Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel, and your nomination for the FOR Peace Prize
Each year, the Fellowship of Reconciliation awards three peace prizes — international, national, and local — to individuals or organizations whose commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation is recognized as extraordinary.
We need your help in making these awards. Please nominate your favorite individual or organization working for peace by March 31st. And read on to learn how you can help Thich Nhat Hanh receive the Nobel Peace Prize as well!
Nominations being accepted for the Fellowship of Reconciliation peace awards
Awards are made in three categories — you can browse the list of past winners to see who’s won before.
International Pfeffer Peace Award: Established in 1989 by Leo and Freda Pfeffer, the award honors an individual or organization working globally for peace and justice.
Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Established by FOR in 1979, the award recognizes a person or group working in the United States in the tradition of Rev. Dr. King’s nonviolent approach to transforming racial, social, and economic injustice.
Nyack-Area Peace Award: Established by FOR in 2006, the award honors an organization or individual involved in significant peace and justice work in the Nyack, New York area, where FOR’s national headquarters is located.
There is no requirement that you or the nominee have any affiliation with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, so please share this announcement with your networks of peace and justice advocates!
Help us nominate Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1964, nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the award in 1967.
“I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam,” King wrote.
Yet 45 years later, Nhat Hanh has been passed over for the award.
There is still time to nominate Thich Nhat Hanh for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize — but the deadline is Feb. 1!
The Nobel committee accepts nominations from any university professors of social science, history, philosophy, law or theology; leaders of peace research institutes; leaders of “foreign affairs” organizations; federal-level elected officials; and previous Nobel laureates.
If you know any eligible individuals, please encourage them to visit PeaceIsTheWayFilms.com, print the nomination letter and send it to the Nobel committee by Feb. 1.
Image: FOR’s Ray Gould displaying the signatures of the statement of the International Committee of Conscience in Vietnam, which both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh had signed.