Nebraskans for Peace NFP

A statewide grassroots organization working nonviolently for peace with justice for community-building, education and political action. (Mission Statement).

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Address: Nebraskans For Peace, 941 ‘O’ Street, Suite 1026, Lincoln, NE 68508, USA;
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About: As the oldest statewide Peace & Justice organization in the country, Nebraskans for Peace is the acknowledged voice on peace and social justice issues in Nebraska politics. 

Building upon the long tradition of peacemaking in our state, we have continually advocated for dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts, while steadfastly promoting the rights of all people throughout our decades-long history. On issues of military intervention and foreign policy, economic justice, the environment, nonviolence education, capital punishment and gender and racial equality, Nebraskans for Peace stands up for what is right, whether it’s politically popular or not. And we are committed to upholding this tradition of conscience, justice and peacemaking for generations to come. We invite you to join us.

History:

A Brief History of Nebraskans for Peace: Four themes have defined Nebraskans for Peace virtually from its inception: the search for peace through negotiation and especially through the reduction of nuclear armaments; the pursuit of nonviolence; an opposition to globalization that gives untrammeled power to multinational corporations; and an assertion that we will not stand by while the rights of persons of color and other marginalized populations in our society are trampled.

Nebraskans for Peace was founded in 1970 as the opposition to the Vietnam War grew throughout America. It had been preceded in 1968 by a predecessor organization called “Rural Nebraskans for Peace” established by a number of farm, rural and church leaders—Merle Hansen, Arlo ‘Dutch’ Hoppe, Fred Schroeder, Wes and June Webb, United Methodist ministers Rev. Tom Rehorn and Rev. Nye Bond, and a little later, Henry and Evelyn Schutz and Quakers Ted and Don Reeves. Justice as well as peace was always a concern of this rural-based peace group. Decades before, the Populist Party in Nebraska and reformist political leaders like William Jennings Bryan and George Norris, had won elections as anti-war candidates and as advocates of justice for labor, farmers, and other excluded or marginalized groups. Anti-war sentiment was particularly powerful in Nebraska in the 1920s and ’30s when many people felt that World War I had accomplished nothing … (full long text historcy).

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