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. Many 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.
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 April, 2017.
Consistent Life Network
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 a chance to sign up for weekly "Peace & Life Connections" e-mails
Meehan Reports on Life Issues
Website offers articles on all major life-or-death issues; also includes a section on the "Art of Persuasion"; presents "Life Quotes" and links to many groups that offer alternatives to violence
Opposes "all forms of aggressive violence"; publishes the Life Matters Journal; other projects include ProLife Allies, Sidewalk Sidekicks, and the "Consistently Quirky" YouTube channel
Provides information on abortion doctors and clinics, including many 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; website's home page has a place to change its language to French or Spanish
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; its slogan is "Truth and Reason in Defense of Life"; ideal for college and university libraries; its website offers a free trial issue and also includes blogs by a great variety of writers
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 Issues Institute
Does educational work on abortion, including its effects on men and on the African American community
March for Life Education
Organizes the huge annual March for Life in Washington, DC; next march will be on Jan. 19, 2018
National Right to Life Committee
With its 50 state affiliates, NRLC works against abortion through education, lobbying, and political action; offers online National Right to Life News (both daily and monthly editions); and holds annual convention
Priests for Life
Catholic priests speak, write, and organize for the pro-life cause; their 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
Makes a strong case for why people who are not religious believers should protect and defend the unborn; website includes free literature for download
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 national 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 UFL annual conferences
Walk for Life West Coast
Organizes a large annual pro-life walk in San Francisco each year; the next walk will be on January 27, 2018
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 a 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
Abolitionist Action Committee
Sponsors annual fast & vigil against the death penalty in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC; next event will be held June 29-July 2, 2017; non-fasters are welcome to listen to the speakers, who will include death-row exonerees. (Will any of the justices or their staff members come outside and listen?)
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
Campaigns to end the death penalty and to support people harmed by crime; works "state by state and city by city to change the conversation, build bridges across disparate communities, and strengthen local campaigns so they can win and have national impact"
Network of groups in the U.S. and abroad working 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 a section on "How You Can Help"
Journey of Hope...From
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
National Coalition to
Broad coalition of groups and individuals who work to end the death penalty; website's "Resources" page offers much info
Brief article makes suggestions especially helpful at night, including "don't wear headphones"; wear clothing that allows quick and easy movement; carry a whistle and (if local law allows) a pepper-spray canister; and--if attacked--how to defend oneself; also advises taking a self-defense class
Men Can Stop Rape
Works for "cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women" through public awareness campaigns, training sessions, and Men of Strength (MOST) clubs at middle schools, high schools, and colleges
National Association of Students
Students work against violence in their schools and communities--learning how to deal with bullying, fighting, and other safety threats; one participant, who had witnessed much violence in his young life, said he "loved how SAVE made it cool to be nonviolent"
National Center for Victims of Crime
Helps crime victims understand their rights, such as protection from intimidation during court proceedings, financial compensation, and (in many states), the right to tell the sentencing judge and/or parole board how crimes affected their lives; the website includes a DNA Resource Center and a Stalking Resource Center
National Crime Prevention Council
Offers information on prevention of bullying among children, gang-violence prevention, a self-protection course for women, and more; also offers crime-prevention training; its public outreach often features 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 website developed by a man who in his youth came close to killing other boys who had harassed and bullied him severely; he offers suggestions to others who are tempted to kill
This section includes groups that work on nursing-home reform because: 1) fear of living in a bad nursing home leads some people to favor suicide/euthanasia and 2) transforming nursing homes into real homes adds so much to the joy of life for patients, their family members, and nursing-home staff. Also included in this section are groups that specialize in pain control, thus dealing with another fear that pushes some toward suicide or euthanasia.
