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April 15 Tax Day/GDAMS: New Materials & Organizing Tips

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:44
By Judith Le Blanc, Field Director, Peace Action April 15 Tax Day and the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is shaping up to be a great day of grassroots activity, education and pressure on the US Congress to Move the Money from the Pentagon to fund human needs and jobs. A day when […]
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Peace Action in the NY Times

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:15
By Kevin Martin, Executive Director Peace Action If you read the New York Times, you might have seen this last Sunday: “National security and most pressing global issues, such as the climate crisis or cyber attacks or civil conflicts, cannot be solved through military action, or through the action of one country alone. Multilateral action […]
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Congress: Crush the Slush Fund

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 17:46
By Judith LeBlanc, Field Director,Peace Action The Pentagon is ready to use a “slush fund” to do an end run on budget cuts. They will take some of the money for wars called the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. And it is not the first time. This year Congress agreed to the use of the OCO to […]
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Field Director Judith Le Blanc in the NYT on Pentagon spending

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:41
Peace Action’s Field Director Judith Le Blanc had a letter to the editor on Pentagon spending published in yesterday’s New York Times. It was part of a “Sunday Dialogue” on the issue, including our colleagues Bill Hartung and Bob Naiman as well. Kudos to all three! Photo CreditAndrew Holder Continue reading the main story   […]
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Report on Nuclear Abolition International Meetings in Mexico

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:32
Conference Reports:  Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons & International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)  in Nayarit, Mexico  By Alicia Godsberg, Executive Director, Peace Action NYS  From 11-12 February the government of Mexico hosted the 2nd Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit. The first such conference was held in Oslo, Norway […]
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President’s Budget: Social Media Action Today

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:35
Rethink Media has prepared fabulous sample tweets and posts for Facebook for social media response to today’s announcement of the President’s budget. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the wasteful spending in the Pentagon budget.   Sample Tweets on Budget Release: When we’re winding down two wars, why does the #DoDBudget remain sky-high? The […]
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Join us March 5: Creative Tactics for Tax Day Organizers

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 15:05
April 15, 2014 Tax Day: Global Day of Action on Military Spending Move the Money! April 15 is Tax Day, a day to reflect on how Congress spends our tax dollars. We are also reminded that not all are paying their fair share. As economic inequality grows, we need a Congress who makes the hard […]
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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:02
Here’s an easy quiz for you. According to an article in the Washington Post over the weekend , the Obama Administration is considering four options regarding leaving U.S.  troops in Afghanistan after the end of this year. What do you think the number should be? A.      10,000 (favored by U.S. military commanders, unsurprisingly) B.      A […]
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April 15 Tax Day: Global Day of Action on Military Spending!

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:24
By Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director The International Peace Bureau’s Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is April 15, US Tax Day. Peace Action is convening a cross section of peace and community, faith-based national groups who are supporting local actions across the country on Tax Day. Tax Day will be […]
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Thanks to you, Congress spoke for diplomacy

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 17:45
Last week, because of your continued pressure, 105 Representatives signed a letter to President Obama to support his administration’s efforts to work with the world community and seek a diplomatic solution with Iran over their nuclear program. While some in Congress seem to want to derail diplomacy by enacting more sanctions even though the U.S. […]
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Update: U.S. Skips Mexico conference on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:48
Disappointing, as there evidently was consideration within the Administration about going to the Mexico conference, but not all that surprising they are skipping it. We aren’t though, Alicia Godsberg, e.d. of Peace Action of NY State, is there and we look forward to her reports. The Hill, February 13, 2014, 02:08 pm Obama knocked […]
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Will the U.S. Skip Another International Conference on Nuclear Weapons?

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 15:47
-Kevin Martin, Executive Director When professed nuclear dove Barack Obama was elected president, hopes were high in this country and globally for serious progress toward global nuclear disarmament. However, other than the modest New START  arms reduction treaty with Russia, there is little to show so far for his five years in office. The Comprehensive […]
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Letter from 32 peace organizations to the president urging U.S. participation in Mexico conference on nuclear weapons

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:03
This letter is a follow-up to one we sent the president last year, as well as a petition campaign that garnered over 25,000 signatures, urging U.S. participation in multilateral nuclear disarmament fora. Next week, governmental and non-governmental reps will convene in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for the second conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons […]
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U.S. Out of Okinawa! Peace Action’s Solidarity Message in the Ryukyu Shimpo

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:19
Below is the front page of today’s Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper (newspapers are still very important in Japan), with this message from our Executive Director, Kevin Martin: I had the extraordinary pleasure of visiting Okinawa almost a decade ago as a guest of the Japanese peace group Gensuikin, and I found it to be one of […]
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Move America off a permanent war footing? Sounds great! Start with nukes!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:59
In last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared, “America must move off a permanent war footing.” Peace Action couldn’t agree more, but that permanent war footing is a many- headed hydra that won’t be transformed into a dove quickly or easily. So let’s get started right now! The president is to […]
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Peace Action/Peace Action Education Fund 2013 Accomplishments

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:03
Peace Action/Peace Action Education Fund 2013 Program, Policy, Political and Organizing Accomplishments -Stopped a U.S. attack on Syria! Peace Action played a key leadership role in convening an ad hoc coalition to activate groups on Syria starting in June, which was then quickly mobilized in late August/early September, along with our grassroots affiliate/chapter network, to […]
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Open Fire and Open Markets: The Asia-Pacific Pivot and Trans-Pacific Partnership

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:02
Excellent, concise analysis of the link between the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the U.S. military’s Asia-Pacific Pivot, published by our colleagues at Foreign Policy in Focus. The author is the always right-on Christine Ahn, who in addition to her attributions listed below is a Peace Action Advisory Board member. Thomas Friedman once said the hidden hand […]
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The Endless Arms Race

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:49
This article was published yesterday by History News Network. The author, Larry Wittner, is a national Peace Action board member and distinguished author, emeritus professor and activist.   by Lawrence S. Wittner   Lawrence S. Wittner ( is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization, What’s Going […]
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Urgent Action: Tell the House, “No New Iran Sanctions, Support Diplomacy”

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 15:42
Last week, we asked you to contact the Senate to oppose new economic sanctions on Iran, which could scuttle the promising nuclear deal and lead to the unthinkable, another Middle East war. The good news is the bill, S. 1881 sponsored by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), is not moving forward to […]
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When Will They Ever Learn?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 14:17
Peace Action board member, professor, activist and author Larry Wittner’s article published yesterday on CounterPunch  JANUARY 08, 2014 When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War by LAWRENCE WITTNER When it comes to war, the American public is remarkably fickle. The responses of Americans to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars provide […]
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