Paul Shannon Bio
Paul Shannon is a member of the program staff in the Northeast Regional office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For almost all of his adult life he has been an activist, writer and speaker in various peace, union, prison reform, human rights, and social justice movements including the United Farm workers union drives, the Vietnam anti-war and solidarity movements, the prisoners’ rights mobilizations of the 1970’s, the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, the 1980’s Central America and Cambodia solidarity movements, the Haiti solidarity movement and the Afghanistan and Iraq anti-war mobilizations. He is past editor of the Indochina Newsletter and past director of the national film library of the AFSC, the largest collection of films on social issues in the country. He has been teaching social science courses to college students of all ages and to high school teachers at a number of colleges for 35 years, including a course on the history of the Vietnam War. He is a member of the working group of the Majority Agenda Project which seeks to foster collaboration among various social movements and community organizations around a strategic agenda that addresses the economic, environmental and foreign policy crises of 21st century America. Currently he is an organizer for a campaign seeking to place a referendum on the Massachusetts ballot calling for ending the war in Afghanistan now and redirecting funds from the military budget to job creation and support for vital programs.