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MAY 20, 2005
12:39 PM
CONTACT:  Peace--Action
Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action
951-217-7285 (cell) or
Peace Action Executive Director, An Expert on Foreign Policy, Will Be Available for In-Studio Interviews in Chicago

WASHINGTON -- News Advisory: Peace Action executive director, an expert on foreign policy, (Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty) will be available for in-studio interviews in Chicago.

Kevin Martin, executive director of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, will be available this Tuesday, May 24, or Wednesday, May 25 or Thursday, May 26. (cell: 202-246-3040)

With the Congress voting on new nuclear weapons on Wednesday, May 25, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the U.N. ending the same week, the American public becoming increasingly dissatisfied with U.S. occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and Iran and North Korea rattling their nuclear sabers, the public shows deep concern around security issues and yearns for smart dialogue.

Martin has worked in the peace movement for over 20 years and is an expert on foreign policy, nuclear weapons and security issues.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader, The Progressive, Z magazine and many other publications. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC-TV and radio, and many other local, national and international radio and television outlets.

Kevin Martin became executive director of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund Sept. 4, 2001. Martin previously served as Director of Project Abolition from August 1999 through August 2001. Project Abolition was a national organizing effort for nuclear disarmament initiated by the Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen, Indiana, with Peace Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Women's Action for New Directions, and other national peace groups.

Martin came to Project Abolition after ten years in Chicago as Executive Director of Illinois Peace Action. In 1999 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from national Peace Action. Martin was recognized as a leading organizer in the Illinois peace movement, building coalitions, organizing demonstrations and conferences, and leading educational, advocacy and electoral campaigns on peace and disarmament issues.

Martin graduated in 1984 from Pennsylvania State University, receiving a B.A. in International Politics. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Md. with his wife and two children.

Peace Action (the merger of Sane and The Nuclear Freeze) is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with 100,000 members nationwide and over 100 chapters in thirty states.


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