Take these quick and simple actions for peace! Each area is an important component to help make peace a priority in our nation and world. A few moments of your time will make a difference.
Join us in urging our President to make sure our formerly incarcerated community members have a fair shot – ask him to lead the way in reducing unfair barriers to employment for qualified people with arrest or conviction records by ‘Banning the Box’ on all federal job applications.
Right now, Committees in the House and Senate are starting to draft the 2016 Budget, and acting now, at the early stage of the process, few things are decided and we have a much greater opportunity to influence the process. But that means that we have to act right now to make sure important Peacebuilding programs will be fully funded in 2016.
The 114th Congress has come into full session and it's that time again. Legislation calling for the establishment of a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111) was re-introduced Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13). Let’s show our support.
During his State of the Union Address, President Obama powerfully called for reform of our nation’s criminal justice system as an important priority over the coming years. Please join us today to help him jump start this effort. Sign our quick petition to Members of Congress urging them to support smart peacebuilding approaches in our communities around the nation.
Over the next week or two, Congress will be working on our budget. Important peacebuilding funding could be on the table. Our federal budget totals some $3.5 trillion dollars each year while these three peacebuilding initiatives cost only $110 million combined. At just .003% of our budget they deserve our vocal support and the support of the US Congress.
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!
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.
The International Violence Against Women Act, H.R. 3571/S. 2307, formalizes the existence of a Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in USAID and the State Department Office of Global Women's Issues while expanding their role and powers. Under current law, both offices could be eliminated on a whim by an unfriendly President.
Right now, Committees in the House and Senate are drafting the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills, and this year, because of how Congress has scheduled votes, there will be virtually no opportunities for amendments. That means that we have to act right now to make sure important Peacebuilding programs will be fully funded in 2015. Your voice matters.
The Youth PROMISE Act (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) is bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1318 & S. 1307) that will give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively address youth violence issues. By specifically focusing on violence prevention and intervention strategies, this bill ensures we are funding programs that save lives and give every young person the opportunity to meet his or her potential.