Never Again: A Solemn Remembrance on the 76th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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On Friday, August 6th, as the Tokyo Olympics come to a close, we will gather at the Rockefeller Lagoon, Rev. M.L. King Drive, near E. 105th St.

Speakers include Karen Jiobu, who was confined in a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII. Music by Charlie Mosbrook, poetry by Clarissa Jakobsons and the late Daniel Thompson. Paper crane folding, Japanese lantern decoration, and a lantern float at sunset.

7:00 pm – Gathering to decorate lanterns and fold paper cranes

7:30 pm – Program

8:40 pm – Sunset lantern float on the lagoon

Please bring your own chair. Make sure any valuables in your car are not visible.

Nuclear war! How can the unthinkable be thinkable? The U.S. government is now modernizing its nuclear arsenal at a cost of over $1 Trillion*. While our tax dollars support unthinkable war, remedying economic and racial inequity or rebuilding infrastructure go begging. 

On August 6th, 1945, a small nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki. At least 129,000 to 226,000 people were killed, with half dying slow deaths from burns, radiation, other injuries, and malnutrition**. Hibakusha, the remaining survivors, still suffer the effects. Targeting Asian civilians in 1945 echoes today as racism still plagues our nation.

  • We understand the grave and existential threat of nuclear war.
  • We declare that nuclear weapons must never again be used.
  • We resolve to rid the world of the threat of nuclear war.
  • We will pressure our elected representatives to de-fund nuclear weapons and use those funds to make life better for all.

It’s up to us! Join us to say “Never Again!”

Cleveland Peace Action has been working for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1981. We welcome co-sponsors Cleveland Non-violence Network, InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland.

Russia Against the World: Understanding the Russian Worldview

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
Speaker: Todd Nelson, PhD

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Russia Against the World: Understanding the Russian Worldview will look at the Putin government’s perception of Russia’s role in the world. This includes Russian military interventionism, cyber interference and why Putin is willing to engage in such practices when he knows that Russian participation will be obvious. His discussion will also focus more broadly on Russian aggression in Ukraine and the history which ties this together since World War II, which still plays such an important role in Russian society.

Todd Nelson is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Cleveland State University. He has done extensive research in the areas of Russian Politics, Memory Politics, Human Rights, Genocide and Mass Killings.

Free and open to the public.

We’ll do our virtual best to provide “interesting conversation and camaraderie,” as always. As for food and drink, it’s BYO. Grab a brew or whatever is your cup of tea. Curl up at home and join us via laptop or phone. You can actively participate with or without video.

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Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

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Join CAIR-Cleveland and Cleveland Peace Action for a panel discussion about the documentary Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, a Clarity Films production

Saturday, May 22 ⋅ 6:00 – 7:00 pm


PANELISTS: Connie Field, Director of Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine and Fadi Quran, Palestinian Activist

View the film: On Friday, May 21, registered attendees will receive a code to access the film on Vimeo. Please watch the film before attending the panel discussion on Saturday, May 22, 2021.


An African American gospel choir is the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King which tours the West Bank preaching nonviolence. The choir is apprehensive about working with Palestinians whose American media image is that of angry, violent terrorist. For the Palestinians actors, Americans are unconditional supporters of their occupiers. It is a personal and cultural exchange where, over the course of the journey, their ideas about each other are radically transformed. Happy to finally visit the Holy Land, the choir witnesses life in the occupied territories, perform in a unique theater inside a refugee camp run by Juliano Mer-Khamis using art as an alternative to violence, and meet Fadi Quran, a young leader of a nonviolent movement for justice. At the end of their tour reality will astonishingly mirror the play on MLK, a man who died for his beliefs. On the very day of the anniversary of MLK’s murder, Juliano Mer-Khamis is assassinated, sending shock-waves throughout the country and the world. The very next day is the final night of the play where the actors perform in the shadow of his death, articulating their lines with a new and heartrending immediacy. As the choir leaves, King’s legacy lives on, as Fadi Quran and other young Palestinians board ‘settler only’ buses in an act of civil disobedience.

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For more information, contact Areege Hammad at [email protected].

Downsizing the Military-Industrial Complex

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Annual Membership Meeting
Cleveland Peace Action and Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund
Friday, May 14, 2021

View video of the Annual Meeting and Sen. Nina Turner’s keynote – passcode [email protected]

7:00 – Annual Meeting: Board Member/Officer Elections and Volunteer Recognition

7:30 – Keynote speaker: Nina Turner“Downsizing the Military-Industrial Complex”

All Cleveland Peace Action members are entitled to vote in Board Elections. A member is anyone who has made a contribution of time and/or money to Peace Action (local or national) in the last two years.
2021 Board Member Election Two-year term beginning 5/7/21: Francis Chiappa, Meghan Donovan, Dena Magoulias,  *Mary Ober, *Stephanie Riccobene

Officers: One-year term beginning 5/7/21: Mark Weber, President, Dena Magoulias, Treasurer, Meghan Donovan, Secretary

Two-year term beginning 7/24/20 (no vote necessary) Don Bryant Chantal Dothey Elizabeth Kravanya Faten Odeh Thomas Sodders Mark Weber   *Indicates new board member

Volunteer Recognition: Don Bryant, Bill Fickinger, Walter Nicholes, Rosemary Palmer

Keynote speaker: Nina Turner“Downsizing the Military-Industrial Complex”
Nina Turner was a Cleveland City Council member from 2006 to 2008 and an Ohio State Senator from 2008 to 2014. She supported Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential campaign and became president of the Sanders-affiliated group Our Revolution in 2017. She served as national co-chair of Sanders’ 2020 campaign. Turner is now a candidate in the 2021 Ohio 11th Congressional District special election.

Free and open to the public.

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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