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United for Peace and Justice
United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 800 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.
United for Peace and Justice welcomes the participation of any and all national, regional and local groups who share their goals and wish to work with others.
Witness for Peace
Witness for Peace is a politically independent, grassroots organization. We are people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. We stand with people who seek justice.
Veterans For Peace
Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. There is an annual convention in August for members from across the nation. Members receive periodic VFP publications.
The organization includes men and women veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts and peacetime veterans. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.
Veterans For Peace is an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) represented at the UN.
Whether or not you wish to participate in chapter activities, please consider becoming a Veteran For Peace member. As an organization, we are what our members make us. You can be part of that effort. Help us put an end to war.
We draw on our personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war - and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives.
CODEPINK is a women initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action.
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.
AFSC's work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization's mission and achievements won worldwide recognition in 1947 when it accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with the British Friends Service Council on behalf of all Quakers.
Sojourners is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice. In response to this call, we offer a vision for faith in public life by: publishing Sojourners magazine, SojoMail and other resources that address issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective; preaching, teaching, organizing, and public witness; nurturing community by bringing together people from the various traditions and streams of the church; hosting an annual program of voluntary service for education, ministry, and discipleship. In our lives and in our work, we seek to be guided by the biblical principles of justice, mercy, and humility.
Peace Action, the merger of SANE and The Freeze, has effectively mobilized for peace and disarmament for over forty years.
As the nation's largest grassroots peace group we get results: from the 1963 treaty to ban above ground nuclear testing, to the 1996 signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, from ending the war in Vietnam, to blocking weapons sales to human rights abusing countries.
At Peace Action we believe...
...that every person has the right to live without the threat of nuclear weapons.
...that war is not a suitable response to conflict.
...that America has the resources to both protect and provide for its citizens.
For what the US will spend on Missile Defense in one year we could: put over a million children through Head Start OR provide healthcare for over 3.5 million children OR create over 100,000 units of affordable housing OR hire over 160,000 elementary school teachers. At Peace Action our priorities are clear.
We believe, given the right tools, ordinary people can change the world.
When you join Peace Action you become part of an effective citizen movement. We work hard to keep you informed through our quarterly newsletter and publications. As a member you can join our Action Alert Network which allows citizens throughout the country to rapidly respond to important legislation online. You can become an important part of a national movement that includes 30 state affiliates and over 100 chapters that organize on a local level.
Peace Brigades International
PBI works to open a space for peace in which conflicts can be dealt with non-violently. PBI teams don't try to impose solutions from the outside. Instead, they provide moral support and a safer space for local activists.
PBI teams can pursue avenues not open to governments or partisan organizations. Free of the strings attached to the U.N. and other governmental bodies, our independent presence earns more trust from local grassroots activists, helping them to endure despite severe repression. PBI does not charge for its services and we do not fund individuals or groups we accompany. While we may provide workshops and nonviolent training, we do not take part in the work of those we accompany.
Our work takes three main forms: 1) Protective Accompaniment; 2) Peace Education: training in nonviolence, conflict transformation and human rights, and 3) Documenting Conflicts and Peace Initiatives and distributing this information world-wide.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, to use technology responsibly and sustainably, and to empower youth to create a more peaceful world. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international education and advocacy organization. It has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization.
Seeds of Peace
Founded in 1993, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
Over the last decade, Seeds of Peace has intensified its impact, dramatically increasing the number of participants, represented nations and programs.
From 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers in 1993, the organization still focuses on the Middle East but has expanded its programming to include young leaders from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans. Its leadership network now encompasses over 2,500 young people from four conflict regions.
The Seeds of Peace internationally recognized program model begins at the International Camp in Maine and continues through follow-up programming at the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem, international youth conferences, regional workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and an adult educator program. This comprehensive system allows participants to develop empathy, respect, and confidence as well as leadership, communication and negotiation skills -- all critical components that will facilitate peaceful coexistence for the next generation.
Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now [APN] was founded in 1981 to support the activities of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now in Israel). APN is the leading United States advocate for peace in the Middle East. APN's mission is to help Israel and the Shalom Achshav movement to achieve a comprehensive political settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict consistent with Israel's long-term security needs and its Jewish and democratic values.
APN strives to meet the following goals in order to fulfill its mission:
1. An American Jewish community and general American public educated about the strategic and economic benefits of security through peace in the Middle East.
2. Active White House and State Department engagement in the peace process, especially Administration efforts to broker a new interim understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, facilitate final status arrangements that reconcile Israeli security with Palestinian statehood, and encourage negotiations between Israel, Syria, and Lebanon.
3. Congressional support for the peace process through continued aid to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians.
