By Kathie Malley-Morrison & Anthony J. Marsella
Be not afraid! You are not alone! There are thousands of advocates and activists across the world bringing conscience to the struggle for peace and justice–individuals from all walks of life, willing to endure the trials and tribulations of speaking for peace and justice in settings in which abuses and oppression of human and legal rights are violated by people in power.
In the face of abuses and oppression, we immediately recall the iconic peace and justice leaders of the past, including Mohatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Samuel Gompers, Caesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Rachel Corrie, Philip & Daniel Berrigan, Glenn Paige, Hedy Epstein, and Malcom X. Past and present peace and justice advocates and activists are testimony to the enduring human quest to resist oppression and to claim liberty, even when the costs are life itself.
This is the second list of living peace and justice advocates and activists we have compiled and published to celebrate Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s enduring contributions to peace and justice.
We are eternally grateful for Reverend King’s efforts to free people and nations from brutal oppressions imposed by governments, nations, societies, organizations, and individuals willfully supporting and sustaining the evils of racism, prejudice, violence, and war.
We have chosen to demonstrate our responsibilities and commitment to Reverend King by identifying another 100 living peace and social justice leaders and models, starting with 50 new names today. You will recognize many of the names; others have not yet received the electronic media attention they deserve but we acknowledge them here.
Please help us make the lists grow. We are as interested in the emerging local community activists as in the ones who’ve already received national and international media attention. Moreover, there is a preponderance of journalists and academics in our current lists. Please use the comment section at the end of this post to nominate individuals from a wider range of peace and justice activists for inclusion in later lists.
- Abu-Nimr: Mohammad Abu-Nimr
- Adams: Glenn Adams
- Arbuthnot: Felicity Arbuthnot
- Arrigo: Jean Marie Arrigo
- Arredondo: Patricia Arredondo
- Awad: Murbarak Awad
- Baez: Joan Baez
- Barber: Reverend William Barber
- Barnat: Ilyad Barnat
- Bassett: Larry Bassett
- Belle: Deborah Belle
- Bigombe: Betty Oyella Bigombe
- Blackmon-Lowery: Lynda Blackmon-Lowery
- Blume: Art Blume
- Bowen: Kevin Bowen
- Bretherton: Diane Bretherton
- Bryant: Brandon Bryant
- Burghardt: Tom Burghardt
- Cacciatori: Joanne Cacciatori
- Campos: Pam Campos
- Caputi: Ross Caputi
- Carruthers: Charlene Carruthers
- Chappell: Paul Chappell
- Chomsky: Avi Chomsky
- Chossudovsky: Michael Chossudovsky
- Christie: Daniel Christie
- Clark: Ramsey Clark
- Connolly: David Connelly
- Cox: Lynell Cox
- D’Andrea: Michael D’Andrea
- Dunbar: Edward Dunbar
- Correia: Antone De’Jaun Correia
- Degirmencioglu: Serdar Degirmencioglu
- Drake: Thomas A. Drake
- Fihn: Beatrice Fihn
- Finklestein: Norman Finklestein
- Flowers: Margaret Flowers
- Fox: Matthew Fox
- Furtado: Michael Furtado
- Gagnon: Bruce K. Gagnon
- Giffords: Gabrielle Giffords
- Gillotti, Michael Gillotti
- Goldberg: Whoopi Goldberg
- Green: Paula Green
- Hall: Mitchell K. Hall
- Handwerker: Steven E. Handwerker
- Haney: Craig Haney
- Hazare: Anna Hazare
- Hines: Denise Hines
- Jackson-Lowman: Huberta Jackson-Lowman
This is a somewhat condensed version of a post that appeared today on Transcend Media Services. Part 2 will appear 2/19/2018 on this blog.