2021 Conference Speakers
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Savannah is a full-time working momma of 2 children under 2. Along with a few others she set out to form and maintain the first chapter of Rehumanize in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Her day job requires volunteer recruitment and engagement, organizing community outreach, and engaging both children and adults on various difficult topics. She has recently added teaching children about the consistent life ethic to their community outreach. She and her husband spend their time promoting human rights, engaged in activism, and teaching the importance of human dignity (especially of those who are marginalized).
Serbia-based international prenatal justice and disability advocate. Founder of human bioethics think tank Etički front (Ethical Front). Advocate with Saving Down syndrome, a global Down syndrome advocacy group. Newly recruited staff writer at Rehumanize International. MA in Philosophy.
Death Penalty Action
Abraham Bonowitz is the co-founder and executive director of Death Penalty Action, the place to go to find action opportunities to fight executions and the death penalty in the United States. Abe has been one of the leading organizers in the movement to abolish the death penalty since the late 1980’s. He has had a hand in each of the legislative repeal victories thus far throughout the nation, and has been active in numerous states where there’s work yet to be done. Abe has served on the boards of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing, and Amnesty International USA. He has helped produce numerous direct action and non-violent civil resistance events, and has been arrested ten times protesting the death penalty. In a brief departure from anti-death penalty work, Abe was one of the original staff members of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, participating in many Farm Worker movement activities in California from 1994 to 1997. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, two kats and one dog.
Witness to Innocence
Sabrina Smith was a loving teenage mother when she was wrongfully convicted in the death of her nine-month-old son in Mississippi. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing, after spending six and a half years incarcerated, two of those years on death row. She was the first woman exonerated from death row in the US. She now works to change legislation, determined to make the system better so others, especially youth, do not have to experience what she did.
Not Dead Yet
Anita Cameron began working as Not Dead Yet’s Director of Minority Outreach in January 2017. She has met with national and state policy makers and written persuasively about opposition to a public policy of assisted suicide from the perspective of communities of color who experience disparities in access to healthcare. Since 1986, Anita has volunteered with ADAPT, a national, grassroots disability rights organization. In 32 years of involvement, she has risen to a position of national leadership. She was invited to the White House on two occasions, has met three sitting U.S. Presidents and two Vice-Presidents, helped to organize a national march, and was published in a book by the late award-winning writer and historian, Howard Zinn. She holds a degree in Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and a degree in Computer Information Systems from Community College of Denver.
World BEYOND War Cameroon Chapter
Mr. Guy Feugap, a national of Cameroon, is a secondary school teacher, writer and peace activist. His overall job is to educate youths for peace and non-violence. His work put young girls in particular at the heart of crisis resolution, awareness raising on several issues in their communities. He joined WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) in 2014 and founded the Cameroon Chapter of World Beyond War in 2020.
Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D.
Americans United for Life
Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D., is President & CEO of Americans United for Life, America’s first national pro-life organization and the nation’s premier pro-life legal team. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. AUL is the pioneer of the state-based model legislative strategy, which works to save lives today while undermining the so-called “reliance” interest adopted by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: the false idea that women “rely” on abortion to succeed in American society.
Beth Fox, MPH
Tiny in stature, big in ambition, Beth Fox’s life is a story worth sharing. Before she even had a name, Beth became a prime target for abortion. Her mother’s pregnancy was risky and doctors advised an abortion to preserve her life. Beth’s poor fetal prognosis led doctors to conclude her quality of life would be so poor that having an abortion would be the “merciful” choice. Though living a life with chronic illness and disability is a battle, Beth is here to share why life is worth living and fighting for. Today, Beth cannot see, walk, or breath on her own; it is through these physical struggles, past doubts of self-value, and the diagnosis of a rare, life-limiting disorder that Beth has developed an active voice aimed to making positive changes. Despite her challenges, Beth lives independently in central Virginia, where she pursues her second Master’s degree and aspires to become a professor and lovingly foster terminally ill children.
