- Has served as president of the International Peace Bureau and the Hague Appeal for Peace
- Was a representative of the Peace Action Network
- Was a steering
committee member of the Peace
and Security Funders Group.
- Served as a financier and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies
- Directed the Disarmament Program at New York's Riverside Church in the late 1970s and early 1980s
- During the Vietnam War, Weiss attempted to coerce the families of American POWs to make pro-communist propaganda by promising them contact with their loved ones in Hanoi.
See also: Samuel
Rubin Foundation Institute
for Policy Studies
Communist Party USA
Weiss is an activist who has devoted her entire adult life to
the antiwar, civil rights, and feminist movements. She also has served
as president of the Samuel
Rubin Foundation since its inception in 1959.
1959-63, Weiss was executive director of the African-American
Students Foundation (AASF), whose mission
was to raise money to help African students attend colleges in the United States.
Among the noteworthy recipients
Maathai and Barack
Obama, Sr. (the father of future U.S. President Barack
In 1963 Weiss
also played a key role
in the Samuel Rubin Foundation's decision to create the Institute
for Policy Studies (IPS). Her husband, Peter Weiss, served as the
first chairman of IPS's board of directors.
Together, the Weisses
Raskin and Richard
Barnet to be the initial co-directors of IPS.
the Vietnam War, Weiss was a leader of Women Strike for Peace, an
anti-nuclear/antiwar group that, according to a congressional study,
the complete support of the Communist
Party.” Throughout the mid- to late Sixties, Weiss
organized numerous anti-war demonstrations, the largest
of which was held in Washington, DC on November 15, 1969.
Weiss also participated in numerous
Vietnamese Communist officials in Paris and Hanoi. After one
particular trip to Hanoi in December 1969, during which she had
infamously brutal “Hanoi
Hilton,” Weiss returned to the U.S. and reported
that American prisoners were being held in “excellent living
conditions” in Hanoi’s “immaculate” jails. When U.S. Navy
Lieutenant Robert Frishman, a returning POW who had suffered a severe
arm injury while in Hanoi's custody, subsequently contradicted Weiss'
portrayal of North Vietnamese prison conditions, Weiss quipped:
“Since [Frishman] was caught as a war criminal, he was lucky to
have an arm at all.”
As co-director of the Committee
of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam,
made it plain that she knew the names of many American POWs,
attempted to coerce relatives of those captives to
intone pro-Communist propaganda by promising them, in
return, the possibility of making contact with—or
even winning the release of—their
loved ones in Hanoi. None of the families accepted that
After the war, Weiss worked to have Vietnam admitted to
Nations; she later served as chairwoman of the
committee celebrating Vietnam’s ultimate admission
in 1977. That same year, Weiss was among the signers of an
Hanoi's human-rights record.
in the aftermath of the war, Weiss criticized the South Vietnamese refugees who chose to flee
from their Communist conquerors. On May 29, 1978, the
quoted Weiss saying:
“Every country [i.e., including Vietnam] is entitled to its people. The people are a basic
resource that belongs to the country.”
of Hampshire College in the 1970s, Weiss started a campus campaign to
companies that were conducting business in apartheid South Africa.
1978 Weiss was invited by William
left-wing minister at Riverside Church in Manhattan, to run
which, in the name of “peace,” sought to help consolidate Soviet
nuclear superiority in Europe. In this role, Weiss in 1982 helped
organize the largest pro-disarmament demonstration ever held. During
her decade-long tenure at Riverside, which was situated across the
street from the headquarters of the National
Council of Churches,
Weiss regularly received
Russian KGB agents, Sandinista friends, and Cuban intelligence
during the Cold War, Weiss attended
women's disarmament summits in the former Soviet Union. In
1983 she was a delegate to an American-Soviet disarmament conference
sponsored by IPS. Moreover, she
National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE),
which later merged with the Nuclear Freeze Campaign and eventually
(in 1993) became Peace
Action, for which Weiss acted as
an international representative.
In 1995 Weiss participated
in the United Nations Conference on Women, held in Beijing. The following year,
she was named president
Hague Appeal for Peace.
1999 Weiss was honored
by the Phelps
Stokes Fund for the Africa-related work she had done over the years, most notably as executive director of the African‐American
Students Foundation in the early Sixties.
days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Weiss lent her name to a
Statement titled “Justice
not Vengeance,” which said that a military response by
America would only “spark a cycle of escalating violence,” and
that bringing the perpetrators “to justice under the rule of
the way to end the violence.” To view a list of additional notable signatories, click here.
From 2000-2006, Weiss served
the International Peace Bureau. She also continued
her duties as president of the Hague Appeal for Peace throughout this
period, and served as a steering
committee member of the recently formed Peace
and Security Funders Group.
Addressing the UN Department on Disarmament
Affairs in 2006, Weiss rationalized
North Korea’s ongoing quest to build nuclear weapons as a
development that was “no more dangerous than” the fact that the
United States possessed such weapons.
Weiss is a strong supporter of the Center
for Constitutional Rights, to which she donated
$40,000 in 2008. Her husband, Peter, has been a vice president with that organization for many years.
In February 2008, Cora Weiss supported
Obama for U.S. President.
For additional information on Cora Weiss, click here.