Happenings

The Forgotten Issue of Nuclear Policy

CONGRESS IS CRUCIAL - We the Voters Want Real Security!

This event will present the questions you need to ask of Congressional candidates before the August 7 Primary election.

For example, "If you are elected, what will you do to make the U.S. safer and more secure?  Do you support preemptive  military strikes against North Korea?  Do you support 'modernizing' the U.S. nuclear bombs and missiles?"  

Saturday, June 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Barth Hall in The Cathedral Church of S. Paul
4800 Woodward at Warren in Detroit

These presenters will spark your thinking of good questions:

  • Kamilia Landrum, Director of Programs, Detroit NAACP
  • Prasad Venugopal, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Sarah O'Donnell, University of Michigan Student, The Progressive Youth Assembly
  • Fred Pearson, Ph.D., Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University

We are inviting the Congressional candidates for District 9 thru 14.  You will have time to ask them your questions.

Presented by Peace Action of Michigan

Co-Sponsors
Detroit Branch NAACP
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Citizens for Peace
Jobs with Justice
Promote the Vote
Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Veterans for Peace Chapters 74 and 93
P.E.A.C.E. (Public Education And Community Engagement)

2018 Priority

Develop Young Adults Against Nukes - email us for the latest progress.

Fishman-Perrin Lecture  

We bring experts to discuss strategies for peacemaking.  Dan Zak, author of Almighty, spoke in 2017.  Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan, was the 2016 headliner.  This is named after Al Fishman and Dr. Gene Perrin who were activists and Board Members for decades.

Hiroshima Remembrance  

Every August 6, we commemorate the first use of nuclear weapons to remind our state of their power to bring about nuclear winter.  Speakers have include Sister Megan Rice, a prophet of peace at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and our own Prasad Venugopal, Professor of Physics at University of Detroit Mercy.

Labor Day Parade  

PeaceBuilder  

This fall Banquet honors PeaceBuilders.  We have saluted Motoko Huthwaite who shares her experiences of being "the other" in World War II, Selma Good who started Westside Mothers for Welfare Rights, and Dr. Al and Harriet Saperstein who have campaigned for nuclear disarmament and fair housing.  World renown musician Spence Barefield provided the music in 2017.

 
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2017 Highlights

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Great Speech on War and Peace
We attracted more than 150 people, double the number of 2016 participants, to the Reading of "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence."  Longtime justice advocates Gloria House and Aljosie Aldrich Harding, whose late husband Vincent Harding wrote MLK's speech, set the context.  The Detroit City Council gave "Spirit of Detroit" Awards to Peace Action and allies. 

The evening's event went on line so there were 4,000 hits on beliefnet and patheos.  We facilitated readings at another eight sites.  The 2018 focus will be on enabling teachers to hold Readings. 

Phyllis Bennis, "Resisting Trump's Foreign Policy; Diplomacy...Not War"
Sponsored by The Huntington Woods Peace Group supported by Peace Action, February 26

Fishman-Perrin Lecture
Dan Zak, author of Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

 Marching
March for Science and Climate Action Day - Detroit,  Memorial Day Parade - Ferndale
Ban the Bomb - Eastern Market,  Labor Day Detroit Parade - Detroit

 We joined michigancoalitiontopreventgunviolence.org

Hiroshima Remembrance
Sister Megan Rice, Peace Prophet at Oak Ridge, TN nuclear bomb plant.
"None of us is out of prison as long as one nuclear bomb exists."

Letters to the Editor in the Detroit Free Press
"Trump's exit from Paris Climate Accord is bad news for our American troops"
"Time to negotiate with North Korea"
"Trump's Afghanistan Strategy Won't Work"

 Advocacy via Visits with Congress, Emails, Phone Calls, Faxes, etc.
*Sponsor S. 200 to restrict the first use of nuclear weapons by a U.S. President.  "There are no right hands for wrong weapons." - Ban Ki-Moon

*Oppose the Obama and Trump Administration plans to spend $1 trillion over 30 years to modernize our nuclear arsenal.  Support SANE, Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures.

*Eliminate Pentagon waste and demand the Department of Defense be audited.

*Reject the huge increases in Pentagon spending proposed by the President Trump and the House Republicans.

*Sponsor "The People's Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance," Congressional Progressive Caucus.

*Support legislation to prevent war on North Korea.

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