In 2008, Fund for Nonviolence started our Lifting Voices of Resistance program, with the mission and goals below, in large part due to our donor’s history of activism in the Resistance to the Viet Nam War. In the current national moment, with a broadened and active use of the term Resistance, we thought it appropriate to broaden our funding as well. We intend to maintain support for our original program purpose; the first proposed budget from the 45th president only affirms the value of continued efforts to challenge the scale of resources devoted to the military budget. At the same time, we are exploring opportunities to engage with some of the many creative responses and initiatives that are emerging, and we particularly seek to support vulnerable communities already impacted by systemic violence that are being targeted now even more heavily. Our funding will evolve accordingly.
We support efforts to redirect our national focus and resources away from the politics of war and towards the development of institutions and economies that promote healthy communities, justice, and peace.
End U.S. military interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations.
Protect and defend the rule of law in national security and foreign policy.
Reduce the size and mission of the U.S. military and redirect resources to promote healthy communities, justice, and peace
We will fund groups using strategies that:
Foster the development of effective coalitions of diverse organizations working to achieve the above goals.
Advocate for the U.S. reinstatement of its commitment to adhere to international agreements and human rights norms on torture.
Engage the public to challenge the legitimacy of US military policies, to decry the suspension of civil and human rights, to demand adherence to international treaty obligations, and to reject preemptive strikes in any country.
Strengthen and support the anti-militarism leadership and activism of the most affected constituencies including veterans, members of the military and their families, communities of color and lower-income communities targeted for military recruitment, Iraqis and Afghans displaced and injured by the wars, and all victims of torture associated with the war.