World BEYOND War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.
World BEYOND War was founded on January 1st, 2014, when co-founders David Hartsough and David Swanson set out to create a global
movement to abolish the institution of war itself, not just the “war of the day.” If war is ever to be abolished, then it must be taken off the table as a viable option. Just as there is no such thing as “good” or necessary slavery, there is no such thing as a “good” or necessary war. Both institutions are abhorrent and never acceptable, no matter the circumstances. So, if we can’t use war to resolve international conflicts, what can we do? Finding a way to transition to a global security system that is supported by international law, diplomacy, collaboration, and human rights, and defending those things with nonviolent action rather than the threat of violence, is the heart of WBW. Our work includes education that dispels myths, like “War is natural” or “We have always had war,” and shows people not only that war should be abolished, but also that it actually can be. Our work includes all variety of nonviolent activism that moves the world in the direction of ending all war.
World BEYOND War is run largely by volunteers who devote their time for free. Here are some Volunteer Spotlights.
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; People Over Pentagon; Campaign to End the Selective Service System; the Demilitarize U.S. to Palestine Coalition; Just Recovery Canada; No Fighter Jets Coalition; Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network; Peace Education Network (PEN); Beyond Nuclear; Working Group on Youth, Peace, and Security; Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace.
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. 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, Paddy Welles, and Roger Waters.
More About World BEYOND War
September 22-24 Conference in Washington, D.C. Videos of this conference have been posted at Youtube.com/WorldBeyondWar Here’s a video playlist. Here’s a 2-hour highlights video. Here’s a 20-minute highlights video of Sam Adams award event. Individual videos are linked to below.