Leah Bolger

Leah Bolger was Board President of World BEYOND War from 2014 until March 2022. She is based in Oregon and California in the United States and in Ecuador.

Leah retired in 2000 from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Commander after twenty years of active duty service. Her career included duty stations in Iceland, Bermuda, Japan and Tunisia and in 1997, was chosen to be the Navy Military Fellow at the MIT Security Studies program. Leah received an MA in National Security and Strategic Affairs from the Naval War College in 1994. After retirement, she became very active in Veterans For Peace, including election as the first woman national president in 2012. Later that year, she was part of a 20-person delegation to Pakistan to meet with the victims of U.S. drones strikes. She is the creator and coordinator of the “Drones Quilt Project,” a traveling exhibit which serves to educate the public, and recognize the victims of U.S. combat drones. In 2013 she was selected to present the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University.
Find her on FaceBook and Twitter.
Peace Conference Workshop
Activist vs. Super Committee
Our Afghan War: Immoral, Illegal, Ineffective… and It Costs Too Much
From 1961 to Egypt today; Eisenhower’s warnings & advice hold true


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    1. Hello Leah,
      You are free to share this story from Public News Service (below) quoting World Beyond War, and access the full print and podcast versions on our public website: Conference of Mayors Opposes Trump Military Spending .
      Your time is valuable, and this information is shared with you for three reasons: to 1) thank you for the interview; 2) help engage the widest audience for the story; and 3) introduce you to a national news Co-op, Public News Service, funded by 100s of organizations like yours.
      In addition to distribution to all radio, TV, pertinent online and print outlets in New York and border markets, you can find it Tweeted here twitter.com/PNS_NY. And, you may want to check for it on our Facebook highlights.
      You can access detailed metrics to measure audience and impact as a member — you are welcome to request a report on this story as our way to say “hello” and invite you to consider funding a beat yourselves.

      We would like to learn more about the work you are doing and share what we do in hopes that we could work together.
      Our goal is to be so beneficial for organizations like yours that you can’t afford not to partner with journalists and Fund A Beat.
      Is there a good time we could connect this week?
      Your work is much appreciated – thank you!
      Outreach Team
      Kimberly and Lark
      Reaching an audience of 40+ million a week, Public News Service is “producing and distributing quality news to fill the gap created by the shuttering of local news operations.” ~Journalist John Nichols, The Nation; cofounder of Free Press

    2. I would like to offer you free use of my song, Wage Peace.

      Let me know where to email an MP3.


    3. Hi Leah,

      Thank you so much for your comments following the screening of Alice & Lincoln Day’s film: Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives / The Environmental Footprint of War at your conference.

      I am supporting the Day’s efforts to have their PBS feature, five Shorts, and 18-film clips reach the largest, broadest audience possible.

      Would it be possible for you to share these links with the World Beyond War network as a resource on your website? Or in a email update?

      The Days, as you know, are making their documentary & related Shorts & Clips available to anyone & everyone for free. Someone commented after your conference screening that they were ‘ahead of their time’ when they made their feature. (It debut at The Environmental Film Festival in D.C in 2008.)

      Fast-Forward to 2017 …
      Public awareness and media attention on the environmental impact of war is still virtually non-existent despite both climate change & conflict-related loss of biodiversity and the massive refugee crisis worldwide making headlines virtually every day.

      My prayer is that conferences like yours results in voters, policy makers and the global environmental & humanitarian communities connecting the dots between War, the Environment & Climate Change. And sparks an international paradigm shift in which nonviolent means of conflict resolution take the place of bloodshed.

      Until then i’m reminded of this children’s rhyme

      Around and around we go;
      (Climate change creates Conflict. Conflict creates Climate Change. Climate change creates Conflict. Conflict creates Climate Change …)

      Where it stops? Nobody knows
      ( …for sure; but some experts predict when climate reaches a global inferno)

    4. Leah, did you get my note on this site? I can’t tell. How can I contact you? David endorsed my new book. I would like you to do also.

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