Jon Rainwater is Executive Director of Peace Action West. For over 25 years, Jon has been active in campaigns on issues of peace, nuclear disarmament, social justice and environmental sustainability. An experienced policy advocate, he has worked on nuclear issues for Greenpeace, advocated for victims of domestic violence for the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence and served as director for the California League of Conservation Voters. Jon has also been involved in the electoral arena in dozens of campaigns for progressive candidates and ballot measures. Before joining Peace Action West, he worked in the environmental field helping to pass groundbreaking legislation on global warming emissions and environmental justice in California. Jon now leads Peace Action West's efforts to promote a foreign policy based in strategic cooperation.
Contact Jon Rainwater
Download a high resolution photo here.
Mr. Rainwater on Peace Action West:
"We make sure Americans know how their representatives cast their votes on life and death issues. Ultimately, it's an active and vocal public that will determine if the country makes the profound changes in US foreign policy that we need."
Mr. Rainwater on Nuclear Weapons:
"There is an emerging consensus, supported by people like Henry Kissinger and former Sen. Sam Nunn, that America needs bold action towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. Failure to provide that leadership could mean a new nuclear era of weakening international controls on the spread of nuclear weapons, increasing the likelihood of terrorists obtaining nuclear material and technology. In this new era, the US nuclear weapons stockpile would be unlikely to deter attacks from decentralized terrorist networks, with no clear borders and no clear leadership centers.
"America and the world face great challenges, and we'll need bold American leadership as well as an unambiguous commitment to international cooperation to secure loose nuclear material, reduce the world's arsenals, and work towards eliminating the nuclear threat. For instance, we need to halt efforts to develop new breeds of nuclear weapons, encourage Senate ratification of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, work towards a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty, and lead in accelerating international efforts to clean up loose nuclear material."