Speakers’ and Musicians’ and Moderators’ Bios

Sevim Dagdelen

Sevim Dagdelen has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2005. She is member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and foreign policy spokesperson for the group “Alliance Sahra Wagenknecht – Reason and Justice” (BSW). Sevim Dagdelen is a member of the US Parliamentary Group and the German-Chinese and German-Indian Parliamentary Groups. For many years, she was a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, in which MPs from the member countries of the military alliance discuss security and defense policy issues.

Austin Gonzalez

Austin Gonzalez is a long-time anti-imperialist organizer and activist of Puerto Rican descent. A long-time leader within the Democratic Socialists of America and a current member of the DSA International Committee, Austin has for years promoted anti-NATO and anti-imperialist organizing within DSA.

Ben Grosscup

Ben Grosscup sings about the ideas and values of the revolutionary social movements he’s part of.  Drawing upon activist folk singing traditions, he brings new songs to the rallies, strikes, picket lines, and virtual events where they’re most relevant.  He leads purposeful group singing that raises political consciousness.  https://www.youtube.com/c/BenGrosscup Ben is executive director of The People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle, a diverse community of singers, artists, and activists that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.  PMN hosts regular online and in-person musical collaborations, involving artists world-wide. https://peoplesmusic.org/

Reiner Braun

Reiner Braun studied German Literature, History and Journalism. Since 1982 he has been actively involved in the German and international Peace Movement, working f.e. as Executive Director for Scientists for Peace and Sustainability (Germany) and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). Since 2004 Reiner Braun has been working for various projects related to the Einstein year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and for the Max Planck Society. From 2006-2017 he was the Executive Director of the IALANA Germany and the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW), the German pugwash group. He was from 2013 till 2019 one of the two Presidents of the International Peace Bureau and was till 2022 the Executive Director of IPB. He is one of the speakers of the German peace mouvement. He was a founding member of the international network “No to war – no to NATO” and is a member of its coordinating committee.

Djibo Sobukwe

Djibo Sobukwe is a member of The Black Alliance for Peace on the Africa team. He is a former member of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party who worked with Kwame Ture on the political education committee. He has also published articles in Black Agenda Report.

KJ Noh

K J Noh is a journalist, political analyst, writer, and teacher specializing in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region. He writes for Counterpunch and Dissident Voice. He is special correspondent for KPFA Flashpoints on the Pivot to Asia, the Koreas, and the Pacific.

Sean Conner

Sean Conner was appointed Executive Director of International Peace Bureau in October 2022. He holds a Bachelors in Intercultural and Critical Communication Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Masters in Intercultural Conflict Management from the Alice Salomon Hochschule. Prior to joining the IPB team in Berlin he worked for the Centre for Cross-Cultural Study (CC-CS) in the USA and in community development with the non-profit Enlace Project in Nicaragua. Sean brings his range of experiences to his peace work and activism, where he highlights the importance of intersectional coalition building, intercultural and international exchange, and a strengthening of civil society.

David Swanson

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. He was also awarded a Beacon of Peace Award by the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans For Peace in 2011, and the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award by New Jersey Peace Action in 2022, and a Global Peace Leadership & Excellence Award in 2024. Swanson is on the advisory boards of: Nobel Peace Prize Watch, Veterans For Peace, Assange Defense, BPUR, Military Families Speak Out, Fields of Peace, and Peace in Ukraine Coalition. He is an Associate of the Transnational Foundation, and a Patron of Platform for Peace and Humanity. He is on the Consultative Council of the SHAPE Project. He is on the International Coordinating Committee of No to War – No to NATO. Find David Swanson at MSNBC, C-Span, Democracy Now, The Guardian, Counter Punch, Common Dreams, Truthout, Daily Progress, Amazon.com, TomDispatch, The Hook, etc.

Francis Daehoon

Daehoon Lee (Francis) is Director, Trans-Education for Peace Institute (TEPI) of PEACEMOMO. He was visiting professor for peace studies, at Ritsumeikan University, and InterDnational University of Japan.  He also has been a legal advisor to the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Sub-Commission in 2005, and worked with the Center for Peace Museum, Korea. He was also the former Executive Director of ARENA (Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives, Asia-wide) and director of the Center for Peace and Disarmament, Korea. He has coordinated CENA (civil society education network in Asia), a collaborating network of universities committed for peace, human rights and democracy studies in Asia. Francis has been actively involved in facilitating UNESCO and APCEIU teachers training workshops since 2006. Since 2012, he joined PEACEMOMO to provide for school teachers and peace activists in Korea peace education training that are based on new, learner-oriented pedagogical principles. He has worked in Jogjakarta as the project manager of SKHU-UII joint programme for sustainable community development. For 2022-2022, he served as Goodwill Ambassador for Peace in Korea under Moon Jae-in government, among many other advisory roles.

Alain Rouy

Alain Rouy was elected Vice President of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) in October 2022 and is a former board member of IPB (2019-2022). He is a peace activist, representative of French Appel des Cent against nuclear weapons, and currently national secretary of Mouvement de la Paix, executive secretary of International Association of Educators for Peace and IAEP-delegate at UNESCO, as well as co-chair of French Teachers for Peace (Enseignants pour la Paix). In Mouvement de la Paix, Alain Rouy is in charge of international relations with UNO, UNESCO, and the international peace organisations, especially IPB, No to Nato network, network against military bases, and German peace organisations. Focus areas are promotion of the UNO and multilateralism, alternative European security system, peace education. As IAEP delegate at UNESCO, Alain Rouy is involved in NGOs’ activities, especially NGO-UNESCO international forums.

