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With a steadfast commitment to the pursuit of justice and peace, Paul Magno serves as a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s (FORusa) National Council. He is energized by the opportunity to help FOR champion its second successful century striving to end human injustices and promote equality among all people.
Paul believes that the Martin Luther King articulation of the “giant triplets of racism, militarism and extreme materialism” remains compelling 50 years after King’s murder and suggests that what we often analyze as structural injustice is a complex and comprehensive tapestry of violence plaguing and deforming virtually every aspect of life on Earth. In working with FORusa, his goal is to cultivate communities deeply rooted in faith and spirituality, informing resistance to pervasive violence.
His own background centered in the Catholic Worker movement, Paul has not only worked with and supported FOR in the past (most notably its solidarity with Puerto Rico’s liberation movement), but he has spent his career advocating for the poor and marginalized. In addition to FOR, he serves as an advisor to Nonviolence International and he is a resident of Baltimore’s Jonah House, a 45-year-old faith-based community committed to nonviolent resistance to war and kindred oppressions.
Paul’s previous roles include the coordination of peacekeeping and human rights activities such organizations as Witness for Peace, TASSC International, Consistent Life, Washington Peace Center, Father McKenna Center, Guatemala Partners/Rights Action and Quixote Center. As a participant of the antinuclear Plowshares movement, he spent 20 months in a federal prison camp in the 1980s but has actively supported the movement’s disarmament efforts for nearly 40 years.
The father of two adult daughters, Paul is an avid fan of Boston’s sports teams who also enjoys exploring old folk music.