John Lindsay-Poland

John Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. This site includes links to his past and present work in these areas.


April 10 - 25, 2015

On this speaking and listening tour, I spoke about U.S. policy, military assistance, and human rights in Latin America; the militarization of drug policy; strategic research of militarism to support advocacy; and the moral jujitsu of human rights protective accompaniment.

The listening part of the tour aimed to gather input for the development ofMilitarism Watch, a project to develop activists' capacity to do and use research on militarism strategically in their campaigns. I listened to activists, students, and community members to understand what skills for researching militarism already exist and what research skills are needed for activist and advocacy efforts. I am using proceeds from events to pay tour expenses and to develop Militarism Watch, including constructing a web site and acquiring an interactive webinar account.

Presentations and Workshops


Friday, April 10, 7:30 – 9 pm: “A Chance Encounter,” Boom Arts, discussant for presentation on Syria, Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR

Saturday, April 11, 9 – 11 am: “Transforming Militarism,” presentation and webcast, Portland State University, SSMU 329, Portland, OR

Saturday, April 11, 2 pm: Presentation with students studying nonviolent action, Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk St,, Corvallis, OR.

Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am: Brunch with peace and justice activists, home of Laurie Childers, Corvallis, OR

Sunday, April 12, 4 – 6 pm: War Prevention Initiative / Students United for Nonviolence workshop, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Southern California

Tuesday, April 14, 8:30 – 9:45 am: Presentation to “Introduction to International Relations” class, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Tuesday, April 14, 1 – 2:15 pm: Presentation to “Latin American Politics – A Transnational Perspective” class, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Tuesday, April 14, evening: Workshop / meeting with local activists in home of Pat Alviso, Long Beach, CA

Wednesday, April 15, 2:30 – 3:45: Presentation to “Peace Studies- Nonviolent Social Change” class, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Wednesday, April 15, 7 pm: Meeting with Ayotzinapa activists, 318 Alvarado near MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA

New York State

Sunday, April 19, 12:15 pm: Presentation to Friends Meeting, east of Rochester, NY

Sunday, April 19, 3 – 6 pm: Workshop, “Strategic action for social change,” MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, 929 Plymouth Ave. South, Rochester, NY

Monday, April 20 (unconfirmed): Meeting with The General Body student activists and Syracuse Peace Council, Syracuse, NY

Tuesday, April 21, 7 am: Interview on “Ithaca Watkins Glen Morning Show,” on WRFI88.1, Ithaca community radio station

Tuesday, April 21, 4 pm: Presentation to Latin American Politics class, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Wednesday, April 22, 11 am – 12:30 pm: Presentation with faculty and students on human rights, U.S. policy, and citizen protection in Colombia, at SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

Other East Coast events

Thursday, April 23, am: Presentation for lobby training at SOA Watch Days of Action, Washington, DC

Saturday, April 25: Workshop on “Strategic Research Skills for Disarmament” at the International Peace & Planet Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, Cooper Union, New York City