15 Now Minnesota
Address: 2722 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
15 Now Minnesota is a grassroots organization fighting together with low-wage workers, the labor movement, and supporters for a $15/hour minimum wage. We are the local chapter of 15 Now, an organization that launched in 2014 and led the victory for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, the first major city to pass $15/hour.
Contact: Council Delegate, Robin Wonsley, 773-879-2191, robin DOT wonsley AT gmail DOT com;
Alternate, Ginger Jentzen, 612-383-9912, ginger DOT jentzen AT gmail DOT com.
A Million Copies Initiative
Address: 6905 Romeo Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125-2421
651-334-5744 (c), 651-730-4849
Dick_Bernard AT msn DOT com
Encouraging the ideals of world citizenship and human oneness.
Contact: Council Delegate, Dick Bernard, 651-730-4849,
Dick_Bernard AT msn DOT com
A Peace of My Mind
john AT apeaceofmymind DOT net
A Peace of My Mind is a documentary project about peace by Minneapoilis photographer John Noltner. People from a wide range of backgrounds are asked to talk about peace...what it means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and the obstacles they encounter along the way. The interviews are combined with black & white portraits and showcased on a new website.
The project is designed to give a voice to those who strive for peace in our world. It is intended to help foster dialogue about peace in our community. For more information about the project, or to invite John Noltner to speak at your event, please email him at john AT apeaceofmymind DOT net.
1604 Brookdale Dr., Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
elkhatibh0 AT yahoo DOT com
Mission Statement: (1) Al-Aqsa Institute is a community service
organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota
, by Arab-American peoples, Muslim and Christian alike, that promotes
and works for a positive, well-informed awareness of the Middle
East focusing attention on Palestine, its history, its people,
its culture and its reality. It is committed to the belief that
alternatives to violence and military power can be found for a
just and permanent solution to the Palestinian/Israeli crisis.
(2) Its members seek to identify with oppressed peoples and to
embrace victims of oppression, to resist discrimination, racism
and the degradation of human life and rights and to be an unrelenting
instrument on behalf of human dignity. They, in particular, seek
recognition and validation of the human narrative to vindicate
the suffering of the Palestinian people to render them part of
an inclusive human history.
(3) Its members believe that the time has come for Muslims, Christians
and Jews to begin to dialogue, to pursue new avenues for peace
with justice, and to discover the common denominator on which their
shared humanity can act for peacemaking. The basis for such dialogue
is in the belief that all are human beings with equal rights without
one side dominating over the other. They honor all who stand for
the poor, the dispossessed, the oppressed, the powerless and all
who witness courageously to a vision of political and social change
in the cause of peace and justice in Palestine and Israel .
Membership: Al-Aqsa Institute is open to any person of good will,
men and women alike, with an interest in Palestine . It reaches
out to and welcomes youth with Palestinian ancestry.
Contact: Exec Director, Hussein Khatib (also Council Alternate)
Alliance For Democracy - Minnesota
4132 w 62nd St, Edina, MN 55424
Website (national): http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/
The AfD is a new American Progressive-Populist Movement and is
one of 57 chapters in the U.S. Our mission is to educate all people
about the corporate domination of politics, economics, the environment,
culture and information; to establish true democracy and; to create
a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy.
Membership: Any person who subscribes to our purpose and
policy shall be eligible for membership; dues $35/$15 seniors and
Number of Members: 24
Sources of financial support: Dues, donations from individuals,
and foundation grants.
Contact: Sook Holdridge, Council Delegate, 952-922-7311, sook51 AT gmail DOT com.
Alternatives to War - St. Cloud Area
Address: PO Box 7806, St Cloud, MN 56303
The Alternatives to War Committee is a community of
people from the St. Cloud, MN area who are horrified and saddened
by the violence that occurred on September 11 and by the potential
devastation that continued violence poses to people throughout
- We believe in the values of freedom, democracy, and peace for
all people of the world and that these values are attainable
only with justice.
- We believe that unequal opportunity and the uneven distribution
of the planet's wealth induce violence.
- We believe that holding the perpetrators accountable for what
happened on 9/11 is essential to justice, but that violent responses
promote rather than end violence.
- We believe the violent response of war releases a potential
for harm to the earth and all its inhabitants that overwhelms
- We believe the process of identifying and promoting alternatives
to violence requires becoming informed by a wide range of perspectives
- We believe that patriotism includes ongoing learning, educating
others, and dissenting from national policies that violate the
principles this country espouses.
Understanding that our commitment must be deep and
lasting, we meet regularly to find ways of putting these beliefs
into action. Join us. Folks are welcome to participate in our meetings
at Meeting Grounds, 1733 Pine Cone Road, Sartell 5:30 pm on the
first and third Thursday of the month. Sign up for our email listserve
A peace vigil takes place each Saturday from 1 pm to
3pm at the intersection of highways 23 (15) and 75 (Barnes &Noble
corner). Participants are invited to commit whatever time they
can and, if possible, to bring a sign with a message supporting
the resolution of conflict through nonviolence. Please note: Parking
at Barnes &Noble by non-customers could result in towing.
Contact: Ben Ament, blament AT gmail DOT com, 320-253-2256; Marly Keller, Steering Committee
and Council Delegate, 320-252-6448,
marlyask AT charter DOT net; Midge Nusbaum, Council
nusbaum AT lakedalelink DOT net
ARK for Peace
12621 Sherwood Place, Minnetonka, MN 55305
arbanners AT aol DOT com
ARCHITECTS . RELATIONSHIPS . KNOWLEDGE
ARK is a global, inter-generational, multi-faith FAMILY, committed to responsible World Citizenship as active Architects of a Culture of Peace energized through Relationships and Knowledge.
