Businesses for Peace is a new organization with a unique origin. In January 2008, the city of Berkeley became the center of a national firestorm about local opposition to the presence of a Marine Recruiting Station just blocks from Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley, and Berkeley High School. The peace group CODEPINK began protesting at the Station. The Berkeley City Council came out in support of CODEPINK and asked the recruiters to leave.

That unleashed a national backlash against Berkeley, with pro-war groups calling for a national boycott of the city and conservative elected officials calling for cuts in government funds to Berkeley.

Several businesses decided that it was time to come together to confirm their commitment to Berkeley as a city for peace and to encourage peace-loving people to frequent Berkeley businesses. That's how Businesses for Peace was born.

While we are presently a Berkeley-based association, we hope other communities will follow suit and create similar local networks under the Businesses for Peace umbrella. If you are interested in forming a local network, please contact info@businessesforpeace.org.

  • Al Sun, Inc, Larry and Kathleen Giustino
  • Anna's Jazz Island, Anna De Leon
  • American Acupuncture Center, Amy Lee
  • Beads and Rocks, Pablo Valenzuela
  • Berkeley Mills, Gene Agress
  • Boss, Boona Cheema
  • Bridget Scadeng Massage & Pernatal Education
  • Cafe del la Paz, Russell Bass
  • Cafe Gratitude, Chandra Gilbert
  • Café Valparaiso, Pablo Valenzuela
  • Cal Copy
  • Chakra [Voyant] Productions, Bonniee Mookherjee
  • Collectors Realm3
  • Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Harvey Dong
  • Eclair Bakery, Mike Yi
  • Eudemonia, Dean Koa
  • Fantasy T-Shirts,
  • Fertile Grounds Cafe, Ayman Morrar
  • Frank's Tailoring, Frank
  • Global Exchange Fair Trade Store, Carolyn
  • Gravely
  • Guerilla Cafe, Andrea Ali
  • Its Her Business: Antiques and Koolectibles
  • John Northmore Roberts & Associates, John N. Roberts
  • La Pena Cultural Center, Paul Chin
  • Lhasa Salon
  • Maxi Hair Care, Ellie
  • Meola Investigations, Robert Meola
  • Michael Alef Association, Michael Alef
  • Moran Engineering, Inc., Everett Moran
  • Mudrakers Cafe, Hatem Bazian
  • Nabalom Bakery, Bruce Russell
  • Paper Crane Music, Betsy Rose
  • Platano Salvadoran Cuisine, Irma
  • Seventh Heaven Yoga Studio, Jodie Evans
  • Single Source Telecom, Elyce Judith
  • Skills DJ Workshop
  • Slidewerks, Ivan Amodt
  • Telegraph Market, Homid Honnaidi
  • The Juice Bar Collective
  • The Tree House, Maureen
  • The Potter's Studio, Maija Williams
  • UniTech Electronics
  • University Hair Care, Daisy Reynado
  • Young's Backpacking, Young K. Min