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Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:54
Not so much, according to Peace Action national board member and SUNY/Albany Professor Emeritus Larry Wittner. See his article on History News Network. by Lawrence S. Wittner Dr. Lawrence Wittner ( 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?“ […]
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Largest Peace Group Supports Extending Iran Negotiations

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:05
Washington, DC — November 23, 2014 — In response to various sources citing that the P5 + 1 (the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany) and Iran will extend their negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program beyond today’s deadline until July, Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. released the […]
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Urgent Action: Tell Congress to support diplomacy with Iran

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:54
You’ll know from the past eight years that we have been writing you about Iran.  First, we were gravely concerned that Vice President Dick Cheney would sway the Bush administration to bomb Iran.  We have come a long way.  We expect this Sunday the international community including the U.S. will announce an agreement or a […]
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Alternatives to Endless War

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:50
 A Sustainable, Effective Response to ISIS   Instead of another endless war, Members of Congress should stand up in support of effective alternatives to combat the threat from ISIS. Below are possible ways for the U.S. government to take action. These are examples of the many alternatives available to move towards a political solution.   […]
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Some good (and even kinda funny!) news on nukes

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:37
While you might not have known it from the scant attention they received in the recent midterm elections, there is a lot brewing on Peace Action’s top priority issues these days. We’ll have more for you soon on a possible breakthrough deal on Iran’s nuclear program (the current deadline for a deal is in two […]
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Brief Election Post-Mortem

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:08
Among otherwise tough mid-term election results, six of the top eight candidates Peace Action endorsed and supported (along with Peace Action West, Peace Action Michigan and New Hampshire Peace Action) won yesterday. In the Senate, Jeff Merkeley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Gary Peters (MI) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) won, with Bruce Braley (IA) losing. In […]
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Next Tuesday’s elections: Trick or Treat?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:57
Dear Voter, A few days after All Hallows’ Evening, the midterm elections will occur. Tuesday, November 4th. Your actions can make the results less scary.  Please take two actions now: Vote! Contribute to Peace Candidates!  Even if you are not registered to vote, a number of states allow you to register at the ballot box.  […]
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Letter to Obama Administration on upcoming nukes conference

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:57
The following news release is part of an ongoing effort to press the Obama Administration to participate in multilateral nuclear disarmament fora. Peace Action has helped lead this push for a few years now. The first link is to the letter we signed onto. Scuttlebutt is the Administration may soon decide on whether to attend the Vienna […]
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Peace Action Conference in Boston Nov. 8 – Chomsky, Kinzer, Bennis, Fletcher, Le Blanc and you!

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:00
A Foreign Policy for All Re-Thinking U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm MIT Room 34-101, 50 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA  Confirmed Speakers Noam Chomsky, MIT Institute Professor, author,Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order Bill Fletcher, former president, Trans Africa Forum; author, They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 […]
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The legacy of WMDs in Iraq – the real ones, courtesy of Uncle Sam

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:21
Below is a letter to the editor sent to the New York Times (they didn’t publish it, happens to the best of us) prompted by an article last week on the actual weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq — no, not the nukes Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld lied to us about in order to invade […]
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Your Opinion Matters – Survey on U.S. War in Syria and Iraq

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:04
Please take a minute to complete a simple, four question survey regarding U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria.. It helps to know what you think.  We want our communications, and most especially our calls to action, to align with your interests and concerns.  That means greater participation and greater impact on decision makers. Asking […]
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Peace and Climate Justice: Inseparable

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:37
–Judith Le Blanc, Field Director The largest climate justice march in history thronged New York City September 21 and Peace Action helped to make it happen. Why? We because we believe that the only way we can save Mother Earth is by ending wars and militarism, which are the biggest obstacles to funding initiatives to address […]
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Elections Matter!

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:50
By Paul Kawika Martin As you know, midterm elections are only 5 weeks away. And one of the unique aspects about Peace Action is that we use all the tools in the social tool box to create a better world. Our comprehensive electoral work includes registering voters, educating candidates and the electorate and endorsing and […]
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War – What Is It Good For?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:56
–by Kevin Martin, Executive Director Two weeks ago the House of Representatives voted 273-156 to fund and train “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight the radical terrorist group Islamic State or ISIS. Thank you for your calls against this ill-advised scheme especially since Congress has not authorized the president’s new war in Syria and Iraq. Now, please […]
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Holding Congress Accountable for Syria Vote – Great Report from the Grassroots

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:09
Mike Keller, who is president of the Peace Action Education Fund and has been active for more than 30 years with Peace Action in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, prepared the following account of a meeting he attended this past week with U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, who serves his district in the House: “U.S. Rep. John […]
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Peace Action Statement on House Vote to Support Syrian Militias

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:30
For Immediate Release:  September 17, 2014   Contacts:               Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, Kevin Martin, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell,   Congress Shows Concern in Vote for Funding Syria Militias   Washington, DC — September 17, 2014 — In response to today’s House vote to arm and train Syria militias, Peace Action, […]
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Call Congress Today to Stop the Escalation of War in Iraq and Syria

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:39
Today is a national call in day to question the U.S. government’s ISIS strategy organized by two dozen groups including MoveOn, Veterans for Peace and Friends Committee on National Legislation (which provided the toll free number).  With Members of Congress participating in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) hearings over the next few days […]
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War Doesn’t Work

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 18:54
By Judith LeBlanc, Field Director,Peace Action The media calls the U.S. public war weary. Yes, the people are war weary after seemingly endless and pointless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Deep down most people know that endless war is not a solution. The U.S. cannot bomb an organization, ideology, religious fanaticism or sectarian strife out […]
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Constitution Schmonstitution! Let’s go ahead and have a (we won’t call it a war) on ISIS/ISIL

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:53
Quick trivia question – on what subject was Barack Obama a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School? Birthers might say “Islam” but it was in fact Constitutional Law. So he knows full well, and at times has shown he understands, that the U.S. Constitution clearly assigns the power to declare war to Congress, […]
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Peace Action Responds to President Obama’s ISIS Speech

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:35
This press release went out last night, more to come soon. Peace Action Responds to Obama’s ISIS Plan   Washington, DC — September 10, 2014 — In response to President Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. made the following […]
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