One of the benefits provided to Mike Yarrow Peace Fellows is the opportunity to get assistance from one or more “mentors”, experienced activists in nonviolent social change, who are willing to provide support, guidance and resources to the Peace Fellows as they develop their respective projects. Below are brief descriptions of some of the MYPF Mentors.
- Tom H. Hastings, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University is a past member of the
Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), past co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and is on the boards of both the IPRA Foundation and OPI, as well as the Academic Advisory Board of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He directs PeaceVoice, a program of the Oregon Peace Institute (OPI), and has written several books and many articles about nonviolence and other peace and conflict topics. He is a former Plowshares resister, a veteran of three prisons and jails coast-to-coast, a founding member of two Catholic Worker communities and currently lives in Whitefeather Peace House.
Dante Garcia is a past Assistant Director of the Peace Activist Trainee program, the predecessor to the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship. Dante graduated from and worked at The Evergreen State College (TESC), followed by union organizing with SEIU. He is now working with Rising Tide and other organizations.
- Marcia Mullins is a former teacher and has been a member of WWFOR for over 20 years, serving on the
Area Committee in various capacities. She was an assistant for several of the former PAT summer programs. She especially liked advising PATs regarding the various tasks to be considered and scheduled when mounting an action or event. She continues to be excited by all young activists.
- Glen Anderson; Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a 100-year-old multi-issue pacifist organization, and also through many single-issue organizations. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and strategizing to build progressive social change movements. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. He lives in Lacey near Olympia.
- Mary Margaret Pruitt: She has been an FOR member since college (1940). She’s one of the most warm and loving people you’ll ever meet; a model of unconditional love. She’s a superb listener and problem solver. She has a wide network of folks she knows from her years of working on “Health Care for All” and other groups concerned with peace and justice.
- Peter Bergel received his first NV training in 1967 and shortly thereafter became a NV trainer. He has done many action prep trainings for civil resistance actions, peacekeeper trainings for all sorts of actions, trainings for trainers, community NV
trainings and courses, and college courses about NV. He received additional training from George Lakey in 1995 which substantially changed the way he approached NVT. He’s currently designing a new kind of NVT aimed at helping people think about how they can advance a paradigm shift from domination to cooperation. Peter lives in the Salem, OR area near Portland, OR.
- Mary Lou Finley worked with Martin Luther King and other activists in the 60’s. She was a faculty professor of Sociology at Antioch West in Seattle for 30 years. She’s a co- author and presenter of Doing Democracy, describing the Movement Action Plan (MAP) model of how social movements progress and succeed.
- Rosy Betz-Zall has been an activist with the United Farm Workers and with the anti Viet Nam war movement, anti nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and now is very much working on slowing down climate change. Her major training focus is teaching the skills of nonviolent action and empowering people to act on their own passionate concern, including organizing with Washington Peace Teams.
She believes that every neighborhood should have a peace team of community members trained in nonviolent conflict intervention to help people stay safe while working through their conflicts. “Areas where I might help: listening and how to talk with others who disagree, listening as someone talks over a problem they are having, strategizing next steps in a project, thinking about who to contact when planning a campaign.”
- Johnathan Betz-Zall has been a social justice and peace activist for more than 40 years, of which a very large part was working with the environmental justice movement which advocates for both environmental justice and leadership by people of color. Having begun this work in his late-teens/early 20s, he remembers what it felt like to have wise elders to consult and occasionally push against. So now, in his words:” I am willing to be one of those people: available to
listen, advise and support the YPFs. I also have considerable experience in running nonprofit organizations, including fundraising, and in song leading.”
- Doug Mackey became a leader on environmental issues in college and worked summers for National Parks; 30 years with Parks or the Fish & Wildife Service (federal and state) have kept him working as trainer and biologist; he now works with salmon recovery efforts for the state of Washington. Doug’s non-profit work includes 22 years managing local, regional and national sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities (through DS/USA). He has in the last eight years become active in international youth peace initiatives as co-coordinator of Global Days of Listening*, and has been active in local chapters of the FOR.It is inspired by the Afghan Peace Volunteers who invite everyone to listen to the ordinary voices of those whose homeland is occupied with violence. Monthly Skype conversations have involved over 3,000 young
people. Many conversations involve Iraqis, Palestinians, Afghans, and others in occupied lands. *GDoL is listening to people around the globe conversing about each other’s paths of action toward a peaceful world.