Fear, hate and nuclear weapons threaten to rewrite facts under the Trump administration as we are guided to endless wars and endless military spending under a President who had to ask why we do not use Nuclear Weapons.
Together, we can resist the politics of fear and hate of the new Administration, and create communities that work for all of us, guiding U.S. foreign policy away from war, and towards sustainable peace. Sign up now to volunteer with Peace Action New York State:
We've Been Busy
As the second round of UN negotiations to draft a treaty to ban nuclear weapons began, we showed up at the UN and in the streets to make it clear: we demand a nuclear free world!
On Thursday and Friday, we attended the second round of historic negotiations to draft a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. We witnessed diplomacy in action as countries came together in pursuit of a nuclear free world. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has aggressively opposed these talks, and during the last round of negotiations, had a press conference outside of the negotiating room to say the US would not be a part of building a nuclear-free world. Nikki Haley does not speak for us!
On Saturday, despite torrential downpour, we joined together with CODEPINK, the Women's International League for Freedom, United for Peace and Justice and other peace allies at the Women's March to Ban the Bomb to demand a nuclear weapons-free world – where no country has a legal basis for weapons that cause unparalleled damage. Rain couldn't stop us from having our message heard: we demand a nuclear ban!
On Sunday, we kept the momentum going at One Struggle, Many Fronts: A Peace & Planet Forum and stood united against nuclear arms, the arms race & the use of nuclear weapons while hearing from diverse communities most directly impacted by their development, testing and use.
In June, governments will convene at the United Nations to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons. We're taking to the streets to support these negotiations and say: no to war, no to nukes, no to warming, and no to walls.
Check out the events below!
Women's March to Ban the Bomb
On Saturday, June 17th, join women worldwide to ban nuclear arms. The Women's March to Ban the Bomb will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to rally and march in New York City and around the world in support of negotiations taking place at the United Nations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
RSVP to the Facebook Event and learn more about the march schedule, affiliated groups, guest speakers, and more!
One Struggle, Many Fronts: A Peace & Planet Forum
On Sunday, June 18th, the day after the Women's March to Ban the Bomb, we're keeping the momentum going! Join us for One Struggle, Many Fronts: A Peace & Planet Forum to stand united against nuclear arms, the arms race & the use of nuclear weapons. This conference will highlight the impact of nuclear arms on the diverse communities most directly impacted by their development, testing and use.
RSVP to the Facebook Event and learn more about the Forum schedule, topics covered, and guest speakers, and more!
We've Been Busy
Last week, we brought our demands for peace to the People's Climate March and to the offices of our Representatives. Together, in coalition for peace, justice and planet, in the streets of D.C. and in meetings with our Representatives, we made it clear: we will not be ignored. And, with your help, we were heard.
Jim Anderson, our PANYS President (pictured above!), led the way through the streets of D.C. with demands for peace.
Kate Alexander, our Policy and Outreach Director, co-MCed the Peace Hub of the People's Climate March with George Martin, the Green Party Shadow Cabinet's Ambassador for Peace.
With the insights of peace leaders including David Swanson and Medea Benjamin, the voices of artists including Bonez and Rasha Abdulhadi, and the insight of local activists like Yemeni student Noman Ahmen, we channeled power, community & leadership for peace into the People's Climate March.
We didn't stop there. We brought that power to the offices of our Representatives, for the Peace Action National Organizer's Meeting. We met with 10 Congressional Representatives offices, and met with three Members of Congress: Representatives Tonko, Suozzi and Collins.
Make sure our Representatives hear us, by making our opposition to Nuclear War impossible to ignore: Here are two actions you can take now:
New Summer Organizing Opportunity with Peace Action New York State: State-Wide, Six Week Fellowship for Peace Organizing in New York
Here’s the plan:
Over the course of six weeks, Peace Fellows will create a new, fun & active hub for peace organizing in their community. This group will be permanently plugged into Peace Action and Peace Action New York’s State national and state-wide calls to action to influence U.S. foreign policy through tactics ranging from petitions and call-in days to in-district meetings and protest actions.
We’re all here to make the world a better place – but we need more of us taking action around U.S. foreign policy to make that vision a reality. And that is where our fellows come in.
Peace Fellows are a part of an inaugural class of community organizers working across New York for peace, diplomacy and common sense U.S. foreign policy.
Together, over the course of six weeks, we will:
- Learn about key peace issues & votes your Representatives have taken on these issues in the recent past.
- Identify allies for peace in your community & spaces that will support your work
- Reach out to allies to build your team of peace activists
- Hold a community teach-in on key peace issues & identify a plan forward for you to take action together with your allies on key U.S. foreign policy issues.
- Plan a public event with your allies & transition resources of your chapter to new leadership, and help identify a leadership structure for the chapter.
- Host a public event for your community chapter, and connect the new leadership with their state-wide and national Peace Action networks.
And we’ll do it with joy, and together, we will win.
Here’s are the logistics:
This is an unpaid, part-time and remote position, but applicants must be based in New York state for the duration of the internship. The six-week program will last from June
Here’s what we need from you:
To apply, fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/buSabPhlTmlOiRU12
Applications are due by May 1st. Good luck!
Student Peace Conference: 100 Students Made for One Powerful Weekend
“It can be so easy to be discouraged by animosity and apathy, but being here with all you beautiful, inspiring people has encouraged me to continue and made me feel hopeful for the future.”
