Cleveland is Breaking the Silence, April 5th at 7pm

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We invite you to join us in an intersectional local event to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Time to Break the Silence” speech of April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. This historic speech condemned US militarism, racism and poverty, and represented a significant expansion of Dr. King’s thinking on the root causes of the challenges U.S. society faced.

We will read excerpts from Dr. King’s speech and discuss its relevance for today in NE Ohio. View our reading of the speech on YouTube

Cleveland co-sponsoring organizations include: A Greater Buckeye, Black Lives Matter Cleveland, Black Spring Cleveland, The Cleveland Observer, Cleveland Nonviolence Network, Cleveland Peace Action, Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood, Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail – Bail Reform and From Inside Committees, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, End Poverty Now!, Interreligious Task Force on Central America,Neighborhood Connections, New Era, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, Young Latino Network.

Our local work is in coordination with the national Breaking the Silence effort. This coalition is conducting a national event and supporting creation of local events. Their multi-year purpose includes encouraging formation of local coalitions to work on these intersectional issues going forward to drive change and transformation. The national event will be held on April 4, 2021, the 54th anniversary of the speech.

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200 Meters: Palestinian Film Streaming April 7-20, 2021

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We are proud to share that Cleveland Peace Action is a Community Partner for the 45th Cleveland International Film Festival! We are supporting the film, 200 Meters. Screening will take place entirely online from April 7-20, 2021. Tickets on sale now. Use our discount code PEACE and you will receive $1 off the purchase of any film festival ticket. Most films are available nationwide, so make plans to support independent film and its filmmakers.

200 Meters, a feature film by Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh, premiered at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in September 2020 where it won the BNL People’s Choice Audience Award as part of the Venice Days competition. It features Ali Suliman as a father cut off from his family by the Israeli wall. who pays a smuggler to get him across. View trailer

Nuclear Weapons or Green Economy: It’s Our Choice

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Speaker: Eric Schreiber, MD

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In FY 2021, the National Nuclear Security Administration planned to spend $15.6 billion on maintaining and updating the nuclear arsenal. The Department of Defense also planned to spend an additional $28.9 billion to modernize weapons delivery systems. Meanwhile, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased 47 percent since 1850 and 2020 was the warmest year on record. Dr. Schreiber will discuss how the money spent on weapons could be better spent on the green infrastructure that the country – and world – desperately need.

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Nuclear Weapons Illegal on 22 January 2021!

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Few people know about the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). That’s why we gather on January 22,2021, to mark and to celebrate its entry into force. The treaty was approved at the United Nations in July 2017 by 122 nations. Ninety days ago, Honduras became the 50th nation to deposit its ratification at the United Nations, triggering an automatic entry into force this January 22nd. In addition to 51 countries that have ratified the treaty, 33 more have signed — a total of 84 countries agreeing to ban nuclear weapons. ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the treaty.

We will convene outside the Anthony J. Celebreeze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th St., Cleveland.

11:30 am – Cleveland Catholic Worker will hold a prayer vigil.

12:00 pm – Cleveland Peace Action will hold a press conference to announce the treaty entering into force.

Social distancing observed. Masks are mandatory.

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Peace and the Biden-Harris Administration: Opportunities and Challenges

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Tuesday, January 12th

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[email protected] new administration presents both opportunities and challenges for Peace Action’s advocacy work. While there’s reason for optimism, realism suggests there will be some difficult work ahead. Join us for a dialogue on the prospects for 2021 and beyond. 


Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director, Policy and Political Affairs, National Peace Action

Pete Moore, M.A. Hanna Associate Professor of Politics, Case Western Reserve University

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