Peace Voter Action Center

Resources for peace activists committed to a responsible foreign policy

Phone Bank for the Candidates

Help pro-peace candidates on their path to Congress! Below are some opportunities to engage in pro-peace races this cycle. The best ways to help these campaigns is through voter outreach and education. Indicate your commitment to peace by adding “Peace Action” to your name on Mobilize Zoom as you dial.

These races are some of the closest in the country, and every vote will count. We have to help ensure we get the votes out for our candidates! And don’t worry if you’re from out of town. If the script ever says anything like “I’m a district voter” just switch it to something like “I believe in…” or “I’m volunteering for…”

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Rashida Tlaib (MI-12)
Primary: August 6th

Representative Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, has been at the receiving end of vicious attacks and even death threats because of her attempts to end the indiscriminate killing of Gazans. Right-wing and hawkish groups have also been trying to end her Congressional career. Make some calls to help her keep her seat!

When? Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6pm Eastern

This spring, hawkish pro-Israeli interest group AIPAC offered $20 million to anyone in Michigan’s 12th district who would come out to challenge Representative Rashida Tlaib. She is fighting for the fighting for the type of bold change our communities, country, and world deserve. And the establishment fears her for it, looking to oust, intimidate, and stop her at every turn. Yet, time and again, she has beaten corporate and right-wing super PAC money. And she can do it again with your help! Find out more: https://rashidaforcongress.com

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Ilhan Omar (MN-05)
Primary: August 13th

Representative Ilhan Omar is again being attacked by AIPAC and its hawkish allies because she stands up for peace. Help her win her primary by signing up to make some calls for her!

When? Sundays starting at 1pm Central

Ilhan Omar has been steadfast in her pro-peace efforts, despite drawing the ire of right-wing groups, moderate Democrats, and even former President Trump. Despite receiving numerous death threats during her time in office, she continues to unabashedly advocate for peace and justice in the world — a much-needed quality at this time when so many others are complacent. Particularly as this brutal war in Gaza continues to rage, Ilhan’s pro-peace and justice voice has been crucial to shaping and steering US policy in a more moral direction. From the beginning, she has called for a ceasefire. And hawkish, pro-Israeli group AIPAC and its allies have come after her for it. They are throwing millions at her challenger, Former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels. We can push back against that money by supporting her. Find out more: https://ilhanomar.com/about

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Meet the Candidates Series

Check out some of our 2024 candidates speak to foreign policy.

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Jamaal Bowman (NY-16)

Congressman Jamaal Bowman has been a stalwart supporter of peace and justice since taking office. He was one of the earliest supporters of a ceasefire and is facing one of the toughest races against AIPAC because of it. He is a progressive champion who is ready to challenge the hawkish, militaristic status quo. His primary is June 25th, and he will need our grassroots support to win!

On May 28th, Jamaal will join us. Register to hear him speak now!

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Ilhan Omar (MN-5)

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been one of our strongest pro-peace champions since her historic election in 2018 and has consistently led efforts to reform the hawkish and imperialistic U.S. foreign policy status quo. She has stood up for a world free from tyranny, and most recently looked to block additional weapons shipments to Israel. On May 21st, Ilhan spoke to us about today’s critical foreign policy issues. Hear our discussion here!

Her primary is August 13th, and we must help her win!

Susheela Jayapal (OR-3)

Susheela Jayapal, pro-peace champion, was running for OR-3, the district of retiring Congressman Earl Blumenauer. She has been calling for a ceasefire in Gaza since November, facing dark money attacks because of that stance. She was unafraid to take on the military industrial complex and wanted to change the status quo in DC. On May 2nd, Susheela took questions from our members about the most pressing foreign policy issues. Unfortunately, up against millions in AIPAC money, she lost her May 21st primary. Hear our discussion here!

Kina Collins (IL-7)

Kina Collins was a progressive champion challenging Danny Davis in Chicago area IL-7. Kina has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza since the very beginning, as well as assistance to address the increasingly worsening humanitarian crisis. She has attended Ceasefire Now protests throughout her city. On February 22nd, Kina joined us live to take questions on foreign policy with our members. Unfortunately, she lost her March 19th primary. Listen to our discussion here!

