How We Won on Net Neutrality

June 26, 2016
How We Won on Net Neutrality

RAY MORRIS - We won something big last week and we want to make sure you know just how important it was. For over a decade, CREDO fought ferociously to protect Net Neutrality. Last week a federal court handed us a huge and game-changing win for the future of an open and equal internet...

New Tool for Communities on How to Promote Peace

June 24, 2016

THE COMMUNITY TOOLBOX - Promoting Peace is a free online resource offering detailed guidance and links to resources for students and those working as advocates. Focused on concrete steps that can be taken as an individual, a family, a community, and global society it showcases evidence-based approaches shown to be effective in preventing...

Global Peace Index: Peace Gap is Widening

June 22, 2016
Global Peace Index: Peace Gap is Widening

INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS AND PEACE - In the 12 months since the last Global Peace Index, increased conflict, terrorism and the refugee crisis suggests a less peaceful world. However, despite the increasingly unequal gap between peaceful and less peaceful nations, there are positive trends where the data tells a different story.

More Than 450 organizations Tell Congress: Oppose Trans Pacific Partnership

June 20, 2016

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - More than 450 environmental, landowner, Indigenous rights and allied organizations that oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership tell Congress that pending trade deals threaten efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Report Includes Recommendations for U.S. Fathers

June 18, 2016
Report Includes Recommendations for U.S. Fathers

ROB OKUN - Millions of men will wake up Sunday to handmade cards, neckties, and, maybe, a new electronic gadget. It’s Father’s Day 2016, a time to acknowledge dear old Dad. But beyond this increasingly commercialized day of purchasing manly presents lies a deeper, more important question: where is fatherhood in the U.S. going...

Time for a Nonviolent Assault on Our Blood-Stained Congress

June 16, 2016
Time for a Nonviolent Assault on Our Blood-Stained Congress

TOM H. HASTINGS - After the horrific shooting in Orlando there are some facts we might want to consider.

Former OPW Director on Peace Mission to Russia

June 14, 2016
Former OPW Director on Peace Mission to Russia

PETER BERGEL - As some of you know, I’ll leave on June 15 to join a citizen diplomacy peace delegation to Russia for two weeks. I will take with me a peace message from the mayor and mayor-elect of Salem, OR and will, I hope, bring back peace messages from Russian citizens, decision-makers, academicians...

Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

June 12, 2016
Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all and strengthens the American workforce.

Evaluating Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

June 10, 2016
Evaluating Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

MEL GURTOV - How should we evaluate Obama’s foreign policy record? Right-wing critics will of course excoriate Obama for all the usual things—weakness against adversaries like Russia and China, negotiating with instead of subverting Cuba and Iran, eviscerating the US military, undermining relations with Israel. On the left, Obama is already being...

Rethinking Criminal Justice

June 8, 2016
Rethinking Criminal Justice

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - “For over forty years our criminal justice system has over-relied on punishment, policing, incarceration and detention. This has ushered in an age of mass incarceration. This era is marked by sentencing policies that lead to racially disproportionate incarceration rates and a variety of ‘collateral consequences’ that have harmed our communities...

Obama in Hiroshima Paints a Peace Sign on a Bomb

June 6, 2016
Obama in Hiroshima Paints a Peace Sign on a Bomb

DAVID SWANSON - President Obama went to Hiroshima, did not apologize, did not state the facts of the matter (that there was no justification for the bombings there and in Nagasaki), and did not announce any steps to reverse his pro-nuke policies (building more nukes, putting more nukes in Europe, defying the nonproliferation treaty,...

Momentum Builds for Nuclear Ban Treaty

June 4, 2016

KINGSTON REIF - A growing number of non-nuclear-weapon states are expressing support for the immediate commencement of negotiations on a legally binding agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons, despite strong opposition from those states that possess nuclear weapons and many U.S. allies. The contentious debate over how best to advance nuclear disarmament occurred at a...

