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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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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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Press Statement: No Pre-emptive War on North Korea

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:38
Washington, D.C. — March 17, 2017 — In response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s reckless remarks raising the prospect of a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, released […]
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U.S. Should Extricate, Not Escalate, Afghanistan Presence

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:16
This article was originally published in the Baltimore Sun. You can read the full article there. America’s longest war isn’t getting any younger. With its 15-year anniversary five months behind us, there’s no telling when the Afghanistan war might end. But if our time there has taught us […]
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Press Statement: Trump’s Plan to Halve U.N. Funding Must Be Stopped

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:02
Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2017: In response to reports that the Trump administration plans to cut more than half of U.S. funding for the United Nations, Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace Action, the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, released the following statement: “The administration’s plan […]
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Speaking tour of Oregon and California starting next week!

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:13
International Peace Bureau Co-President Reiner Braun, a longtime leader in the German and European peace movements, and Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund President Kevin Martin will be on a speaking and organizing tour with local peace groups and activists in Oregon and California starting next Tuesday, […]
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Press Statement: Sending More U.S. Troops to Syria is Playing with Fire

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:18
Washington, D.C. — March 9, 2017: In response to reports that President Trump is sending an additional 400 U.S. troops to Syria, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement: “President Trump’s literal doubling down on the U.S. troop […]
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Trump’s Unfit Pick for Israel Ambassador

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 17:04
David Friedman, who called liberal Jews worse than Nazi collaborators, moves to full Senate vote on confirmation as Ambassador to Israel Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the nomination of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel to the full Senate for consideration. The 12-9 vote […]
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Press Statement: Trump’s Revised Order Is Still a Muslim Ban

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:45
Washington, D.C. — March 6, 2017: In response President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration, which still bans refugees and travelers from six Muslim majority countries from entering the United States pending new procedures, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, […]
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Press Release: Trump’s Horrifying Address

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 22:55
Washington, D.C. — February 28, 2017 — In response to President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement: “President Trump used his first address to Congress to double down […]
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Press Statement: More Pentagon Spending Won’t Make Us Safer

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 22:27
Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump’s budget proposal will ask for “sharp increases in Defense Department spending,” and major cuts to other departments like the EPA, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, […]
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Press Statement: Trump’s Nuclear Recklessness Strikes Again

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:17
Washington, D.C. — February 23, 2017 — In response to President Trump reiterating his opposition to the New START treaty and saying that the U.S. is “going to be at the top of the pack” in regards to our nuclear arsenal, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United […]
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Ignorance, Fear, Chaos: One Month into Trump’s Foreign Policy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:26
Unbelievably, it’s been just over a month since the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. In just four weeks, our new president has unnerved the world by turning his dangerous comments about nuclear weapons from the campaign into dangerous policies with global ramifications. He’s needlessly escalated tensions with Iran, […]
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Press Statement: The U.S. Needs More Diplomats Not Generals

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:54
Washington, D.C. — February 20, 2017 — In response to the appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to the post of national security advisor, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement: […]
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Trump and Netanyahu Aligning on Iran is a Bad Sign

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 22:00
This article was originally published in the Huffington Post. In the lead up to this week’s meeting between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, multiple reports suggested that one of Netanyahu’s main goals would be pushing Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran, a move that […]
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Flynn’s Departure is a Win for Peace

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 18:57
This article was originally published on the Progressive. In the non-stop stream of stranger-than-fiction moments that is the Trump Administration, one of the strangest moments was provided during the brief tenure of Michael Flynn. Shortly after he was named National Security Advisor, it came to light that Flynn […]
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Press Statement: Michael Flynn’s Resignation is a Win for National Security

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 02:28
Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2017 — In response to Michael Flynn’s resignation from the post of National Security Advisor, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement: “You know we’re living in strange times when a National […]
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New START Was and Is a Good Deal for America, and the World

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 19:40
Washington D.C. – February 9, 2017 – In response to reports that President Trump denounced the New START treaty as one of President Obama’s “bad deals” in a call with President Putin, Jon Rainwater, the executive director of the United States’ largest peace organization, Peace Action, released the […]
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Full Senate Vote on Rex Tillerson Expected Tomorrow

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:37
In his nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rex Tillerson won approval on a party line 11-10 vote. This, like so much about the Trump administration, is not normal. Secretary of State nominations almost always sail through with broad bipartisan support given the importance of the […]
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Peace Action Decries Refugee Ban, Opposes Plan for Syria “Safe Zones”

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 14:45
Washington, D.C. — January 27, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump will soon issue an executive order indefinitely banning refugees from Syria while blocking visitors from a number of Muslim-majority countries — likely to include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — from entering […]
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Trump’s Vision for Iraq: “To the Victor Belong the Spoils”

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 16:55
Of all the absurd statements from the campaign trail that you might have expected President Trump to walk back after taking the oath of office, the one about taking Iraq’s oil might well have topped the list. But to the contrary, the President seemingly used his first speech […]
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