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Congress Votes Again for Unconstitutional Wars and Pentagon Pork

Peace Action Blog - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:44
Washington, D.C. — July 14, 2017 — In response to the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted again to […]
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Nuclear Diplomacy Worked With Iran, It Can Work With North Korea

Peace Action Blog - Tag: iran - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 18:36
Washington, D.C. — July 13, 2017 — On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement, and in response to reports that the administration plans to recertify Iran’s full compliance with the JCPOA, Paul Kawika Martin, […]
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Nuclear Diplomacy Worked With Iran, It Can Work With North Korea

Peace Action Blog - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 18:36
Washington, D.C. — July 13, 2017 — On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement, and in response to reports that the administration plans to recertify Iran’s full compliance with the JCPOA, Paul Kawika Martin, […]
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Statement on Nuclear Ban Treaty Vote

Peace Action Blog - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:49
For Immediate Release: July 7, 2017 PEACE ACTION: U.N. Action on Nuclear Weapons Fundamentally Reframes Global Nuclear Weapons Debate Washington, D.C. — July 7, 2017 — In response to the announcement that the U.N. voted to adopt a treaty that calls for the total elimination nuclear weapons, Jon […]
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Will Congress Confront Trump Administration’s Syria War “Adhocracy”?

Peace Action Blog - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 22:19
This article was originally published in Huffington Post. For a statement that was intended to read like a bright red line, this week’s White House statement on Syria created more confusion than clarity. The statement warned the Assad government that it will “pay a heavy price” if it […]
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2001 War Authorization Repeal Is On the Table

Peace Action Blog - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:13
Washington, D.C. — June 29, 2017 — In response to the adoption of an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) to the House defense appropriations bill that would repeal the 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) 240 days after enactment, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace […]
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Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea: The Real Story

Peace Action Blog - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:57
This article was originally published on ANewMap.com. By Martin Hellman The media tells us that nuclear diplomacy with North Korea is a waste of time, as do most high officials from every recent US administration. But easily verifiable facts show otherwise. The most important data point: North Korea did […]
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The Trump Administration’s Penchant for Escalation in Syria Must Be Challenged

Peace Action Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:22
This article was originally published on CommonDreams.org. From launching a volley of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base, to repeatedly bombing pro-Syrian government forces, to shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet this past weekend, the Trump administration’s proclivity for escalation has led to a new chapter […]
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47 Senators Defy Trump and the Arms Industry on Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia

Peace Action Blog - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:16
Washington, D.C. — June 13, 2017 — On Tuesday June 13, in a rare vote on legislation to block an arms sale, the Senate voted 53-47 against blocking a $510 million sale of precision guided munitions and related military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vote […]
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Let’s End U.S. Complicity in Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis

Peace Action Blog - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:14
This piece was originally published in the East Bay Times. By The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and Jon Rainwater If you were to make a list of the countries least deserving of the largest arms deal in American history, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with its appalling human-rights […]
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With Over 120,000 Petition Signatures, the People’s Budget Earns Its Name

Peace Action Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:25
Washington, D.C. — June 7, 2017 — At a June 7 press conference entitled, “The People Support the People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance,” representatives of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and a host of grassroots advocacy and social justice organizations announced the delivery of over 120,000 […]
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Join Call Tonight: Urgent Yemen Briefing & Action Steps: Stop the Saudi Arms Sales

Peace Action Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:58
Please join this important conference call to help prevent a further humanitarian disaster and mass famine from happening in Yemen and stop the U.S. from selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Urgent Yemen Briefing and Action Steps: Stop the Saudi Arabia Arms Sales Tonight, Monday, June 5th from 5:00 […]
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Statement: The SANE Act Would Save Taxpayers $100 Billion in Wasteful Nuclear Weapons Spending

Peace Action Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:16
Washington, D.C. — May 25, 2017 — In response to the Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) reintroducing the SANE Act, legislation to cut $100 billion of wasteful nuclear weapons expenditures over the next ten years, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political […]
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Legislation Would Limit Trump’s Nuclear Option

Peace Action Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:56
This article was originally published by the Baltimore Sun by Michael Keller, co-chair of the board of directors of Peace Action Education Fund. You can read the article in its entirety on the Baltimore Sun’s website. Since President Trump took office, military posturing and bellicosity between the United States […]
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Right Words from Trump in Saudi Arabia Could Save Millions in Yemen

Peace Action Blog - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:17
Washington, D.C. — May 19, 2017 — From Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st, President Trump will be in Saudi Arabia to participate in bilateral talks with the Saudi government, multilateral talks with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, and the “Arab, Islamic, and American Conference.” Saudi Arabia’s […]
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U.S. Airstrikes Are Initiating Dangerous, New Phase of Syria War

Peace Action Blog - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:12
Washington, D.C. — May 18, 2017 — Today, U.S. aircraft launched airstrikes against pro-Assad forces, a step that amounts to a significant increase in U.S. military involvement in Syria. The strike took place near Syria’s southern border with Jordan and Iraq against a convoy made up of pro-Assad […]
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Statement: 5,000 More Lives on the Line Won’t Equal a Win in Afghanistan

Peace Action Blog - Tag: afghanistan - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:47
Washington, D.C. — May 9, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump is considering sending an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who spent time in Afghanistan in 2010, released the following statement: […]
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Statement: 5,000 More Lives on the Line Won’t Equal a Win in Afghanistan

Peace Action Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:47
Washington, D.C. — May 9, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump is considering sending an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who spent time in Afghanistan in 2010, released the following statement: […]
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Statement: Nearly Half a Million People Ask Congress to Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Peace Action Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 20:47
Washington, D.C. — May 3, 2017 — In response to the delivery of nearly half a million petition signatures to Congress in support of the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, S. 200 introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and H.R. 669 introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu […]
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Press Release: Getting America’s Spending Priorities Straight

Peace Action Blog - Tag: move-the-money - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:29
Washington, D.C. — April 18, 2017 — On Tax Day, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs for Peace Action, released the following statement: “While Americans file their taxes today, they should know that more than half of the government’s discretionary spending goes to the bloated […]
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