Speakers

Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad
Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression!
A National Conference, Hosted by
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
June 16-18 in Richmond, Virginia

  • Adeeb AbedAdeeb Abed is a longtime Palestinian Activist; Founder & President, Arab American Association of Central Virginia.




  • Saba AbedSaba Abed is a Palestinian-American who came to the United States in 1970; Co-Founder, Ibn Rushd Cultural Center in Richmond, Virginia. She has worked with new refugees for many years; taught Arabic at Virginia Commonwealth University; and, with her husband Jameel, is co-owner of the Mediterranean Bakery & Deli. Saba and Jameel have three sons.


  • Prigarin Alexandr
    is a Doctor of Historical Sciences & Professor, Department of Archaeology & Ethnology of Ukraine, Odessa National University; Social Anthropologist studying the Formation and Development of Cross-Cultural Environment in Southern Ukraine in a Eurasian perspective; expert on Inter-ethnic Relations of Eastern Europe, cultural and community specificity and identity of ethnic groups. 

  • Bahman AzadBahman Azad is Organizational Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of the U.S. Peace Council; NGO representative of the World Peace Council at the United Nations; member of the Coordinating Committee of the Hands Off Syria Coalition; and Chair of the Iran Working Group of Veterans For Peace.


  • Ajamu BarakaAjamu Baraka is a veteran human rights activist and was the Green Party's nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election. Currently he is a national organizer with the Black Alliance for Peace.



  • Brian BeckerBrian Becker is the Executive Director of the ANSWER Coalition. He is a founder of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL). He is currently the show host of a daily one-hour radio show/podcast called “Loud & Clear for Radio Sputnik”. “Imperialism in the 21st Century” is his latest book. 


  • Judith BelloJudith Bello is a Founding Member of Upstate Drone Action and Member of UNAC’s Administrative Committee. She has spent time in jail for civil resistance; visited drone strike victims in Pakistan; and traveled with peace delegations to Iran, Kurdish Iraq and Syria. She blogs at DeconstructedGlobe.com and administers UpstateDroneAction.org 

  • Medea BenjaminMedea Benjamin is the Co-Founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange. Author of nine books, including “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control” and “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.” Writes regularly for The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet, The Other Words and TeleSUR. 

  • Matyas BenyikMatyas Benyik is an economist and social scientist who has worked as a foreign service commercial attaché in Turkey and Syria. Chairman of the ATTAC Hungary Association, he works for democratic control of financial markets and institutions. He has campaigned against GATS and WTO and on anti-war, anti-fascist and anti-poverty issues. 

  • Alison BodineAlison Bodine is an antiwar and social justice organizer in Vancouver, Canada. Originally from the United States, she is Chair of the Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO), member of the Editorial Board of the “Fire This Time” Newspaper and Coordinator of the Fire This Time Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.


  •   Iman Bouzid is a member of Raise Up / Fight for $15, Richmond, Virginia.

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  • Mark BurtonMark Burton is a longtime peace activist, former British trade union organizer and now criminal defense and civil rights lawyer in Denver, Colorado. He has organized human rights delegations to Colombia, was an advisor to the Colombia peace talks in Havana, Cuba, and currently represents Colombian political prisoner Simón Trinidad.

  • Maurice CarneyMaurice Carney is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the Congo. He has traveled widely, leading workshops and teach-ins at universities, community colleges, businesses, faith groups, labor unions and think tanks. He has provided analysis for media outlets including Pacifica News, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network and Pambazuka News.


  • Askari Danso - Virginia Prisoner Leader; Co-host, “Sankofa Radio;” Columnist, The Virginia Defender (VA).

  • Valerie Yemima DavisValerie Davis is a storyteller, playwright and producer who uses her talents to promote awareness of lesser known historical events and people, presenting at schools and churches throughout the Richmond, Va., area. She also works in the living history educational medium, giving voice to, among others, Nanny Prosser, wife of the great slave rebellion leader Gabriel Prosser.

  • Ana EdwardsAna Edwards is a graduate student in history and chairs the Defenders' Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project. Since 2002 the Defenders have worked to reclaim and properly memorialize Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, once the center of the U.S. domestic slave trade, including the current struggle for a nine-acre memorial park.

