There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a United States Department of Peacebuilding. Take Action Now!
The Faces of Peace, an initiative crafted to make the work and values of “peace,” in it’s many forms, a better understood, more tangible, personal, and accessible phenomenon; shining a bright spotlight on what peace looks like in the 21st century.
Every year, peace supporters across the nation take pies to their local Congressional offices with a message that "peace deserves a piece of the pie." We are talking of course about peace and the work of peacebuilding being made a budget and policy priority. It's always a fun and connecting activity, and we've found it to be very effective. Join us!
The California Democratic Party (CDP) adopted language by the California Peace Alliance calling for promotion of national institutions “based on the organizing principles of violence prevention and nonviolent conflict resolution, utilizing and developing a network of ‘best practice’ peacebuilding policies and programs, both within UN member states, and externally among nations.”
Join us! We will be hosting a newcomer orientation call to share with you more about what we are up to at The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance, as well as how you can get involved in your community to help us build peace and form Peace Alliance Action Teams. Our special guest speaker for this call will be John Raatz of the Visioneering Group.
March 31st marks a very special moment for The Peace Alliance. It was ten years ago, in 2004, that we were legally incorporated. We look back with great pride on a our remarkable journey, and look forward enthusiastically to our continued actions and the expansion of peacebuilding in our nation and world.
Some aspects of U.S. counter-terrorism laws have had the unintended consequence of discouraging, delaying and obstructing life-saving peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance to men, women and children in great need who have the misfortune of living in areas where terrorist groups operate. It also limits the capacity to demobilize armed fighters. The Humanitarian Access Facilitation Act (H.R. 3526) was recently introduced to rectify the situation.
The Peace Alliance's Restorative Justice Fellow, Molly Rowan Leach, has co-authored a new Huffington Post article with Dr. Sandra Pavelka, a national strategist, writer, and a professor whose published works include a recent and definitive report on the political climate of "RJ" in the U.S. The modern day movement of restorative justice continues to evolve at state and community levels. Jurisdictions have responded to juvenile justice system discontent with revisions to legislative and policy agendas.
Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Chicago: Are you feeling thirsty to use the power of relationships and communication to promote practical tools for peace on Earth? We are creating political will for peacebuilding breakthroughs, and we want all of you to join us as champions for this change. National Field Director Dan Kahn and Student Peace Alliance Coordinator Sally Kaplan are coming to Midwest Heartland hotspots in the beginning of April --- sharing solidarity, news of challenges and victories, and strategies for effective ways forward.
Momentum is really picking up with the Youth PROMISE Act. In the last few weeks, five new co-sponsors have signed on in the U.S. House of Representatives, including 2 Republicans! That brings our total to 105 signed on in the House, 6 of whom are Republican.
Peace Alliance staff member, Matthew Albracht, has written a new article posted on Huffington Post: "The prevailing notion and dominant cultural story is that violence is inevitable and there is really nothing significant we can do about it. Luckily, this is a false assumption. Many new methodologies are emerging, at almost every level of society, which are proving to be highly effective ways to address conflict before it erupts into violence -- or to turn it around more quickly when violence is already ensuing. Conflict may be inevitable, but violence does not have to be."
A new report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has just been released on the economic impact of violence containment to the world economy.
One of the many harrowing statistics: the 2012 estimated global cost was $9.46 trillion or 11 percent of Gross World Product, which is more than 75 times our foreign aid expenditures. The United States violence costs constitute 10.5% of our GDP. Sadly, these numbers are conservative estimates.