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CORA WEISS, President, Hague Appeal for Peace
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Cora Weiss, President of the Hague Appeal for Peace, has been well known as a peace activist since the early ‘60’s, when she was a national leader of Women Strike for Peace, which played a major role in bringing about the end of nuclear testing in the atmosphere. She was a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement, organized demonstrations, including the largest one on November 15, 1969 in Washington, DC. As Co-Chair and Director of the Committee of Liaison with Families of Prisoners Detained in Vietnam, she organized the exchange of mail between families and POW’s in Vietnam which revealed names of those alive. She also arranged for and accompanied some returning POW pilots. Ms. Weiss was a volunteer teacher in the NY City public school system.

As a Trustee of Hampshire College, she started the campus campaign to divest stocks in companies doing business in South Africa. She has a long record of support for the United Nations, starting in the 1950’s when she hosted colonized Africans who were petitioning for the independence of their countries. She has devoted most of her life to the peace movement, the movement for the advancement of women, for civil rights and human rights.

Ms. Weiss is among the 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, nominated in June 2005, and was the first recipient of the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice offered by the Yale Divinity School, October 2003. Among her many other awards are the Peace Studies Medal of Manhattan College and the George F. Kennan Award of the New Jersey Peace Action. In May of 1998 she and William Sloane Coffin were honored at The Riverside Church of New York on the 20th anniversary of their founding the Riverside Disarmament Program which she directed for 10 years. In 1999 she was honored by the Phelps Stokes Fund for her work in the ‘50s and ‘60s on Africa. In July 2004, she received the International Golden Dove for Peace Award (Colombe d’Oro per la Pace), from the Institute for International Research, Archivio Disarmo, Rome, Italy for peacebuilding and human rights.

She is President of the International Peace Bureau, (Nobel Laureate 1910). Ms. Weiss participated in the Nobel Centennial Symposium held in Oslo, Norway in December 2001. She is also Joint-Principal of the Peace Boat’s Global University, an Advisory Board Member of Peace Child International’s Millennium Action Fund, and Honorary Patron of the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations. As President of the Hague Appeal for Peace, she is leading a campaign dedicated to the abolition of war. It seeks to re-focus our minds on the vision of a world in which violent conflict is publicly acknowledged as illegitimate, illegal, and fundamentally unjust. To implement that vision, the Hague Appeal for Peace has launched a Global Campaign for Peace Education.

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HAGUE APPEAL FOR PEACE, President, 1996-present. www.haguepeace.org

INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUREAU, Geneva. President, 2000 - present, Representative to U.N. with ECOSOC status. www.ipb.org

PEACE & JUSTICE STUDIES ASSOCIATION, U.S. Advisory Board Member, 2004-

NOBEL CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM, Oslo, Norway. December 2001. Speaker.

PEACE BOAT\’S GLOBAL UNIVERSITY, Tokyo. Joint-Principal, 1999-present.

PEACE ACTION, (Formerly SANE/Freeze). Chaired Commission to merge SANE and Freeze; Co-founder, SANE/Freeze; Board Member, 1986-2000; International Representative, 1988-2000; Member, Executive Committee, 1986-1994.

UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION, NON- GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UN, New York. Member, Executive Committee, 1997-2000; Planning Committee Annual DPI/NGO Conference, 2000.

PEACE CHILD INTERNATIONAL\’S MILLENNIUM ACTION FUND, U.K., Advisory Board Member, 2000-present.

COMMITTEE ON TEACHING ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS, New York. Honorary Patron, 2000-present.

NGO WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN, PEACE & SECURITY, New York. 1999 - present.

WOMEN\’S PEACE PETITION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS, New York. Co-initiator, 1997.

CITIZEN\’S MISSION ON NATO EXPANSION, London, Brussels, Moscow. Co-leader. June, 1997.

MISSION TO OSCE, Vienna and Moscow, September \’97. Re: NATO alternatives.

EXPERT GROUP MEETING ON POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION, U.N. DAW/PRIO, Santo Domingo. October 1996. Participant.

FIRST PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS, West Bank and Gaza Strip, January 1996. Election Observer.

COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, New York. Member, 1989-present.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION-USA. Member, 1996-present.

WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. Member, 1989-present.

NGO COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN. Member, 1989-present

NGO WOMEN'S FORUM '95, FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN, Beijing, China, 1995. Delegate, International Peace Bureau; Delegate, Peace Action.

WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES THIRD WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN, Nairobi, Kenya, 1985. Delegate

INTERLEGAL, U.S.A. Board Member and Chair, Executive Committee. 1990-1997.

US-NIS WOMEN'S CONSORTIUM. Board Member, 1993-2000.

DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION, New York City. Board Member, 1987-present.

GAIA WOMEN'S CENTER, Moscow. U.S. Advisory Board. WOMEN AND THE MARKET ECONOMY CONFERENCE, Moscow. Speaker. September, 1992.

"THE IRAQ WAR AND ITS CONSEQUENCES: Thoughts of Nobel Peace Laureates and Eminent Scholars”, Abrams & Gungwu, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., USA and UK, 2003, pp. 127-136.

"WOMEN'S PEACE PLATFORM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY", Spring 1995. Author.

SOVIET-AMERICAN WOMEN'S SUMMIT. Co-chair, 1989-1990.

WOMEN FOR MEANINGFUL SUMMITS. Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1985-1991; Summit Meeting of President Reagan and Secretary Gorbachev, Geneva, November, 1985. Delegate. Moscow Women's Conference, June, 1987. Delegate.

"CHRISTIANITY & CRISIS". Board Member, 1991-1992.

PEACE CHILD FOUNDATION. Board Member, 1989.

HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE, Amherst, Mass. Trustee, 1978-1991; Trustee Emerita, 1991-present.

THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH DISARMAMENT PROGRAM, New York. Founder and Director, 1978-1988.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE. Director, shipment of 10,000 tons of wheat to Vietnam, 1978.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CEREMONY, Oslo. Invited guest, 1987, 1995, 2001.

FIVE CONTINENT PEACE INITIATIVE, Stockholm. Eminent person, 1988.

A LEADER OF THE ONE MILLION PEOPLE ANTI-NUCLEAR DEMONSTRATION, Central Park, New York City. June 12, 1982.

WOMEN STRIKE FOR PEACE. National Board, 1961-1973.

NATIONAL MOBILIZATION TO END THE WAR IN VIETNAM. National co-chair for November 15, 1969, Washington D.C. Rally.

"CORA WEISS COMMENTS: A MICROPHONE FOR WOMEN." WRVR-FM, New York, radio commentator, 1974-1978.

COMMITTEE OF LIAISON WITH FAMILIES OF PRISONERS DETAINED IN VIETNAM. Co-chair and Director, 1969-1973

FRIENDSHIPMENT, coalition providing post-war relief and rehabilitation to Vietnam war victims. Executive Director, 1975-1978.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS FOUNDATION. Executive Director and Board Member, 1959-1963. Airlift for students from East Africa to the U.S.

GANDHI SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Treasurer, 1960-1967.

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER, New York City. 1958-1968.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER - PAST

  • Alternative Security Council, Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies.
  • Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, New York City Board of Education.
  • Pacem in Terris Institute, Manhattan College, New York City.
  • National Abortion Rights Action League, National Advisory Committee.
  • Committee on Common Security.
  • United Nations Amendment Conference on the Nuclear Test Ban. Testified, 1991.

    RECIPIENT:

  • One of the 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, nominated June 29, 2005
  • International Golden Dove for Peace (Colombe d’Oro per la Pace) Award, Institute for International Research, Archivio Disarmo, Rome, Italy, July 2004, for peacebuilding and human rights.
  • The first William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice, Yale Divinity School,October 2003
  • Nominee, Nobel Peace Prize, 2000, 2001
  • Peace Caucus U.N. Award, New York City. September 1999
  • Aggrey Award of the Phelps Stokes Fund for work with African students and liberation movements during anti-colonial years, New York City. June 1998.
  • Leadership Award, West Side Peace Action, New York City. January 1998.
  • Kairos Peace Award. Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, New York. November 1997
  • Peace Studies Medal, Manhattan College, New York. April 1997
  • George F. Kennan Award, New Jersey Peace Action. April 1996.
  • Joseph C. Wilson Award. Rochester Association for the United Nations.October 24, 1995. 50th Anniversary of the United Nations.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Peace Action National Congress. 1992
  • Olive Branch Award. Juror 1991

    UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT MADISON 1952-1956, BA

    HUNTER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 1956-1958

    PERSONALIA: Married to Peter Weiss, Attorney; 3 children, 5 grandchildren

    July 2005