About Cleveland Peace Action

Our mission: Stop violence, war and terrorism, through peaceful, just and democratic means

National Peace Action

Cleveland Peace Action

Mission and Structure

Board Members



National Peace Action is the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, with approximately 97,000 members and more than 100 state and local chapters in 27 states.


Formerly known as SANE/FREEZE, the organization was formed in 1987 by the merger of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (founded in 1957) and the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (founded in 1981). The first National Congress was held in Cleveland in 1987. Peace Action works for:

  • Global nuclear disarmament

  • Ratification of a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty

  • An end to the proliferation of nuclear and conventional weapons

  • A reduced military budget

  • Economic conversion of military industry and investment in community needs

  • Alternatives to war and violence

  • Real national security achieved through cooperation with other nations, satisfaction of human needs, and protection of human rights


Peace Action is part of two major national coalitions: United for Peace and Justice and Win Without War. It works closely with members of Congress.


Student Peace Action Network (SPAN)

The Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) organizes college and high school students nationwide.


Cleveland Peace Action is an affiliate of national Peace Action. Cleveland Peace Action began as the Greater Cleveland Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in 1981. Because there is no Ohio state affiliate, we are a "chapter" of national Peace Action. We support the goals of the national organization but also advocate our own positions and policies, especially those with local relevance and interest.

Cleveland Peace Action is on the cutting edge of the peace movement, linking globalization and militarization, and articulating policies that would create "real security" for our nation.


Our Mission: Stop violence, war and terrorism, through peaceful, just and democratic means


Our Structure: We currently have one part-time Managing Director (employed by the Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund). The organization has a membership of about 400 people who have donated funds or volunteered in the past year. We mail newsletter four times per year to 1,700 people and send regular email communications to about 1500 email addresses.


The Board of Directors meets monthly to coordinate the organization's work and make decisions regarding its direction. But most of the real work gets done in one of many committees.


The Board is elected at an Annual Membership Meeting, held each winter. This meeting includes a presentation on a current peace and justice issue. We also conduct educational forums, demonstrations, vigils and press conferences throughout the year, for our members and the community.


Cleveland Peace Action Board of Directors

Officers: one-year term beginning 3/2/17

Rosemary Palmer, President 
Dena Magoulias, Treasurer
Bill Fickinger, Secretary


Two-year term beginning 3/2/17

Francis Chiappa
Bill Fickinger
Jean Kosmac
Dena Magoulias
Nina McLellan
Rosemary Palmer
Gayleen Sloane


Two-year term beginning 3/16/16

Don Bryant
Chantal Dothey
Lynne Rustad


Contact Managing Director Elizzabeth Schiros to find out how you can get more involved.

Our office is at 2592 W. 14th St., Suite 109,  Cleveland, OH 44113. Phone 216-264-3955.

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