The PEACE Flag Movement works to unite the world in the fight for equity and justice for all people. It starts with the flag, making the hope of change visible. And it grows when we turn education and conversation into action. Raising this flag is a promise to speak up, stand up, rise up.
The simple act of raising a flag during a time of national and global upheaval has become a Movement, a wave of hope rippling across communities. Now in 2023, nearly 40,000 PEACE/PAZ flags fly in more than 20 countries. Flown at schools, homes businesses, and at borders, this flag is a symbol of our solidarity, our connection as one global community. People see hope in this flag.
Our work does not stop at raising flags! Flying the PEACE flag is a commitment to fight for lasting and systemic change. It begins with understanding our part of the whole and working toward greater justice in the communities where we live, work and play.
We invite you to stay connected with us as we share resources from people who are working toward deeper connection and care for each other, our Earth, the world.
It all began in June of 2016 with a worldwide rise in violence, homicides and another mass shooting; a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Anger, grief, and feelings of helplessness led a small community in Natick, MA to display peace flags as an expression of the need for change —for people to stop killing, come together and care. The story spread as people passing by noticed and wanted to participate. Distribution expanded. Upworthy shared the story. A standing objective was set and remains: anyone who wants a flag can have one. Flags are not for sale. Common Street Spiritual Center became the first fiscal sponsor.
2018. Incorporating the input of people from many communities, a flag was designed to better represent the meaning of this symbol. The PEACE flag represents: Every Culture, Race, Spirituality, Gender, Sexuality, Age, and Ability. The new design evolved into a symbol of collective connection, and in the name of racial justice, with new hues and black lettering. All colors stand side by side, a representation of equality—for all.
2020. Amidst a global pandemic, the world watched George Floyd’s killing at the hands of a police officer. Once again, emotions of anger, grief, helpless, but not without hope. Black Lives Matter. Silence is violence. Complacency kills. The Movement grew with the guidance of a justice-focused, highly diverse advisory group. PEACE Flag Movement became the official name for this nonprofit, the website was created, and the mission statement refined. The sleeve that holds the flag was redesigned and translated into 4 different languages and PAZ flags were created. The PEACE Flag Movement continues to grow and evolve with the changing needs of our local and global community.