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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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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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Let’s Reduce the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 11:49
Let’s Reduce the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal By Lawrence S. Wittner, Co-Chair, Peace Action Board of Directors  [Dr. Lawrence Wittner ( is Professor of History Emeritus at SUNY/Albany, as well as the author of Confronting the Bomb (Stanford University Press).  A longer version of this article appeared originally in […]
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An Open Letter to Undecided Voters: A Nuclear-Armed Trump is the #1 Threat to National Security

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 14:32
There is nothing safe about nuclear weapons, but these weapons become immediately more dangerous when placed in the hands of an unpredictable bully like Trump. No one person should be able to unilaterally launch nuclear weapons, as any president is currently able to do, and while we must work to […]
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2016 Election Volunteer Opportunities

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 17:24
Last summer, the House of Representatives voted on a bill to stop the transfer of civilian-killing cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia. That bill failed by only seven votes. Electing more pro-peace candidates to Congress can make the difference in passing critical legislation like this. More importantly, some of […]
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Escalating U.S. Role in Reckless Intervention, U.S. Launches First Direct Strikes Against Rebel Targets in Yemen

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 18:55
Yesterday, for the first time, the U.S. launched strikes against Houthi-controlled sites in Yemen, making it a now active participant in the the Saudi-led bombing campaign that it’s been facilitating for over a year and a half. The strikes targeted and destroyed three radar installations that the Pentagon […]
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Twenty-Two Reps Ask President Obama to Declare No-First-Use

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 17:16
Today, 22 Representatives delivered a letter to President Obama asking him to adopt a no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons. They applauded the vision he laid out in his 2009 Prague speech “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” and expressed their concern that […]
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You can make a difference in key races next month!

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:57
As you know, elections are just under a month away with several opportunities to elect pro-peace candidates. You can help now.Take a look at these pro-peace candidates running for the House of Representatives:Michael Eggman in CA-10Rick Nolan in MN-8Carol Shea-Porter in NH-1Michael Eggman is in a competitive race to unseat […]
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On the 15th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War, Peace Action Demands an End

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 22:15
Washington D.C. – October 6, 2016 – On the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Jon Rainwater, the executive director of the United States’ largest peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement: “After fifteen years of endless war, Americans need to demand answers from the […]
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