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Student Peace Alliance
Student Peace Alliance represents a network of youth around the country who organize in support of peacebuilding legislation and community service initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing violence. Chapters actively advocate for legislation through grassroots actions and local lobbying meetings, while working to educate their local community about effective violence prevention programs. SPA chapters also recognize the need to support such programs locally and work to become peacebuilders within their communities.

Abolition 2000
Abolition 2000 is a network of more than 2000 organizations in more than 90 countries worldwide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.

global zero organization banner

In recent months, the threat of proliferation and nuclear terrorism has led to a growing chorus of leaders calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Global Zero, launched December 9, 2008, will support these leaders in this endeavor by combining high-level policy work with global public outreach to achieve a comprehensive agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide through phased and verified reductions.

Campus Anti-War Network
The Campus Anti-War Network is an independent, democratic, grassroots network of students opposing the occupation of Iraq and military recruiters in our schools, at campuses all over the country.

The Peace Majority Report
The Peace Majority Report provides continually updated news and information for building the American peace community.

Control Arms
Control Arms is a joint campaign of Amnesty International, the International Action Network on Small Arms, and Oxfam. The campaign seeks the ratification of a global Arms Trade Treaty. Such a treaty would create legally binding arms controls and ensure that all governments control arms to the same basic international standards.

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Photo: March 20, 2005 Peace Protest on 2nd Anniversary of Iraq War, Budapest, Hungary. Source: Common Dreams

Peaceful Societies
Peaceful societies are contemporary groups of people who effectively foster interpersonal harmony and who rarely permit violence or warfare to interfere with their lives. The Peaceful Societies website serves to introduce these societies to students, peace activists, scholars and citizens who are interested in the conditions that promote peacefulness. It includes information on the beliefs of these peoples, the ways they maintain their nonviolence, and the factors that challenge their lifestyles.

Campaign for a Department of Peace
The Campaign for a Department of Peace is a ctizen lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace. The primary function of a United States Department of Peace will be to research, articulate and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict.

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund advocates for US 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. This fund would be called the Peace Tax Fund.

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 the US government's policy of permanent warfare.They maintain a calendar of peace and justice events all over the world.

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Global Disarmament Banner in Switzerland, date unknown
Source: Club Chaos website

Traprock Peace Center
The Traprock Peace Center explores nonviolence, fosters community, and works to end war, promote communication and take initiatives on justice and environmental issues. It is a portal to an extensive network of peace, justice and environmental activism.

Meetup.com Peace Meetings
Use this link to find a peace group meeting near you--wherever you are.

The International Action Network on Small Arms
The International Action Network on Small Arms is the global network of civil society organisations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. For a January, 2005 Common Dreams article on their work, click here.

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children
The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2001. It calls on governments to declare their opposition to corporal punishment of children and to set a timetable for eliminating corporal punishment; this includes both explicit legal reform and also public education campaigns. Fifteen nations currently ban all forms of corporal punishment. In the US, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education advocates that children should no longer be excluded from the legal protections against assault and battery that apply to adults.

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In the News

Friday July 22, 2011

"At least 1,400 arrests for antiwar dissent, but who’s counting? Not the press," by John Hanrahan, Nieman Watchdog, July 22, 2011.

"Don't Exxagerate the Death of the Antiwar Movement," by Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams, July 22, 2011.

Sunday May 29, 2011

Nuclear Abolition Day 2011

Nuclear Abolition Day

Nuclear Abolition Day is an annual global day of action for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate all nuclear weapons. It is coordinated by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The date changes from year to year depending on significant events. The first global day of action was held on 5 June 2010 in response to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, which had just concluded.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

"Global Military Spending Hits High But Growth Slows," Huffington Post, April 10, 2011.

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Fighting Over Crumbs Left from Military Spending," by Laura Flanders, Common Dreams, March 4, 2011.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"It's Time to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons," by Desmond Tutu, Common Dreams, May 23, 2010.

