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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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What a difference four days make – MLK’s holiday, followed by the Trumpocalypse

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:12
-by Kevin Martin, President, Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund Election loser by nearly three million votes Donald J. Trump, his Team Oligarchy Cabinet (17 of his appointees have more wealth than 1/3 of the US population) and the forces he has unleashed pose a grave danger […]
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Nuclear Negotiations Are Not a Real Estate Deal

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:30
Washington, DC — January 17, 2017 — Today Russia rebuffed President-Elect Trump’s suggestion that he would consider lifting sanctions against Russia in exchange for a nuclear arms agreement.  Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs, with Peace Action (the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization), made […]
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MLK, “Peaceful Means,” and the Iran Deal’s First Year

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 15:22
Washington D.C. – January 16, 2017 – On the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Jon Rainwater, the executive director of the United States’ largest peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement: “One year ago today, the successful implementation of the Iran […]
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Let Exxon Keep T-Rex – We Need a Real Diplomat

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 16:09
It’s time. Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, has a hearing tentatively scheduled for next week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where the committee may vote on whether or not to send his nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote on his confirmation. You […]
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Scientists Tell Trump to Stick to the Iran Deal

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 15:29
Yesterday, 37 of some of the nation’s top scientists sent a letter to Trump urging him to stick to the commitments made by the U.S. under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The letter was spearheaded by Richard Garwin, […]
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New Years Resolution: Block These Appointments

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 14:19
We knew better than to expect a thoughtful and measured cast for the reality show that is Donald Trump’s cabinet appointment process. But for many of us, the presidential cabinet is shaping up to be worse than we could have imagined. While more or less everyone Trump has […]
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As U.S. Complicity in Yemen’s Suffering Continues, the Administration Obfuscates

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:17
After a coalition of gulf nations led by Saudi Arabia bombed a funeral in Yemen in October, killing over 140 people and injuring hundreds more, the Obama administration announced that it would conduct a review of its support to the Saudi coalition. And after months of silence, last […]
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Choosing the Path of Peace in Syria Part Four: Trump’s Assad Policy is Still Up For Grabs

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:52
This is Part Four of Peace Action’s multi-part series on U.S. Syria policy. By the time Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20th next year, the forces of the Assad government may have begun to consolidate control over western Syria’s population centers. That is certainly […]
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Coalition of 53 Organizations Oppose Flynn’s Appointment as National Security Advisor

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 15:10
Today a coalition of 53 organizations took a stand against the bigotry and anti-Islam ideology being promoted by key appointees to the incoming Trump administration. It’s important that we all take a stand. Please call your representatives and ask that they oppose the appointments of Mike Flynn and […]
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Choosing the Path of Peace in Syria Part Three: The Perils of Another American Quagmire

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 17:02
This is Part Three of Peace Action’s multi-part series on U.S. Syria policy. While many Americans are still reeling from an unexpected end to a treacherous election season, the civil war in Syria rages on, as does the need for a robust discussion on the U.S. approach to […]
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Peace Action Tales from the Campaign Trail

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:17
Every election cycle, Peace Action endorses candidates for Congress who will stand up for a peaceful approach to foreign policy. To help get these pro-peace voices into Congress, in addition to making endorsements, bundling donations to candidates, making direct donations, and recruiting volunteers, we send out experienced Peace […]
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What We Can Do Now: Stop Hate Speech and Violence, Stop Trump

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 18:00
This is a guest post by Kate Alexander Director of Policy and Outreach, Peace Action New York State & Peace Action Fund of New York State. We all have to do what we can with what we have, where we are, to defend the values and the people we hold close to […]
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On Steve Bannon, We Draw the Line

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 19:00
It feels overwhelming, doesn’t it? With a new Trump administration I see so many threats: threats to the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Accord. The threat of thousands of new U.S. troops in Syria. Threats to immigrants, to women, to freedom of the press… We all […]
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Which wolf are you feeding?

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 20:21
In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, which wolf are you feeding? —Kevin Martin, President Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, many progressives are understandably despairing at the state of our society. Despair is understandable, but only serves the interests of the […]
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We Need Each Other To Face The Future

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 19:48
It breaks my heart to see so many friends and loved ones grieving for our country today. I know many of you, like me, are still processing this tectonic shift and what it means for our country and especially for those most vulnerable to the ugly strains of […]
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You. Tomorrow. Vote.

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 19:23
Tomorrow is the big day. As someone who cares about the future of peace on our planet, I want to encourage you to go out and vote. This is one small, but powerful, action you can take to promote your values. Don’t forget to remind all your friends […]
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Choosing the Path of Peace in Syria Part Two: “Safe Zones” Aren’t Safe

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 18:19
This is Part Two of Peace Action’s multi-part series on U.S. Syria policy. Over the course of the 2016 election cycle, candidates from both parties have proposed establishing safe zones in Syria. In the general election, it was one of the few things both campaigns agreed on. Donald […]
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A Few Phone Calls for Peace?

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 16:23
You know that you only have a few days left to impact next Tuesday’s historic election. Believe it or not, you can make a difference from anywhere you have a phone and internet access. Make calls for pro-peace candidates in close races by clicking here for Zephyr Teachout, here […]
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US to the World: “We Can’t Eliminate Our Nukes, Because We Rely on Our Nukes”

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 13:22
This story was also published in Common Dreams and CounterPunch. Last week, the United Nations took an historic step towards global elimination of nuclear weapons, in voting to begin negotiations next year on a treaty to ban nukes. The U.S. and other nuclear weapon states, other than North Korea, […]
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Choosing the Path of Peace in Syria Part One: The Siren Song of the No-Fly Zone

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 14:19
This is Part One of Peace Action’s multi-part series on U.S. Syria policy. Choosing the Path of Peace in Syria After five years of war, there is an urgent need for solutions that can save lives and bring peace to the war-torn country of Syria. Witnessing the humanitarian […]
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