Mission Statement ~ 2012: ARK has grown from a 3-country body to current participation of Malawi, Africa,~ Guatemala, Iran, Jordan, Lithuania, Palestine ~Viet Nam and the USA including Afro American, Native American, first descendent East Indians, indigenous Alaskan, Hawaiian, Anglo Americans and immigrants to Minnesota from Somali. Their next gathering will be July 14-27, 2012. Their focus: THE UNITED NATIONS MILLENNIUM DEVELOP GOALS.
Contact, Director and Delegate: Judy Maghakian, 952.544.7414, arbanners AT aol DOT com
Atheists For Human Rights
Address: 5146 Newton Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Email: mac ATmtn DOT org
Communications Director - Marie Alena Castle
Organized atheism supports the right to hold religious beliefs
but vigorously opposes religious behavior that is politically and
socially predatory or harms innocent people.
Basilica of Saint Mary, Peace & Justice Council
Address: PO Box 50010, Minneapolis, MN 55405-0010
To educate the community in global and local issues of peace and
justice and provide opportunities to act, so that we may live out
Contact: Dennis Dillon, 612-333-0723,
dennis.dillon AT msn DOT com.
Carondelet Village Peacemakers
525 Fairview Ave S., #332, St. Paul, MN 55116
Delegate: Char Madigan, 651-695-5227, cmadigan AT hope-community DOT org.
Citizens for Global Solutions,
(formerly World Federalist Association)
5492 Bald Eagle Blvd. E., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
schwa004 AT umn DOT edu
Citizens for Global Solutions seeks to promote peace, justice
and freedom in a democratically governed world.
Membership: $25 individual, $30 couples; $10 students annual
membership dues are paid to the national office which then returns
a portion to each local chapter.
Number of Members: 200 in Minnesota, 15,000 nationally.
Sources of financial support: Contributions, membership
dues, sale of publications, and honoraria.
Contact: Gail Hughes, Council Delegate, 612-379-7449, hughe038 AT umn DOT edu; Joe Schwartzberg, President, 651-429-9562, 612-625-5578,
schwa004 AT umn DOT edu.
Conflict Resolution Center
2101 Hennepin Ave. So., Minneapolis 55405
CRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We operate with a small office staff and a committed group of volunteers that provide all of our mediation services.
The mission of CRC is to:
Strengthen communities by teaching and providing mediation and conflict resolution services. For over 25 years, CRC has provided communities with the tools to peacefully and effectively resolve disputes.
CRC is dedicated to providing dispute resolution services and training to all people, especially those who cannot afford traditional services offered through the courts. We focus on serving those for whom traditional services have not worked in the past because they did not address underlying issues or were not culturally appropriate. Mediation used earlier in the dispute process can prevent the need for further intervention on the part of city departments, the police, or courts – thus saving valuable resources and tax dollars.
director AT crcminnesota DOT org,
612-822-9883; Council Delegate: Elise Chambers, elise AT crcminnesota DOT org.
38540 Reed Ave, Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Ethical, accountable, mediator and social-financial early neutral evaluator (ENE) (Minnesota Rule 114 Neutral). Primary focus to support parties to achieve and maintain self-determination and equity within their respective relationships. Core areas: complex family, special needs, and victim-offender reconciliation.
Delegate: Louisa Hext,
louisa AT consultantshext DOT com
Every Church a Peace Church
The vision of Every Church A Peace Church is the formation of
new peace churches and the transformation of war-justifying churches
into peace churches, so that the world will be turned toward peace
as churches live and teach as Jesus lived and taught. We
envision thousands of churches making The Peace Church Affirmation:
Peace Church Affirmation
Following Jesus in nonviolent struggle
for justice and peace, we love our neighbors and enemies as God
loves us all, becoming a peace church to share in God’s
work to save the world.
Contact: Rodney Olsen, Delegate, Rolsen6376 AT gmail DOT com, 651-228-7224; Mary Faulkner Alternate,
rfofmplsmn AT aol DOT com.
ELCA Twin Cities Synods Peace with Justice Committee
Address: 5428 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
The Peace with Justice Committee of the Minneapolis and Saint
Paul Area Synods is a group of Twin Cities persons centered in
the understanding that we are called by Christ to be peacemakers
and bringers of justice, expressed in the words of our Lutheran
liturgy “to strive for peace and justice in all the world.”
The committee is dedicated to a program of education and action,
seeking to supplant the evils of war, violence, economic injustice,
environmental degradation, racism, and other oppressions, with
fairness, compassion, reconciliation, care of creation, and service
Contact: Delegate, Amy Blumenshine, amyblumenshine AT mac DOT com.
First Unitarian Society, Social Justice Committee
Address: 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
office AT firstunitarian DOT org
The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, established in 1881
and affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North
America, is an ethical and liberal religious community dedicated
to promoting the ongoing search for truth and to affirming the
inherent worth of the individual.
We understand reality through human experience, enlightened reason,
scientific method, and the democratic process, and we find the
central source of power and goodness within the human heart, mind,
and spirit. Individually and collectively, we assume responsibility
for our future, our community, our children, and our interdependent
Our growth and actions as thoughtful, compassionate, and ethical
human beings advance our humanist vision of a world of peace and
love, dignity and equality, freedom and justice.
Number of members: Approximately 525.
Council Delegate: Madeline Simon, 952-854-2976, madeline-mpls AT msn DOT com; Alternate:
Adele Hansen, 952-927-6035, hanse002 AT tc DOT umn DOT edu; Marcy Leussler, Chair, 612-824-3240,
wildrhub AT hotmail DOT com; Rev. Kelli Clement, Social Justice Minister, kelli AT FirstUnitarian DOT org.
