities



Interview w/ Alyona Minkovski and Huffington Post Live

I did my first interview in a long time yesterday with Alyona Minkovski of Huffington Post Live. I had the opportunity to speak on a new project I am associated with, as well as my thoughts on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. I come on about the six minute mark:

June 4, 2013 Huffington Post Live