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Peace Action, the largest grassroots peace organization in the U.S., was founded in 1957. Groundswell exists to inform, engage and mobilize. Formerly, the Peace Blog.
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No End in Sight in America’s Longest War

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:12
Washington, D.C. — August 21, 2017 — In response to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will “fight to win” in Afghanistan, alongside reports that Trump has authorized an increase of 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “After months of deliberation or procrastination […]
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Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:40
This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Last week tens of thousands of people gathered to demonstrate for human rights and against harmful U.S. government policies. At a huge racetrack, they held thousands of identical signs that carried a simple message “NO.” Was this in Boston? Atlanta? […]
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Don’t Let Congress Amend the First Amendment

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:49
This article was originally published in the Hill. To read it in its entirety, click here. As the president continues hacking away at a load-bearing pillar of the First Amendment, the freedom of the press, Congress is revving the chainsaw for another vital pillar; the right to free […]
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Action Alert: Fighting white supremacy

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:07
On Saturday, the egregious display of racism and bigotry in Charlottesville served as a reminder: we have a long way to go to end the ugly history of white supremacy in the U.S. As we reflect on and grieve the violence we must also ask a key question: […]
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62 Reps Ask Tillerson to Encourage Restraint, Pursue Talks with North Korea

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:10
Today, 62 House representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to do what he can to rein in President Trump’s recklessness on North Korea. The effort was spearheaded by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). In the letter, the signers offer their support for Tillerson’s […]
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‘Fire and Fury’ Is Not a Strategy, We Need Diplomacy with North Korea

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:48
Washington, D.C. — August 8, 2017 — In response to reports that North Korea may have achieved the capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons and mount them on its missiles, and in response to President Trump’s belligerent threat that more aggression from North Korea will be met with “fire […]
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72 Years After Hiroshima Bombing, Nuclear Threat Still Looms Large

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 14:29
Washington, D.C. — August 4, 2017 — On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb ever used in war on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 80,000 people instantly. On August 9, the U.S. dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000 […]
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Congress Votes Again for Unconstitutional Wars and Pentagon Pork

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

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

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”?

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

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

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:57
This article was originally published on 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

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:22
This article was originally published on 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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