The 17th Annual Kateri Peace Conference will take place this coming Friday and Saturday, August 14th and 15th at The Kateri Shrine in Fonda, NY. The theme of this year’s conference is “Truth Tellers: Radical Honesty in the Age of Deception.”

One of this year’s speakers is Robert Shetterly. For the past 13 years Robert has been painting the series of portraits (numbering now over 200) called Americans Who Tell the Truth. The show has been traveling around the country for eleven years and is scheduled for the next two.

Robert Shetterly joins us along with Maureen Aumand, a retired public school educator and member of Women Against War.

  It’s a classic story of the American Dream. George Mitchell grew up in a working class family in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing effects of unemployment when his father was laid off from a lifelong job. But education was always a household priority, and Mitchell embraced every opportunity that came his way, eventually becoming the ranking Democrat in the Senate during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Mitchell looks back at his adventures in law and politics in his memoir, The Negotiator.

  In 2015, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala – celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within this music are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual spirit that has touched a worldwide audience. Their musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people, organizations, and countries.


  Sunday marks the UN International Day of Peace and the fifth annual Saratoga Peace Fair will be staged from noon to 4PM Sunday at the Presbyterian - New England Congregational Church in Saratoga.

Part of the activities will be a special event featuring singer Tom Chapin. Chapin will create a video for peace with local vocalists and sing his song, “Sing for Peace.”

More than fifty exhibitors will also be on hand, promoting peace through environmental stewardship, fair trade, civil action and non-violent conflict resolution.

  The Kateri Interfaith Peace Conference is two days devoted to peace, exploring the alternatives to wars and violence around the world and at home.

The conference starts with a mini retreat led by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on Friday and will be followed by their first “Rocking the Boat for Peace” river boat cruise on the Mohawk.

Saturday’s speakers feature Dr. Jill Stein, David Swanson, Steve Breyman and Kristin Christman who will bring an alternative, life affirming vision, positive, practical solutions and sustainable energy.

John Amidon, Veterans for Peace, Tom Paine Chapter and current President of the Interfaith Alliance of the Capital Region and Maureen Aumand is retired public school educator and member of Women Against War join us along with former Green Party Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein.

The last great campaign of John F. Kennedy’s life was not the battle for reelection that he did not live to wage, but the struggle for sustainable peace with the Soviet Union.

A struggle written about in the new book To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace - it is written by Jeffrey Sachs a world renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, and a senior UN advisor.

    Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. He was a federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over twenty-seven years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them.

McGovern will be one of the featured speakers at the 15th Annual Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference this weekend.

Herbert London: The School of Emergent Global Peace

Apr 17, 2013

For meta-historians who take the long view, e.g. Arnold Toynbee, there is the emergence of a “looming global peace” that is gaining acceptance in the corridors of Academe. It is predicated on the belief that we are nearing a point in history where war as we know it has disappeared. Presumably the world is becoming safe and secure with few violent conflicts. Moreover, the United States faces no plausible existential threats or great power rivalry. This is the unvarnished theme at its most basic level.

   From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman--and third American woman--to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams is here to describe the ups and downs of her tumultuous and remarkable life.

Listener Essay - Imagine Vioney

Feb 13, 2013

  Deb Smith is a professor at Empire State College's International Programs in Saratoga Springs.