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John Lindsay-Poland

John Lindsay-Poland
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Wage Peace Coordinator
Areas of Expertise 
Human Rights | Militarism| U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America

John Lindsay-Poland co-directs the California Healing Justice program of AFSC. 

He has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of U.S. policy, especially in Latin America, for more than 30 years. He left his studies at Harvard University to participate in international disarmament organizing and to accompany Central Americans threatened with political violence. From 1989 to 2014, he served the interfaith pacifist organization Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), as coordinator of the Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean, and as research director, and founded the FOR Colombia peace team. 

John is the author of Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama (Duke University Press, 2003). He has also authored numerous articles, reports and books on U.S. military bases, policy, and history in Latin America, including The Rise and Fall of “False Positive” Killings in Colombia and the Role of U.S. Military Assistance, 2000-2010 (with Coordinación Colombia-Europa-Estados Unidos, 2014). His research has focused on the relationship between foreign military assistance and respect for human rights, foreign military bases, and military spending. Recently he has begun developing tools and curriculum for researching militarism on behalf of activist campaigns.

John has been quoted in the LA Times, the Washington Postthe Nation, and Counterpunch, among other outlets. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.