Stacy Bannerman is the author of HOMEFRONT 911: How Families of Veterans Are Wounded by Our Wars (2015) and WHEN THE WAR CAME HOME (2006). Stacy singlehandedly wrote and spearheaded the passage of two bills in Oregon with virtually unanimous bipartisan support and was the sole force that got the National Military Family Leave Act of 2009 sponsored, introduced, and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Bannerman is a nationally-recognized leader in the effort to end the Iraq war and an SME on post-9/11 military families and caregivers of veterans. She was responsible for securing the first-ever Congressional hearing of the impacts of war on families of veterans and provided the keystone testimony. She broke the national silence about the frequency and severity of combat veteran domestic violence, and is the only peace activist in history to testify before Congress three times.
Ms. Bannerman is the architect of the combat justice paradigm, which frames armed conflict as a domestic, feminist, and environmental issue, rather than one that is exclusively a foreign policy and military matter decided by males. This is done by relating the civilian and domestic impacts of war to concepts of justice, especially women’s rights, equality, social justice, poverty, race, militarized policing, domestic violence, and immigration, and by examining the environmental impacts of military intervention, and the historical and contemporary responsibilities for armed conflict.
The Founder and CEO of Women’s EcoPeace, Stacy organized the groundbreaking statewide coalition calling upon the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) to Divest from War. She was a charter Board member of Military Families Speak Out and served on the Steering Committee. She was the Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center, and co-created and produced a multimedia human rights campaign that was nominated for a regional advertising award. A compelling speaker with a powerful message, Stacy has conducted more than 600 multimedia interviews, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, BBC, Deborah Norville on MSNBC, the Lehrer News Hour, NBC Nightly News, The Connection on PBS/NOW, and a feature story in the Washington Post.
Stacy has an M.F.A. in Writing/Nonfiction, an M.S. in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, and a B.A. in International Relations. She attended the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute’s Center for Visionary Leadership, the Doctoral program at Wisdom University, and served as adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University, Southern Oregon University, and elsewhere. She was the creator and director of the performance art piece, Homefront 911: Military Family Monologues, which made history when it took the stage at the U.S. Capitol. Stacy has written more than 70 articles with bylines at Alternet.org, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Progressive, The San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, Tacoma News Tribune, Truthout, The Women's Media Center and many others.
She led the Heart2Heart Tour to Philadelphia’s Constitution Center and gave her Freedom Medal back to former President George W. Bush on Veterans Day, 2018. Ms. Bannerman has the distinction of being the first and only military family member to return a war award to an American President. https://popularresistance.org/military-family-member-returns-freedom-medal-to-george-w-bush/?fbclid=IwAR1A_GncboR1FFMTM4mYdTw_oNRWlhkbr9UxnVg2DBprRl0KfNFbJz7F944 She currently resides in Virginia, where she is working on her third book, second screenplay, and world peace.