PANYS Student Conference, 2017
This was a beautiful weekend.
At SUNY University at Albany, we hosted the first ever Student Peace Conference of the Peace Action network.
With 100 students from 2 states, 12 guest experts, 9 partner organizations and even a Member of Congress, we connected communities of activists, students and policy makers to take action to build a just and peaceful world.
We brought together: Amnesty International, Bread for the World, CODEPINK, Global Zero, Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, ONE Campaign, Peace Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Women Against War.
Together with these experts, 100 students from New York and Massachusetts learned the damaging effects of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, they heard from a Syrian doctor about the humanitarian crisis and attacks on medical professionals. 100 students were trained in de-escalation to stay safe in protests, and how to take care of themselves and others if they are faced with pepper spray or tear gas, and so much more.
These students walked away with hope, better prepared to be a part of the resistance for peace and justice in these uncertain political times.
Your donations made this conference accessible and affordable to each of these students. Because of past contributions from donors, we were able to provide this conference free of charge to students.
Congressman Tonko (D-NY20), our keynote speaker, reminded us that we’re all in this together. Community leaders, students, politicians, organizers, activists, policy makers and friends – we’re here, together, for peace and for one another.
Counter-Inauguration Activities: Inaugurate Hope and Stand Up to the Trump Administration
On January 20th, Trump will be sworn into office. But that’s not the only political action happening that day. Americans all over this country, in D.C, New York – and probably internationally too – are inaugurating a different radical political act: hope.
January 19 – 21st, join counter-inauguration activities and stand against hate, and share the values that you want to lead America over the next four years. And protest the hateful, xenophobic, racist, war-mongering, misogynist agenda of the incoming Administration.
Here’s a list of activities happening in D.C. and throughout New York that you can be a part of:
Washington, D.C. Counter-Inauguration Activities
January 19: Peace Ball with CODEPINK
8PM at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
With Special Musical Guests and Performances: Including Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Van Jones, Gina Dent, Amy Goodman, Ai-jen Poo, Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Sonia Sanchez, Medea Benjamin & Jodie Evans of CODEPINK, Laura Flanders, José Andrés, Eve Ensler (more to be announced)
January 20: Counter-Inauguration
8-10PM Event at the Lincoln Theater, D.C.
Presented by Haymarket Books, Jacobin Magazine, and Verso Books
January 20: UnNaugural Concert
7:30PM in Maryland: Playing it Forward Voices of Social JusticeFunds raised by the event will go to support the American Civil Liberties Union, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, League of Conservation Voters, National LGBTQ Task Force, and Planned Parenthood. Artists include: Sweet Honey in the Rock, Emma’s Revolution, and more!
January 21: Million Women’s March on Washington
10AM. The starting point will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
January 21: Teach-In for Democracy and Human Rights
2PM at 1500 Harvard St, NW
The #WeRise Teach-In will be a warm space for folks to come to gain a deeper understanding of the critical challenges facing our nation, find ways to plug into grassroots campaigns that tackle those challenges, and connect with people from a vast array of movements and acquire skills to become more effective organizers at home.
New York State Counter-Inauguration Activities
Rochester, NY: Inaugurate Hope
January 20th at 7PM
On the evening of Inauguration Day, January 20th, all of those who want to create positive change in our community and our world are invited to gather from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church at 220 Winton Rd. South.
It is our plan to explore ways to embody contagious hope wherever we are. When we inspire, energize, support, and empower each other, we can create the world that needs to emerge, from the ground up. This event is presently co-sponsored by the Rochester Pachamama Alliance, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church, the Rochester Peoples Climate Coalition, the Sisters of Mercy, Living in Harmony, and The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR), and Genessee Valley Citizens for Peace.
Seneca Falls, NY: Solidarity March with the Million Women March in D.C.
January 21st at 10am, with an outdoor rally at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls.
Rochester, NY: People’s Solidarity Rally
January 21st: 11AM – 1PM
Washington Square Park, S. Clinton Avenue.
Support those participating in the Million Women March in Washington, D.C. and in similar rallies across the nation. People’s Solidarity Rally is part of a greater, national message that, combined with all the other rallies happening on and around Inauguration Day, shows people both inside the U.S. and across the world, that the United States of America is a place where diversity is not just valued, but is recognized as an integral part of what makes our country great.
Ithaca, NY: Solidarity March with the Million Women March in D.C.
10am at Ithaca City Hall:108 E Green St, Ithaca, New York
This event will be a march through the city of Ithaca to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and to show our support of and alliance with women and other oppressed peoples. We are standing up for the civil rights of all. This will be a peaceful event.
New York City Counter-Inauguration Events
Friday, January 20th: Student Walk Out to Protest Inauguration
5PM at Foley Square
Socialist Alternative and Socialist Students are calling for students walk-out on inauguration day. Students, workers, immigrants, women, and all others who see a Trump presidency as attack on all of us will meet together to rally in Foley Square.We are participating in the birth of a mass movement for social and economic justice.Join us in the streets- again!- to demonstrate mass opposition to Trump and his agenda!
Saturday, January 21: Solidarity March with the Million Women March on Washington
11AM at Dag Hammerskold Plaza
On January 21st, New York City will proudly join the international community to march in support of equality and promote civil rights for every human. This historic and peaceful event is open to the public and we warmly welcome ALL to participate.