The core team members pulled the stone the entire distance from Sherborn, Massachusettes to Washington D.C.
Stonewalk Director, The Peace Abbey and Life Experience School.
Project Director, Stonewalk
Lewis founded the Life Experience School in 1971. Its creation was an extension of his alternative service after being discharged from the military as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. The school embodies the ideals and vision of his graduate thesis at Goddard Graduate School for Social Change and is dedicated to the memory of his mentors, Robert Francis Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Committed to activism and working to bring about social change, Lewis conceived the Stonewalk projects as a mission to not only bring greater awareness to the true costs of war (civilian loss) but to afford individuals an opportunity to be involved with this cause on a personal level.
Karl left his full time position as a regional administrator with the Northeast Region Meals on Wheels program to assume his role with Stonewalk. A graduate of the Tufts University School of Graduate Health Sciences, Karl first put his training to work as a member of the Peace Corps in Africa dealing with emergency aid and health issues. Karl continues his work in the field of public health today working with hospice and home based health programs. He has just graduated from a Registered Nurse Program and will be taking the boards soon.
Co-Director Life Experience School,
Meg has been involved with the Life Experience School since it's inception. She has contributed to the academic program in the classroom as well as directed movement and dance classes for its students. Additionally, Meg has been instrumental in establishing the Peace Abbey as a local center for culture and the performing arts. Over the years the Peace Abbey has hosted performances that range from world music ensembles to tap and modern dance performances.
Program Coordinator, The Peace Abbey
Besides coordinating the Peace Abbey's outreach programs. Dot is a faculty member at Stonehill College teaching programs in peace and social justice. Prior to coming on board at the Peace Abbey, Dot worked as a peace chaplain in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and worked for reform in the prison system. Dot continues to coordinate and sponsor, on behalf of the Peace Abbey, numerous conferences in the region on peace and social activism.
Earl J. Standberry
A U.S. Marine and veteran of the Gulf War, Earl found his calling after what he describes was a "miracle". Down and out, hopping trains in Arizona, Earl fell under a moving train and had his right leg severed below the knee. Upon discovery by a night watchman, who just happened to be in the area, Earl was rushed to a local hospital where his leg was reattached. Feeling that this was a "sign" that he had a reason to be on Earth, Earl committed the rest of his life to "walking for peace". His personal admiration for the work of the "Peace Pilgrim" led him to discover Stonewalk and his eventual role as one of the team's core members. More information at:
Hugh Thompson, Larry Colburn
Stonewalk Honorary Co-Chairman
Hugh Thompson and Larry Colburn, together with the late Glenn Andreotta, risked their lives on 16 March 1968 at My Lai to save Vietnamese civilians from the U.S. Army forces that had already massacred 504 Vietnamese women, children, and elderly men. In 1998, both men received the soldiers medal of honor and in 2002 received honorary degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Hugh's active role with Veterans for Peace encouraged and engaged the support of many veterans for Stonewalk. Today, both men continue their activities speaking on the subject of ethics in the military. Larry has also established the Do Hoa Home Fund to continue to help Do Hoa, the young boy that he, Glenn, and Hugh had pulled from among the bodies in the ditch at My Lai in 1968. More information at:
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