Peace Action Endorses Dana Balter for Congress

 In Congress, Election 2018

Washington, DC – October 10, 2018 – Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, endorsed Dana Balter for the House of Representatives in New York’s 24th district. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts.

“I am proud to have the support of the nation’s largest peace group Peace Action,” said Balter. “Since its founding in 1957, Peace Action has been a shining example of what working together for a more peaceful world can achieve.”

“The hollowing out of the State Department by the Trump Administration is causing the United States to take a back seat in world affairs,” Balter continued. “At a time when the United States should be leading the international community in efforts to combat climate change, prevent nuclear proliferation, and secure peaceful resolutions to wars across the Middle East, instead this president is escalating those wars and withdrawing from international pacts like the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris Climate Accord. A robust State Department is critical for national security and for maintaining American leadership abroad, and in Congress, I will work to make sure we give our diplomats the resources they need.”

Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who also directs Peace Action’s PAC, said of Balter, “Peace Action is endorsing Dana Balter because she knows that America is safest when American diplomacy is at its strongest. She understands that maintaining our national security means having a strong military and meeting basic human needs like healthcare, education and energy independence. Dana Balter will be a force for peace in a government that’s grown accustomed to endless war, and electing her and others like her is how we’ll tip the scales in this country towards peace.”

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Dana Balter is a lifelong educator whose commitment to dignity and access for everyone began early when she helped her brother stand up to bullies who targeted his cognitive disabilities. She returned to her family roots in upstate New York when she enrolled at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2003. Most recently, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses there in citizenship, public policy, administration, and democracy. Dana began her campaign in her living room in Syracuse’s Outer Comstock neighborhood. That campaign has grown into a massive grassroots movement committed to showing up, listening, and standing up for the people of central and western New York.

To learn more about Dana Balter and her candidacy, visit www.electdanabalter.com.

Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts with Afghanistan and Iran. Peace Action endorses dozens of candidates per election cycle and through Peace Action PAC raises tens of thousands of dollars for candidates and donates staff to key races.

The public may learn more and take action at www.peaceaction.org.

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