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PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENTS

 

 

 

CODEPINK Women For Peace Awarded 2014 Peace Prize

 

The US Peace Memorial Foundation has awarded its 2014 Peace Prize to CODEPINK Women for Peace In Recognition of Inspirational Antiwar Leadership and Creative Grassroots Activism.”  Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, presented the award on August 7, during a ceremony at The New Peace Center in Culver City, CA.

 

   

 

The plaque was accepted by co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, to overwhelming applause from an audience of about 100 people.  In his remarks, Knox thanked CODEPINK for the great courage its members have shown and for the sacrifices they have made for peace.  CODEPINK is the most innovative, effective, and visible antiwar presence in the United States.  Its approaches to peace and opposition to war are contemporary and receive more media and government attention than any other peace group.  CODEPINK has shown what volunteers can do with limited resources.  Their service is an inspiration to the world.”

 

 

In learning of the award, Jodie Evans remarked, “What a wonderful honor for tens of thousands of women and men of CODEPINK who take action, write letters to the editor, organize locally, travel globally, and live intentionally to create a more peace filled world.  I feel blessed to work with this posse of angels who live from their hearts and gather under the banner CODEPINK, and those we collaborate with around the world who know that war is not the answer and the money we spend on war, weapons, and violence needs to be invested in our communities to achieve the peace and justice we all desire.”  

 

Medea Benjamin noted: “After more than a decade of perpetual war, the American people are both war weary and war wise, understanding that a military response to violence only leads to more violence.  While the military contractors and weapons manufacturers have made a killing, the rest of us - at home and abroad - have had to deal with death, suffering, PTSD, corruption, and depleted economies.  I am honored to be part of a vibrant peace movement in CODEPINK and beyond, a movement that is now gaining traction with the general public that is more and more wary of calls for foreign military adventures.  We don't do this work for recognition, but after so many years of exhausting work, getting this prize from the US Peace Memorial Foundation inspires us to continue our efforts to build a world where we take care of each other and our precious planet, and send the weapons-makers back to the drawing board to come up with a new set of products that are not designed to kill.”

 

 

 

CODEPINK is the first organization to be recognized in this way by the Foundation.  Previous Peace Prize recipients are Chelsea Manning, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and Cindy Sheehan.  Nominees considered this year include American Friends Service Committee, Garry Davis, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, and David Swanson.  You can read about the antiwar/peace activities of all recipients and nominees in our publication, the US Peace Registry.

 


The US Peace Memorial Foundation’s highly focused mission is to honor Americans who stand for peace by publishing the US Peace Registry, awarding an annual Peace Prize, and planning for the US Peace Memorial in Washington, D.C.  These projects can help move the United States toward a culture of peace, as we honor the millions of thoughtful and courageous Americans who have taken a public stand against one or more U.S. wars or who have devoted their time, energy, and other resources to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts.  We celebrate these role models as they inspire other Americans to speak out against war and for peace.

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Founding Member and have your name permanently associated with peace.  Founding Members are listed on our website, in our publication the US Peace Registry, and eventually at the National Monument.

 

Manning Awarded 2013 Peace Prize

 

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The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation voted unanimously to award its 2013 Peace Prize to Bradley (now known as Chelsea) Manning for conspicuous bravery, at the risk of his own freedom, above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, presented the award on July 26 at a rally at Ft. McNair, Washington, DC.  The reading of the inscription was met with great applause.  In his remarks, Knox thanked Manning for his courage and for all that he has sacrificed for this country and the world.  The plaque was accepted by Emma Cape, Pvt. Manning Support Network Campaign Organizer www.chelseamanning.org/featured/us-peace-memorial-foundation-honors-bradley-manning-with-2013-peace-prize.

 

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Many of Manning’s contributions are documented in the US Peace Registry.  In addition to receiving the 2013 Peace Prize, the US Peace Memorial Foundation’s highest honor, Manning has also been designated as a Founding Member joining previous outstanding Peace Prize recipients Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and Cindy Sheehan.

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Peace Prize nominees considered this year include: American Friends Service Committee, CodePink, Courage to Resist, Lynn Elling, Daniel Ellsberg, Food Not Bombs, and Ann Wright.  You can read about the antiwar/peace activities of this year's exceptional nominees in our publication, the US Peace Registry.

 

Upon hearing of the selection, nominee Daniel Ellsberg stated, “Bradley richly deserves this award, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize for which he's also been nominated, with support of more than 100,000 Americans.  He was willing to sacrifice his freedom to bring the murderous realities of "twenty-first century asymmetric warfare" to the attention of this country and the world in a way that no one else has had the conscience or courage to do.”

 

Medea Benjamin Awarded 2012 Peace Prize

 

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The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation has voted unanimously to award its 2012 Peace Prize to Medea Benjamin in recognition of her creative leadership on the front lines of the antiwar movement.  The award was presented October 28 at a ceremony in New York City.

