|Clare Hanrahan, Emma Pluta and Mia Austin-Scoggins|
|Chuck Fager,(at podium) facilitates a closing panel.|
Mia Austin-Scoggins, of the Eisenhower chapter of Veterans for Peace spoke of the tragic extra causalities of US wars borne by veterans, families and society, a seldom acknowledged toll that persists for generations. Emma Pluta, A counselor working with PTSD survivors led a workshop on the issue with John Heuer of N.C Peace Action.
The idea of "War Christianity" was discussed, as well as what apocalyptic Biblical images can teach us about our current war economy. David LaMotte of North Carolina Council of Churches led a workshop on active peacemaking, and Judith LeBlanc of New Priorities Network and the national director of Peace Action spoke about the economics of war and moving money from the Pentagon back into critical community needs.
Longtime activist and multi-issue organizer Mandy Carter, of the National Black Justice Coalition, spoke of the work of Bayard Rustin, and her efforts to bring more awareness to Rustin's legacy.
There was a brief visit from the legendary General Smedley Darlington Butler, reciting from his book, War is a Racket. The Quaker general was introduced by a living relative, and elder peace activist Mariah Darlington.
|Conversations continued over meals at Guilford cafeteria|
|New South Network of War Resisters' table of literature|
Photos & Reporting by Clare Hanrahan