2. Peace and U.S. Foreign Policy Organizations
2.1. Coalitions of Peace Groups
- Win Without War (WWW)
- A coalition of national organizations representing broad constituencies that aim to keep America safe by advocating that international cooperation and enforceable international law provide the greatest security for the United States and the world.
- United for Peace and Justice (UPJ)
- A coalition of more than 1300 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose the U.S. government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.
2.2. General Peace Groups
- Peace Action
- Through national and grassroots citizen action, works to redirect federal spending from military to human needs, abolish nuclear weapons, end the international arms trade, and foster the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Formerly, Sane-Freeze.
- CodePink Women for Peace
- A women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs, and other life-affirming programs.
- War Resisters League (WRL)
- Uses peaceful means to try to create a society that is peaceful, democratic, and free of economic, racial, and sexual oppression — seeking not only to eliminate war, but the causes of war.
- Council for a Livable World (CLW)
- Provides U.S. Senators with technical and scientific information that helps them make intelligent decisions about nuclear arms control, strategic and conventional weapons, the military budget, and United Nations peacekeeping.
- Just Foreign Policy
- An independent and non-partisan mass membership organization dedicated to achieving a U.S. foreign policy based on cooperation, law, and diplomacy.
2.3. Veterans Peace Groups
- Veterans for Peace (VFP)
- Drawing on their personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans, they work to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war — and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives.
- Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW)
- Committed to the struggle for peace and for social and economic justice for all people.
- Military Families Speak Out (MFSO)
- An organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones in the military.
- Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
- Gives a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against the Iraq war.
2.4. Women’s Peace Groups
- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
- Works through peaceful means to achieve world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.
- Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
- Works to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.
2.5. Student Peace Groups
- Student Pugwash USA (SPUSA)
- Encourages young people to probe the reasons for scientific advancement and the implications of technology on citizens’ everyday lives — including issues such as international conflict, environmental protection, genetics research, and civil rights.
2.6. Nuclear Weapons-Focused Groups
- Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA)
- A network of 34 local, regional, and national peace and environmental groups representing the concerns of communities in the shadows of the U.S. nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps — working on health, cleaning up and shutting down polluting, obsolete, and unsafe facilities, and stopping construction of many new bomb production plants.
- Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
- Initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders.
- Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
- Works to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and is co-chaired by Ted Turner and Sam Nunn.
- Abolition 2000
- An international global network working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework.
- Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
- Seeks the reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons as a significant tool of U.S. national security policy.
- Arms Control Association (ACA)
- Provides policy-makers, the press, and the interested public with authoritative information, analysis, and commentary on arms control proposals, negotiations and agreements, and related national security issues through its public education and media programs and its magazine, Arms Control Today (ACT).
- Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP)
- Uses national and international law to promote peace and disarmament, providing a vital link between policy makers, legal scholars, and activists.
- Institute For Science and International Security (ISIS)
- Dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security and especially stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, bringing about greater transparency of nuclear activities worldwide, and achieving deep reductions in nuclear arsenals.
2.7. Peace Building Groups
- Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
- Promotes the academic fields of peace and justice studies within universities, colleges, and K-12 grade levels.
- Peaceful Tomorrows
- An organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into action for peace by developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice and thereby break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism throughout the world.
- The Peace Alliance
- Advocates for legislation that supports a culture of peace and works to create a United States Department of Peace.
- Alliance for Peacebuilding
- A coalition of organizations that seek to use communication, negotiation, and mediation instead of belligerence and violence to resolve conflicts.
- Citizens for Global Solutions
- Promotes closer American cooperation with and support for international institutions capable of responding to the threats and challenges of the 21st century; specifically works to promote the International Criminal Court and to reform United Nations peace operations. Formerly, the World Federalist Association.
- United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA)
- Dedicated to educating, inspiring, and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system, and achievement of the goals of the UN Charter.
- Seeds of Peace
- Empowers young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
- Search for Common Ground
- Works to transform the way the world deals with conflict — away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.
- Food Not Bombs (FNB)
- Recovers food that would have been discarded and shares it as a way of protesting war and poverty.
2.8. Conscientious Objection to War Groups
- Center on Conscience and War (CCW)
- Works to defend and extend the rights of conscientious objectors to war and violence.
- Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD)
- Challenges militarism, the institution of the military, its effect on society, its budget, its role abroad and at home, and the racism, sexism, and homophobia that are inherent in the armed forces and Selective Service System.
- National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF)
- Advocates for U.S. federal legislation enabling conscientious objectors to war to have their federal income taxes directed to a special fund which could be used for non-military purposes only.
- National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
- A coalition of groups that provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance (WTR).
2.9. Religious Peace Groups
- Religions for Peace — USA
- Gathers representatives of religious communities in the U.S., promotes multi-religious cooperation for peace and justice, builds on the spiritual, human, and institutional resources of its communities, enhances mutual understanding, and acts for the common good.
- Pax Christi USA
- Strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence — rejecting war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination and advocating the primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.
- Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
- Works to develop the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence as a way of living and being, and to end war, poverty, racism, and environmental destruction — and build a nonviolent culture.
2.10. Nonviolent Peacemaker Groups
- Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP)
- A federation of over 90 Member Organizations from around the world who work unarmed in conflict areas to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work.
- Peace Brigades International (PBI), USA
- A regional office of Peace Brigades International which provides nonviolent international peacekeeping in areas of violent conflict and repression, offering unarmed protective accompaniment to individuals, organizations, and communities threatened with political violence and human rights violations as they try to work for social justice and human rights.
- Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
- At the invitation of local peace and human rights workers, places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world who intervene in bold attempts to transform lethal conflict through the nonviolent power of God’s truth and love.
2.11. Nonviolent Action Policy Groups
- Albert Einstein Institution (AEI)
- Researches and promotes the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of strategic nonviolent action.
- International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)
- Develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide.
2.12. Other Specialized Peace Groups
- SOA Watch
- Seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) — a facility that trains Latin American officials guilty of human rights abuses — through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
- Enabling Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)
- Works to improve humanitarian conditions, defend human rights, and support democratic change in Iraq through education, research, and policy work.
- Americans for Peace Now (APN)
- Works to help Israel and the Shalom Achshav movement in Israel 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.
- US Labor Against the War (USLAW)
- A coalition of labor unions that works to end the war and occupation of Iraq, redirect the resources of the nation to meet human needs, and reverse the erosion of our liberties and rights.
2.13. Peace Policy Institutes
- Center for International Policy (CIP)
- Promotes a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, international cooperation, demilitarization, and respect for basic human rights.
- Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA)
- Seeks to adapt military policy to the circumstances and opportunities of the post-Cold War era by developing pragmatic, cost-effective defense policy options that support progress toward more cooperative means of attaining security.
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Works to advance cooperation between nations and promote active international engagement by the United States.
- Carter Center
- Created by former President Carter to engage with those at the highest levels of government and also to work side by side with poor and often forgotten people to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope.