Paul Kawika Martin

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Paul Kawika Martin


Paul Kawika Martin is the Political & Communications Director with Peace Action, as of March 17, 2010.[1]

He also serves on the Peace Action & Peace Action Education Fund.

Background

Since 1993, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s organizing and political director, has worked with numerous environmental, peace, animal rights and human rights organizations including the Rainforest Action Network, Free Burma Coalition and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Paul Martin worked with a Clinton Presidential Commission and spent a year campaigning in twenty countries on Greenpeace ships including the Rainbow Warrior.

His recent travels include Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran and Japan.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Nightline and Democracy Now! Mr. Martin uses his expertise on nuclear weapons, international relations, and US foreign policy to mobilize Peace Action’s 100,000 members and lobby Congress for social change. Peace Action is the largest grassroots peace organization in the United States. [2]

Martin has worked with Peace Action in various capacities since 1997.

Courting Feinstein

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Transition and new potential were the key words for our Washington, DC operation in 2008.The Foundation decided to concentrate its resources in a new, flexible approach to impacting government policy and legislation – emphasizing rapid responses to issues as they arise.

In 2009, the key to our success will be fresh access to key policymakers provided by experienced Washington consultants, which we have engaged to help us with Congressional and Executive Branch outreach.

We also plan to continue to grow our Turn the Tide Campaign (see opposite page) so thatindividual voices can directly influence the decision-making process in the U.S. capital.

In May 2008, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability presented Senator Dianne Feinstein with an award for introducing the Nuclear Policy and Posture Review Act of 2007 (S. 1914), which requires nuclear policy and posture reviews that consider international nuclear disarmament obligations. The bill also calls for public input and declassified versions of the reports. Left to right: Nickolas Roth (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Senator Dianne Feinstein, Marie Rietmann (Women’s Action for New Directions), Paul Kawika Martin (Peace Action), Alfred Meyer (Alliance for Nuclear Accountability).

Sustainable Defense Task Force

Paul Kawika Martin June 11 2010.

The Sustainable Defense Task Force with Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA)

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Laicie Heeley with Charles Knight, Carl Conetta, William Hartung, Heather Hurlburt, Christopher Preble, Christopher Hellman, Laura Peterson.

The Sustainable Defense Task Force was formed in response to a request from Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), working in cooperation with Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), to explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States.

The Project on Defense Alternatives coordinated the work of the Task Force. Carl Conetta drafted the main body of the Task Force report in ongoing consultation with Task Force members who developed or digested proposals from the diverse sources cited in the report. A sub-committee of the Task Force reviewed the final draft before publication.

Members were;

Syrian refugee crisis meeting

Yasmine Taeb October 29, 2015:

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BOOM! THIS happened today. Representatives from more than 65 organizations, including folks from The White House, UNHCR, Refugee Council USA, AFL-CIO, Avaaz.org joined a mobilization meeting on the Syrian refugee crisis convened by MoveOn.org and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. So incredibly humbled to be working on this endeavor with colleagues from MoveOn.org and so many fantastic... See More — with Katherine KC and Paul Kawika Martin.

White House Nowruz reception

Kate Gould April 6, 2016:

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Waiting from the front row for the First Lady to speak at the White House Nowruz reception. #Nowruz — with Paul Kawika Martin and Yasmine Taeb.

Supporting an End to the Korean War

July 2019 WASHINGTON - Today, a coalition of five organizations is celebrating the passage of Amendment 217 in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The historic vote represents the first time that Congress has taken a stand on the need to end the nearly 70-year-old Korean War.

This amendment, led by Representatives Khanna and Sherman, recognizes that diplomacy is essential for navigating a realistic path forward on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that a formal end to the Korean War plays a critical role toward that goal

“This vote is a game changer,” said Christine Ahn, Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ. “It’s a clear sign that the American people want an end to the oldest U.S. conflict, and that ending decades of hostilities with a peace agreement is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis.”

“A peace agreement to end the Korean War offers a clear path, if not the only path, for real progress towards the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” said Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action.

“Diplomacy is the only way to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula and begin the process of phasing out North Korea’s nuclear weapons program,” said Win Without War Advocacy Director Erica Fein.

“We applaud the passage of this historic vote, which recognizes that ending the Korean War is essential for addressing the challenge of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. It is clearly in the national security interests of the United States and our South Korean ally to expand diplomacy and pursue a changed relationship with North Korea,” said Ploughshares Fund’s Senior Program Officer John Carl Baker and Roger Hale Fellow Catherine Killough.

“The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War” in the US, but it is a daily reality for the Korean people. This vote is a commendable step by Congress to address the root causes of conflict and end a 70-year-old war; a step that certainly moves us along the right path toward a more peaceful, prosperous Korean Peninsula,” said Daniel Jasper, the Asia Advocacy Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee.[3]

US Social Forum

The US Social Forum, was a gathering of over 15,000 "peace and justice-mongers" in Detroit, June 2010. . The Forum kicked off with a high energy, spirited march into downtown Detroit on Tuesday. Judith LeBlanc and Dave Kunes "had the pleasure of marching with our Peace Action of Michigan homies, and also Will Hopkins from New Hampshire Peace Action".

On Wednesday "we had a terrific mini-organizers meeting", led by Paul Kawika Martin, Jonathan Williams and Judith LeBlanc, with leaders from affiliates and chapters from across the country. That night we hosted a wonderful reception at the Swords into Plowshares gallery and peace center near downtown Detroit. Thanks "to Helen Weber, national Peace Action co-chair and PA MI stalwart, for her work, and also to the other wonderful Michigan volunteers who made the event a success".[4]

External links

References

  1. Staff
  2. Sustainable Defense Task force , report June 2010
  3. [https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/07/11/coalition-national-organizations-celebrates-historic-vote-congress-supporting Common Dreams Thursday, July 11, 2019 Organization Profile: Women Cross DMZ Coalition of National Organizations Celebrates Historic Vote in Congress Supporting an End to the Korean War]
  4. [http://peaceblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/, Peace Action blog, Peace Action in the House at the US Social Forum in Detroit! June 25, 2010]