Our Mission

Peace Action Wis­con­sin (PAWI) is a peace and jus­tice orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to mak­ing the con­nec­tions between inter­na­tional issues and our local com­mu­nity.  We work for a world with true eco­nomic and social e­qual­ity, where the envi­ron­ment is pre­served, and the threat of nuclear war­fare has been abol­ished. We offer our mem­bers oppor­tu­ni­ties for edu­ca­tion, lob­by­ing elected offi­cials, and tak­ing action on issues that threaten our way of life.

PAWI’s cur­rent cam­paigns include the Wis­con­sin Job Secu­rity Cam­paign which seeks to unite the Peace Com­mu­nity with Labor, Eco­nomic Jus­tice, Envi­ron­men­tal and Faith orga­ni­za­tions to defend and expand a true national secu­rity based on fair, secure and dig­ni­fied employ­ment oppor­tu­nity. Through this coali­tion, PAWI is work­ing to pro­tect our state’s man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs by tran­si­tion­ing away from declin­ing defense con­tracts to sus­tain­able civil­ian pro­duc­tion in a process called Eco­nomic Con­ver­sion. Our For­eign Pol­icy for All Cam­paign aims to edu­cate and mobi­lize our com­mu­nity to advo­cate for a peace­ful, diplo­matic US for­eign pol­icy on a num­ber of issues includ­ing end­ing the US occu­pa­tion of Afghanistan, sup­port­ing the diplo­matic engage­ment with Iran and pre­vent­ing the pas­sage of the Trans-Pacific Part­ner­ship ‘free’-trade agree­ment. PAWI’s sis­ter orga­ni­za­tion Peace Edu­ca­tion Project is coor­di­nat­ing the Peace Voter Cam­paign to engage and mobi­lize vot­ers around issues of peace and justice.

Click here to find out more about Peace Action Wisconsin’s cur­rent campaigns

 Peace Action Wisconsin’s Mis­sion Statement

Peace Action-Wisconsin is a peace and jus­tice orga­ni­za­tion which works for a world where human needs are met, the envi­ron­ment is pre­served, and the threats of war and nuclear weapons have been abol­ished. We are com­mit­ted to non-violence as a way of life and offer our mem­bers oppor­tu­ni­ties for edu­ca­tion, lob­by­ing and pub­lic witness.

Click here to view the organization’s bylaws as amended at the 2014 Annual Mem­ber­ship Dinner 

Our His­tory

Founded as Mil­wau­kee Mobi­liza­tion for Sur­vival in March of 1977, we were part of a national net­work of national peace and jus­tice groups orga­nized around the issues of nuclear weapons, nuclear power, the esca­lat­ing arms race and the atten­dent decline in fund­ing for human needs. National Mobi­liza­tion for Sur­vival grew to include over 125 peace and jus­tice groups before its national office closed in 1992.

In Jan­u­ary 1996 we affil­i­ated with National Peace Action, which had been formed from the merger of SANE and the Nuclear Freeze Cam­paign. It is the largest grass­roots peace and dis­ar­ma­ment group in the coun­try. In 1999 we became Peace Action-Wisconsin to reflect our statewide scope and membership.

Coali­tion Work

Peace Action launched the Mil­wau­kee Coali­tion for a Just Peace which works to end exist­ing, and pre­vent future, US wars and mil­i­tary occu­pa­tions. Peace Action also works with other coali­tions includ­ing United for Peace and Jus­tice, the Wis­con­sin Net­work for Peace and Jus­tice, the Coali­tion to Nor­mal­ize Rela­tions with Cuba, Friends of Pales­tine, Mil­wau­kee Boli­var­ian Cir­cles and the Mil­wau­kee Jus­tice Coalition.

Peace Action is com­mit­ted to non­vi­o­lent social change through com­mu­nity edu­ca­tion, leg­isla­tive lob­by­ing, pub­lic wit­ness events, and coali­tion work.

Work­ing with a broad spec­trum of com­mu­nity groups, Peace Action has been in the fore­front of build­ing coali­tions around pro­gres­sive issues, serv­ing as a clear­ing­house for peace activ­i­ties and tak­ing the lead in orga­niz­ing local action on inter­na­tional issues.

Peace Action-Wisconsin owns its own build­ing, the Peace Action Cen­ter, which serves as office space for sev­eral peace, envi­ron­men­tal and social change orga­ni­za­tions and as a gath­er­ing place for com­mu­nity events and meet­ings. The Cen­ter offers a resource and audio­vi­sual library and a Peace Store.


Peace Action Wis­con­sin is a 501©(4) non-profit mem­ber­ship organization.