14,994 VOTES – #2 in TOP TEN!


Ideas for Change in America – UPDATE

Ideas for Change in America is a nationwide competition to identify the best ideas for change in America.

The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama administration just before inauguration day and form the basis of a nationwide advocacy campaign to turn each idea into actual policy. 

Voting on the Ideas for Change in America has ended as of 5pm ET on January 15, 2009.

Our 14,994 Votes placed the motion NUMBER TWO in the Top Ten.



Message from Yoko Ono

Hi. This is yoko ono.
I fully support the idea of voting for a DEPARTMENT OF PEACE.

It’s so exciting to see the family of peace working to keep ourselves up in the top ten!
Every bit helps to make World Peace a reality.
I didn’t know that we are getting so strong in numbers, as well!
Lots of love, yoko


Secretary of Peace in a Department of Peace and Non-Violence

Our planet, our media, our social interactions, our homes all suffer from the epidemic of inter-personal violence and warfare that plagues America. With the establishment of a Department of Peace and Non-Violence, with a respected Secretary of Peace in the President’s Cabinet, and a program to reduce violence in cities, nations, and even in our homes, we will all benefit from the growth of a culture of peace. 
While this is a new layer of the Federal Government, it is a positive force for change, for handling the rage and violence that has cost our country billions in emergency rooms, police protection, broken homes and marriages. This is not an attempt to circumvent or replace the Department of Defense nor to co-opt the Department of State. This is a new entity, in the President’s Cabinet, a Department dedicated to training peace-keepers, educating our children, and suggesting non-violent alternatives to hostility, and war.
We are asking for a motive and a method to counteract violence, with positive potentials for resolution of conflict, by individuals trained to work with local, state and national approaches, building a United States that no longer glorifies warfare and deadly force, but brings to the table a sincere desire for peace, and a methodology to achieve it. 

Stephen Zendt (I am a Senior Citizen, work in Financial Services), Walnut Creek, CA, Dec 02 @ 01:07PM PST


The Peace Alliance

 Congratulations to each and every one of you for helping our dream, establishing a Department of Peace, win on Change.org!
We came in second place, but ALL of the top ten ideas will be featured at the press conference Friday, and the coming months.
For some of you this online contest became your passion and you nurtured our progress day and night.
Special kudos to each of you, you know who you are!
Thank you could not be enough.
Others of you voted and sent the request on to your families and a few friends. Thank you as well, for each action you took.
And some of you just voted yesterday. Thanks to you as well. Honestly, it took all of us doing our part to make this moment a reality. In the process we have educated THOUSANDS of people about the Department of Peace and our campaign.
Heart Phoenix of our Board said to me today, that even if we spent 25k on a well planned advertising campaign we could not have reached as many people with our message, so passionately and powerfully. I agree whole heartedly.
You are the miracle and I honor each of you for our partnership.
Today at 9:00 AM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Change.org will be announcing the top ten winning ideas to the Obama transition team.

The following social network leaders will be speaking at the press conference:
Chris Hughes, director of My.BarackObama.com and co-founder of Facebook,
Jose Antonio Vargas, political reporter for the Washington Post,
Joe Trippi, who was Senior Adviser to John Edwards’ 2008 Presidential Campaign and Campaign Manager of Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential Campaign, and
Lee Brenner, Political Director at MySpace.
To represent all of us, Kathy Kidd, Wendy Green, Chelsea Allinger, our new legislative intern, and Caitlin Rosser will all be at this press event.
All the ways that winning this challenge will further our mission and goals will take time to reveal.

This afternoon Kathy and Wendy and I met with Ben Rattray, who founded Change.org, about what this will mean in the future. We are still learning what they want to offer us to aid our campaign, but this is just the beginning. More updates to come.
Congratulations to all!
May peace prevail on the earth.

Lynn McMullen
Executive Director
The Peace Alliance

P.S. CSpan frequently covers events at the Press Club but it is not currently on their schedule. If you read this in time and wish to contact them to encourage them to cover it, the phone number is: (202) 737-3220; Fax:202-737-6226,
email: [email protected].
If we learn anything new about media coverage after this email goes out, we will post it on our website.
Come to our March 20-23, 2009 National Conference in Washington D.C. 
Join us in lobbying our new Congress and continue to have your voice make a difference! Learn more….
The Peace Alliance
1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 712 | Washington, DC 20036 | Tel 202-239-9673



National Website: www.ThePeaceAlliance.org 
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/DepartmentofPeaceFlorida
Videos: www.Youtube.com/DOPFloridaCampaign
Read the Federal Bill to establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence in Congress [pdf]