4. Broad awareness in the United States of the benefits of Shalom Achshav programs in Israel.
5. A firm financial base for Shalom Achshav and APN activities.
APN has a wide array of educational programs that reach out to communities around the country, and is a powerful force for mobilizing grassroots support among U.S. citizens. By demonstrating this support, and by working directly with decision makers and government officials, APN promotes U.S. policies that further the peace process. Finally, APN provides critical financial support to the work of Shalom Achshav in Israel.
U.S. Department of Peace Campaign
Participate in an historic citizen lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace. This bill establishes nonviolence as an organizing principle of American society, providing the U.S. President with an array of peace-building policy options for domestic and international use.
Just as the passage of the thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery took years to pass; just as the nineteenth amendment providing women's suffrage took years to pass; just as the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960's took years to pass, this legislation provides substance and meaning to the political yearnings of our generation. It systematically applies the power of peaceful alternatives to help eradicate the root causes of violence.
What would a Dept. of Peace do?
In the words of president Dwight D. Eisenhower, "Politics should be the part-time profession of every American." We think he was right.
Women Waging Peace
Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace advocates for the full participation of all stakeholders, especially women, in peace processes. Creating sustainable peace is achieved best by a diverse, citizen-driven approach. Of the many sectors of society currently excluded from peace processes, none is larger—or more critical to success—than women. Since 1999, Waging has connected more than 400 women experts with over 3,000 policy shapers to collaborate on fresh, workable solutions to long-standing conflicts across the globe.
Over 400 members of the Waging network, all demonstrated leaders among women peace builders, are elected and appointed government officials; directors of non-governmental organizations (NGOs); lawyers, scholars, and educators; business, military, and religious leaders; representatives of multilateral organizations; and journalists. With varied backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, these women bring a vast array of expertise to the peacemaking process.
Women’s contributions in the field of security are largely unrecognized at institutional and public policy levels. Responding to the need for a strong academic foundation in this area, the Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace Policy Commission was created in 2001 to focus on research and analysis as underpinnings for policy advocacy. The Commission is producing a series of a series of case studies documenting the effectiveness of women in peace efforts in conflicts around the globe. The studies examine women’s activities in conflict prevention, pre-negotiation and negotiation, and post-conflict reconstruction.
Recent policy statements from the UN Security Council, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Group of Eight Leading Industrialized Nations, and the European Union call for the inclusion of women at every stage of local and international efforts to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict. Waging advocates for the implementation of these groundbreaking international commitments by brokering relationships among an extensive network of women peace builders and policy shapers, resulting in new solutions to long-standing conflicts at local, regional, and international levels. Over 3,000 government officials, NGO leaders, media professionals, and academics have collaborated with Waging network members; together they have explored options for building sustainable, inclusive peace at annual colloquia held in the US and other meetings around the world.
Launched at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Inclusive Security: Women Waging Peace is currently an operating program of Hunt Alternatives Fund, which advances innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Bring together Buddhism and progressive social action.
PeaceJam is an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their local communities, themselves and the world.
PeaceWomen.org is a project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) United Nations Office, in New York City. The PeaceWomen Project monitors and works toward rapid and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. To these ends:
PeaceWomen hosts Peacewomen.org, a website that provides accurate and timely information on women, peace and security issues and women's peace-building initiatives in areas of armed conflict;
PeaceWomen works to facilitate communication among and mobilization of advocates and supporters in civil society, the UN system and governments working on women, peace and security issues; and
PeaceWomen advocates for the integration of gender analysis in the governance, peace and security work of civil society actors, the UN system, and governmental bodies.
Foundation for Middle East Peace
Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing Americans about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and assisting in a peaceful solution that brings security for both peoples
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace was founded in 1996, when, despite three years of participating in a "peace process" under the Oslo accords, Palestinians and Israelis seemed increasingly unlikely to achieve the peace they claimed to seek. JVP members were especially concerned that, in violation of Oslo, the Israeli government was continuing to build settlements in the Occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. Israel also had opened a controversial archaeological tunnel in the Old City of Jerusalem, leading to confrontations in which 65 Palestinians and 14 Israelis were killed. JVP organized more than 100 people to protest at the Israeli consulate in San Francisco, becoming one of the first U.S. Jewish group to criticize Israeli treatment of Palestinians since the "peace process" began.
JVP is the voice of the overwhelming majority of American Jews who, as polls consistently show, support a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to Israel's Occupation of Palestinian land. Although many mainstream American Jewish organizations continue to call for "unwavering support" of Israel, JVP demonstrates that those groups are not representative. We further prove that criticizing Israeli policy is not anti-Semitic, and that Jewish tradition requires justice for Palestinians and Jews. We help unmask the true forces behind the continuation of hostilities in the Middle East, which are not primarily the "Jewish lobby", as it is often called, but the arms brokers, oil & gas dealers, and forces of the Religious Right who benefit, directly or indirectly, from continued conflict and foreign intervention in the region.
