PeacePeace is generally defined as a state of quiet or tranquillity, as an absence of disturbance or agitation (Latin derivation Pax = Absentia Belli).
More specifically, it can refer to an absence of violence or war. In this sense, peace between and within national states is a goal of many persons and organisations, notably the United Nations. Peace can be voluntary, where potential agitators choose to abstain from disturbance, or it can be enforced, by suppressing those who might otherwise cause such disturbance.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail that, "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
Henry Timrod, known as The Poet Laureate of the Confederacy wrote passionate poems that caused many young men to enlist in the Confederate Army of the American Civil War. But after seeing for himself the horrors of war, he wrote this poignant prayer for peace:
- Not all the darkness of the land
- Can hide the lifted eye and hand;
- Nor need the clanging conflict cease,
- To make Thee hear our cries for peace.
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Cold War Remembrance Day
Working to create an annual day to remember the Cold War and give thanks that humankind survived.
Believes world peace begins at home. Offers workshops to help organizations, families, and individuals survive violence and preserve peace. Sign-up forms, message boards, news, local chapters, and links to personal, domestic, and world peace resources.
Action for Peace
Wide range of progressive-leftist resources on peace, war, conflict and nonviolence, including features for pupils and teachers.
Serves as an international resource for local organizations pursuing peacebuilding and conflict resolution initiatives. Publications, programs, staff, and links to related sites.
Peace, No War
News and information on antiwar movements across the country. Includes political cartoons and related links.
Non Governmental Peace Strategies Project
Aims to contribute to the achievement of a Global Ethical Target: conflict prevention, defense of human rights, and social responsibility. News, documents, projects and activities, and World Peace Index.
People for Peace
Affirms political and economic aid to resolve conflict, affect reconcilliation, freedom, trust, and rebuild cultures. Mailing list is available.
Mission is to advance the work of progressive organizations and individuals for peace, justice, and human rights through strategic use of online technologies. Calendar of events, advocacy tips, and links to related sites.
Institute of World Affairs
Devoted to international understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Conducts programs designed to prevent violent conflict and to advance post-conflict peacebuilding. News, publications, articles, and resources.
Pathways to Peace
International not-for-profit peace building, educational, and consulting organization. Mission, articles, program information, and links to related groups.
A cry for peace. Online dialogue about the causes of war and ways to end it. Forums, interviews, articles, online petition, and call for volunteers.
European Peace Liaison Office
Network of European NGOs active in conflict prevention and peace building. Seeks to promote peacebuilding policies among the decision-makers in Europe. Mission statement and links to member sites.
Non-profit organization working to build understanding, tolerance, and world peace. Operates through a network of hosts around the world who open their doors to travelers who want to get to know the heart of the countries they visit. Philosophy, FAQ, contacts, newsletter, and mailing list.
Peace Resource Center
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, this site provides an extensive library of original peace and war documents, international treaties and laws. Check out the terrific sets of links to media outlets and information resources as well as a valuable annotated list of peace and activist links.
Center for Peace and Human Security
Nonprofit, nongovernmental organization serving as a catalyst and facilitator for peace and human security initiatives globally. Mission statement, contact information, internships, and upcoming events.
UNESCO Web Forum on Human Security
Bi-lingual forum on human Security and peace run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Responding to Conflict - Skills and Strategies for Peace
Provides advice, cross-cultural training, and longer-term support to people working for peace in societies affected or threatened by violent conflict. Goals, courses, projects, and related links.
Seeks to encourage bridging and cross-community efforts with the goal of living peacefully and respectfully with neighbors. Programs, publications, announcements, events, jobs, and resource center.
American Friends Service Committee
Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Programs, news, resources, and opportunities for involvement.
Zones of Peace International Foundation
History, objectives, methods and activities of the Seattle-based foundation promoting a global culture of peace by establishing sanctuaries from violence and intimidation around the world.
Home to many of the United States' most dynamic peace groups.
A Clear Vision
Documentary film and book project asking people nationwide, "What will it take to have peace?" to generate a dialogue to find non-violent solutions to conflict. Quotes, photos, schedules, and contact information.
War Is Stupid Dot Com
Reference source for quotations about the folly of war.
Collection of news and links to information about peace, non-violence, and alternatives to war. Users contribute links and discussion.
World Peace Flag
Created to help promote World Peace, friendship, harmony and Unity. Available to download. Explains the symbology of colors and images used on the flag.
1% - A Grassroots Peacearmy
Movement intended to raise awareness about each individual's power to reduce violence and suffering. History of movement, inspirational quotes, and contact information.
Dedicated to creating a world of understanding and peace. Provides mission statement, news, and a forum.
We Are Many, We Are One
Includes the Covenant of Peace, 10 Points for Peace, press releases, petition letters to world leaders, and contact details.
Project Peace and Goodwill
Provides membership information, declaration of peace, related links, and books written by the founder.
Global, multi-faith community that trains, connects, and empowers peacemakers worldwide. Includes a vision statement, history, membership information, and upcoming events.
Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
Contains information about Forgiveness Day, an annual observance. Describes seminars, provides membership information and articles on forgiveness. Includes contact details.
Open Letters for Peace
Supports humanitarian appeals and pursues standards for government contributions to peace, health, and development programs around the world. News, resources, and opportunities to lend support.
The Knights of the Socially Conscious
Works toward peace and promotes nonviolent resistance to war. Offers peace graphics and links to articles and other anti-war sites.
