Board of Advisors
Andy Bichlbaum is a co-founder of the Yes Men, a group that has accomplished numerous high-profile media interventions since 1999, all serving to highlight environmental, economic and social injustices and the systemic problems that lead to them. He’s a visiting associate arts professor at New York University, and at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, he heads the Yes Lab, which helps students, activist groups, and others carry out media interventions benefiting from the Yes Men’s experience. He also runs a revolutionary speaker series.
Erica Chenoweth is an assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an associate senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). Together with Maria J. Stephan, she is the winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding proposals for creating a more just and peaceful world order. Their book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011), also won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, given annually by the American Political Science Association in recognition of the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. in the previous calendar year. Previously she taught at Wesleyan University, where she was the 2010 recipient of the Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize for excellence in junior faculty research and teaching. She has also held visiting appointments at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. She is currently co-chair of the Academic Advisory Board at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and serves on the board of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association.
John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S.); a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains in New York City at the Family Assistance Center after 9/11; and pastor to several churches in the desert of New Mexico. He has been arrested over 75 times in acts of civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons. He has traveled the warzones of the world on missions of peace, including to Iraq, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Colombia and the Philippines, and taught theology at Fordham University. He is the author of 30 books on nonviolence including Living Peace, Disarming the Heart, Jesus the Rebel, The God of Peace, Lazarus, Come Forth!, The Questions of Jesus, Put Down Your Sword, Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings and his autobiography, A Persistent Peace. He writes a weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter at ncronline.org. Recently, Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in New Mexico. His website is johndear.org.
John Jackson is a director of strategy at Purpose which specializes in building 21st century movements. He has had extensive involvement at every level of public affairs advocacy: working in areas of conflict, lobbying senior level government, launching high profile public campaigns and building coalitions. Prior to Purpose he was vice president of social responsibility for MTV International, overseeing the network’s strategy to engage its audience around social issues. John was a founder and director of the Burma Campaign UK and helped to coordinate international advocacy in support of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. This included one of the most successful disinvestment campaigns since the anti-apartheid movement. He has a particular interest in mischief and the role it can play in achieving social progress, and co-authored a book on the subject: Small Acts of Resistance.
Lucas Johnson currently serves as the Coordinator of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the world’s oldest interfaith peace organization. Based in the Netherlands, he travels extensively to support the activism, campaigning and organizing of IFOR’s members in 40 countries. He coordinates IFOR’s advocacy at the United Nations. Mentored by veterans of the Black-led freedom struggles in the United States, Lucas is active in anti-racism movements in Europe, the Movement for Black Lives, and Pan Africanist movements. As a queer person, he is active in campaigns for LGBTQ rights globally. Lucas is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and is often engaged in interfaith exchanges exploring the relationship between spirituality and the struggle for peace, freedom and dignity. Lucas also serves as a fellow for the nationally broadcast radio program, OnBeing with Krista Tippett.
Mary Elizabeth King is professor of peace and conflict studies at the University for Peace and a Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, in Britain. She is also distinguished scholar with the American University’s Center for Peacebuilding and Development, in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The New York Times on Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe, A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Power of Nonviolent Action, and Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. During the U.S. civil rights movement, she worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation), in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She co-authored “Sex and Caste” with Casey Hayden, a 1966 article viewed by historians as tinder for second-wave feminism. Her website is maryking.info.
Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. During each of 10 recent trips to Afghanistan, she has lived — as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers — alongside ordinary Afghan people in Kabul. From 1996 through 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. They have also lived alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. Kathy was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.
Matt Meyer is an internationally-recognized author, organizer, academic and educator who currently serves as national co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. As former national chair of the War Resisters League, he is second only to A.J. Muste — “dean of the U.S. peace movement” — in having been elected to the top position of both historic organizations. Meyer is also senior research scholar at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Resistance Studies Initiative, United Nations main representative of the International Peace Research Association, and War Resisters’ International Africa Support Network coordinator.
Daniel Mullkoff is an attorney at Cuti Hecker Wang LLP, a civil rights litigation boutique in New York. He focuses on employment discrimination and retaliation, prisoners’ rights, and First Amendment issues. Prior to joining Cuti Hecker Wang, Dan spent two years as a Liman Public Interest Fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he focused on litigation to reform the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” program, in addition to prisoners’ rights, free speech, and freedom of information issues. Dan previously clerked for Judge Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He lives in Brooklyn.
Jamila Raqib serves as the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston. She works closely with the scholar Gene Sharp, focusing on the study and promotion of strategic nonviolent struggle in conflicts worldwide. Jamila has lectured extensively on the topic, and has represented the Institution at numerous domestic and international events on a host of issues related to its programs, research and writings, and educational work. She is a Research Affiliate at the Center of International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jamila was born in Afghanistan and her native language is Pashto.
Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s executive director. Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on U.S. defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine, and wrote for In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence.