Our Bill to Slash Nuke Weapons Funding

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As you know, Peace Action formed over 60 years ago as The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy to abolish nuclear weapons.  We have come a long way.  The world produced over 125,000 nuclear warheads and now around 17,000 remain.  And that number continues to decline.

Write Congress now to move closer to abolishing nuclear weapons.

Despite President Obama’s Prague speech a few years ago proclaiming a world free of nuclear weapons, he 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 completely secure with far fewer nuclear weapons.

Next week, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will introduce…

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News Worth Spreading: “There IS An Alternative to War!”

Originally posted at his truly excellent blog by Joe Scarry, March 9, 2015. Please share widely. See his suggestions for spreading this important information on social media and elsewhere. And if you’re working on peace, especially nuclear disarmament, you should really follow Joe’s blog.



I’m excited to be associated with an initiative called World Beyond War, and to be sharing a new resource it has created: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War.

Alternative to War weaves together the learnings of major peace efforts of recent times, and lays the foundation for a massive push for education and action.

What I’m feeling particularly energized about is the potential for the thousands of people who have already signed on as supporters of World Beyond War — as well as millions more who are expected to do so soon — to become active participants in spreading this good news. Good news has always relied on a community to spread it; today, more than ever before, we all have powerful tools in our hands to be active spreaders.

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If an idea is really good, it’s worth spreading, and that’s especially true for Alternative to War. Continue reading

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Gorbachev Confronts US Imperialism…Again

This is an excellent interview of former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev by Sophie Shevardnadze of RT from December 2014. It’s just 24 minutes but so full of wisdom, history and insights on foreign affairs, especially Russia vs. the “west” today, e.g., Ukraine, sanctions, NATO, EU.

See it here: http://youtu.be/5ZgBKc78zMI

The world would be a much more peaceful place if there were more honest and brave leaders today willing to confront US (corporate-backed) imperialism.

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The Corvallis Advocate:  World Peace Game

Dave DeLuca wrote a great article on The World Peace Game for the February 26, 2015 edition of The Corvallis Advocate. Here it is:

Hoover Fifth Graders Play World Peace Game

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”
– Sun Tzu, Sixth Century BCE

Ancient wisdom teaches that the quest for peace requires deep understanding. OSU professor Terry Adams conveyed this wisdom to a fifth-grade class at Hoover Elementary. She quotes Sun Tzu every week before leading the students into sessions of the World Peace Game.

The Corvallis Advocate first told you about the geopolitical role-playing exercise called the World Peace Game and its creator, John Hunter, back in October. The game takes place on a fictional planet, whose nations are poised on the brink of war. Victory is achieved when all conflicts are ended and all players are financially stable. Along the way, random political and natural crises must also be resolved. As if that’s not enough of a challenge for young scholars, they also have to end global warming.

Read the full article and have a look at the photos of the Game in progress here.

For more from the VFP Corvallis web site on bringing the World Peace Game to Corvallis see the posts here and here.

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Chris Kyle vs Tomas Young: The Real War in America

VFP Linus Pauling Chapter:

Excellent thoughts on America’s obsession with war “heroes” from an associate member of VFP. Thank you, Cynthia.

Originally posted on ChaosSection:

It’s hard to turn on the TV or scroll through Facebook these days without seeing a story about Chris Kyle or the Clint Eastwood film, “American Sniper.” Whether you are pro or con Kyle, it’s difficult to argue that, right now, our country seems to be consumed with this man’s life. As an associate member of the organization Veterans for Peace, I am quite sure you can surmise which side of the aisle I stand on; however, just in case there is any confusion, let me make things crystal clear: I am not a fan. I will admit that, prior to his death, I knew absolutely nothing about the man, and after his death, anything that I have learned has come from reading interviews and watching his talk show appearances.

I had every intention of sitting down to watch “American Sniper” this morning, just to see what all…

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The World Peace Game is HERE!

Just a brief update…

Terry and Ele Adams have completed the World Peace Game installation at Hoover Elementary and will begin running sessions with fifth graders the week of January 5th, 2015.

This has been a monumental effort by the Adams over the past several months to gather game board components and game pieces, and for Steve Adams to construct the game board based on plans from the World Peace Game originator, John Hunter. Terry and Ele also held meetings with Hoover faculty and prepared game information folders, etc. to lay out instructor and player roles and responsibilities. The details were seemingly endless.

We’ll provide a more complete update soon (along with press access) after all the bugs are worked out and the teachers and facilitators have a moment to come up for air.

See the posts below for more information on the World Peace Game.

World Peace Game at Hoover Elementary, Corvallis, Oregon (Photo courtesy Terry Adams)

World Peace Game at Hoover Elementary, Corvallis, Oregon (Photo courtesy Terry Adams)

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A Different Kind of Tour: Derry

Powerful new documentary short from our Veterans For Peace chapter in the UK.

Here’s the post on their website: http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/2014/a-different-kind-of-tour-derry/

Please watch this ~20 minute documentary–the first of a three part series on VFP-UK’s peace and reconciliation tour of Northern Ireland. Very compelling stories and some  poignant lessons about the way soldiers typically interact with civilians and about how a government covers its tracks.

While you’re at the VFP-UK site, sign up for their email updates to keep up with their great work.

FYI…We will watch and discuss this at our January VFP meeting on the 26th.

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