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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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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, pmartin@peace-action.org 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, pmartin@peace-action.org   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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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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