Foundation for Global Community, Minnesota
Address: 4345 Coolidge Avenue South, St. Louis Park, MN 55424
stuwbb AT aol DOT com
We are a nonprofit, educational foundation whose mission is to
discover, live, and communicate what is needed to build a world
that functions for the benefit of all life. FGC emerged from the
former Beyond War following the end of the Cold War, when its leadership
decided that our survival requires basic changes in our culture
from the current trend of unbridled materialism and rampant individualism
to a more idealistic and globally oriented set of values that include
an interest in self-actualization and spirituality, a desire to
live a simpler lifestyle, a need for society to rebuild communities,
a sense of nature as sacred, and a concern for the global environment.
Number of members: In Minnesota, a small working group of 10-15
and approximately 250 former members of Beyond War.
Stu Webb, Coordinator, 952-929-1566,
stuwbb AT aol DOT com
; Delegate: Peter Blewett, pwblewett AT yahoo DOT com, 952-284-1514; Sook Holdridge, Council Alternate, 952-922-7311,
sook51 AT gmail DOT com
Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Advisory Committee
Address: 116 8th Ave. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345
Contact: Jeff Odendahl, Coordinator and Council Delegate,
jodendahl AT fslf DOT org;
Sr Joanne Klinnert, Alternate, 612-822-2623,
jcklin AT juno DOT com.
Friends for a NonViolent World
Address: 1050 Selby Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104
info AT fnvw DOT org
Through education, through example, and through experiences in
non-violent living, Friends for a NonViolent World works to build
a world where all people can speak truth to power, practice alternatives
to violence, gain strength from community, and act in a spirit
of cooperation to work for peace and justice.
* Alternatives to Violence Project: Workshops about non-violence
held in prisons, schools, workplaces, and the community.
* People Camp: A week-long intergeneration camp on the theme of
non-violence as a way of life held every August in Northern MN.
* Peace Education & Advocacy: Advocacy & projects about the practice of nonviolence & nonviolent solutions to potential & real conflicts.
* Pathways to Peace: Practices of meditation, creative visualization and intention to nourish nonviolence in ourselves and in our world.
Membership: Membership is open to all interested in working for
non-violence. There is no set annual fee-we just require an expressed
interest and commitment. Members vote for FNVW board members at
the Annual Meeting in February.
Number of members: Approximately 2,500 constituents (formal membership
is not a focus).
Sources of financial support: Individual donors,
Supportive religious groups,
Fund, program fees.
Managing Director - Bob Nechal, fnvwbob AT gmail DOT com; Administrative Manager - Judith Bonhiver - bonhiverfnvw AT gmail DOT com; Cathy Murphy, cathymrph AT gmail DOT com
Grand Rapids Area Peace Circle & Vets for Peace Chapter 148
Address: Grand Rapids, MN
vicandr AT mchsi DOT com
The Grand Rapids Area Peace Circle and Veterans for Peace # 148 have joined together to educate and inform area residents about the cost of war and the need for peace. We work together to create momentum to end all war and to resolve disputes peacefully.
In addition to regular peace vigils over the past twelve years, we have organized special events to commemorate anniversaries of recent wars and sponsored workshops and speakers on peace and justice. We have traveled to other Minnesota cities as well as to Chicago and Washington D.C. to participate in anti-war protests and peace vigils.
We have taken the Veterans for Peace float to many parades throughout northern Minnesota during the past six years in order to remind people of the cost of war and the need for peace.
218-259-4254, vicandr AT mchsi DOT com
Grandmothers For Peace-Twin Cities
Address: 3900 Sunnyside Road Apt. 3, Edina, MN 55424
Established 33 years ago, we are a group of Minnesotans- not all of us are
grandmothers-who vigil every Wednesday and gather on the first Wednesday
of each month to hear speakers and share our concerns about nuclear issues,
the environment, justice, poverty, violence, war, and the legacy we will leave
Contact: Mary Murphy, mary.murphy100 AT comcast DOT net, 651-698-8593,
Lynne Lokken, Alternate, resisting AT me DOT com, 763-607-1433.
Growing Communities for Peace
Address: P.O. Box 281, Lakeland, MN 55043
Email: peace AT tc DOT umn DOT edu
Vision: Peace education will become mainstream and integrated into all aspects of PreK-12 curricula and lived out in families, community organizations, businesses, and neighborhoods.
- Provide state-of-the art resources, articles and the latest research regarding effective practices.
- Meet people where they are at with skilled facilitators so next steps can be identified and taken
- Create awareness of new inventions, innovative solutions and ancient wisdom for the ages
Find your human rights and peace education teaching resources
Contact: Rebecca Janke, Executive Director: see above.
Haiti Justice Committee of Minnesota
knuts001 AT umn DOT edu
We are ordinary Minnesotans who care about the struggle
for genuine democracy in our hemisphere's second oldest independent
republic--and its first free black republic.
Contact: Council Delegate (see above); April Knutson, Council Alternate, Rebecca Cramer, rebacramer AT gmail DOT com, 612-724-8864
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Peace & Justice
Address: 511 Groveland, Minneapolis, MN 55403
staff AT haumc DOT org
"...the church exists for the maintenance of worship, the
edification of beliefs, and the redemption of the world," as
stated in our Discipline. Our social principles state, "we...reject
war as an instrument of national foreign policy and insist that
the first moral duty of all nations is to resolve by peaceful means
every dispute that arises between or among them..."
Expectation and requirement of members: Attendance at regular
worship, service to the church and larger community, and voluntary
Number of members: 1800 active members of the congregation, defined
as attending, active in service and/or financial support.
Sources of financial support: Volunteer gifts from members and
friends of the congregation.
Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project
Address: 1346 Westwood Hills Rd, St Louis Park, MN 55426
Contact: Kathleen McKay, Executive Director and Council Delegate, 952-545-9981,
kathy AT reconciliationproject DOT org; Jessica Belt,
jessy AT reconciliationproject DOT org
Jewish Voice for Peace - Twin Cities
Email: Minnesota AT JewishVoiceforPeace DOT org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jvptc/info/?tab=page_info
Jewish Voice for Peace a national Jewish organization with offices in New York and California, over 100,000 online activists, and an Advisory Board comprised of numerous prominent Jewish thinkers and artists. Through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media, Jewish Voice for Peace works to achieve peace through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. Twin Cities Chapter founded in 2011.
Delegate: Barry Cohen,
bbc1717 AT hotmail DOT com, 651-335-6633; Alternate:
Asa Diebolt, adiebolt AT gmail DOT com, 607-592-9035.
Judson Memorial Baptist Church
Address: 4101 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone: (612) 822-0649
info AT judsonchurch DOT org
The Secret on 41st Street . . .
The Judson faith community is an American Baptist Congregation,
liberal and ecumenical in perspective, welcoming into its fellowship
persons of differing religious and racial backgrounds and sexual
Jim ten Bensel, Council Delegate, 612-926-3708,
tenbensel AT aol DOT com
Macalester-Plymouth United Church Peacemakers
Address: 1658 Lincoln Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
office AT macalester-plymouth DOT org
We are a small group within the church which meets regularly. Within
our church community, our purposes are:
- to connect people with peace activities in the community
- to initiate / facilitate education and advocacy events and
- to provide leadership in peacemaking for our own church and
the larger church denomination; to “be the leaven in the
bread to call MPUC to faithful peacemaking.”
Contact: Molly Redmond or Roberta Olson, Co-Chairs; Molly Redmond, Council Delegate, 651-633-2743
mredmondms AT gmail DOT com.
Middle East Peace Now
Address: 6933 Oakland Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423
mepn AT mepn DOT org
Advocates for peace and justice in the Middle East, working to
educate the general public, elected officials, and the media. Also
working to ensure that U.S. economic aid to the Middle East reflects
shared human rights values and is conducive to peaceful solutions.
EXPECTATIONS: Annual dues $35; lesser amount accepted
64 paid members; 598 on mailing list.
Sources of financial support: Members' dues and donations.
Council Delegate - Margaret Esslinger, 612-920-9428,
margesslinger AT yahoo DOT com; Council Alternate - Alice Graner,
amgraner AT aol DOT com, 612-929-7451
Minnesota 9/11 Truth
PO Box 28306
mn911truth AT gmail DOT com
A group of local (Twin Cities area) 9/11 truth supporters working
together and actively engaged in supporting our mission to gather
and disseminate information pertaining to the need for further
investigation of the attack and events of September 11, 2001.
Jim Dustrude, Council Delegate,
jim.dustrude AT yahoo DOT com,
952-472-0308; Shirley Johnson, Alternate, skayjohnsn AT gmail DOT com, 651-203-7791
Minnesota Break the Bonds
Address: Break the Bonds, P.O. Box 1180 Watertown, MN 55388
Email: mn AT breakthebonds DOT org
We are Palestinians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, students, professionals, parents, community members and allies working together to bring Palestine-centric education to Minnesota in order to promote justice and human rights.
We, the people of Minnesota, have the moral obligation to make sound investments that will not aid the oppression of any one race, creed or people. Minnesota’s investment in Israel supports an apartheid system in both Israel and the Occupied Territories that causes thousands of civilian deaths, many of whom are children, and which involves the widespread abuse of human rights. This system defies a ruling by the International Court of Justice as well as more than 65 UN Resolutions, and violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. We demand that the state of Minnesota act on its good conscience and support the breaking of economic ties with the apartheid state of Israel.
We say, Minnesota divest from Israel Bonds, Divest for Justice in Palestine!
Contact: Phil Benson, Council Delegate, philbenson AT warrenbensonlaw DOT com, Council Alternate, Kate Althlathini, kathlathini
AT gmail DOT com
Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MN ASAP)
Community of St. Martin, 2720 E. 22nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
minnesotaasap AT gmail DOT com
MN ASAP is a non-partisan citizen-based initiative using a simple resolution process to build political support to shift federal spending priorities from war to meeting essential needs.
MN ASAP’s goal is to build sufficient political power and influence statewide from representatives at all levels of government and from non-governmental organizations and civic groups to effectively demand a shift in priorities from war spending to meeting essential needs.
MN ASAP founder: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Council Delegate: Andrea Olson, olsonpiano AT gmail DOT com; Council Alternate: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (651) 962-5336, minnesotaasap AT gmail DOT com
CISPOS is a grassroots organization in solidarity with the Syrian people's struggle for dignity and freedom.
Delegate: Rihab Naheel, rihabnaheel AT gmail DOT com;
Alternate: Terry Burke 952-926-0198, terryandy87 AT gmail DOT com.
Minnesota Cuba Committee
Address: 1277 Fremont, St Paul, MN 55106
mncuba AT gmail DOT com
MSN group site: www.minnesotacubacommittee.org
Contact: Carla Riehle, Council Delegate, 651-983-3981, mncuba AT gmail DOT com; Joe Callahan, joepfaucal AT gmail DOT com, 612-810-3900
Minnesota Fellowship of Reconciliation
Address: Attn: MNFOR, PO Box 14792, Minneapolis, MN 55414-0792
Phone: 651-690-2609; 612-921-3884
The Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks to replace violence, war,
racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice.
We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence
as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.
Membership: Membership requires signing a statement of purpose.
Number of members: 214 members; 463-member mailing list.
Sources of financial support: Local contributions.
Phil Stoltzfus, Council Delegate, 507-663-1859, minnesotafor AT gmail DOT com.
