Ending Violent Extremism - Community Forum

Date: 11.18.2013

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

Ending Violent Extremism

Soka Changemakers Presents in Collaboration with Career Services

Ending Violent Extremism: A Community Forum

Former Extremists & Survivors Igniting Peaceful Social Change

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Reception to follow.

Soka Changemakers hosts a panel of international thought-leaders from the Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network, a Google Ideas and Gen Next Foundation sponsored community of former extremists and survivors dedicated to ending violence. Audience will gain ideas that allow - even require - each of us to be part of the solution.  Speakers include:

Linda Biehl  Linda Biehl, Survivor  

In the midst of South Africa's violent anti-apartheid movement in 1993, Linda’s daughter Amy Biehl, a white American activist studying in Cape Town, was murdered. Peter and Linda Biehl’s willingness to reconcile with her killer led to formation of The Amy Biehl Foundation, whose mission is to weave a barrier against violence and to prevent youth violence.

Paul Carillo  Paul Carillo, Former Gang Member

Paul was raised on the streets of Los Angeles in an environment that was full of drugs, gangs, abuse, violence and poverty. Paul’s life changed after two significant events: his close friend was murdered and his girlfriend became pregnant. Since then, he has spent the 10 years helping youth out of the same chaos that once trapped him.

Eric Gibson  Eric Gibson, Survivor

Eric Gibson entered the spinal cord injury by way of gun violence in the Los Angeles gang world. Eric believes getting shot five times at close range delivered him from a life of crime and violence. He now dedicates himself to disarming the city and its youth. He received his certification in drug
and alcohol counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a multicultural ambassador for the Reeve Foundation.

Maajid Nawaz  Maajid Nawaz, Former Islamist

Maajid Nawaz, was formerly on the UK national leadership for the global Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT). He eventually served four years in an Egyptian prison as an Amnesty International “prisoner of conscience” where he renounced the Islamist ideology while remaining Muslim. He now engages in counter-Islamist policy advice, social-activism, writing, debating and media appearances. He is Co-Founder of Quilliam, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, and author of Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening.

Kerry Noble  Kerry Noble, Former Cult Leader

Kerry Nobel is the former second in command of "Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord" (CSA), a racist right-wing cult whose purpose was the overthrow of the United States government. CSA was the subject of a stand-off on April 19, 1985 and it was Kerry’s rejection of violence that led to a peaceful end to that crisis. Since then Kerry has worked to bring others out of the movement and has authored of two books on the far right Tabernacle of Hate and Tabernacle of Hope.


Ross Frenett manages the Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network, a global network of former extremists and survivors of extremist violence which the Institute runs in conjunction with Google Ideas and the GenNext Foundation.

Michael P. Davidson, CEO of Gen Next, an exclusive organization of successful individuals dedicated to learning about and becoming engaged with the most pressing challenges facing future generations.

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GenNext Foundation     SGP       CCPB

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Center for Living Peace     Against Violent Extremism