JVP has become the largest grassroots Jewish peace group in the United States. We mobilize a national and international constituency of Jews to push for a change in Israeli and U.S. policies. Our dedicated volunteer activists spearhead our campaigns and programs, which include lobbying, direct actions, media activism, education and outreach, and solidarity work. We employ a full time staff of three. We sponsor a daily email service, Jewish Peace News, with thousands of subscribers throughout the world.
At JVP, our guiding principle is that United States foreign policy must be based on promoting peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law. Accordingly, until Israel ends it Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, we call upon the United States to suspend military aid to Israel and on U.S. corporations such as Caterpillar to stop supplying the Israeli army. We denounce all violence against all civilians. We affirm that both Israelis and Palestinians have rights to security and self-determination. We campaign against Israel's construction of the "Separation Wall," which annexes even more Palestinian territory. We advocate for a just solution, consistent with international law and equity, for the Palestinian refugees. We believe that by working together, we can achieve peace among all the peoples of the Middle East.
University of Peace
Established as a Treaty Organization with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980, the University for Peace has the mission:
The Charter of the University sets out in its appendix the following general principles:
1. The persistence of war in the history of mankind and the growing threats against peace in recent decades jeopardize the very existence of the human race and make it imperative that peace should no longer be viewed as a negative concept, as the end of conflict or as a simple diplomatic compromise, but rather that it should be achieved and ensured through the most valuable and most effective resource that man possesses: education.
2. Peace is the primary and irrevocable obligation of a nation and the fundamental objective of the United Nations; it is the reason for its existence. However, the best tool for achieving this supreme good for humankind, namely education, has not been used.
3. Many nations and international organizations have attempted to attain peace through disarmament. This effort must be continued; yet facts show that man should not be too optimistic as long as the human mind has not been imbued with the notion of peace from an early age. It is necessary to break the vicious circle of struggling for peace without an educational foundation.
4. This is the challenge that now faces all nations and all men as the twenty-first century approaches. The decision must be made to save the human race, which is threatened by war, through education for peace. If education has been the instrument of science and technology, there is all the more reason to use it to achieve this primary right of the human being.
World Conference of Religions for Peace
The World Conference of Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's great religions who are dedicated to achieving peace. Respecting cultural differences while celebrating our common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled places on earth, creating multi-religious partnerships that mobilize the moral and social resources of religious people to address their shared problems.
The United States Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. Established in 1984, the Institute meets its congressional mandate through an array of programs, including research grants, fellowships, professional training, education programs from high school through graduate school, conferences and workshops, library services, and publications. The Institute's Board of Directors is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results.
Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. Their interests span geographic regions and the relations among governments, business, international organizations and civil society, focusing on the economic, political, and technological forces driving global change.
Through its Carnegie Moscow Center, the Endowment helps develop a tradition of public policy analysis in the states of the former Soviet Union and improve relations between Russia and the United States.
The Endowment publishes Foreign Policy, one of the world's leading magazines of international politics and economics which reaches readers in more than 120 countries and several languages.
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting strengthens local journalism in areas of conflict. By training reporters, facilitating dialogue and providing reliable information, it supports peace, democracy and development in societies undergoing crisis and change.
IWPR's work is distinguished by intensive on-the-job training, practical collaboration between international and regional journalists to transfer skills and experience for the long term.
The Institute takes training out of the classroom and conference hall and brings it into the field, assisting the professional development of the media while addressing journalists' and editors' immediate, day-to-day priorities.
Widely known for its award-winning website, www.iwpr.net, and electronic publications in nine languages, IWPR's activities are based on an integrated programme of support through the entire journalistic process: basic training; story development and writing; editing, publication and local syndication; local debate and evaluation.
By improving the capacity of local journalists to produce balanced and accurate reporting in the public interest, the activities are designed to contribute to public understanding of political issues within the region as well as internationally, with an emphasis on democratisation, human rights, conflict resolution and development. Click through a power-point presentation of IWPR's comprehensive training programme.
IWPR runs major programmes in Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Iraq. Also we are managing a special reporting project on war crimes tribunals. The Institute maintains offices in Almaty, Baku, Belgrade, Bishkek, The Hague, Kabul, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tashkent, Tbilisi and Dushanbe with representatives in Tirana, Vladikavkaz and Yerevan.
Field offices build local networks, engage in extensive training and editing, and host practical workshops and discussion sessions. Coordination and intensive expert support is provided by IWPR's training, editing and logistics team, based in London.
The overall programme toolbox is adapted for each country project based on local needs, problems and available resources, and includes investigative and cross-community reporting, training the trainers, collaboration with local human rights groups, regional conferences, and research and consultancy for international media and development agencies.
