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A peace activist may refer to any person who believes and advocates non-violent, diplomatic, non-military forms of resolution to political problems and disputes. A person who strongly opposes the notion of war and any kind of violent military action can be defined as a peace activist. One of the main objectives of peace activists is to create awareness about the harmful effect of violence in the society and promote peace and end all kinds of wars. A peace activist will promote diplomatic resolutions, non-violent resistance, pacifism, boycotts, moral purchasing, peace camps and other forms of peaceful campaigns to end any kind of violence. The idea of peace activism originated after many countries suffered the devastating effects of the World War II, after which many of these countries included peace in their constitutions, during the post war period. Some of the peace movements include, anti-nuclear movements, anti-weapons movement, anti-war campaigns, non-violence movements and campaigns, among many others. Peace activists aim to highlight to the world the illogicality of violent conflicts and spread awareness about peace and harmony. Learn more fascinating and enlightening facts, continue to read on about some of the famous peace activists, with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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Thich Nhat Hanh
(Buddhist monk and peace activist who has founded dozens of schools and universities and has published over 100 books.)
Thich Nhat Hanh
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Birthdate: October 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huế, Thừa Thiên-Huế Province, French Indochina
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Julie Christie
(Oscar Award Winning Famous British Film Actress Known for Films: 'Darling' and 'Doctor Zhivago')
Julie Christie
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Birthdate: April 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chabua, Assam, British India
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Samantha Smith
(American Peace Activist and Child Actress Who Became Famous for Her Anti-War Outreaches During the Cold War)
Samantha Smith
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Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1985

Samantha Smith was an American schoolgirl, child actress, and peace activist. She achieved popularity during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States of America; she visited the Soviet Union as a goodwill ambassador which attracted extensive media attention. She also took part in peacemaking activities in Japan before dying in an airplane crash at age 13.

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Ron Kovic
(Anti-War Activist)
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Birthdate: July 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ladysmith, Wisconsin, United States
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Wangari Maathai
(The First African Woman to Receive 'Nobel Peace Prize')
Wangari Maathai
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Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

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Yoko Ono
(Artist and Musician Who Was an Influential Practitioner of Conceptual & Performance Art)
Yoko Ono
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Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

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Rachel Corrie
(American Activist and Diarist)
Rachel Corrie
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Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: March 16, 2003

Crushed to death in Gaza by an Israeli armored bulldozer, peace activist Rachel Corrie was also a member of pro-Palestine International Solidarity Movement. Born and raised in USA, she had gone there as part of her college assignment and met her death while trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian houses by Israeli forces, causing international furore.

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Daniel Berrigan
(Peace activist, Theologian, Writer, University teacher)
Daniel Berrigan
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Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Virginia
Died: April 30, 2016

Daniel Berrigan was an American anti-war activist, Jesuit priest, Christian pacifist, author, poet, and playwright. Berrigan gained national attention for his protest against the Vietnam War, which landed him on the FBI's most-wanted list. He remained a popular anti-war activist throughout his life, co-founding an anti-nuclear weapons movement called the Plowshares movement in 1980.

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Martti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)
Martti Ahtisaari
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Birthdate: June 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician who served as the tenth president of Finland; he was in office from 1994 to 2000. In 2008, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for playing an important role in resolving long-lasting and serious conflicts, such as the ones in Namibia and Iraq. In 2008, he was also awarded the Delta Prize for Global Understanding.

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Clara Zetkin
(Activist)
Clara Zetkin
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Birthdate: July 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königshain-Wiederau, Germany
Died: June 20, 1933
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Leymah Gbowee
(Peace activist)
Leymah Gbowee
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Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who played an important role in leading the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, a nonviolent peace movement. The movement played a significant role in ending the Second Liberian Civil War. In 2011, Gbowee shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Tawakkul Karman and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her work concerning women's rights.

