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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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The Trump Administration’s Penchant for Escalation in Syria Must Be Challenged

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:22
This article was originally published on CommonDreams.org. From launching a volley of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base, to repeatedly bombing pro-Syrian government forces, to shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet this past weekend, the Trump administration’s proclivity for escalation has led to a new chapter […]
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47 Senators Defy Trump and the Arms Industry on Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:16
Washington, D.C. — June 13, 2017 — On Tuesday June 13, in a rare vote on legislation to block an arms sale, the Senate voted 53-47 against blocking a $510 million sale of precision guided munitions and related military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vote […]
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Let’s End U.S. Complicity in Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:14
This piece was originally published in the East Bay Times. By The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and Jon Rainwater If you were to make a list of the countries least deserving of the largest arms deal in American history, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with its appalling human-rights […]
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With Over 120,000 Petition Signatures, the People’s Budget Earns Its Name

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:25
Washington, D.C. — June 7, 2017 — At a June 7 press conference entitled, “The People Support the People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance,” representatives of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and a host of grassroots advocacy and social justice organizations announced the delivery of over 120,000 […]
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Join Call Tonight: Urgent Yemen Briefing & Action Steps: Stop the Saudi Arms Sales

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:58
Please join this important conference call to help prevent a further humanitarian disaster and mass famine from happening in Yemen and stop the U.S. from selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Urgent Yemen Briefing and Action Steps: Stop the Saudi Arabia Arms Sales Tonight, Monday, June 5th from 5:00 […]
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Statement: The SANE Act Would Save Taxpayers $100 Billion in Wasteful Nuclear Weapons Spending

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:16
Washington, D.C. — May 25, 2017 — In response to the Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) reintroducing the SANE Act, legislation to cut $100 billion of wasteful nuclear weapons expenditures over the next ten years, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political […]
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Legislation Would Limit Trump’s Nuclear Option

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:56
This article was originally published by the Baltimore Sun by Michael Keller, co-chair of the board of directors of Peace Action Education Fund. You can read the article in its entirety on the Baltimore Sun’s website. Since President Trump took office, military posturing and bellicosity between the United States […]
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Right Words from Trump in Saudi Arabia Could Save Millions in Yemen

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:17
Washington, D.C. — May 19, 2017 — From Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st, President Trump will be in Saudi Arabia to participate in bilateral talks with the Saudi government, multilateral talks with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, and the “Arab, Islamic, and American Conference.” Saudi Arabia’s […]
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U.S. Airstrikes Are Initiating Dangerous, New Phase of Syria War

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:12
Washington, D.C. — May 18, 2017 — Today, U.S. aircraft launched airstrikes against pro-Assad forces, a step that amounts to a significant increase in U.S. military involvement in Syria. The strike took place near Syria’s southern border with Jordan and Iraq against a convoy made up of pro-Assad […]
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Statement: 5,000 More Lives on the Line Won’t Equal a Win in Afghanistan

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:47
Washington, D.C. — May 9, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump is considering sending an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who spent time in Afghanistan in 2010, released the following statement: […]
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Statement: Nearly Half a Million People Ask Congress to Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 20:47
Washington, D.C. — May 3, 2017 — In response to the delivery of nearly half a million petition signatures to Congress in support of the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, S. 200 introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and H.R. 669 introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu […]
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Press Release: Getting America’s Spending Priorities Straight

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:29
Washington, D.C. — April 18, 2017 — On Tax Day, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs for Peace Action, released the following statement: “While Americans file their taxes today, they should know that more than half of the government’s discretionary spending goes to the bloated […]
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Press Statement: A Preemptive Strike on North Korea Would Have Dire Consequences

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:01
Washington, D.C. — April 13, 2017 — Going beyond Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement last month that preemptive military action against North Korea was “on the table,” senior intelligence officials are now saying that the administration is prepared to launch a preemptive military strike against North Korea […]
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CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Condemn Donald Trump’s Reckless Act of War in Syria

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:31
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2017 CONTACT: Stephen Miles | stephen@winwithoutwar.org Brian Stewart | press@moveon.org Josh Nelson | jnelson@credoaction.com Paul Kawika Martin | pmartin@peace-action.org CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Condemn Donald Trump’s Reckless Act of War in Syria “Yesterday, Donald Trump unilaterally and recklessly launched […]
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Conservative Forces in Washington Are Trying to Eliminate the Iran Deal

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 19:31
This piece was originally published in ThinkProgress. There seems to be a concerted effort in Washington, D.C. to undermine the successful Iran nuclear agreement. Last month, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran, primarily in response to its […]
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Press Statement: The U.S. Shouldn’t Bomb Syria

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:48
Washington, D.C. — April 6, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump is considering a military response to the chemical weapons attack in northern Syria allegedly perpetrated by Syrian government forces, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs for Peace Action, released the […]
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Peace Action joins dozens of groups in opposing US involvement in Yemen military offensive

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 14:35
Peace Action joined with dozens of other advocacy, civil society, peace, and faith groups to send a letter to President Trump today expressing our grave concern over the proposed Hudaydah offensive in Yemen. The White House is expected to sign off this week on the Pentagon’s request to […]
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As Trump Relaxes Rules of Engagement, Civilian Deaths Are on the Rise

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 17:44
Earlier this month, a U.S. coalition airstrike destroyed the better part of a residential city block in Mosul, Iraq, killing as many as 200 civilians, maybe more. But that was just one of the latest in a series of consequences of the Trump administration’s escalations of military force […]
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CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Pledge to Resist any Trump Administration Effort to Propel the United States Into a War of Choice

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:32
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2017 CONTACT:Brian Stewart | press@moveon.orgJosh Nelson | jnelson@credoaction.com Over the last weeks, major news outlets have reported increased civilian casualties resulting from U.S.-led bombings in Syria and Iraq.  Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 42 people […]
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14 Years After Invasion, Iraq War’s Lessons Still Unlearned

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 15:06
This article was originally published in the Huffington Post. Today, exactly 14 years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the ripple effects of that fateful decision are still being felt. The invasion is widely spoken of in damning tones as one of the most catastrophic foreign policy decisions […]
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