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Dear Founding Members and Friends,


From all the volunteers at the US Peace Memorial Foundation, thank you for your support and generosity. The year 2022 was fraught with many challenges, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which shifted public focus away from U.S. aggression and militarism. For example, the U.S. bombed Somalia two days before the February 24 Russian attack. Yet, most Americans seem unaware that our wars in the Middle East and Africa continued throughout the year.


It was heartening to see the mainstream American media finally paying attention to war crimes as they called out Russian atrocities, including the bombing of civilian targets. Perhaps one day, they will be consistent and begin to evaluate and condemn U.S. war crimes. Since the nuclear bombing of Japanese cities, the U.S. has continued a strategy of targeting cities and civilians unable to defend themselves, bombing no less than thirty countries, killing millions of people, maiming tens of millions more, and creating untold numbers of refugees. Since 1946, no other country has killed and injured more people outside its borders. Police violence, mass murder, and freer access to guns continue as a reflection of our entrenched war culture.


We continue to increase our bloated pentagon budget, distribute weapons worldwide, create new military bases near perceived enemies, and deploy nuclear weapons so close to Russia that an “accidental” nuclear holocaust and World War III are more likely than ever. I am incredibly proud of this year’s US Peace Prize recipient, Costs of War, for the data and analysis that help us understand the actual cost of U.S. militarism. Having an informed public and people who are actively opposed to war are crucial to world peace. At this time in our history, we need to increase the number of Americans who speak out against war, which is precisely why the US Peace Memorial Foundation exists. By advancing our knowledge about and showing appreciation for heroic U.S. peacemakers, new role models can shape public discourse and education.


Building a national monument to peacemakers can help achieve that goal. It can change our cultural mindset, making it no longer acceptable to label those who speak out against U.S. wars as un-American, anti-military, disloyal, or unpatriotic. With public recognition of our peacemakers – celebrating their actions and accomplishments and normalizing their roles in society – we can challenge the social barriers that citizens face when publicly expressing antiwar sentiments.


The US Peace Memorial Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, does this work by:

·      Publishing the US Peace Registry, which honors and documents the antiwar and peace activities of individuals and organizations.

·      Awarding the annual US Peace Prize to an individual or organization that has made an exceptional effort to stop wars and work for peace.

·      Raising funds to build the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC.


Please work with us to end the U.S. war culture by honoring courageous Americans who stand for peace. Your contribution shows that you value and support our programs, and it demonstrates your commitment to building the US Peace Memorial.


If you are already a Founding Member, please make your 2023 contribution today. If not, please join us! Become a Founding member with a $100 donation. Your name will be included at; in any future editions of our book, ENDING U.S. WARS; and, eventually, at the National Monument we will build in Washington, DC.


YES, I want to contribute to building the US Peace Memorial.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I am inspired by all that you do for peace.

Michael Knox, Ph.D. Chair








Early on, we set four benchmarks to achieve before announcing our national campaign to raise the millions of dollars needed to build the US Peace Memorial as a national monument. In the press release to announce the campaign, we want to be able to say that we have one thousand Founding Members representing all fifty states, have honored one thousand individuals and organizations in the US Peace Registry who are working for peace, and have already raised one million dollars in donations.


This chart shows how we are doing and where we need your help before we can move forward.


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46 States Represented - 92% of our goal


The Foundation has achieved 92 percent of its goal of having Founding Members from every state. We now have Founding Members from forty-six states (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The five leading states in terms of membership are Florida (132), Minnesota (42), California (39), New York (21), and Massachusetts (19). Help us increase the number of supporters in your state. Please help us add Founding Members from the four remaining states that still need to be represented: Delaware, Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Dakota.


467 Founding Members - 47% of our goal   


We have achieved 47 percent of our goal of one thousand Founding Members to begin our national fundraising campaign. We must have 533 more Founding Members from throughout the country. Currently, our Founding Member list includes 423 individuals and 44 organizations/businesses, 12 of which are faith-based. If you are one of the nearly 6,000 people on our email list who have not yet joined, please take action today – become a Founding Member. By supporting the Foundation, you will be working for peace.


292 Registrants - 29% of our goal  


The US Peace Registry documents and honors the antiwar efforts of Americans. Anyone who has spoken out publicly against war can submit a description of their activities and apply for consideration. What better way to end current U.S. wars than to have more people speak out against them? There are many ways to make your voice heard. We currently recognize and honor the work of 200 individuals and 92 organizations that are role models for a broad range of peace and antiwar activities.

Donations - 20% of our goal


To date, we have received donations totaling $201,942 toward the $1,000,000 benchmark we must reach before publicly announcing our major fundraising campaign to build the US Peace Memorial as a national monument. If you can make a charitable contribution, please consider the importance of supporting our goal of moving the U.S. toward a culture of peace.





The US Peace Memorial Foundation awarded the 2022 US Peace Prize to Costs of War “For crucial research to shed light on the human, environmental, economic, social, and political costs of U.S. wars.”

On September 30, 2022, we presented the US Peace Prize to Costs of War at an event held at Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. I thanked them for their important work that could help end U.S. wars: “The research and scholarly publications generated by Costs of War’s faculty and staff provide accurate data that can truly impact our public and foreign policy. Your outreach to the media, lawmakers, and educators helps to build momentum towards reversing long-standing patterns of U.S. militarism.”




The program’s Co-Directors, Drs. Neta C. Crawford, Catherine Lutz, and Stephanie Savell responded: “On behalf of our global network of over 50 scholars and experts, we’re thrilled to receive the US Peace Prize for the Costs of War and deeply honored to be included amongst the other exemplary awardees. This prize is a testament to the tireless hard work and creative vision of so many people, from the scholars who share their findings with the public to the many people who build Costs of War’s impact from behind the scenes; all of us share a passion for working against militarism.” Note: Dr. Lutz (center), Dr. Crawford (right). Dr. Savell is not present.


