John Motter served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps from 2007–2011. He deployed with 1st Battalion 2nd Marines to Iraq in 2008, and to Afghanistan in 2010. He is one of the co-founders of Ground Game LA, a community organization based in Los Angeles, that works with other local grassroots organizations addressing police brutality and militarization, the criminalization of the homeless, tenants rights, immigration justice, climate justice, and other movement work.
Claude S. Copeland, Jr.
Claude S. Copeland, Jr., is a 40 year old Black veteran, organizer, and Christian, and he wears a few other hats. He served 7 years in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq from 2003–2004. He has been a member of About Face: Veterans Against the War for almost 10 years and has previously served on the board. Claude is from and currently lives in NYC.
Clare Bayard has organized in grassroots movements for collective liberation for 25 years, and worked with About Face since 2005 as a civilian supporter. Clare has built over a dozen organizations, coalitions and networks, and trained thousands of activists in organizing skills, strategies, and direct action to dismantle militarism and white supremacy and construct multiracial democracy in the U.S.
Connecting struggles against U.S. empire at home and abroad is the heart of Clare’s political work. Clare comes from a family with several generations of veterans, is active in the War Resisters International Network and served in board and staff positions at the War Resisters League for over a decade.
Spending years working in community safety, as a crucial part of demilitarization, led Clare to train as a somatic healing practitioner supporting survivors of war, state violence, and sexual assault.
Clare’s writing on G.I. resistance and anti-racist organizing has been published widely including the Guardian UK, Z Magazine, Alternet, Common Dreams, The Hill, and the recent anthology We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st century America.
Shawn Fischer is a Southern Appalachian-based community organizer and activist. They are deeply informed from their experiences living in rural and small communities across the US South. Much of their practices are informed from working with grassroots organizations focused on providing abolitionist-based safety and security, mutual aid, and disaster relief. As an anti-war military veteran, Shawn uses their experiences gleaned from within the Military-Industrial-Complex to aid and assist organizations and communities struggling at the intersections of social, racial, gender, and economic justice. They have responded to the rapid response needs and requests of communities and organizations under threat from across Appalachia and the US South. They are a co-founder and team member of the Highlander Safety and Security Team, Board Member of About Face: Veterans against the War, Tennessee certified handgun instructor, and avid gardener, explorer, and forager of wild and magical things.