Mr. Michael Simmons (b. 1945) has been a peace and justice activist for over forty years. A Philadelphia native, Simmons worked with SNCC in his youth and was imprisoned for his draft resistance during the Vietnam War.   Simmons has been a participant in the fair housing movement, the anti-apartheid movement and other human rights struggles. He is presently director of European Programs for the American Friends Service Committee, where he has made justice for Roma (Gypsies) a major priority of AFSC’s work on the European continent.

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