Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Update to the Doctors and Nurses

Since most of these folks look to be of the Geritol Generation, I thought it might be useful to look for Lefty credentials (older Truthers skew very heavily to the portside). And of course it wasn't hard:

Johnathan Weisbuch (founding member):

I finished my residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kentucky in 1969, and married Kathleen Sperry, who had just returned from two years in India as a Peace Corps volunteer. We trained Peace Corps volunteers for family planning work in India.

Get used to seeing a lot of the word, "peace" in these bios.

Mary Ellen Bradshaw lobbies for a national health care plan.

Joanna Santa Barbara:

Past President, Physicians for Global Survival and member since 1982. Actively involved in International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), serving as a board member and a vice-president. She was a member of delegations of IPPNW affiliates to NATO in Brussels in June 1999 and June 2000. Past member of the Advisory Board of Science for Peace. Co-author of Peace Through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World (2008). Contributing author to War and Public Health (2007), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Vol.1, 1999).

Michael D. Knox:

Chairman and CEO of US Peace Memorial Foundation, a tax-exempt non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation, which seeks to demonstrate that advocating for peaceful solutions to international problems is an honorable and socially acceptable activity. Founder and Director of both the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center and the University of South Florida Center for HIV Education and Research. Awarded the 2007 Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, an award presented annually by Psychologists for Social Responsibility, recognizing him for more than four decades of outstanding contributions to peace and humanitarian assistance.

Dale Dewar:

Past President and continuing Member, Physicians for Global Survival, the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which as an organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

Carlos Vassaux:

Founder and Past President of the Guatemalan affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which as an organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

Carol S. Wolman

Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. As the Green candidate for Congress in California District 1 in '08, she got the most votes of any third party candidate in the country- 8.4%. Her campaign videos can be seen at www.paracove.com. She also was coordinator of the New Broom Coalition, for a clean sweep of Congress, and a leader of the impeachment movement.

Alan Gilchrist is a member of drinking liberally, a liberal social group.

Michael Copass ran for the Democratic nomination for his congressional district in 2008; he was defeated soundly.

Lou Stolzenberg is a chair of a member organization of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

Joshua Mitteldorf:

I'm a peace activist and an environmentalist, a board member at Philadelphia's Energy Coordinating Agency.

BTW, my point in highlighting their leftist/peace credentials is not to knock leftists or peaceniks, very few of whom have bought into 9-11 Truthiness. We see so much of the Alex Jones/Luke Rudkowski libertarian wing of the Truthers that it's easy to forget that the folks who come out to hear David Ray Griffin are mostly aging lefties.