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Peace Action, the largest grassroots peace orgnization in the U.S., was founded in 1957. Groundswell exists to inform, engage and mobilize.
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A Chance to Stop Yemen’s Hidden War

5 hours 56 min ago
Yemen is our hidden war. For over a year, the U.S. has been supporting a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen’s civil war, a war that has so far claimed the lives of at least 3,200 civilians. In January, we wrote about the U.S. role in this war, and […]
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Alert: Tell the President to go to Hiroshima, but with a purpose!

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:02
There is still time before he leaves office for President Barack Obama  to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons, as he advocated in his Prague speech in 2009. Working with our Japanese colleagues, Peace Action has called on the president to go to Hiroshima, but not just for […]
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Radio interview on President Obama’s possible visit to Hiroshima

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 05:32
Executive Director Kevin Martin was on KFPA Pacifica radio, Berkeley, California and beyond, on Saturday discussing the president’s possible (now perhaps likely) visit to Hiroshima next month. The interview begins at about 4:10 into the April 23 news broadcast (scroll down to “The KPFA Evening News April 23”) […]
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Op-Ed in The Daily Reflector, Greenville NC – President Obama should visit Hiroshima, but not empty-handed

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:23
Kevin Martin More Stories President Obama should visit Hiroshima, but not empty-handed N.C. tax swap fails to promote thriving communities Advertisement Saturday, April 23, 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Hiroshima’s ground zero, where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb nearly 71 years ago, […]
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Peace Action Endorses U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards for U.S. Senate (MD)

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:39
Largest Peace Organization Endorses Edwards for Maryland Senate Silver Spring, MD — April 21, 2014 — On the heels of what could be a close primary election this coming Tuesday, April 26, Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, endorsed Representative Donna Edwards (MD 4) for U.S. Senate […]
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A New Map for Relationships: Chapters 5 & 6

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:22
This is a guest post from Martin Hellman that was originally published on his Defusing the Nuclear Threat blog. For reasons explained in my March 1 blog post, I’m posting draft chapters of my forthcoming book with my wife Dorothie: A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and […]
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A trillion dollars for new nuclear weapons?

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:24
New Hampshire Peace Action Executive Director Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert of New Hampshire’s American Friends Service Committee office had a terrific op-ed in the Manchester (NH) Union Leader on Monday. By Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert As U.S.-Soviet relations heated to the boiling point during the 1962 […]
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Kerry, Obama and Hiroshima – Please take action!

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:40
Recently we sent you a request to contact President Barack Obama on further initiatives to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons, as he advocated in his Prague speech in 2009, and again less than two weeks ago in a Washington Post op-ed. Today, we have an even more […]
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Bernie needs your support for his pro-peace agenda

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12
As the presidential campaign continues to astound, disgust and inspire, in varying degrees with different candidates, debates and events, Peace Action has moved into its next phase of support for the Bernie Sanders campaign in the Democratic presidential primaries. You may recall the national Peace Action board of […]
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Tell President Obama, Don’t Stop Now.

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 14:22
Last Thursday, the Washington Post ran an op-ed from President Obama: How we can make our vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality. The President is hosting a Nuclear Security Summit and is using the occasion to reflect on what little has actually been done since […]
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Love Can Conquer Suffering: Seeking Joy, Wisdom and Effectiveness from Gandhi and King

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:49
Peace Action Executive Director gave this talk yesterday at an event at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Binghamton, NY. The event kicked off a 3 1/2 year series on Gandhi’s legacy, which will culminate in 2019, his 150th birthday. Broome County Peace Action is to be commended for […]
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No Nukes or New Nukes?

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 08:09
Peace Action national board member (and pre-eminent historian on the global nuclear disarmament movement) Larry Wittner on History News Network. The Trillion Dollar Question the Media Have Neglected to Ask Presidential Candidates News at Home tags: nuclear weapons, election 2016, US nuclear arsenal by Lawrence S. Wittner Dr. […]
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Help Honor A Long-Distance Runner for Peace!

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:38
Today marks Peace Action Development Director Peter Deccy’s 33rd anniversary as a Sane/Sane/Freeze/Peace Action employee, a truly remarkable milestone. 33 years ago Peter and his good friend, the late Kevin O’Connell, started the Sane canvass, which recruited hundreds of thousands of supporters as well as launching the activist careers of hundreds of peace and justice […]
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What I Saw Campaigning for Bernie in Las Vegas

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 17:04
Originally posted on Peace Action West - Groundswell Blog:
Two weeks ago – hours after Peace Action endorsed Bernie Sanders for President – I was asked if I had any interest in going to Nevada to join the campaign for a week, from Sunday through the Saturday caucus. My answer sounded something like, “Um… Yeaahhh.…
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Bernie Sanders on peace issues

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:56
This article by national Peace Action board member Larry Wittner was originally published by History News Network at http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161986 Bernie Sanders:  The 2016 Peace Candidate   By Lawrence S. Wittner   [Dr. Lawrence Wittner (www.lawrenceswittner) is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany.  His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization and rebellion, What’s Going […]
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Hillary to voters: “I got this.” Voters and Bernie to Hillary: “Not so fast.”

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 05:48
  –Kevin Martin, Executive Director Somehow I had avoided watching more than a few minutes of any of the presidential debates of either party prior to last night (presumably I’ll live longer for it), but I tuned in to the chatfest from Milwaukee somewhat dutifully. My main interests were how would Bernie Sanders come across […]
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Largest Peace Group Endorses Sanders

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:20
  Washington, DC — February 10, 2016 — For the first time in nearly 25 years, Peace Action PAC, the political action committee of Peace Action (the largest peace group in the U.S.) has endorsed a candidate for President:  Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for the Democratic primary. “Peace Action PAC is proud to endorse Senator […]
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Top 5 Reasons Peace Action PAC is Endorsing Bernie Sanders for President

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:04
supporters By Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action & Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action West After 15 years of war, the next president of the United States will inherit daunting foreign policy challenges. Sadly, many of those challenges were fueled by an “act first, think later” U.S. military policy in places like Iraq and […]
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25th Anniversary of the first U.S. vs. Iraq War

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:02
Last weekend marked 25 years since the first U.S. vs. Iraq War, often called the Persian Gulf War. Executive Director Kevin Martin, along with our colleague Jennifer Bing of the American Friends Service Committee, wrote an op-ed published on AlterNet and did a radio interview yesterday on WBEZ Chicago public radio,
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“Those of us who love peace…

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 14:13
…must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” MLK, Jr.
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