Andrew Lichterman

Andrew Lichterman is a lawyer and activist who has served in various capacities at Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF) since 1983, and has served on its board since 1985. He began his association with WSLF as a volunteer attorney, and was Litigation Director from 1986 to 1989. He was Program Director at WSLF from 1998 to 2005, and returned in 2012 as Senior Research Analyst, the position he currently holds. He is the principal author of most of WSLF’s Briefing Papers and Information Bulletins. In 1998-1999, he split his time between WSLF and the Los Alamos Study Group in New Mexico, a citizen group which monitors U.S. nuclear weapons programs with particular attention to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. As a lawyer, Mr. Lichterman has represented peace and environmental activists in a variety of settings, and also taught law at alternative law schools for many years. His legal work for WSLF has ranged from representing peace and environmental activists in cases arising out of non-violent protests to representing coalitions of groups in environmental proceedings concerning a number of nuclear weapons research-related projects at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the deployment of nuclear cruise missile-armed Navy ships in San Francisco Bay. Mr. Lichterman’s writings have appeared in a variety of venues, from local newspaper op-eds to the UN Disarmament Institute’s Disarmament Forum to Frontline of India. In recent years his work has focused on the purposes and impacts of U.S. nuclear and other strategic weapons programs, including their effect on global disarmament efforts, and on the relationship between nuclear technologies, militarism, and the global economy. He also writes about the politics of disarmament efforts and the relationship between disarmament work and other social movements. He is a member of the Global Council of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and the Coordinating Committee of United for Peace and Justice. He holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. from Yale.

Jackie Cabasso has been an advocate and organizer for nuclear disarmament, non-violence, and environmental protection. Her work encompasses local grassroots organizing and activism, including nonviolent direct action; advocacy, organizing and networking at the national and international levels; and research and analysis published in numerous articles and books. Since 1984 she has served as Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF).

Joseph Gerson serves as AFSC’s disarmament coordinator, as director of programs in New England, and as director of the Peace and Economic Security Program. He has worked with AFSC since 1976. Joseph plays a leading role in building collaborations among U.S., Asian, and European peace and nuclear weapons abolition movements. His program work focuses on challenging and overcoming U.S. global hegemony, including its preparations for and threats to initiate nuclear war and its military domination of the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Alyn (Alan) Ware is a peace educator and campaigner in the areas of peace, non-violence, nuclear abolition, international law, women’s rights, children’s rights and the environment. He has served as the Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament since it was founded in 2002. Ware has won a number of awards including the Right Livelihood Award (Sweden), United Nations International Year for Peace Award (New Zealand), Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award (New Zealand), Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award (USA) and Tom Perry Peace Award (Canada).