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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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Over Seventy Prominent Scholars and Activists Urge Obama to meet Hibakusha, Take Further Steps on Nuclear Disarmament

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 22:43
May 23, 2016 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC   Dear Mr. President, We were happy to learn of your plans to be the first sitting president of the United States to visit Hiroshima this week, after the G-7 economic summit in Japan. Many of us […]
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Religious Leaders Urge Obama to Make Good on His Prague Commitment

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:38
As President Obama prepares to become the first sitting President to visit Hiroshima, the site where the first atomic bomb was used in war, over fifty religious leaders have signed a letter urging him to use this trip to advance the goal he laid out in a 2009 […]
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Enough With The Cluster Bombs

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 22:46
Josh Lyman, a character in the popular political show The West Wing, once said, “I realize as an adult that not everyone shares my view of the world. And with an issue as hot as gun control, I’m prepared to accept a lot of different points of view […]
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Peace Action quoted in the Associated Press, Washington Post, NY Times and Washington Times regarding Obama visit to Hiroshima

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:34
Kudos to our Senior Director for Policy and Politics, Paul Kawika Martin, for his stellar media outreach work. The Associated Press article has a great quote by the wonderful 91 year old Hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) Sunao Tsuboi, who we had the honor of hosting at our 2002 student […]
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Peace Action Statement – Obama Must Not Go to Hiroshima Empty Handed

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:04
For Immediate Release:  May 10, 2016 Contacts: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.org Kevin Martin, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell, kmartin@peace-action.org Peace Action Says Obama Must Not Go to Hiroshima Empty Handed Washington, DC — May 10, 2016 — After the announcement that President Obama plans to […]
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Updated – President Obama going to Hiroshima later this month

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:10
UPDATED: VARIOUS MEDIA OUTLETS ARE REPORTING PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL GO TO HIROSHIMA LATER THIS MONTH DURING THE G-7 ECONOMIC SUMMIT IN JAPAN. WE’LL HAVE A STATEMENT SOON. There is not much new here in this article from Sunday’s New York Times other than the explicit mention of Nagasaki, […]
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More U.S. Troops Are Sprawling into Yemen, Syria

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 01:53
In America’s 21st-century-brand of foreign policy, the slippery slopes of war seem to be getting steeper, and no less slippery. Last Friday, avoiding specifics, the Pentagon announced that it had deployed “a small number” of troops to Yemen to help in the fight against Al Qaeda in the […]
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Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 20:49
  Ever since the founding of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the role the press plays in U.S. political life. Thomas Jefferson famously remarked that, if it were left to him “to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers […]
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Fresh Lawsuit Challenges Obama’s Authority to Wage War

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 21:40
Yesterday, Army officer Capt. Nathan Michael Smith sued President Obama over the war against the Islamic State, challenging the President’s claim that he already has the legal authority to wage war against ISIS. The lawsuit comes on the tails of the death of the third American service member […]
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27 Reps to the President: No MANPADS in Syria

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:15
The Central Intelligence Agency is considering issuing shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile systems, also known as MANPADS, to rebel forces in Syria. In response, Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) authored a bipartisan letter signed by 27 Members of Congress urging the President to continue opposing this plan. […]
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UN Votes: Don’t Bomb Hospitals

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:36
As if anyone should have needed this reminder …. Today, the United Nations Security Council voted to remind UN member states that medical facilities and personnel should never be targets of war. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Council pointedly reminded them that interfering with access to essential health […]
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Take Action – Support the Hibakusha Petition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:23
Here’s a petition I hope you will sign in a hurry.  It is a petition campaign to abolish nuclear weapons started by Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). What’s the rush?  Well, for one thing, the average age of the Hibakusha is 80.  To […]
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#NotATarget: UN to Discuss Civilian Strikes

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:41
Talk about a new normal. In this era of war throughout the world, it’s a sad trend that there seems to be an attack on a civilian target that should be inviolate on at least a weekly basis. Hospitals, weddings, and houses of worship are hit far too […]
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A Chance to Stop Yemen’s Hidden War

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 00:43
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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