The Peace Alliance is committed to growing a movement of a million strong for peace. Together, we will create a critical mass necessary for peacebuilding to be our societal norm. We can make it happen!
We are a grassroots educational and advocacy organization focused on transforming how individuals, communities, and nations respond to conflict and violence. The prevention and intervention solutions we promote have proven effective in saving lives and dollars while enhancing cooperation skills and increasing social resilience.
The Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, S.2551, was finally introduced in the Senate just a few days ago. This is an important bill that we all need to get behind. The Act will coordinate an interagency approach to preventing mass atrocities, integrate early warning systems, oversee development and implementation of atrocities prevention strategies, and conduct atrocities specific planning.
This course features inspiring wisdom and leadership from the field of Restorative Justice, Mindfulness, NVC and Social & Emotional Learning in schools. It will explore bringing these critical skills into school communities.
You are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 9th for our February Action Call!! We will be joined by special guest, HawaH Kasat - Founder and Executive Director of One Common Unity! OCU's program, "Fly By Light," has been doing phenomenal peacebuilding work with youth in some of Washington D.C.'s most stressed schools and neighborhoods.
In 2015, Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) supporters worked with DoP legislation sponsor, Congresswoman Barbara Lee on incorporating evolving peacebuilding practices into the Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015, which was introduced on 2/26/15 as H.R. 1111. Throughout the year, we made hundreds of contacts with members of Congress urging them to cosponsor DoP legislation and to support other peacebuilding initiatives.
This free virtual telesummit features inspiring wisdom and leadership from the field of Restorative Justice and Social & Emotional Learning in schools. It will explore bringing these critical skills into school communities. Join us! As new generations of youth learn these essential building blocks of a lasting peace, it could change our world!
The Sentencing Reform and CORRECTIONS Act, S. 2123, is a strongly bipartisan piece of legislation that passed out of the Judiciary Committee with an overwhelming 15-5 vote. But Mitch McConnell has not yet brought it to a vote on the Senate floor. The only way he will bring it to a vote is if he hears other Senators demanding it, and those Senators will only tell him to bring it to a vote if their constituents- that's you- express to them how important the Sentencing Reform and CORRECTIONS Act is to you.
This week, Congress is in full negotiations regarding re-authorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Youth who are locked up are separated from their families, and many witness or experience violence. These youth struggle when they get out, trying to complete high school, get jobs, housing, or go to college. The Act requires states to keep youth separated from adults prior to trial as well as in prison, invests in alternatives to incarceration, and provides youth support necessary for successful rehabilitation and re-entry into their communities -- among many other important functions.
The National and CA Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) committees, and other DoP partners, lobbied 125+ members of Congress and U.S. Senators this fall, with visits to many legislative offices in Washington DC, and “AMPLIFYING” calls and visits from our home states. The National DoP committee delivered 134 personalized letters to members of Congress.
We're asking you to tell Congress to amend H.R. 3713 so that it doesn't create new mandatory drug penalties, expand existing mandatory minimums associated with the "War on Drugs" to whole new classes of people who aren't currently allowed to be charged with those penalties, prevent certain offenders from benefiting from the bill's sentence reductions, or prevent those already sentenced under the former 100:1 crack-to-powder sentencing disparity from even being able to apply to the court to seek relief.
We have an exciting celebration to share. Thanks to all your hard work, Congress passed some meaningful provisions of the Youth PROMISE Act as part of the final version of the Every Student Succeeds Act, S. 1177, creating school based PROMISE plans. It is likely to be signed by the President soon.