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Sign the Peace and Planet Nuclear Weapons Abolition Petition!

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:33
Over 2400 signatures in 24 hours!  Please add your name to the Peace and Planet petition and then pass it on to your friends! For Peace and Planet, Kevin Dear Kevin, This April, just before most of the world’s governments meet at the United Nations for the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, thousands […]
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The Brain Trust, the Love Circle and the Seed Sowers

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:41
  –Kevin Martin, Executive Director Last week I had a very enjoyable, short work trip to New York City. On Wednesday night, the indefatigable Judy Lerner (90+ years young!), who has served on the Peace Action national board for at least two decades, hosted a wonderful wine and cheese reception at her Manhattan apartment. Close […]
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For Peace and Prosperity, Support the People’s Budget

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:34
On Tuesday, the Republicans introduced a draconian budget proposal that would gut Medicare, defund the Affordable Care Act, and make deep cuts to domestic programs such as food stamps, housing, education, and the environment.   They’ve made these proposals before — but since they now control both Houses of Congress, it might really pass. Their budget […]
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Our Bill to Slash Nuke Weapons Funding

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:16
As you know, Peace Action formed over 60 years ago as The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy to abolish nuclear weapons.  We have come a long way.  The world produced over 125,000 nuclear warheads and now around 17,000 remain.  And that number continues to decline. Write Congress now to move closer to abolishing nuclear […]
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Diane Nash, George W. Bush, Selma and Our Understanding of Nonviolence

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 17:22
–Kevin Martin, Executive Director In case you missed it, civil rights heroine Diane Nash, one of the relatively few women in leadership positions in the civil rights movement in the ’50s and ’60s (she was a key aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. and a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC) boycotted […]
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Call Congress Now to Support Iran Diplomacy!

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00
The Boehner/Bibi circus is finally in town. After weeks of media hype and legitimate debate Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress is tomorrow. Simultaneously, another bad bill, by Sens. Graham and Corker, has been introduced that could block a deal. They plan to use the speech to build support for anti-deal […]
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Two Peace Movement Book Events Next Week in DC with Authors Michael Heaney and Vincent Intondi

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:50
Our good friends at Busboys and Poets are hosting two very interesting book events in Washington, DC next week, well worth your time if you are free Monday and/or Tuesday evenings. Our good friends at Busboys and Poets are hosting two very interesting book events in Washington, DC next week, well worth your time if […]
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Please Join a Dozen Organizations in Telling Congress to Reject Endless War

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:49
    The U.S. Congress is considering another “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” — a broad approval for more war. Click here to oppose any new AUMF. This is the last thing we need. These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as […]
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Peace Action’s Paul Kawika Martin on — Is there an alternative to war with ISIS?

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 17:15
By Paul Kawika Martin The world has been pouring fuel on the Middle East inferno, yet expect something other than a larger blaze. On Tuesday, President Obama submitted language to Congress for an Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS. More gas on the fire. For six months now, Congress has ignored its […]
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Take Action to Stop Endless War

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 18:39
After six months of Congress and the Administration ignoring their constitutional duty, today President Obama sent language to Capitol Hill to authorize war for the next three years (an Authorization for the Use of Military Force or AUMF) against ISIS.  During the last six months of this military strategy, many argue little progress against ISIS […]
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Largest Peace NGO Opposes Obama’s War Proposal

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 16:39
Washington, DC — February 11, 2014 — In response to President Obama this morning sending proposed language for an Authorization of use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS to Congress, Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. released the following statement by its policy and political director, Paul Kawika Martin: After six months […]
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Let’s Give Diplomacy a Chance in Ukraine

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 14:10
I don’t pretend to be an expert on Ukraine, or Ukrainian-Russian social, historical and economic ties. I do recall after the break-up of the Soviet Union there was consternation in Ukraine, a country about the size and population of France in what Ukrainians consider to be the heart of Europe (it’s not “Eastern Europe,” that’s […]
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Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:18
by Lawrence S. Wittner (Peace Action national board member) Dr. Lawrence Wittner ( is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization and rebellion, “What’s Going On at UAardvark?” A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear […]
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More Cowbell? Yeah! More Economic Sanctions on Iran? Nah!

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:09
Tone Deaf Iran Nuclear Sanctions Bill Introduced Huffington Post  by Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action West After weeks of rumors, Iran sanctions legislation has materialized in Congress. The philosophy behind the bill is reminiscent of a certain iconic Saturday Night Live sketch. As you may remember, in the sketch a stern Christopher Walken plays […]
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Peace Action Op-ed and letter to the editor on Iran in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today!

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:40
Quite a two-fer, unusual to have an op-ed and letter to the editor in the same paper on the same issue on the same day! Well done Norman and Nina! Letter to the editor: Imposing new sanctions on Iran would scuttle nuclear program negotiations To the editor: Via patient, persistent diplomacy, the Obama administration and […]
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Tell the Senate to support patient, persistent diplomacy with Iran

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:37
The U.S. and its international allies are within reach of a peaceful resolution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program look very promising, with a framework agreement likely by March and a final deal possible by a June deadline. You may have seen promising media reports in the last day […]
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Promote Peace in the Press! Tell Senate Dems to support diplomacy with Iran, not sanctions and war – Target List and Sample Letters to the Editor

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:51
Senate Republicans, aided and abetted by some (even supposedly liberal) Democrats, are dead set on passing legislation to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, which will almost surely scuttle the promising negotiations around Iran’s nuclear program. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will introduce their new sanctions bill next week in the Senate […]
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Tell Congress: No Backtracking on Iran Diplomacy

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:13
The 114th Congress convened in Washington this week, with many Members eager to express their hawkish foreign policy views, especially when it comes to Iran. We need your help to explain to Congress why diplomacy matters. Many new Members of Congress are also new to foreign policy. They don’t understand their constituents care about nuclear […]
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Celebrating the World War I Christmas Truce, 100 Years Ago This Week

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:58
  –Kevin Martin, Executive Director In this season where “Peace on Earth” is often invoked, yet not always honored, remembering and celebrating peace history couldn’t be more appropriate. The story of the astonishing outbreak of the Christmas Truce one hundred years ago this week calls out for celebrating and sharing. During the first winter of […]
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Double Your Impact!

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:23
I am pleased to report one of our most steadfast supporters has awarded Peace Action Education Fund a challenge grant of $10,000. This means every tax-deductible gift we receive up to $10,000 will be automatically matched dollar for dollar starting today. It’s an opportunity that will allow us to plan a bit bigger as we […]
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