Minnesota Move to Amend
mnmovetoamend AT gmail DOT com
Minnesota Move to Amend is part of a nationwide coalition dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing themselves. We work toward the goal of amending the constitution to reverse the legal status given to corporations, that of being "persons", with all the rights of individuals. This fact is most recently established by the United States Supreme Court in the decision known as Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission. In that January 2010 decision, the court established that money is speech and that corporations may spend unlimited amounts of it to influence elections because they as "persons" cannot be denied their free speech. We and the four dissenting justices believe this is nonsense. You should join us to keep informed of events as they happen, to participate in activities that will help reverse the decision and to support the work of "We the People" in our efforts to re-establish actual democracy in America.
Executive Officer & Council delegate: Robin Monahan, 651-319-2097, robinhrmonahan AT gmail DOT com; Jeff Clark, rocketsf AT gmail DOT com; Barbara Gerten, gerte001 AT tc DOT umn DOT edu.
Minnesota Peace Action Coalition
Email: ajdale98 AT yahoo DOT com
The Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) is an antiwar organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The coalition was created in order to coordinate activities by local activists in opposition to the U.S. war against Iraq. IPAC also sponsors protests against escalations of the war in Afghanistan.
Contact: Council Delegate, John Braun,
612-275-2720, braun044 AT umn DOT edu.
Minnesota Peace Project
1050 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Write2us AT minnesotapeaceproject.org
Founded in early 2009, the Minnesota Peace Project (MPP) is a statewide network of peace activists working to build a more peaceful world by influencing US foreign policy through our Congressional Representatives. We believe that the US must move from a reliance on military & economic domination to a strategy of partnership through diplomacy.
With volunteer coordinators in each Congressional District, the MP seeks to develop long-term relationships between constituent peace advocates and their Congressional representative and staff members.
Our Peace Agenda provides a broad platform of systemic changes that will be our focus. We will bring perspectives and information to Congressional members that might otherwise be suppressed by special interest groups such as the weapons industry and military contractors.
The Minnesota Peace Project (MPP) is a network of citizen activists working to build a more peaceful world by influencing US foreign policy through their Congressional Representatives.
Coordinator and Delegate: Roxanne Abbas; Alternate, Carol Johnson
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Address: P.O. Box 3717, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Email: star DOT mpls AT gmail DOT com
The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute instigates, trains, and supports ethnically, culturally, religiously, and economically diverse individuals in positive alternatives to revenge and practical peacebuilding strategies to the benefit of their communities.
Council Delegate: Donna Minter, 612-377-4660, star DOT mpls AT gmail DOT com
MN Pachamama Community
atd DOT minn AT gmail DOT com
The vision that informs the Pachamama Alliance's work is of a world that works for everyone: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet--a New Dream for humanity.
Delegate: Katheryn Schneider,
katheryn DOT l DOT schneider AT gmail DOT com;
Alternate: Christine Hoff, christine AT healingarts101 DOT com.
Email: Info AT MN350 DOT org
Our Vision: To return our climate to the safe level of 350ppm of CO2 - or lower - in a way that best promotes a just and livable future.
MN350 believes this change in our climate will be achieved through a fundamental shift in our society, such that climate justice and sustainability for all living species is the lens by which all behavioral, political, economic, and social decisions are made.
Mission: To inspire Minnesotans to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis: to create a new sense of urgency and possibility for our planet.
MN350 knits many efforts together in a powerful and unified call to action--a call that is global, scientific, and relational. We work to build a social movement by empowering individuals, groups and communities to act collectively in addressing the climate crisis.
As we consider both the sense of urgency and the possibility for our planet, MN350 believes that the transition to a low-carbon future is most likely to occur in conjunction with the following:
*parallel development of new models to replace our dependence on fossil fuels
*deep personal and communal changes that shift the collective consciousness of our society
MN350 participates in and supports a broad range of activities that focus on both these new models and the collective consciousness.
Kathy Hollander, kathy AT mn350 DOT org, 612-245-9381; Alternate:
Jim Tjepkema, jimtjepkema AT gmail DOT com, 612-245-9381.
Address: 2160 University Ave W, Suite #550,
St. Paul, MN 55114
info AT nonviolentpeaceforce DOT org
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) promotes and implements unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. Currently, field teams are in Mindanao, the Philippines, Myanmar, the South Caucasus and South Sudan.
NP envisions a world in which large-scale unarmed civilian peacekeeping as used in the field by NP peacekeepers is recognized as a viable alternative in preventing, addressing, and mitigating violent conflicts worldwide, and this concept is gaining interest at the United Nations.
NP most often respond to invitations by credible local organizations or governments committed to nonviolent solutions. Once invited, we meet key players, including commanders from opposing sides, local police, religious, business, and civil society leaders. We live and work in communities within conflict zones alongside local people.
Sources of financial support: Foundations, religious organizations, individuals, governments, UNICEF and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Contact: Mel Duncan, director; Kathleen Laurila, staff, klaurila AT nonviolentpeaceforce DOT org; Amy Hansen, staff,
612-871-0005, x232, ahansen AT nonviolentpeaceforce DOT org.
Northland Sustainable Solutions
A collaborative community informed and inspired by nature's wisdom to effect personal and planetary transformation.
Our organization has been collaborating with area groups since 2006, and has received financial support from MAP for our Northland Bioneers Conferences.
Karen Olson Johnson,
mrskmoj AT aol DOT com,
651-748-9496; Alternate: Maria Turnblom,
Changemakingforreal AT gmail DOT com 651-488-5828.
Organic Consumers Association
Address: 6771 S Silver Hill Dr, Finland, MN 55603
Contact: Ronnie Cummins, Director and Council Alternate, 218-226-0196,
Ronnie AT organicconsumers DOT org; Rose Welch, Council Delegate, 218-226-4164,
rose AT organicconsumers DOT org
Peace & Social Justice Writers Group
Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S. #30L, Minneapolis 55415
Email: loftpeacewriters AT gmail DOT com
Delegate: Philip J. Lund,
612-819-1890, loftpeacewriters AT gmail DOT com; Burt Berlowe, Council
bberlowe AT gmail DOT com
Peace Non-Violence Curriculum
Address: 217 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ramnaraine AT cs DOT com
A peace-nonviolence cultural diversity course taught at Mpls high schools.
