“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
Dear Peace Friends,
Thank you to all of you who voted to Establish a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding! For the 2nd year in a row, this idea was voted as one of the “Top 10 Ideas for Change in America”. Together,we made this happen. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who Voted and helped spread the word about the national challenge on http://change.org/ideas
After 2,505 ideas and 209,950 votes were submitted, the 10 most popular ideas were chosen by the public. Now that voting has concluded, Change.org will be presenting each winning idea to relevant members of the Obama Administration and Congress as well as developing national campaigns to promote each idea with the help of its one million members!
What’s next? Well let’s take it up notch! This idea is really a federal bill (HR-808 U.S. Department of Peace Act) currently sitting in Congress with 72 cosponsors that needs your attention and support. As the top 10 ideas are being delivered, let’s remind the President and Congress how much we support the establishment of a U.S. Department of Peace. We stood up together and our voices counted. Now we need our local Members of Congress and the President to hear us, support it and also vote for what we want. Here are 4 easy steps you can take today to make an impact.
- Send a heartfelt postcard or letter to President Obama asking him to Establish a U.S Department of Peace: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500
- Email President Obama here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
- Write to your Member of Congress: http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/29/139/
- Join the National Nonprofit Movement advocating for a U.S. Department of Peace:
Please consider forwarding this message to your friends and online networks. Ask them to join us and take these actions today. Let’s let the President know we are serious about preventing violence and making peace a priority in our nation and world!
Just beyond “Give Peace a Chance” appears “Give Peace a Voice in the Executive Cabinet.” By moving the federal bill forward, we move peace forward. We can make this happen. Thank you for believing and speaking up and taking action! Thank you!
All of us at The Peace Alliance
* * Special thanks to State Coordinator Ted Nunn for submitting this idea. See Ted Nunn discuss the reasons for a U.S. Department of Peace here:
- The idea for a U.S. Department of Peace is a real bill currently sitting in Congress – HR-808 U.S. Department of Peace Act. You can read the bill here: http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/658/23/
- The bill has been in and out of Congress for 75 years.
- It was first introduced as a Senate Bill in 1935.
- It currently has 72 cosponsors.
- There is a national non-profit and grassroots volunteer movement supporting it’s passage http://www.ThePeaceAlliance.org and htttp://www.StudentPeaceAlliance.org
- The difference between 1935 and now is improved communication, a growing need to prevent violence, save lives and build peace.
- The President knows about the bill. He has received it from volunteers all across America with The Peace Alliance http://thepeacealliance.org
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FEDERAL BILL:
- Teach violence prevention in schools, grades K through 12th; as well as develop new educational programs that promote conflict resolution among school children
- Focus on reducing the levels of domestic violence, hate crimes, homicides, rape, gang violence, child abuse, elder abuse and drug and alcohol related violence by developing policies and providing funds for anti-violence educational programs.
- Effectively treat gang violence and work to rehabilitate the prison population.
- Focus on peace-making efforts among conflicting cultures within America and other countries.
- Support our military with alternative, approaches to peace-building and cultural understanding.
- Provide assistance to law officers and city, county, state governments by supporting, existing, community building programs within their own cities and local communities
- Create a U.S. Peace Studies Academy, on the same level as the U.S. Military Academy.
- and much more…