Welcome to Council for a Livable World!


CLW Annual Drinan Event“I was led to conclude that the sweet voice of reason alone could not do the job, that campaign contributions could not do the job, but the combination of the sweet voice of reason and substantial campaign contributions might very well do the job.”

Leo Szilard
Founder, Council for a Livable World


For more than 50 years, Council for a Livable World has been following the vision of Leo Szilard in advocating for a more principled approach to U.S. national security and foreign policy.

And that “sweet voice of reason” is more needed than ever.

With Congress threatening the delicate balance of international relations, we must continue to push for non-military solutions to strengthen our global security.



Through our extensive lobbying efforts, we are among the most trusted and credible voices on Capitol Hill when it comes to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons, calling out wasteful spending at the Pentagon, and supporting diplomacy.

Our members can contribute to the Council for a Livable World Candidate Fund, a political action committee that raised more than $1.6 million for progressive national security candidates running in 2014.  The candidates we support are dedicated to the pursuit of a more just and peaceful world—a goal we all share.

Your membership will help to elect the next progressive foreign policy and national security leaders in Congress.

Become a member today and you will receive our quarterly newsletter with the inside scoop on how together we are influencing critical debates and votes on Capitol Hill, and special opportunities for you to join us for events and to hear from leading experts on issues you care about most.

The Council has a proud history of victories including the Chemical Weapons Convention, a moratorium of U.S. nuclear testing in 1992,  and the New START treaty with Russia in 2010.

Most recently, we have worked hard to prevent Congress from derailing diplomatic talks with Iran over their nuclear program.

Whether you join as a general Council member with a $25 donation or increase your impact by becoming a member of our Progressive Circle with a $100 donation, as an Advocate for Change with a $500 donation or our Distinguished Leadership council with a $1,000, your generous support will ensure we continue to see success during this time of incredible uncertainty.

This year, the Council is ready to take on the new challenges posed by a turbulent international security environment.  We cannot do this without you, our members, who share our vision and support our work.  Help us continue to be the “sweet voice of reason” in Washington. We can’t do it without members like you. 


Council Membership

By giving $25-$99 annually, you will help support our crucial work in Washington – lobbying for reductions in Pentagon spending, promoting diplomacy with Iran, and educating members of Congress on the dangers of building new nuclear weapons and the need to expand nuclear non-proliferation programs.  As a member, you will receive a quarterly newsletter and receive timely updates on politics and policy with opportunities to make a real difference!  Members are also able to donate to the Council for a Livable World Candidate Fund to help elect candidates who share our goals of increasing peace and security through principled national security and foreign policy.

Become a member!


Join the Progressive Circle

By giving $100-$499 annually, you will join the Council’s Progressive Circle, a key component of our supporter base. As a member of the Progressive Circle, you will receive all the benefits of the General Council Membership; special opportunities for political and policy briefings from Council experts; and an annual report of Council fundraising and development, giving you the ability to see how your contributions are being put to work.

Join the Progressive Circle!


Become an Advocate for Change

The Council’s Advocates for Change are members who give from $500-$999 per year. Advocates for Change are leaders for progressive politics in their community and stimulate debate on national security. As an Advocate for Change, you will receive all the benefits of being in the Progressive Circle plus special opportunities to meet with candidates and members of Congress at Council events.

Become an Advocate for Change!


Join the Leadership Council

By giving $1,000 or more to the Council in any given year, you will automatically join our Leadership Council. As a member of the Leadership Council, you provide Council for a Livable World the critical support it needs to ensure that the organization’s message and agenda is at the forefront of policy discussions on Capitol Hill. You help us retain experts to brief members of Congress and their staffs, and do top-notch political research to find the best and brightest congressional candidates who share our vision of a more livable world.

As a member of the Leadership Council, you will receive all the benefits of being an Advocate for Change, plus exclusive opportunities for updates and meeting with Council leadership one-on-one in Washington, D.C. or elsewhere.

Join the Leadership Council!