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David Swanson

David Swanson contributed a chapter to “Why Peace” edited by Marc Guttman, January 2012. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011. In December 2011, The Hook newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., named him a runner-up Person of the Year.

Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

He blogs at and and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization

In April 2012, Swanson began working for Veterans For Peace.

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