EBPA endorses the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea

At the Nov. 11, 2017 board meeting the Executive Committee of East Bay Peace Action by consensus endorsed the People Peace Treaty with North Korea. To learn more about this effort visit the United for Peace and Justice website:  People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea

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A message from Jon Rainwater:

The Korean war claimed millions of lives. Yet more than 60 years later, there’s a grave risk that history could repeat itself, only this time nuclear weapons are on the table.

Over the weekend, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster described the risk of war with North Korea as “increasing every day.” He argued that the U.S. could still solve this problem diplomatically, but that time is running out to do so. Since taking office, the Trump administration has made it clear that North Korea becoming a fully fledged nuclear power would be “intolerable,” suggesting they would be willing to go to war to stop it.

Yet despite this rapidly approaching threshold, the administration continues squandering diplomatic openings and antagonizing North Korea with insults, threats and provocative war games. It’s time for the people to intervene.

Please sign the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea to send a message to the U.S. and North Korean governments that a resumption of the Korean War is unacceptable.

Inspired by the Vietnam-era People’s Peace Treaty, we are joining with a coalition of organizations promoting a People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, to raise awareness about the past U.S. policy toward North Korea, and to send a clear message that we, the people of the U.S., do not want another war with North Korea. This is not an actual treaty, but rather a declaration of peace from the people of the United States.

Among other provisions, the treaty calls on the U.S. and North Korea to immediately cease their reciprocal threats of nuclear war. It also calls on the U.S. to end its war games with South Korea and Japan that have elevated the risk of accidental war on the peninsula.

I need you to sign the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea today.

2018 could be the make or break year for diplomacy with North Korea. With the Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea coming up in February, and more U.S.-South Korean war games slated for March, there will likely be more openings for negotiations, and more opportunities for escalation.

A strong showing on the People’s Peace Treaty is an excellent way to put pressure on the administration to seize any diplomatic openings, and to avoid further escalation.

Concerned citizens getting involved in international affairs have the power to change the world. It helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, and more recently ensured the Iran nuclear agreement could take effect. We need to put that people power to work now to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula.

Please add your voice for peace by signing the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea.

Thank you for standing with us.

Humbly for peace,

Jon Rainwater
Executive Director
Peace Action

 

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A presentation on North Korea and the nuclear issue was presented Oct. 22, 2017.

Annual Gathering Held – East Bay Peace Action

 

The East Bay Peace Action annual gathering took place on Oct. 22, 2017  at St. Paul’s Tower, Oakland. Gwyn Kirk with Women for Genuine Security and member of 2015 delegation of Women Crossing the DMZ presented “North Korea and the Nuclear Issue.”

In other business:

  • The EBPA board election was conducted
  • EBPA members voted to endorse and co-sponsor the”Divest from the War Machine” campaign

 

 

 

East Bay Peace Action Programs

East Bay Peace Action programs educate and engage the public.

  •  The Truth in Recruitment Program helps students and parents make informed decisions about joining the military.
  • East Bay Peace Action Penny Poll offers the public an opportunity to show how they would like their tax dollars spent.
  • We endorse partners and projects such as the Peace Pledge project led by United for Peace and Justice.

 

EBPA Statement of Purpose

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The purpose of East Bay Peace Action is to accomplish the following through grassroots organizing within the diverse constituencies of Contra Costa and Alameda counties:

  • Halt and reverse the arms race, nuclear and conventional, with a goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
  • Promote a peaceful foreign policy with respect for the political, social, and economic self-determination of all people.
  • Reduce military spending, redirecting resources toward human needs and encouraging planned conversion from a military to a peacetime economy.
  • Foster international understanding and an end to the cold war mentality that drives the arms race.