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This is our opening for peace
February 8, 2018
If you've been keeping up on the news about North Korea, you probably feel stuck in a never-ending cycle of escalating nuclear-armed standoff. After more than a year of alarming threats and counter-threats, we have an opportunity to change course and make progress towards peace. In light of the Olympic Games, will you ask your senators to support diplomacy and prevent war with North Korea?
Ever since the inaugural games in ancient Greece, the Olympics have been used to forge openings for international cooperation and peace. On the eve of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korea asked the United States to temporarily pause joint military exercises—and the United States agreed. These unnecessary drills only heighten military tensions with North Korea, and increase the risk of war. The consequences would be dire. According to the Congressional Research Service, a U.S. military strike against North Korea could cause mass civilian casualties, impacting 25 million people on both sides of the border.
The Olympic Truce is holding strong, but we need a long-term solution to prevent conflict from escalating any further. Senator Ed Markey has introduced legislation to restrict funding for a first-strike against North Korea. The No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act affirms the constitutional principle that only Congress, not the president, can authorize nuclear or conventional strikes against North Korea. Ask your senators to support this critical legislation to pursue diplomacy with North Korea.
The Olympic Games remind us that peace is possible. On the occasion of the Olympic Games, urge your senators to break the cycle of conflict and prevent war with North Korea.
In the Spotlight
April 28, 2018
2018 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Join Oregon PSR to celebrate the high school student winners of this year's scholarship. Featuring keynote speaker Marshallese anti-nuclear and climate activist and poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. April 28 at 6 pm in Portland, Oregon.