Peace Organizations

Peace Organizations:

This page shows web links to Peace Organizations.  These are listed alphabetically.

Alternatives to Violence Project

From website:  "AVP is a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops in conflict resolution,  responses to violence, and personal growth.  AVP is dedicated to reducing the level of violence in our society. Our goal is to reduce the level of violence by introducing people to ways of resolving conflict that reduce their need to resort to violence as the solution. The Alternatives to Violence Project is designed to create successful personal interactions and transform violent situations. We're dedicated to teaching the same non-violent skills and techniques that were used by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We do our training where violence is found.  Our workshops target:  Prisons, Communities, and Schools."

American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee was founded in 1917 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and continues to engage in peace programs as well as other social justice, service, and development programs throughout the world.  The AFSC, along with the British Friends Service Council, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.

Christian Peacemaker Teams

From web page:  "What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?"

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Mission Statement:  "FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. We educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally."

Friends for a Non-Violent World

Mission Statement:  "Friends for a Non-Violent World’s mission is to end the occasion for violence. We provide tools, training and opportunities for people to take leadership in creating a non-violent society. We draw from Quaker traditions and affirm the dignity and self-determination of each person, promoting non-violence as a powerful means to accomplish all just ends."  Based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Friends Peace Teams

From web page:  "Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization working around the world to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict to create programs for peacebuilding, healing and reconciliation.  FPT’s programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of conflict resolution."  Founded in 1993.

Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace

Under the name of the People's Initiative for Departments of Peace, the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace was launched at the first People's Summit for Departments of Peace, held in London October 18-19, 2005, with the intention of supporting national-level campaigns to establish departments of peace in governments throughout the world.

Jewish Peace Fellowship

From web page:  "Jewish Peace Fellowship is a Jewish voice in the peace community and a peace voice in the Jewish community. We are a nondenominational Jewish organization committed to active nonviolence as a means of resolving conflict, drawing on Jewish traditional sources within the Torah, the Talmud and contemporary peacemaking sages like Martin Buber, Judah Magnes and Abraham Joshua Heschel."

Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

From web page:  "The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that offers international training programs in conflict transformation, intercommunal dialogue, and reconciliation. The core of Karuna Center’s work takes place in post-conflict regions of the world at the request of local partners."

Muslim Peace Fellowship

From web page:  "The Muslim Peace Fellowship (Ansar as-Salam) is a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backgrounds who are dedicated to making the beauty of Islam evident in the world.

"Our objectives:

  • To work against injustice and for peace in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.

  • To encourage a greater commitment to peace on behalf of all Muslims.

  • To explore and deepen our understanding of Islamic teachings about peace and nonviolence.

  • To expose the falsehood of the popular stereotype that Islam is a religion that teaches terrorism and violence.
    To reach out to people of other religious traditions in an effort to create mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect.

  • To work together with all people to keep open the Straight Path and to bring about a more just and peaceful community and world."

North Country Veterans for Peace

From web page:  "North Country Veterans For Peace (NCVFP) Chapter 121 is an officially recognized chapter of the national organization Veterans For Peace, Inc. ( Chartered in the spring of 2005, our chapter holds regular meetings in Potsdam and Canton, NY.

"While we are not anti-military, we do believe that members of our armed forces should not be put at risk without using every effort to ensure that war is the last resort. We support all the men and women who serve at home and abroad and dedicate ourselves to issues concerning all members of the military and veterans.

"We believe that bringing the cost of war to public recognition is good but it’s not enough. Because most of us have served in the military, we believe that no one should enlist without fully understanding what such a commitment means. We feel that school age children should not be targeted by military recruiters, and that adults who choose to enlist should have full and honest disclosure."

Nonviolent Peaceforce

Mission Statement from web page:  "The mission of the Nonviolent Peaceforce is to build a trained, international civilian nonviolent peace force. The Nonviolent Peaceforce will be sent to conflict areas to prevent death and destruction and protect human rights, thus creating the space for local groups to struggle nonviolently, enter into dialogue, and seek peaceful resolution."

Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)

The Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) is a politically independent, non-governmental, nonprofit organization active since March 2001.PATRIR works to promote peacebuilding and the constructive transformation of conflicts and all forms of violence – direct, structural and cultural – in Romania and internationally.

Peace and Justice Support Network  (Mennonite)

From web page:  "The mission of Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA is to proclaim and promote God's desire for justice (Micah 6:8), Christ's call to peacemaking (Matthew 5:9), and the Spirit's reconciling work (Ephesians 2:11-22)."

Peace Brigades International

From web page:  "Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which protects human rights and promotes nonviolent transformation of conflicts."

Peace Partnership International

The mission of Peace Partnership International is to "forge partnerships with and among government, civil society, and business, to catalyze transformation to a culture of peace."

Quaker Network for the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Network of peace organizations in Africa, Europe, and North America.  May now be called the Quaker Peace Network?

Quaker Peace Centre - Cape Town, South Africa

Mission statement, from web page:  Our mission is to build a non-violent society where
· diversity is celebrated,
· the energies of conflict are turned into a positive transforming power  and
· where the democratic rights of every individual are respected, protected and pursued.

Quaker Peace Network - Burundi

Quaker Network on Peaceful Prevention of Violent Conflict, Focus Africa

Responding to Conflict

From web page:  "Since 1991 RTC has been providing advice, cross-cultural training and longer-term support to people who are working for peace, development, rights and humanitarian assistance in societies which are affected or threatened by violent conflict.  Working predominantly with international partners at all levels including grass roots, governmental and international, our aim is to help build the capacity of individuals and their organisations for conflict transformation work and peacebuilding in the areas where it is most needed."

Religions for Peace International

From web page:  "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."

Religions for Peace USA

From web page:  "Religions for Peace - USA is a coalition comprised of leaders from over 50 U.S. religious communities, it is one of 55 national chapters of Religions for Peace International. RFP-USA operates on the conviction that multi-religious cooperation and common action can be powerful instruments in the quest for constructive social development, justice, reconciliation, and peace."

St. Anthony Park Neighbors for Peace

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This is an excellent page with lots of very helpful information.

The Peace Alliance

The Peace Alliance is a nonpartisan citizen action organization advocating for legislation that supports a culture of peace. We work to foster positive, proactive change toward the creation of a more nonviolent and peaceful world.

The Peace Alliance is spearheading the national campaign to establish a United States Department of Peace. We have citizen organizers active in all 50 states.  Click here  to find out how you can become involved in your community.

Veterans for Peace

From web page:  "Veterans Working Together for Peace & Justice Through Non-violence. Wage Peace!"

War Resisters League

From web page:  "Believing war to be a crime against humanity, the War Resisters League, founded in 1923, advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation."


Links last checked and updated:  10/13/08