Our vision is a world beyond war where humanity is united and a global system of peace with justice prevails for current and future generations.
Our mission is to transform the global peace and security paradigm to one that is built around viable alternatives to war and all forms of political violence. To achieve this we research, advocate for and advance knowledge on practices that demonstrate the effectiveness of nonviolence and challenge militarism.
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
Underlying assumptions and norms in traditional security discourse emphasize militarized approaches to political conflict to achieve security. By rethinking what makes us secure, we seek to identify opportunities to challenge militarism in the U.S. and on a global level. The end result is a radically transformed concept of security that prioritizes a global, shared security paradigm that is cognizant of the lived experience(s) of individuals and communities, particularly those made more vulnerable by security threats or whose voices are often overlooked by traditional security discourse.
Managing political conflict without violence
Violence is often considered an undesirable yet inevitable characteristic of political conflict. By demonstrating the effectiveness of nonviolent responses to political conflict, we advocate for the rejection of political violence and instead promote the many viable alternatives. The end result is a global expectation/standard that political conflicts are managed without violence.
OUR CORE VALUES
Nonviolence – We promote strategic and principled nonviolent solutions over any kind of armed conflict.
Empathy – We aspire to view social problems through the eyes of others and respectfully communicate with each other in the pursuit of mutual understanding.
Planetary loyalty – We consider ourselves global citizens, living in harmony with humanity and nature.
Moral imagination* – We strive for a moral perception of the world in that we: (1) imagine people in a web of relationships including their adversaries; (2) foster the understanding of others as an opportunity rather than a threat; (3) pursue the creative process as the wellspring that feeds the building of peace; and (4) risk stepping into the unknown landscape beyond violence.
*This concept was developed by peace and conflict studies scholar and practitioner John Paul Lederach in his book “The Moral Imagination. The Art and Soul of Building Peace“.
Our team members
Al JubitzPresident, Jubitz Family Foundation
Erica Belfi"Ray Jubitz" Peace Fellow
Lauren FormanExecutive Director, Jubitz Family Foundation
Molly WallaceContributing Editor, Peace Science Digest
Patrick T. HillerExecutive Director
Remembering Ray G. JubitzSenior Advisor
A native Oregonian, Al (he/him/his) received his BS degree from Yale University in 1966 and earned his MBA from the University of Oregon School of Business in 1968. Al retired from the family business (Jubitz Corporation) after a career spanning 34 years. He also served as a director of two private start-up companies. Al is President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation which directs funding to organizations that foster peacebuilding, environmental stewardship and early childhood education.
In 2010, Al and his wife Nancy were recognized nationally by United Way USA with the Tocqueville Society Award for their ongoing commitment and support. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, Class 20, and also serves on the Leadership Councils of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Portland Children’s Museum and the National Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund. He is Director Emeritus of Morrison Child and Family Services and an emeritus trustee of Outward Bound Wilderness School. Al and his wife Nancy have been married 49 years. They have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, playing squash and golf.
Al believes that Rotary is uniquely capable of turning the world toward nonviolent conflict resolution, ultimately leading to a world beyond war.
Erica Belfi (she/her/hers) is from a rural area outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her B.A. from Haverford College where she majored in Political Science, minored in Health Studies, and concentrated in Peace, Justice, & Human Rights. Her senior thesis, Examining the Failure to Care: Shaming as a Public Health Strategy During and Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic, investigates the practical and ethical implications of shaming-based health promotion initiatives with an emphasis on their effects on interpersonal relationships and personhood.
Erica is a 2021-2022 fellow with the Quaker Voluntary Service and serves in Portland, Oregon with the War Prevention Initiative as her placement. She previously worked for three years as a curriculum developer and student associate for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. Over the past several years, she has also interned with Cultural Survival, an Indigenous rights organization, and the Mangochi Environmental Health Team in Mangochi, Malawi. She has focused in her work on issues of healthcare equity, decolonization praxis, knowledge accessibility, and interpersonal ethics.
Although she is a born-and-raised Midwesterner, Erica has made a home in the Pacific Northwest. You can find her in Powell’s Books, playing her flute at home, or exploring local trails.
Kelsey Coolidge (she/her/hers) is a social science researcher and non-profit professional with a specialization in peace and conflict, gender, urbanization, and environmental sustainability. This expertise is crafted from a curiosity to better understand current global challenges in order to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful future. Kelsey is driven to translate vision into action by employing monitoring and evaluation techniques as well as data-based evidence to help non-profits thrive. She joins the War Prevention Initiative after six years of experience in research, non-profit administration, and strategic communications.
