Roland Austin

The best way to describe Roland’s involvement in the peace movement is that he was there. Whenever there were local demonstrations or vigils, he was there. When they were held out-of-town, in Washington, DC, New York City, or the Seneca Army Depot, he was there. He was an active member of Broome County Peace Action since its start in 1984, a board member for 14, three of which he served as president. He was a founder and lifetime supporter of the Binghamton Boravichi Sister Cities Project. He was a conscientious objector during World War II, an act that took a lot of courage during that popular war. He was a member of the Anti-Vietnam War Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Binghamton during that conflict and participated in Telephone Tax Resistance. He was a kind, gentle person, who treated everyone with respect, but was resolute in his strong opposition to war.

George Haeseler

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