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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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Book Review: A New Map for Relationships

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:38
Martin and Dorothie Hellman, longtime Peace Action members, have published an incredible book, A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet, that we wholeheartedly recommend to our members and anyone interested in peace. Taking the reader through the story of their […]
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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 20:53
In an effort to both restore the checks and balances enshrined in our constitution and reduce the risk of nuclear catastrophe, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) have introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016 in their respective houses of Congress. […]
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Peace Action Praises UN CTBT Resolution; Urges Republican Senators to Ratify

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:54
Washington, DC — September 23, 2016 — Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, made the following statement in response to today’s first-ever CTBT resolution (number 2310) passed by the UN Security Council.  Their Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, Paul Kawika Martin, said: “Peace Action praises […]
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Saudi Arms Deals Under Fire: 27 Senators Defy the Arms Industry

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 19:01
Today, 27 Senators defied one of the most powerful and wealthy lobbies in Washington, the arms industry, by supporting S.J.Res.39, a resolution to block the administration’s proposed sale of $1.15 billion worth of tanks and other advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia. Since 2009, the Obama administration has approved […]
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Whose Finger? On What Button?

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:23
Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund President Kevin Martin’s op-ed in the New Haven Register (and other outlets): Through a combination of denial, lack of empathy, fear-mongering, security jargon and political dysfunction, the question of what to do about nuclear weapons, which threaten all life on Earth, […]
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Largest Peace Organization Endorses Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine’s 1st District

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 06:56
Washington, DC — September 20, 2016 — Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, endorsed Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) for the House of Representatives in Maine’s 1st district. “I am honored to be endorsed by the the largest peace organization in the nation, Peace Action.  For nearly 60 […]
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Isn’t It Time to Ban the Bomb?

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 09:37
Peace Action Board of Directors Co-chair Larry Wittner on History News Network 9-11-16 by Lawrence S. Wittner Dr. Lawrence Wittner ( is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization and rebellion, What’s Going On at UAardvark? Although the mass […]
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Legislation to Oppose Saudi Arms Deal Introduced

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 19:25
Today, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation, S.J.Res. 39, to block the administration’s proposed sale of $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia. If passed by the House and Senate and signed into law (or in the case of a […]
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Grassroots Campaign Has Made Cluster Bombs Unprofitable

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:34
On Tuesday, Textron — the last U.S. weapons company making cluster bombs, a deadly indiscriminate weapon that’s made headlines in the past year for killing and maiming hundreds of civilians in Yemen’s civil war — announced that it will no longer manufacture them. A spokesperson for the company […]
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Rep. Ted Lieu Leads Bipartisan Effort to Postpone Saudi Arms Deal

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:12
Today, a group of 64 House representatives sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama asking that he postpone the sale of $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia until Congress has had a chance to debate and vote on the arms deal. After 17 months of U.S. […]
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Doctors Without Borders Pulls Out of Northern Yemen Due to US-Backed Bombing Campaign

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 21:31
Yesterday, Doctors Without Borders, commonly known by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), evacuated its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen in response to the August 15 bombing by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition of an MSF facility in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate earlier this week that killed […]
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Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear Fission-Free World

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 19:36
Peace Action President Kevin Martin, American Friends Service Committee’s Joseph Gerson, Peace Action Fund of New York State board chair Sally Jones, George Martin, formerly of Peace Action Wisconsin and the national Peace Action Education Fund board and Reiner Braun of the German peace movement organized two sessions […]
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Peace Action Statement from Hiroshima—On 71st Anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Japan

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 01:06
Hiroshima, Japan — August 6, 2015 — On the 71st Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings (August 6th and 9th), Paul Kawika Martin, the senior director for policy and political affairs for the United State’s largest peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement from the official Hiroshima […]
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We Refuse To Be Targets

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 16:28
Paul Olson of Nebraskans for Peace deserves most of the credit for this article. We hope to spread the “we refuse to be targets” theme widely. Published on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 by Common Dreams We Refuse To Be Targets in This Nuclear World by Paul A. Olson, […]
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More Syrian Civilians Killed by U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Unauthorized War

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 13:11
At least 28 civilians, including 7 children, were killed in US-led airstrikes on Thursday in the Syrian town of al-Ghandour, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This terrible news follows last week’s reports of at least 77 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in the same general […]
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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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