Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.
Now is your chance to collect FOR’s historic journal of peacemaking through the last century. All back issues are on sale for $1 for a limited time.
Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.
Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community through our Chapters, Networks & Affiliates, Interreligious Engagement & Understanding, Intentional Communities and Retreats for Movement Leaders & Activists.
We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.
Last year, we celebrated the beginning of our centennial year with a series of events in and around New York City that included a multifaith service and gala dinner at The Riverside Church.
We know not everyone had the ability to join us in person for these events, so I'm pleased to share with you now a new video that features moments from those events, interviews with people in attendance, and offers a look back on the past 100 years of FOR's work (with lots of great photos!) and a vision for the future.
At the service, led by Executive Director Rev. Kristin Stoneking, we were honored to hear from Arun Gandhi — Mahatma Gandhi's grandson — who speaks at length about the impact of FOR and it's potential for the future. In footage from the gala dinner, FOR Bayard Rustin Fellow Rev. Osagyefo Sekou delved deep into the “age of Ferguson” and the role of faith-based nonviolent resistance in pushing for racial justice and liberation.
In under five minutes, the video manages to communicate the importance of FOR, both in the past 100 years and in the future.
The campaigns featured in the video are ones we know many of you were involved in directly: the Black-led freedom struggle, the Palestinian struggle for liberation, working for peace in Iran, and supporting the Movement for Black Lives.
After a century of important work, we're not done. Later this year, we'll gather in the Pacific Northwest for a centennial conference — and you're invited!
We focus on building movements and peace networks by acting as a resource hub for activists, organizers and communities. Through our network of chapters and affiliates we connect movements at the grassroots level.
We provide workshops, educational resources, strategic consulting, and speaking engagements for diverse audiences. We run young adult leadership development programs and nonviolent direct action trainings for front line movements.
We're part of a global Fellowship growing a vibrant, creative, international and intergenerational peace and justice movement. More than 70,000 consituents in the US participate in our base-building work. Join us!
For over 100 years FOR members have led the strategic application of nonviolence to political and social change movements worldwide. We honor and count among our number Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Muriel Lester, Sulak Sivaraksa, James Lawson, Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Andre and Magda Trocme and many more.
FOR recognizes individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation. We honor unsung grassroots activists with the Local Hero Award, US justice leaders with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, and international peacemakers with the Pfeffer Peace Award.
Since 1918 FOR has produced publications and a national journal to shape and reflect learning on the power of nonviolent social change. Since 1934 that award-winning journal has appeared under the title Fellowship, now issued twice yearly in summer and winter. FOR's national newsletter, Witness, is produced in spring and fall and provides highlights of campaigns and projects led by grassroots FOR chapters and affiliates.