a project of the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium
“Security, Surveillance, and US Imperialism”
December 7, 2013
UUW 325 and 324
University Union West, Binghamton University
Binghamton University Parking:
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Dr. Joe Leeson-Schatz, Binghamton University
12:30PM to 12:45PM
Mallory Schmackpfeffer, President of Peace Action Binghamton University
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Panel One — Peace in Education
Chair: Melina Martin, Binghamton University Undergraduate Student
Jack Gilroy — Peace Studies for SUNY
Tim Wolcott — Activist Strategies for Peace Education
Ben Brucato — Guns on Campus: Securitization, and Campus Policing
2:30pm to 4:00PM
Panel Two — Resistance for Peace
Chair: Lindsay Cox, Binghamton University Undergraduate Student
Mechthild Nagel — End of Prisons
Ute Ritz-Deutch — National Security and Human Rights: Reflections on Guantanamo and NDAA
Leslie James Pickering — Resisting Federal Surveillance: The Case of Leslie James Pickering and Burning Books
Raul Cepin — Race and Resistance
4:00pm to 4:30PM
4:30PM to 6:00PM
Panel Three- Drone Warfare: Consequences and Resistance
Chair: Nick Doran, Binghamton University Undergraduate Student
6:45PM to 7:00PM
Mallory Schmackpfeffer, President of Peace Action Binghamton University
Jack Gilroy, a high school teacher at Maine-Endwell HS, has been a peace activist since the Vietnam War. Jack directed the Committee of Responsibility in upstate NY working to bring back war injured children from Vietnam. When that plan crashed with US government boycott of war injured children to American hospitals, Jack, his wife and four young children emigrated to Australia. An environmental and anti-nuclear activist in Australia for years, Jack returned to the USA to continue his high school peace action teaching in his Participation in Government 12th grade course. Standing up to Federal powers, Jack was imprisoned for his opposition to torture and assassination training at Ft Benning, Ga. Jack served six months divided between southern jails and three Federal prisons. (All this, according to jailers, to “teach him a lesson”). Jack has not learned and will soon stand trial (Jan. 2014) for the charge of blocking the entrance way to the drone assassination base in Syracuse, NY. Jack is the author of two novels of conscience—young men who refused to train to kill. Absolute Flanigan and The Wisdom Box, Published by Binghamton University. His recent writings, three plays about young men and women who refuse to cave to government orders to train to kill are available for free downloading. All three plays, especially The Predator have been read at numerous universities. Jack has honorable discharges from the US Naval Reserves and the US Army Infantry.
Tim Wolcott teaches Life and Physical Science as well as supervises the greenhouse projects at Waverly, NY Middle / High School. As Adjunct Professor at the University of Albany he directed Waverly’s Science Research Program. Tim holds a Bachelors in Geology and a Masters in Earth Science education from Binghamton University. In his 22 years of teaching, Tim has also taught Earth, Environmental and Integrated Science courses. Prior and coincident to his teaching experience, Tim has been a restaurant cook, medical laboratory technician, oceanographic research assistant, well site geological crew chief, drilling fluids engineer and general insurance broker.
Ben Brucato is a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a critical technology studies theorist and researcher of surveillance and police violence. Among his published research on surveillance and policing at colleges and universities, he also researches the use of cellphones for civilian documentation of police violence. His work on technology evaluation ranges from devising criteria for community assessment of existing and new technologies appropriate for a peak everything future in climate crisis to exploring the political efficacy of participatory media in reducing police brutality.
Mechthild Nagel is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York, College at Cortland, Director of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS). In 2012-13, she served as DAAD Visiting Professor at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. She is author of a number of six books: Masking the Abject: A Genealogy of Play (Lexington, 2002), co-editor of Race, Class, and Community Identity (Humanities, 2000), The Hydropolitics of Africa: A Contemporary Challenge (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality (Africa World Press, 2007), Dancing with Iris: The Philosophy of Iris Marion Young (Oxford University Press, 2010), and The End of Prisons: Voices from the Decarceration Movement (Rodopi, 2013). Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence: Transdisciplinary and Global Perspectives will appear with SUNY Press, 2014. Dr. Nagel has taught in area prisons (Elmira, 5points, Cayuga,McCormick) and established a prison education program at her home town prison, Fulda, Germany. She is a member of the board of the International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA). She works on justice studies, global feminist studies, Africana philosophy/ethics. Her new manuscript is on Ubuntu ethics. Dr. Nagel is editor-in-chief of the online journal Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (wagadu.org).
Leslie James Pickering is an activist, author and co-owner of Burning Books in Buffalo, NY. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Leslie was a spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office, conducting countless national media interviews in response to clandestine actions taken by the underground Earth Liberation Front in defense of the environment. During this period, the Press Office was subject to two separate FBI raids, seven federal grand jury subpoenas and a congressional subcommittee subpoena. Currently, Leslie continues to work on radical environmental causes, as well as engaging in extensive political prisoner work, while running Burning Books – a friendly neighborhood radical bookstore that has quickly grown to be an organizing hub locally and nationally.
Raul Cepin is an undergraduate at Binghamton University majoring in Latin American & Caribbean Area Studies. He is also a member of Binghamton University’s debate team where he argues about the importance of race and identity politics in conversations of politics and war.
Jim Clune has been active with the Upstate Coalition to Drown the Drones and End the Wars since its inception. From Binghamton, a retired letter carrier, he has been doing resistance numerous times over the years, including three times at Hancock for protesting drone warfare—one of them resulting in a fifteen day sentence. He has been to El Salvador, Iraq, and Palestine to be in solidarity with those who have suffered under American war making. He advocates for the human dignity of all, including so called “enemies”.
Ed Kinane of Syracuse formerly worked on Wall Street and taught high school and college. He worked with Peace Brigades International in Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, and Sri Lanka. Since the mid-nineties Ed has been active opposing the Pentagon’s School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, GA. His persistent nonviolent civil defiance there resulted in two federal prison terms. In 2003 Ed spent five months with Voices in the Wilderness in Baghdad – before, during and after ‘shock and awe.’ Currently Ed works to raise consciousness about the hunter/killer reaper drone.
Judy Bello of Rochester, NY was jailed for 3 days for participating in the Hancock 38 die-in at the front gate of Hancock Air National Guard Base, for which she provided the (mock) bloody shrouds. Judy works to get voices of people in the Middle East heard by Americans. She has visited Iran twice, as well as Pakistan and Iraq. She co-led an FOR Delegation in Iran. Judy administers the website for the Upstate Drone Action coalition <http://upstatedroneaction.org>, and blogs at The