These prominent, influential and respected individuals provide guidance and counsel to CGS regarding our pursuit of global citizenship, a democratized and empowered United Nations, and enduring world peace through enforceable world law.
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After serving at the Defense Department and the State Department, Ellsberg returned to the RAND Corporation in 1967, where he worked on the top-secret study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam that would become known as “the Pentagon Papers.” Ellsberg gave a copy of the 7,000-page study to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1969, and two years later gave it to 19 newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Ellsberg was charged with 12 felony counts, but the trial was dismissed on grounds of governmental misconduct against him. That led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon.
Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer, and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions, and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing. He is a Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Ellsberg is the author of "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" and "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." He is also the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Olof Palme Prize.
The self-described pacifist was an early opponent of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and has been a consistent opponent of nuclear arms. As honorary mayor of Malibu, California in 1989, he declared the city a nuclear-free zone. Nearly 20 years later, Sheen was arrested during a protest at the Nevada Test Site. Sheen said in 2009 that he had been arrested 66 times for acts of civil disobedience, leading one activist to declare Sheen to have “a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits.”
Sheen has also been active in anti-genocide and pro-immigrant causes, as well as in the environmental movement. In 2010, he told a crowd of young people, “While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive.” In a 1963 episode of “The Outer Limits,” he portrayed an astronaut of the future wearing a breast patch that read “UE. Unified Earth.”