House Fails to Cut Pentagon Bloat

For Immediate Release Contacts: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.org Peace Action: House Fails to Cut Pentagon Bloat Washington, D.C. — September 23, 2021 — In response to today’s House votes on amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act to reduce the Pentagon budget by 10% and another to reduce by $25 billion, […]

Stop Bombing, Start Talking

For Immediate Release Contacts: Kevin Martin, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell, kmartin@peace-action.org Peace Action:  Stop Bombing, Start Talking Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2021 — Peace Action released the following statement on the news of the U.S. airstrike on an Iranian-backed militia group in Syria, in retaliation for recent attacks on U.S. troops and contractors in […]

Biden-Harris End Support for Yemen War

For Immediate Release Contacts: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.org Kevin Martin, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell, kmartin@peace-action.org Peace Action:  Biden-Harris End Support for Yemen War; NGOs Demand End to All Arms Sales and Increased Humanitarian Aid Washington, D.C. — February 4, 2020 — Ahead of the Biden-Harris announcement to end U.S. support for […]

New START Extended

For Immediate Release: Contacts: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.org Kevin Martin, President, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell, kmartin@peace-action.org Peace Action:  Extending Nuclear Weapons Treaty Makes Everyone Safer; What About the Exploding Nuclear Weapons Budget Washington, D.C. — January 21, 2021 — In response to the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of extending the New START […]

Senate Republicans Fuel Mideast Arms Race

For Immediate Release Contacts: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.org Peace Action: Senate Republicans Fuel Mideast Arms Race Washington, D.C. — December 9, 2020 — In response to today’s Senate votes against motions to discharge two joint resolutions of disapproval on arms sales to the United Arab Emirates, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director […]

Nearly Half Senate Dems Vote to Move Pentagon Funds to Poor

For Immediate Release Contacts: Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.orgPeace Action: Nearly Half Senate Dems Vote to Move Pentagon Funds to PoorWashington, D.C. — July 22, 2020 — In response to today’s Senate vote against an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to transfer 10% of the Pentagon budget to help poor U.S. […]

House Fails to Cut Pentagon Bloat

For Immediate Release Peace Action: House Fails to Cut Pentagon BloatContacts:Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.orgWashington, D.C. — July 21, 2020 — In response to today’s failed House vote on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to reduce the Pentagon budget by 10%, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs […]

Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers

For Immediate Release: Contacts:Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, pmartin@peace-action.orgKevin Martin, Peace Action, 510-501-3345 cell, kmartin@peaceaction.org Peace Action: Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2020 — In response to the veto by President Trump yesterday of a bill (S.J.Res.68) to reclaim congressional war powers in […]

Joint Statement: U.S. organizations react to global military spending report

Joint Statement: U.S. organizations react to global military spending report April 27, 2020 Our diverse group of 39 think-tanks, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups based in the United States find the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth. The Global Military Expenditures Report […]

Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel

Washington, D.C. — March 12, 2020 — In response to reports that the U.S. has carried out five airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “At a time of one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, it is shocking that the Trump […]

Congress Sends Bipartisan Bill to Trump Rebuking Iran War

Washington, D.C. — March 11, 2020 — In response to the House passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Both chambers and […]

Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War

Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “It’s about time […]

House Votes to Rein in Trump’s Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars

Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2020 — In response to two high-profile war powers votes on the House floor today, Peace Action released the following statement: “Our nation’s endless wars are on autopilot, with Trump fitfully grabbing the steering wheel until his attention wanders somewhere else. Today’s votes are a step toward Congress reclaiming its […]

Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran

Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Because of the Trump administration’s policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous […]

Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress

Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional 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 […]

Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress

Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional 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 […]

Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting to block arms sales involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “When Trump vetoed legislation earlier this year to end U.S. involvement […]

House Casts Historic Vote to Repeal Authorization for Endless War

Washington, D.C. — June 19, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020), which includes language to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) eight months after […]

Sending More Troops to the Middle East is Adding Fuel to the Fire

Washington, D.C. — June 17, 2019 — In response to the Trump administration’s decision to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amidst escalating tensions with Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “Rather than pursuing diplomatic off ramps to avert conflict with Iran, the Trump administration is […]

Peace Action Endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress

Washington, DC – June 17, 2019 – Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, and its affiliate Massachusetts Peace Action, endorsed Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts’ 7th 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 […]

High Tensions in the Persian Gulf Require ‘Maximum Restraint,’ Not ‘Maximum Pressure’

Washington, D.C. — June 14, 2019 — In response to heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf resulting from recent attacks on oil tankers and escalatory U.S. policies towards Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “Recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the resulting increase in tensions […]

Presidential Candidates Must Support Dramatic Pentagon Spending Cuts, Funding of Human Needs Instead, Coalition Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The next president of the United States should embrace dramatic cuts in Pentagon spending – at least $200 billion annually from the current $716 billion – and reallocation of the money to human needs, a broad coalition of progressive organizations urged today in a letter sent to all announced presidential candidates. The letter […]

Iran’s Reduced Compliance with Nuclear Accord Should be Met with Good-Faith Diplomacy, Not Escalation

Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2019 — In response to reports that Iran will announce a reduction in its compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement on May 8, the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the […]

Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing

Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump’s veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released […]

Trump’s Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now

Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “Trump can’t claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority […]

Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President

(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7—legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen—to the president’s desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “This vote amounts to the […]

Iraq War Anniversary Reminds Us That Regime Change Has a Disastrous Track Record

Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2019 — On the eve of the 16-year anniversary of the Iraq War, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 remains one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Thousands of […]

Senate Votes Again for Ending U.S. Role in Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2019 — In response to the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “This Senate vote moves us one step closer to […]

Trump Seeks Cuts to Human Needs to Fund Pentagon Hikes No One Needs

Washington, D.C. — March 11, 2019 — In response to President Trump’s budget request for FY 2020, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Fulfilling President Trump’s request for $750 billion in Pentagon spending would be an obscene misallocation of resources that would fail to […]

No Hanoi Agreement, But Diplomacy Must Continue

Washington, D.C. — February 28, 2019 — In response to the Hanoi summit meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un ending without an agreement, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: “It’s unfortunate that the Hanoi Summit did not lead to an agreement, however, […]

Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War

Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2019 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing legislation to support diplomacy and the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: “This legislation offers a common sense vision for achieving peace […]

House Makes History With Vote to End U.S. Role in Yemen War

(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2019 — In response to the House of Representatives passing H.J.Res. 37, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Building on last year’s […]

INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump’s Nuclear Petulance

Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2019 — Ahead of the Trump administration’s expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class […]

No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War

Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: […]

Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) re-introducing bipartisan, privileged resolutions to force a vote on whether or not to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin the Senior […]

Congress Can and Should Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Washington, D.C. — January 29, 2019 — In response to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) re-introducing the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (H.R. 669 / S. 200), legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a congressional declaration of war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director […]

Supporting Non-Military Solutions, Congress Asks for Trump’s Syria Strategy

Washington, D.C. — January 25, 2019 — In response to a letter from 32 members of Congress to President Trump asking him for a diplomatic, political and humanitarian strategy for Syria, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “In the wake of President Trump’s announcement […]

Second Trump-Kim Summit Hints at Progress

Washington, D.C. — January 18, 2019 — In response to the administration’s announcement that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit meeting near the end of February, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: “After months of scant visible progress in negotiations […]

Trump is Right to Withdraw from Syria, Should Also Step Up Diplomacy and Aid

Washington, D.C. — December 19, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “President Trump is absolutely right to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. President Obama deployed U.S. soldiers to Syria in […]

Senate Passes Historic Bill Directing Trump to End U.S. Role in Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — December 13, 2018 — In response to the Senate voting 56-41 to pass S.J.Res. 54, legislation to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement: “In a historic vote, over the Trump administration’s strong objection, […]

