List of peace activists

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This list of peace activists includes people who have proactively advocated diplomatic, philosophical, and non-military resolution of major territorial or ideological disputes through nonviolent means and methods. Peace activists usually work with others in the overall anti-war and peace movements to focus the world's attention on the irrationality of violent conflicts, decisions, and actions. They thus initiate and facilitate wide public dialogues intended to nonviolently alter long-standing societal agreements directly relating to, and held in place by, the various irrational, violent, habitual, and historically fearful thought-processes residing at the core of these conflicts, with the intention of peacefully ending the conflicts themselves.



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  • Arun Gandhi (born 1934) – Indian, organizer, educator, grandson of Mohandas
  • Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948) – Indian, writer, organizer, protester, lawyer, inspiration to movement leaders
  • Leymah Gbowee (born 1972) - organizer of women's peace movement in Liberia, awarded 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Everett Gendler (born 1928) - Conservative rabbi, peace activist, writer
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) – American anti-war protester, writer
  • Arthur Gish (1939–2010) – American public speaker and peace activist
  • Danny Glover (born 1946) – American actor and anti-war activist
  • Emma Goldman (1869–1940) – Russian/American activist imprisoned in the U.S. for opposition to World War I
  • Amy Goodman (born 1957) - journalist, host of Democracy Now!
  • Paul Goodman (1911-1972) - writer, psychotherapist, social critic, anarchist philosopher and public intellectual
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (born 1931) – Russian anti-nuclear activist during and after Soviet presidency
  • Wavy Gravy (born 1936) - American entertainer and activist for peace
  • Dick Gregory (born 1932) – American comedian, anti-war protester
  • Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) – American anti-war protester and musician, inspiration
  • Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935) – current Dalai Lama, peace advocate
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  • Phil Ochs (1940–1976) – American anti-Vietnam war singer/songwriter, initiated protest events
  • Paul Oestreicher (born 1931) – Canon emeritus of Coventry Cathedral, Christian pacifist, active in post-war reconciliation
  • Yoko Ono (born 1933) – Japanese anti-Vietnam war campaigner in America and Europe
  • Carl von Ossietzky (1889–1938) – German pacifist, Nobel peace laureate, opponent of Nazi rearmament
  • Laurence Overmire (born 1957) – poet, author, theorist
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  • Olof Palme (1927–1986) – Swedish prime minister, diplomat
  • Frédéric Passy (1822-1912) - French economist, peace activist and joint winner (together with Henry Dunant) of the first Nobel Peace Prize (1901)
  • Linus Pauling (1901–1994) – American anti-nuclear testing advocate and leader
  • Miko Peled (born 1961) – Israeli peace activist, author of the book The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
  • Concepcion Picciotto (born 1945?) – anti-nuclear and anti-war protestor, White House Peace Vigil
  • Peace Pilgrim (1908–1981) – walked the highways and streets of America promoting peace
  • Lindis Percy (born 1941) - nurse, midwife, pacifist, founder of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB)
  • Joseph Polowsky (1916-1983) - American GI, advocate of better relations between the U.S. and Soviet Union between 1955 and 1983.
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  • Ludwig Quidde (1858–1941) – German pacifist, Nobel peace laureate
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  • Kathleen Tacchi-Morris (1899–1993) – founder of Women for World Disarmament
  • Tank Man – Stood in front of tank during 1989 China protest
  • Eve Tetaz (born 1931) – retired teacher, peace and justice activist
  • Thomas (1947–2009) – initiated, long-time participant, White House peace vigil
  • Ellen Thomas (born 1947) – long-time participant, White House peace vigil
  • Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) – American writer, philosopher, inspiration to movement leaders
  • Sybil Thorndike (1882-1976) – British actress and pacifist. Member of the Peace Pledge Union who gave readings for its benefit
  • Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) – Russian writer on nonviolence, inspiration to Gandhi, Bevel, and other movement leaders
  • André Trocmé (1901–1971), with his wife Magda (1901–1996) – Protestant pacifist pastor, saved many Jews in Vichy France
  • Benjamin Franklin Trueblood (1847–1916) – 19th century writer, editor, organizer, initiator
  • Barbara Grace Tucker – Australian born peace activist, long time participant of the Parliament Square Peace Campaign
  • Desmond Tutu (born 1931) – South African cleric, initiator, anti-apartheid, inspiration
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  • Jo Vallentine (born 1946) – Australian politician and peace activist
  • Mordechai Vanunu (born 1954) – Israeli whistleblower
  • Lanza del Vasto (1901–1981) – Gandhian, philosopher, poet, nonviolent activist
  • Stellan Vinthagen (born 1964) Swedish anti-war and nonviolent resistance scholar-activist
  • Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) – American anti-war and anti-nuclear writer and protestor
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  • Peter Yarrow (born 1938) – American singer/songwriter, anti-war activist
  • Adam Yauch (1964–2012) – Musician, Buddhist, advocate for peace
  • Neil Young (born 1945) – singer/songwriter, anti-war advocate, other causes
  • Edip Yüksel (born 1957) – Kurdish-Turkish-American lawyer/author, Islamic peace proponent
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  • Alfred-Maurice de Zayas (born 1947) – historian, lawyer in international law and human rights, vociferous critic of military interventions and the use of torture
  • Howard Zinn (1922–2010) – historian, writer, peace advocate
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See also


  1. Chandran, Sudha. "An Angel's Song", The Gulf Today, Sharjah, November 24, 2000.
  2. "American peace activist killed by army bulldozer in Rafah". Haaretz. 17 March 2003. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  3. "Profile: Rachel Corrie". BBC News. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  4. "Israeli peace pioneer Abie Nathan dies aged 81". Haaretz. The Associated Press. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2014.