US Peace Prize

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Logo of the US Peace Memorial Foundation which presents the US Peace Prize annually

The US Peace Prize is an annual award that recognizes individuals and organizations who make significant antiwar contributions. The award's first recipient was Cindy Sheehan in 2009. The mission of the prize is "to inspire other Americans to speak out against war and to work for peace."[1] The award is presented during an annual ceremony.[2] Prize winners receive a plaque, but no monetary award.


The US Peace Prize is awarded by the US Peace Memorial Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)(3) antiwar organization founded by Michael D. Knox in 2005.[3]


US Peace Prize recipients receive a plaque. This plaque was awarded to Ajamu Baraka.

These are the people and organizations that have received the US Peace Prize:

Year Recipient Recognition[4]
2009 Cindy Sheehan[5] "Extraordinary and innovative antiwar activism.”
2010 Dennis Kucinich[5] “In recognition of his national leadership to prevent and end wars.”
2011 Noam Chomsky[5] “Whose antiwar activities for five decades both educate and inspire.”
2012 Medea Benjamin[5] "In recognition of her creative leadership on the front lines of the antiwar movement."
2013 Chelsea Manning[6] “For conspicuous bravery, at the risk of her own freedom, above and beyond the call of duty.”
2014 Code Pink[7][8][9][10] “In Recognition of Inspirational Antiwar Leadership and Creative Grassroots Activism.”
2015 Kathy Kelly[11][12] “For inspiring nonviolence and risking her own life and freedom for peace and the victims of war.”
2016 Veterans for Peace[5] “In recognition of heroic efforts to expose the causes and costs of war and to prevent and end armed conflict.”
2017 Ann Wright[13] “For courageous antiwar activism, inspirational peace leadership, and selfless citizen diplomacy.”
2018 David Swanson[14] “Whose inspiring antiwar leadership, writings, strategies, and organizations help to create a culture of peace.”
2019 Ajamu Baraka[15][16] “Whose bold antiwar actions, writings, speeches, and leadership provide an inspiring voice against militarism.”
2020 Christine Ahn[17] “For bold activism to end the Korean War, heal its wounds, and promote women’s roles in building peace.”
2021 World Beyond War[18] "For exceptional global advocacy and creative peace education to end war and dismantle the war machine."

Selection process[edit]

Nominees are selected from those listed in the US Peace Registry and must have documented antiwar activities within the sixteen month period leading up to April 30 of the nomination year.[5]

Nominations for the prize are submitted by founding members of the US Peace Memorial Foundation. The US Peace Memorial Foundation’s Board of Directors chooses the winner.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uyheng, Joshua (Fall 2019). "2019 US Peace Prize Awarded to the Honorable Ajamu Baraka" (PDF). Peace Psychologist. 28 (2): 25. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ "David Swanson Awarded 2018 Peace Prize of the US Peace Memorial Foundation". Cpnn-world. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ Robbins, Annie. "Medea Benjamin awarded US Peace Memorial Foundation 2012 Peace Prize". The Center for Economic Research and Social Change. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "US Peace Prize recipients". US Peace Memorial Foundation. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Jill, J. (16 March 2020). "US Peace Prize--How Much Is Peace Worth?". Pressenza. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Another Peace Prize for Bradley Manning". Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  7. ^ Bermudez, Adam (9 August 2014). "2014 US Peace Memorial Peace Prize Awarded to CODE PINK". Bronx Chronicle. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  8. ^ "CODEPINK AWARDED 2014 PEACE PRIZE". Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "2014 Peace Prize awarded to Code Pink". Peace News. PEPeople. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  10. ^ "CODE PINK Wins 2014 Peace Prize". Culver City Crossroads. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Kathy Kelly awarded 2015 Peace Prize". Veterans for Peace. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  12. ^ Benjamin, Michael (10 August 2015). "Kathy Kelly Win 2015 Peace Prize". Bronx Chronicle. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Ann Wright Wins 2017 Peace Prize". Peace Worker. Oregon PeaceWorks. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  14. ^ "2018 Peace Prize Awarded to David Swanson". Media For Freedom. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Ajamu Baraka Receives 2019 US Peace Prize". Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  16. ^ "2020 US Peace Prize". Pressenza. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  17. ^ "US Peace Prize Awarded To World Beyond War". PopularResistance.Org. 2021-11-05. Retrieved 2022-03-07.

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