For 24 years, Paul Kawika (ca vee’ ca) Martin, Peace Action’s senior director for policy and political affairs has helped change policy with numerous environmental, peace, animal rights and human rights organizations including Greenpeace and the Nobel prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility. Mr. Martin worked with a Clinton Presidential Commission and spent a year campaigning in twenty countries in the coveted position of radio officer on Greenpeace ships including the Rainbow Warrior.
Mr. Martin uses his expertise on nuclear weapons and U.S. foreign policy to lobby Congress and to mobilize Peace Action’s 240,000 paid members and supporters and 100 chapters around social change. Peace Action is the largest grassroots peace organization in the U.S. The White House, NGOs, Members of Congress and their staff consult with him on legislation and political strategy around the issues of abolishing nuclear weapons, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, ISIS and reducing the Pentagon budget. Former Rep. Barney Frank asked him to join the Sustainable Defense Task Force which released the influential report, Debt, Deficits, and Defense: A Way Forward, on reducing the U.S. military budget. Mr. Martin founded several influential coalitions working on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan policy. As Peace Action’s PAC director, he uses his electoral expertise to fund, endorse and help elect progressive candidates.
His work has appeared in countless international, national and local television, radio and print media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC and Democracy Now! Mr. Martin served on the Community Advisory Board of a Washington, DC television station. He is currently on the board of the National Priorities Project, PeacePAC and the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.
Mr. Martin has traveled to 35 countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Lebanon and Cuba. He received his bachelors at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and Global Peace and Security and currently lives in Washington, DC where he enjoys his passions of Italian motorcycles, the arts and the outdoors.
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