War Resisters League Peace Award

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Since 1958, the "War Resisters League", the pacifist group founded in 1923, has awarded almost annually its War Resisters League Peace Award to a person or organization whose work represents the League's radical nonviolent program of Gandhian action.


Year Awardee Speaker at ceremony Notes
1958 Jeannette Rankin
1959 AJ Muste Martin Luther King Jr.
1960 Fenner Brockway and Bayard Rustin
1961 Tracy Mygatt and Frances M. Witherspoon Murray Kempton and Bayard Rustin
1962 Jim Peck Douglas Campbell and Bayard Rustin
1963 Dorothy Day Evan Thomas and AJ Muste
1964 James and Diane Bevel A. Philip Randolph
1965 Bayard Rustin Milton Mayer
1966 Norman Thomas Mulford Sibley
1967 Barbara Deming Ralph DiGia
1968 The Resistance
1969 Ammon Hennacy Dinner was canceled
1970 People Resisting within the Military
1971 Majorie Swann Lanzo Del Vasto
1972 Ann Upshure Recognition only; not an official award
1973 No dinner
1974 Daniel Berrigan Allen Ginsberg
1975 Dave Dellinger
1976 Julius Eichel
1977 Marion and Ernest Bromley
1978 David Berkingoff and Prafulla Mukerj
1979 Igal Roodenko
1980 Grace Paley
1981 Ralph DiGia Recognition only; not an award
1982 Bent Andreson
1983 Virginia Eggleston, Thomas Grabell, and Ashley King
1984 Larry Gara
1985 Barbara Reynolds
1986 Plowshares Disarmament Community
1987 Dorie Bunting
1988 Don Luce, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), John McAuliff, David Truong, Bob Eaton, and Lady Borton
1989 Children of War
1990 Esther Pank and Riley Bostrom
1991 Gulf War Resisters
1992 War Tax Resisters, especially activists in Colrain, Massachusetts
1993 WRL’s 70th Anniversary
1994 No dinner/award
1995 No dinner/award
1996 The Living Theatre
1997 Bob Moses
1998 Odetta, Charlie King, People's Voice Cafe, and Pete Seeger
1999 David McReynolds
2000 Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques, Puerto Rico
2001 Kate Donnelly and Clay Colt
2002 Christian Peacemaker Teams
2003 September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
2004 Fernando Suarez del Solar of Military Families Speak Out
2005 Karl Bissinger and Ralph DiGia, both WRL staffers
2006 Women Resisting War from within the Military
2007 Center for Constitutional Rights and Torture Abolition Survivors and Support Coalition International; posthumous lifetime achievement award to writer Grace Paley
2008 Kali Akuno and Shana Griffin representing grassroots groups working to rebuild New Orleans A concert with Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Stephanie McKay, Red Baraat Festival, and Jan Bell and the Cheap Dates
2009 South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), and Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ); Grace Paley Lifetime Achievement Award to Pan-Africanist and WWII Conscientious Objector Bill Sutherland

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