In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #1)


Anthony J. Marsella and Kathleen Malley-Morrison – TRANSCEND Media Service

(See List #2 Here and List #3 Here)


26 Jan 2018 – The annual memorial holiday on January 15, 2018, celebrating Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s enduring contributions to peace and justice, has passed.

The events of the day linger in our minds, eternally grateful for Reverend King’s efforts to free people and nations from the brutal oppressions imposed by governments, nations, societies, organizations, and individuals, who willfully continue to support and sustain the evils of racism, prejudice, violence, and war.

Reverend King’s commitment to freedom from oppression and abuse compel us to continue his efforts far beyond the words, songs, and promises of his day.

To this end, we, (i.e., Kathy Malley-Morrison & Anthony J. Marsella), the authors of this article, have chosen to demonstrate our responsibilities to continuing the work of Reverend King, by identifying 100 living peace and social justice leaders and models.

The number is arbitrary for there are tens of thousands more who deserve citation. Many are not listed, but will be listed in future efforts. Do not be dismayed! Patience! We believed it essential to create a dynamic list of living peace and justice activists and advocates to encourage peace and justice work.

The individuals included on our list are from all genders, ages, roles.  They are from many nations, ethnocultural groups, and “races.”  We sense a rising tide of commitment to peace and justice, and an intolerance of the corruption, cronyism, and asymmetric power sustaining current abuses.

We consider our efforts a beginning, and we will continue to publish new lists. This is because the struggle for peace and justice is endless, and each day new people are rising to the call.

This is as it should be, and must be, until such time the forces of oppression yield to the forces of good; evil will continue, but human virtue, endowed in conscience will triumph! While the work of many included will be recognized, some of those listed may not be apparent. We have attached website information after each name to offer insight into their efforts.

Before sharing our list, however, we wish to include two charts offering graphic displays of essential material for understanding and appreciating living leaders.




One Hundred Living Peace and Justice Activists, Advocates, Models

  1. Abdul-Jabbar: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Adams: David Adams
  3. Albertini: James Albertini
  4. Assange: Julian Assange
  5. Atzmon: Gilad Atzmon
  6. Avnery: Uri Avnery
  7. Bacevich: Andrew Bacevich
  8. Baroud: Ramzy Baroud
  9. Benjamin: Medea Benjamin
  10. Berrigan: Frida Berrigan
  11. Binney: William Binney
  12. Blum: Willam Blum
  13. Burrowes: Robert J. Burrowes
  14. Caldicott: Helen Caldicott
  15. Castro: Gustavo Castro
  16. Chiponda: Melania Chiponda
  17. Chomsky: Noam Chomsky
  18. Coates: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  19. Cole: Juan Cole
  20. Cook: Michelle Cook
  21. Dalai: Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)
  22. Davis: Angela Davis
  23. Ebadi: Shrin Ebadi
  24. Eidelson: Roy Eidelson
  25. Ellsberg: Daniel Ellsberg
  26. Engelhardt: Tom Engelhardt
  27. Falk: Richard Falk
  28. Feeley: Tom Feeley
  29. Fonda: Jane Fonda
  30. Galtung: Johan Galtung
  31. Garza: Alicia Garza
  32. Giroux: Henry A. Giroux
  33. Goodman: Amy Goodman
  34. Gorbachev: Mikhail Gorbachev
  35. Greenwald: Glen Greenwald
  36. Guevara-Rosas: Erika Guevara-Rosas
  37. Haugen: Gary Haugen
  38. Hedges: Chris Hedges
  39. Hersh: Seymour Hersh
  40. Hightower: Jim Hightower
  41. Ikeda: Daisaku Ikeda
  42. Jamail: Dahr Jamail
  43. Jones: Van Jones
  44. Kalaygian: Ani Kalayjian
  45. Karman: Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman
  46. Kelly: Kathy Kelly
  47. Killelea: Steve Killelea
  48. Kiriakou: John Kiriakou   
  49. Klein: Naomi Klein
  50. Knox: Michael Knox 
  51. Koehler: Robert Koehler  
  52. Kohls: Gary G. Kohls 
  53. Lakey: George Lakey
  54. Leonard: Annie Leonard 
  55. Lerner: Rabbi Michael Lerner
  56. Lifton:   Robert Lifton
  57. Lindorff: David Lindorff
  58. Manning: Chelsea Manning
  59. McCoy: Alfred McCoy
  60. McGovern: Ray McGovern 
  61. Maguire: Mairead McGuire  
  62. Menchu: Rigoberto Menchu 
  63. Miles: Stephen Miles
  64. Monbiot: George Monbiot 
  65. Nader: Ralph Nader
  66. Oberg: Jan Oberg 
  67. Okon: Emen Okon  
  68. Ono: Yoko Ono
  69. Peled: Miko Peled
  70. Petras: James Petras
  71. Pilger: John Pilger
  72. Pilisuk: Marc Pilisuk  
  73. Qumsiyeh: Mazin Qumsiyeh
  74. Ragbir: Ravi Ragbir 
  75. Reich: Robert Reich
  76. Risen: James Risen 
  77. Roberts: Paul Craig Roberts 
  78. Rosa: Antonio C. S. Rosa
  79. Roy: Arundhati Roy 
  80. SatyarthriKailash Satyarthi 
  81. Sharpton: Al Sharpton 
  82. Sheehan: Cindy Sheehan
  83. Shoman: Samia Shoman 
  84. Soetoro-Ng: Maya Soetoro-Ng 
  85. Staub: Ervin Staub  
  86. Swanson: David Swanson
  87. Taibibi: Matt Taibibi 
  88. Tamimi: Ahed Tamimi 
  89. Thich: Thích Nhất Hạnh 
  90. Trask: Haunani-Kay Trask 
  91. Turse: Nick Turse  
  92. Tutu: Desmond Tutu 
  93. Vandeman: Mike Vandeman 
  94. Walsh: Dot Walsh
  95. Weir: Alice Weir 
  96. Whitehead: John W. Whitehead
  97. West: Cornel West 
  98. Wilkerson: Colonel Larry Wilkerson
  99. Williams: Jody Williams 
  100. Yousafzai: Malala Yousafzai

