Peace Action is the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, with approximately 97,000 members and more than 100 state and local chapters in 27 states.
Formerly known as SANE/FREEZE, the organization was formed in 1987 by the merger of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (founded in 1957) and the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (founded in 1981). The first National Congress was held in Cleveland in 1987. Peace Action works for:
• Global nuclear disarmament
• Ratification of a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty
• An end to the proliferation of nuclear and conventional weapons
• A reduced military budget
• Economic conversion of military industry and investment in community needs
• Alternatives to war and violence
• Real national security achieved through cooperation with other nations, satisfaction of human needs, and protection of human rights
Peace Action is growing nationally and is part of two major national coalitions: United for Peace and Justice and Win Without War. It works closely with members of Congress. The Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) organizes college and high school students.
Peace Action, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1020, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 565-4050 http://www.peace-action.org
Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) www.studentpeaceaction.org
Cleveland Peace Action is an affiliate of national Peace Action.
Cleveland Peace Action began as the Greater Cleveland Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in 1981. Because there is no Ohio state affiliate, we are a "chapter" of national Peace Action. We support the goals of the national organization but also advocate our own positions and policies, especially those with local relevance and interest.
Cleveland Peace Action is on the cutting edge of the peace movement, linking globalization and militarization, and articulating policies that would create "real security" for our nation.
Our Mission: To reduce the treat of violence, war and terrorism by working through peaceful, just and democratic means.
Our Structure: We currently have one part-time Coordinator (employed by the Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund). The organization has a membership of about 400 people who have donated funds or volunteered in the past year. We mail newsletter four times per year to 1,900 people and send regular email communications to about 2000 email addresses.
The Board of Directors meets monthly to coordinate the organization's work and make decisions regarding its direction. But most of the real work gets done in one of many committees.
The Board is elected at an Annual Meeting, typically held in the winter. This meeting usually includes an informative presentation on a hot topic by an outside speaker. We also conduct educational forums, demonstrations, vigils and press conferences throughout the year, for our members and the community. We arrange house meetings and orientation meetings to explain, to those interested, how we work and how they can get involved.
Officers: one-year term beginning 2/26/13
Francis Chiappa, Co-President
Nina McLellan, Co-President
Randy Schutt, Vice President
Dena Magoulias, Treasurer
Bill Fickinger, Secretary
Two-year term beginning 2/26/13
Two-year term beginning 2/28/12
Contact Coordinator Elizzabeth Schiros to find out how you can get more involved.
Our office is at the Cleveland Friends' Meeting House, Peace House, 10916 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106, 216-231-4245
Peace Action has celebrated its 50th Anniversary and we celebrated our local part of this at our Annual Meeting on February 19, 2008 - read remarks by Francis Chiappa on our history, prospects for 2008 and beyond, and a list of honorees who, together, have made a difference.