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Jon Rainwater
Jon Rainwater is Executive Director of Peace Action West. For over 25 years, Jon has been active in campaigns on issues of peace, nuclear disarmament, social justice and environmental sustainability. An experienced policy advocate, he has worked on nuclear issues for Greenpeace, advocated for victims of domestic violence for the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence and served as director for the California League of Conservation Voters. Jon has also been involved in the electoral arena in dozens of campaigns for progressive candidates and ballot measures. Before joining Peace Action West, he worked in the environmental field helping to pass groundbreaking legislation on global warming emissions and environmental justice in California. Jon now leads Peace Action West's efforts to stop the development of new nuclear weapons, to end the war in Iraq and to promote diplomacy with Iran.

Peace Action West is the region's largest and most enduring lobby for a just foreign policy and smarter security. Through targeted grassroots pressure on members of Congress, media campaigns and coalition work, Peace Action West promotes a foreign policy rooted in support for human rights and democracy, eliminating the threat posed by nuclear weapons and promotion of international cooperation. The organization has close to 50,000 supporters around the western United States. More information on the organization and its campaigns is available at

Entries by Jon Rainwater

The Fog of "Humanitarian War" in Libya Threatens Civilians

(14) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 12:40 PM

A palpable air of confusion and international infighting dominated the opening days of the Libyan war. On Sunday, Arab League chief Amr Moussa raised eyebrows when he said: "What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the...

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Libya: A Worsening Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:35 PM

As the Middle East goes through breathtaking generational change, the United States plays catch up. U.S. leaders ought to call up all the diplomatic finesse and creativity they can muster. Repositioning the U.S. as a friend to the people and not the puppet master behind the autocrats will be no...

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U.S. Veto of UN Israeli Settlement Resolution: A Golden Opportunity Missed

(365) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Yesterday at the UN, as many countries of the Middle East navigated a great generational change, the United States missed a perfectly timed opportunity to take a stand for peace and human rights. The U.S. vetoed a Security Council resolution, sponsored by 130 nations, calling on Israel to...

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Breaking the Silence and Bearing Witness: The Wages of the Afghanistan War

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2009 | 7:30 PM

Last night, on a cool clear night lit by floodlights, a Boeing 747 touched down in Dover, Delaware. In a solemn 20-minute-long ceremony, a team wearing white gloves and camouflage fatigues carried a flag-draped casket off the plane. The casket carried the remains of Staff Sgt Phillip Myers, who was...

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