Herb Geraghty is the Executive Director of Rehumanize International, a secular, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing an end to all forms of aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. Herb’s unique position as a politically independent pro-life atheist has broken down barriers to reach demographics often untapped by the mainstream pro-life movement. Similarly, Herb’s common ground on the abortion issue with many folks on the political right has enabled productive outreach on the issues of war, torture, and the death penalty. Herb has a passion for building bridges and finding common ground with people across the political spectrum to call everyone to a greater consistency in the fight for human rights.
Lauren Handy is the founder of Mercy Missions, a life-affirming and anti-racist organization that uses non-carceral solutions in the struggle towards our collective liberation, which is the freedom to thrive in safe and sustainable communities from conception to natural death. Unashamedly pro-life, Lauren confronts the culture of death head on!
World BEYOND War
Izadi’s research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary and focus on United States-Iran relations and U.S. public diplomacy. His book, United States Public Diplomacy Towards Iran, discusses the United States communication efforts in Iran during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Izadi has published numerous studies in national and international academic journals and major handbooks. Dr. Foad Izadi is a member of the World BEYOND War Board of Directors. He is an associate professor at the Department of American Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, where he teaches M.A. and Ph.D. courses in American studies. Izadi received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He earned a B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Mass Communication from University of Houston. Izadi has been a political commentator on CNN, RT (Russia Today), CCTV, Press TV, Sky News, ITV News, Al Jazeera, Euronews, IRIB, France 24, TRT World, NPR, and other international media outlets. He has been quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, China Daily, The Tehran Times, The Toronto Star, El Mundo, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The New Yorker, and Newsweek.
Stephanie Midori Komashin, M.Div
Stephanie Midori Komashin, M.Div, is a Specially-Appointed Lecturer at Hokkaido University of Education, Asahikawa and doctoral candidate in Philosophy and Religion at Hokkaido University. She volunteers with Japan's non-religious, non-partisan NPO法人円ブリオ基金センター (NPO Houjin Enburio Kikin Sentaa [Embryo Fund Center]). Her publications include 子宮内生命尊重の俳句・短歌 (Haiku and Tanka Respecting In-Utero Life) (2021), How Ecology and Economics Brought Winstanley and Nitobe to Quakerism (2019); Quakers in Asia-Pacific (2017), and How Relational Selfhood Rearranges the Debate between Feminists and Confucians (2016).
Aimee Murphy is the founder of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. Through her work with Rehumanize International, Aimee is reaching people all over the globe with the consistent message of human rights and is creating and engaging in effective dialogue to change hearts and minds. She has been featured in news media outlets such as MSNBC, Maria Claire, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Washington Post, VICE News, and many more. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her profoundly supportive husband, their dog, and — in the spirit of radical hospitality — whichever friends wander into the Murphy household.
Michael J. New, PhD
Charlotte Lozier Institute
Michael J. New, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at The Catholic University of America and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Dartmouth College, Dr. New received a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2002. Dr. New researches and writes about the social science of sanctity of life issues. He gives presentations on both the positive impact of pro-laws and the gains in public support for the pro-life position. He is a frequent blogger on National Review Online's "The Corner."
Maria is a dedicated activist and artist who cut her teeth as a graphic design student at The University of Alabama, where she oversaw the creative direction of four student magazines while interning for Rehumanize International. In addition to this, she participated in the Students for Life Wilberforce fellowship and led her university's pro-life student group, Bama Students for Life, before graduating in 2017. She was hired on to the Rehumanize International team in September 2018. She runs Rehumanize's social media pages, designs all materials, edits the Rehumanize Podcast, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Rehumanize Blog.
Former Planned Parenthood Director + Whistleblower
Mayra Rodriguez is the former director of three Planned Parenthood clinics in Arizona, was Planned Parenthood’s 2016 Employee of the Year’ and is a courageous whistleblower who won a 2019 wrongful termination lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, and an award of $3 Million in
damages. During her 17 years with Planned Parenthood, Mayra witnessed critical safety and health-related violations including incomplete abortions, falsification of patient records, illegal conduct, unreported statutory rape, women severely injured by abortion, and high complication rates with
a particular abortionist. Mayra’s reports of these incidents were met with harassment, hostility, and termination.
