About the Book

Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism

I saw these CODEPINK women protesting in front of the White House and was inspired by their energy, the information in their material and the humor they delivered it with.... Their book has delivered the same. Thoughtful, informative, easy access, well presented, deeply inspiring and heartful. The breadth and depth pulled me in so that I couldn't put it down. I am ready to Stop the Next War Now!

Flaquita Verde (Eagle Rock, CA USA)

Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans
Medea Benjamin is founding director of Global Exchange and cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace. She lives in San Francisco, CA. Jodie Evans, cofounder of CODEPINK and a political activist for 30 years, lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Contributors include Eve Ensler, Barbara Lee, Granny D, Cynthia McKinney, Arianna Huffington, Katrina Vandenheuvel, Helen Thomas, and many more 
How can we humanize each other and act as responsible global citizens? Stop the Next War Now, edited by renowned peace activists Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, shares expert insight on the issues and powers-that-be that can lead us to war - including the media, our elected politicians, global militarization, and the pending scarcity of national resources. It aims to educate and reflect on the effectiveness of peace-movement activities and offers hope, through shared ideas, action steps, and practical checklists to transition from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. 

Table of Contents from Stop the Next War Now

Foreword, Alice Walker
Preface, Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans
Introduction, Arundhati Roy

Part I: A Passion for Peace

Chapter 1. It Starts with One Voice
Regaining My Humanity, Camilo Mejia
Breaking the Code of Silence, Nancy Lessin
From Cindy to George, Cindy Sheehan
A Nation Rocked to Sleep, Carly Sheehan
Understanding the U. S. Military, Marti Hiken
Essential Dissent, Mary Ann Wright
Protect Your Right to Dissent, Kit Gage
We Must Separate the Warrior from the War, Patricia Foulkrod

Chapter 2. From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace
The New Paradigm We Hold Within, Eve Ensler
The Open Space of Democracy, Terry Tempest Williams
Warriors for Peace, Rose Kabuye
Choosing Peace, Elise Boulding
Building a Just and Caring World: Four Cornerstones, Riane Eisler
The Challenge of Educating for Peace, Joan Almon
Dark Enough to See the Stars, Catherine Ingram
The Mind Can Be a Prison or a Door, Susan Griffin

Chapter 3. Building a Stronger Antiwar Movement
Activists as Ambassadors, Phyllis Bennis
A Permanent People's Movement, Leslie Cagan
A Life in the Movement: An Interview with Frida Berrigan by Medea Benjamin
The Patience to Win, Eisha Mason
A New Coalition, Rebecca Solnit
The Art of Misbehavin', Diane Wilson
Nurture New Activists, Marti Hiken
Not Ronald Reagan's Antiwar Movement, Becky Bond

Chapter 4. Strengthening Women's Voices
A New Counterterrorism Strategy: Feminism, Barbara Ehrenreich
Mothers of All the World's Children, Beth Osnes
Mother's Day Proclamation, Julia Ward Howe
W Stands for War, Laura Flanders
Feminist Voices for Peace, Starhawk
Freedom through Solidarity—The Lie of “Liberation”, Sonali Kolhatkar
Global Women for Peace, Kavita N. Ramdas
Empowering the Silent Majority, Neela Marikkar

Chapter 5. The Humanity We Share
We Refuse to Be Enemies, Sumaya Farhat-Naser and Gila Svirsky
The Pillars of Peace, Shirin Ebadi
A Mother's Plea, Nurit Peled-Elhanan
Pilgrimage for Peace, Rabia Roberts
A Letter to My Imaginary American Friend, Jasmina Tesanovic
Making America a Hate-Free Zone, Pramila Jayapal
What We Expect from America, Mary Robinson

Part II: A Challenge to the Support Structure of War and Violence

Chapter 6. Unspin the Media
The Guards Are Sleeping: An Interview with Helen Thomas by Gael Murphy
Heading into the Cave with a Torch, Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Power of Dissent, Amy Goodman
Building a Better Media, Janine Jackson
Be the Media, Andrea Buffa
Hope versus Cynicism, Nina Rothschild Utne
Killing the Messenger with Kindness, Tad Bartimus

Chapter 7. Hold Leaders Accountable
On Not Passing the Buck, Patricia Scott Schroeder
Democracy Is a Lifestyle, Doris “Granny D” Haddock
Making Our Voices Heard, Chellie Pingree
Get SMART: A Better Response to Terrorism, Lynn Woolsey
Finding Our Conscience Again, Barbara Lee

Chapter 8. Disarm the World
A World Working Together, Jody Williams
Seating Women at the Peace Table, Noeleen Heyzer
Ending the Nuclear Crisis: A Prescription for Survival, Helen Caldicott
Nonproliferation: The U.S. Imperial Double Standard, Randall Forsberg
Colonizing the Globe, One Base at a Time, Joseph Gerson
Armies for Peace, Gar Smith

Chapter 9. Protect and Respect Resources
Victory Cars, Arianna Huffington
Conserving Our Resources, Resisting War, Julia Butterfly Hill
Oil Addicts Anonymous, Jennifer Krill
Bring Halliburton Home, Naomi Klein
Ending Poverty, Ending Terrorism Benazir Bhutto
The Cracked Mirror, Wangari Maathai

Chapter 10. Celebrate Joyful Revolution
Grito de Vieques, Aya de León
Lessons from the Field: Igniting the Spirit of Joy, Alli Chagi-Starr
Planet Called Home, Holly Near
Picture Peace, Juana Alicia
Making a Scene, Kathryn Blume
The New America, Cynthia McKinney
To the Next Generation of Peacemakers, Adrienne Maree Brown
The Opportunity of Imprisonment, Sharon Salzberg

Afterword: Medea's Action Plan
Copyright Notices
About the Editors