Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? Conference

Funding provided by the U.S. Women’s International League for Peace and  Freedom (WILPF), the Mercy Peace Initiative, and member groups of the Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition

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The April 22nd conference, to be held on Earth Day at Winooski High School in Winooski, Vermont, will bring together coalition members and interested Vermonters through workshops, panels, and actions that answer the conference’s key question: what it will take to build a world beyond war?  The conference schedule is below:

9:00 to 9:30 AM         Registration, Coffee, Exhibits, and Networking
9:30 to 10:30 AM       Keynote Presenter:  David Swanson, A World Beyond War
10:45 to 11:45 AM`    Workshop Sessions
11:45 to 12:45 PM       Lunch, Exhibits, and Networking
12:45 to 1:45 PM        Workshop Sessions
2:00 to 3:00 PM        Workshop Sessions
3:15 to 4:30 PM         Closing Session Presenter:  Pat Hynes, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

David Swanson
is Director of World Beyond War ( His books include: War Is Never Just, War Is A Lie, War No More: The Case for Abolition, and When the World Outlawed War.  He is the host of Talk Nation Radio. He has been a journalist, activist, organizer, educator, and agitator.  Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011.  Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He blogs at and and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization  Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter and contact him at [email protected] .

Pat Hynes is the Director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (  She is a retired Professor of Urban Environmental Health and has worked for decades as an educator, researcher, writer and activist on issues of environmental justice, feminism, and the health effects of war. Her book, A Patch of Eden: America’s Inner-City Gardeners, documented the social and environmental justice capacity of the community gardening movement in inner cities of the United States. She is committed to building with others the Traprock Center as an informational and educational resource for activists, educators, and students. Pat has had several of her articles on war, militarism, peace, and related concerns published online: Hynes/MyTurn: Down the Same Rut: Don’t Bomb Syria!, When Veterans Speak Out about Truth of Iraq War, Vietnam: An Unfinished Debt, Reflections on Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan, Mothers Day for Peace – a Blessing, Federal Budgets Are Moral Documents, Beatitudes for Veterans Day, Local Budgets and War Spending: A Reflection for Tax Day, April 15, Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Where are the Women?, and War Weariness, Military Heft, and Peace Building, Mercenaries in the Marketplace of Violence.

WORKSHOPS: Attendees will get to choose from 13 workshop sessions, offered by a variety of presenters and organizations from across Vermont:
  • “Nuclear Weapons: The Current Threat and What We Can Do About It” with John Reuwer, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  •  “Activism 101 We are ALL Activists!” with Mary Brown-Guillory, Champlain Area NAACP.
  • “The Power of Militarism in Our Lives: A Community Discussion” with Joseph Gainza, Dorie Wilsnack, and Eric Bachman, Vermont Action for Peace.
  • “How Do You Foster Peace? A Community-Based Listening Project” with Adrienne Kinne, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace.
  • “Peaceful Resistence in Ceremony While Facing Violence” with Beverly Little Thunder, Kunsi Keya Tamakoce.
  • “One State, Two States, Solution or No Solution” with Sandra Baird and Mousa Ishaq, Burlington/Bethlehem/Arad Sister City Program.
  • “What Vermonters Can Do NOW To Do Build a World Without War” with Sophie Quest and Sandy Fead, Friends Committee on National Legislation.
  • “Appropriate Re-integration: Returning Home from War” with Jon Turner, Veteran Regeneration Project.
  • “Equity & Accountability: Finance for a Peace Economy” with Gwendolyn Hallsmith and Matthew Cropp, Vermonters for a New Economy.
  • “Building Empathy and Hope with Kids4Peace” with Jeff Mandell,  Kids4Peace Vermont.
  • “The F35 Basing in Vermont: A Local Example of Expanding Militarism” with Eileen Andreoli, Stop the F35 Coalition/Save Our Skies VT.
  • “Recognizing, Addressing and Working to End White Fragility” with Kyle Silliman-Smith, The Peace & Justice Center.
  • War Without/War Within: A Dialogue for Clearing a Path Towards a Compassionate World” with Barbara Soros, Body-Mind Practitioner.

Click here fore more information, including more specific on coalition member groups, workshops, and more!

We are also delighted to host a Conference Kick-Off Event on Friday, April 21 from 7-9pm, at North End Studios (Studio B), 294 N Winooski Ave. in Burlington. Join conference attendees, presenters, and more for this kick-off event which will include socializing with like-minded folks. BYOB. Also there is a bonus Singing Workshop, just before the Kick-off Event, also at North End Studios at 6pm, for people who would like to sing together and learns/share protest songs, peace songs, chants, and more.

Last but not least, we encourage everyone to participate in the Science March in Burlington, people are gathering at UVM at 4:30 and we think participating in this is a wonderful way to round out a very full day/couple of days.