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Cindy Sheehan
(Activist)
Cindy Sheehan
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Birthdate: July 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, U.S

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist. Her son, US Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War in 2004. Following his death, she became a passionate anti-war activist and held an extended anti-war protest outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. She is a member of the Peace and Freedom Party.  

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Carl von Ossietzky
(German Journalist, Pacifist and Winner of 1935 Nobel Peace Prize)
Carl von Ossietzky
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Birthdate: October 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 4, 1938
German journalist Carl von Ossietzky was part of the army during World War I. Later, through a series of articles in his magazine Weltbühne, he exposed the Reichswehr leaders’ secret rearmament plans. He was later tortured in a camp and forbidden to leave Germany to collect his Nobel Peace Prize.
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David Starr Jordan
(Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist, Autobiographer, Ichthyologist)
David Starr Jordan
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Birthdate: January 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gainesville (village), New York
Died: September 19, 1931

Remembered as the first president of the Leland Stanford Junior University, now known as Stanford University, David Starr Jordan was a reputed ichthyologist. An anti-war activist, too, who opposed America’s participation in World War I, he spent his later years as the chief director of the World Peace Foundation.

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Betty Williams
(Activists)
Betty Williams
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Birthdate: May 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: March 17, 2020

Betty Williams was a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She was the president of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International and headed the Global Children's Foundation. She and Mairead Corrigan were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. She traveled the world and lectured on topics of peace, education, anti-extremism, inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding, and children's rights. 

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Peace Pilgrim
(Peace activist)
Peace Pilgrim
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Birthdate: July 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Egg Harbor City
Died: July 7, 1981

Peace Pilgrim was a spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist, and peace activist. Born as Mildred Lisette Norman, she adopted the name  "Peace Pilgrim" and walked across USA for 28 years, spreading the message of peace. She has few possessions and no organizational backing. She was killed in an automobile accident while on her seventh cross-country journey.  

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Carlos Arredondo
(Peace activist and an American Red Cross volunteer)
Carlos Arredondo
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Birthdate: August 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica
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Michael Culver
(English Theatre, TV, and Film Actor )
Michael Culver
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Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampstead
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Philip Berrigan
(Peace activist)
Philip Berrigan
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Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Two Harbors, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 6, 2002

Philip Berrigan was a peace activist and Catholic priest. He was active in the peace and nuclear disarmament movement and advocated for peaceful and nonviolent protests. He was affiliated with the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart. He was married to a former nun and peace activist Elizabeth McAlister. The couple founded Jonah House, a faith-based community. 

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Mairead Maguire
(Peace Activist)
Mairead Maguire
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Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast

Mairead Maguire is a peace activist from Northern Ireland. Along with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, she co-founded the Women for Peace (now known as Community for Peace People). Maguire and Williams received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. More recently, she was involved in discussions around the Rohingya crisis. She has also called for the abolition of all armies.

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Jody Williams
(Political & Peace Activist)
Jody Williams
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Birthdate: October 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rutland, Vermont, United States

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Jody Williams is known for his contribution to the formation of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She has received 15 honorary degrees and was also named the Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year. She has also penned books such as After the Guns Fall Silent.

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Jaime Garzón
(Colombian Journalist, Politician, Comedian, and Peace Activist)
Jaime Garzón
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Birthdate: October 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
Died: August 13, 1999

Jaime Garzón was a Colombian journalist, politician, comedian, and peace activist. He achieved popularity during the 1990s when he exhibited his unique political satire on Colombian television. He is also remembered for his work as a peace negotiator in the emancipation of FARC guerrillas' hostages. Jaime Garzón was murdered by right-wing paramilitary hitmen in 1999.

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
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Birthdate: June 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 2006

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was a Christian clergyman and peace activist. A multi-talented person, Coffin took part in peace movements and the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s and 1970s. He was also a talented pianist, athlete, and CIA officer during his younger days. He was honored with prestigious awards, such as World War II Victory Medal. 

