CORA WEISS, President, Hague Appeal for Peace, 777 United Nations Plaza

 

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 co-founder 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 and names of those alive and arranged for and accompanied some returning POW pilots. For ten years 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, and the civil rights movement.

Among Ms. Weiss’ many 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 of 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 ‘60’s on Africa.

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 Peace Education Campaign.

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CORA WEISS

777 United Nations Plaza Tel: 212-697-8945

New York, New York 10027 Fax: 212-682-0886

cweiss@igc.org

 

HAGUE APPEAL FOR PEACE, President, 1996-present.

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

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.

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

NGO WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN, PEACE & SECURITY, New York. 1999 – present. Monitors Security Council Res. 1325.

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.

WOMEN’S FOREIGN POLICY GROUP. Member, 1996-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.

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.

"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.

DECADE FOR WOMEN. Delegate of World Council of Churches to Nairobi Conference, 1985. Third World Conference on Women.

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:

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

 

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