Costs of War joins previous US Peace Prize recipients Christine Ahn, Ajamu Baraka, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace, Kathy Kelly, CODEPINK Women for Peace, Chelsea Manning, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and Cindy Sheehan.


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This year, the US Peace Registry recognized and documented the antiwar work of the following Americans and U.S. organizations. You can read about their specific contributions and activities at


Those honored in 2022

Diana Nomad Cloud

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Dr. Catherine Lutz

Abby Martin

Robert M. Meyerson

Dr. Victor W. Sidel





Our Founding Members are helping us find and choose the best antiwar and pro-peace statements by well-known Americans. Eventually, the selected quotes will be chiseled on the US Peace Memorial we will build in Washington, DC.


Here are two quotations under consideration:


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Founding Members are encouraged to help choose quotes. We are looking for well-referenced statements to inspire Americans to speak out against war and to work for peace. As new quotations are vetted, they are posted on FFacebook, TTwitter, and IInstagram for review. We invite you to post any new quotations you may find, and your comments, on these social media sites. See for more details about the quotation selection process. Let us know which are your favorites – and share any great quotes we may have overlooked.





Founding Member Louis H. Pumphrey had an article about the US Peace Memorial published in DD214 Chronicle - The Newspaper for Veterans and All Who Love Them. Generating visibility in the media is an essential step in honoring those who stand for peace. Please help us get the word out.


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Through the generosity of Founding Members, and at no cost to the Foundation, several paid ads were placed in the Veterans For Peace convention program, at the World BEYOND War’s conference #NoWar2022, and on social media, including:




We have continued to give Zoom presentations, including this one for the Unitarian/Universalist Church of Sarasota.


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Michael Knox received the 2022 Ralph K. White Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Peace Psychology Division (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence). The award included recognition of his work establishing and leading the US Peace Memorial Foundation. The $1000 prize was delivered to the Foundation’s treasury. Click below to listen to his acceptance speech recorded for psychologists unable to attend the conference.







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ENDING U.S. WARS by Honoring Americans Who Work for Peace is available at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Bookshop, and Amazon.


Until it is built, this book is the US Peace Memorial.


To increase the number of people who will read the book, we reduced the price of the E-book from $9.99 to $2.99, the lowest price Amazon would allow. Order at Kindle. All proceeds from the sale of ENDING U.S. WARS go directly to the US Peace Memorial Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.


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You can purchase other items with our logo, including buttons, yard signs, tote bags, baby shirts, and even a shirt for Fido. Please encourage your friends and everyone you meet to think about peace and join us. It’s always time to get the conversation started!





Thank you to our Board of Directors: Medea Benjamin, Dr. Lucy Bradley-Springer, Margaret Kimberley, Jolyon Sasse, and Dr. Charles F. Clark (emeritus); editors Tracy Blalock and Beverly Lowenstein; and volunteers including Sue Chen, Dr. David Chiriboga, Tom Cloud, Sandie Cloud, Michael Dwyer, Dr. Martha Friedrich, James Knox, John Knox, Dr. Kathleen Malley-Morrison, Al Mytty, Donald Martin, Dr. Lynette J. Menezes, Bonnie Silvestri, and Dr. Art Ulene. Without these incredible and dedicated supporters, very little would have been accomplished during the year. We greatly appreciate their contributions.


Thank you to our new Founding Members and 2022 donors:


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We need your help, too. Without your ongoing generosity and commitment, the US Peace Memorial will never become a National Monument that can help move the United States toward a culture of peace.





Those of us who work for peace are pulled in many directions. Antiwar resources have been stretched thin, and consensus seems elusive as the country’s militarism maintains a fixed hold on our culture. The endless wars will stop only when the American people demand it, and the more people who speak, the louder our voices will be. We need your help, now more than ever, to make our voices heard.  


Add Your Voice to Our Cause


o   Become a Founding Member to add your name to our growing list of nearly 470 visionary leaders and be permanently associated with the US Peace Memorial.  

o   Click here to contribute by debit or credit card.  

o   Mail a check to: US Peace Memorial Foundation • 334 East Lake Road #136 • Palm Harbor, FL 34685.


We Need Your Financial Support. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. CLICK HERE to see our 2022 Financial Report.


·      Already a Founding Member? Please make your 2023 contribution.

·      Move to the next donor level? Credit for your contributions is cumulative. There are currently six donor levels included at, from $100 to over $10,000. Hundreds of donors have moved to higher levels by making annual contributions.


We Need More Role Models for Peace.


·     Apply to the US Peace Registry. We are looking for Americans whose antiwar behaviors, examples, and successes can be emulated by others. If you have opposed U.S. wars in writing, speaking, marching, or other public ways, submit your bio here: Individual Bio. (See examples:

·     Add your organization’s bio to the US Peace Registry here: Organization Bio. (See examples:


We Need Volunteers


Please volunteer. Our volunteers are the backbone of the foundation. Even if it’s only a few hours a month, your help is greatly appreciated. As a nationwide grassroots organization with annual expenses of less than $18,000, we are especially in need of:

·      editors

·      researchers

·      marketing specialists

·      fundraisers

·      coordinators 


Choose any or all of these options – you can inspire other Americans to speak out against war and to work for peace.


We Need to Keep in Touch

Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss any aspect of the Foundation’s work and/or how you might want to participate. I can be reached at


US Peace Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN: 20-3915218.

Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided by U.S. law.


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