World 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.
World BEYOND War was begun January 1, 2014. We have chapters and affiliates around the world.
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.
Please consider signing the Declaration of Peace, if you haven’t already. And add your own quote when you do!
Here’s our speakers bureau.
Here are our past email newsletters.
You can write to us at World BEYOND War, 513 E Main St #1484, Charlottesville VA 22902 USA or contact us here.
Our address in Canada is World BEYOND War #450, 4-2 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K5 Canada
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 World BEYOND War, 513 E Main St #1484, Charlottesville VA 22902 USA, or donate online here using credit card. Checks must be made out to “World BEYOND War / AFGJ” or we can’t deposit them.
World BEYOND War is run by a volunteer Board of Directors:
Leah Bolger, President — U.S.
David Swanson — U.S.
Alice Slater — U.S.
Odile Hugonot Haber — U.S. / France
Barry Sweeney — Italy / Ireland
Gar Smith — U.S.
Donnal Walter — U.S.
Marc Eliot Stein — U.S.
Liz Remmerswaal Hughes — New Zealand
John Reuwer — U.S.
Foad Izadi — Iran
Agneta Norberg — Sweden
World BEYOND War has a dedicated and growing staff:
Executive Director David Swanson — U.S.
Organizing Director Greta Zarro — U.S.
Canada Organizer Rachel Small — Canada
Education Director Phill Gittins — U.K.
Technology Director Marc Eliot Stein — U.S.
Development Director Alex McAdams — Canada
Social Media Manager Alessandra Granelli — Italy/The Netherlands
World BEYOND War’s Advisory Board includes:
Mairead Maguire — Ireland
Kathy Kelly — U.S.
Maria Santelli — U.S.
Hakim Young — Afghanistan
Gareth Porter — U.S.
Ann Wright — U.S.
Medea Benjamin — U.S.
Johan Galtung — Spain
David Hartsough — U.S.
Patrick Hiller — U.S.
Matthew Hoh — U.S.
Dennis Kucinich — U.S.
Rivera Sun — U.S.
Tony Jenkins — U.S.
Tamara Lorincz — Canada
Yves Engler — Canada
Nina Turner — U.S.
Helen Caldicott — Australia
The events list/map on this website is updated by:
World BEYOND War is run largely by volunteers who devote their time for free. And we are largely funded by very small donations. We are extremely grateful to every volunteer and donor, although we don’t have room to thank them all, and many prefer to be anonymous.
Here are some Volunteer Spotlights.
We have been supported by Home Rule Globally, Jubitz Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Cove Charitable Trust, James R. and Mary Jane Barrett Foundation, Christopher and LuAnne Hormel of the Fire Monkey Fund of RSF Social Finance, Alms Committee of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Wallace Action Fund, Peaceworkers, Helen Alexander, Robert Barkley, Medea Benjamin, Stephen Clemens, Carol Crossed, Charles and Angeliki V. Keil, Kit Kitterage, Robin Lloyd, Wayne Martinson, William McLaughlin, Krishen and Geeta Mehta, John Melrose, Arthur Milholland, Josh Mitteldorf, John Reuwer, Daniel Riehl, Deb Sawyer, Peter Selby, Walter Singer, Shau Sumar, John Vechey, Donnal Walter, Nancy Weaver, and Paddy Welles.
World BEYOND War is a member of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, the Divest from the War Machine Coalition, the Global Day Against Military Spending, the International Peace Bureau, the Korea Collaboration Network, the Poor People’s Campaign, United for Peace and Justice, the United National Antiwar Coalition, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, the international network No to war – no to NATO, Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition.
WBW received the 2020 George F. Rigas Courageous Peace Maker Award.
WBW’s book A Global Security System and the accompanying study guide Study War No More received the 2018-19 Educator’s Challenge Award offered by the Global Challenges Foundation. The award acknowledges innovative approaches to engage students and broader audiences in discussions on the importance of global challenges, ranging from war to climate change.
For his work on World BEYOND War, our Executive Director received the 2018 Peace Prize from the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.
“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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You can write to us at World BEYOND War, 513 E Main St #1484, Charlottesville VA 22902 USA or through the form below. Please support our work by sending donations. Send donations to World BEYOND War, 513 E Main St #1484, Charlottesville VA 22902 USA, or donate online here using credit card or Paypal. Make a U.S. check or international money order to: World BEYOND War/AFGJ. (You have to add AFGJ or we can’t deposit it!) Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for details.