Senate Passes Motion to Proceed for Bill to End US Role in Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — December 12, 2018 — In response to the Senate voting 60-39 for a motion to proceed with S.J.Res. 54, legislation to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement: “This vote to move forward with […]

House GOP Leadership Thwarts Democracy by Once Again Blocking Votes on Yemen

(Photo: Gage Skidmore) Washington, D.C. — December 12, 2018 — In response to the House of Representatives voting 206-203 to prevent a vote on H.Con.Res. 142 or any concurrent resolutions invoking the War Powers Act on Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement: “For the […]

Senate Vote Takes Major Step to End US Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen

(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — November 28, 2018 — In response to the Senate voting 63-37 in favor of allowing floor debate on S.J.Res. 54, legislation introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director […]

Trump’s Indefensible Defense of Saudi Arabia Is Aimed at Congress

Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2018 — In response to a statement from President Trump in support of Saudi Arabia, which came ahead of a vote expected in the Senate as soon as next week on whether or not to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace […]

Ducking Constitutional Responsibility, House GOP Blocks Vote on the War in Yemen

Washington, D.C. — November 14, 2018 — In response to the House voting 201-187 in favor of H.Res. 1142, a rule de-privileging and preventing a vote on Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-CA) legislation H.Con.Res. 138 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, […]

GOP Leadership Tries to Block Vote on Yemen War Powers Resolution, Again

Washington, D.C. — November 13, 2018 — In response to Republican leadership in the House of Representatives moving to de-privilege H.Con.Res. 138, legislation introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) that would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, released the following statement: “This is the same undemocratic […]

Facing Mounting Pressure, Trump Administration to End Mid-Air Refuelings in Yemen War

(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — November 9, 2018 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is ending U.S. refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft participating in the war in Yemen, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, released the following statement: “If confirmed, this change represents the single greatest step to date to curtail […]

Peace Candidates Win Elections

Washington, D.C. — November 7, 2018 —  Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, works each election cycle to help elect pro-peace candidates to Congress. In the 2018 election cycle, Peace Action endorsed dozens of candidates for Congress, many of whom won their races and others of whom are still counting votes. You can […]

Trump’s Iran Sanctions Are Beating a Path to War

(Photo: David M. Grossman) Washington, D.C. — November 2, 2018 — Ahead of the Trump administration’s reimposition of oil, banking, and shipping sanctions against Iran scheduled for November 5th, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “The reimposition of these sanctions should be seen for […]

Peace Action Endorses Tom Malinowski for Congress

Washington, DC — October 29, 2018 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Tom Malinowski for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional 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 […]

Saudi-Confirmed Killing of Khashoggi Should Provoke End to U.S. Military Support

Washington, D.C. — October 19, 2018 — In response to Saudi Arabia acknowledging that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “Saudi Arabia’s admission that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its consulate in Istanbul confirms our worst fears about his fate. […]

Peace Action Endorses Jess King for Congress

Washington, DC – October 1, 2018 – Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, and its local affiliate, the Peace Action Network of Lancaster, have endorsed Jess King for the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities […]

New Bill Says If Trump Wants War with Iran, He Needs Approval From Congress

(Photo: Ben Wilker) Washington, D.C. — September 26, 2018 — In response to Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introducing legislation along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead […]

Legislation Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — September 26, 2018 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing a bipartisan, privileged resolution with 23 other Representatives to force a vote on whether or not to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin the Senior Director, Policy and Political Affairs for Peace Action, released the […]

Peace Action Endorses Gil Cisneros for Congress

Washington, DC – September 25, 2018 – Today, Gil Cisneros, Fmr. Lieutenant Commander who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District, was endorsed by Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace network and disarmament organization. For over 60 years, Peace Action has worked for an environment where all are free from violence and […]

Peace Action Endorses Katie Hill for Congress

Washington, DC – September 19, 2018 – Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, endorsed Katie Hill for the House of Representatives in California’s 25th Congressional 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 […]

Peace Action Endorses Rashida Tlaib for Congress

Washington, DC — September 18, 2018 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Rashida Tlaib for Congress in Michigan’s 13th Congressional 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 […]

Peace Action Applauds Introduction of the Hold the LYNE Act to Stop New Nukes

Washington, D.C. — September 18, 2018 — In response to Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) John Garamendi (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introducing bicameral legislation to prohibit research, development, production and deployment of a “low-yield” nuclear warhead for the Trident D-5 missile, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for […]

Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress

Washington, DC — September 18, 2018 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional 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 […]

Escalating the Syrian Civil War Won’t Help Protect Civilians

(Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa / AFP (ARA)) Washington, D.C. — September 11, 2018 — In response to reports that the U.S. is holding talks with the U.K. and France about launching coordinated airstrikes in Syria should the Syrian government use chemical weapons, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “When will the […]

Peace Action Supports Use of War Powers Act to Stop Yemen Catastrophe

(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — September 6, 2018 — In response to an announcement by several members of the House of Representatives that they will use the War Powers Resolution in an attempt to force a vote on the Saudi/UAE-led war on Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the […]

Peace Action Endorses Tahirah Amatul-Wadud for Congress

Washington, DC — September 4, 2018 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud for Congress in Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional 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 […]

Peace Action Endorses Bill Cimbrelo for Congress

Washington, DC — August 31, 2018 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Bill Cimbrelo for Congress in Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional 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 […]

Peace Action Endorses Mary Matiella for Congress

Washington, DC — August 27, 2018 — Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, endorsed Mary Matiella for Arizona’s competitive 2nd 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 […]

Peace Action Endorses Rep. Paul Tonko for Congress

Washington, DC – August 27, 2018 – Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Rep. Paul Tonko for Congress in New York’s 20th Congressional 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 […]

Peace Action Endorses Deedra Abboud for Senate

Washington, DC — August 26, 2018 — Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, endorsed Deedra Abboud to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. 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 […]

North Korea Impasse Requires Sustained Diplomacy, Not On-Again Off-Again Talks

Washington, D.C. — August 24, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s decision to cancel Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “This looks like a response to criticism President Trump has faced for repeatedly […]

Peace Action Endorses Anita Malik for Congress

Washington, DC — August 24, 2018 — Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, endorsed Anita Malik for Arizona’s 6th 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. […]

Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress

Washington, DC — August 22, 2018 — Peace Action has announced their endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska’s Second Congressional 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 […]

73 Years After First Nuclear Attack, The Nuclear Threat Persists

Washington, D.C. — August 6, 2018 — Seventy-three years ago, on August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb ever used in war on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 80,000 people instantly. On August 9, the U.S. dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000, mostly civilians. By December […]

Peace Action Applauds the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ People’s Budget

Washington, D.C. — July 24, 2018 — From a press conference on Capitol Hill for the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ unveiling of the People’s Budget, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Once again, the chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-07) and […]

Trump Is Tweeting Threats of War at Another Head of State, Again

Washington, D.C. — July 23, 2018 — In response to president Trump threatening Iran with “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before,” in all caps on Twitter, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “In a single day the Trump administration has firmly steered the U.S. […]

Trump’s Iran Policy Invites Escalation, and That’s the Point

Washington, D.C. — July 12, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s statement at a NATO press conference that “there might be an escalation between us and the Iranians,” Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “Trump’s cavalier attitude about escalation with Iran is steadily increasing the risk of war. We can’t let […]

Peace Action Condemns Saudi/UAE Famine-Inducing Attack on Yemen

Washington, D.C.—June 13, 2018—In response to the unnecessary military attack by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Yemen’s critical port city, Hodeida, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement: “Once again, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates show their disregard for the […]

Korea Peace Network Leaders Cheer Success at Singapore Summit

Washington, D.C. — June 12, 2018 — On the news of a successful first meeting between sitting leaders of the U.S. and North Korea at the summit in Singapore, with a statement in which the countries agreed to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and security guarantees for North Korea, leaders of the Korea Peace […]

Trump’s Ego Deals a Blow to Korean Peace Process

Washington, D.C. — May 24, 2018 — President Trump cancelled the planned June 12 summit meeting with Kim Jong-un today in a letter to the North Korean leader. Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, slammed the president and his administration for undermining the critical peace process. “I can only channel the immortal Casey Stengel, manager of the […]

Senate Takes Small Step to End Horrific Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — May 22, 2018 — In response to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passing the Young-Shaheen bill regarding the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement: “While it’s encouraging to see Congress finally starting to take action on the world’s worst […]

Senate Confirms Torturer to Lead C.I.A., Completes Trump’s War Cabinet

Washington, D.C. — May 17, 2018 — In response to the Senate voting to confirm Gina Haspel as C.I.A. Director, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement: “The confirmation of Gina Haspel marks the completion of President Trump’s new war cabinet. We now have a Bush-era […]

Trump’s Cheating on Iran Deal Moves U.S. Closer to a New War of Choice

Washington, D.C. — May 8, 2018 — President Trump announced today that he will not waive sanctions on Iran ahead of a May 12 deadline to waive sanctions that were lifted under the Iran nuclear agreement. Failing to waive sanctions on or before May 12 will amount to a material breach of the Iran nuclear agreement […]

Senate Confirms Anti-Diplomacy Hawk for Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. — April 26, 2018 — In response to the Senate narrowly voting to confirm Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “In confirming Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, the Senate just empowered an anti-diplomacy hawk to […]

Senate Foreign Relations Votes for Pompeo, and the War Cabinet

Washington, D.C. — April 23, 2018 — In response to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly voting to recommend Mike Pompeo for the role of Secretary of State, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “In voting to recommend Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, […]

Another Tax Day, Another Win for the Arms Industry

Washington, D.C. — April 17, 2018 — On Tax Day, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “As people across the nation pay taxes and tighten their belts accordingly, it bares remembering that an astronomical amount of our tax dollars, roughly $1 trillion, are spent […]

Peace Action Condemns Illegal Syria Strikes, Calls on Congress to Reclaim War Powers

Washington, D.C. — April 13, 2018 — In response to U.S. military strikes against Syrian government sites, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “President Trump’s decision to strike Syrian forces was impulsive, dangerous and a clear violation of domestic and international law. This attack endangers U.S. forces in the region, […]

Striking Syria is Dangerous and Illegal

Washington, D.C. — April 9, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s threat of military strikes against Syrian government forces, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, released the following statement: “President Trump’s threat to attack Syrian forces in response to a chemical weapons attack is a reckless, knee jerk reaction to a complex and dangerous situation. There […]

John Bolton’s Appointment is a National Security Nightmare

Washington, D.C. — March 22, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s announcement that John Bolton will take over as national security advisor effective April 9, 2018, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “You would be hard pressed to find anyone who’s ever held public office in the U.S. who […]

Senate Sends Message to Trump, Pentagon, and Saudi Arabia – End Unauthorized War in Yemen

Washington, D.C. — March 20, 2018 — In response to the historic Senate vote today on the bipartisan Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill (S.J.Res. 54) to end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which sent a clear message to the White House and the Pentagon with a strong vote of 44-55, Paul Kawika Martin, […]

Pompeo Nomination Puts Leading Hawk in Charge of U.S. Diplomacy

Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2018 — In response to news of Rex Tillerson’s firing and C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo taking his place as Secretary of State, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “By tapping Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, Trump is handing over the reigns of U.S. […]

Trump Has an Opportunity to Advance Lasting Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Washington, D.C. — March 8, 2018 — In response to South Korea’s announcement at the White House that President Trump has accepted Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet in person, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and convener of the Korean Peace Network, released the following statement: “Kim Jong-un reiterating his country’s commitments not to test […]

In Letter to Trump, Over 200 Organizations and Individuals Call for Maximum Engagement in Korea

Washington, D.C. — March 8, 2017 — With this week’s tremendous diplomatic breakthrough between North and South Korea, the Korea Peace Network, a grassroots coalition of peace activists, scholars and Korean-American leaders, sent an Open Letter on March 8 to President Donald Trump urging his support for peace and diplomacy. The letter was signed by […]

Peace Action Applauds Diplomatic Breakthrough in Korea, Calls for Maximum Engagement

Washington, D.C. — March 6, 2018 — Yesterday witnessed a historic diplomatic breakthrough between North and South Korea. North Korea agreed to continue its freeze on nuclear and missile tests while it engages in talks with South Korea, to hold a summit meeting next month between its leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, expressed […]

Senate to Vote on Ending U.S. Role in Yemen Civil War

Washington, D.C. — February 28, 2017 — Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation that would remove U.S. forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, setting up the first-ever Senate vote to end unauthorized U.S. military […]

128 Organizations Issue Olympic Truce Call to Action

Washington, D.C. — February 7, 2017 — Today, 128 organizations and 42 prominent activists issued an Olympic Truce Call to Action imploring groups and individuals to host or attend events or take other action during the period of the Olympic Truce (February 2 — March 25) to promote peace and diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula […]

Who Let Dr. Strangelove Write the Nuclear Posture Review?

Washington, D.C. — February 2, 2018 — In response to the release of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review scheduled for today, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review runs diametrically counter to the longstanding international and bipartisan consensus that nuclear-armed […]

Doomsday Clock Should Inspire Action More Than Fear

Washington, D.C. — January 25, 2018 — In response to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announcing its decision to move the Doomsday Clock—a metaphor for how close humanity is to nuclear catastrophe—from two and a half minutes to midnight to two minutes to midnight, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the […]

The Iran Deal Still Works, Trump Still Works Against It

Washington, D.C. — January 12, 2018 — In response to reports that President Trump will continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions on Iran while also imposing new non-nuclear sanctions, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Trump’s assertion that the Iran nuclear agreement is not in our […]

With North Korea Talks Within Reach, Diplomacy Needs Defending

Washington, D.C. — January 4, 2018 — In response to President Trump’s endorsement of planned talks between North and South Korea, and the U.S. agreeing to a delay in joint military exercises with South Korea, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “This isn’t the first time sports have provided a […]

Peace Action Applauds Proposal for North Korea Talks Without Preconditions

Washington, D.C. — December 12, 2017 — In response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposing direct talks with North Korea without preconditions, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “At long last, the administration has dropped the unattainable precondition that North Korea agree to denuclearize prior to negotiations. This more […]

Trump Joins World in Calling on Saudi Arabia to End Its Yemen Blockade

Washington, D.C. — December 6, 2017 — In response to President Trump calling on Saudi Arabia to immediately lift its blockade of Yemen citing the dire humanitarian situation, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “President Trump’s instructions for his administration to call Saudi Arabia […]

With Jerusalem Decisions, Trump Kneecaps His Own Push for Peace

Washington, D.C. — December 5, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, released the following statement: “With this move, Trump is essentially kneecapping his own push for peace. […]

Calling North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror Solves Nothing, Impedes Diplomacy

Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2017 — In response to President Trump’s designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “North Korea has sponsored and committed terrible acts, but the critical question right now is how do we resolve this nuclear crisis […]

As Trump Visits Asia, Civil Society in the U.S., South Korea, and Japan Call for Bold Shift in Policy to Avert War in Korea

WASHINGTON — November 6, 2017 — Today, hundreds of national civil society organizations from Japan, South Korea and the United States issued a joint statement calling for a diplomatic resolution of the crisis of belligerent rhetoric between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Based in countries whose populations could […]

Joint Statement on House Leadership Killing Debate on U.S. Role in Yemen’s Civil War

Joint Statement by Campaign for Liberty, Codepink, CREDO, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Just Foreign Policy, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, Win Without War, and Yemen Peace Project on House Leadership Killing Debate on U.S. Role in Yemen’s Civil War Washington, D.C. — November 2, 2017 — On November 1, the House leadership […]

