Groups listed here provide a wealth of information and ideas. Some focus primarily on ending violence, others on alternatives to violence, and others on both. Most are led by people with deep experience in their fields.
Listing organizations here does not necessarily mean that we agree with all of their positions and programs--or that they agree with all of ours. Virtually all, though, offer important information. Unless otherwise indicated, they are based in the United States.
The groups are listed alphabetically under their major issue focus, as follows: Consistency Advocates; Abortion; Death Penalty; Murder Prevention; Suicide and Euthanasia; Torture; and War. The Suicide and Euthanasia section lists some groups that are not directly involved in those issues, yet provide helpful information on alternatives.
Even if you work mainly on one issue, you may want to browse through groups that work on others. There are many connections among the issues, and people working on one may learn from those working on another.
This list was updated most recently in November, 2015.
Opposes abortion, war, the death penalty, and euthanasia--as well as poverty and racism; "We serve the anti-violence community by connecting issues, building bridges, and strengthening the case against each kind of socially-approved killing by consistently opposing them all"; website offers speakers list and a chance to sign up for weekly "Peace & Life Connections" e-mails
Life Matters Journal
A quarterly online journal that makes the case for consistent opposition to violence; the journal is dedicated "to the aborted, the bombed, the executed, the euthanized, the abused, the raped, and all other victims of violence, whether legal or illegal"
Meehan Reports on Life Issues
Website offers articles by Maryland writer Mary Meehan on all major life-or-death issues; also includes sections on the "Art of Persuasion" and "Recapturing the Joy of Life"; presents "Life Quotes" and links to many groups that offer alternatives to violence
Provides information on abortion doctors and clinics sued for malpractice or found deficient by state agencies
This website features information on abortion malpractice around the U.S.; needs more volunteers to research specific cases
Americans United for Life
Works at state and national levels for legal protection of unborn children; focuses on both litigation and new legislation; also does some work abroad
And Then There Were None
To abortion-clinic staff who want to quit, ATTWN offers temporary financial aid, help in finding other work, and emotional/spiritual support; places strong emphasis on confidentiality
Network of pregnancy care centers that offer counseling and practical help to women; has centers in Canada, the U.S., and Africa
Large network of pregnancy care centers run by evangelical Christians; they help women with unexpected pregnancies and help men "become good fathers and husbands"
Democrats for Life of America
Democrats who respect life "from conception to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia"
Feminists for Life of America
Makes the case for pro-life feminism; runs College Outreach Program, encouraging practical aid for pregnant and parenting college students; suggests ways to make workplaces more family-friendly; offers speakers who have great stories to tell
First Way Life Center (1st Way)
Helps women and unborn children through its network of 1st Way Pregnancy Centers; each woman "is treated with respect, dignity and kindness"
Friends Witness for a
The website features writing by Rachel MacNair, who is a Friend (Quaker) and longtime pro-life/peace activist
Interfaith Christian group; aids pregnant women and unborn children through large network of pregnancy care centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies; active in many nations; sponsors annual "Babies Go to Congress" event in the U.S.
Human Life Review
Quarterly journal with in-depth research and commentary on abortion, eugenics, and euthanasia; offers free trial issue; the journal's publisher, the Human Life Foundation, also publishes books such as The Reach of Roe and Having Her Say--and makes matching grants to pregnancy care centers
Libertarians for Life
Makes a strong philosophical case against abortion; publications available on its website include the outstanding article, "Abortion and Rights: Applying Libertarian Principles Correctly"
Life Education and
African American, Christian group that encourages education, prayer, and action against abortion
March for Life Education
Organizes the huge annual March for Life in Washington, DC; next march will be on Jan. 27, 2017
National Right to Life Committee
With its state affiliates around the country, NRLC works against abortion through education, lobbying, and political action; offers online "NRL News Today"; and holds annual convention
Aids women--especially college students and working women--who have crisis pregnancies; can arrange housing, jobs, medical care, legal advice, temporary college or job transfers, and other assistance; has a national network of supporters who help with all of this
Priests for Life
Catholic priests speak, write, and organize for the pro-life cause; their comprehensive program includes outreach to African Americans, Hispanics, and people who used to work in abortion clinics
Pro-Life Action League
A key sponsor of sidewalk counseling and demonstrations; website offers much information on why some ex-abortion clinic staff have turned against abortion
Protecting Black Life
Educates and organizes against abortion within the African American community
"We believe that science and reason are on the side of life"; website offers secular pro-life perspectives and ready-to-print brochures
Society of Centurions
Invites "those who are in the abortion industry to come out" and those who have left already to contact the Centurions for aid in healing
Students for Life of America
