In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #3)

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 12 Mar 2018

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

(See Lists #1 and #2 here)

Continuing the Legacy . . .

9 Mar 2018 – With a continuing commitment to the work and consequences of Reverend Martin Luther King’s enduring efforts to promote peace and justice through non-violence, we submit a third list of living peace and justice leaders and models for recognition and distribution.

We are eternally grateful for Reverend King’s efforts to free people and nations from the brutal oppressions imposed by governments, nations, societies, organizations, and individuals. Regardless of the source, those who willfully support and sustain the evils of racism, prejudice, violence, and war, will yield to peace and justice leaders because of an inherent moral sense, even if denied in some.

Reverend King’s commitment to freedom from oppression and abuse compel us to continue his efforts far beyond the words, song, and promises of his day. His abuse from corrupt government offices and officials likely resulted in his assassination. Reverend King’s awareness of his persecution and perhaps assassination at the hands of his enemies did not prevent him from continuing his efforts; he knew even in his death, his truths would endure.

List 3

Like other prior published Lists, the individuals cited on this List come represent a variety of demographic markers including gender, ethnicity, race, age, nation, religion, and life- style persuasion.  By accessing the URL accompanying the person’s name, you can read of their peace and justice activism and advocacy.

We have reviewed each person’s contributions and were privileged to consider their listing.  It is axiomatic some individuals will be criticized by others for their presence because of masked activities. Clearly, in a world of fake news, misrepresentations, and hacking, errors may be made. Forgive us if this is the case. We are earnest in our effort to bring recognition to those whose efforts required courage and commitment.

Our choice of the number 100 is arbitrary, for there are thousands of individuals who deserve citation. Most are not listed; we will continue to create list for future efforts. Do not be dismayed! Patience! We believed it essential to develop lists of living peace and justice activists and advocates to encourage and foster peace and justice work.

In the omnipresent face of abuses and oppression, in the face of persecution from government and private sources demonstrated via the betrayal and misuse of the secret FISA Court’s politicization and weaponization,  we  recall and honor iconic peace and justice leaders of the past, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Samuel Gompers, Caesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Rachel Corrie, Philip Berrigan & Daniel Berrigan, Glenn Paige, Hedy Epstein, Malcolm X, and scores of others.

Peace and justice advocates and activists, across time, are testimony to the enduring human spirit to resist oppression to claim liberty, and to endure, even when the costs are life. Individuals recognized on List 1, List 2, and now List 3 are part of the tradition of resistance to oppression, and the promotion of peace and justice.

There can be no greater honor! Regardless of religious persuasion, the beautiful words from the Sermon on the Mount resonate across time and place: Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5.9KJV).

Spirit of Our Times

There is a new spirit of encounter (e.g., Black Lives Matter); a new spirit of protest evidenced by DC gatherings for women and minority groups; a new spirit of communication among media free of government or wealth controls; there is a new spirit of protest against war and militarism, and the spending of a nation’s wealth on weaponry and endless war; there is a new spirit of concern for life and land, especially regarding anthropogenic climate changes; there is a new spirit of determination to expose the abuses of privilege and position by select government official who have politicized and weaponized laws for personal use (e.g., FISA).

These emerging changes signal and sustain “Hope!”  “Hope” is the life blood of progressive change. “Hope” can be suppressed and oppressed, but it cannot be defeated.  “Hope” endures because it is the essence of life.  Regardless of life forms and species, “Hope” is the evolutionary impulse pursuing survival and becoming.

We consider our efforts a beginning, and we will continue to publish new lists. This is so 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 as the forces of oppression fall before the forces of good; evil will continue, but human virtue, endowed in human conscience, will triumph!

Goals of Peace and Justice

Almost two decades ago, David Reiff (1999), in his classic paper, “The precarious triumph of human rights” (New York Times Magazine, August 8, pp. 36-4) articulated his view of “new moral order” characteristics; his thoughts were prescient:

  • Civil society;
  • Humanitarianism;
  • Human rights versus state sovereignty;
  • Emergence of human rights activists, development workers, aid experts committed to needs of an interdependent world;
  • Small is beautiful;
  • Democracy building;
  • Growth of NGOs;
  • Considering individual as well as state rights;
  • Plans for a permanent international criminal court.

To these, we would add the following:

  • Decentralization;
  • Grass-Roots participation;
  • Non-violence
  • Communication/networking;
  • Determination to question and to hold accountable those with wealth, power, position and person.

