We take peacebuilding to Washington each year because, as one San Diego high school student said, “We have never known peace in our lives.”
Lobby Days 2017: A Washington D.C. experience focused on lobbying for H. R. 1111, the Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017. Please gather your family, friends and neighbors and join us as a significant citizen peacebuilding and nonviolence presence in DC this year.
During an extended 2017 Mother’s Day celebration, we advocated for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111) and other peacebuilding initiatives with legislators throughout the country with Mother’s Day “Peace wants a piece of the federal budget pie” meetings, letters and pie drop-offs with members of Congress and Senators in at least CA, GA, IL, MA, ME and OH.
Make this Mother’s Day a call for our nation to prioritize peacebuilding by establishing a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding and by practicing peace in our personal lives, the community, schools, a more humane justice system and internationally.
This past election day was a shock to everyone’s system no matter what your political persuasion and we wanted to let you know that we are there with you. We believe it is important that we see this outcome as a call to engage with each other in a deeper and more authentic way, walking our talk of peace and reconciliation.
Listen to the third Peace Alliance Call in our “Call to Calm Series” with Rita Marie Johnson. Rita Marie was instrumental in the eventual inclusion of peacebuilding in the federal government through Costa Rica’s Ministry of Justice and Peace. In 2004, Rita Marie also began offering what she coined the "Connection Practice" in Costa Rican public schools.
Please join us on July 11th for part two of our Call to Calm election series dialogues with leading American thinkers. We will be joined by Stephen Dinan, a social entrepreneur and political strategist, and the CEO of The Shift Network. Stephen will be talking about how we can bring peace and civility to the Political season, as well as sharing about his new book, Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling our Mission in Service to All.
Join The Peace Alliance in a national conversation with Sylvia Boorstein on how we can nurture a more peaceful and respectful way of engaging each other, thriving in diversity, and collectively benefiting from this election season. We have this opportunity to unite in our intentions, navigating the months ahead and bringing about a greater peace in the midst of so much negativity. This is the essence of Peacebuilding at its most powerful.
We have some big news to share. Late last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order to institutionalize the Atrocities Prevention Board. While this is less permanent than passing the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act into law would be, it’s still a major accomplishment, strengthening early warning and response to mass atrocities and violent conflicts as a focus of US foreign policy.
There has been significant recent movement on a few of our policy priorities! Hear updates from our Legislative Director, Jeff Pudlo, on the Congressional status of the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, federal sentencing reform, and more. You are invited to participate by joining us, Tuesday, May 10th, at 9pm eastern, 8pm central, 7pm mountain, 6pm pacific (and 5pm Alaskan), for our May National Action Call.