Category Archives : 1000.United States of America


Roselle Bailey (United States of America)

“Not until we lived in Iraq did I begin to take hula and my heritage seriously. It was then that I began to have dreams of home and the Hawai’ian language. It redirected my life–or did it?” Roselle Bailey’s life work is to teach and preserve Hawai’ian culture. She served as caretaker of one of […]

Roselle Bailey (United States of America)

Aileen Clarke Hernandez (United States of America)

Aileen Clarke Hernandez (United States of America)

“Racism and sexism have made it possible to institutionalize mediocrity; by eliminating these evils we can free minds of all women and men to focus on the humane solutions to the world’s problems.” Aileen Clarke Hernandez (born 1926) has worked tirelessly for labor rights, women’s rights, and civil rights for US people of color for […]


Yuri Kochiyama (United States of America)

“Don’t become too narrow. Live fully. Meet all kinds of people. You’ll learn something from everyone. Follow what you feel in your heart.” A daughter of Japanese immigrants, Yuri Kochiyama (born 1921) grew up in California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her life changed dramatically in 1942 when people of Japanese ancestry in the […]


Barbara Lee (United States of America)

Barbara Lee (United States of America)

“Today we come together to say no to the loss of innocent lives in a war that is totally unnecessary. And we are here to say yes to peace. George Bush has woken a sleeping giant in our country.” Barbara Lee, democratic California congresswoman, gained international attention as the only member of congress to vote […]


Kate Donnelly (United States of America)

Kate Donnelly (United States of America)

  “Let’s face it–without intelligent, compassionate youth, there’s not much hope for our planet, never mind our ‘movement’.” Kate Donnelly has spent 30 years participating in movements for social change. The focus of her work is teaching about nonviolence, and includes teaching conflict resolution skills, training people to participate in nonviolent direct action, and campaigning […]


Linda Burnham (United States of America)

“If you’re still moaning, time to get up. There are war crimes being committed in Fallujah as we speak. We have a domestic agenda without end. We have work to do. Get up off of the moaning bench!” Linda Burnham has been an organizer and a human rights activist for her entire life. In 1990, […]

Linda Burnham (United States of America)

Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding (United States of America)

Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding (United States of America)

“The range of human activity that can be retuned to contribute to peace-building is vast.” For more than 50 years, Elise Boulding has helped to create networks of peace. Her work is founded in her Quaker faith and a spirituality that is grounded in listening and sharing. She has a special gift for envisioning a […]


Cora Weiss (United States of America)

  “You cannot have peace without human rights, democracy, gender equality, and clean water. Look to the root causes of war and you will find, in their reverse, the root foundations of peace.” “To have a peaceful population,” says Cora Weiss, “we must teach peace.” This belief is the cornerstone of Cora’s life’s work. As […]

Cora Weiss (United States of America)

Maria Varela (United States of America)

“Breakthroughs are possible only if we can gather the courage to risk stepping outside our colonized worldviews.” Maria Varela (born 1940) is an economist, photographer, visionary, and organizer extraordinaire. Now based in Albuquerque, she first worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a cutting-edge civil rights organization. In 1968 she moved to northern New […]