Your support has helped the peace movement throughout the Bush era; and over the past several years has made our advocacy for peace on your behalf vital and effective in the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Recent examples of our fine work have included:
And, of course, the ratification of New START provided one final ‘win’ as 2010 came to a close. While all the horse trading and back room deals were seen by some as necessary to garner the votes needed, without the hard work of our network in key states like Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio and elsewhere, the votes of key Republican Senators might have fallen in with the obstructionists, and the treaty might have been defeated. We earned our share of the credit.
- Helping turn the tide of public, media and even Congressional opinion against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan;
- Playing a lead role in organizing a highly successful mobilization at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations last May;
- Building new alliances at the local, national and international levels calling for dramatic cuts in spending for war and militarism in order to reinvest in human and environmental needs and a more sustainable, just economy;
- Expanding Peace Action’s national grassroots affiliate network to new states including Idaho, Illinois and Utah, with groups in several more states poised to come on board in 2011.
Looking ahead, this year’s budget battles, the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, threat of wars with Iran and North Korea and prospects for moving forward on our nuclear abolition agenda challenge the peace movement to sustain our momentum and build on our accomplishments.
Your continued support of this work is most deeply appreciated.
Yours in peace,
Kevin M. Martin
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