Democracy Convention

Democracy is coming... to the U.S.A.

George
Martin

Peace and Climate Activist

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Building a Democracy Movement

George Paz Martin’s life-long community activism began in the civil rights movement at 14 and at 16 he was ten feet from Dr. King during his “I Have A Dream” speech. While a student at Marquette U., he was drafted for Vietnam, refused to go and became the youngest of the original Milwaukee Black Panthers. Working in the ‘War on Poverty’ at 21, he negotiated Wisconsin’s First Affirmative Action Program in the construction industry for a Black and Brown Coalition. At 25, he helped develop one of the first U.S. Health Department HMO models and helped establish HMOs in communities of color nationally. During his lifetime, he has served more than 100 grassroots organizations as staff, board member or consultant. Martin has been a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and the National Institute of Health. Currently and for the last 27 years, George has served Milwaukee’s homeless especially homeless veterans. For 8 years, George Paz Martin served as a National Co-Chair of United for Peace & Justice, the U.S.’s largest Iraq War Coalition after a fact finding mission to Baghdad just after “Shock & Awe.” Martin has traveled internationally dozens of times working for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America and Asia. He has spoken truth to power against war on television on every U.S. network, CNN, C-Span, Democracy Now, BBC, Al Jazeera and television in more than 150 countries. Currently, George serves on the Board of the Liberty Tree Foundation and has been a delegate to the World Peace Council, World Social Forum and an NGO delegate to the United Nations in disarmament and climate. George Paz  Martin, a former Fellow of the Marquette U. Center for Peacemaking, has been honored with the National Peace & Justice Studies Association’s Social Courage Award, the WI Network for Peace & Justice and the Foundation for a United Front’s Lifetime Activism Awards. The tribe of his slave roots in Ghana honors him as a chief for his international work for peace and justice with the name “Nii Adjetey.”