The Peace Alliance
Victory: USIP Funded! 

Dear Friends, It’s official.

The House and Senate voted to fund the United States Institute of Peace throughout the rest of this fiscal year and the president is expected to sign soon. Despite a February House vote to zero out funding for the USIP, the Institute’s work will carry on.

Thank you for being a part of this campaign to save the Institute’s valuable work and mission!

Because of our shared work the new USIP headquarters will continue to stand as a beacon of hope from across the Lincoln Memorial. The Institute will continue to provide the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts.  And events will carry forward like yesterday’s on “Political Transitions in Afghanistan,” and last week’s with former Israeli President Shimon Peres.  The hundreds of Institute peacebuilding experts will continue to lead our nation to be even better at making peace than at making war.

Together, we generated over 38,000 messages to Congress and the President from the 9,400 plus people who signed our petition, and made countless phone calls to Congress. With your support, we delivered petition signatures to over 40 key Senate offices.  Together, our message got through: Saving USIP is essential for our national security and our commitment to global peacebuilding.

Through this shared challenge, our community grew stronger.  We were part of a strong group of organizations who rallied together:  from the Alliance for Peacebuilding, National Peace Academy, the Friends Committee on National Legislation and many others.  From General Zinni, to Senator Leahy, and Secretary Clinton many leaders stood with us.  And our friends at Ben & Jerry’s and Yoko Ono helped immensely with their tweets and posts.  Today we celebrate this victory!

And as we celebrate we know that soon the FY 2012 budget negotiations will again likely call into question both investing in the work of peacebuilding, and investing in USIP. It is sobering to consider the extent of cuts made to several programs that support domestic and international peacebuilding, just in this budget deal.  Indeed we must remain vigilant and double-down in our advocacy for continued and growing investments in this field.

Consider a donation today to help us sustain our advocacy initiatives into the future.

in gratitude,


“For everything that matters, Carry on!” -Peter, Paul, and Mary

The Peace Alliance
A Beacon of Peace on the National Mall
New Building for U.S. Institute of Peace Opens in Heart of D.C.
Act Today to Assure it Stays Open! 

Save the U.S. Institute of Peace

by Aaron Voldman, The Peace Alliance

Dear Friends,

I recently visited the United States Institute of Peace’s beautiful new home on our National Mall, and wanted to share with you how much the visit moved me. The new structure and new address do justice to the importance of the Institute’s mission.

For years the Institute operated out of the National Restaurant building, but now the Institute boldly stands opposite the Lincoln Memorial – a shining symbol for peace at the heart of the nation’s Capital.  While I was sitting outside this gorgeous, riveting, modern building, two Moroccan women began taking photos in front of USIP.  They beamed with joy looking back at the structure which represents our nation’s commitment to international peacebuilding.

The United States Institute of Peace building is now a part of Washington’s landscape. When tourists come to our nation’s capitol, they can tour the Holocaust Museum, then walk a few streets and learn at USIP all about how we can prevent war.  They can snap photos in front of the Washington Monument, and then click away in front of USIP.  What stands on the national mall tells the story of America.  And now our commitment to peace is more a part of that story than ever before.

It is so ironic that as the USIP finally is receiving the attention and support they deserve, that the House voted to zero out their funding.

As a Congressional shut down looms and Congress struggles to decide the fate of USIP and many other worthy programs, please take a moment to call your U.S. House Representative.

Call 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your U.S. House Representative. Click here to learn who your Representative is. Urge your Representative to keep funding USIP and to reach a budget deal.

And if you have yet to sign and share our petition, please do so here:

Walking inside the Institute itself is quite exhilarating.  The space has a very modern design, which feels both inviting and liberating.  Inside, I toured the conferencefacilities, and space which some day will host 500,000 visitors a year (many of them students) to learn all about peacebuilding.  As I looked out behind the USIP headquarters at the buildings that will house an Academy for US government workers studying conflict transformation, I was filled with tremendous hope and pride. We must assure that this forward thinking institution truly fulfills its potential.

At the end of the tour I met USIP President Richard Solomon, who thanked us all for raising our voices in support of USIP, deep gratitude echoed by all I met at the Institute. 

Thank you for doing your part to make it possible for generations to come to walk the halls of America’s peace institute.