 

In addition to receiving the 2012 Peace Prize, our highest honor, Medea Benjamin has also been designated as a Founding Member of the US Peace Memorial Foundation.  She joins previous Peace Prize recipients Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and Cindy Sheehan.

  

Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, thanked her for a decade of tireless, creative, and inspiring peace leadership and activism during which she has demonstrated, written, and spoken about ending wars; called attention to the devastation of U.S. wars; and served as a role model for others.  Many of her actions against war and for peace are documented in the US Peace Registry (scroll down to her name).

 

 

In response to her selection, Ms. Benjamin commented, “I am honored and delighted to accept this award on behalf of the thousands of Americans who try to model the kind of citizen diplomacy we want our government to emulate.  While our elected officials continue to fund war and massive military spending, we need to stand up and call for a foreign policy that promotes negotiations, respect and nonviolent solutions.”

 

This year there were 18 nominees for the Peace Prize including: Pete Seeger, Bradley Manning, Ron Paul, Chris Hedges, Kathy Kelly, Debra Sweet, Coleen Rowley, Gene Sharp, Amy Goodman, John Dear, and Daniel Ellsberg.

 

Noam Chomsky Awarded 2011 Peace Prize

              

 

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation has voted unanimously to award its 2011 Peace Prize to Noam Chomsky, whose antiwar activities for five decades both educate and inspire.  This award was presented on October 1st at a Conference marking the 10th Anniversary of United for Justice with Peace held at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

 

In presenting the award, Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, thanked Professor Chomsky for almost 50 years of peace activism during which he has taught, written, and spoken about ending war; has actively resisted violent responses to conflict by our government; and has served as a role model for others.

 

In addition to receiving the 2011 Peace Prize, our highest honor, Professor Chomsky has also been designated as a Founding Member of the US Peace Memorial Foundation.  Many of his actions against war and for peace are documented at US Peace Registry (scroll down to his name). 

 

In response to receiving the Peace Prize, Professor Chomsky commented, “No need to say that I am pleased and honored to receive this award, and to be invited to join the former recipients, who have dedicated themselves with such courage and integrity to achieve peace with justice – which must be our goal, in a world of far too much needless misery and oppression, and facing such dire consequences unless action is undertaken vigorously and without delay.”

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The US Peace Memorial Foundation recognizes and honors citizens and organizations that have advocated for peace and/or voiced opposition to a U.S. war or wars.  The Foundation awards an annual peace prize, publishes the US Peace Registry, and will build the US Peace Memorial in Washington DC.  Noam Chomsky joins previous Peace Prize recipients Dennis Kucinich and Cindy Sheehan.

 

Congressman Dennis Kucinich Awarded 2010 Peace Prize

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The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation has voted unanimously to award Congressman Dennis Kucinich its 2010 Peace Prize in recognition of his national leadership to prevent and end wars.  In addition to this, our highest honor, he has also been designated as a Founding Member of the US Peace Memorial Foundation.  

 

He received the award on December 9.  Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, thanked him for his peace leadership and for serving as a role model to others.  Congressman Kucinich stated, "Peace is not only an absence of conflict, but an active engagement which includes reaching out to others in the spirit of cooperation to resolve what can sometimes be significant differences.  I accept this recognition in honor of the countless individuals who bring peace and love into the lives of those around them."

 

Representative Kucinich has, since 9/15/01, consistently spoken out for peace and against war.  In 2004 and 2008 he was the only candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States who voted against the Iraq war authorization and every funding appropriation related to that war.  We are honored to award him the 2010 Peace Prize.  Many of his actions against war and for peace are documented at US Peace Registry (scroll down to his name). 

 

The US Peace Memorial Foundation recognizes and honors citizens and organizations that have advocated for peace and/or voiced opposition to a US war or wars.  The Foundation awards an annual peace prize, publishes the US Peace Registry, and will build the US Peace Memorial in Washington DC.

 

Cindy Sheehan Awarded 2009 Peace Prize

           

                    

 

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation has voted unanimously to award Cindy Sheehan its 2009 Peace Prize for extraordinary and innovative antiwar activism.  In addition to this high honor, she has been designated as a Founding Member of the US Peace Memorial Foundation.  Her history of diverse and impressive activities that advocate against war and for peace is documented at US Peace Registry (scroll down to her name). 

 

Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, made the official announcement on December 12 at an antiwar rally in front of the White House.  A reading of the inscription on the plaque was met with great applause www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6whnFpKZoE.  Ms. Sheehan received the award on December 30.  Knox thanked her for her peace leadership and for serving as a role model to others.  She has served to raise the awareness of those who are not inclined to think about peace and the devastation of war.

 

The US Peace Memorial Foundation, a national, not-for-profit, grassroots organization, is spearheading a nationwide effort to recognize peace leadership by building the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC, and publishing the US Peace Registry.  These projects will honor the millions of thoughtful and committed Americans who have taken a public stand against a particular U.S. war or who have devoted their time, energy, and other resources to peace.

 

 

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