David Harris, Chair & Board Member & Durham Coordinator

David Harris has been active in many organizations and campaigns over the years, including Chair of The Durham People’s Alliance (Group of 400 to 600 concern citizens about local, state, and national issues), and the Inter-Neighborhood Council (made up of 25 to 40 neighborhood/homeowner associations) concerned with local and state issues.  He is a graduate of NC Central University.  David has worked actively with the Durham Bring the War Dollars Home Campaign.

Joe Burton, Treasurer & Board Member & Raleigh Coordinator

Joe has been active in  NC Peace Action since 1982 and has served on the National Peace Action Board. He has long opposed the manufacture and deployment of nuclear weapons and was active in the Nuclear Freeze movement  He and his wife Linda were active in Carolina Interfaith Task Force on Central America and currently in Witness for Peace. He is a member of a peace with justice group at Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Joe is a retired Prof. of Crop Science at NC State University where he conducted soybean genetics/breeding research.

Anne Cassebaum, Secretary & Board Member

Anne is a retired English teacher who is active with Alamance Peace Action and looks for ways to raise awareness of how environmental abuse, militarism and poverty are rooted together.

Mia Austin-Scoggins, Media Coordinator & Board Member

Mia Austin-Scoggins has been active in the peace & justice movement since the late 1960s, and she has shown a special dedication to the needs of veterans, especially those experiencing homelessness and other trauma. At the “MIC@50” Conference, sponsored by Quaker House in January 2011, Mia spoke on the impact of the Military Industrial Complex on American veterans and the “extra casualties” (physical, mental and societal) beyond the names on memorials that are the haunting legacy of America’s involvement in the “business” of war. Mia is Vice President in Charge of Communications for the (Eisenhower) Chapter 157 of Veterans for Peace, and is Media Coordinator for NC Peace Action.

  Rukiya Dillahunt, Board Member

Education, Labor and Peace Activist, Wake County educator for 33 years, retired Vice Principal, Member of Black Workers for Justice and Board Member of NC Peace Action.

 Rachael Bliss, Board Member & Asheville Coordinator

In Asheville, Rachael has been active in peace and justice issues since the 2009 surge of troops in Afghanistan.  Before that she participated in such activites as a member of Appalachian Peace Education Center.  In 2010 and 2011 she helped organize the Asheville observation of International Day of Peace. Rachel also moderates the WNC4Peace Facebook page where we now have over 750 members.


Khalilah Sabra, Board Member

Khalilah Sabra is the executive director and project director for the MAS Immigrant Justice Center. She is an accredited representative who serves as counsel for aliens in immigration proceedings such as the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Department of Homeland Security. Khalilah is a long-time activist, working indefatigably to promote international peace and the welfare, rights, and status of immigrants through public speaking, educational workshops, local events, media interviews, and interfaith partnerships. Khalilah has previously served as a board member on the ACLU Racial Profiling Committee (2006-2009) and as a committee member of the MEPI, International Women’s Committee (2005-2010). She received her BS in Criminal Justice from California State University at Los Angeles and has graduate certification in Legal Studies. She is also a published author: An Unordinary Death, the Lie of a Palestinian (2007) and a contributor to the anthology Cleansed: Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1990).

Sandy Irving, Board Member

Sandy Irving is associated with the NC Council of Churches where she serves as volunteer for Health Care, worker’s rights and other federal issues. Sandy is an activist grandmother of six, and a retired research associate from the Biostatistics Department of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Douglas Ryder, Board Member

Douglas Ryder is the current president of Eisenhower Chapter 157 (Triangle NC) of Veterans For Peace. A veteran of the U.S. War on Vietnam, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to ’67. Doug earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, and his Master Degree in Social Work from SUNY at Albany. Now retired from a career as social worker and psychotherapist, he remains active in Veterans For Peace, and has taken part in VFP direct actions in such places as Standing Rock and the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC. Locally, he provides mentoring to men as an elder in the Mankind Project.