Ira Shorr has over 20 years of experience working on nuclear weapons and foreign policy issues at both the local and national level. He was a leader in statewide efforts in Florida for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze in the 1980s–helping to found a local and statewide organization. As a national field organizer for SANE and Program Director for Peace Action (the nations largest peace and justice organization) from 1986-1994 in Washington DC, he conducted trainings of local organizers, developed campaigns, wrote and spoke extensively on foreign policy issues and pioneered a nationwide campaign on military spending and human needs. From 1994-1996 Shorr was Senior Producer of America’s Defense Monitor, the Center For Defense Information’s weekly PBS documentary program. In January, 2000 he became founding Director of Back From the Brink, a coalition of 40 national arms control organizations working to get nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert. In September of 2002, Mr. Shorr became National Field Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a nationwide network of citizens, doctors and other health care professionals. PSR is the U.S. affiliate of IPPNW: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winner of the1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
Ira Shorr also has over 20 years of experience performing political satire and improvisational comedy, nationwide. He has appeared at conferences, rallies, comedy clubs and theatres, including the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has performed in venues with such national figures as Graham Nash, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Currently Mr. Shorr is touring as Jess Trussme, Senator from a state that cannot be named for security reasons and candidate for the White House in 2050.
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