University and high-school students work to "abolish abortion in our lifetime"; they do intensive organizing around the country and hold a large conference each year; their Pregnant on Campus Initiative helps many student mothers and their babies
University Faculty for Life
Educational work against abortion, infanticide and euthanasia; website includes directory of members; it also offers scholarly papers on life issues from many UFL annual conferences
Walk for Life West Coast
Promotes a "West Coast tradition of celebrating life" by organizing a large annual pro-life walk in San Francisco; next walk will be on Jan. 21, 2017
Website offers articles including "Abortion and the 'Feminine Voice'" and a series on "Answering Pro-Choice Arguments"; Prof Wolf-Devine, a philosopher and book author (and co-author of
Abortion: Three Perspectives, Oxford, 2009), is available for talks on these and other topics; see Pro-Life and Speaker sections of her website
Center on Wrongful Convictions
Seeks to overturn wrongful convictions in death penalty and other cases; works for reforms to prevent conviction of the innocent; website includes much information on people exonerated through the Center's work
A project of Equal Justice USA (see separate entry below); presents conservative case against the death penalty; quotations page includes comments by L. Brent Bozell III, Abby Johnson, Larry Klayman, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Ron Paul, Ramesh Ponnuru, Jay Sekulow, Michael Steele, and Richard Viguerie
Death Penalty Information Center
In-depth information on the death penalty from an abolitionist perspective; website offers reports on innocence and the death penalty, "Killing for Votes," and much more
Equal Justice USA
Works to end the death penalty and redirect resources now used for it to "crime prevention and services for victims' families"; looks at "the big picture, the small steps, and everything in between to get the job done"
Network of groups in the U.S. and abroad who work to free people who were wrongly convicted of crime and to prevent other wrongful convictions; website includes contact info on member groups and (under "Resources") a legal brief bank and "How You Can Help"
Journey of Hope
Anti-death penalty witness by people who have lost family members to murder or execution, people with family members who are on death row or have been executed, and death-row veterans who have been exonerated; many are available as public speakers
Murder Victims' Families
Works against the death penalty; offers speakers and other resources; website explains (in "Publications/MVFR Voices") why specific members oppose the death penalty
National Coalition to
Broad coalition of groups and individuals who work to end the death penalty; website's "Take Action" page invites people to join a National Action Team on the issue
National Crime Prevention Council
Offers suggestions on everything from prevention of bullying among children, to gang-violence prevention, to self-protection courses for women; also offers crime-prevention training; its public-service ads often feature McGruff the Crime Dog
Parents of Murdered Children
Helps homicide victims' surviving family members and works for "a world free of murder"; protests murder as entertainment in television, toys, video games, and "murder mystery" dinner theaters; opposes early release of murderers from prison through its Parole Block Program
A company that does consulting and training to transform nursing homes and assisted-living communities so that care will be centered on residents rather than institutional needs; website includes "Culture Change/Featured Stories" about successful change
Works to "free our people" by giving people with disabilities the option of leaving nursing homes and living in their own homes with aid from attendants
American Association of Suicidology
Long-established group for suicide research and prevention; under "Suicide Survivors/SOS Directory," the website lists support groups around the U.S. for those who have lost family members or friends to suicide
American Chronic Pain Association
Website offers helpful information to people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain; while the ACPA receives some of its funding from Purdue Pharma, its website includes many cautions about drugs and their side-effects; it also deals with other kinds of treatment, including exercise, that may reduce pain
Americans United for Life
Works in the public forum and in the courts against assisted suicide and euthanasia
Helps nursing homes and other elder-care settings through cultural change that makes them patient-centered, flexible, and more like real homes; encourages the presence of children, pets, plants, and gardens in the homes
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Canadian group that fights euthanasia and assisted suicide; promotes "compassionate care community services" as alternatives; sponsors occasional international meetings
Hospice Patients Alliance
Supports original goals of hospice movement; exposes abuse that occurs; helps family members obtain good care for loved ones; go to website's "Quick Links/Main Hospice Topics" page for practical advice about obtaining good care in hospice
Human Life Review
Quarterly journal with in-depth research and commentary on euthanasia, assisted suicide, eugenics, and more; see website to request free trial issue; makes a great addition to college and university libraries
Champions inclusion of people with disabilities in parish life and in society; opposes suicide and euthanasia; resources include printed material and webinar DVDs
National Headache Foundation
Resources for those who have migraine and other severe headaches; website includes many practical fact sheets and a "Physician Finder"
National Right to Life Committee
At both state and national levels, NRLC works against assisted suicide and euthanasia through education, lobbying, and political action; offers online "NRL News Today"; and holds annual convention
Not Dead Yet