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

CHART 1: PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PEACE AND JUSTICE LEADERS AND MODELS 

 

CHART 2: ROLES AND STATUSES OF LIVING PEACE & JUSTICE LEADERS AND MODELS

 

THIRD LIST OF 100 PEACE ADVOCATES/ACTIVISTS:

  1. AalbersDan Aalbers
  2. Abu-Jamal: Mumia Abu-Jamal
  3. Agro: Ed Agro
  4. Ahn: Christine Ahn
  5. Arvold: Nancy Arvold
  6. Avery John Scales Avery
  7. Belafonte: Harry Belafonte
  8. Belo: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
  9. BemakFred Bemak
  10. Bennis: Phyllis Bennis
  11. Bharti: Kriti Bharti
  12. Bica: Camillo Mac Bica
  13. BotariMary Botari
  14. Buchelt: Paul Buchheit
  15. Carr: Stuart Carr
  16. Ciafalo:  Nuria Ciafalo
  17. Clements: Kevin Clements
  18. Cook: Jonathan Cook
  19. CooperMary Pelton Cooper
  20. Corseri: Gary Corseri 
  21. Ćudić: Edvin Kanka Ćudić
  22. Daoudi: Mohammed Dajani Daoudi Daoudi
  23. DeRivera: Joseph DeRivera
  24. Eidelson: Judy Eidelson
  25. Evans: Jodie Evans
  26. Fabri: Mary Fabri
  27. Faiz Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  28. Feeley: Tom  Feely
  29. Garris: Eric Garris
  30. Gbowee: Leymah Gbowee 
  31. Gerstein: Lawrence H. Gerstein
  32. Gibbons: Judith Gibbons 
  33. Giraldi: Philip Giraldi
  34. Glover: Danny Glover
  35. Goose: Stephen Goose
  36. Gordon: Rebecca Gordon
  37. Grassie: William Grassie
  38. GundleSarah Gundle
  39. Halper: Jeff Halper
  40. HallHarold Hall 
  41. Hand: Judith Hand
  42. Harjo: Suzan Shown Harjo
  43. Hartsough: David Hartsough
  44. Hess: John Hess
  45. Hill: Anita Hill
  46. Hudson: Kate Hudson
  47. Huerta: Dolores Huerta
  48. Hunter: Daniel Hunter
  49. Ivey: Allen Ivey
  50. JacevichMirsad “Miki” Jacevich
  51. JacksonMichael R. Jackson
  52. Jianping: Cheng Jianping
  53. Judge: Anthony Judge
  54. Kaneza: Carine Kaneza
  55. Karlin: Mark Karlin
  56. Karman: Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman
  57. Kavi: Ashok Row Kavi 
  58. Kehler: Randy Kehler
  59. Kielburger Craig Kielburger
  60. Khan: Imran Khan  
  61. Koenisberg: Richard A. Koenigsberg  
  62. Kokesh: Adam Kokesh
  63. Kovalev: Sergei Kovalev
  64. Kovic: Ron Kovic
  65. Landis: Dan Landis
  66. Levi: Lennart Levi
  67. Lewis: John Lewis
  68. MacyJoanna Macy
  69. Matache: Margareta Matache
  70. Mbaezue: Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Mbaezue
  71. McCourt: Jon McCourt
  72. Muzaffar: Chandra Muzaffar
  73. Navalny: Alexei Navalny
  74. Olson: Brad Olson
  75. Omalu: Bennet Omalu
  76. Osorio: Jonathan Osorio
  77. Paxton: Tom Paxton
  78. Pineda-Marcon: Nella Pineda-Marcon
  79. QaziMoin Qazi
  80. Quan: Guo Quan
  81. Raman: V. Raman
  82. Rich: Frank Rich
  83. Rodriguez:Jaime Rodriguez
  84. RothJudy Roth
  85. Rudmin: Floyd Rudmin
  86. Salem: Walid Salem
  87. Scahill: Jeremy Scahill
  88. Shahshahani: Azadeh N. Shahshahani
  89. Sloan: Todd Sloan
  90. Smith: Zadie Smith
  91. Snyder: Susi Snyder
  92. Solnit: Rebecca  Solnit
  93. VredeveldAngie Vredeveld
  94. Watkins: Mary Watkins
  95. Weiwei: Ai Weiwei
  96. Welch: Bryant Welch
  97. WongPaul T. Wong
  98. Yoshinaga: Aiko Yoshinaga
  99. Zarni: Maung Zarni
  100. ZunigaBertha Zuniga

Join us in celebrating the individuals making our world a better place for all, individuals advancing the human and natural order. List 4 is in preparation.

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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 marsella@hawaii.edu.

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. http://engagingpeace.com. She can be reached at: kathiemm@engagingpeace.com

 

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One Response to “In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #3)”

  1. Gary Corseri. says:

    Thank you, Drs. Marsella and Malley-Morrison, for your inspiration and for the work you have done, are doing, and will do.

    Gandhi and Martin Luther King inspired me in my teens, helped set the course for my life (as did “The Sermon on the Mount”). I thank you for keeping the spirit of humanism, peace and justice glowing.