An international media development charity, IWPR is led by senior journalists and peace researchers, with staff drawn from established media such as the BBC, The Guardian and Reuters. The Institute is a partnership between the London-based charity established in 1991, and the recently formed IWPR (US), based in Washington, DC, 501(c)(3) charitable status pending.
The International Peace Bureau
The IPB is the world´s oldest and most comprehensive international peace federation, bringing together people working for peace in many different sectors: not only pacifists but also women´s, youth, labour, religious and professional bodies.
IPB was founded in 1892 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. It has 235 member organizations, both internationals and national/local groups in over 50 countries. IPB´s role is to support peace and disarmament initiatives taken by the UN, by governments, and especially by citizens. We devote our main resources to informing and servicing grassroots peace campaigns, and creating international projects. In addition, we act as publishing house, conference organiser, and Geneva logistical support for visiting NGOs.
Our main programmes focus on disarmament and human security. Other current priorities of IPB include nuclear weapons abolition, conflict prevention and resolution, human rights, international humanitarian law, women and peace, and peace education.
In May 1999, IPB played an essential role in organizing a major end-of-century project, the Hague Appeal for Peace, held in the Hague, the Netherlands.
The International Peace Academy
The International Peace Academy (IPA) is an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflicts between and within states through policy research and development.
IPA works closely with the United Nations, regional and other international organizations, governments, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as with parties to conflicts in selected cases. Its efforts are enhanced by its ability to draw on a worldwide network of government and business leaders, scholars, diplomats, military officers, and leaders of civil society.
IPA is a nonprofit organization governed by an international Board of Directors. The organization is funded by generous donations from governments, major philanthropic foundations, and corporate donors, as well as contributions from individuals and its Board members.
Hague Appeal for Peace
The Hague Appeal for Peace is an international network of individuals and organizations dedicated to sowing the seeds for the abolition of war through advocacy and training in peace education.
HAP started in 1996 with the mission to organize the largest peace conference in history. The mission was accomplished in 1999, when over 10,000 individuals gathered in The Hague in The Netherlands (read more...). Guiding the conference framework was the desire to make peace a human right for all. The Conference resulted in the Hague Agenda, covering 12 campaigns.
After the conference the Hague Appeal for Peace took one of the 12 campaigns to be its new mission: the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE). HAP goals and strategies are collectively determined and evaluated by an International Advisory Committee (IAC). The IAC is represented by a Steering Committee and supported by a full-time Program Director in the HAP office based in New York.
Journalists, educators, and activists keep up to date on the important work of peacemaking by reading this popular and respected magazine. Four times a year we publish articles, news stories, book and film reviews, letters, and a Peace Crossword. We discuss disarmament; conflict resolution; nonviolent sanctions; peace institutions (e.g. the United Nations and the World Court); conflicts and crises around the world; profiles of activists and researchers; and controversies about development, population, and environmental protection. Our illustrated 32-page magazine includes a 12-page section produced in collaboration with Science for Peace. Our stories are technically accurate, yet intelligible to any reader with a general education and some interest in international affairs and global security.
Peace Magazine is published by Canadian Disarmament Information Service (CANDIS) -- a nonprofit organization. We rely heavily on volunteers, including our associate editors who select and commission articles for each issue.
PEACE NOT WAR
Produces, distributes and sells Peace Not War CDs
The Fund for Peace
The mission of The Fund for Peace is to prevent war and alleviate the conditions that cause war. The Fund promotes education and research for practical solutions. It is a consistent advocate of promoting social justice and respect for the principles of constitutional democracy.
Peace Education Foundation
The Peace Education Foundation (PEF) is a non-profit educational organization established in 1980. The PEF’s mission is to educate children and adults in the dynamics of conflict and to promote peacemaking skills in homes, schools and communities throughout the world. This mission is served by providing educational materials, training and innovative programming that make non-violent conflict resolution not merely a passing interest or fad, but a lifestyle.
PEF is best known for its grade-specific classroom-tested curricula for Pre-K through grade 12, as well as expert training and implementation consultation. Through these we achieve the key aims of our model: giving adults the skills and knowledge to teach children social competency and conflict resolution skills, creating a school environment based on trust, caring and respect. While we present each curriculum in a developmentally appropriate format, PEF curricula as a whole have a unified scope and sequence of content and skills.
Internationally, over 20,000 schools and agencies use our materials.
Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, MA, USA
Traprock fosters community, and provides peace education programs regionally and nationally.
The Peace Corps
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, more than 178,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 138 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.
Peace.org intends to create a resource for people interested in contemplating, participating in, and contributing to sustainable peace and co-existence.
Various peace quotes from thinkexist.com
A site by Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon.
World Peace Prayer Society
The World Peace Prayer Society is an all inclusive, all embracing not-for-profit grassroots organization associated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. We do not have a political agenda nor are we a church.
Various "peace" results from reference.com
Peace - Wikipedia