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.
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.
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.
This is a new series, highlighting the challenges we face with violence and innovative peacebuilding solutions that are already making a difference. Shift does indeed happen!
An important story was featured on PBS NewsHour yesterday, focusing on Resotorative Justice "talking circles" in a Colorado High School. Colorado is a national leader in pivoting away from the more punitive or punishment oriented models to the more restorative -- focusing on how to heal the harm and restore relationships.
We received our full requested ask for Conflict Stabilization Operation Bureau, bringing it up to $45.2 million (up from $27m in 2013), Complex Crises Fund received the full $40m (up from $36m in 2013) and there was also an additional $6,016,000 for U.S. Institute of Peace, bringing their total up to $37m (that's still short of our $41m ask, but a healthy increase from last year). You can learn more about these three agencies here.
During the Season for Nonviolence we will focus on peacebuilding by seeking additional cosponsors of the Department of Peacebuilding Act (HR 808), which was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) on February 25, 2014.
The Season for Nonviolence is the 64-day period from January 30th to April 4th memorializing the dates Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., were assassinated by focusing on their legacy of nonviolence.
2014 marks our 10th anniversary year (March 31st). We are excited and humbled to have gotten this far. It was in partnership with so many of you that we achieved this milestone. And we've done a lot of good over this past decade, so much to be proud of! We are planning for this to be a landmark year for peace, and we will be doing a lot of fun activities to celebrate as we go.
We are excited to launch our beautiful new Inspirational & Peace Quote Magnets. They are a great way to spread a peaceful message -- on the fridge, at home, at work or anywhere -- and help raise funds for our advocacy work. They also make great stocking stuffers for the holiday.
Have you raised your voice for peace, but yearned to be part of a more unified, powerful chorus? Organize a Peace Alliance or Student Peace Alliance Action Team in your community! At a time of great challenge and opportunity around the planet, it's time for a peacebuilding constituency to build political will that will help take our communities, nation and world to a new level of peace.
Marianne Williamson, a founder of The Peace Alliance, has written an insightful article posted on Huffington Post. "Since the Civil War, America has recreated a virulent economic dynamic the likes of which, in part, we fought a War of Independence to be free of: A veritable aristocracy that, in keeping with its own self-declared entitlement, takes for the most part whatever it wants, and leaves the rest to us."
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