Stairway in a Maryland park

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.


Consistent Life
P.O. Box 9295
Silver Spring, MD 20916-9295
(866) 444-7245

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
2016 Crosby Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(740) 963-9565

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
Cumberland, MD

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

Prolife Nation
P.O. Box 33630
Kansas City, MO 64120-3630
(316) 683-6790

Provides information on abortion doctors and clinics sued for malpractice or found deficient by state agencies
(See website's "Support Us" page for link to contact form)

This website features information on abortion malpractice around the U.S.; needs more volunteers to research specific cases

Americans United for Life
655 - 15th St., NW, #410
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-1478

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
P.O. Box 2571
Round Rock, TX 78680
(888) 570-5501

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

Birthright International
777 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4C 3C6
(416) 469-4789
HELPLINE: (800) 550-4900

Network of pregnancy care centers that offer counseling and practical help to women; has centers in Canada, the U.S., and Africa

Care Net
44180 Riverside Parkway, #200
Lansdowne, VA 20176
(703) 554-8734
HELPLINE: (877) 791-5475 and

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
601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
South Bldg., #900
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 220-3066

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
P.O. Box 320667
Alexandria, VA 22320

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)
686 North Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
(856) 848-1819
HELPLINE: (800) 848-LOVE(5683)

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
  Pro-life Peace Testimony
811 East 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 753-2057

The website features writing by Rachel MacNair, who is a Friend (Quaker) and longtime pro-life/peace activist

Heartbeat International
665 East Dublin-Granville Road, #440
Columbus, OH 43229
(888) 550-7577
HELPLINE: (800) 712-HELP and

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
353 Lexington Avenue, #802
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-5210

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
  Resource Network (LEARN)
P.O. Box 9400
Fayetteville, NC 28311
(910) 868-5327

African American, Christian group that encourages education, prayer, and action against abortion

March for Life Education
  & Defense Fund
1317 - 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 234-3300

Organizes the huge annual March for Life in Washington, DC; next march will be on Jan. 27, 2017

National Right to Life Committee
512 - 10th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-8800

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

Nurturing Network
P.O. Box 1489
White Salmon, WA 98672
(509) 493-4026

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
P.O. Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
(888) 735-3448 or (718) 980-4400

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
6160 North Cicero Avenue, #600
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 777-2900

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
Life Issues Institute
1821 W. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45239
(513) 729-3600

Educates and organizes against abortion within the African American community

Secular Pro-Life

"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
c/o Priests for Life
P.O. Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
(888) 735-3448 or (718) 980-4400

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
9900 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania VA 22553
(540) 834-4600

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
c/o Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J.
Dept. of Philosophy
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-3291

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
P.O. Box 225044
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 658-1793

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

Celia Wolf-Devine
Providence, RI

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
Bluhm Legal Clinic
Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 503-8576

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

Conservatives Concerned
    About the Death Penalty
c/o Equal Justice USA
20 Jay Street, #808
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 801-8940

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
1015 - 18th St., NW, #704
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 289-2275

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
20 Jay Street, #808
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 801-8940

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"

Innocence Network

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
P.O. Box 210390
Anchorage, AK 99521-0390
(877) 924-4483

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
  for Reconciliation
P.O. Box 27764
Raleigh, NC 27611-7764
(877) 896-4702

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
  Abolish the Death Penalty
1620 L Street, NW, #250
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-4090

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
1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, #200
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-6272

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
4960 Ridge Ave., #2
Cincinnati, OH 45209
(888) 818-7662

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


Action Pact
7709 W. Lisbon Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53222
(414) 258-3649

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

1208 S. Logan Street
Denver, CO 80210

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
5221 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 237-2280

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
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
(800) 533-3231

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
655 - 15th St., NW, #410
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-1478

Works in the public forum and in the courts against assisted suicide and euthanasia

Eden Alternative
P.O. Box 18369
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 461-3951

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
Box 25033
London, ON
Canada N6C 6A8
(519) 439-3348

Canadian group that fights euthanasia and assisted suicide; promotes "compassionate care community services" as alternatives; sponsors occasional international meetings

Hospice Patients Alliance
4680 Shank Street
Rockford, MI 49341
(616) 866-9127

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
353 Lexington Avenue, #802
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-5210

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

National Catholic
  Partnership on Disability
415 Michigan Avenue, NE, #95
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 529-2933; TTY: (202) 529-2934

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
820 N. Orleans, #411
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 274-2650

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
512 - 10th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-8800

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
497 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608
(708) 420-0539

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
P.O. Box 760
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 282-3810 or (800) 958-5678

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

Pioneer Network
P.O. Box 18609
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 287-6436

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
    Against Torture
110 Maryland Ave., NE, #502
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-1920

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
  Support Coalition International
4121 Harewood Road, NE, Suite B
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 529-2991

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
P.O. Box 455
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 247-4882

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
1017 El Camino Real, #306
Redwood City, CA 94063

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
P.O. Box 81
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 544-1818

Sponsors peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons; focuses on Philadelphia and the nearby Lockheed Martin complex

Bureau of Investigative Journalism
P.O. Box 73125
London, EC1P 1GJ
United Kingdom

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
1850 M St., NW, #350
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-6958

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
P.O. Box 271
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 358-4601

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
P.O. Box 1292
Elk Grove, CA 95759-1292
(916) 730-6476

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
339 Lafayette Street #203
New York, NY 10012

Antiwar grannies encourage peace lobbying and organize demonstrations; they call for closing "all U.S. military bases on foreign soil"

Gush Shalom
Tel Aviv, Israel

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
P.O. Box 271
Nyack, NY 10960-0271
(845) 358-4601, ext 35

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
4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW, #290
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 448-2898

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
1312 - 9th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 841-7841

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)
Suite 3A South Central
11 Peter St.
Manchester, M2 5QR, United Kingdom

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)
c/o Stony Point Center
Stony Point, NY 10980
(202) 505-1096

Describes itself as "a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backrounds"; affiliated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation

Nevada Desert Experience
1420 West Bartlett Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 646-4814

Prayer, education, and protest against nuclear weapons

Nonviolence International
4000 Albemarle St., NW, #401
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 244-0951

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
415 Michigan Ave., NE, #240
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 635-2741

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

Peace Action
8630 Fenton St., #524
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-4050

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"

Salam Institute
    for Peace and Justice
P.O. Box 651196
Sterling, VA 20165-1196
(202) 360-4955

People trained in conflict resolution and Islamic studies work for peace within Muslim communities and between Muslims and non-Muslims

The American Conservative
1710 Rhode Island Ave., NW, #1200
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 955-3600

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
P.O. Box 43383
Tucson, AZ 85733
(520) 323-8697

Newsletter that covers civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons; supports those imprisoned for such action

Veterans for Peace
1404 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 725-6005

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?"

Lovely view of a river valley in Western Maryland