Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.
We provide training and local level movement mentorship for building infrastructure, tactical strategy and developing decentralized leadership.
Through our work in coalition with other national peace and justice organizations as well as faith-based advocacy groups, we mobilize a grassroots base of chapters and affiliates to engage in stronger unified action for social and political change.
FOR often works in coalition with other national peace and justice organizations as well as faith-based advocacy groups. Through this coalition work, FOR mobilizes its grassroots base of chapters and affiliates to engage in stronger unified action for social and political change.
FOR endorses and often provides staff and volunteer leadership to represent the Fellowship in such allied organizing efforts as:
FOR also regularly signs on to national coalition letters & petitions that mobilize religious and community leadership to press political & corporate decision-makers on public policy issues.
We provide added value to grassroots justice work through ally connections, nonviolent tools and literature as well as programmatic opportunities.
FOR is a nonviolence resource hub for individuals and organizations throughout the United States. Working with a grassroots network of some 100 chapters and affiliates, as well as numerous international relationships, we add value to localized justice work through:
FOR's grounding in spiritually-rooted movements also offers access to faith-rooted networks, both national grassroots groups with specific religious or denominational identities as well as local multi-faith initiatives. These networks can strengthen peace and justice movements (some of which are predominantly secular) through mobilizing faith-based activists as well as providing moral (and theological) grounding.
We offer keynotes, workshops, panels, or consultations on a broad range of topics related to nonviolence, global movements, civil and human rights peace delegations, multifaith, anti-militarism, nuclear nonproliferation, social justice and more.
We regularly receive requests for speakers and presentations on topics related to our mission and our legacy of peace and justice work.
We do not charge a specific fee for speakers but welcome donations to our work. Particular speakers may have minimums for honorariums. If an event requires travel, we ask that groups cover transportation costs and provide housing if overnight stay is required.
Each year FOR awards three different peace awards at an international, national and local level to individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation.
Established in 1989 by Leo (1910-1993) and Freda Pfeffer (1911-2013) to honor those around the world working for peace and justice. Leo Pfeffer was the United States' leading theoretician on religious liberty and the separation of church and state frequently arguing constitutional issues before the Supreme Court. A long-time FOR member, Leo was a founding member of the Jewish Peace Fellowship. To this day Leo and Freda's legacy continues to contribute to a more peaceful society.
Established in 1979 to recognize persons or groups working in the United States in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s tradition. Dr. King was a member of FOR who worked closely with the organization, serving on FOR's Advisory Council up to the time of his death. The award honors those who make a significant contribution to the furtherance of Dr. King's nonviolent approach to transforming racial, economic, and social injustice.
Formerly the Nyack-Area Peace Award which was established in 2006 to recognize individuals or organizations enriching the community in and around FOR's national headquarters in Nyack, New York. As of 2015 this award recognizes unheralded groups or individuals who work tirelessly for justice and reconciliation on a local level anywhere in the U.S. to better honor our grassroots network of chapters and affiliates.