Office / Campaign Experience
Green Party of the United States International Committee and Black Caucus, WI
Available to speak on the following subjects
Immediate withdrawal from Iraq
George Paz Martin is a member of the Green Party of the United States International Committee and a founding member of the party's Black Caucus. He is a former two-term co-chair of both the Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee Green Parties. Martin serves as Program Director of Peace Action Wisconsin, and initiated the Milwaukee Bring the Troops Home Referendum Campaign and the Wisconsin Peace Voter Campaign. Martin also serves as National Co-Chair of United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ), the U.S.???s largest peace coalition with more than 1,400 organizations. He visited Iraq in 2004 on a fact-finding mission where he personally witnessed the plight of the Iraqi people and U.S. troops
At the close of 2006, Martin was given a ???Lifetime Peacemaker Award??? by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, and was honored on December 6th in the U.S. House of Representatives in a statement read by Gwen Moore, Representative to Congress from the 4th Congressional district. Martin has appeared on every major U.S. television network, C-Span, CNN, BBC and Democracy Now to speak against the War in Iraq, as well as countless radio and television stations around the world.
Internationally, Martin works through the World Social Forum (WSF) for social justice, international solidarity, gender equality, peace, and defense of the environment. He was a speaker at the '04 WSF in Italy and at the '05 WSF in Brazil where his speech against the War in Iraq was broadcast to more than 350 TV and radio stations across the U.S. At the '06 WSF in Venezuela, he was part of an international peace delegation that met with President Hugo Chavez, and he addressed the Global Greens Youth Conference prior to attending the '07 WSF in Nairobi.
At 16 years of age, Martin was 10 feet away from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his ???I Have a Dream??? speech. That was his ???coming of age??? as an activist in the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panther Party and the War on Poverty. By 25 years of age, Martin had served on community boards of directors in the areas of housing, healthcare, credit unions, youth development, employment and training. He has also served as staff, consultant, steering committee or board member to more than 100 community-based organizations and as a consultant to U.S. corporations and the U.S. Departments of Health and Labor.
For the past 18 years, Martin has served the homeless, especially homeless veterans, primarily as a volunteer and also as staff and consultant to community based organizations and both the state and federal governments in developing, fundraising and operating both facilities and programs. He continues that work as a volunteer leader in Wisconsin Stand Down, a biannual event bringing hundreds of homeless veterans off the streets of Milwaukee for holistic services, including Iraq War veterans.
Contact information for Green Speakers
Starlene Rankin - 916-995-3805
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