On June 2nd Remember the Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation

June 2, 2016
On June 2nd Remember the Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation

RIVERA SUN - Every year in May, peace activists circulate Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Peace Proclamation. But, Howe did not commemorate Mother's Day in May . . . for 30 years Americans celebrated Mother's Day for Peace on June 2nd. It was Julia Ward Howe's contemporary, Anna Jarvis, who established the May celebration...

What Will Rise Ye?

May 31, 2016
What Will Rise Ye?

KATHY KELLY - How can we, each of us, help lift the hammer of justice, cultivating a world at peace.

North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons. So Could Obama

May 29, 2016
North Korea, Following China and India, Pledges No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons. So Could Obama

JOHN LAFORGE - North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and applause. Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge. None of three dozen news...

Direct Action Taken to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

May 27, 2016
Direct Action Taken to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

ANNE MILLHOLLEN - On May 7, members of Beyond War NW were able to join the Mother’s Day Gathering and Action sponsored by the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington (www.gzcenter.org). The back fence to their lovely, forested Center, is part of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Located 20 miles from Seattle,...

Woman Describes How Street Abuse Feels

May 25, 2016
Woman Describes How Street Abuse Feels

LAURA FINLEY - It wasn’t the first time. Like most women—84 percent across 22 countries, in fact-- I have been catcalled by random men many times. In a widely shared 2014 experiment, a woman in New York City received 100 catcalls in just ten hours. But last night was definitely the scariest I have...

Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

May 23, 2016
Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

TOM H. HASTINGS - I teach and write in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, with a special focus on strategic nonviolence. It is a rich field, growing in its scholarship and its widespread usage. I’m so enthused by this—the more we wage our conflicts with nonviolence the lower the costs. Counting the...

Peace, Not Russia, Is Real Threat to US Power

May 21, 2016
Peace, Not Russia, Is Real Threat to US Power

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM - The monstrous US military budget is a classic illustration of the proverb about not seeing the woods for the trees. It is such an overwhelming outgrowth, all too often it is misperceived.

Nuclear Ground Zero Is Everywhere Now

May 19, 2016
Nuclear Ground Zero Is Everywhere Now

WINSLOW MYERS - Torture and rape are unbearable enough, but a nuclear war anywhere could throw billions of people into the misery of worldwide starvation. It is a dangerous illusion to assume that our political leaders and foreign policy experts will magically prevent apocalypse—that the generals on the front lines in Pakistan or anywhere...

The Blue Revolution – How Kuwaiti Women Used Nonviolence to Gain Suffrage

May 17, 2016
The Blue Revolution – How Kuwaiti Women Used Nonviolence to Gain Suffrage

RIVERA SUN - This week in nonviolent history commemorates the successful conclusion of Kuwait's Blue Revolution. On May 17th, 2005, Kuwaiti women gained suffrage after more than 40 years of struggle. The women used a wide variety of approaches to achieve their goals, including lobbying, introducing repeated legislation, protests and demonstration, marches, rallies, and...

Panama Papers Reveal How the 1% Operate

May 15, 2016
Panama Papers Reveal How the 1% Operate

MEL GURTOV - One of the many tools at the disposal of multinational corporations (MNCs) for maximizing profits and undermining state sovereignty is moving operations to low-tax countries. Global companies do not simply “go abroad”; they shift capital, as well as labor and technology, to wherever the advantages are greatest. This reality...

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

May 13, 2016
NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

CONN HALLINAN - “Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War. The question is,...

Here’s What a U.S. Military “Mistake” Looks Like

May 11, 2016
Here’s What a U.S. Military “Mistake” Looks Like

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - “The people are being reduced to blood and dust. They are in pieces.” The doctor who uttered these words still thought the hospital itself was a safe zone. He was with Doctors Without Borders, working in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the Taliban and government forces were engaged in hellish fighting and...

Youth > Fossil Fuels

May 9, 2016
Youth > Fossil Fuels

KATIE MCCHESNEY - Something big is unfolding on campuses across the country this spring. In early April, twenty students from Swarthmore College launched a creative theatre action outside their administrator’s office in Philadelphia to call out her shady ties to the fossil fuel industry -- including to oil giant Exxon -- that are clouding...

Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

May 7, 2016

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND - Grant Township, Indiana County, PA: Tonight, Grant Township Supervisors passed a first-in-the-nation law that legalizes direct action to stop frack wastewater injection wells within the Township. Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) has sued the Township to overturn a local democratically-enacted law that prohibits injection wells.

North Korea’s New Weapons: Full Speed Ahead

May 5, 2016
North Korea’s New Weapons: Full Speed Ahead

MEL GURTOV - North Korea is on a military tear. How and when any of the weapons the North claims to have might actually be operational is open to speculation. What does seem clear is that Kim Jong-un is pressing his weapons specialists to produce a reliable deterrent that will force the issue of...

Remembering Daniel Berrigan with Gratitude

May 3, 2016
Remembering Daniel Berrigan with Gratitude

KEN BUTIGAN - Daniel Berrigan has died, and so we have lost our great teacher who, flinty and generous and relentlessly persistent, taught us how to live in a culture of death and madness: “Find some people you can pray with and march with.”

Iraq Today: Can We Feel the Heat?

May 1, 2016

CATHY BREEN - Outwardly everything seemed so normal that at first I forgot I was with people now counted among the hundreds of thousands who are internally displaced in Iraq. In the next couple of hours, though, we would hear many tragic stories that would dispel any thought of “normalcy.”

Voices of Reason vs the Doomsday Lobby

April 29, 2016
Voices of Reason vs the Doomsday Lobby

JOHN LAFORGE - In 2010, three high-ranking military officials including Air Force Colonel B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of the US Air Force’s Strategic Plans and Policy Division who had worked directly for the Secretary of the Air Force, published a major policy paper suggesting that the US should unilaterally cut its nuclear arsenal by...

30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Threaten Our Survival

April 27, 2016
30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Threaten Our Survival

HARVEY WASSERMAN - The on-going radiation releases from jalopy nuclear reactors impact our health and undermine our eco-systems every day, threatening our future on this planet, and standing in the way of the Solartopian Revolution in renewables and efficiency that must ultimately save our planet from ecological and economic ruin.

President Obama Should Go to Hiroshima, But Not Empty-Handed

April 25, 2016
President Obama Should Go to Hiroshima, But Not Empty-Handed

KEVIN MARTIN - There couldn’t be a better audience, the Hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors, nor a better time for a president whose days in office are dwindling, for Obama to announce concrete steps toward the goal he enunciated in his Prague speech in 2009, the security of a world free of nuclear weapons.

An Earth Day Pledge: Commit to the Great Turning

April 23, 2016
An Earth Day Pledge: Commit to the Great Turning

RIVERA SUN - In an era of climate crisis, Earth Day reminds us of the urgency and importance of transforming our way of life . . . today! One resource for this is to re-imagine these times as an epochal period of great change, one that many people are calling the Great Turning.

Did the Vatican Just Throw Out Its Just War Doctrine?

April 21, 2016
Did the Vatican Just Throw Out Its Just War Doctrine?

ERICA CHENOWETH - Last week, the Vatican hosted a conference on the theme of “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence,” organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace along with the global Catholic peace network Pax Christi International. In their concluding appeal to Pope Francis,...

“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

April 19, 2016
“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world. The fight, as a recent New York Times article indicates, concerns a variety of nuclear weapons that the U.S. military is currently in the process...

Nonviolence is the Key to Bloodless Occupations

April 17, 2016
Nonviolence is the Key to Bloodless Occupations

TOM HASTINGS - Video footage of the Oregon State Police shooting of armed occupier LaVoy Finicum following a vehicular chase is so very sad to watch. Finicum may have been quite stupid in his belief that American public lands should belong to private ranchers, but he did not deserve to die. Sadly, he arranged...

Tax Day Actions Include Protests and Refusal to Pay

April 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE - From traditional Tax Day, April 15, 2016, through the final day to file in Maine and Massachusetts on April 19, hundreds of people in communities across the United States will take public action to call for a change federal budget priorities away from military spending and to human and environmental needs....

What Should We Conclude From the Sanders and Trump Victories?

April 13, 2016
What Should We Conclude From the Sanders and Trump Victories?

