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.
Major Sentencing Reform Legislation is advancing in the Senate, with a bipartisan bill, the Sentencing Reform and CORRECTIONS Act, S. 2123. While it is a compromise, it contains many very positive elements, and we want your help passing it. If Congress passes this bill, it would be by far the biggest shift in Criminal Justice policy in decades. And for once, it would be a substantial change for the better.
A little over twenty years ago, one million Rwandans were murdered in less than 100 days. What makes the genocide in Rwanda so unspeakable is not only the horror of the genocide itself, but that this genocide might have been preventable. What if we could have helped save many of those lives? In the future, we can.
There are Peace Alliance supporters converging on Capitol Hill this week around the country today as part of our Peace Alliance conference. One of the key messages we are bringing to Congress is that our nation's hardest hit communities deserve the support and funding they desperately need to implement youth violence prevention and intervention strategies. That's why we are urging their support of the Youth PROMISE Act.
Friends, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing soon to mark up and vote on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, S. 1169. The JJDPA is the core of nearly everything the federal government does in Juvenile Justice, but it's past due for re-authorization. It will require states to keep youth separated from adults prior to trial as well as in prison, strengthen rules on disproportionate minority contact, invest in alternatives to incarceration, and removes an exception that allowed states to put status offenders in prison.
There is a remarkable political momentum happening across our nation right now to reform our criminal justice system. Thankfully, the momentum is coming from both sides of the aisle. Humanizing our Justice Systems is a core priority at The Peace Alliance as well, and we are glad to share that there is a sweeping new bill before Congress right now called the SAFE Justice Act.
Friends, the Youth PROMISE Act was recently re-introduced into the U.S. Senate! Play a powerful role in helping pass this bill. Tell your Senators that you want them to sign on as a bill co-sponsor!
On July 11, 2001 -- exactly two months before 9/11 -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH) introduced legislation to create a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace, which embodied the knowledge that violence prevention and peacebuilding are cost effective, save lives and improve quality of life, both domestically and internationally. In honor of its anniversary, please ask your Members of Congress and President Obama to support H.R. 1111.
20,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2014, up from an average of 2,000 a year only 10 years ago. This despite $trillions spent and countless lives lost in the "war on terror." It seems clear that our strategies for dealing with terrorism have been grossly ineffective and many say is even counter-productive. Our long-term strategy and resources must focus much more on the work of peacebuilding.
Please let your Members of Congress know that you support diplomacy with Iran. Right now, there are a large number of Members of Congress who want to kill the deal, which would likely send us on a path to war.
We are pleased to share that a new bill before Congress, HR 850, the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act of 2015, is set to bring more Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into our classrooms. It's high time that we prioritized these life skills in our schools.