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The cause of peace is not the cause of cowardice…
If peace is to be maintained, it must be by brave men, who have come up to the same height as the hero, namely, the will to carry their life in their hand, and stake it at any instant for their principle, but who have gone one step beyond the hero, and will not seek another man’s life;  –  men who have, by their intellectual insight or else by their moral elevation, attained such a perception of their own intrinsic worth, that they do not think property or their own body a sufficient good to be saved by such dereliction of principle as treating a man like a sheep.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  (1803 – 1882)

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The land now known as the United States of America has a legacy of peace that can be traced over 300 years, starting with the words and actions of its early inhabitants.

AMPeaceTours ™ identifies locations that represent those who have lived and worked for peace.  We remember them with a physical location to honor their work, their courage and determination to foster peace in their lives, their communities, their nation and the world…

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To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.  It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010)


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America’s Peacemakers™

Throughout this country, in communities, towns and cities are stories of remarkable people living, giving and supporting peace.


America’s peace advocates have been working to fulfill the potential of our system of government  – from the time of Thomas Paine to the present time – because they share the vision of the founders; they share the commitment to the principles of moral law on which it is based, and they believe that by working with these laws, rather than against them, the potential for greater freedom, justice and peace can be realized both in ..

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Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent…It is, in the deepest sense, a privilege as well as a duty to speak out to many thousands of people…”

Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)

AMP Peace Pledge: Today I pledge to do what I can to promote peace in my life, at home and in my world.

The AMP Peace Pledge

Join with us as we affirm our intention to live and act for peace. Take the AMP Peace Pledge and pass it along.  Cards and posters are available upon request.  Let’s make peace a daily commitment and focus.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.  This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.
Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 – 1969)


Selected Texts for AMP Book DiscussionsAMP Book Discussions

AMP hosts discussions of essays and books that stimulate thoughtful dialogue of issues and perspectives relevant to peace.

Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious.  If a human disagrees with you, let him live.  In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.

Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996)


No more hurting people.


Martin Richard   (2005 – 2013)

Triangle of Reconciliation in Richmond, VA @E. Main & N. 15th Streets


If civilization is to survive,
we must cultivate the science of human relationships –
the ability of all peoples, of all kinds,
to live together, in the same world
at peace.

Franklin D. Roosevelt   (1882 – 1945)



AMP's Lucretia Coffin Mott Program Flyer for Saturday, 19th event at Friends Meeting of Washington, DC

AMP Programs & Presentations

AMP hosts dramatic presentations and offers lectures and classroom programs relating to peace and America’s peace history.

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.

Edwin H. Chapin (1814 – 1880)

International Jazz Day Concerts

AMP joins UNESCO and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in celebrating the power of jazz to promote peace. Join us on April 30 as we celebrate IJD with a special IJD concert program of jazz music and history.

Join us on AMP’s International Jazz Day Facebook page and enjoy commemorative postings that remember the important historic role that jazz and American jazz musicians have played in uniting people at home and in all corners of the globe.


Certain music, jazz in particular, has the ability to make you a better citizen of the world.  It helps you expand your world view and gives you more confidence in your cultural achievements.  Improvisational jazz teaches you about yourself while the swing in jazz teaches you how to work with others.

Wynton Marsalis


Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial: "We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience."

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