February 17-19, 2017 | SUNY University at Albany

The 2017 Student Peace Conference will:

  • Help build the momentum of the peace movement to oppose endless militarism of the U.S. in conflicts worldwide
  • Connect students in a community to address and find solutions to the challenges of on-campus organizing
  • Provide students with the tools to plug in to national and grassroots campaigns to promote sustainable peace and justice
  • Create space for the development of critical community organizing skills and campaign development
  • Support student-led peace activism and leadership development in creating a better world for us all.

Peace Action New York State is empowering the next generation of peace leaders.

Together with committed student leaders working for peace, we are shaping U.S. foreign policy to prioritize human needs over military solutions. We’ve accomplished so much together in the last year, helping to end U.S. manufacturing of cluster bombs, stopping U.S. sale of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, championing the rights of refugees and their resettlement in the U.S. and lobbying our Representatives to stop stealing from our future to pay for today’s endless wars. Join us at the first annual Student Peace Conference as we connect communities of student activists with the tools to take action and build a just and peaceful world.


Representative Paul Tonko

Congressman Tonko is a voice for peace. As the Representative of New York’s 20th District, he has called for the U.S. to accept more refugees from Syria and Iraq, defended the Iran Peace Deal and called on the Administration to stop the sale of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. He’s a fierce advocate for diplomacy and we’re excited to welcome him to the student network.

Conference Schedule to make some change.

We’re working on the foundation of the peace movement: active discussion sections on issues we’re passionate about in community with experts, trainings on the techniques that work with a focus on non-violent resistance and civil disobedience, and skills-sharing workshops to discuss the challenges and best-case practices of on-campus organizing.

Demonstrate your leadership for peace, and practice solidarity for social justice by joining us at this conference. 

Download the biographies of our conference speakers and facilitators by clicking the link here: SPC Program – Draft
(this document is being updated regularly)

Friday, February 17
  • 6:00PM    Conference Registration and Sign-In
6:00PM    Bread for the World Listening In: Community Discussion
  • 7:00PM    Dinner
  • 7:30PM    Stop the War Mongers from Robbing Our Communities:  Moving the Money to Fund Human Needs
    Kevin Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action
  • 9:00PM    Check-in at Hotel: Best Western Sovereign
Saturday, February 18
  • 10AM: Welcome by Kate Alexander, PANYS Director of Policy and Outreach
  • 10:30AM: Campaign Workshops
    You will be able to choose two of the following sessions to attend. Each workshop will last 1 hour and 15 minutes, with a 15 minute break before the second panel. Each workshop will be offered twice.

    • Feminist Peace: Supporting Social Justice Movements as Peace Activists
      Facilitators: Alli McCracken (CODEPINK) and Marina Kumskova (PeaceWomen)
    • Why Is There Still a Red Button? Organizing for Nuclear Abolition
      Facilitators: Larry Wittner (Peace Action) and Ofelia Cohen-Odiaga (Global Zero)
    • Refugee Crisis: What is Happening Now and How Can We Help
      Facilitators: Michelle DeOcampo (Global Institute on Health and Human Rights) and Dr. Mahmoud Aldyab (Syrian Doctor, Mobility Solutions Director)
    • Long-Term Peace in the Middle East: No More Military Solutions
      Facilitators: Raed Jarrar (AFSC) and Kate Gould (FCNL)
  • 1:15PM: Lunch
    • Panel Discussion: Resisting the Trump Agenda and Building Peace
      Facilitator: Julie Southwell (Amnesty International)
      Panelists: Kevin Martin, Alli McCracken, Kate Gould, Raed Jarrar
  • 2:30PM: Diversity Training: Building Supportive Communities and Actions
    • Trainer: University at Albany Center for Diversity
  • 3:45PM: Breakout Trainings (Choose 2; Each Training is 40 Minutes)
    • Writing for Change: Op-Eds, Letters to the Editor, Using the Media
      Trainer: Maureen Aumand (Women Against War)
    • Activism Works: Petitions, Calls, Meetings and Impact
      Trainer: Margaret Tran (Bread for the World)
    • Member Recruitment and Retention
      Trainer: Fady Tawadrous (ONE Campaign)
    • Transition to New Leadership and After Graduation
      Trainer: Kate Alexander (Peace Action)
  • 5:25PM: Non-Violent Direct Action Training
    Trainer: Kalaya’an Mendoza (Amnesty International)
  • 7:30PM: Dinner with Keynote Speaker: Congressman Paul Tonko
Sunday, February 19
  • 10AM: Breakfast and Close of Conference Team Building Exercise

We asked student leaders why they are taking action for peace. Listen to what they had to say about the world they want to live in, and join them at the 2016 peace conference to learn what students can do to help build that world.