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  • Anti-Iraq War project of the Tides Foundation

Sponsored by the Tides Foundation, the Iraq Peace Fund (IPF) was a short-term project aimed at raising money to promote the anti-war movement during the buildup to the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The Fund was officially co-founded by Harriet Barlow (an advisor to the HKH Foundation) and Wayne Jaquith (a self-described “peace and security expert” and an official with the Council for a Livable World). According to the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization, IPF originated from "a group of concerned funders, individuals and institutions [that] met on September 9 and 10 [2002] during the Environmental Grantmakers Association Annual Retreat to discuss what could be done in the next few weeks to educate the public about the consequences of going to war against Iraq and the alternatives thereto. The overriding sentiment among the gathered funders was that: (a) the current Administration seems bent toward ignoring domestic issues such as the economy, and obfuscating the complicated relationship between the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. War on Terror, and America's historic foreign policy activities in the Middle East (especially in relationship to Saddam Hussein); and (b) the current U.S. Administration's aggression toward Iraq is of the 'wag the dog' nature."

IPF was active only from September to November 2002, during which time it granted almost $500,000 to some 35 separate anti-war and leftist organizations, including: Anti-War Room; Black Voices for Peace; the Center for International Policy; Democracy Now!; the Education for Peace in Iraq Center; the Friends Committee on National Legislation; Global Exchange; Independent Media Institute; Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which sponsors International ANSWER; MoveOn.Org; the National Council of Churches; the Pacifica Foundation; Physicians for Social Responsibility; TrueMajority; the War Resisters League; and Women’s Action for New Directions.

Four months after IPF was disbanded, the Tides Foundation created the Peace Strategies Fund to fill the void left by IPF’s absence.



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