History

The Peace Alliance, a 501 c4 nonprofit, was launched on March 31st, 2004. It was co-founded by internationally acclaimed author, speaker and peace activist Marianne Williamson along with a team of leaders who wanted to take the work of peacebuilding and make it a national and international priority through policy and legislation, as well as embodied in our everyday lives. Our focus is on proactive approaches to cultivating peace.

Our efforts started with a national grassroots campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace. It has grown to include other legislation, policies and concepts that support a culture of peace. We have helped train citizen activists in hundreds of congressional districts and high school and college campuses around the country (in partnership with the Student Peace Alliance). Our supporters and teammates have generated thousands of visits to Members of Congress along with hundreds of thousands of letters and phone calls in support of a more peaceful approach to the challenges faced by our nation at home and abroad.

We have held dozens of regional and national conferences, featuring such leaders, luminaries and artists as Walter Cronkite, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. John Conyers, Deepak Chopra, Patch Adams, Steven Tyler, Judy Collins, Joaquin Phoenix, and many others.

Our work and initiatives have been featured on CNN, NPR, on talk shows and op-ed’s across the country.

At the heart of everything we have done has been our grassroots leadership, who have worked tirelessly to help bring peace to the forefront of our national conversation. They provide the guidance and support that expand the scope and possibilities of our organization.

Activists Lily Marie, Nancy Merritt, Jeriln Stapleton @ TPA booth
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