Each month, we share the stories of World BEYOND War volunteers around the world. Want to volunteer with World BEYOND War? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City, USA
How did you get involved with anti-war activism and World BEYOND War (WBW)?
I’m a former co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign against U.S. military and economic warfare which closed in late 2020 and whose parent organization, VITW, I first flyered for in late 1999. Along the way I’ve campaigned with (and alongside) plenty of other activist groups: Palestine, ParEcon, and even a stint with some tea partiers denouncing Democrat-backed rollbacks of the Bill of Rights. I was very glad to see the WBW call for volunteers!
What kinds of volunteer activities do you help with?
I’m honored to help post announcements on the well-designed WBW events calendar. WBW does amazing work and I get to help it tell the world about the dedicated work of our many anti-war allies!
What’s your top recommendation for someone who wants to get involved with anti-war activism and WBW?
It’s this: Delaying a war by only a single day is a gift of from-thousands-to-billions of single days of human life, depending on how deadly the war was going to get. And any resistance obstructs our leaders’ path toward starting even worse future wars. The only way to democratically impact eight billion lives is imperceptibly. Seek out an imperceptible antiwar legacy as fully worthy of your time, and as the type of legacy that most likely suits you.
What keeps you inspired to advocate for change?
My Dad has cancer and I’m his caregiver: very optimistically and only if I do my part, we have five years. Similarly, my antiwar activism consists of small impassioned acts of resistance to an ongoing overall change which (my fave gloomy poet Leonard Cohen tells me) it’s our job to slow down. I take pity on a species that’s often right to resist change so I push it to accept only those changes that matter most, like with my Dad! I push the wheelchair. Optimism sits back because things will be great, but hope leans in because they won’t. Hope is the only game in town!
How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your activism?
Back in Chicago we organized some lovely social-distanced car caravans for nuke elimination, and if anyone wants to thread NYC traffic with maybe 12 -15 cars’ worth of anti-nuke car banners, they’re in my closet – let’s do it!
Posted February 10, 2022.
Missing Sean in Chicago. Great activist, car caravan leader and spokesperson. How will we do our anti-nuke Hiroshima-Nagasaki demo without him next August? Lucky NYC peace people!