History

Peace Action, of which Massachusetts Peace Action is a statewide affiliate, began over 50 years ago as SANE and FREEZE, two separate organizations that successfully addressed the nuclear threat. SANE and FREEZE merged in 1987, and in 1993, the organization changed its name to Peace Action.

Peace Action: Past, Present, and Future, was published on the organization’s 50th anniversary.A timeline and more information on Peace Action’s history are available at their website.

Massachusetts Peace Action began in the 1980s as Massachusetts Freeze, an affiliate of the nationwide Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. In the late 1980s, Mass Freeze joined the national Freeze Campaign in its merger with national SANE: The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy.  In 1993, we became Massachusetts Peace Action.

Since then, we have continued our disarmament work while broadening our focus to include advocating for non-military solutions for international issues, educating voters on peace issues, and more.

Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, our priority issues for 2013 and 2014 are to reorganize the military budget to fund jobs, the environment and human needs; to prevent war with Iran and end the war in Afghanistan; and to abolish nuclear weapons.