Ben Leiter

A Writer, Student of Black Political Thought and Agent of Anti-Racist Change 

Stories of Key Peace & Justice Work

Ben was born in 1984, and for the first few years of his life, he grew up at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland, where On Earth Peace was long headquartered as well as many other service projects of the Church of the Brethren.

He studied peace studies and Spanish at Manchester College, and found On Earth Peace to be a constant source of anti-war education and organizing on campus. After graduating from Manchester, Ben joined the On Earth Peace board of directors and became committed to anti-racist and anti-oppressive institutional change, particularly within historically white majority peace and justice organizations. He learned that oppression not only takes the form of overt, physical violence but can also be the result of embedded and unquestioned norms, habits and symbols that exclude people from full participation and belonging and diminish their--and thus everyone’s full humanity. Currently, his focus at On Earth Peace is as a member of the Anti-Racism Transformation Team. This team is tasked with leading the organization toward becoming a fully multi-cultural, multi-racial anti-racist institution. As a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Ben pursues this commitment to an anti-racist world through a dissertation about the importance of anti-racist transformations among white people as a basis for institutional transformations. 

In addition to his work at On Earth Peace, he has also worked with the Latin America Working Group.

Read Ben's stories at the key organizations he has been a part of:

Latin America Working Group On Earth Peace

For additional information about Ben's work, read about how On Earth Peace has impacted his work.

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Latin America Working Group

The Latin America Working Group seeks to ensure that U.S. policies advance human rights, peace, and social, environmental, and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. They work with coalition partners and allied organizations to educate policymakers and the public and to mobilize a broad, diverse, and powerful grassroots base that can influence U.S. policymakers to achieve change. From 2010 to 2012, Ben worked as a program associate on Mexico, working on migrant rights and border issues. 

Follow Latin America Working Group's progress and work:

Latin America Working Group's Website

Latin America Working Group's Facebook

Latin America Working Group's Twitter

Latin America Working Group's Instagram

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On Earth Peace

On Earth Peace focuses on supporting people who are working for justice and peace, helping them to develop as leaders in their communities. Ben is currently a member of the On Earth Peace Anti-Racism Transformation Team. From 2008-2013 he served on the On Earth Peace board of directors and helped to institutionalize an anti-racism and anti-oppression commitment within the organization. 

Follow On Earth Peace's progress and work:

On Earth Peace's Website

On Earth Peace's Facebook

On Earth Peace's Twitter

On Earth Peace's Instagram

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On Earth Peace's Impact on Ben

OEP has impacted me differently at the various stages of my life. First, as a background source of peace education growing up at and around the Brethren Service Center. Then, during my college years, as an organizing hub against the Iraq War and a bold voice for peace and justice within the Church of the Brethren. And most recently as space of anti-racist and anti-oppressive learning, leadership and institutional transformation.” 
-- Ben Leiter

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Here is one of Ben's favorite stickers from our "JustPeace Outfitters" online store, which speaks to his long-time involvement in the quest for racial justice.

Anyone who makes a donation to OEP through this "JustPeace Leaders" campaign will receive a free sticker of your choice from our growing gallery of peace and justice stickers in the JPO online store.

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