The initial meeting for United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) was in Washington, DC on October 25, 2002. More than 70 peace and justice organizations agreed to form a new coalition to coordinate efforts to end the war on Iraq. Over the past ten years UFPJ grew to over 1400 member groups all around the world working on a broad range of issues. Over this time we have turn public opinion around to oppose both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The election of Barack Obama as U.S. President followed by an economic crash meant we needed to re-organize. UFPJ evolved from a coalition with a staff of seven and an office to an all volunteer network, coordinated by people across the country. (To learn more about our work see our list of accomplishments in the history section.)
Today, UFPJ continues to serve as a network of hundreds of peace and justice organizations around the US and world. Together we are working to end war and oppression, shift resources toward human needs, protect the environment and promote sustainable alternatives. Our long-term goal is to grow a culture of justice, peace, equality, cooperation and respect. We value diversity and respect the earth. We encourage member groups and individuals to engage in wide range of activities from educating their elected officials and the public to public witness actions, protests, street theater, nonviolent direct action and mass mobilization.
- Supports movement building by providing a space for groups working on similar issues to collaborate and coordinate using common working groups, list serves and web resources.
- Provides information on a range of issues and highlighting the connections between all of our struggles for peace and justice.
- Promotes the actions, events, and campaigns of member groups.
- Hosts educational conference calls for people to deepen their own understanding and analysis of critical issues we face.
- UFPJ’s has a Coordinating Group that meets weekly to deal with the ongoing affairs of the network. It is made up of the 2 national co-conveners and the coordinators of each working groups. A Steering Committee meets intermittently to shape future work and inform the overall strategy. We currently have five Working Groups: the Afghanistan Working Groups, the Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, the Legislative Working Group, International Working Group and the Beyond War Working Group. Working Groups meet regularly or as needed to coordinate their work. Working groups are created as needed.
- UFPJ also hosts numerous issue list serves for activists around the country to coordinate work and share ideas and resources and often coordinates conference calls for strategy among member groups and other activists.