Today, Mayra is a powerful advocate against abortion, a champion for women and the unborn, and is driven to expose the truth behind Planned Parenthood's dangerous practices. Mayra credits the faith of those praying on the sidewalk and the Divine Mercy of God for her reversion to the Catholic faith and for the strength it took to stand against the abortion Goliath — and win.
World BEYOND War
Hamza Shaiban is the President of the Yemeni Community in Canada. He moved to Canada in 2011 and completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. He now lives in Toronto. He is a community organizer and has led many initiatives to raise awareness of the Saudi-led war against Yemen and to advocate for Canada to end its multi-billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Hamza is a frequent panel speaker where he shares his personal experiences with the war on Yemen and raises awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen due to the ongoing Saudi war and blockade on Yemen.
Students for Life Ireland
Luke-Peter Silke, aged 23, is a spokesperson for Students For Life Ireland. He is a published author and journalist and is currently a student of Creative Writing / Arts in the National University of Ireland Galway. He is the Parliamentary Secretarial Assistant to Peadar Tóibín TD (Member of Parliament for Meath West and leader of the Irish pro-life political party Aontú).
Monica Snyder has a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley and a Master's in Forensic Science from UC Davis. She is an atheist and has co-led Secular Pro-Life for over a decade. Secular Pro-Life works to advance secular arguments against abortion and to build coalitions of non-traditional pro-life people who want to be more involved in pro-life work.
Students for Life of America
Stephanie Stone graduated from the Catholic University of America, and she currently serves the Pro-Life Generation as Students for Life's Mid-East Regional Manager. She previously worked for Live Action and on Capitol Hill. Her work has been featured on multiple news outlets such as Breitbart and Fox News, and her writing has been featured on Media Research Center’s NewsBusters. She has spoken on campuses across Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. During her time as Capital Area Regional Coordinator with SFLA, she trained thousands of students and had thousands of conversations on college campuses about the topic of abortion. Stephanie continues to engage in Pro-Life work, rallying for human rights, and standing up for the innocent all across the DC, MD, and VA area!
World Beyond War
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is cofounder and executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.
Space Anemone Music and Sound
Anj (performing as Sunrise Transparence) is a Los Angeles-based facilitator, teacher, and music creator. Anj has performed at venues from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the bluewhale jazz club in downtown Los Angeles, from Wanderlust Hollywood to the The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, and at countless special events, workshops, and classes. Anj was a scholarship recipient at both USC (B.Mus. Music Industry, Magna Cum Laude) and UCLA (M.A. Composition for Visual Media), and has also achieved a Certificate in Music Therapy and Sound Healing from LMU's Extension program. Anj combines practices drawn from leading edge musical and complementary healing modalities with personal experiential and experimental discovery to reclaim and honor individual experiences (both transcendent and traumatic) along the continuous human journey toward truth, understanding, agency, and peace.
Martha Villafuerte is the founder and director of FAMILIA ECUADOR, an organization dedicated to inform, prepare and inspire society to raise their voice and fight for the value of life. She began officially 5 years ago giving workshops and participating in conferences as a speaker, focusing on grassroots techniques and empowering the message of being prolife, giving young people the tools to become prolife speakers in their own communities. She also has built a strong path among politic partners with congressman, she spoke in front of the whole congress addressing to every single one of the 137 congressmen to propose that Ecuador’s government needs to create the Department of Family and also promote more family laws.
Former U.S. Army chaplain
James Yee served as the U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain for the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in 2003. He objected to the abuse of Guantanamo prisoners and was subsequently imprisoned for 76 days in solitary confinement for doing so. Chaplain Yee was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in January 2005. He is the author of the book For God And Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire, a gripping account of his Guantanamo experience and struggle for justice.
World BEYOND War
Greta Zarro is World BEYOND War’s Organizing Director. She has a background in issue-based community organizing. Her experience includes volunteer recruitment and engagement, event organizing, coalition building, legislative and media outreach, and public speaking. Greta graduated as valedictorian from St. Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She previously worked as New York Organizer for leading non-profit Food & Water Watch. There, she campaigned on issues related to fracking, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and the corporate control of our common resources. Greta and her partner run Unadilla Community Farm, a non-profit organic farm and permaculture education center in Upstate New York. Greta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.