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For Immediate Release

Paul Kawika Martin, Political Director, Peace Action, 971 (4) 3433333 Room 3205, 0093 787600853,

Available for Interview From Afghanistan-Peace Action Director, Expert in US Foreign Policy

Peace Action Director in Afghanistan, Expert on US Congress, Politics and Foreign Policy: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Nuclear Weapons, Military Budget


Paul Kawika Martin, the Organizing and Political Director of Peace Action - the United State's largest peace organization - is available for phone or in-person interviews in Kabul, Afghanistan immanently and until about the first week of October. For security reasons, exact dates are not being published. Please email or call 971 (4) 3433333 hotel, 0093 787600853 to set up an interview. For urgent requests you may try +1-951-217-7285. Note that Kabul is 8.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC.

Mr. Martin will be immanently participating in a peace delegation to Afghanistan organized by Jodie Evans, one of the founders of Code Pink, which will last approximately one week

Program or interview topic opportunities:

With disputed Afghan elections, debate heating up in the U.S., requests for more troop escalations and civilian and foreign forces causalities skyrocketing in Afghanistan, people want unbiased, intelligent commentary. Mr. Martin is the founder of the Afghanistan Policy Working Group, a coalition of nearly 90 NGO leaders who want alternative policies for Afghanistan. He is also a co-chair of the National Security Working Group, a long-time meeting between NGO leaders and Members of Congress and their staff.

Possible questions: What are the policy recommendations? What are the politics behind these issues? How is the U.S. Congress reacting and acting? What is the progressive community or peace movement doing? What do Americans really think? Are there alternative solutions?

Mr. Martin's Biography:

For nearly twenty years, Paul Kawika (CA VEE CA) Martin, Peace Action's organizing and political director has worked with numerous environmental, peace, animal rights and human rights organizations including Greenpeace and the Nobel prize winning Physicians for Social Responsibility. Mr. Martin worked with a Clinton Presidential Commission and spent a year campaigning in twenty countries on Greenpeace ships including the Rainbow Warrior. His recent travels include Cuba, Iran, Mexico and Japan. He has an upcoming trip to Afghanistan.

Mr. Martin uses his expertise on nuclear weapons and U.S. foreign policy to lobby Congress and to mobilize Peace Action's 100,000 members and 100 chapters around social change. Peace Action is the largest grassroots peace organization in the U.S. NGOs, Members of Congress and their staff consult with him on legislation and strategy around the issues of abolishing nuclear weapons, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and reducing the military budget. He holds leadership positions in the two largest peace coalitions: Win Without War and United for Peace and Justice. Mr. Martin founded several influential coalitions working on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan policy and chairs a nearly five-year old meeting between NGO leaders and congressional staff. As Peace Action's PAC director, he uses his electoral expertise to fund and endorse progressive candidates.

His work has appeared in countless international, national and local television, radio and print media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Alan Colmes radio show and Democracy Now! Mr. Martin served on the Community Advisory Board of a Washington, DC television station.

Mr. Martin received his bachelors at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in Environmental Studies and Global Peace and Security and currently lives in Washington, DC where he enjoys his passions of Italian motorcycles, the arts and the outdoors.

Peace Action is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.