Alert: Tell the President to go to Hiroshima, but with a purpose!

April 28, 2016
The Cenotaph at ground zero in Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb 71 years ago

The Cenotaph at ground zero in Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb 71 years ago

There is still time before he leaves office for President Barack Obama  to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons, as he advocated in his Prague speech in 2009.

Working with our Japanese colleagues, Peace Action has called on the president to go to Hiroshima, but not just for symbolic sake. We call on President Obama to visit with Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to learn from their powerful witness, and to take further steps toward nuclear disarmament, including:

-further nuclear reductions in the U.S. arsenal, in concert with Russia;
-initiating negotiations for the verifiable global elimination of all nuclear weapons, as the U.S. and other nuclear states are required to do by Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty;
-canceling the 30 year, $1 trillion planned boondoggle to completely overhaul the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.

We expect an announcement from the White House soon.  So, please call the President today – 202.456.1111.

Peace Action and our allies continue to press the issue through our grassroots network and in the media.  You can listen to a radio interview I did last Sunday on KPFA or you can read an op ed that I wrote and was published last Saturday in Greenville, NC’s Daily Reflector.

Most importantly, please call the President today – 202.456.1111.

Peacefully yours,

Kevin Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action


Tell President Obama, Don’t Stop Now.

April 6, 2016

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Last Thursday, the Washington Post ran an op-ed from President Obama: How we can make our vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality. The President is hosting a Nuclear Security Summit and is using the occasion to reflect on what little has actually been done since his Prague Promise to rid the planet of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction.

Please write the President today and tell him its too early to close the book on his promise that America would lead the world to a future free of nuclear weapons. 

The President can begin by cancelling the 1 trillion dollar plan for modernizing the nuclear weapons production complex, aka, the “nuclear weapons forever” program.

The Pentagon has a habit of designing weapons to meet every specific possible scenario conceivable and money has never been an object.  But when they talk about nuclear weapons, the weapons and nuclear war fighting scenarios become frighteningly real as the weapons are being designed to be used – not to deter – attack.  That reality intensifies the risk of nuclear war.

There are concrete steps the President can take, including actions he doesn’t need Congressional consent for, like ‘de-alerting’ all U.S. nuclear weapons currently at the ‘launch on warning’, hair trigger ready.

In his op-ed the President says: “As the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons, the United States has a moral obligation to continue to lead the way in eliminating them.”  I could not agree more.

Please write the President today and tell him there is still much he can do in the remainder of his term to free the world from the threat of mass destruction.  Thank you!.

Peacefully yours,

Kevin Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action


Peace Action Statement from Hiroshima-On 70th Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan

August 5, 2015

IMG_0609Hiroshima, Japan — August 5, 2015 — On the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings (August 6th and 9th), Paul Kawika Martin, the policy and political director of the United State’s largest peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement from the official commemoration in Hiroshima.

“Here in Hiroshima, on the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of this city and Nagasaki, we remember the hundreds of thousands of casualties caused by the most basic of nuclear weapon designs and know that we never want another populous to suffer from such a bomb. Even worse, today’s nuclear weapons are several to hundreds of times more destructive.

Clearly, these horrific weapons are no asset to any country. The current U.S. plan to waste $1 trillion over the next thirty years modernizing, maintaining and replacing delivery systems must be stopped.

President Obama should heed his Prague speech and live up to U.S. obligations under the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) by significantly reducing America’s 7,100 nuclear warheads.

Additionally, the agreement reached with Iran will verifiably block it from getting a nuclear weapon, making it paramount that the U.S. Congress support the accord.”

This is Mr. Martin’s fourth trip to Japan as a guest of one of the largest peace groups, Ginsuikin. He will also travel to Nagasaki for the commemoration there and to Okinawa to work with the super majority of locals who oppose the U.S. military bases there.

Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts with Afghanistan and Iran. The public may learn more and take action at http://www.Peace-Action.org. For more up-to-date peace insider information, follow Peace Action’s political director on Twitter. http://twitter.com/PaulKawika


Statement on Peace Agreement with Iran

July 14, 2015

For Immediate Release:  July 13, 2015

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

Largest Peace Organization Hails Historic Iran Agreement

Washington, DC — July 13, 2015 — After several years of diplomacy, the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany (P5 + 1) and Iran reached an historic agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna, Austria today.  The agreement claims to take steps that will keep Iran from producing a nuclear weapon in exchange for lifting international sanctions against the country.