Friday, May 7, 2010

"Nuclear Power Nearly as Dangerous as Weapons, Critics Say," by Haider Rizvi, Common Dreams, May 7, 2010.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

International Conference for a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, New York, April 30-May 1, 2010.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"The New Anti-Nuclear Movement," by Frida Berrigan, Common Dreams, April 16, 2010.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Global Zero Summit Concludes

"The Global Zero Summit in Paris," Global Zero, February 4, 2010.

Friday, October 2, 2009

World March for Peace and Nonviolence Begins

The World March for Peace and Nonviolence started on October 2, 2009 -- the International Day of Nonviolence -- in Wellington, New Zealand, and will culminate on January 2, 2010 at the foot of Mount Aconcagua in Punta de Vacas, Argentina. During this time, in hundreds of cities around the world, there will be marches, festivals, forums, conferences, and other events to create consciousness of the urgent need for peace and nonviolence.

world march for peace and nonviolence

March goals include: nuclear disarmament at a global level; the immediate withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories; the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons; the signing of non-aggression treaties between countries; and the renunciation by governments of the use of war as a means to resolve conflicts.

Friday, April 10, 2009
"Taking the Right Road on Nukes," by Kevin Martin, Foreign Policy in Focus, April 10, 2009.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Antiwar Activists Split Over Obama's Afghanistan Policy," by Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor, April 6, 2009.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

"Text of President Obama in Prague," Washington Post, April 5, 2009.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Group Seeks Nuclear Weapons Ban," by Gordon Corera, BBC News, December 9, 2008.

Friday, August 15, 2008

"The Defunding of the Peace Movement," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, August 15, 2008.

Monday, June 9, 2008

"Global Military Spending Soars 45 Percent in 10 Years," Common Dreams, June 9, 2008.

World military spending totalled $1339 billion in 2007, a real-terms increase of 6% since 2006

Arms sales by the 100 largest arms-producing companies in 2006 increased by 8% in nominal terms over 2005

International transfers of major conventional weapons were 7% higher over the period 2003–2007 than in 2002–2006.

Source: SIPRI Yearbook 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

"Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War Launched in Japan," by Alice Slater, Common Dreams, June 2, 2008.

Friday, April 4, 2008

"Peace Symbol Turns 50," Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 3, 2008.

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Photo Source: Associated Press / Atlanta Journal Constitution

Friday, February 22, 2008

Five Years Too Many
For information on commemorations and protests of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War on March 19, 2008, click on the images below.

5 years too many in iraq

Monday, October 22, 2007
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Repudiating Spirit of Constitution, US Senate Attacks Anti-War Ad

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."--US Constitution, First Amendment

"It is the sense of the Senate...to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces; and...to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group Moveon.org."--US Senate, September 20, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

"Betrayal of Antiwar Activists Could Hurt Democrats," Press Esc, July 14, 2007.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Myths About Congress and the War:
A Dialogue with Democratic Presidential Candidates

Video Source: Grassroots America

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mother's Day for Peace: "A Global Notion of Motherhood"

Source: Mother's Day for Peace

"Noor: Let's Reclaim Mother's Day for Peace, " by Queen Noor of Jordan, CNN.com, May 11, 2007.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

What We Protest For: A Soldier Returns Home
Video Source: PoliticsTV.com

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Washington, D.C. Anti-War March, January 27, 2007
From TruthOut.org, here is some video footage and interviews from the demonstration:

Video Source: Truthout.org/You Tube

Major Anti-War Demonstration Set for January 27
The demonstration against the war in Iraq, and other anti-war events in Washington, D.C., are sponsored by United for Peace and Justice, MoveOn.org, True Majority, Working Assets, the RainbowPUSH Coalition, the National Organization for Women, and hundreds of other national and local organizations.

Not in Our Name poster for January 27 2007 demonstration against Iraq war
Poster Credit: Not in Our Name

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

America Says No to War, January 11, 2007
Organizers around the country are creating various events immediately after the President's "surge" speech on January 11 to demonstrate opposition to escalation of the war in Iraq. To find an event or other way to participate
in your area, click here. 61% of Americans polled say they oppose the idea of a troop increase.

