Institute for Policy Studies

"IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power. As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade.

Peace and Social Concerns Committee - Friends Meeting of Washington


The Peace and Social Concerns committee is active with renewed purpose and vision, shaped by several formative threshing sessions. We are pleased to offer our service to the meeting.
Our focus is to nurture and support individuals and groups led to action, share opportunities and resources, and offer educational programs related to the peace and equality testimonies.

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Black is Back Coalition

The election of Barack Obama as U.S. president has not ended the suffering of our people or U.S. injustices around the world. While the US Congress has given Wall Street and the auto industry trillions of dollars, the same Congress refuses to repair the legacy of slavery for descendants of enslaved Africans or prevent ethnic cleansing of black people in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Massive home losses due to criminal banking practices attests to the ongoing theft of billions of dollars of black community wealth.

Witness for Peace

Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Witness for Peace’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship (WBPF) is a coalition of Buddhists and like-minded individuals dedicated to serving as a proactive force for peace, social and economic justice, and a sustainable environment. WBPF holds public meetings and sponsors a wide variety of talks, workshops, retreats and other programs with spiritual leaders, peace facilitators and experts in conflict resolution to help develop skills for the effective promotion of peaceful change. In addition, we work closely with other peace organizations to optimize mutual understanding and cooperative efforts.

Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, created within the Office of the President in 2006, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of religion, ethics, and public life. Through research, teaching, and service, the Center explores global challenges of democracy and human rights; economic and social development; international diplomacy; and interreligious understanding.

Refugee Solidarity Network

Refugee rights advocates in Turkey work tirelessly against a number of obstacles to provide critical services to tens of thousands asylum-seekers and refugees each year. As refugee arrivals continue to increase by large percentages, and as the country undergoes a transition with the introduction of its first-ever national asylum system, the need to support direct service-providers is ever-present. RSN will link lawyers, academics, and other interested parties in the US with advocates in Turkey to help build Turkish civil society’s capacity to ensure the protection of refugees.

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Center for Torture Accountability

The Center for Torture Accountability is dedicated to ending the culture of impunity that enables and nourishes all systems of torture.

Currently, our primary project is the Torture Accountability Archives -- a careful and comprehensive documentation of the people and organizations that created and justified the Bush administration's torture regime.
Once we complete the archives, we will explore options for action, toward the goal of holding accountable those who have committed crimes against humanity. We will not give up.

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HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom and rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom.  We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.


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