Our mission is to advance initiatives to eliminate the nuclear weapons threat to all life, to foster the global rule of law, and to build an enduring legacy of peace through education and advocacy.
Listed below are some of the Foundation’s many activities to build a more peaceful and nuclear weapons-free world, categorized by the Foundation’s major areas of work.
Eliminating Nuclear Dangers
- We helped found and served as coordinator of Abolition 2000, a global network to eliminate nuclear weapons composed of over 2,000 civil society organizations and municipalities around the world.
- We are one of eight international civil society organizations working in the area of nuclear disarmament that comprise the Middle Powers Initiative, a coalition that works with Middle Power governments in seeking to meet the legal, technical and political challenges of Article VI of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to achieve nuclear disarmament.
- We have produced a DVD, Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future, which we are distributing free of charge around the world.
- We created an Appeal to End the Nuclear Weapons Threat to Humanity, signed by 100 prominent leaders, including Presidents Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Oscar Arias and many other Nobel Laureates; the Appeal was published in the New York Times prior to the 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
- We have been a consistent voice for nuclear sanity through our websites, our research and analysis, and our publications and public lectures throughout the world.
- We created the NuclearFiles.org website, a website with a Timeline of the Nuclear Age, which maintains a historical memory of the principal events of the Nuclear Age.
- We involve the public in action to change US nuclear policy through our Turn the Tide Campaign.
- We send our Sunflower e-newsletter to more than 10,000 people each month.
- We work with partner organizations and individuals throughout the world in furthering the goals of preventing nuclear proliferation and advancing proposals for nuclear disarmament.
- We have attended the Review Conferences and Preparatory Committee meetings of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and prepared Briefing Booklets for the delegates.
- We have created a Fellowship Program, with nuclear analyst Daniel Ellsberg as the first Foundation Fellow.
- We help fund and provide leadership to the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, a network of 90 member organizations and individuals in 50 countries.
- We operate a Washington, DC office to promote safer and saner US nuclear policies with Congressional members and staff.
Strengthening International Law
- We worked with key individuals and organizations for the establishment of an International Criminal Court.
- We helped promote and analyzed the implications of the 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.
- We were one of three key organizations, along with the World Federalist Movement and Global Action to Prevent War, to develop and promote the establishment of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.
- We have held International Law Symposia with world renown scholars and diplomats on the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Emergency Peace Service, and Nuclear Weapons and International Law.
- We provide a prominent and persistent voice in support of the legal obligation to pursue good faith negotiations for nuclear disarmament in Article VI of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
- We were honored as a United Nations Peace Messenger organization.
- We have consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and have three representatives to the United Nations in New York.
Empowering a New Generation of Peace Leaders
- We are one of the few peace organizations in the country with a sustained Youth Empowerment Initiative.
- We have a Youth Empowerment Director who speaks on high school and college campuses throughout the country.
- We have held a series of Think Outside the Bomb Conferences in Santa Barbara, Washington, DC and New York to educate young people about nuclear dangers and help them develop leadership skills to be more effective advocates for a nuclear weapons-free future.
- We have organized Nuclear Abolition Immersion Trips to give young leaders hands-on experience monitoring key nuclear weapons facilities, such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- We train young people in nuclear issues through long-standing internship and volunteer programs.
- We maintain a Youth Empowerment website, and have published youth-oriented materials related to the militarization of college campuses.
- We have funded a “No Nukes” youth film festival in Tallahassee, Florida.
- Our UC Nuclear Free campaign has established student partner organizations at six University of California campuses, and has partnered with multiple civil society organizations throughout California and New Mexico.
- Among its many other on-campus activities, the UC Nuclear Free campaign has helped organize a student-taught class called “UC and the Bomb” that will take place simultaneously at four University of California campuses next term – Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and San Diego.
- Our new Peace Leadership Clubs program for high school students has established connections with three high school peace clubs in California and one in New York.
- We sponsored the annual Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest for high school students on themes related to peace in the Nuclear Age. This is now the Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest.
- We sponsor the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards in youth categories as well as adult categories.
Peace Outreach Programs
- We organize the annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future by leading thinkers, including Frank Kelly, Richard Falk, Anita Roddick, Robert J. Lifton and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, and have videotaped, published and distributed the lectures.
- We shine a light on peace leadership by presenting an annual Distinguished Peace Leadership Award that has gone to such extraordinary individuals as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the XIVth Dalai Lama, Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite and Mairead Maguire.
- We also present a World Citizenship Award that has gone to such dynamic individuals as Ted Turner, Queen Noor, Daisaku Ikeda and Harry Belafonte.
- We have hosted an inspiring annual Evening for Peace for 24 years, and raised funds to ensure that students can be a part of the evening.
- We have coordinated with peace groups from a local to a global level in sponsoring a wide variety of peace activities.
- We have published hundreds of opinion articles on key issues in the Nuclear Age.
- We have frequent interviews with the media on current issues related to nuclear dangers.
- We have given lectures on peace and nuclear weapons dangers throughout the world on issues of peace and nuclear weapons abolition to a wide variety of organizations, including the International Peace Research Association and the Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.
- We have edited and published five anthologies on issues of peace in the Nuclear Age meant to inspire hope and action; titles include: Waging Peace: Ideas for Action; Waging Peace II: Vision and Hope for the 21st Century; A Maginot Line in the Sky; Hope in a Dark Time; and Hold Hope, Wage Peace.
- We hold the annual Barbara Mandigo Kelly Poetry Awards, and have published a book of the winning poems for the first seven years of the awards, The Poetry of Peace.