The Blairing Bush
Satirical site promoting peace at a time of war and inviting contributions from viewers. Offers jokes, thoughts, and comments reflecting the concerns of people around the world about the current conflict in Iraq and the disquiet at US and British military action without a UN mandate.
The Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP)
A non-profit organization for the development of peaceful relations between peoples, by tolerance and mutual respect founded on the rejection of violence as a means to resolving conflicts. Based in New York.
Merrimack Valley People for Peace
Active in education for peace and justice, the prevention of war, an an end to arms sales, the abolition of nuclear weapons, economic diversification, and protection of the environment. Based in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Site created as a class project to promote the students' visions of peace. Promotes peace in every person and every country. Articles, guest book, list of peacemakers, advice, and message board.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Museum established in August 1955 to convey the facts of the atomic bombing and contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of lasting world peace. Site offers children's section, message board, virtual museum with multi-media exhibits, call for world peace, and information on the dangers of atomic weapons.
World Earth - Human Alliance for Peace
Non-profit organization whose goal is to provide information and example of the culture of peace to the citizens of the earth who seek to realize the ideals of "Love for the Earth and Love for Humanity." Declaration of Humanity, projects, and articles.
World Conference on Religion and Peace
WCRP is a multi-religious international organization which promotes peace through religious cooperation and dialogue. WCRP has members in over 100 countries and is accredited to the United Nations.
Hawaii Interfaith and Peace Activities
Resources, inspiration and announcements, links to related sites, and opportunity to contribute a prayer of peace.
A global network united against the senseless killing of innocent people through acts of terrorism, war and other crimes against humanity. Provides a mission statement, message boards, a mailing list, and contact information. Includes related links and a guestbook.
A tribute to the peace symbol, offering information on its history, as well as clip art, protest posters, photographs, message boards, and links to related sites.
A nonsectarian project to accumulate one billion Vajrasattva mantra recitations dedicated to world peace and the purification of negative karmic forces.
Peace Resources Website
Contains links to quotations, definitions, etymology, stories, discussions, cartoons, and art.
Initiatives of Change
International network of people working for reconciliation, justice, and the healing of history. Goals, history, press releases, publications, and links to affiliated groups.
The Peace Company
Sells products and training for building a more peaceful world. Publishes "The Peace Book" and other titles. Offers consulting services and Peace Leadership Institute training programs.
A compilation of links to pacifist resources and information on anti-war organizations.
Radio for Peace International
Shortwave radio station in Costa Rica streaming live MP3 broadcasts. Addresses the world community as a voice of peace, champion of human rights, advocate for the oppressed, and defender of the truth. Schedule, program summaries, audio archive, technical tips, and volunteer opportunities.
Tetworld Peace Through Development Project
Based on Buckminster Fuller's concept for a global computer/internet based strategic game to "Make the World Work for Everyone".
NGO Committee on Disarmament
Provides services and facilities to the hundreds of citizens' groups concerned with the peace and disarmament activities of the United Nations. Events calendar, articles and resources, publications, and internship information.
The Peace Museum
Provides an overview, gallery hours, location and current exhibits. Located in Chicago, Illinois.
Commentary on peace and disarmament issues in Canada. A cooperative effort between the Public Education for Peace Society and End the Arms Race.
Reports about the Middle East peace process, with an emphasis on peace groups, joint Israeli-Arab efforts, and other attempts to make a new Middle East. News, poetry, resources, polls, and links to forums and related sites.
Creating World Peace
Calls upon people around the world to take one minute daily at noon to visualize a peaceful, healthy planet.
Transcend - A Peace and Development Organization for Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means
Goal is to bring about a more peaceful world by using action, education/training, dissemination, and research to handle conflicts creatively and nonviolently. Manuals, articles, publications, audio lectures, and training schedule.
We Are Family Foundation
Project to support those affected by September 11, promote peace, tolerance and non-violence. Proceeds from the sale of a new version of the Sister Sledge song "We are Family" will be donated.
WarWidows International Peace Alliance
Works to build bridges between widows of war from around the world and educate the public about the lasting effects of war. Programs, news and events, personal stories of widows, and ways to become involved.
Seeds of Peace
Non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace. Event calendar, news, articles, ways to help, and clubhouse for Arab and Israeli teens to build their own online community.
Americans for Peace Now
Founded to help Shalom Achshav, its Israeli counterpart, pursue a lasting and equitable peace in the Middle East and to build an informed and empowered pro-peace American public. Action alerts, publications, events, and news and analysis.
The Peace Pilgrim
Presents information on Peace Pilgrim's 28 year pilgrimage for inner and outer peace. Includes writings, photographs, audio and video.
The Peace Abbey
Inter-denominational center that celebrates all faiths and the individuals who fight with courage and compassion against violence in the world.
Partners for Democratic Change
Works to strengthen communities' ability to manage change, maximize the benefits of diversity, and prevent and resolve conflicts.
We Were Humans
Interactive documentary about war highlighting investments in the military and the effect of redirecting those investments to help the poor.
Initiatives of Change UK
UK branch of an international network of people working for reconciliation, justice, and the healing of history. Formerly known as MRA. Includes news, articles, contact information, and links to related sites.
Pacific Life Research Center
Dedicated to informing and educating the public on key issues to assist in the proliferation of nonviolence. Offers research papers and links to related sites. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.