Jirair Ratevosian (CA-30)

Jirair Ratevosian was running for Adam Schiff’s old seat, CA-30. He was the only major candidate in the race to call for a ceasefire to end the tragic killing in Gaza. On January 30th, Jirair kicked off our Peace Voter “Meet the Candidates” series for the 2024 cycle. Jan 30th, he took questions from members like you and spoke about our issues. Unfortunately, he lost his March 5th primary. Hear the conversation here!

Amplify the Peace Voice

Use your social media platforms to spotlight our pro-peace champions and help put peace on this election’s agenda. The graphics and messages below can help you get our message out.

Are You a Peace Voter?

Let the candidates know you’re voting for peace in this cycle! Save these graphics (with a right-click or by opening their link) and share them on your social media!

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Follow Our Endorsed Candidates

Follow our endorsed pro-peace candidates on social media and help amplify their progressive messages. Use the above graphics to show your support for these issues.

At Peace Action, we don’t just work to influence Congress. We also work to shape it.

Only by demonstrating the power of the peace constituency can we expect members of Congress to support pro-peace policies. That’s why Peace Action is committed to helping get pro-peace candidates into office.

Every election cycle, Peace Action makes candidate endorsements, raises campaign money for our candidates, conducts candidate briefings of foreign policy issues and donates skilled organizers to campaigns that we know will represent the peace movement well in Congress. Through this work, we’ve built invaluable relationships with Senators and Representatives, helping to shape many pro-peace candidates into pro-peace leaders on Capitol Hill. Help fund our Peace Voter work.

If you’d like to donate to a specific candidate, you can do so here. Donating through us sends the campaign a message that you’re donating for peace!

How Can Affiliates Help Peace Voter?

Peace Action affiliates can get involved in supporting the electoral efforts in their states in numerous ways.

Who has Peace Action endorsed this cycle?

You can visit our Candidate Endorsements page to see an up to date list.

How can I nominate a candidate for Peace Action’s endorsement?

If you are a c4 affiliate and feel a candidate delivers a pro-peace policy, you can submit an Endorsement Request Form to us for consideration. Make a copy of the document and fill out the details. You can send candidates of interest to the Peace Action Candidate Questionnaire to record their answers on the issue.

How can Peace Action help a campaign?

We may be able to help in the following areas:

  • Endorsement
  • PAC contribution
  • Online bundling
  • Local and/or national press release on endorsement
  • Quotes for your press release and other communications
  • Issue expertise and messaging advice
  • In-kind donation of organizer
  • In-kind donation of other services (phone banking tools, etc.)
  • Recruiting volunteers inside and/or outside of district or state
  • Voter outreach phone banking
  • Hosting events
  • Other requests

Does Peace Action have any resources for campaigns about these issues?

If you’re interested in learning more about the foreign policy issues critical to Peace Action, you can visit our Candidate Resource Center. There, you will find our updated Policy Briefings, polling on the issues, and links to our questionnaire.

Can we do anything electorally as a 501(c)(3)?

Yes, but in a restricted, nonpartisan way. Alliance for Justice has some good resources on 501 (c)(3) eligible electoral work. A few more common actions are below (full list here) and you can find more information at https://bolderadvocacy.org/.

  • Conduct nonpartisan get-out-the-vote and voter registration drives
  • Sponsor candidate debates
  • Conduct voter protection activities
  • Canvass the public on issues

Federal tax law absolutely prohibits 501(c)(3)s from supporting or opposing candidates for public office. 501(c)(3)s cannot endorse candidates or make independent expenditures suggesting who is the “better” candidate without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

Questions? Contact Lilly Dragnev, National Engagement and Campaigns Director, at 260-494-5436 or by email at ldragnev@peaceaction.org.

Protect Our Democracy

Make sure everyone in your community has the resources they need to vote and be counted.

Register To Vote

If you haven’t registered, do so in less than 2 minutes today: https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/

If you’re unsure of your registration status, check it now: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/

Request a Mail-In Ballot

See if your state has changed their policies around Covid here: https://www.vote.org/covid-19/

Request your ballot if you plan to vote by mail: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/

Become an Election Worker

Sign up to be a poll worker and help America vote: https://www.eac.gov/help-america-vote

Find out your state’s election worker laws: https://www.eac.gov/sites/default/files/eac_assets/1/28/Compendium.2016.pdf

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