  • Pat ElderPat Elder author of “Military Recruiting in the United States” (www.counter-recruit.org), is Director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, dedicated to confronting military recruitment in the nation’s public schools. www.studentprivacy.org. The coalition works to create laws and policies that protect America’s schoolchildren from the DOD.

  • Bernadette EllorinBernadette Ellorin is the current chairperson of the U.S. Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN USA, an anti-imperialist alliance of 20 Filipino organizations in the U.S. struggling for genuine sovereignty and democracy in the Philippines and for the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the US and the diaspora.

  • Sara FloundersSara Flounders is Co-Director of the International Action Center; editor and co-author of 10 IAC books; regular writer for “Workers World” newspaper; member, UNAC’s Administrative Committee; a coordinator of the Hands Off Syria Coalition; and Board Member, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. She believes in resistance and revolutionary change.

  • Margaret Flowers, MDMargaret Flowers, MD a Maryland pediatrician, is Co-Director of Popular Resistance and Co-Founder of the Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign. She is a board adviser for Physicians for a National Health Service and serves on the coordinating committee of the Health Care is a Human Right Campaign-Maryland.

  • Glen FordGlen Ford is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, co-founded with Bruce Dixon and Margaret Kimberley in 2006. A lifelong activist, Ford has worked as a broadcast and print journalist since 1970. Author, “The Big Lie: Analysis of U.S. Press Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.”


  • Bruce GagnonBruce K. Gagnon was trained by the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) as an organizer of fruit pickers in Florida. He coordinates the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and lives in Bath, Maine. Bruce is also a Vietnam war-era vet and a member of Veterans For Peace


  • Chris Gilbert
    Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela and a Co-Founder of Escuela de Cuadros, a Marxist educational program on the state channel Vive Televisión. His recent publications include the anthologies ”¿Para qué sirve El Capital?” (2014) and “¿Por qué socialismo? Reactivando un debate.” (2016)


  • Ewa Groszewska
    Ewa Groszewska, a Sociologist, was co-organizer of the 2016 Social Forum of Eastern Europe & Cooperation between East & South; Local Coordinator, Polish Party of Workers (2006-2010); candidate in local, national and European elections; co-organizer, demonstrations and conferences against the Iraq war and for workers rights; co-organizer, collaboration with social organizations in Tunisia.

  • Lawrence Hamm (Civil Rights Activist, Humanitarian, Lecturer) is chairman of the People's Organization for Progress (POP), and has been a relentless advocate for African-American people and the cause of human rights for more than 30 years.

  • Tamara HansenTamara Hansen is a founding member of Mobilization Against War & Occupation in Vancouver, Canada; Coordinator, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba; author, “5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: The Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership” (Battle of Ideas Press); and member of the Editorial Board of the Fire This Time newspaper.

  • Jaribu HillJaribu Hill is a human rights attorney and Founder of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights and the Southern Human Rights Organizers' Conference (SHROC). During her tenure as Director of CCR South she won a permanent judgment against the Christian Knights of the Ku KLux Klan in Columbia, S.C.
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  • Osita IroegbuOsita Iroegbu is a Richmond native who serves as an educator, communications professional and community advocate and mentor. She previously worked as a journalist covering education, crime and lobbying and as a public relations professional in the higher education and housing industries. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Kevin LaMarr JonesKevin LaMarr Jones Uniting the African Diaspora through Dance! CLAVES UNIDOS, translated United Rhythms is a collective of independent artists under the artistic direction of founder, Kevin LaMarr Jones who believes that beyond the barriers of race, age, gender, religion and geography, that it is the African presence in the arts that unites the world. 

  • Rebecca Wooden KeelRebecca Wooden Keel is an intersectional community organizer in her hometown of Richmond, Va. She is engaged in racial justice, LGBTQ liberation, juvenile justice, environmental justice and conflict resolution with youth and adults. In 2016, then 23 years old, she ran for Richmond City Council, receiving 13% of the vote.

  • Margaret KimberleyMargaret Kimberley is Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report. She has appeared on Al Jazeera English, RT, Govorit Moskva, the Real News Network, Sputnik International and PressTV. She contributed to “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence.” She also is writing a book about racism and American presidents.