Joseph Gerson

Dr. Joseph Gerson is the President of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security. A Jew steeped in the lessons of the Holocaust, he has worked with leading Israelis and Palestinians for peaceful and just Israeli coexistence for five decades.

Ludo De Brabander

Ludo De Brabander is a Belgian peace activist and spokesman for the organization Vrede (‘peace’). He is a member of the international coordination committee of No to War – No to Nato. He was one of the main organizers of NATO counter summits in Brussels (May 2017, July 2018, June 2021 and July 2022). He is author of several books on NATO, militarization, nuclear arms, the Middle East, Palestine and the Kurdish issue. He writes for various printed and electronic publications.

Anthony Rodgers Wright

A prototypical New Yorker, Anthony Rodgers Wright has over 12 years of experience as an environmental/urban planner, researcher, policy analyst, political strategist, consultant and organizer. His professional experience has covered a broad range including, but not limited to, corporate and non-profit environmental consulting firms, grassroots political campaigns, and healthcare advocacy and outreach. Most recently Anthony has focused on Climate Disruption (aka Climate Change) mitigation strategies at the local and regional levels. He is a staunch advocate and student of Environmental Justice (EJ) tactics and strategies, including tactics to bring environmental awareness and stewardship of low-wealth communities and communities of color to the “mainstream” environmental consciousness. His passion for EJ has taken him as far away as Israel, where he was afforded the opportunity to study EJ challenges and present them to the City Council of Jerusalem. When not immersed in work, Anthony can be found teaching or taking a Yoga class or on stage performing jazz/funk bass-guitar somewhere on the planet. While he has met many famous people, the first time he was star struck was upon meeting the great, late Douglas Adams.

Tamara Lorcinz

Tamara Lorincz is a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Canada. She is also on the advisory committee of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the No to War, No to NATO Network. She is also a member of the Global Women for Peace United Against NATO. Tamara is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School for International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a Masters in International Politics & Security Studies from the University of Bradford and a Law degree and MBA from Dalhousie University. Her research is on the climate and environmental impacts of the military. She’s a long-time environmentalist, feminist and peace activist.

Ann Wright

Ann Wright is a Member of the Advisory Board of World BEYOND War. She is based in Hawaii. Ann is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was also a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience and appeared in the documentary “Uncovered”.

Kristine Karch

Kristine Karch is a German feminist, peace and environmental activist working nationally and internationally on gender and environmental justice, on women and militarization, militarization and environment, delegitimization of NATO, nuclear weapons, and closing military bases. She is co-chair of the international network No to War – No to NATO, a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Campaign Stop Air Base Ramstein, board member of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), and founding member and active in the women and environmental group EcoMujer, an exchange of views between women from Cuba, Latin America and Germany.

ONE DC Black Workers Center Chorus

The ONE DC Black Workers Center Chorus is a community of people who join their voices for justice and liberation of all oppressed people in the world, organized and led by Luci Murphy. The chorus brings their songs to social justice events and demonstrations, our songs echo struggles and demands for Black Liberation, health care and housing access, freedom for political prisoners, ending imperialist war in indigenous territories, environmental justice and community power. Members include: Aminyah Muhammad M’Backe, Al McCray, Ayo Moore, Robin Poponne, Meli, Tiger, and Nate Tyson.

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, joined the staff on Sept 4, 2001. Kevin previously served as Director of Project Abolition, a national organizing effort for nuclear disarmament, from August 1999 through August 2001. Kevin came to Project Abolition after ten years in Chicago as Executive Director of Illinois Peace Action. Prior to his decade-long stint in Chicago, Kevin directed the community outreach canvass for Peace Action (then called Sane/Freeze) in Washington, D.C., where he originally started as a door-to-door canvasser with the organization in 1985. Kevin’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Progressive, Z magazine and many other publications. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC-TV and radio, and many other local, national and international radio and television outlets. Kevin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain. He is married, with two children, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Joe Lombardo

Joe Lombardo is the co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and has been an organizer in the anti-war movement and a labor activist for decades. He is a cofounder and lead organizer for Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, a local anti-war group based near Albany, New York, a member of the Troy Area Labor Council, and former staff person of the Vietnam era National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC). He is the author of many articles and a frequent radio and TV commentator.

Jacqueline Luqman

Jacqueline Luqman is is co-host of By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik, a daily show that analyzes current political and social events through an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, radical Black internationalist tradition and lens. She has also been a contributor to The Real News Network, Editor-In-Chief of the social media program Coffee, Current Events & Politics in Luqman Nation with her husband Abdushshahid, and a contributor to Black Power Media. She has more than 20 years of activism experience in Washington, DC focusing on participating in and supporting community-level issues as well as regional and national issues that impact working-class, poor, and oppressed people in the US and abroad. She is a member of the Black Alliance for Peace, Pan-African Community Action, and a supporter of several other grassroots radical Black-focused and led organizations, and is an active member of the Board of Social Action in Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, a progressive church in Washington, DC.

Nathan Gibbs

Nathan Gibbs is an anti-imperialist organiser and co-chair of the Anti-War Subcommittee of the the DSA International Committee.

John McGrath

Will Hopkins

Will Hopkins is a lifelong New Hampshire resident who served for six years in the New Hampshire Army National Guard as an Infantryman, which included a year-long tour in Iraq and a short period in Louisiana responding to Hurricane Katrina. For fourteen years, he served as Executive Director of New Hampshire Peace Action, and stepped into the role of Executive Director of Veterans For Peace in May.

Dianne Blais

Dianne Blais is a Member of the Board of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom U.S.

Representative of CODE PINK

Representative of International Peace Bureau

Representative of No to War – No to NATO

Representative of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation