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 […]

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