She is published author of multiple reports, op-ed pieces, and discussion papers. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Posts’ The Monkey Cage blog, the Daily Camera, Inkstick Media and other organizational blogs. She received her master’s in International Administration from the Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver in 2016. Her bachelor’s degree is from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University in 2012. She enjoys testing the upper limits of her phone’s data capacity with photos of her two cats, Biggie and Tupac, as well as soaking in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Lauren Forman (she/her/hers) joined the Jubitz Family Foundation in Fall 2019 to provide administrative management and develop cohesiveness between its two areas of focus – peace and environment. She enjoys building the structure behind the action – freeing staff to better fulfill the mission. With a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Lauren has managed several nonprofit organizations and family offices. She thrives on helping identify people’s strengths and finding creative solutions to business challenges.
First arriving in Oregon as a college student at Willamette University, Lauren has been active in the Portland community for over 25 years, serving on several nonprofit boards. She and her husband Keith have created and produced many fundraising events to benefit local charities and together they are the proud parents of son Jack. Free time finds Lauren working in the yard, hiking with the family dogs, or playing golf with Keith. Having grown up in Montana, she is happiest in the mountains – on a clear day.
Molly Wallace (she/her/hers) is Contributing Editor at the Peace Science Digest and Visiting Scholar in Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Program. Previously, she taught in the International Affairs and Political Science Programs at the University of New Hampshire and Brown University. Her recent book, Security without Weapons: Rethinking Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Civilian Protection, explores nonviolent alternatives for civilian protection in war zones—and particularly the unarmed civilian peacekeeping work of Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka. More broadly, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action; conflict resolution/transformation; military desertion/defection; peacebuilding and development; transitional justice and reconciliation; humanitarian intervention, civilian protection, and the “Responsibility to Protect” in postcolonial contexts; discursive and psychological conditions enabling political violence; gender and global politics; and international ethics.
Molly earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She served as a volunteer mediator with the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and previously worked with non-governmental organizations in the fields of conflict resolution and international affairs in Washington, DC—where she was living and protesting during the first few years of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is pleased to have the chance now to integrate her academic and antiwar activist commitments through her work with the War Prevention Initiative.
Raised in Oregon but then an East Coaster for a couple decades, Molly is happy to have finally returned with her spouse and daughter to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Patrick (he/him/his) holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Human Geography from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.
He teaches at the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University. Following an interdisciplinary approach, his work and research interests encompass war and peace, conflict resolution, peace studies, environmental issues, ethnicity, human rights, nationalism, social justice, Mexico, Latin America, social/peace movements, identity formation, culture and conflict and migration. He studied and worked on those topics while living in Germany, Mexico and the United States.
His writings and research are almost exclusively related to the analysis of war and peace and social injustice and, most often in the form of structural violence and power dynamics with an emphasis on human dignity, solidarity among all peoples, equal participation of all peoples, the role of the governments and the promotion of peace. Patrick seeks to contribute to the growth of the still young peace and conflict studies field.
Patrick is the Vice-President of the International Peace Research Association Foundation and served on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016). He served on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War (2013-2016), he is member of the Advisory Council of the organizations International Cities of Peace and PeaceVoice/PeaceVoiceTV, member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Peace Institute, member of the Peace and Security Funders Group as well as member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the founding editor of the Peace Science Digest. In his free time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors and is a committed triathlete. He lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife and son.
Remembering Ray G. Jubitz
Our friend and colleague Raymond Guy Jubitz, III. passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from complications of leukemia. Ray was the founding director of the Jubitz Family Foundation. Ray was instrumental in the founding of the War Prevention Initiative and is the “father” of the Parkdale Peace Gatherings, where scholars, practitioners and leaders of peace organizations from all over the Northwest and later from the country came together at Parkdale, Mt. Hood, Oregon. These gatherings sparked discussions of complex issues about how peace can be accomplished, how militarism affects societies, and how wars might ultimately be prevented.
A true man of peace and committed to nonviolence, Ray always lived up to “A Promise to Our Children”, seeking to be “the power that is peace.” Ray had been active in the peace movement of the 1970s and the Beyond War movement beginning in the 1980s. He remained an important voice for the Foundation well after retirement, including as a Senior Advisor to the War Prevention Initiative.
Over the last years when the global pandemic kept everyone working from home, Ray met with the WPI team on an almost daily basis during our morning check-ins to stay in the loop and add his perspectives on everything related to our peace work and beyond. We will not only miss his inspiring commitment to create a more peaceful world, but also how he tried to overcome the challenges of online video meetings, how he enjoyed his healthy breakfast in our presence, how his wonderful wife Nansie came into the frame to chat with us, how he took tedious notes on movie and book recommendations, how he abruptly left our meeting because he forgot his exercise class, and how he simply was part of the team we wanted to check in with every morning.
His spirit will live on in our work.
Patrick, Kelsey, Kristin, Erica, Lauren, Molly
If you wish to donate to Ray’s most important cause, the ongoing work for peace and justice, his wife Nansie asks that you donate to the War Prevention Initiative. You can do so by clicking this link: DONATE IN RAY’S MEMORY