Billboards Project

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See lots of designs here.

See explanation of the 3% calculation here. Can’t afford a billboard? Use business cards: Docx, PDF.

World Beyond War billboards are funded entirely by contributions made here by supporters of ending war.

Here is our guide to using billboards to generate media, membership, and activism. Here’s a related power point / PDF.

Billboards and other big ads we’ve done:

  • In September 2021, we put up new billboards in Germany.
  • In May 2021, we had New Billboards in Germany and Ads in Canada Take on Nukes and Lockheed Martin.
  • In January-February 2021, we had billboards go up in Berlin, Germany, and around Puget Sound in Washington State, U.S.
  • In November 2020, thanks to a generous donation from School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province, a billboard went up in St. Louis.
  • In February and again August 2020, a billboard was up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • In September 2019, four billboards went up in Limerick, Ireland.
  • In March 2019, ads went up on buses in Alaska thanks to Alaska Peace Center.
  • In February 2019, we began running video ads on Facebook.
  • All over Lansing, Michigan, in December 2018 – January 2019 and ongoing, thanks to Peace Education Center.
  • In Schenectady, NY, in January 2019, thanks to Upper Hudson Peace Action.
  • In Pittburgh, PA, in December 2018 thanks to WILPF Pittsburgh.
  • In Albany and Schenectady, NY, in September, 2018, thanks to Women Against War.
  • In New York City thanks to the Puffin Foundation, huge billboards at 11th Ave and 49th St August 21 to Oct. 28, 2018, and 11th Ave and 45th St August 21 to Nov. 25, 2018.
  • From week of Aug. 27 to week of Sept. 23, 2018, two ads in each of these Toronto subway stations: Dundas, St George Bloor-Danforth, St. George Yonge Line, and Queen.
  • In July-August 2018 in Toronto, Canada, in dozens of subway trains.
  • In July 2018 on bus shelters near White House in Washington, D.C.
  • In April and May 2018 big billboards in Albany, New York, USA.
  • Through March – July 2018, on stationary and moving billboards all over Syracuse, New York, USA.
  • For the month of January 2018 a billboard in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • For the month of December 2017 a billboard in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

We can put up more, and you can tell us where you want to see which ones, if you fund them.

Berlin, Germany:

Seattle, Washington:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Rep Gwen Moore joins Milwaukee County Supervisor Steven Shea and peace activists from Milwaukee’s End the Wars Coalition in supporting the campaign to use 3% of U.S. military spending to end starvation on earth. Photo by Susan Ruggles.

Limerick, Ireland:


Schenectady, NY:

Lansing, Michigan (photo by Terry Link):



New York City:

Albany, NY:

Toronto subways:

Washington, D.C., bus shelters near White House:

Syracuse, NY:

Albany, NY:

Baltimore, MD:

Toronto Subway Stations:

An internet ad not up on billboards because billboard companies refuse to take it (find one that will and we’ll put it up):

34 Responses

      1. t costs between $1.1 and $4 million a year to buy advertising space in Times Square. Moreover, it can cost up to $3 million per month to advertise on Time Square’s largest billboard [1]. … Typically CPM counts cost per 1,000 impressions (the ‘M’ stands for mille, Latin for that number).Oct 17, 2018
        The (High) Cost of Advertising in Times Square – Investopedia…/…

  1. It would be interesting to see how this was arrived at. Military spending is large no doubt but that large? And what exactly does it mean to end world hunger? How would this be determined? We don’t have billboards in Hawaii.

  2. If you could provide an electronic file,
    people could print their own for display
    in a lot more places.

  3. Good work! The war machine has reaped humanity for too long! It’s not too early to root these families from their comfy coves and expose who they are.

  4. In European cities billboards are often managed by the relevant county council. Especially in cities hosting international organizations (eg. Paris, Brussels, Vienna) your billboards could be quite effective and, perhaps, not so extremely expensive, and will probably not be refused.

  5. great approach. we are losing propaganda war.

    any thoughts for publicity?

    celebrity endorsements?

    really would like to see this catch on.

    heard at caucus99.

  6. You should also provide individual lawn signs for people to put in front of their houses. These would be cheap, and effective. I’d like something like that.

  7. I would like a lawn sign stating that 3% of U.S. military spending could end starvation
    on earth. (with your logo)

    I will have t shirts printed with that and your logo for myself, my husband and our son, unless you have them printed already.

  8. Upper Hudson Peace Action, which in the Capital District of Albany, NY, is interested in putting up a billboard in conjunction with your project. We are aware of Women Against War doing so in Albany and Schenectady, and would like to join in the efforts. Please contact me regarding how to go about this, costs, etc. Thanks you.

  9. David,
    Wanting to do billboards in the Twin Cities. Any suggestions for companies to go with? Would your group be willing to be partners with Veterans For Peace and WAMM in this endeavor?

    1. Received this question from you by email and replied thus:
      We can help with any of the following that are helpful:
      coming up with ideas
      designing graphic
      contacting company
      getting nonprofit rate
      helping promote to media or with related op-eds or events
      promoting online as example for others

  10. what if it’s too difficult to deal with the board, will the billboard companies refuse? by the way i live in redondo beach, ca.

  11. With September marking the fraught final buildup toward the vital mid-terms, anti-war activists are launching a new billboard campaign to raise awareness of – and change – America’s role in sustaining and supporting conflicts around the world. Designed by

  12. Dear David Swanson,
    One idea for a billboard would be to display a blow up portrait of a CORPORATE WEAPONS CEO with a brief caption that he/she is a nuclear weapons profiteer. An addition blow up portraits of scientists and engineers (the only people capable of designing and building nuclear weapons)should be on public display. They are almost never held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

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