Scary New Projection on Nuclear Weapons Spending

Washington, D.C. — October 31, 2017 — In response to the new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the projected costs ($1.2 trillion) of U.S. nuclear forces from 2017-2046, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “It’s truly fitting that the CBO’s new projections are […]

Trump Must Support Tillerson’s Push for Diplomacy

Washington, D.C. — October 23, 2017 — In response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Afghanistan and his call for a peace process that includes moderate members of the Taliban, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who’s traveled to Afghanistan, released the following statement: “In an […]

Grassroots Groups Respond to Trump’s Decision to Decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal

Joint statement by Beyond the Bomb, CREDO, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, MoveOn.org Civic Action, NIAC Action, Peace Action, VoteVets, Win Without War, and Women’s Action for New Directions on Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement. Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement — also known as […]

Trump Recklessly Decertifies Iran Deal Without Cause

Washington, D.C. — October 13, 2017 — President Trump gave a speech today outlining a new strategy on Iran that includes, among other things, decertifying the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Under legislation passed ahead of the signing of the agreement, the president is required to certify or decertify the agreement every 90 days. Trump’s speech took […]

Any Nuclear Weapons Expansion is a Terrible Idea – Tenfold Increase is Ludicrous

Washington, D.C. — October 11, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump wanted a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Already, the estimated $1.5 trillion cost of rebuilding U.S. nuclear warheads and their delivery systems […]

16 Years Later, Afghanistan War Drags On, Congress Still Asleep at the Wheel

Washington, D.C. — October 6, 2017 — On the eve of the 16-year anniversary of the Afghanistan War, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Sixteen years after the inception of America’s longest war, the Afghanistan War remains an open-ended conflict with no end in […]

Peace Action Congratulates ICAN for Nobel Peace Prize – US Must Work Towards Nuclear Disarmament

Washington, D.C. — October 6, 2017 — On the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize award to ICAN, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “The Nobel Committee wisely awarded ICAN the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in showing the horrible humanitarian affects of nuclear weapons […]

Record Vote on the People’s Budget

Washington, D.C. — October 4, 2017 — In response to the vote on the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ People’s Budget, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Today’s vote on the People’s Budget marks the closest Congress has come to passing a budget that was truly […]

Resolution Introduced to Force a Vote on U.S. Role in Yemen War

Washington, D.C. — September 28, 2017 — In response to Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Walter Jones (R-NC) invoking the War Powers Act with a bipartisan bill (H.Con.Res. 81) to end the Saudi war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, […]

U.N. Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons to Juxtapose Trump’s Threats of Nuclear War

Washington, D.C. — September 19, 2017 — Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea and possibly abrogate the Iran nuclear agreement. Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, responded to the president’s speech, noting that “North Korea is a country […]

Congress Moves Closer to Repealing Ancient War Authorization

Washington, D.C. — September 13, 2017 — In response to the Senate voting 61-36 to table Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) amendment to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “The U.S. conducts […]

On North Korea, Administration Contradicts Itself

Washington, D.C. — August 30, 2017 — In response to President Trump’s tweet that talking with North Korea “is not the answer,” followed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ statement that “we’re never out of diplomatic solutions,” Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “One day after stating that ‘all options […]

No End in Sight in America’s Longest War

Washington, D.C. — August 21, 2017 — In response to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will “fight to win” in Afghanistan, alongside reports that Trump has authorized an increase of 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “After months of deliberation or procrastination from the administration on its Afghanistan strategy, […]

‘Fire and Fury’ Is Not a Strategy, We Need Diplomacy with North Korea

Washington, D.C. — August 8, 2017 — In response to reports that North Korea may have achieved the capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons and mount them on its missiles, and in response to President Trump’s belligerent threat that more aggression from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury,” Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of […]

72 Years After Hiroshima Bombing, Nuclear Threat Still Looms Large

Washington, D.C. — August 4, 2017 — On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb ever used in war on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 80,000 people instantly. On August 9, the U.S. dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000 mostly civilians. By December of 1945, most […]

Congress Votes Again for Unconstitutional Wars and Pentagon Pork

Washington, D.C. — July 14, 2017 — In response to the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: “Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted again to continue our endless wars and for a […]

Nuclear Diplomacy Worked With Iran, It Can Work With North Korea

Washington, D.C. — July 13, 2017 — On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement, and in response to reports that the administration plans to recertify Iran’s full compliance with the JCPOA, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs […]

Statement on Nuclear Ban Treaty Vote

Washington, D.C. — July 7, 2017 — In response to the announcement that the U.N. voted to adopt a treaty that calls for the total elimination nuclear weapons, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “The treaty represents a major step towards eliminating the catastrophic threat that nuclear weapons pose to […]

2001 War Authorization Repeal Is On the Table

Washington, D.C. — June 29, 2017 — In response to the adoption of an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) to the House defense appropriations bill that would repeal the 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) 240 days after enactment, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “The 2001 […]

47 Senators Defy Trump and the Arms Industry on Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. — June 13, 2017 — On Tuesday June 13, in a rare vote on legislation to block an arms sale, the Senate voted 53-47 against blocking a $510 million sale of precision guided munitions and related military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vote occurred amid growing criticism from members of […]

With Over 120,000 Petition Signatures, the People’s Budget Earns Its Name

Washington, D.C. — June 7, 2017 — At a June 7 press conference entitled, “The People Support the People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance,” representatives of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and a host of grassroots advocacy and social justice organizations announced the delivery of over 120,000 petition signatures to Congress in support of […]

The SANE Act Would Save Taxpayers $100 Billion in Wasteful Nuclear Weapons Spending

Washington, D.C. — May 25, 2017 — In response to the Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) reintroducing the SANE Act, legislation to cut $100 billion of wasteful nuclear weapons expenditures over the next ten years, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following […]

Right Words from Trump in Saudi Arabia Could Save Millions in Yemen

Washington, D.C. — May 19, 2017 — From Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st, President Trump will be in Saudi Arabia to participate in bilateral talks with the Saudi government, multilateral talks with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, and the “Arab, Islamic, and American Conference.” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said the series of talks […]

U.S. Airstrikes Are Initiating Dangerous, New Phase of Syria War

Washington, D.C. — May 18, 2017 — Today, U.S. aircraft launched airstrikes against pro-Assad forces, a step that amounts to a significant increase in U.S. military involvement in Syria. The strike took place near Syria’s southern border with Jordan and Iraq against a convoy made up of pro-Assad Syrian and Iranian fighters. The Pentagon justified […]

5,000 More Lives on the Line Won’t Equal a Win in Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. — May 9, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump is considering sending an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who spent time in Afghanistan in 2010, released the following statement: “Sending an additional 5,000 troops to Afghanistan […]

Nearly Half a Million People Ask Congress to Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Washington, D.C. — May 3, 2017 — In response to the delivery of nearly half a million petition signatures to Congress in support of the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, S. 200 introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and H.R. 669 introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for […]

Getting America’s Spending Priorities Straight

Washington, D.C. — April 18, 2017 — On Tax Day, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs for Peace Action, released the following statement: “While Americans file their taxes today, they should know that more than half of the government’s discretionary spending goes to the bloated Pentagon — an agency that receives hundreds […]

A Preemptive Strike on North Korea Would Have Dire Consequences

Washington, D.C. — April 13, 2017 — Going beyond Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement last month that preemptive military action against North Korea was “on the table,” senior intelligence officials are now saying that the administration is prepared to launch a preemptive military strike against North Korea should it become convinced that North Korea […]

CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Condemn Donald Trump’s Reckless Act of War in Syria – CommonDreams.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2017 CONTACT: Stephen Miles | stephen@winwithoutwar.org Brian Stewart | press@moveon.org Josh Nelson | jnelson@credoaction.com Paul Kawika Martin | pmartin@peace-action.org CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Condemn Donald Trump’s Reckless Act of War in Syria “Yesterday, Donald Trump unilaterally and recklessly launched a military action in Syria with no […]

