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Third Time’s the Charm? Letter to President Obama on nuclear disarmament opportunities

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:43
Readers of the Peace Blog may recall  two similar group sign-on letters to the president on nuclear disarmament matters, last year around the UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and earlier this year around the Mexico conference on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. In addition to those letters, on the former we did a petition campaign […]
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Move the Money on Tax Day

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:44
By Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director Today is Tax Day and also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS.)  On every continent, peace and disarmament, sustainable development groups will hold events. In 70 locations across the US, activities, forums and vigils will be held to raise the call to Move the […]
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Noam Chomsky – “eliminate all nuclear weapons”

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:21
Professor Chomsky is, not surprisingly, a longtime Peace Action member and has spoken at Peace Action sponsored events in New Jersey and Massachusetts. This interview is courtesy of our colleagues Reader Supported News and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Noam Chomsky: ‘Eliminate All Nuclear Weapons’ By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported News 05 April 14   […]
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Facing the Dangers of 21st Century Great Power War – Conference in NYC May 3

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 19:08
For those of you in or near NYC, or planning to be there around the NPT PrepCom, please consider attending this conference on Saturday, May 3. Peace Action is a co-sponsor, and Field Director Judith Le Blanc and PANYS Executive Director Alicia Godsberg will be among the speakers. km *** Facing the Dangers of 21st […]
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Could Scotland lead on global nuclear disarmament?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:45
Scotland lead toward abolishing nuclear weapons worldwide, you say? How’s that? Here’s a letter to the editor I sent to the New York Times (not published) in response to Roger Cohen’s March 31 op-ed “The Case for Scotland” about the likelihood of Scottish voters choosing independence from the United Kingdom in a September referendum (and […]
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Calling All Women State Legislators: You can help Move the Money!

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:43
By Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director  WAND/Will, one of Peace Action’s strategic partners in the Move the Money Campaign, has launched a drive to get women state legislators to sign onto a Congressional letter calling for cutting the Pentagon budget to fund human services. Please, take a minute and send the appeal below to your […]
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Jonathan Schell, Presente!

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:39
The peace and disarmament community has lost one of our most eloquent champions, author and activist Jonathan Schell, who died earlier this week from cancer. I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Jonathan for a few years, from 1999 to 2001 when I served as director of Project Abolition, a nuclear disarmament coalition […]
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April 15 Tax Day/GDAMS: New Materials & Organizing Tips

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:44
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 - 10:15
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 - 18:46
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 - 14:41
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 - 21:32
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 - 12:35
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 - 16:05
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 - 17:02
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 - 12:24
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 - 18:45
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 - 17:48
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 - 16:47
-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 - 12:03
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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