This is our continuing contribution to the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  His work continues in the lives of those who share his commitments.


Kathleen Malley-Morrison, Ed.D., Director of the Group on International Perspectives on Governmental Aggression and Peace (GIPGAP), is Professor Emerita of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Family Violence in a Cultural Perspective, and Family Violence in the United States, as well as editor of the four volume series: State violence and the right to peace: An international survey of the views of ordinary people. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on violence within relationships and nations. Her current efforts to advance peace and social justice are centered primarily in her blog, Engaging Peace. She can be reached at:

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Emeritus Professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii’s Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii, and past director of the World Health Organization Psychiatric Research Center in Honolulu.  He is known internationally as a pioneer figure in the study of culture and psychopathology who challenged the ethnocentrism and racial biases of many assumptions, theories, and practices in psychology and psychiatry. In more recent years, he has been writing and lecturing on peace and social justice. He has published 21 books and more than 300 articles, tech reports, and popular commentaries. His TMS articles may be accessed HERE and he can be reached at


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11 Responses to “In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #1)”

  1. rosemerry says:

    Thank you both so much for compiling this list with thought and care. I do not know all the members (or even necessarily agree with all) but it is wonderful to be able to find and put forward such worthwhile humans at this time of tension. We can all try to add to this list with those we know or know of.

  2. Jon Olsen says:

    I’ll nominate Robert Shetterly with his 200+ portraits of “Ameericans who tell the truth” .org

    Mumia Abu Jamal 30-year plus politcal prisoner The Nelson Mandela of this USA

  3. Paulson Veliyannoor says:

    Thanks for the list. A very good initiative, indeed!! Kudos!! However, I must confess that – though you mentioned that the list is incomplete and there could be surprises (in omission and commission?), I was truly surprised by not finding the name of Pope Francis in it!! I think his is one name that must not be missed! Hope to see it included shortly.

  4. Kiran Kumar says:

    Anna Hazare from India can be included among the living leaders, whereas there were many others noteworthy in the past who fit the criteria.

  5. dav says:

    Please find the articles of most of that Hall of Fame on this documentary database :

  6. Lou Cassivi says:

    The first name I looked for was Robert Parry. Why was he not included? Although he sadly just died, his legacy of truth in media/ journalism is – and will forever remain – unmatched.

  7. Honored to be included on this very impressive list of people far more worthy than i to be on it.

    May I suggest you include the far too-long-incarcerated and tortured journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal on your next addition to this list?

    Dave Lindorff
    founding editor of

  8. Guenter Schenk says:

    Thanks for this important list. If you’d widen the list I’d like to include: Jonathan Cook, Robert Fisk, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe, Alfred Grosser and, last but not least lates Stéphane Hessel, Hedy Epstein, Hajo G. Meyer, Alain Hart. Many of them (not all) have been object of beeing called by the most ignoble existing lobby Anti-Semites (or self hating Jews) for standing up against injustice.

  9. Gregory Bretza, Jr says:

    Even though I naturally don’t agree with all the people on the list as being the top 100 activist role models, I am surprised that Brian S. Wilson is not on this list for it is hard to imagine anyone coming close to him in placing his life on the line on behalf of humanity. Amy Goodman does not belong on this list at one time she might have but her show has lost truthful balance supporting the anti-Syrian propaganda against including Noam Chomsky exposing his true lack of integrity biased assessment of Syria and the Assad regime. There are others who don’t deserve to be on the list like Al Sharpton who should be replaced with someone more deserving like Cynthia McKinney. This list contains some fraudulent faux activists that are connected in social activist circle while not listing many of the true hardcore genuine activists- that goes beyond personal opinion. Your list attempts to avoid controversy by leaving out some noteworthy people that are the real deal, while others on the list have been compromised in their integrity.