Campaign for Peace and Democracy

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Campaign for Peace and Democracy is an organization that promotes a progressive and non-militaristic United States foreign policy. It was founded in 1982, when the Campaign first opposed the Cold War by calling for "detente from below."[1]

Socialist roots

Joanne Landy has been active in democratic socialist organizations since the 1950s. She is Co-Director with Thomas Harrison of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and a member of Democratic Socialists of America.

According to Harrison;

Joanne and I were both part of this group in Berkeley, the Independent Socialist Club, in the 1960s. When I came on the scene in 1966, we were very soon heavily involved in defending left-wing oppositionists Jacek Kuron and Karol Modzelewski in Poland.

Joanne Landy: Both of us were “third camp socialists,” which meant we were for neither Washington nor Moscow, neither capitalist imperialism nor the oppressive Communist systems in Eastern Europe. And because I’m older than Tom, I also started doing this many years before Tom did—in the late 1950s actually. Then, in 1980, two things simultaneously burst upon the scene: the Western peace movement against the missiles in Western Europe and Solidarnosc in Poland.

We were excited about both of those things. We participated, of course, in the big peace march in Central Park in 1982. And as soon as we heard about Solidarnosc, we got together a bunch of people to build support for them among progressives in the United States, and I went over there, to Poland. It was quite a trip.
A group of us here in New York founded something that initially was called Solidarity with Solidarity. And then Gail Daneker, who did not come from a socialist tradition, but from some kind of non-socialist Green tradition, really taught me a lot about how to form an organization: how to get tax-exempt contributions, how to put together a board, how to go to foundations.

I’d always been in small socialist groups that were pretty effective, like the Independent Socialist Club with Hal Draper in Berkeley, but which didn’t organize in the non-profit world. Pretty soon we set up the Campaign for Peace and Democracy/ East and West. And when the Cold War ended, we just dropped the “East and West”.[2]


The following were listed as endorsers for the Campaign for Peace and Democracy as of March 15, 2010.[3]

External links


  1. About
  2. TYR, June 2013, page 6]
  3. Endorsers