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Gaza-Israel Peace Events in DC this week, starting tonight

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:29
There is a lot of activity happening here in the nation’s capital calling for an end to the siege of Gaza, here is a summary with links for more information. Washington Post op-ed by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN, “End the Gaza Blockade to Achieve Peace” Candlelight vigil for Gaza, tonight at 7 pm at the […]
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July 24 National Day of Action for an Immediate Ceasefire & Ending Assault on Gaza

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:14
Originally posted on Peace Action Blog:
By Judith Le Blanc, Field Director, Peace Action On Thursday, July 24, Join Peace Action and other in a national day of Congressional action for an immediate ceasefire and for an end to the Israeli military attack on Gaza. History proves that even after decades of violence on all…
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Some good news on the extension of nuclear talks with Iran

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:36
Amid the mostly awful daily news from the Middle East, one piece of good news came late last week. Iran and the “P5 +1″ (the U.S., Russia, England, France, China and Germany) agreed to continue negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program for another four months. The interim Joint Plan of Action deadline was July 20, but […]
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July 24 National Day of Action for an Immediate Ceasefire & Ending Assault on Gaza

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:21
By Judith Le Blanc, Field Director, Peace Action On Thursday, July 24, Join Peace Action and other in a national day of Congressional action for an immediate ceasefire and for an end to the Israeli military attack on Gaza. History proves that even after decades of violence on all sides, ceasefire and negotiations are the […]
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Your opposition to the Iraq War forced

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:22
Your opposition to the Iraq War forced the Bush administration to lie and dupe the American public to allow the invasion.  Our opposition ended that war earlier than the Bush administration wanted though at the cost of many American and Iraqi lives as well as trillions of tax payer dollars.  Don’t let the Obama Administration […]
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Interview on Iraq on Radio New Zealand

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:52
Our executive director Kevin Martin was interviewed about the situation in Iraq by Radio New Zealand on Saturday, give it a listen, it’s the second link on this page. Kevin’s interview follows an excellent commentary by Wayne Brittenden at about 4:50 minutes in.    
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Breaking News and Perspectives on Iraq

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:47
  President Obama just spoke on Iraq, here are some points from Win Without War, a coalition Peace Action helped found to oppose the Iraq war in 2002: Moments ago, the President finished a brief press conference in which he discussed the situation in Iraq. He announced that the US would be sending up to […]
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Urgent – Tell Congress: Cut Pentagon Pork, End War, Don’t Start a New One!

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:20
Today, the House is taking up its version of the National Department of Defense Appropriations Act.  This is one of the few chances that Congress votes on issues we care about.  Votes may start as early as this afternoon and continue through Friday afternoon. Please call (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative (or give the operator […]
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Call the White House – No Military Intervention in Iraq!

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 06:09
Last week, we generated thousands of email messages to President Obama, telling him no to U.S. military intervention in Iraq.  My thanks to all of you who took action! A decision on how the U.S. will respond to the developing crisis in Iraq is now imminent.  Please take action: Call the White House comment line at […]
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Tell President Obama “Don’t Try to Put Out the Fire in Iraq With Gasoline!”

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:13
by Kevin Martin Tell President Obama “Don’t Try to Put Out the Fire in Iraq With Gasoline!” Believe it or not, some are responding to the escalating violence in Iraq with calls for U.S. military intervention. Have they learned nothing? Please take action: Tell President Obama not to try putting out the fire with gasoline […]
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The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:31
The second edition of a terrific antidote to political despair is now available – The Impossible Will Take a Little While: perseverance and hope in troubled times, edited by author/activist and former Peace Action of Washington State President Paul Loeb. “Might possibly be the most important collection of stories and essays you will ever read.” —American […]
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Does War Have a Future? Peace Action National Board Member Larry Wittner on History News Network

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 15:22
by Lawrence S. Wittner Dr. Lawrence Wittner (http://lawrenceswittner.com) 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?“   National officials certainly assume that war has a future. According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, world military expenditures totaled […]
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America is Tired of Afghanistan War – Peace Action Op-Ed published by USA Today

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:48
Our Policy and Political Director, Paul Kawika Martin, was asked to submit this piece to USA Today, which published it yesterday. Please like, share, forward, comment on the site, write a supportive letter to the editor, etc. Paul Kawika Martin9:53 p.m. EDT May 28, 2014 Bring the troops home as soon and as safely as […]
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2014 Global Day of Action on Military Spending: Move the Money!

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:18
Fourth Annual Day of U.S. Actions  By Judith Le Blanc, Field Director, Peace Action Over 80 activities were organized, for the 2014 Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) in the U.S. GDAMS has become an annual day of U. S. action, part of the ongoing national effort to build a movement strong enough […]
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Americans Want to End Afghanistan War

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:51
Washington, DC — May 27, 2014 — Despite polling that Americans think that the Afghanistan War was a mistake and is definitely not worth fighting, the Obama administration is poised to announce its plans to leave 9,800 troops and an unknown amount of contractors in the country after the end of this year.   “Americans […]
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Join us in DC for 5/20 event on Okinawa and the struggle to evict U.S. bases

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 13:30
Several Peace Action staff and activists, including yours truly, have had the honor to travel to the breathtaking island of Okinawa. In addition to meeting beautiful people and sampling the lovely scenery, food, music and ocean (I got to go snorkeling twice among fish of countless shapes, sizes and colors above pristine coral reefs, an […]
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Might Doesn’t Make Right (or even get a country what it wants)

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:35
With his essay “What you need to tell people when they say we should use the military,” Peace Action Board Member Larry Wittner makes a very succinct and persuasive case on History News Network that military might, especially as wielded by the United States, achieves little in international relations. tags: Military Power 2  1  14     by Lawrence S. Wittner […]
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Free Climate Crisis Film Directed by Peace Action Member – NYC Premiere this Sunday

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:07
Filmmaker John Ankele, a longtime Peace Action member, makes terrific documentaries with peace, justice and environmental themes. Don’t miss this free premiere! Celebrate Mother’s Day by Honoring Mother Earth!
  Come to the NYC premiere of:  THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE
  Climate Change, Capitalism & Community  Sun., May 11, 2-4 pm  Judson Memorial Church  Free  Filmmaker John […]
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Move the Money, Crush the Slush Fund

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 14:47
Over 70 U.S. events and actions were held to mark Tax Day and the 4th Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).  As you probably know, Peace Action was the US coordinator of GDAMS events for the 2nd year running. With the 2014 elections just six months away, PAEF’s campaign to Move the Money […]
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When Good News Goes Unreported

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 14:36
Have you heard?  The deal with Iran appears to be working.  We’re almost at the half-way point of the Joint Plan of Action and Iran appears to be living up to it commitments. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports indicate that Iran is ahead of schedule in eliminating its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium.  […]
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