  • Ed KinaneEd Kinane is a long-time anti-militarism activist from Syracuse who has been active with Upstate Drone Action since its origin in 2010. Reach him at edkinane340@gmail.com



  • Cassia LathamCassia Laham is an Arab-American antiwar organizer working as a public school teacher in Florida. She co-founded the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and currently organizes with the South Florida antiwar group People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR), which she cofounded in 2012.

  • Hyun LeeHyun Lee is Managing Editor of ZoominKorea, an online resource on peace and democracy on the Korean peninsula. She is also on the Steering Committee of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific.


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  • Marilyn LevinMarilyn Levin is a longtime activist and movement leader in struggles for civil rights and liberties, ending wars, and Palestinian rights. Served as a founder and Co-Coordinator of the National Assembly to End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which became UNAC in 2010.


  • Lamont LillyLamont Lilly is an African-American activist from Durham, North Carolina. He was the Workers World Party vice-presidential nominee in the 2016 presidential election alongside presidential nominee Monica Moorehead.


  • Joelle Lingat is the National Secretary General of Anakbayan USA, a national democratic youth and students organization. She is based in Jersey City and recently completed her JD at CUNY School of Law.

  • Ashley Little is a former McDonald’s worker representing Raise Up / Fight for $15 in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Joe LombardoJoe Lombardo is a UNAC Co-Coordinator and Delegate to the Troy Area Labor Council. A lifelong antiwar and social justice activist, he is a former staff person for the Vietnam-era National Peace Action Coalition, member Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and recently represented UNAC at the anti-NATO march and rally in Brussels.

  • Jeff MacklerJeff Mackler is the National Secretary of Socialist Action; Director of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal; author of “Free Free Palestine” and “Tragedy of Libya: The U.S.NATO War Disguised as ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention”; and a member of the UNAC Administrative Committee.


  • Ray McGovernRay 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.

  • Kat McNealKat McNeal is a Manassas-based member of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. She writes the calendar section of the quarterly Virginia Defender newspaper; maintains Active-RVA, an online bulletin for Richmond-area left political activity; and is a member of the 2017 UNAC National Conference Local Coordinating Committee.

  • MikemeticMikemetic has been labeled “part Public Enemy and part Zora Neale Hurston” for his use of language as a focused portal through which to understand the urban experience. His 2017 release “Hood Haiku, Volume One: Sidewalk Science” has garnered a national audience for those searching out new forms of written engagement around social issues.

  • Charo Mina-RojasCharo Mina-Rojas is a Colombian-born Black feminist and human rights activist; member, national leadership and international working group, Black Communities’ Process in Colombia; part of the Ethnic Commission responsible for inclusion of an ethnic chapter in the recent Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and guerrilla group FARC-EP; founder-member, U.S-based Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network.

  • Jamani MontagueJamani Montague serves as Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator for RootsAction.org, working closely with prisoners, the media and legal activists to bring civil and environmental justice to those behind bars. An Emory University senior, she organizes actions about environmental equity and ecological restoration in vulnerable communities affected by toxic pollution.

  • Saladin MuhammadSaladin Muhammad is a Founding Member of Black Workers for Justice; an International Representative of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE); Lead Organizer of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150; and Co-Coordinator of the Southern Workers Assembly.

  • Efia NwangazaEfia Nwangaza is a third generation anti-war, social justice organizer and human rights advocate. Founder, Malcolm X Center/WMXP; member, SNCC-Atlanta Project; 1966 Black Power, Anti-Vietnam War, Pro-Palestinian Human Rights Position Paper; 2004 Green Party Senatorial Candidate (SC); put the issue of USA political prisoners on U.N. Human Rights Committee agenda.

  • Aaron T. O'NealAaron T. O’Neal is a revolutionary attorney and organizer based in Washington, D.C. He is currentl­y the Northeast Regio­nal Representative of the A­frican People’s Sociali­st Party. As the lead organizer in the region, he is tasked with building the African People’s Socialist Party from Virginia to Toronto, Canada.

  • Raymond 'Mong' PalatinoRaymond “Mong” Palatino is a former legislator with the Philippine House of Representatives, an activist, a political analyst and columnist and chairperson of the Metro-Manila Chapter of BAYAN Philippines.



  • Liudmila Pechishcheva (Russia) - Associate Professor at Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH). Volunteer Activities: volunteer work with the Russian World Patriotic Veterans and research related to the Holocaust in the International Science and Education Center History of the Holocaust and Genocides of the RSUH.

