The 2023 William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Peacemaker Awards
Monday, October 23rd, 2023 at 6pm in NYC and Online
presented by Peace Action Fund of New York State
Since 2007, the Peace Action Fund of New York State has presented an annual award to outstanding individuals who “stay on the stony, long and ofttimes lonely road that leads to peace.” The William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Award is presented to an activist who has exemplified activism and made an impact in achieving a more peaceful world.
This year, we are pleased to honor Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, and Afghans for a Better Tomorrow with the 2023 William Sloane Coffin Jr. Peacemaker Award.
The theme of this year’s event – Telling Our Story to Build Our Power! – will focus on the importance of centering the experiences of frontline communities in advocating for peace worldwide. We believe that now more than ever, it is important to honor the work of communities who are speaking truth to power while building an inclusive and powerful anti-war community.
Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! team have, since 1996, been telling the stories of the people affected by war, peace, climate change, poverty, and discrimination. Many of us go to Amy Goodman’s superb daily news program to hear directly from those who understand and explain the impact of our own country’s policies.
Afghans for a Better Tomorrow is organizing the Afghan diaspora community for political power to build a better future for Afghans in the US and abroad, whose lives have been uprooted by the legacy of US militarism. This organization bridges direct support and political advocacy to directly aid recently resettled refugees in the US, including in New York City, and to advocate for more equitable US migration and refugee policies, all while leading interventions to make sure the experiences of Afghans is not written out of the history of the impacts of US militarism in Afghanistan and the entire Middle East region.
Peace Action Geneseo — the first-ever student chapter in the PAFNYS Campus Organizing Program — has proven the ability to form strong coalitions and engage their peers in peace and justice organizing. With a focus on global climate justice, solidarity, and education in the 2022-2023 schoolyear, Peace Action Geneseo organized two marches on campus and hosted a "dishes and discourse" series, creating space on campus for important conversations.
Every year, the William Sloane Coffin Jr. Peacemaker Award program is a special gathering that brings the many faces of the peace and social justice movements in New York and beyond together. This only happens
because of the generosity of the event sponsors. This event is also critical in the annual fundraising efforts of Peace Action Fund of New York State.
Your support is a building block for the peace movement, and your contribution is tax-deductible! All funds raised during this event will benefit Peace Action Fund of New York State, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its Campus Organizing Program.
We hope you can join us!