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25th Anniversary of the first U.S. vs. Iraq War

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:02
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 - 13:13
…must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” MLK, Jr.
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Peace Action Applauds Iran Agreement Success; Urges Similar Diplomatic Efforts with Syria and North Korea

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:53
Peace Action Applauds Iran Agreement Success; Urges Similar Diplomatic Efforts with Syria and North Korea Washington, DC — January 16, 2016 — In response to today’s announcement that all parties (The United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany — the P5 + 1), including Iran, have implemented their responsibilities under the agreement […]
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Friday Reading Recommendations

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:28
A few succinct, powerful articles for you from friends of Peace Action: Code Pink founder and Peace Action Advisory Board member Medea Benjamin on 10 good things about 2015 Korea Peace Network co-founder and Peace Action Advisory Board member Christine Ahn on bringing peace and reconciliation to Korea in the wake of the North Korean […]
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Action Alert: The Other Existential Threat

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:01
It appears President Obama forgot something.  In his State of the Union message last night he touched on the need to confront one of the great existential dangers of our time – climate change – but failed to even mention the other – the ever present threat of nuclear annihilation. Considering his past writings and […]
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Statement on North Korea’s nuclear weapons test

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:56
From Christine Ahn, Peace Action Advisory Board member and a lead organizer of last year’s women’s peace delegation to North and South Korea: “It’s a very very unfortunate turn of events that North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, but an even greater reason for the United States to end its futile policy of “strategic patience” […]
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Tens of thousands of U.S. casualties from our country’s nuclear weapons program

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 16:46
National Peace Action board member Larry Wittner has a new column on History News Network commenting on the staggering death toll, of tens of thousands of people in this country, from U.S. nuclear weapons production and testing. Please read, re-post, share and circulate this article, with a link to a recent video and article by McClatchy […]
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Join the Thunderclap for Peace and Planet

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 15:28
Peace Action is encouraging its online activist network to join in on a Thunderclap, Disarm For Our Planet, calling for a reallocation of 10% in world military expenditures and directing the money towards efforts to counter the serious threat of rapidly accelerating climate change The call was issued by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) of […]
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Is ISIL ‘Banking’ On Inaction?

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 15:27
Over a year ago, just as the US bombing campaign on the so-called Islamic State was beginning, Peace Action issued a call for measures we believed then, and still believe, are more effective than endless war.  These alternatives included: Tighten loopholes in existing sanctions to help cut off ISIL’s funding streams: Cut off U.S. government […]
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Budget Brinksmanship is Back

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 15:27
Government funding runs out tomorrow and the Republican leadership is holding the budget hostage to try to pass poison pill riders on issues from blocking Syrian refugees to stopping the president’s climate change initiatives. Please ask Congress to pass a clean appropriations bill with no destructive policy riders. This brinkmanship is a symptom of wider […]
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Making Connections

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 15:27
It’s been a tough year for our planet.  As it draws to a close, let me make my case for your continued financial support. Peace Actions’s community-based, frontline organizers provide issue briefings to congressional candidates and meet often with elected representatives and their staff. They also meet with local editorial boards to educate opinion leaders […]
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Tell Congress: No Poison Pills in the Federal Budget!

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 09:23
October’s temporary budget deal narrowly averted a government shutdown and first-ever US default.  But we are not out of the woods from the disastrous “austerity” politics that have plagued Washington—and the country— since passage of the Budget Control Act (BCA) in 2011. Although the deal lifts Budget Control Act “caps” for two years by $80 […]
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Action Alert: Call the Senate in support of Syrian and Iraqi refugees

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:41
Last week, the House of not always so Representative(s) voted for the misnamed American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, aka the stiff the Syrian and Iraqi refugees bill to put more hurdles in the way of desperate people fleeing wars and carnage for which the U.S. bears much responsibility. Forty-seven Democrats joined all but […]
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Action Alert: Ask your Rep to vote against slamming the door on Syrian refugees

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:12
If we don’t mobilize quickly, in the next few days, Congress may shut the door on long-suffering Syrian refugee families. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told House Republicans yesterday that he wants a vote this week to block Syrian refugee resettlement. Can you call Congress today and ask them to vote against slamming the […]
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Budget Deal Reached, Pentagon Gives Thanks

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:40
After years of gridlock and partisan rancor, the budget impasse may finally be broken. The President won increases in ‘non-defense’ spending as part of the deal, but the Pentagon will still gobble up more than 50% of the discretionary budget.  Allowed to increase spending at this pace, the Pentagon can look forward to its first […]
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Peace Talks To End Syrian War Begin

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 17:29
Negotiations to end the ‘nonstop horror’ of the Syrian civil war have begun. Peace Action applauds the parties for finally getting to the table – better late than never – but decries the endless political machinations that caused the governments involved from doing so long ago.  These same calculations are still in play, however, and […]
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Don’t Bank On The Bomb

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 16:59
Did you know that nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not prohibited under international law?  We trace Peace Action’s efforts to delegitimize nuclear weapons to the founding of Peace Action in 1957.  The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy, as we were known at the time, has been a part of every […]
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An Iraq war veteran turned peace activist’s powerful Armistice Day message

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 17:06
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. New Hampshire Peace Action Director Will Hopkins is an Iraq war veteran, one with a powerful message we hope you will share.
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Forum on Syria Crisis this Thursday in DC

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 18:53
The Syrian Refugee Crisis & the U.S.: What is Our Responsibility? Three experts on the Syrian crisis will address the issues faced by refugees, the role of the U.S. in creating and solving this crisis, and what the U.S. can do to assist and welcome Syrian refugees. Speakers include Pam Bailey, human rights activist and […]
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Nuclear Disarmament Program in DC Sunday Nov. 8

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 13:01
All Souls Church, a Unitarian church in Northwest Washington that has long promoted peace and social justice action in the Adams Morgan/Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights community and in the world, is especially concerned with nuclear weapons abolition, and has developed strong relationships with Japanese peace groups. Next Sunday, the Church will host 27 members of Rissho Kosei-kai […]
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