  • Ralph PoynterRalph Poynter known as the “fiery and uncompromising leader” of the Free Lynne Stewart campaign, was the Investigative partner to the people’s attorney Lynne Stewart; Founder of the Teachers’ Freedom Party; Former Professor of American Literature at Columbia University; active in Uhuru and the Green Party; and Co-Founder with Betty Davis of the New Abolitionist movement.

  • The Professor & the MadwomanThe Professor & the Madwoman - Barry Bless, accordionist extraordinaire, and Twila Jane Sikorsky, singer, dancer and spreader of joy, are an accomplished and insanely popular duo who perform in a variety of interesting venues.


  • James Ricks
  • James Ricks is a Muslim member of Ithaca Catholic Workers, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars and Shawn Greenwood Truth and Reconciliation Group. He has participated in a peace march from Islamabad to northern Pakistan and an African Heritage Delegation to Palestine. “More importantly, I am an excellent grandfather.”


  • Lee RobinsonLee Robinson is a Political Organizer, Pan-Africanist and member of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC). A videographer and media personality, he is the founder, host and producer of “African On The Move” on Blogtalkradio and “African Speaks”, which can be viewed on Comcast Cablevision within the Richmond-Metro Area.


  • Adria Scharf, PhD.
  • Adria Scharf, PhD. is Director of the Richmond Peace Education Center. She has been involved in grassroots movements for peace and justice for more than 20 years.


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  • Dave SchneiderDave Schneider a union steward with Teamsters Local 512 and community organizer in Jacksonville, FL, is one of the Jax 5 arrested on bogus charges for organizing a protest against Trump’s military strike on Syria. His charges were dropped two months later following a sustained campaign against police repression.


  •  Shabana Sheheen is a D.C. native who currently organizes and resides in Richmond, Virginia.


  • Malcolm SuberMalcolm Suber is a veteran revolutionary organizer who has lived in New Orleans for 38 years. He is leader in the New Orleans Workers Group; a Coordinator, New Orleans People’s Assembly; and Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator, TakeEmDownNOLA, which has played a leading role in the successful struggle to remove the city’s confederate monuments.


  • David SwansonDavid Swanson is an author, activist, journalist & radio host. Director of WorldBeyondWar.org and Campaign Coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org and hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.


  • Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas is a third-generation Longshoreman (retired) and past Secretary-Treasurer ILWU Local 10, San Francisco. Rank-and-file leadership actions include Labor delegate to Iraq (2003); Million Worker March; No Peace No Work 29-Port Shutdown; Justice for Oscar Grant; Solidarity for Palestine; port closures against Police Terror; and May Day Stop Work actions in 2015, 2016 and 2017.


  • Carolina Velez
    Organizer, ICE Out of RVA, “created as an organized community response to the raids, deportations, abuses and criminalization against the immigrant community. … We want ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) OUT of Richmond, we want local police to STOP collaborating with ICE. We want schools and governmental agencies to not collaborate with ICE.”


  • Nikola Vrzik
    Deputy Editor-in-Chief, “Pecat” political weekly, Belgrade, Serbia; Host, “New Sputnik Order” radio talk-show on Sputnik Serbia; Author, “Wikileaks: The Secrets of Belgrade Cables” (2011) and “The Third Bullet: Political Background of the Assassination of Zoran Djindjic” (2014).

          Gail Walker - IFCO / Pastors for Peace, New York, NY. (video)

  • Whitney WhitingWhitney Whiting is an activist, video editor and producer of a new podcast about pipeline resistance in Virginia. She traces her current political involvement to childhood conversations with her grandmother about human rights and the environment and to Virginia Public Schools for teaching her about climate change in the 1990s.


  • Phil WilaytoPhil Wilayto is Co-Founder, Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Editor, The Virginia Defender newspaper; Author, books on Iran, the 1989 PIttston Coal Strike and the right-wing Bradley Foundation; Coordinator, UNAC’s Odessa Solidarity Campaign; Member, UNAC Administrative Committee; represented UNAC at conferences in Poland and Hungary. Coordinator, 2017 UNAC conference.

  • Ann WrightAnn 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 traveled 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 ZeeseKevin 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.


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