The last couple of months Dan Kahn, our National Field Director, has been all around the country drumming up support for peace! He resented workshops on Peace Alliance philosophy and strategy - connecting in-person with our nationwide grassroots network - launching new Action Teams and nourishing existing ones.
Right now, there's a law called the Second Chance Act that recently expired and needs to be reauthorized. In 2008, it was passed by bipartisan majorities of both Houses of Congress, funding over 600 programs in 49 states to reduce recidivism, and help ex-offenders reintegrate into their communities. Sign the petition today!
We are pleased to be joined by Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, Interim Associate Director and Visiting Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University's MA program in Conflict Resolution. We will talk about the growing threat and challenges posed by groups like ISIS/ISIL as well as many other global hot-spots -- looking specifically at what a more multidimensional and holistic peacebuilding approach can contribute.
Over the last few months, the Youth PROMISE Act has made some encouraging progress, as well as a few hold-ups. Thanks to many of you, this "Summer of PROMISE" saw 18 new co-sponsors sign on in the House and Senate -- including some key Republicans who will be very important to its passage.
We are pleased to announce that we have beautiful 2014 "Peace on Earth is in Our Hands" holiday cards available for pre-order today. These have been very popular in past years. We hope that you will consider sending our cards to friends and family this year as a way to spread both holiday cheer and a message of peace on earth - plus a little about the work we are doing nationally in support of peace.
Join us in urging President Obama, UN Ambassador Samantha Power and the UN General Assembly to support a resolution for Establishment of Infrastructures to Support the Culture of Peace.
We are very excited to share that Marianne Williamson, a Peace Alliance founder, will be our special guest speaker for this month's National Peace Action call.
There are many modalities emerging in communities across our nation that are very effectively dealing with youth crime, violence, bullying, delinquency and other related issues that focus on prevention and more healing-oriented intervention practices. Below are a few key highlighted programs that show these are not only more effective than traditional punitive approaches, but they also save lives and money for communities.
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.
On Sept. 18th, join Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach and Congressman Tim Ryan, three renowned voices for achieving peace through mindfulness, in celebration of the Peace Alliance’s 10th anniversary and the UN declared International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st). Exploring the questions: what is mindful activism? How do we stop the violence in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods our nation and our world? Please join us as we explore and recommit to building peace.