“This historic agreement between the international community and Iran on its nuclear program will ensure Iran will not produce a nuclear weapon, making the U.S. and the world safer.  This agreement will keep Iran at least a year away from having the fissile material needed to make a crude nuclear weapon for at least ten years.  Without an agreement, that timeline shrinks to three months and the threat of war increases dramatically,” commented Paul Kawika Martin the political director of Peace Action (the largest peace group in the U.S. founded on the issue of abolishing nuclear weapons) who has been working on the Iran issue for over eight years and had the rare opportunity to spend time in Iran where he enjoyed the hospitality from its people and its vast culture.

The agreement includes five major components:  Decreasing the stockpile of material that could possibly be made into fissile material.  Limiting the quantity and quality of centrifuges that could make highly enriched uranium needed for a nuclear bomb.  Reconfiguring the nuclear reactor (and securing its spent fuel) in the city of Arak so it produces an insignificant amount of weapons grade plutonium.  Implementing unprecedented inspections and comprehensive monitoring.  And lastly, scheduling and implementing the lifting of specific sanctions on Iran.  In summary, over the next ten years and in some cases longer, all pathways for Iran to build a nuclear weapon will be blocked and critical examination and oversight for verification in exchange for lifting of sanctions.

Recent polls show that a vast majority of Americans oppose military intervention with and support reaching an agreement such as the one reached with even stronger support coming from American Jews.  Despite American support, many in the U.S. Congress have expressed opposition and have promised to derail the historic agreement.

Because the U.S. Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 several months ago, they will have 60 days to review the agreement.  During that time the President may not lift certain statutory sanctions. Within the review period, Congress may vote to disapprove the agreement.  If the disapproval survives a guaranteed presidential veto — a prospect that looks unlikely — then the President would not be able to lift sanctions as part of the agreement, essentially killing the deal.  “Peace Action expects Members of Congress to support the Iran agreement with positive statements and votes that approve the deal.  We and dozens of other political organizations will use any votes on the Iran deal in legislative records and will withhold endorsements and campaign contributions for lawmakers that vote to kill this important agreement,” warned Paul Kawika Martin.  The organization claims to have given millions in contributions and endorsed thousands of candidates since its inception.

“An agreement with Iran on its nuclear program is better than any imaginable alternative.  Military strategists have said consistently that a military intervention with Iran would at best slightly delay any nuclear program and at worst force Iran to engage in getting a nuclear weapon even if they had no such program.  Voting against the accord would be very short sighted as the agreement with Iran on their nuclear program may lead to productive negotiations on other items of concern with the Iranian Government.  More sanctions on Iran are likely to only embolden Iranian hardliners rather than solving the problem,” concluded Paul Kawika Martin.

Besides reaching an agreement with the P5 + 1, Iran also reached an agreement with International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) to clarify all possible past military dimensions (PMDs) of its nuclear program.  The IAEA will release its final assessment by December.  This has been a sticking point with critics of an agreement.

“The success of these talks since 2006 again proves that diplomacy works.  Instead of isolation, sanctions that disproportionately affect commoners or military intervention that costs vast amounts of blood and treasure with untold long-term costs and unintended consequences, the U.S. used dialogue, negotiations and the international community to solve conflict.  These history making negotiations may open the door for more talks on issues like human rights and regional security that will further reduce Middle East tensions,” concluded Kevin Martin, executive director, of Peace Action.

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Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts with Afghanistan and Iran. The public may learn more and take action at http://www.Peace- Action.org. For more up-to-date peace insider information, follow Peace Action’s political director on Twitter. @PaulKawika or http://twitter.com/PaulKawika


No Nukes! President Obama Keep Your Promise!

July 2, 2015

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It was President Obama who created the expectation that our country would lead a global effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons.  In his Prague speech in April, 20009 he committed the U.S. to this goal: “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

Instead, the President has committed to completely rebuilding all three legs of the U.S. nuclear triad – strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and nuclear-armed submarines (SLBMs) and calls for spending $350 billion over the next decade and up to $1 trillion over the next 30 years.  Military experts agree that we cannot afford these costs and we can be just as secure, and probably more so, with far fewer nuclear weapons.

