Peace Action of Wisconsin’s Mission Statement
Peace Action of Wisconsin is a peace and justice organization which works to abolish war and nuclear weapons and power. We aim to end military intervention and work to transfer military spending to human needs. We oppose the exploitation of workers, racism and gender discrimination. We support indigenous and other struggles to protect the environment. We are committed to non-violence as a way of life and the way to a peaceful world.Statement on Social JusticeAs a grassroots peace and justice community organization, Peace Action WI is committed to advancing social justice and ending environmental racism in the US and the world. We advocate for a world without racism, sexism, classism and for the rights of LGBTQ people. We denounce multinational corporate based systems of inequality, where vast sums of wealth are concentrated in the bank accounts of a few. We decry the military industrial complex and control of the arms manufacturers over our government and media.We believe all people have a right to self-determination- Native Americans, women, ethnic minorities, gender oppressed people. We believe in the rights of nature, we strive to make the connection between militarism and climate change. We are opposed to resource and labor exploitation in the US and internationally. We support human right movements locally, nationally and abroad.
Founded as Milwaukee Mobilization for Survival in March of 1977, we were part of a national network of national peace and justice groups organized around the issues of nuclear weapons, nuclear power, the escalating arms race and a decline in funding for human needs. National Mobilization for Survival grew to include over 125 peace and justice groups before its national office closed in 1992.
In January 1996 we affiliated with National Peace Action, which had been formed from the merger of SANE and the Nuclear Freeze Campaign. It is the largest grassroots peace and disarmament group in the country. In 1999 we became Peace Action-Wisconsin to reflect our statewide scope and membership.
We continue today with our Stand for Peace with flags and peace signs on different corners of the Milwaukee area every Saturday from noon-1pm, socially distanced and wearing masks. We aren't having in-person events right now, but we send a email calendar of events concerning peace and justice. We sponsor informative webinars on vital issues. We host the End the Wars Coalition of Milwaukee, which meets online on every 3rd Wednesday of the month, it is open for everyone to attend.
Check our calendar for information on links and locations of events.
Peace Action of Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization.
Contact us below or give us a call, leave a message.(414) 269-9525
It should be plain to anyone to see that a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign policy is long overdue. Surveying today’s global landscape we see herculean challenge after herculean challenge: climate change, global inequality, violent extremism, and growing authoritarianism. Current U.S. policy, driven by outmoded thinking and special interest power, is myopically focused on the management of endless wars and spending trillions of dollars on wasteful weapons systems. Enough is enough. We need candidates that will champion a bold progressive foreign policy vision that can meet today’s global challenges.
Current U.S. foreign policy has been stuck in a rut, behaving as if military might is the privileged, go-to tool in the foreign policy toolbox. As one previous commander in chief, Barack Obama acknowledged “just because we have the best hammer does not mean every problem is a nail.” Imagine the immense resources that would be liberated for creative international problem solving if the lion’s share of our nation’s foreign policy spending, brainpower and political energy were no longer consumed by warfighting.
The current paradigm hasn’t just been costly — it’s backfired. It has made us less safe by fueling violent extremism, alienating allies, and destabilizing entire regions. Meanwhile, creative diplomatic approaches and international cooperation to address challenges like nuclear proliferation and global tensions are woefully underfunded. We need a new foreign policy vision that reorders our foreign policy priorities to put diplomacy and international cooperation first.
A progressive foreign policy requires that we hold ourselves and our friends to the same standards that we hold our adversaries. It means working to create a foreign policy for everyone, not the interests of the military-industrial complex. Such a foreign policy should be grounded in human rights and true democracy, resisting the temptation to try to impose the will of the U.S. on others. We need a 21st century foreign policy to move us towards a world of peace, justice, equality, real security and environmental sustainability.
We are an affiliate of national Peace Action.
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