The Sean MacBride Peace Prize is an annual award given to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding work for peace, disarmament or human rights. The 2017 Recipients have been All Okinawa Coalition to Prevent Construction of a New Base in Henoko, Noam Chomsky and Jeremy Corbyn. The award ceremony for Noam Chomsky will be in New York on May 12, 2018, at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, including an opening from Lisa Clark and Reiner Braun, a presentation by Joseph Gerson and a laudatio from Irene Gendzier.
The Sean MacBride Peace Prize 2018 has been awarded to Noam Chomsky for his tireless commitment to peace, his many contributions, courageous insistence and modeling of the responsibility and integrity of intellectuals, his strong critiques to U.S. foreign policy, and his anti-imperialism. Professor Chomsky has been properly described as “a genuine people’s hero, an inspiration for struggles all over the world for that basic decency known as freedom”, as “one of the greatest and most radical public thinkers of our time”, “one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions”, and as a ‘guru’ for the world’s anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement. In recent years, in addition to his continuing contributions to the fields of linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science, his critiques have focused on the U.S. post-9-11 “War on Terror” which has provided cover for a continuation of U.S. imperial policies, and the imperative of addressing the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and climate change.