Sign Peace Action’s petition to President Obama.  Together, let’s hold him to his promise to lead the world to a future without nuclear weapons.

With just 18 months left in his presidency, there are concrete steps he can take immediately to show our nation is prepared to lead the world to that goal.  Some of them, like stating the US will not be the first nation to use nuclear weapons in war, taking our nuclear arsenal off ‘launch on warning’ status and initiating negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention to eliminate all nukes worldwide, as Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) requires, don’t require Congressional approval.

Sign our petition to President Obama.  As we approach the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we are reminded today’s nuclear weapons pack much greater destructive power and their use would be a catastrophe unlike any the world has ever seen.

Peace Action chapters are already planning 70th anniversary Hiroshima and Nagasaki commorations.  They will be reaching out to their local communities using earned media to educate the public on the danger that is still very much with us and what we need to do to abolish these doomsday weapons once and for all.

Each year, Peace Action sends a delegation to Japan to participate in observances there.  We will continue to work with our international partners to insure a strong presence at the United Nations as the UN works to repair the damage done at the NPT review when the United States blocked consensus on a final statement. 

Please sign our petition and then forward it to your family and friends..  Ask them to join in this effort to press President Obama to use the final 18 months of his presidency fulfill his promise “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” Now that would be a legacy he could be proud of.


Oppose the U.S. Escalation of the War in Iraq

June 25, 2015

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President Obama just announced that he will send 450 more American service members to Iraq. They will join the 3,000 troops already there, risking their lives in a deepening crisis that has no U.S. military solution.

Luckily, two Iraq War veterans in Congress are standing up to calls for even more war. Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Mark Takai (D-HI) are currently organizing a sign-on letter against escalating the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

Please urge your Representative to sign the letter against escalating the war in Iraq.

Reps. Gallego and Takai know about Iraq because they fought there themselves. They understand the hard truth that American troops will not bring peace to Iraq nor heal the bitter sectarian divides fueling the conflict. They understand that if the Iraqi military won’t fight – as it has repeatedly failed to do when ISIS has advanced – we cannot fight this war for them.

As Reps. Gallego and Takai say in their letter:

 “While the Iraqi military and the Iraqi people deserve our support in this struggle, an enduring victory over ISIS will only be possible if they demonstrate a real and lasting commitment to defeat our mutual foe. If we fight in their stead, our success will be temporary and our gains will be fragile.”

Stand up against mission creep: Email your Representative today!

Unfortunately, hawks in Congress and on the campaign trail are calling for a massive escalation in U.S. troops being sent to Iraq. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is also running for President, has called for 10,000 troops to be sent back to Iraq. Others have called for even more. These dangerous calls for more war are gaining ground in Washington.

Take one minute to stand up against the escalation of war by emailing your Representative.

It is time to admit that the solutions to Iraq’s instability will not be found through bombs or boots on the ground. Failing to do so will put yet more Americans at risk while pouring fuel on a fire that the U.S. military cannot put out.


Iran: Our Hard Work Pays Off

May 12, 2015

With a little over a month to go before negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) are concluded, everything is proceeding as planned. The technical details are being worked out in Vienna with no obvious hurdles in evidence at this writing. The deadline for presenting a final document, expected to be several hundred pages long, is June 30, 2015.

Meanwhile, the Corker Bill, which we have been opposing, has passed the Senate, but it’s been watered down and has yet to pass the House. Just last week, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and David Price (D-NC) sent a letter, signed by 151 Representatives, to President Obama praising the work of his administration to finalize an agreement that verifiably ensures Iran will refrain from developing nuclear weapons. The letter demonstrates strong support for the agreement in the House, sufficient to sustain a presidential veto on any effort by congressional opponents of the deal should they attempt to torpedo an agreement this summer.

Peace Action affiliates across the nation generated calls, letters and emails to Representatives urging them to sign on to the letter and will continue to pressure Congress until a final agreement is reached and implemented. Thanks to all our members and our allies for all your hard work.


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