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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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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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Great video of Will Hopkins, veteran and peace activist (Executive Director of New Hampshire Peace Action)

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:37
Will Hopkins went from serving in the National Guard and deployment in Iraq to becoming Executive Director of New Hampshire Peace Action.  In this short video, produced by Kevin Bowe from Story-Crafters and released on Memorial Day, Will talks about returning from Iraq and joining the peace movement.
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Grassroots Power at Work: U.S. Ends Transfer of Cluster Bombs to Saudi Arabia

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 20:51
Today, in the latest shift in U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia, the White House put a hold on the transfer of cluster munitions to the Kingdom. For decades, the U.S. has approved massive arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, and since March 2015, the U.S. has been providing military […]
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Peace Action Applauds US for Cluster Bomb Hold; Urges Signing of Cluster Bomb Convention

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 19:57
For Immediate Release:  May 27, 2016 Contact: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, Peace Action Applauds US for Cluster Bomb Hold; Urges Signing of Cluster Bomb Convention Washington, DC — May 27, 2016 — In response to report that the U.S. has put a hold on […]
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Peace Action Praises Obama’s Hiroshima Visit; Pushes for Action on Nuclear Abolition

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:06
For Immediate Release:  May 27, 2016   Contact:    Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell,   Peace Action Praises Obama’s Hiroshima Visit; Pushes for Action on Nuclear Abolition   Washington, DC — May 27, 2016 — Moments ago President Obama reflected on visiting Hiroshima Peace Park. […]
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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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