2010 Annual Peace Conference

Celebrating 40 Years of NFP

The oldest statewide Peace & Justice organization in the U.S. will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday, October 16 at the 2010 Annual Peace Conference in Omaha. To commemorate this milestone in Nebraskans for Peace’s history, this year’s event is featuring keynote addresses from not just one, but two nationally known speakers. 

Mike Moore, author of the award-winning  Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance, will deliver a speech entitled, “The New StratCom’s De Facto Motto: ‘Warfighting Is Our Vocation.’” (Moore’s talk will be accompanied by additional commentary from Nebraska Report writer Loring Wirbel of “Citizens for Peace in Space” in Colorado Springs.) 

Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama will complete this ‘double feature’ presentation with a keynote address on the topic of “The Role of ‘Hate Groups’ in the Immigration Policy Debate.” And, as has become traditional, a selection of ‘Peace & Justice Workshops’ treating a dozen different timely issues will also be presented throughout the day-long event.  

This year’s Annual Peace Conference is again being co-sponsored by Nebraskans for Peace and the University of Nebraska-Omaha School of Social Work, and will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, N. 69th & Cass Streets in Omaha.

The early registration cost of $25 covers the entire program, including morning coffee and rolls and a lunch buffet catered by Valentino’s. Child care will also be available. 

Registration brochures will be in the mail by mid-September.

To register online, click here.   

For more information, contact the NFP State Office at 402-475-4620 or at: nfpstate@nebraskansforpeace.org 

Download the 2010 Annual Peace Conference Brochure

Mike Moore is the former editor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the magazine (of “Doomsday Clock” fame) founded in 1945 by “Manhattan Project” scientists committed to ensuring that nuclear weapons would never again be used. He is the author of many articles on national security, conflict resolution, nuclear weapons and proliferation, space weaponry and related topics. A journalist by trade, he has also served as an editor or reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News and the Kansas City Star.

Moore has spoken at professional conferences and meetings sponsored by organizations such as the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the National Atomic Museum, the Nuclear-Free Future Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts, and the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. In February 2008, he testified before the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs regarding space security issues.

His book, Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance, was published in 2008. In May 2009, Twilight War won the “Benjamin Franklin Award” given by the Independent Book Publishers Association in the “Political/Current Events” category. It also won a Silver “Ippy” in the “Science” category of a competition sponsored by Independent Publisher.

He lives with his wife, Sandy, in northeast Missouri where he is at work writing a book on defensive interventions to the threat of asteroid collisions.

Heidi Beirich is an expert on white nationalism, nativism and the racist neo-Confederate movement. In her position as director of research at the legendary Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Beirich oversees major investigative projects undertaken by staff at the Montgomery, Alabama center, whose successful 1987 lawsuit against the Ku Klux Klan forced the racist organization into bankruptcy.

Beirich is a contributing editor to the SPLC’s award-winning investigative journal, Intelligence Report, and its blog, “Hatewatch.” As a key SPLC spokesperson on domestic extremism, she has appeared on numerous television news programs and is regularly quoted by journalists and scholars in both the United States and abroad.

She joined the SPLC staff in 1999 after earning a doctorate in political science from Purdue University, where she specialized in the study of white nationalism and neofascism in Europe and North America. She spent a year in Spain researching her dissertation on how the Spanish Constitutional Court helped rid that country of its fascist legacy. She also holds MA degrees in economics and political science. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2008, Beirich co-edited as well as wrote several chapters of Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction, published by the University of Texas Press. In addition to her academic training, she has taught at several universities and has worked with other non-profits dedicated to combating human rights violations and poverty.

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