Plowshare Peace and Justice Center was founded in 1972 as an interfaith coalition working to end the war in Vietnam. It has grown to some 600 members in the Roanoke Valley and is Virginia's oldest peace organization. Plowshare is a not-for-profit that offers frequent programs on topics that include non-violent communication, civil rights, demilitarization of nuclear weapons, reordering of US budget priorities, non-intervention in other countries' affairs, the death penalty, climate destabilization and clean energy, LGBTQ issues, voting rights, Israel and Palestine, and many more aspects of domestic and international social justice. Plowshare has held a Silent Peace Vigil to remember the victims of wars on the Roanoke City Market since 2005 (3rd Saturday, noon-1 pm). Plowshare committees focus on programs, lobbying, public information (media watch), military recruitment in schools, etc. Plowshare distributes Appalachian Voices and the Richmond Defender in SW Virginia, sponsors an annual "Peace Jam" for middle and high school students and networks and forms coalitions with many other area organizations. Gary Sandman, Executive Director.
Facebook page: @plowshare peace center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Office: 505 Day Ave., Roanoke VA 24018 (Roanoke Friends Meeting House)