After looking at the research on Peace Education, the author has concluded that it is time for school administrators and teachers to implement a curriculum for Peace Education. This means not just teaching about peace and providing information on peace problems. It means implementing the methods and means where by peace can be practiced in the classroom. Peace must be openly espoused and taught to our students. We cannot depend on subliminal, incidental learning or hidden curriculum. Peace must be actively pursued by both teachers and students in all parts of educational system. Peace must become an inter-disciplinary exercise in order to be integrated into our attitude and behavior.
High School & Undergraduate Course
A Brief introduction to the History of Non-Violence
MAP Delegate: Cecil Ramnaraine, 612-623-7787, Ramnaraine AT cs DOT com
Plymouth Congregational Church, Global Connections Committee
Address: 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Acts as a catalyst for increasing awareness and engagement of the congregation with peoples, cultures and justice issues around the world, providing educational programs, inter-cultural dialogues, and advocacy for issues of human rights, nonviolent peacemaking, humanitarian needs and social justice.
chuckgrose AT msn DOT com, 952-496-3812; Larry Johnson, larryjvfp AT gmail DOT com, 612-747-3904; Kathleen Laurila, klaurila AT mac DOT com,
612 868 2003.
Presbytery of the Twin Cities Peace & Justice Task Force
Address: 122 West Franklin Ave, Rm 508, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The Justice and Peace Task Force has been established by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area to provide leadership development, resources and other support to congregations according to their purpose. To that end, we:
- Encourage and support local Presbyterian congregations and members of the Presbytery as well as building collaborations with ecumenical partners to be advocates for social justice and peacemaking;
- Manage the missional uses of the Presbytery’s portion of the Peacemaking offering with thoughtful stewardship;
- Raise awareness within the Presbytery of issues and concerns regarding justice and peace through communication, conferences, workshops, etc.
Contact: Cathy Murhpy,
cathymrph AT gmail DOT com,
Prospect Hills Friends Meeting
Address: 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
612-379-7386, fwood AT umn DOT edu
Red River Veterans for Peace, Chapter 154
Address: PO Box 5612, Fargo, ND 58105-5612
Email: rrvfp AT yahoogroups DOT com
A chapter of Veterans For Peace serving Northwest Minnesota and North Dakota. VFP is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.
Contact: Delegate: Stephen Gates, stephenjgates AT yahoo DOT com; Alternate: Ron Saeger, 701-232-1612, msaeger AT cableone DOT net.
Red Wing Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115
A chapter of Veterans For Peace serving Southeast Minnesota. VFP is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.
William Habedank, whabedank AT yahoo DOT com, 651-764-1866; Hank Brummer, ekstrandb AT gmail DOT com.
Heart Church - Iglesia Sagrado Corazon, Peace and Justice Committee
Address: 2204 Beech Street, St. Paul, MN 55119
Phone: 651-776-2741 or 651-739-2000
Parish or committee membership in or participation with active
organizations dedicated to the issues of peace and justice such
as: MAP, SPACC, VFP, WAMM, Sowers of Justice, Dorothy Day Catholic
Worker, USLAW, and Isaiah. The Sacred Heart church
is a dual ethnic parish. the original German congregation
has been joined by a Spanish "new immigrant" group
population which is flourishing.
Membership: No fees or formal membership
Number of members: Group of five core members organized since
Source of Financial support: Outreach Commission allowance.
Contact: Greg Buckner, Committee Chair, Council Delegate,
651-739-2000, gregb AT cpa DOT charter DOT k12 DOT mn DOT us.
St. Joan of Arc Church
Address: 4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Email: jmadden AT stjoan DOT com
St. Joan of Arc is a joyful Christian community which celebrates
the loving Word of God in worship and in action. We transcend traditional
boundaries and draw those who seek spiritual growth and social
justice. We welcome diverse ideas and encourage reflection on the
message of the Gospel. We are committed to the equality of all
our members and strive to ensure their full participation through
liturgy, education, and service. By these means, we seek to empower
all who come to grow in wisdom and bring to reality the promise
We stand as a people of faith. We affirm our belief in a loving
God who calls us to be compassionate, to love our enemies, and
to be peacemakers. We take seriously this mandate of our faith
heritage and of all great traditions. We enthusiastically support
all those who work to promote peace.
Membership: No annual fees; members annually decide their own
best use of their talents.
Number of members: 4,100 households, registered as parishioners
of the parish.
Sources of financial support: Parishioners' donations.
Contact: Julie Madden, Social Justice Coordinator, 612-823-8205; Bill Adamski, adamski DOT bill AT gmail DOT com; Sue Budd, Peace Jam (Youth), Suebudd AT comcast DOT net, 952-250-1927
St. Luke Presbyterian Church
Address: 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata, MN 55391
"...we will continue to devote ourselves to political & social
activism-locally, nationally and internationally. We will search
for the core causes of injustice and inequality." Our goal
is to motivate the St. Luke congregation to action. We have a commitment
to peace making and human rights.
Membership: Church membership is not necessarily a requirement;
sincere desire to help further peace & justice in the world
Sources of financial support: Church budget, various fund-raising
activities & voluntary gifts.
Contact: Joyce Bonafeld, Social Justice Chair, 952-926-3458, wildrm4203 AT msn DOT com;
Linda Thomson, 763-478-4956, tearthangel AT comcast DOT net; Judy Nelson, 763-416-5994,
judyanelson AT excite DOT com.