The U.S. Shouldn’t Bomb Syria

Washington, D.C. — April 6, 2017 — In response to reports that President Trump is considering a military response to the chemical weapons attack in northern Syria allegedly perpetrated by Syrian government forces, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs for Peace Action, released the following statement: “Only a political solution can […]

CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Pledge to Resist any Trump Administration Effort to Propel the United States Into a War of Choice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2017 CONTACT: Brian Stewart | press@moveon.org Josh Nelson | jnelson@credoaction.com Over the last weeks, major news outlets have reported increased civilian casualties resulting from U.S.-led bombings in Syria and Iraq.  Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 42 people were killed in an airstrike […]

No Pre-emptive War on North Korea

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 the following statement: “Days before the 14-year […]

Trump’s Plan to Halve U.N. Funding Must Be Stopped

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 to cut more than half of U.S. […]

Sending More U.S. Troops to Syria is Playing with Fire

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 presence in Syria risks fueling a cycle […]

Trump’s Revised Order Is Still a Muslim Ban

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, released the following statement: “Trump’s revised […]

Trump’s Horrifying Address

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 on some of the most dangerous parts […]

More Pentagon Spending Won’t Make Us Safer

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, released the following statement: “More Pentagon spending won’t make […]

Trump’s Nuclear Recklessness Strikes Again

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 States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, […]

Michael Flynn’s Resignation is a Win for National Security

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 Security Advisor’s resignation is good for national […]

New START Was and Is a Good Deal for America, and the World

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 following statement: “The President always imagines he […]

Peace Action Decries Refugee Ban, Opposes Plan for Syria “Safe Zones”

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 the United States pending new procedures, Jon […]

Nuclear Negotiations Are Not a Real Estate Deal

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 the following statement: “Once again, President-elect Trump […]

MLK, “Peaceful Means,” and the Iran Deal’s First Year

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 Nuclear Agreement simultaneously prevented a war and […]

The Nation – Barbara Lee Wins a House Vote to Stop the Blank Checks for Endless War

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs is quoted on the historic House vote to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

CommonDreams.org – ‘Barreling Towards Another Catastrophic War,’ Trump Orders 1,000 More Troops to Middle East to Threaten Iran

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater us quoted on the Trump administration’s decision to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amidst rising tensions with Iran. This article was also published in Truthout.

KPFA Evening News – June 15, 2019

Peace Action President Kevin Martin spoke with KPFA’s David Rosenberg about recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the Trump administration’s escalatory policies towards Iran.

The Independent – US claims of Iran threat to coalition forces in Middle East rejected by British general

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted in response to news that the Trump administration is exaggerating intelligence and misleading the public about the threat posed by Iran.

Between the Lines – Efforts to End US War in Yemen Continue Despite Failure to Override Trump Veto of War Powers Resolution

(Photo: Charles Edward Miller) Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin spoke with Scott Harris about next steps for the Peace Movement and Congress in their efforts to end U.S. military support for the devastating war in Yemen.

CommonDreams.org – ‘Microcosm of Everything Wrong With US Foreign Policy’: Senate Fails to Override Trump Veto on Yemen

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on Congress’ moral obligation to continue pushing for an end to U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen despite President Trump’s veto of the Yemen war powers resolution, and on next steps for Congress to fulfill that obligation.

Commondreams.org – President Moon’s Unenviable Task

Kevin Martin, Peace Action President and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, and Gabe Murphy, a Communications Associate at Peace Action, co-wrote an op-ed on South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s unenviable task ahead of his meeting with President Trump at the White House.

Voice of America – Humanitarian Groups Say Sanctions Impede Aid to North Koreans

(Photo: AFSC)  Peace Action President and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin is quoted on the need for generous humanitarian exemptions to protect humanitarian aid operations in North Korea, and to protect the North Korean people whose lives depend on those programs.

Between the Lines – For First Time, Congress Poised to Invoke War Powers Act to End US Military Role in Yemen War

(Photo: Felton Davis) Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin spoke with Scott Harris about the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7 to direct the president to withdraw U.S. military support for the war in Yemen.

CommonDreams.org – ‘This Is Historic’: US Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

(Photo: Felton Davis) This article was originally published in Common Dreams, and was reposted on The Real News Network, Truthout, Truthdig, and AlterNet. Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the historic Senate vote to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen.

RT America – Mistake to Impose New Sanctions on North Korea

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater spoke with Scottie Nell Hughes about the second Trump-Kim summit meeting ending without an agreement, urging patience and ongoing diplomacy at the working group level.

Truthout – Despite Collapse of Trump-Kim Summit, Diplomacy Is Still the Only Path

Dr. Simone Chun, a member of the steering committee of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, co-authored this op-ed detailing near-term prospects for ongoing diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea.

The Independent – North Korea disputes Trump and says only wanted ‘partial’ lifting of sanctions in exchange for nuclear dismantlement

Peace Action President and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin responds to the Hanoi summit ending without an agreement.

The Straits Times – Trump-Kim Summit: Experts weigh in on collapse of talks

Peace Action President and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin offers his initial reaction to the failure to reach an agreement at the Hanoi summit.

The Nation – Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?

Peace Action President and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin is quoted on his view that Democrats in Congress should support diplomacy with North Korea, skepticism about Trump and Kim notwithstanding.

The Independent – Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet one-on-one at Vietnam summit

Peace Action President and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin is quoted on the prospects for progress during the upcoming Trump-Kim summit meeting.

CommonDreams.org – Building on Progress in 2018, Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Timely

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed voices cautious optimism ahead of the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, arguing that real progress is possible if the administration is prepared to take a more reciprocal, staged approach to diplomacy.

Rising Up With Sonali – US Intelligence Heads At Odds With Trump Over Threats

Peace Action President Kevin Martin spoke with Sonali Kolhatkar on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including U.S. policy towards Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea, in response to a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing wherein intelligence officials contradicted many of President Trump’s positions.

CommonDreams.org – A Progressive Alternative to Trump’s Dangerous Venezuela Policy

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater outlines a progressive alternative to Trump’s dangerous Venezuela policy in this Common Dreams op-ed.

Truthout – To Stop Bolton’s Fire and Fury, Fire Bolton

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater opines that if President Trump doesn’t want a war with Iran, he should fire John Bolton, and if he does, he should seek authorization from Congress.

The Nation – Bernie Sanders Just Got the Senate to Check and Balance Trump

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted in response to the Senate voting to pass S.J.Res. 54, legislation directing the president to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Rising Up With Sonali – Senate Votes To End Military Support for Saudi War in Yemen

Peace Action President Kevin Martin joins Sonali Kolhatkar to discuss the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 54, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

CommonDreams.org – ‘Historic Victory’ as Senate Votes to End U.S. Involvement in ‘Unauthorized War’ in Yemen

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted in response to the Senate voting 56-41 to pass S.J.Res. 54 directing the president to withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

The Nation – What the Hell Is Wrong With Paul Ryan?

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the House GOP’s shameful decision to block a vote on ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

HuffPost – 5 Democrats Bail Out Paul Ryan And Protect Saudi Arabia

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the House vote to block a vote on legislation to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

The Nation – In a Rebuke to Trump, the Senate Just Voted to Open Debate on US Support of Saudi War in Yemen

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the activism that influenced this vote to advance debate on ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, and on the next steps for Congress. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

In These Times – The Senate Just Took the Biggest Step Yet Toward Ending U.S. Support for the Yemen War

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the grassroots activism that when into this successful vote to advance legislation to end the U.S. role in the war in Yemen. (Photo: Felton Davis)

CommonDreams.org – With Statement Equal Parts ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Imbecilic,’ Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted on President Trump’s indefensible defense of Saudi Arabia.

Politico – Pentagon: No More Refueling of Saudi Aircraft Bombing Yemen

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted on the most significant step yet in cutting back U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war on Yemen; an end to the mid-air refueling of coalition aircraft.

The New York Times – U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran but Undercuts the Pain With Waivers

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted, warning that the reimposition of sanctions is “the latest step in a calculated campaign by this White House to provoke war with Iran.”

Al Jazeera – US Defence Chief Demands Yemen Ceasefire; Peace Talks in 30 Days

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted on Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis finally pressuring Saudi Arabia to end the war in Yemen, conveniently timed right before expected votes in Congress on whether or not to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia.

Rising Up With Sonali – Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Nuclear Treaty with Russia

Peace Action’s Kevin Martin joined Sonali Kolhatkar to discuss President Trump’s announcement of his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

KPFA Evening News – October 20, 2018

Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy spoke with David Rosenberg in the opening segment about Saudi Arabia’s admission that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and about President Trump’s response to the situation.

Truthout – Civilian Deaths in Yemen Increased by 164 Percent. Will Congress Act?

(Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/AP) Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy’s op-ed calls on Congress to support Rep. Ro Khanna’s legislation to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

KPFA Evening News – October 6, 2018

Peace Action President Kevin Martin discusses the latest developments in diplomacy with North Korea. His segment begins 11 minutes and 16 seconds into the show.

CommonDreams.org – For This Year’s International Day of Peace, Korea Takes the Lead

(Photo: Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service / Jeon Han) Peace Action President and Convener of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin’s op-ed marks the occasion of the International Day of Peace to discuss recent steps towards peace in Korea as well as the path forward.

Waging Nonviolence – How grassroots activists made peace with North Korea possible

Peace Action President and Convener of the Korea Peace Network (KPN) Kevin Martin is quoted, as are many other activists and organizers of KPN, on the grassroots movement pushing for peace in Korea. This is a must read for anyone interested in lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Stars and Stripes – Ban on low-yield nuclear weapons pushed by handful of Democrats

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the introduction of the Hold the LYNE Act, legislation that would ban research, development, production and deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

CommonDreams.org – U.S. Support for the Bombing of Yemen to Continue, for Now

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed decries the administration’s absurd assertion that Saudi Arabia is taking demonstrable steps to protect civilians in its indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen. It then calls on Congress to end U.S. support for the war.

Between the Lines – Lawmakers Push to Invoke War Powers Act to End US Complicity in Yemen War

(Photo: Fahd Sadi) Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin talked with Scott Harris about new efforts in Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led intervention in Yemen.

Middle East In Focus – September 9, 2018

(Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/AP) Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin joined KPFK’s Nagwa Ibrahim to discuss a new push in Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen. Click for the show’s archive and search for September 9, 2018. Paul is on in the first segment.

The Hill – North Korea Talks Draw Fresh Scrutiny After Canceled Meeting

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted in response to President Trump’s decision to cancel Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea.

KPFA Evening News – August 25, 2018

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin joined KPFA Host David Rosenberg to discuss the cancellation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea. His segment begins 1 minute and 10 seconds into the show.

CommonDreams.org – What Do We Teach Our Students About Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Emilie Clark, Administrator at Peace Action New York State, opined on the need to teach our students the full story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She traveled to Japan to represent Peace Action in annual commemorations of the atomic bombings.

Foreign Policy In Focus – Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There’s a Better Alternative than the Establishment’s Version

Peace Action Board co-chair Lawrence Wittner’s op-ed offers an alternative vision to both President Trump’s and the establishment’s foreign policy, one that emphasizes global governance and strengthening the United Nations.

CommonDreams.org – With Iran Deal on Life Support, White House Looks to Finish the Job

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed unpacks the Trump administration’s latest policies towards Iran, and warns against a drift towards war.

News With Ed – North Korea Upgrading Nuclear Facility Following Peace Summit

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater joined Manila Chan on News With Ed to discuss news that North Korea is continuing construction at a nuclear research facility while negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea on its nuclear program are ongoing.

CommonDreams.org – Everybody, Especially Congressional Democrats, Take a Deep Breath and Follow the President’s Lead (President Moon’s, Not Trump’s)

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed urges pundits and members of Congress to support the Korea peace process and follow President Moon’s lead in the wake of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

Rising Up With Sonali – What Did Trump’s Meeting With Kim Achieve?

Peace Action President and Convener of the Korea Peace Network Kevin Martin spoke with Sonali Kolhatkar about the summit meeting between President Trump and Kim-Jong un in Singapore.

News 2 Share – Progressive, Anti-War Activist Groups Celebrate Trump’s Meeting with Kim Jong-un

“CODEPINK, Peace Action, and dozens of other activists held a demonstration in front of The White House Monday night in celebration of President Donald Trump’s diplomacy with Kim Jong Un at the nuclear summit in Singapore. The group, normally skeptical of Trump on a variety of issues, said that ‘we applaud President Trump. Peace is […]

The Nation – You Never Give Me Your Money: Big Funders Neglect Peace Groups While Trump Threatens War

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted on the lack of investment from the funding community into the Peace movement, despite the readily apparent need for a strong peace movement in the age of Trump.

Counterpunch – The Libya Model: It’s Not Always All About Trump

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed argues that elements of the Trump administration are working to sabotage diplomacy with North Korea, and that the American public and Congress need to speak out for diplomacy and against war.

Between the Lines – With Trump’s New War Cabinet in Place, Danger of U.S. Conflict with Iran Rises

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin joined Scott Harris on Between the Lines to discuss the completion of Trump’s new war cabinet and the growing threat of war with Iran. For the audio clip, click here. For the interview transcript, click here.

Washington Post – The Use of Low-Yield Nukes

Peace Action Montgomery member Jean Athey’s letter to the editor in response to a May 20 Sunday opinion article titled “New nukes is good nukes for Pentagon” explains the lunacy of developing and deploying so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapons.

CrossTalk – Summit or No Summit?

Peace Action President Kevin Martin joins Myung-Koo Kang and Jenny Town on CrossTalk to discuss the planned summit meetings between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

CommonDreams.org – Citing US Invasions of Iraq and Libya, North Korea Says ‘Repugnance’ of John Bolton Threatens Talks

Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy is quoted on North Korea’s singling out of John Bolton ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit scheduled for June 12. “North Korea sees the prospect of John Bolton driving negotiations as a real threat, realizing his main goal may be driving them into the ground.”

CommonDreams.org – U.S. War Footing in Korea Remains Major Roadblock to Peace

Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy’s op-ed reacts to North Korea’s cancellation of planned talks with South Korea, and the suggestion the Trump-Kim summit scheduled for June 12 could meet the same fate.

KPFA Evening News – May 12, 2018

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin joins KPFA’s David Rosenberg to discuss upcoming negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea. His segment begins 3 minutes and 10 seconds into the show.

Bloomfield Life – U.S. Needs to Embrace a Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, an affiliate of Peace Action, underlines the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons, and reminds readers that “we all have a stake in peace.”

Salon – Trump Makes It Official: U.S. Will Withdraw from Iran deal, and It’s All Obama’s Fault

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted in response to President “Trump’s short-sighted, politically motivated abdication of U.S. commitments under the Iran agreement.”

Talk Media News – Korean Peace Treaty Faces Legal Hurdles to Become Reality

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted on the summit meetings between North and South Korea: “This is really about North and South Korea making peace… President Moon has been masterful in his diplomacy and we may come to look at him as a historic figure like (India’s Mahatma) Gandhi or (South Africa’s Nelson) Mandela.”

CommonDreams.org – Diplomacy, Hope, and Inspiration in Korea

Originally published on CommonDreams.org, this op-ed also ran in Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, and Hankyoreh. Dr. Simon Chun, who serves on the Steering Committee of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned About Korea, and Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, wrote this op-ed ahead of the North-South Korea summit meeting expressing hope for diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula, and encouraging others to […]

Between the Lines – Trump’s Misperceptions on ‘Denuclearization’ Cloud Expectations for North Korean Summit Meeting

Peace Action President Kevin Martin joins Scott Harris on Between the Lines, a weekly radio newsmagazine, to discuss the Trump administration’s approach to diplomacy with North Korea.

