Against the Wind Festival

“We have been inspired by the boat, ‘Golden Rule’, the world’s first nuclear protest vessel, which we work to support, and the Golden Rule principle which forms the foundation of a just, equitable, and moral society.  
We are committed to educate, inform, advocate, and activate our community to the perils of nuclear weapons, nuclear war, and the threat of global warming. We believe that the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater than we think but that our ability to reduce that risk is greater than we imagine. 
We are optimists and optimism leads to hope. Without optimism there is no moon landing, no conquering of Everest, and no 4-minute mile. 
We believe that small groups of committed individuals working together can bring about significant societal change. We try to create “pockets of nuclear awareness.” Mr. Roger’s mother told him that in the face of frightening news he should “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” There is always room for more helpers. 
How do you and I remain hopeful in difficult times? We remember our history and the struggles for the end of slavery, for civil rights, for women’s suffrage, for worker’s rights, and the ultimate success of those movements. We remember Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, all of whom struggled against seemingly impossible odds, persevered, and who became, over time, our cultural heroes.  
In all of these movements it is not the power of one but the strength of the many working together that were able to achieve success. We believe that hopelessness is the enemy of justice. We ask you to join together and remember that action leads us to feel more in control. Remember the African proverb: “If you want to go faster, go alone, but if you want to go further, go together.”

Steering Committee:

Jack Irvine (Chairman)
Jack Irvine is a retired physician of Internal Medicine who practiced in Humboldt County for 38 years. He has been an active volunteer for a number of community organizations including St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Trustees, Clarke Memorial Museum Board of Directors, Humboldt County Historical Society Board of Directors, and currently serves as the Board President of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center and Board Member of the Humboldt Library Foundation. He has been an anti-war and peace activist for many years.

Peter Aronson
Peter Aronson served as an Army combat medic from 1966-1968. While in the Wildlife Department at HSU he was a respiratory therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Eureka. He completed training as a physician’s assistant (PA) at Stanford University in 1978 and served as an internal medicine PA in Eureka for 35 years. He joined Veterans For Peace (VFP) over 20 years ago and currently maintains a leadership role with the Humboldt Bay Chapter. He has been interested in nuclear issues and physics for decades and chairs a related committee for VFP. He served on the first Golden Rule Committee and remain an active worker & supporter of Golden Rule’s mission and purpose since her discovery and restoration on Humboldt Bay in 2010.

John Heckel
John Heckel is a retired professor of theatre and film at Humboldt State University. John has directed both film and theatre, educationally and professionally. He has been fortunate enough to have lived, taught and directed in multiple foreign countries. After serving as his mother’s primary care-giver until her death at the age of 95, John went back to school to receive a Ph.D. in psychology. He currently advocates for seniors, directs the occasional play, does gender and couples therapy consulting, and writes articles and a monthly column on the difficulties of aging.

Jane Hill
Jane Hill was executive director of The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra until retirement in 2007.  For eight years before that, she was executive director of Opera Omaha.  Prior to Opera Omaha, Jane was co-founder and executive director of Dell’Arte International, Inc., a California theatre company and unique training program. Since her retirement, Hill has served non-profit organizations through her consulting business artSMART. Past board service includes the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, OPERA America and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha. An On-Site Reporter (Opera) for the NEA, Hill’s past awards include Greater Omaha YWCA Woman of Vision Award.  She was also named Arts Executive of the Year by the Sacramento Arts & Business Council. With nine grandchildren, Hill views this project and the support of pro-peace activities as priorities.

Peter H. Pennekamp
Peter Pennekamp is a first generation American born to Jewish and political refugee parents from Nazi Germany. His mother’s family was rescued from Europe by Quakers and Peter has been affiliated with Quakers and peace movements for most of his life. Retired recently from the Community Democracy Workshop (CDWorkshop.org), Peter served as executive director of Humboldt Area Foundation for nearly 20 years, with prior service to NPR, the National Endowment for the Arts and Center Arts

Amy Uyeki
Amy Uyeki is a mixed media artist who has worked in woodcuts, pastels and most recently animation, with a focus on human rights and social justice. She animated and co-produced a PBS hour documentary, “Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps.” More recently, she co-produced and animated a documentary about local family rights advocate and social work pioneer Marianne Pennekamp, who survived the Holocaust. Amy has received several grants and awards for her work including a California Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship and the New Langton Arts Award among others. She has taught art in area schools and also did freelance in illustration and design.


Mortality, Morality and the Bomb Panelists:

Robert Gould, M.D.
Robert Gould is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 1989 he has been President of the San Francisco-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and has served as the President of National PSR in 2003 and 2014. Dr. Gould has been recognized as an expert on the health impacts of nuclear weapons and the role of medical professionals in environmental health, contributing chapters to “War and Public Health” (2008) and “Terrorism and Public Health” (2011). He received awards from the Santa Clara County Medical Society Association for “Outstanding Contribution in Community Service” (2001) and “Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Society” (2012).

Dale Preston
Dale L. Preston, Ph.D., is a biostatistician with almost 40 years’ experience describing and quantifying the long-term health effects of radiation in humans.  He played a central role in developing the modern methods and tools used to characterize radiation effects and has authored or co-authored almost 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Between 1981 and 2004, while living in Hiroshima, Dr. Preston worked on studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic-bomb survivors, at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation and remains active in the Foundation’s research.  Since 1987 he has been involved in studies of various Russian populations, initially Chernobyl victims, but primarily people exposed to radiation as a result of the operations of the Russian reactor and plutonium production complex (Mayak). He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Scientific Committee on Atomic the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the US National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, and other groups around the world. Dr. Preston is a Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2017 he received the Failla award in recognition of a history of significant contributions to radiation research by the Radiation Research Society.

Reweti Wiki
Rewet Wiki is an indigenous New Zealander resident in Del Norte County. He has held various roles working with, and for, tribal governments in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties and recently led the establishment of an indigenous consulting practice within EY – a big four accounting firm – focused on improving social and economic outcomes for indigenous people across New Zealand and Australia. Reweti maintains genealogical links to the Ngāti Porou and Te Aupouri tribes of New Zealand.”

Lawrence Wittner
Lawrence Wittner is emeritus Professor of History at the State University of New York/Albany who has written extensively on peace movements, foreign policy, and economic inequality. He is the author of nine books, the editor or co-editor of another four, and the author of approximately 400 published articles and book reviews. From 1984 to 1987, he edited Peace & Change, a journal of peace research. His article “Peace Movements and Foreign Policy” won the Charles DeBenedetti award of the Conference on Peace Research in History in 1989, and his One World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953 received the Warren Kuehl Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 1995. He received the New York State/United University Professions Excellence Award for scholarship, teaching, and service in 1990 and the Peace History Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. A former president of the Council on Peace Research in History (now the Peace History Society), an affiliate of the American Historical Association, Wittner also chaired the Peace History Commission of the International Peace Research Association. He has received major fellowships or grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Aspen Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the United States Institute of Peace. Dr. Wittner has spoken at the United Nations and at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and has delivered guest lectures on dozens of college and university campuses. Blending intellectual life with political activity, he has been active since 1961 in the racial equality, labor, and peace movements.