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Roger Nash Baldwin
(Sociologist, Trade unionist)
Roger Nash Baldwin
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Birthdate: January 21, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Died: August 26, 1981

Roger Nash Baldwin was a pacifist who played a major role in the development of the human rights movement in USA. He was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and also founded the International League for the Rights of Man. He was a conscientious objector during World War I. He received the Medal of Freedom in 1981.  

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Frédéric Passy
(Economist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Frédéric Passy
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Birthdate: May 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: June 12, 1912

Frédéric Passy was a French pacifist and economist. He is credited with co-founding the Inter-Parliamentary Union as well as many peace societies, such as the Société Française pour l'Arbitrage entre Nations. He is best known for his involvement in the European peace movement, for which he received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. 

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Leyla Zana
(Politician)
Leyla Zana
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Birthdate: May 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silvan, Diyarbakır
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Alec Reid
(Irish Catholic Priest Known for His Facilitator Role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process)
Alec Reid
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Birthdate: August 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: November 22, 2013

Also known as Padre of Peace, Catholic priest Alec Reid played a major role in the Northern Ireland peace process. He made headlines after being photographed performing the last rites of 2 British soldiers murdered by the IRA. Years later, it was discovered, he was then carrying papers for an ongoing peace settlement.

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Toyohiko Kagawa
(Japanese Protestant Christian Pacifist, Christian Reformer, and Labour Activist)
Toyohiko Kagawa
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Birthdate: July 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Died: April 23, 1960

A Japanese Christian social reformer, Toyohiko Kagawa was educated at the Princeton Theological Seminary in the US and later spearheaded the Friends of Jesus band in Japan, encouraging compassion for the poor and women’s suffrage. His written work is preserved in the 24-volume Kagawa Toyohiko Zenshu.

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Eagle Woman
(Translator)
Eagle Woman
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Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: South Dakota, United States
Died: December 18, 1888

Eagle Woman was a Lakota activist and translator. She was known for mediating the conflicts between the Sioux, white settlers, and the US government. She was the only woman recognized as chief among the Sioux. Along with her daughter, she organized a day school at Standing Rock Indian Reservation. She was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.  

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Fenner Brockway
(Politician)
Fenner Brockway
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Birthdate: November 1, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, British India
Died: April 28, 1988
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Eugen Drewermann
(Theologian)
Eugen Drewermann
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Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berghamen, Germany
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Mary Emma Woolley
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Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 5, 1947

Mary Emma Woolley was a peace activist, educator, and women's suffrage supporter. The daughter of a socially conscious father, she inherited his values. She became the first woman student to attend Brown University and embarked on an academic career. She went on to serve as the 11th President of Mount Holyoke College.  

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Hajer Sharief
(Peace Activist)
Hajer Sharief
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Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: Libya
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Kushal Konwar
(Rebel, Activist)
Kushal Konwar
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Birthdate: March 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sarupathar, Golaghat, Assam, India
Died: June 15, 1943
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Sumaya Farhat Naser
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Birthdate: June 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birzeit
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Salah Choudhury
(The editor of The Weekly Blitz)
Salah Choudhury
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Birthdate: January 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sylhet
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Zahra' Langhi
(Peace Activist)
Zahra' Langhi
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Birthdate: January 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Libya
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Ōmi Komaki
(Translator, Writer, University teacher)
Ōmi Komaki
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Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akita
Died: October 29, 1978

Japanese translator and scholar Komaki Ōmiya was better known by his pseudonym, Ōmi Komaki. Born to a politician in Japan, he quit school to be with his father at a conference in France, and never left. Back in Japan, years later, he promoted communism and translated works of French authors.

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Fuki Kushida
(Activist)
Fuki Kushida
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Birthdate: February 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: February 5, 2001

Fuki Kushida was a Japanese women's rights activist who served as the first Secretary General of the Women's Democratic Club. She is also known for her association with the Federation of Japanese Women's Organizations where she served as the president. Also a peace activist, Kushida is remembered for leading protests against the establishment of the US military bases in Japan.