Rising Up With Sonali – Pompeo Passes Senate Committee Hurdle Despite Opposition

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater joins Sonali Kolhatkar on Rising Up With Sonali to discuss the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, and the potential consequences of a long-time hawk like Pompeo taking the reins of U.S. diplomacy.

Politico – Trump Strikes Syria

Peace Action is quoted in response to President Trump’s illegal military strikes against Syria.

CommonDreams.org – Critics Warn Any US Attack on Syria Ordered by Trump Would Be ‘Reckless,’ ‘Dangerous,’ and ‘Illegal’

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted on Trump’s threat to launch military strikes against Syria in 24 to 48 hours in response to a chemical weapons attack that has not been independently investigated.

CommonDreams.org – John Bolton: A Drum Major for Regime Change Gains Inside Influence

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed offers a brief look at newly appointed national security advisor John Bolton’s history of war mongering and Islamophobia.

Yahoo News – With John Bolton, Trump’s White House Gets a ‘Bad Cop’ for Foreign Policy

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted on the appointment of John Bolton as national security advisor.

The Virginian-Pilot – U.S. Should End Role in Yemen’s Civil War

Lisa Schirch, a professor of international diplomacy who works around the world on international relations, and Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action, co-authored this op-ed encouraging Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to support S.J.Res. 54, legislation to end the unauthorized U.S. role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The Princeton Packet – Menendez Must Act to End Unauthorized War in Yemen

Niki VanAller, the Assistant Director of Coalition for Peace Action, a New Jersey-based affiliate of Peace Action, urges Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to support S.J.Res 54 to end the unauthorized U.S. role in Yemen’s civil war.

Antiwar.com – Trump Can Help Bring Peace to Korea, by Following South Korea’s Lead

Syndicated by Peace Voice, Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed, originally published on Antiwar.com and then in the Bainbridge Island Review, calls on President Trump to follow South Korea’s lead on diplomacy with North Korea.

New York Times – Korea Talks: Might They Lead to Peace?

Ed Aguilar, the Pennsylvania Director of Coalition for Peace Action, an affiliate of Peace Action, wrote a letter to the editor in response to news that Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

CommonDreams.org – Denuclearization on Table After ‘Openhearted Talk’ Between North and South Korea Moves Nations Away From War

Peace Action president Kevin Martin is quoted in this article, welcoming the amazing diplomatic progress achieved by North and South Korea, and calling on the Trump administration to pivot to maximum engagement.

Kansas City Star – Where Do Our Senators Stand on War in Yemen?

Peace Action and PeaceWorks Kansas City board member David Pack’s op-ed urges Missouri and Kansas senators to support S.J.Res. 54 to end unauthorized U.S. military action in Yemen’s civil war.

The Hill – End America’s Unauthorized War in Yemen

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin’s op-ed encourages Senators to support S.J.Res 54, legislation to remove U.S. forces from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Foreign Policy In Focus – Trump’s Dangerous Nuclear Posture

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed addresses Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review in the context of dangerously high tensions with North Korea.

NorthJersey.com – Olympics Offer Respite From a Dangerous Game

Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, an affiliate of the national Peace Action, calls on Americans to participate in actions around the Olympic Truce to push for diplomacy and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

CentralJersey.com – Diplomatic Surge Building on the Olympic Truce Needed to Resolve the North Korea Nuclear Crisis

Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the New Jersey based Coalition for Peace Action, an affiliate of the national Peace Action, underlines the diplomatic value of the Olympic Truce in de-escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula and calls for building on the opening it has created.

CommonDreams.org – Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!)

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed argues that Trump’s call for a military parade makes sense in a sick sort of way: “Shouldn’t we taxpayers get to see the missiles, warheads, tanks, drones, guns and other warfare hardware that over half of federal discretionary spending goes toward every year? Our tax dollars at work! But […]

Rising Up With Sonali – Trump Ushers In New Era Of Nuclear Dangers

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater joins Sonali Kolhatkar to discuss the Trump administration’s strangelovian Nuclear Posture Review.

Truthout – From Yemen to North Korea: We Need to Take the US War Machine Off Autopilot

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed addresses how leaving the U.S. war machine on autopilot is causing serious problems in Yemen and on the Korean Peninsula.

AntiWar.com – Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze With North Korea

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed calls on the U.S. to formalize the de facto freeze for freeze with North Korea created by the Olympic Truce.

CommonDreams.org – The Olympic Truce: A Unique Chance to Step Back from the Brink of (Nuclear?) War with North Korea

Peace Action President Kevin Martin shared the Korea Collaboration network’s Olympic Truce Call to Action on Common Dreams.

CommonDreams.org – North Korea Diplomacy Needs Defending, Not Snarky Tweets

Peace Action President Kevin Martin and Communications Associate Gabe Murphy’s op-ed speaks to the need for a public groundswell in support of diplomacy with North Korea.

Chicago Tribune – Shout Out: Hassan El-Tayyab, Peace Activist and Musician

Feature story on Hassan El-Tayyab, Policy and Organizing Director for Chicago Area Peace Action, an affiliate of Peace Action.

Washington Times – Trump Presses Ahead With Plan to Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Uproar

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted on the president’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

U.S. News & World Report – Trump Needs Real Diplomacy with North Korea

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed urges the administration to pursue negotiations with North Korea immediately, and urges Congress to support the No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act.  

The Times of Trenton – Princeton Peace Coalition Ramps Up in Age of Trump, National Tragedies

Feature story on Coalition for Peace Action, a New Jersey affiliate of Peace Action, with quotes from Rev Bob Moore, Executive Director, Erica DeKranes, Assistant Director, and Richard Moody, longtime member. Photo Credit: Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com

The Hill – Trump’s North Korea Strategy Requires an Intervention from Congress

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin’s op-ed calls on Congress to support legislation to prevent the president from launching a preemptive war on North Korea without congressional authorization, and to encourage the administration to pursue diplomacy to resolve the crisis.

The Nation – Donald Trump Rejection of the Iran Deal is Dangerously Out of Touch with Reality

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted on the president’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement.

Rising Up With Sonali – Trump’s Nuclear Ambitions Threaten Global Security

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater spoke with Sonali Kolhatkar about reports that the president called for a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear stockpile, about his decision to decertify the Iran agreement, and about tensions with North Korea.

KPFA Evening News (Weekend)- October 7, 2017

Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy spoke with KPFA’s David Rosenberg about the 16-year anniversary of the Afghanistan War. Gabe’s segment begins at 9:53.

Common Dreams – To Support Diplomacy with North Korea, Defend Diplomacy with Iran

Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy’s op-ed argues that walking away from the Iran agreement would be a colossal blunder in its own right, but could also deal a fatal blow to efforts to negotiate with North Korea.

USA Today – Experienced Diplomats Are Badly Needed

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed distributed by Peace Voice and picked up by USA Today calls on the Trump administration to appoint people with real diplomatic experience to initiate talks with North Korea.

The Nation – Congress Must End US Military Support for the Horrific Saudi Bombing of Yemen

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on the introduction of a resolution that tees up a vote in Congress on whether or not the U.S. will continue participating in the disastrous Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

InDepthNews – U.N. Treaty Signing a Significant Step Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Peace Action President Kevin Martin is quoted in response to President Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly and on the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opening for signature.

Inter Press Service – A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on his response to President Trump’s threatening to “totally destroy North Korea,” during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

KPFA Evening News – September 19, 2017

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin spoke with KPFA’s Christina Aanestad about President Trump’s bombastic speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Paul’s segment begins at 9:28.

Peace Voice – Help Wanted: Experienced Diplomats to Resolve Worst Nuclear Crisis in 55 Years, Rookie Presidents and Secretaries of State Need Not Apply

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed distributed by Peace Voice calls on the Trump administration to appoint people with real diplomatic experience to initiate talks with North Korea.