WINSLOW MYERS - Trump and Sanders in their stark difference both from each other and from establishment candidates exemplify our national duality: fear-mongering and oversimplification from Trump, idealism and authenticity from Sanders. Every four years we have a fresh chance to look both for the real America and for the best possible America. Fifty-seven...

Repeal of the Death Penalty is a Step Toward Peace

April 11, 2016

RON STEINER - Antonyms for “peace” could be any of the following: War, disagreement, hate, discord, agitation, disharmony, distress, frustration, upset, worry, disturbance. We can add the “death penalty” as an antonym to “peace.”

Dragging Our Feet Toward Nuclear Disaster

April 9, 2016
Dragging Our Feet Toward Nuclear Disaster

IRA HELFAND - A United Nations meeting in Geneva could have enormous implications for United States national security, but it is being ignored by most of the media and by America’s political leaders. It deserves serious attention. A new policy-making body called the Open Ended Working Group consider...

Stifling Academic Freedom the NRA Way

April 7, 2016
Stifling Academic Freedom the NRA Way

LAURA FINLEY - That conservative forces have long sought to squash dissent and curtail rigorous academic debate on campuses is far from a secret. From the militarization of many campuses, academic repression of faculty, excessive and difficult-to-navigate bureaucracies, limitations on free speech and more, college students, staff and faculty members today face many...

How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

April 5, 2016
How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

DAVID SWANSON - U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military...

The Trillion Dollar Question

April 3, 2016
The Trillion Dollar Question

LAWRENCWE WITTNER - Isn’t it rather odd that America’s largest single public expenditure scheduled for the coming decades has received no attention in the 2015-2016 presidential debates? The expenditure is for a thirty-year program to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production facilities. Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment...

For First Time, Majority in U.S. Oppose Nuclear Energy

April 1, 2016
For First Time, Majority in U.S. Oppose Nuclear Energy

REBECCA RIFFKIN - For the first time since Gallup first asked the question in 1994, a majority of Americans say they oppose nuclear energy. The 54% opposing it is up significantly from 43% a year ago, while the 44% who favor using nuclear energy is down from 51%.

33,480 Americans Dead After 70 Years of Atomic Weaponry

March 30, 2016

NUKEWATCH QUARTERLY - The U.S. government has compensated over 52,000 nuclear workers for illnesses related to radiation exposure, but the process is complicated. Deaths resulting from exposure while working at the factories and the compensation process for survivors begs the question: How much is a life worth? As the death toll mounts, nuclear weapons...

Building New “Nonviolent Cities”

March 29, 2016
Building New “Nonviolent Cities”

JOHN DEAR - If Carbondale, Illinois can seek to become a nonviolent city, any city can seek to become a nonviolent city. This is an idea whose time has come. This is an organizing strategy that should be tried around the nation and the world. The only way it can happen is through bottom-up,...

Residents Demand No New Offshore Oil Leases in Gulf of Mexico

March 26, 2016

KATE COLWELL - For the first time ever, hundreds of Gulf Coast residents are joining forces with local and national environmental and social justice groups to oppose a federal offshore fossil fuel lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed lease of 43 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to develop as...

Zero-Sum in Brussels: the Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World

March 24, 2016
Zero-Sum in Brussels: the Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World

CHRIS FLOYD - The atrocities in Brussels — and they are horrific, criminal atrocities — are not occurring in a vacuum. They are not springing from some unfathomable abyss of motiveless malevolence. They are a response, in kind, to the atrocious violence being committed by Western powers on a regular basis in many countries...

#NuclearIsDirty Campaign Kicks Off

March 22, 2016
#NuclearIsDirty Campaign Kicks Off

MICHAEL MARRIOTTE - Last week we launched a new campaign to put an end to the myth of "clean nuclear power," and we are off to a great start. We are rolling out the #NuclearIsDirty campaign with a series of online and social media events over 12 weeks. During that time, we will take...

10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle

March 20, 2016
10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle

RIVERA SUN - Learning the meaning and practices of nonviolent struggle makes it accessible to everyone.