"Most Say No to Iraq Buildup," by Susan Page, USA Today, January 9, 2007.

Friday, January 5, 2007

"Our Meaningless Sacrifice in Iraq Must Stop," by Keith Olberman, Alternet, January 5, 2006; video version here.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

"The People Have Spoken, Now Congress Must Act: March on Washington, January 27, 2007," United for Peace and Justice website.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

"The Path to Global Disarmament," by Hans Blix, YaleGlobal, October 5, 2006.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

"The Deadly Hole in Global Security," by Oscar Arias, Boston Globe, September 21, 2006.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

"War is Not a Solution for Terrorism" by Howard Zinn, Boston Globe, September 2, 2006.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"It's Time for Global Control of Small Arms,"
by Amarta Sen, Common Dreams, June 28, 2006.

Friday, June 2, 2006

Commission Urges Global Nuclear Disarmament

"Commission Attacks Nuclear Drift," by Laura Trevelyan, BBC News, June 1, 2006.

Palestinian and Israeli Peacemakers' Story Told on Film

"Encounter Point," a documentary about Israelis and Palestinians reaching out to find peaceful solutions to their conflict, had its world premiere in New York on April 26. For more information and other showings of the film, see the Just Vision website. For the film trailer, click here.

70 Percent of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Want American Troops Withdrawn in 2006

"Poll: Troops favor 2006 Iraq pull out," United Press International (UPI), February 28, 2006. No Peace Movement, No Peace

"No Peace Movement, No Peace," A Speech by Tom Hayden to the Out of Iraq Assembly, Hollywood United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, January 17, 2006.

Women's Peace Petition Circles the Globe

"Women's Anti-War Petition Circles the Globe," by Haider Rizv, Common Dreams, January 17, 2006.

Direct Link to Women Say No To War Petition (Men also invited to sign)

Key Member of Congress Supports
Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

“The American public is way ahead of the members of Congress. Our military is suffering; the future of our country is at risk....It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region.”--Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa

"Hawkish Democrat Calls for Iraq Withdrawal," MSNBC, November 17, 2005.

San Francisco Bans Handguns
"San Francisco Voters Approve Handgun, Military Recruiting Ban," sfgate.com, November 8, 2005.

World Rallies Again Against War

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September 24, 2005 Anti-War Rally in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Rick McKay, Cox Washington Bureau

"Anti-War Mum Arrested at White House," TVNZ (New Zealand), September 26, 2005.

"Antiwar Protests Commence in Washington," Washington Post, September 24, 2005.

"Protesters Worldwide Call for End to Iraq War," CTV (Canada), September 24, 2005.

san francisco anti-war demonstration, 9/24/05
San Francisco, September 24, 2005.
Photo: Noah Berger, AP, Common Dreams
"Thousands March Through London in Iraq War Protest," Common Dreams, September 24, 2005.Click here for the United for Peace and Justice Calendar of peace events from around the world. london massive anti-war demonstration, 9/24/05
September 24, 2005 Anti-War Rally in London
Photo: Common Dreams
Reports from Camp Casey on the Road

Bring Them Home Now Tour
On August 31st, the last day of the Camp Casey encampment, the Bring Them Home Now Tour launched three buses from Crawford, Texas, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. These buses are traveling different routes across the country, converging in Washington, DC on September 21, for the United for Peace and Justice Mobilization September 24th-26th.

martin sheen shown together with cindy sheehan

Martin Sheen, Cindy Sheehan, and Iraq Veterans Against the War
Photo Credit: Jeff Paterson
"Cindy Sheehan: One Mother's Stand," A Blog by Scott Galindez, TruthOut.org.

"Photos from Camp Casey," and "Photos from Crawford Pro-War Rally," by Jeff Paterson, Not In Our Name, BayAreaIndyMedia.org, Camp Casey Photo Archive by Jeff Paterson here.

Veterans for Peace Video of How Camp Casey Began

"Anti-War Landscape May Shift, Come September," by Larry Eichel, Common Dreams, August 21, 2005.

September 24-26, 2005: Three Days of Action for Peace and Justice in Washington, DC, United for Peace and Justice.

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