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Madelyn Hoffman is the Executive Director of NJ Peace Action, based in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She has held that position since August 2000. Madelyn Hoffman traveled to Afghanistan with Global Exchange in June 2005 and has given dozens of presentations about her experiences since her return.
Madelyn Hoffman holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers-Newark. She is an adjunct professor of Political Science at two colleges in New Jersey.
Money for Food or for Nuclear Bombs?
This article describes the increase in spending on nuclear weapons at a time when food stamps are being cut and unemployment benefits not extended. When will the federal spending priorities shift away from the military and nuclear weapons to programs that address community needs?
Tuesday, November 5, 2013(1 comments)
Reflections on What's Happening in Tunisia
The article is an interview conducted by Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, with Dr. Wassim Jday, an assistant professor at the University of Monastir and a political activist, about the current situation in Tunisia.
Sweetheart Tax Deal for Lockheed Martin?
This article describes a blatant example of proposed corporate welfare to military contractor Lockheed Martin in Montgomery County, Maryland and an organized effort to prevent this proposal from being approved by the Maryland state legislature.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Is the Iraq War Really Over?
Today marks the 9th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, an invasion that was considered by many to be illegal, immoral and unjustified. Today's anniversary passed without much attention being paid to it -- and yet, there is much we need to remember about what happened (and continues to happen) in Iraq. This all leads to the conclusion that the war in Iraq is NOT yet over.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012(2 comments)
Can the U.S. Afford Another War?
Has the United States not learned anything from the war against Iraq? This article describes the human and financial costs of the war against Iraq, the need to prevent war against Iran, and the move in the U.S. Congress to try to shield the Pentagon from all-important budget cuts.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012(1 comments)
Secret Surveillance of Muslims Should Concern Us All
Our justice system should operate on the premise that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, it seems the NYPD has put that aside and is classifying a whole community as suspect, simply because of their religion.
Most of the mainstream media responding to this story have described this as an issue between Muslims and the government. While Muslims' civil rights and civil liberties are under attack
Wednesday, July 27, 2011(3 comments)
Fukushima. Hiroshima. Nagasaki. When Will It Stop?
Fukushima raised many questions about the dangers of radiation and the long-term effects of radiation poisoning. As the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approach, it is a very good time to take a closer look at what happened and to refocus our attention on the dangers of nuclear weapons.
Changing the Nation's Spending Priorities from War to Peace
This article describes the connection between the nation's large amount of military spending and the relatively small amounts of money spent on community programs such as education and food. It illustrates how important it is to change our nation's spending priorities.
Friday, September 17, 2010(8 comments)
The Peace Movement is Alive and Well -- and growing!
This piece is a response to an article that appeared on CommonDreams.org and Politico.com which describes a battered and bruised peace movement that lacks vibrancy and focus. The Executive Director of Peace Action, a co-convener of United for Peace and Justice, and the Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action tell a different story.
Reflections on Peace for 2010
The first week of December 2009 was a most memorable one. How should the events of last month affect our goals and strategies for 2010.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009(2 comments)
Premature Peace Prize or Call to Action?
The peace movement responds to President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a call to action, both for the President, and for those of us who are part of the ever-growing movement for peace in this country.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009(6 comments)
The So-Called "Good War" in Afghanistan is Now "The High Cost War"
This piece is about how the so-called "good war" in Afghanistan must end -- and how President Barack Obama should listen to the majority of Americans who now oppose the war, and not the generals -- who would like to see the U.S. embroiled in continued conflict in Afghanistan for another 8 years in a no-win situation. It is time to bring our troops home and return Afghanistan to the Afghan people.