Who We Are

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wbwyellow750World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.

We aim to create awareness of popular support for ending war and to further develop that support. We work to advance the idea of not just preventing any particular war but abolishing the entire institution.

We strive to replace a culture of war with one of peace in which nonviolent means of conflict resolution take the place of bloodshed.

While public opinion has moved against war, we intend to seize this moment to crystallize that opinion into a movement that spreads awareness that war can be ended, that its ending is hugely popular, that war should be ended as it endangers rather than protects — and harms rather than benefits — and that there are steps we can and must take to move toward war’s reduction and abolition.

War is not ending on its own. It is being confronted by popular resistance. But too often that resistance takes the form of denouncing one war as unacceptable (in contrast to theoretical good wars), or opposing a war because it leaves a military ill-prepared for other wars, or rejecting a weapon or a tactic as less proper than others, or opposing wasteful military spending in favor of greater efficiency (as if the entire enterprise were not an economic waste and a moral abomination). Our goal is to support steps away from war and to spread understanding of them as just that — steps in the direction of war’s elimination.

Peace is not free.  We need your support if we are to reach all of those who would like to be with us or who can be persuaded to stand with us.

We are building something truly international, connecting people and organizations, and adding support to antiwar endeavors of all kinds around the world. This is a global campaign of education, lobbying, and nonviolent direct action.

Here are quotes from some people involved.

Here are graphics with more quotes from people involved and voices of wisdom from the past.

Here’s our speakers bureau.

Please consider signing on too, if you haven’t already. And add your own quote when you do!

You can write to us at World Beyond War, P.O. Box 1484, Charlottesville VA 22902 USA or contact us here.

Please support our work by sending donations (tax-deductible in the U.S.). Make the check out to World Beyond War/AFGJ. Send donations to: AFGJ 225 E. 26th St. #1, Tucson, AZ 85713, USA, or donate online here using credit card.


World Beyond War is run by committees, which are constantly looking for new members. Please let us know if you’d like to join.

Coordinating Committee currently includes:
Leah Bolger, Chair — U.S.
Heinrich Buecker — Germany
Patrick Hiller — U.S.
David Swanson — U.S.
Kent Shifferd — U.S.
Alice Slater — U.S.
Odile Hugonot Haber — U.S.
Diani Baretto — Germany
Agneta Norberg — Sweden
Robert Fantina — Canada
Dave Webb — U.K.
Ellen Thomas — U.S.
Dianna Carlson — U.S.
Peter Ungera — South Sudan
Barry Sweeney — Ireland

Executive Committee currently includes:
Leah Bolger
David Swanson

Cofounders are:
David Hartsough
David Swanson

Director is:
David Swanson

World Beyond War Advisory Board includes:
Mairead Maguire
Kathy Kelly
Kevin Zeese
Gar Smith
Maria Santelli
Gareth Porter
Ann Wright
Medea Benjamin
Johan Galtung
David Hartsough
John Vechey

World Beyond War is adding volunteer coordinators around the world, called Country Coordinators:
Here’s what that means and how you can volunteer.
Link to the country coordinator pages on the righthand side of the website.

Thank you to our many past donors and these recurring donors as of September 21, 2016:
Bart    Bolger
Linda    Swanson
William    Ota
John    Fairfield
Jack    Gilroy
Howard     Johnson
Alan    Shorb
Delia    McGrath
Adele    Roof
Joann    Smith
Jill    Ballard
Carol    Schreuder
Sibylle    Barlow
Martin    Haber
Laura    Mello
Judy    Lewis
Louis    Casa
Roger    Borjesson
Amalia    Blumsom
baudouin    boudart
Susan    Shaw
Linda    Barnes
Bea    Dewing
Douglas    Kasper
David    Keenan
Marta    Guiloff
Ian    OKidhain
Harry    Iedema
Maria    Steinmann
Georgiy    Frolov
chris    kennedy

Special thanks to:
John Vechey
Jubitz Family Foundation

And thanks to:
Stephen Clemens
Angeliki V. Keil
Deb Sawyer Wayne Martinson


“What I appreciate most about World Beyond War is that it does not ruminate on the pluses and minuses of each military intervention but takes a clear, principled, courageous and unequivocal stand that war is bad, period, and that our job as global citizens is stop all ongoing wars and prevent new ones. This breaks through the fog of ‘humanitarian interventions’ and ‘just wars’ to paint a vision of how we must evolve as a civilization if we are to survive, and that is, precisely, a world beyond war. Bravo!” —Medea Benjamin

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