Peter Lumsdaine has worked for over 25 years in the peace, global eco-justice, and nuclear resistance movements. His mother and father both served with the US military in overseas war zones, and his older brother is a Vietnam War veteran. After completing his resource science degree at UC Davis, he worked under US Department of Energy programs, in natural foods businesses, and then for over two decades in the nonprofit NGO sector – including on the program staff of National Mobilization for Survival, Silicon Valley’s Interfaith Peace Coalition at the Santa Clara County Council of Churches, Global Exchange, and the Resource Center for Nonviolence. He has presented over 100 invited talks, lectures, workshops, and slides shows for campus, church, community, and national conference audiences across the US – as well as speaking on the program of mass rallies in California, Mexico, and Japan.
His work has taken him from neighborhood church halls throughout rural and urban America to the inner security zones of US Strategic Command bases and to military conflict zones in the Philippines, occupied Iraq, and parts of southern, central and northern Mexico – as well as to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Korea, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Guatemala, Standing Rock, Oak Flat, and Pine Ridge. He initiated the only land-based mass resistance actions ever conducted against US nuclear first-strike ballistic missile flight testing, in the backcountry security zones of Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral; and has done jail time for more than a dozen nonviolent civil resistance actions, from corporate weapons factories to the Seattle WTO, as well as serving a two-year federal prison sentence for disabling an Air Force missile targeting satellite.
In recent years he has co-organized and spoken at dozens of events focused on the rapidly accelerating 21st century crisis of corporate/military robotics and Artificial Intelligence, as well as writing articles on this for the Sunday Seattle Times and Fellowship magazine, and securing passage of two national faith resolutions on that subject. He is currently serving on the Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) as well as with national PSR’s Committee for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Peter and his wife Meg, who is an ordained Mennonite pastor, live with their 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington.