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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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Grassroots Campaign Has Made Cluster Bombs Unprofitable

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:34
On Tuesday, Textron — the last U.S. weapons company making cluster bombs, a deadly indiscriminate weapon that’s made headlines in the past year for killing and maiming hundreds of civilians in Yemen’s civil war — announced that it will no longer manufacture them. A spokesperson for the company […]
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Rep. Ted Lieu Leads Bipartisan Effort to Postpone Saudi Arms Deal

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:12
Today, a group of 64 House representatives sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama asking that he postpone the sale of $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia until Congress has had a chance to debate and vote on the arms deal. After 17 months of U.S. […]
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Doctors Without Borders Pulls Out of Northern Yemen Due to US-Backed Bombing Campaign

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 21:31
Yesterday, Doctors Without Borders, commonly known by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), evacuated its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen in response to the August 15 bombing by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition of an MSF facility in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate earlier this week that killed […]
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Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear Fission-Free World

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 19:36
Peace Action President Kevin Martin, American Friends Service Committee’s Joseph Gerson, Peace Action Fund of New York State board chair Sally Jones, George Martin, formerly of Peace Action Wisconsin and the national Peace Action Education Fund board and Reiner Braun of the German peace movement organized two sessions […]
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Peace Action Statement from Hiroshima—On 71st Anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Japan

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 01:06
Hiroshima, Japan — August 6, 2015 — On the 71st Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings (August 6th and 9th), Paul Kawika Martin, the senior director for policy and political affairs for the United State’s largest peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement from the official Hiroshima […]
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We Refuse To Be Targets

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 16:28
Paul Olson of Nebraskans for Peace deserves most of the credit for this article. We hope to spread the “we refuse to be targets” theme widely. Published on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 by Common Dreams We Refuse To Be Targets in This Nuclear World by Paul A. Olson, […]
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More Syrian Civilians Killed by U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Unauthorized War

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 13:11
At least 28 civilians, including 7 children, were killed in US-led airstrikes on Thursday in the Syrian town of al-Ghandour, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This terrible news follows last week’s reports of at least 77 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in the same general […]
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Newfound Party Line Embarrasses Dems Who Signed Pro-Nuclear “Modernization” Letter

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 18:44
Update: Tim Kaine is now officially Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Earlier this month, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) spearheaded a letter signed by 13 other senators – including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton’s likely pick for Vice President – voicing their support for President Obama’s plan to upgrade […]
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The Democratic Party Platform Has No Plans for Peace

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 16:23
Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party Platform Committee met in Orlando, Florida to discuss and vote on amendments to a draft of the 2016 party platform. After two weeks of what must have been an incredibly laborious process of crossing t’s and dotting i’s – or perhaps two […]
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The Trump Theory on War

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 19:39
“This is the Trump theory on war,” he said referring to himself in third person. “But I’m good at war. I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I’m really good at war. I love war in a certain way. But only when we win,” (emphasis added). […]
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U.S.-led Coalition Airstrikes Claim At Least 77 Civilian Lives

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:22
“There’s no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” – Howard Zinn On Monday, at least 21 civilians were killed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in and around Manbij, Syria. On Tuesday, U.S.-led airstrikes killed at least 56 civilians including 11 children north of Manbij. […]
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10 Senators Call on Obama to Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:32
Led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), two of the Senate’s strongest proponents of nuclear nonproliferation, 10 Senators sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to take significant strides in his final months in office to cut nuclear weapons spending and reduce the risk […]
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Cleveland Peace Action at the RNC!

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 16:49
This should be no surprise, but Cleveland Peace Action has been in the leadership of various events in Cleveland protesting the Republican/Trump agenda. Cleveland Peace Action leaders Rosemary Palmer and Paul Schroeder were featured in a New York Times article last week, and a truthout article gives a […]
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Peace Action Statement On Police Violence

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 20:32
Update: This statement was written before Thursday night’s events in Dallas. Media outlets are reporting that 10 police officers and one protester were shot by snipers at a protest against police violence. Five officers have died from their injuries so far. In the piece below we encourage everyone […]
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Largest Peace Organization Endorses Feingold for Senate

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 16:18
Washington, DC — July 5, 2016 — Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. “Peace Action has long taken a stand against the kind of rhetoric that drives fear, anger, and violence in our communities. I look forward to working […]
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51 Diplomats, Two Think Tanks, and the Future of Syria

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:43
Last week, the New York Times published a leaked draft of an internal State Department memo signed by 51 U.S. diplomats (an unprecedented number) calling on President Obama to expand the U.S. military’s role in Syria. Without getting into too many specifics, it calls for launching “targeted military […]
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Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:29
Yesterday, the United Nations released a report saying that more than half of Yemen’s population is now food insecure. Out of Yemen’s 22 governorates, 19 are facing “severe food insecurity,” and as long as the conflict continues, there’s little hope that access to food will improve. The Integrated […]
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Urgent – Call Congress Today!

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 09:52
Congress continues to work feverishly on the budget appropriations process. Your efforts led to at least one victory last week; the Senate blocked Sen. McCain (R-AZ) from adding another $18 billion to the already bloated Pentagon budget. Over the next several days and into next week, Congress will […]
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Saudi Arabia Blackmailed the UN For Removal From Children’s Rights Report

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 13:09
Last week, we reported that the UN added a U.S.-backed Saudi-led military coalition to a list of children’s rights violators in its annual report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) in response to a disturbing number of child casualties caused by the coalition in Yemen’s often forgotten war. […]
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UN Adds Saudi Coalition to ‘Blacklist’ of Children’s Rights Violators

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 17:11
Yesterday, the UN released its annual report on children and armed conflict, in which it added a coalition of Gulf nations – led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States – to a UN blacklist of states and armed groups that violate the human rights of […]
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