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.--and some in Canada--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 exercise, physical therapy, and other treatments that may reduce pain
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Sponsors community and campus "Out of the Darkness Walks" to raise large sums of money for suicide-prevention research; also does much educational work
Americans United for Life
Works in the public forum and in the courts against assisted suicide and euthanasia; it has been involved in all the major legal cases about doctor-assisted suicide at "both the state and federal levels"
"Choice" Is an Illusion
Aims "to keep assisted suicide and euthanasia out of your state, and out of your life"; website includes personal accounts such as "'I Was Afraid to Leave My Husband Alone'" and "If Dr. Stevens Had Believed in Assisted Suicide, I Would Be Dead"
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; also follows closely euthanasia efforts in the USA.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA
Develops written materials for public education; plans to "promote quality speakers" and to "create the opportunity for informative debate"
Hospice Patients Alliance
Supports original goals of hospice movement; exposes abuse that occurs; helps family members obtain good care for loved ones
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; ideal for 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
"How Can We Help You Feel Better Today?" the website asks; it suggests resources for those who have migraine or other severe headaches; includes many practical fact sheets; also provides a list of healthcare providers who specialize in headache alleviation (doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants)
National Right to Life Committee
At both state and national levels, NRLC works against assisted suicide and euthanasia through education, lobbying, and political action; has statewide affiliates in all 50 states; offers online National Right to Life News (both daily and monthly editions); and holds annual convention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free and confidential telephone helpline, open 24 hours every day, for those who are in distress and thinking of suicide; the website offers info on other assistance
National Veterans Foundation
Military veterans counsel other vets who are thinking of suicide; NVF also provides info on job openings for vets around the country and offers for free download a veteran's guide to writing a good resumé and it supplies info on a mentorship program with Fortune 500 companies and an Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for disabled vets and their families
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 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; group offers books, DVDs, toolkits, and a large annual conference
Focuses especially on preventing teen suicides; says its events are like mental-health fairs "where students can wander into a room and see dozens of tables with agencies that are there to help them"; active primarily in Pennsylvania, but hopes to expand nationally
Deals with bullying of children by other children, which sometimes results in a victim's suicide; suggests how adults and children can prevent bullying or help end it; includes "kid videos" and games to make its points
Suicide Prevention in College
This section of the "Affordable Colleges Online" website offers much information on suicide prevention; it also links to many helpful resources
Veterans Crisis Line
Intended especially for veterans who are thinking of suicide: "Whatever's got you down--chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or even homelessnes--a Veterans Crisis Line responder can provide support, day or night." Also available to family members and friends who are seeking help for veterans
Seeks a vast improvement in the way that health-care systems deal with patients who are inclined toward suicide; promotes "effective, evidence-based treatments" and giving patients "continuous contact and support, especially after acute care"
National Consortium of
A network of torture treatment centers in the United States, which is estimated to have hundreds of thousands of torture survivors from other countries; centers share information and work "to prevent torture worldwide"
National Religious Campaign
Network of groups wants to ensure that the U.S. never tortures anyone again; they also work to end torture in other countries and to stop prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons
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 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 Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen
Center for Civilians in Conflict
Reports on war's devastating effects on civilians; urges warring parties to give financial compensation to civilians they have harmed--and to give better protection to 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 "domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience"
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 want to "make a safe and peaceful world for all children and grandchildren, ours and everyone's"
Israeli peace group; its Hebrew name means "The Peace Bloc"; presses for "peace and reconciliation 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"
American affiliate of the Mines Advisory Group, which removes and destroys unexploded ordnance (such as landmines and cluster bombs) from areas bombed in war--"We find mines before children do"
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 and the drone warfare guided by Nevada's Creech Air Force base
Promotes nonviolent methods to achieve social and political change; prepares people "for nonviolent struggle in their own contexts and languages"; provides mediation services of "trained conflict resolution professionals"; 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, college, and religious-community groups
With support from its grassroots network, Peace Action works against war, and especially against 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; its publications include "Say Peace": Islamic Perspectives on Conflict Resolution
The American Conservative
Magazine that favors traditional conservatism, including a restrained foreign policy
The Nuclear Resister
Covers civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons; supports those imprisoned for such action
Veterans for Peace
Military veterans work for peace; they press the U.S. government to help Vietnamese and Americans severely harmed by U.S. use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War; they also sail the Golden Rule, a boat that makes anti-nuke educational stops on the West Coast