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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Helen Caldicott
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  • Shirin Ebadi (born 1947) – Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, Nobel peace laureate
  • Albert Einstein (1879–1955) – scientist, Nobel Prize laureate in physics
  • Daniel Ellsberg (born 1931) – American anti-war whistleblower, protester
  • James Gareth Endicott (1898–1993) – initiator, organizer, protester
  • Hedy Epstein (1924–2016) – Jewish-American antiwar activist, escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport; active in opposition to Israeli military policies
  • Jodie Evans (born 1954) – co-founder of Code Pink, initiator, organizer, filmmaker
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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
  • Eric Garris (born 1953) – founding webmaster of
  • Leymah Gbowee (born 1972) – organizer of women's peace movement in Liberia, awarded 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Aviv Geffen (born 1973) – Israeli singer and peace activist
  • 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
  • Ben Griffin (born 1977) – former British SAS soldier and Iraq War veteran
  • Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) – American anti-war protester and musician, inspiration
  • Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935) – current Dalai Lama, peace advocate
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  • Jean Jaurès (1859-1914) – French anti-war activist, socialist leader
  • Kirthi Jayakumar (born 1987) – Indian peace activist and gender equality activist, youth peace activist, peace educator and founder of The Red Elephant Foundation
  • John Paul II – Polish Catholic Pope, inspiration, advocate
  • Helen John – one of the first full-time members of the Greenham Common peace camp
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Abie Nathan
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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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  • Ludwig Quidde (1858–1941) – German pacifist, 1927 Nobel peace laureate
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Nicholas Roerich
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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
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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
  • Ada Yonath (born 1939) – Israeli Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2009, pacifist
  • 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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