Episode 22: This is an interview with Joe Lombardo recorded on
January 20, 2015. Joe Lombardo is a founding member of Bethlehem Neighbors for
Peace. He is a member of many other local organizations that promote
peace and justice, including: the Muslim Solidarity Committee, Troy
Area Labor Federation, Solidarity Committee. He was active in Occupy
Albany. Joe is also the co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar
Coalition (UNAC). In this interview her talks about current events, the
situation in the Ukraine, the United National Antiwar Coalition and the
future of peace.
Episode 23: This is an interview with Angelica Clarke, recorded on
February 24, 2015. Angelica Clarke is executive director of the Albany
Social Justice Center and a co-founder of Capital Area Against Mass
Incarceration. In this interview, Angelica talks about the organization
she co-founded Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration, her new job as
executive director of the Social Justice Center, the Black Lives Matter
movement and much more.
Episode 24: This is an interview with Mo Hannah, recorded on March
11, 2015. This is an interview with Mo Hannah, recorded on March 11,
2015. Dr. Maureen Hannah is a professor of psychology at Siena College.
Mo is als a psychologist, and an activist. Mo is co-founder of the
national annual Battered Mothers Conference, where many of the nation’s
leading attorneys, batterers’ intervention experts, authors, and
advocates working in area of battered mothers custody issues gather to
present their knowledge and experience. In this interview, Mo talks
about the conference that she has been organizing since 2004, and also
about her recent trip to Moscow, Russia as a member of the United
National Antiwar Coalition.
Episode 25: This is an interview with Jon Flanders, recorded on May
13, 2015. Jon is a retired railroad worker from CSX, a long time union
activist and organizer of the James Connolly Forum series in Troy, NY.
Jon is also a photographer, having documented hundreds of peace, social
justice, environmental and union events in the Capital District. He is
also a writer and has had many articles published in CounterPunch and
The Monthly Review. Jon talks about activism, organizing, “bomb”
trains, rail safety, and the James Connolly Forum.
Episode 26: This is an interview with John Amidon, recorded on June
3, 2015. In this interview, John Amidon talks about his recent antiwar
activism and the annual Kateri Peace Conference, held every August at
the Kateri Shrine in Fonda, NY. He discusses drones, nuclear weapons,
endless war and working to create a culture that values peace. John
also talks about his recent work with the Interfaith Alliance of New
Episode 27: This is an interview with Mickie Lynn, recorded on August 5,
2015. Mickie is a long time peace activist, well known for her work
with Women Against War and she is a frequent blogger in the Times Union
for Women Against War. In this interview, she talks about her
motivation for activism and Women Against War (WAW)and the issues that
they are addressing. She discusses Grannies for Peace projects,
potential for war with
Iran and the dangers of drones. Mickie also discusses the blog that WAW
does for the Albany Times Union.
Episode 28: This is an interview with Miki Conn, recorded on September 8, 2015.
Miki Conn is the daughter of Margaret and Dr. James Cunningham. She grew
up in Delmar, NY, a suburb of Albany. The Cunningham family moving to
Delmar from Alaska, in 1957. Her family was the first black family to live in
Delmar. Arlen Westbrook rented her house in Delmar to the Cunningham
family in 1957, and shared the house with them for a time. Margaret Cunningham and Arlen
Westbrook co-wrote a book about their experience titled: “Integrating Delmar: A
Story of Friendship”. In this interview, Miki talks about her
experiences growing up in Delmar. She also discusses the book, her parents, and
gives her perspective on the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Episode 29: This is an interview with Terri Roben, recorded on October 14,
2015. Terri is a long time peace and environmental
activist, as well as a musician. In this interview Terri discusses how
and why she became an activist and a musician, and how she has combined
these passions. Terri also plays her guitar and sings a couple of the
songs that she wrote. In addition, Terri talks about the People’s Music
Network, and how this organization has created a national network of
people, who use music to promote progressive ideas.
Episode 30: This is an interview with David Easter, recorded on November 5,
2015. In this interview, David talks about his work as a peace
activist, starting with the Vietnam War and continuing today. He
discusses his activism with the American Friends Service Committee and
the Syracuse Peace Council. David has worked on many progressive issues
over the past 40 years, including: organizing the first Quaker
delegation to North Korea, advocating for gay rights, promoting
feminism eliminating nuclear weapons, and much more. David also talks
about his recent work with the Upper Hudson Peace Action and Campus
Episode 31: This is an interview with Imam Faisal Ahmad, recorded on December 9, 2015.
In this interview, Imam Ahmad talks about what life has been like for
Capital Region Muslims, since 911. He describes how some members of
the Muslim community have been treated by people who have targeted them
because of their religion. He talks about Islam, and what is meant by
“sharia law”. Imam Ahmad also has some suggestions for how people in
the local community can better understand Muslims and how we can be more
supportive of our Muslim friends and neighbors.