New Hampshire Union Leader – It’s Time to Talk About North Korea

New Hampshire Peace Action Executive Director Will Hopkins’ op-ed calls on the Trump administration to get serious about negotiations with North Korea.

KPFA Evening News – September 11, 2017

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater discusses the latest U.N. Security Council resolution sanctioning North Korea in response to its 6th nuclear bomb test. The segment on North Korea begins at 38:50.

Independent – There are no safe hands for nuclear weapons – that is why military action will never be an option with North Korea

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted on the inefficacy of sanctions in dealing with North Korea.

Huffington Post – Trump’s Distorted Korea History Harms U.S. Diplomacy

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed examines the administration’s skewed history of U.S.-North Korea relations and explains how a more accurate history helps illuminate the diplomatic path forward.

Huffington Post – The Whys and Hows of Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed explains why diplomacy is the best option for addressing tensions with North Korea, and how the diplomatic process could work.

CommonDreams.org – Bowing to Endless War Advocates, Trump Vows More Bloodshed in Afghanistan

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater is quoted on his response to President Trump’s primetime address on Afghanistan.

Huffington Post – Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed in Huffington Post calls on the U.S. Resistance movement to support Okinawans in their protests against the U.S. military base in Okinawa.

The Hill – Don’t Let Congress Amend the First Amendment

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which would criminalize support for international boycotts of Israel.

KPFA Talkies – August 9, 2017

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater joins Kris Welch to talk about the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and to discuss President Trump’s bombastic threat to North Korea of “fire and fury.” Jon’s segment begins at 21:32.

CommonDreams.org – Sane Voices Urge Diplomacy After ‘Lunatic’ Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater quoted in Common Dreams in response to President Trump’s belligerent threat towards North Korea of “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” should the country continue to act aggressively.

KPFA Evening News – August 6, 2017

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin talks with James Greene of KPFA on the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. His segment begins at 7:19.

San Francisco Chronicle – Rep. Barbara Lee’s Outreach

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s letter to the editor challenging a critique of Rep. Barbara Lee’s response to President Trump’s meeting with President Putin on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

CommonDreams.Org – Warnings of ‘Nuclear Nightmare’ as Trump Escalates Tensions With World Powers

Peace Action’s Executive Director Jon Rainwater quoted in Common Dreams article on nuclear threats in the Trump era.

Counterpoint – War for Profit: Trump Aides Propose Deploying US Mercenary Force to Afghanistan

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin joins Scott Harris on Counterpoint to discuss a troubling proposal to privatize U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan War.

Politico – Nuclear powers rebuked as 122 nations adopt U.N. ban

“The U.S. cannot lead the push for nuclear nonproliferation on the Korean peninsula while it spends billions to maintain one of the world’s two biggest nuclear arsenals. It’s time for the U.S. to get off of the bar stool and lead by example.” – Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action

The Nation – 16 Years Ago, Barbara Lee’s Warning Against the AUMF Was Ignored. Nevertheless, She Persisted.

Peace Action’s Executive Director Jon Rainwater quoted in The Nation on Rep. Barbara Lee’s effort to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

Huffington Post – Will Congress Confront Trump Administration’s Syria War ‘Adhocracy?’

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s Op-Ed on Trump’s illegal escalations in the Syrian War.

Politico – House panel votes to force new debate on terror war

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater quoted in Politico on the adoption of Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment to an appropriations bill to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

CommonDreams.org – The Trump Administration’s Penchant for Escalation in Syria Must Be Challenged

Peace Action Communications Associate Gabe Murphy’s Op-ed in Common Dreams on the Trump administration’s military escalations in Syria.

East Bay Times – Must end U.S. complicity in Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

Peace Action’s Executive Director Jon Rainwater and Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus’ Op-Ed on the U.S. role in Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

Baltimore Sun – Legislation would limit Trump’s nuclear option

Peace Action Education Fund Board Co-Chair Michael Keller’s Op-Ed on the need to restrict the first use of nuclear weapons.

PeaceVoice – What Do Trump and NATO Have in Common? Neither Make Us Safer

Peace Action President Kevin Martin and Peace Action Advisory Board Member Col. Ann Wright (ret.) opine in PeaceVoice on Trump’s attendance of the NATO summit. Thanks to PeaceVoice’s syndication, this op-ed appeared in World Beyond War, Pagosa Daily Post, News 4 Nevada, and The Orange Leader.

Telesur – Trump’s First 100 Days: A Five Point Report Card

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater quoted in Telesur article on Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Between the Lines – Trump’s Syria Missile Strike: Symbolic Show of Force or Prelude to Wider U.S. War?

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin talks with Scott Harris on his radio show Between the Lines.

ThinkProgress – Conservative forces in Washington are trying to eliminate the Iran deal

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin’s Op-Ed on sanctions legislation before Congress that threatens to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement.

Counterpunch – Let’s Come to Our Senses on Nukes

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed on the United Nations negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.

Huffington Post – 14 Years After Invasion, Iraq War’s Lessons Still Unlearned

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed on the 14-year anniversary of the Iraq War.

The Commercial Appeal – Trump should make a deal with North Korea

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s op-ed pushing for diplomacy with North Korea.

Baltimore Sun – U.S. Should Extricate, Not Escalate, Afghanistan Presence

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin’s Op-Ed arguing against further troop deployments, and for withdrawal, from Afghanistan.

CNN – Trump’s call for US nuclear supremacy raises questions

Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin featured in CNN.com article on nuclear weapons policy in the new Trump era.  

Washington Times – Trump warns U.S. nuclear arsenal has fallen behind

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater was quoted in the Washington Times on Trump’s “baseless” opposition to the New START Treaty and on his foolish and dangerous calls for nuclear supremacy.

World Post – Trump And Netanyahu Aligning On Iran Is A Bad Sign

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed in The World Post on Trump and Netanyahu’s dangerous policies and posturing towards Iran.

The Progressive – Flynn’s Departure is a Win for Peace

Peace Action Education Fund Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s article in The Progressive on the peace movement’s win with the ouster of Michael Flynn.

Democracy Now! – Obama to Make History with Hiroshima Visit, as U.S. Quietly Upgrades Nuclear Arsenal

Peace Action President Kevin Martin on Democracy Now! discussing President Obama’s planned visit to Hiroshima.

New York Times – Obama to Be First Sitting President to Visit Hiroshima

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin is quoted on President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.

New York Times – Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Peace Action President Kevin Martin’s letter to the editor calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Huffington Post – Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate

Peace Action Board Co-Chair Lawrence Wittner’s op-ed on Peace Action’s endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary.

Alternet – The US First Invaded Iraq 25 Years Ago – and America’s Still Coming to Grips with What a Disaster It Has Been

Peace Action President Kevin Martin and the Middle East Program Director for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Jennifer Bing’s co-authored op-ed on the 25 anniversary of the first U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Huffington Post – Congress Is Falling Into ISIS’s Trap on Syrian Refugees

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed scolding Congress for advancing legislation that would create insurmountable hurdles for refugees from Iraq and Syria to enter the United States.

Huffington Post – Huckabee, Trump, Netanyahu, and the Politics of Provocation

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed discusses the politics surrounding the Iran nuclear agreement and the 2016 election season.

World Post – Saudi, Israeli Support for Iran Deal Clouds Critics’ Narrative

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed highlighting support for the Iran nuclear agreement in Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Huffington Post – McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran

Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater’s op-ed critiquing John McCain and John Bolton’s reckless statements inviting Israel to bomb Iran during delicate negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

MSNBC – Is there an alternative to war with ISIS?

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin’s op-ed argues there are more effective strategies for confronting ISIS than blunt military force.

USA Today – America is Tired of Afghanistan War

Peace Action Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs Paul Kawika Martin’s op-ed calling for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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