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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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Sparta by Roxana Robinson, Why Civil Resistance Works by Maria Stephan and Erica Chenoweth
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How do peace activists stay in the fight? The antiwar movement today is demoralized and directionless, and the entire planet seems to be sleepwalking towards disaster. Our panelists include writers, journalists and organizers who have kept their spirits up in the face of apathy, derision and misunderstanding. What have they learned about the human and psychological side of our world’s addiction to war? How can activists dig deeper into the heart of the most brutal problem our planet has ever known? What will we find there? This panel aims to stir up new ideas and new avenues for hope, cooperation and agitation for change.


Marc Eliot Stein is a member of World Beyond War and founder of Pacifism for the 21st Century. A writer and software developer as well as a peace activist, he has built websites for Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan and worked as a technical architect for Foreign Policy, the Center for Disease Control, A... Read more
Roxana Robinson's 2013 novel 'Sparta' told the stark tale of a young ex-Marine tormented by PTSD after returning from Iraq. Her acclaimed and moving works of fiction include 'Cost' and 'This is My Daughter', several short stories and a new novel to be published in... Read more
Alice Slater serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She is on the Global Council of Abolition 2000 working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons and serves on its International Coordinating Committee. She is... Read more
Joe Lombardo is a Co-Coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition 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 and member of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. In 2018... Read more
Bob Keeler is a retired journalist and an unretired peace activist. During his decades at Newsday, he was Suffolk County reporter, Albany bureau chief, Sunday magazine editor, and a member of the editorial board. He won a Pulitzer prize for a series about a Catholic parish in Westbury, Long Island... Read more