SE MN Alliance of Peacemakers
peacemaker AT semnap DOT org
The Southeast Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is a group of concerned individuals who have come together to promote world peace and justice through non-violent means. It aims to be a vehicle of communication between all groups of the area to promote united efforts toward peace and justice.
Contact: Iria Miller, email (see above).
Soka Gakkai International-USA, Minnesota Chapter
Address: 1201 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Email: info AT @sgi-usa-mn DOT org
Mission Statement :
Soka Gakkai (value-creation society) International-USA is an American
Buddhist association that embraces the humanistic philosophy
and ideals of the Buddhism of Nichiren. SGI-USA activities range
from discussion circles on local concerns to conferences and
exhibits on global concerns. Activities typically focus on public
education and awareness-raising on issues related to peace, environmental
protection, human rights, humanitarian relief, education, and
cultural exchange. A great emphasis is put on the value of dialogue
and exchange among peoples of varying cultures, religions and
beliefs, working together with all toward the resolution of fundamental
issues concerning humanity.
Number of Members : 700
Sources of Financial Support: Funds for local activities come through
the national organization, which in turn is funded by voluntary
donations of SGI members and other supporters.
Contact: Delegate: Larry Meier, larry DOT d DOT meier1 AT gmail DOT com,
320-287-3502; Alternate: Nancy Dunlavy, nancy2 AT dunlavy DOT net,
Twin Cities Peace Campaign
Address: 4015 Upton Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Email: braun044 AT tc DOT umn DOT edu
Twin Cities Peace Campaign promotes peaceful alternatives to war
and armed conflicts, and addresses the root causes of social and
economic injustice. Always adhering to the principles of nonviolence,
the Campaign strives to accomplish this through education, action,
and political advocacy.
Membership: No fees or formal membership. All welcome to be on
Number of members: 1700 on mailing list.
Sources of financial support: Donations from individuals and stipends
for speaking engagements; collections at events.
Contact: Marie Braun, Council Delegate, see numbers above.
City Artist Front
Address: 4043 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Email: janepow AT earthlink DOT net
The Twin City Artist Front (TCAF) was formed in the weeks following
9/11 to promote dialogue and artistic expression on social and
political issues. It seeks the dispersion of knowledge through
artistic practices and performances. The TCAF provides frequent
meetings, performances, and gallery shows for social and political
art and expression.
Contact: Jane Powers, Council Delegate, see above.
United Nations Association of Minnesota
821 Raymond Ave. Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55114
Email: info AT unamn DOT org
The UNA-MN is committed to increasing awareness of the role of
the United Nation in advancing peace and justice around the world,
and to educating students, the press and the public of the significant
functions of the UN's many agencies
Membership: UNA-MN expects it's membership to be informed internationally
through the general media, and our various programs and publication.
Annual membership dues include a $25.00 introductory offer, and
individual membership of $35.00, a family membership of $40.00,
and a student fee of $10.00.
Membership of UNA-MN includes: A subscription to UNA-USA/s acclaimed
journal, The InterDependent, with behind-the-scenes news and views
on the world body; special reports from foreign policy experts
and UNA-USA leaders; discounts on UNA-USA materials; the chance
to contribute to a stronger U.N. by participating in the Global
Policy Project, UNA-USA's annual study/action project; invitations
to attend briefings and seminars offered by UNA-USA's Chapters
and Divisions in 175 communities nationwide; contacts with members
of other U.N. Associations in 80 nations worldwide.
Number of members: We have about 700 members.
Sources of financial support: Support comes from our member dues,
donations, and we are seeking corporate and business support as
tatianac AT @ unamn DOT org;
Bharat Parekh, 651-646-8977, parek003 AT umn DOT edu.
United Nations Rally Board is a committee of UN of Minnesota
that seeks to promote understanding of and support for the United
Nations; to organize annually a Rally with the United Nations as
its subject, co-sponsored with the United Nations of Minnesota.
Membership: We ask members to support the Rally with monetary donations
and with their presence. There are no dues.
Number of members: The board consists of approx. 15 people; member
organizations number approx. 60.
Sources of financial support: Tickets sales for Rally, donations
from individuals and supporting organizations.
Contact: Zehra Keye, Chair, 612-377-0214, zkeye AT aol DOT com
University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
Address: 229 19th Avenue South,
N-120 Mondale Hall, Minneapolis,
Phone: 612-626-0041 or toll-free 888-HREDUC8
humanrts AT umn DOT edu
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center was inaugurated
in December of 1988 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principle focus
of the Human Rights Center is to train effective human rights professionals
and volunteers. The Human Rights Center assists human rights advocates,
monitors, students, and educators by providing training, internships,
materials, and electronic resources and networks.
Membership: No formal membership. However, The Human Rights Center
partners with similar centers and organizations to promote human
rights education and advocacy.
Affiliated organizations: Some examples - Amnesty International
USA, Center for Victims of Torture, Growing Communities for Peace,
International Leadership Institute, League of Minnesota Human Rights
Commissions, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Resource Center
for the Americas.
Sources of financial support: Foundation grants; individual donations;
materials and resource sales.
Contact: Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Co-Director & Council
krp AT umn DOT edu.
University of St. Thomas Justice & Peace Studies
Address: 2115 Summit Ave (JRC 432), St Paul, MN 55105
Contact: Cris Toffolo, Director, 651-962-5724,
cetoffolo AT stthomas DOT edu;
Mike Klein, Council Delegate, 651-962-5378,
mcklein AT stthomas DOT edu;
Paul Thorson; Council Alternate, 612-962-6175,
pbthorson AT stthomas DOT edu
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27
Address: 2123 Clinton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Email: vfpchapter27 AT gmail DOT com
Educating the public on the real "cost of war"-the tragedy
of unnecessary human death and suffering caused by war. Providing
humanitarian relief to victims of war. Promoting non-interference
by U.S. government in internal affairs of other nations by distinguishing
between military aggression and defense. Abolishing war as a decision
making tool of nation states.