Citizens with disabilities protest assisted suicide and euthanasia, which they view as "deadly forms of discrimination against old, ill and disabled people"; they emphasize secular and social-justice arguments
Patients Rights Council
Deals with end-of-life issues; does educational work against euthanasia and assisted suicide; covers current struggles in U.S. and abroad; website offers much info including a video on "Euthanasia: False Light" that features a hospice nurse, a doctor, and three patients
Encourages culture change and "person-directed care" in nursing homes and other forms of elder care; website includes "Stories from the Field" about successful change; group offers publications, DVDs, and a large annual conference
National Religious Campaign
Network of groups wants to ensure that torture by the U.S. "never happens again"; they also work against prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and against torture in other countries
Torture Abolition and Survivors
Established by torture survivors, this group works to end torture around the world and to aid the healing of torture survivors and their families
Albert Einstein Institution
Research and publications on "strategic nonviolent action," based on the work of Dr. Gene Sharp; shows how citizens can resist coups, invasions, and dictatorships; stresses action that's carefully-planned, highly-disciplined, and peaceful; website offers free online books in many languages
Website offers reporting and commentary from U.S. and overseas media; libertarian-inspired, it appeals to non-interventionists on both left and right
Brandywine Peace Community
Sponsors peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons; focuses on Philadelphia and the nearby Lockheed Martin complex
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
In addition to reports on internal UK issues, the Bureau has reported on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen and on U.S. torture sites abroad that were established after 9/11
Center for Civilians in Conflict
Reports on war's devastating effects on civilians; presses warring parties to give financial compensation to civilians they have harmed--and to "better protect" civilians at risk today
Conservatives for Peace
A website of research and commentary, with hard-hitting articles on U.S. foreign policy; includes section on "The New Military Industrial Congress Complex"; website is a project of Jon Basil Utley, a conservative with a background in business and journalism
Fellowship of Reconciliation
An interfaith, pacifist group; works for "a just and peaceful world community"; says that most wars "are fought to control land and resources and, ironically, the desired resources and land are squandered and ravaged in the process"
Grandmothers for Peace International
Works against nuclear weapons and other threats to peace; notes that in "most cultures around the world, grandmothers are revered as the 'keepers of peace.' We are inspired and motivated by that fact, but realize that in today's dangerous world we can no longer keep or promote peace by sitting in our rocking chairs!"
Granny Peace Brigade
Antiwar grannies encourage peace lobbying and organize demonstrations; they call for closing "all U.S. military bases on foreign soil"
Israeli peace group; its Hebrew name means "The Peace Bloc"; presses for "peace and conciliation with the Palestinian people" and establishment of a Palestinian state "in all the territories occupied by Israel in 1967"
Jewish Peace Fellowship
Works for peace in the Mideast and elsewhere; available publications include "Judaism and Peacemaking" and "Roots of Jewish Nonviolence"; affiliated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Just Foreign Policy
Works to mobilize Americans "who want a foreign policy based on diplomacy, law and cooperation"; runs campaigns on specific foreign-policy issues
Legacies of War
Heavy U.S. bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War left behind much unexploded ordnance that still wounds and kills Laotians; Legacies of War works for more U.S. aid to clear still-dangerous ordnance and provide "greater hope for a future of peace"
MAG (Mines Advisory Group)
With a staff of 2500 around the world, MAG removes unexploded bombs and landmines that daily threaten civilians with injury and death; MAG saves lives and clears land for farming and other uses
Muslim Peace Fellowship (Ansâr as-Salâm)
Describes itself as "a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backrounds"; affiliated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Nevada Desert Experience
Prayer, education, and protest against nuclear weapons
Offers information on nonviolent methods to achieve social and political change; provides mediation services; offers internships to both students and non-students
Pax Christi USA
Part of the Pax Christi international Catholic peace movement; it "rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal and systemic racism"; has local, high-school, and college groups
With support from its grassroots network, Peace Action works against war and nuclear weapons; it uses "write-in campaigns, Internet actions, citizen lobbying and direct action"
People trained in conflict resolution and Islamic studies work for peace within Muslim communities and between Muslims and non-Muslims
The American Conservative
Magazine that favors traditional conservatism, including a restrained foreign policy; runs many antiwar articles; offers print, digital, and Kindle subscriptions; website features political analysis
The Nuclear Resister
Newsletter that covers civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons; supports those imprisoned for such action
Veterans for Peace
Military veterans work for peace; one of their programs presses the U.S. government to help Vietnamese and Americans severely disabled by U.S. use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War; another features the question, "How Is the War Economy Working for You?"