David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is the director of World BEYOND War, a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace. He is campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.
David’s books on war and peace include Leaving World War II Behind (an argument against the use of WWII as reason for more wars), War Is A Lie (a catalog of the types of falsehoods regularly told about wars), War Is Never Just (a refutation of just war theory), and When the World Outlawed War (an account of the 1920s peace movement and the creation of the Kellogg Briand Pact), as well as (co-author) A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (a vision of a world of nonviolent institutions).
David blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts a weekly radio show called Talk World Radio. He speaks frequently on the topic of war and peace, and engages in all kinds of nonviolent activism. He recently drafted a resolution urging Congress to move money from the military to human and environmental needs, rather than the reverse. Versions of the resolution were passed by several cities and by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. David also organized, with a lot of help from the Backbone Campaign, a flotilla of 50 kayaks that held banners on the Potomac River in front of the Pentagon reading “No wars for oil / No oil for wars.”
David is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize
by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.
Swanson is on the advisory boards of: Nobel Peace Prize Watch
, Veterans For Peace
, Assange Defense
, and Military Families Speak Out
. He is an Associate of the Transnational Foundation
, and a Patron of Platform for Peace and Humanity
David holds a Master’s degree in philosophy from UVA and has long lived and worked in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In 2022, Swanson’s words were featured and spoken by an actor in a film called Voices for Peace by Creative Action Unlimited and directed by Michael Kennedy and John Stevenson.
In 2020, Swanson co-edited a poetry collection, Second Name of Earth Is Peace.
From November 2019 to September 2020 Swanson was a member of the Retirement Commission of the City of Charlottesville, having led in the spring of 2019 a successful effort to divest the city’s operating budget from fossil fuels and weapons and to persuade the city to commit to doing the same with its retirement fund.