Membership: $25 National Membership Dues and/or $25 Chapter 27
Membership Dues paid annually.
Number of members: National VFP 7000 VFP Chapter 27 670
Sources of financial support: Donations, canoe raffle, silent
auction, membership fees.
Contact: Chante Wolf, 612-821-9141; Delegate: Mary McNellis, 651-351-7203, vfpsoaw AT yahoo DOT com; Alternate: James Steinhagen,
djsteinhagen AT msn DOT com;
Larry Johnson, 612-747-3904, larryjvfp AT gmail DOT com.
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 127
Vincent L Hawkinson Foundation
Address: 324 Harvard St SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace
and Justice (the Foundation) was organized in 1988 to honor Reverand
Vincent L. Hawkinson, a lifelong advocate for peace. Hawkinson
served as pastor of Grace University Lutheran Church for more
than 30 years. He was a community leader who witnessed courageously
to a vision of political and social change. He vigorously advocated
peacemaking and racial equality and stood up for the poor, the
oppressed and the powerless. He died in 2001 at age 86.
The Foundation was founded on the belief that alternatives
to violence and the use of military power must be found for a permanent
resolution of interpersonal and global conflict. Seeking new avenues
to peace and justice was Pastor Hawkinson's life work. The Foundation
keeps his dream alive by granting scholarships to students who
have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice and by honoring
those who pursue these beliefs.
Contact: Kimberly Sanberg, Executive Director and Council Delegate, ksanberg AT hawkinsonfoundation DOT org, 612-812-0188.
Walker Community United Methodist Church
Address: P.O. Box 7588, 3104 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
The mission of Walker Church is to nurture spirituality, build
caring community, and work courageously for peace with justice.
Delegate: Steve Cobian, stevecobian AT gmail DOT com, 612-202-7002
Witness for Peace - Upper Midwest Region (WFP/UMW)
Address: 1015 E. 11th Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Phone: 218-349-1786 or 218-722-1532
Email: info AT wilpfm DOT org
WFP is a national grass roots, conscience-based organization committed
to non-violence. WFP has brought hundreds of delegations of North
Americans to Latin America and the Caribbean facilitating transforming
experiences by meeting with those people most affected by the cycles
of U.S. economic and military violence. WFP then inspires citizens
to return home to work for change and to “do justice”.
No fee or donations are requested. Delegation members pay a fee
which varies with the cost of transportation and number of days
of the trip.
All participants in WFP automatically become members. Nationwide,
there are several thousand. There is a central D.C. staff, long-term
international team staff, a national board of directors, and regional
boards of directors.
Sources of funds: Donations, grants, delegations, and sale of
literature and other WFP products.
Contact: Jennifer Wood-Taylor, Regional Coordinator,
organizing_gr AT yahoo DOT com;
Sigrid Bachman, Chairperson of the Board of Directors,
sigrid50 AT earthlink DOT net;
Elise Roberts, Council Delegate,
920-421-2269, info AT wilpfm DOT org.
Women Against Military Madness
4200 Cedar Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55407
wamm AT mtn DOT org
WAMM is a nonviolent, feminist organization that works in solidarity
with others to create a system of social equality, self-determination,
and justice through education and empowerment of women. WAMM's
purpose is to dismantle systems of militarism and global oppression.
Membership: Annual Membership: $40; Household Membership: $60;
Low Income/Student: $15; Members receive our newsletter 10 times
a year and can participate in the WAMM annual meeting and on WAMM
Number of members: Approx. 1,600, including organizations.
Sources of financial support: Membership gifts and other individual
gifts, Cooperating Fund Drive, private foundations, and special
Pepperwolf, Director, 612-827-5364;
sallykundert AT gmail DOT com, 612-240-1653.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Minnesota Metro
Address: Box 14752, Minneapolis, MN 55414-0752
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
has been working since 1915 to unite women of diverse backgrounds
worldwide who oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF stands
for equality of all people in a world free of racism, sexism, and
homophobia; the building of a constructive culture of peace through
world disarmament; and the changing of government priorities to
meet human needs.
Expectation and requirement of members: No special requirements
other than dues. Work for peace.
Number of members: 300 in Minnesota.
Sources of financial support: Dues and donations.
Contact: Delegate: Zehra Keye,
ZKeye AT aol DOT com.
Workable World Trust
Address: 5492 Bald Eagle Blvd. E, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
The Trust will work to promote a progressively better world through improved decision-making and program execution within the United Nations and in other global governance agencies.
Contact: Joe Schwartzberg, 651-429-9562, schwa004 AT umn DOT edu; Delegate: Nancy Dunlavy, 651-785-4243, nancy2 AT dunlavy DOT net
Address: 2145 Ford Parkway, #300, St. Paul, MN 55116
mail AT peacesites DOT org
World Citizen, Inc. works to effectively promote a peaceful, healthy,
non-violent World through our PeaceSite/Nobel Festival/Peace Education
programs and projects and to involve as many people as possible,
starting with children. We involve thousands of students each year
in the following programs:
- Peace Sites: 222 in MN and over 750 in the world.
- Nobel Peace Prize Festivals: 2005 marked the 10th, honoring
Kofi Annan and the U.N.
- Peace Education: for K-12 Schools primarily.
Membership: Basic - $25; Home - $35; Diplomat - $50; Ambassador
- $100; World Citizen Club - $500; Nobel Club Level - $1,000.
Number of members: Approx. 230 plus 750 peace sites throughout
Sources of financial support: Membership at various levels, corporations,
foundations, and substantial "in kind" donations.
Contact: Martha Roberts,
President, martrobe44 AT aol DOT com,
612-554-7009; Melvin Giles, Delegate, peacebubbles AT q DOT com, 651-792-6963.
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