Let’s Bring Peace to the Conventions

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Quoted from http://www.thepeacealliance.org/emails/alerts/07-30-08_dnc_ask.htm:

Let’s Bring Peace to the Conventions

Support our Presence at the Conventions
July 30, 2008

 

What an exciting time! The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are approaching and the Denver team has been working for almost a year to create a presence at the Democratic National Convention.

I believe it is no coincidence that we have a last-minute opportunity to have a tabling presence at the convention because whatever you focus on is what you create!

We’d also love to have a presence at the Republican National Convention and this last-minute opportunity has encouraged us to continue to ask for what we want–if you know of an opportunity to share about the Department of Peace and Nonviolence at the RNC, please contact me in the D.C. office.

While we know that all of us cannot be at both of these conventions, there is a way we can all contribute. You guessed it! We are raising money to make all of this possible.

We are holding a reception across from the Democratic Convention Center for all the Members of the House and Senate who will be in Denver. We have volunteers contacting each office to extend personal invitations and next week, we’ll ask for your help with that in our monthly E-newsletter.

The reception and materials will cost us about $3,500 and we have at least one staff attending. Any tabling we might do, whether at the DNC or the RNC, will be extra.

Creating a Department of Peace is the most important thing we can do in our lifetime. Now is the time to use your money to give peace a voice.

If you have never given before and are inspired by your/our passion, determination, spunk and luck (hard work meets opportunity!), then give today by making a one-time donation or become a monthly donor.

If you already give monthly, can you increase your giving by $5 or $10 per month? Or donate $20 to sponsor a Member of Congress in attending the reception to find out more about the Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

We can all fund the future and vision of peace and this is an exciting opportunity to continue to make peace a part of the election-year dialogue. Thank you all for the packets you have distributed (very creatively in many instances!) to many who are running for office. Let’s continue to get the Department of Peace and Nonviolence in the hands of everyone…and Give Today!

Peace and appreciation,

Kathy Kidd Signature

Kathy Kidd
National Field Director
202-296-1187

Peace One Day Concert/New York/September 9th

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Peace One Day wrote:

Peace One Day Concert/New York/September 9th

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to announce that Peace One Day is hosting a star-studded concert to celebrate Peace Day 2008 at the Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York City on September 9th, 2008. Grammy-award winning singers Annie Lennox and Bryan Adams will perform acoustic sets alongside international sensation Natasha Bedingfield. The celebration will also include video messages of Peace from celebrities and artists including Jude Law and Lenny Kravitz, speeches from international luminaries and clips from Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley’s acclaimed new documentary, The Day After Peace. The New York concert will be filmed and a TV special will be broadcast globally.

As a Peace One Day supporter, I wanted to give you advance notice that tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, July 31st at noon EST at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (212) 307-7171. Tickets can also be purchased directly from the Nokia Theatre Box Office.

The New York concert will be held in addition to our UK Gala Celebration on 21 September at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Our London event will feature a Gala screening of the new film The Day After Peace, musical contributions from Annie Lennox and Bryan Adams, with other artists to be announced, and appearances by Jude Law and other special guests. Buy your tickets online through the Royal Albert Hall’s box office.

Additional performers and presenters for both concerts will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit Peace One Day’s web site at http://www.peaceoneday.org/twoconcerts.aspx You can also view a short video of the highlights from last year’s Peace One Day Concert at the Royal Albert Hall online at http://www.peaceoneday.org/concert1.aspx or by clicking here.

I thank you again for your support of Peace One Day and I hope you can join us at one of these exciting events. Even if you cannot attend either concert, we hope that you plan to mark Peace Day, Sunday 21 September 2008, in some way! In order to help spread the word, and encourage others around the world to get involved, please make a commitment and log it on our Peace Wall at http://www.peaceoneday.org/commitment.aspx

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Warm regards

In peace

Jeremy

Jeremy Gilley
Peace One Day
Block D, The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7456 9180
Fax: 020 7375 2007
www.peaceoneday.org


Join us for the NVC Call Thursday

Wendy Greene wrote:

Join us for the NVC Call Thursday

Dear friends,

Our next monthly Nonviolent Communications (NVC) conference call to support you in your communication challenges (inner and outer) is scheduled for this Thursday, July 31, 2008. The call will be facilitated by Miki Kashtan.

Time: 6:00 p.m. pacific, 9:00 eastern.

Call in number: (712) 432-1601

Access code: 470821#.

Please note: These 90-minute calls are recorded for inclusion on our website, and for use in training tools created by Miki Kashtan.

The call will ask you to announce yourself.  PLEASE IGNORE THIS REQUEST if it might interrupt a conversation in progress.

These calls offer a powerful opportunity to explore how to have the most rich and meaningful connections with others in your life and work for the Department of Peace campaign. On these calls, you will have the opportunity

to:

– Increase your general effectiveness in communicating in this campaign and in your life.

– Learn to deal better with conflict as it arises.

– Explore how to have the richest and most meaningful connections you can as you educate others about our work.

These calls are most effective and useful when we work with a few individuals on real live issues. Here are some things to think about to help you discover the most valuable topics for you to bring up for

conversation:

1. To whom do you want to learn to express yourself with more clarity and authenticity? What’s the situation?

2. Who do you have trouble responding to with compassion? What’s the situation? (Might be issues dealing with your congressional offices).

3. Do you have anyone you struggle with who you would be willing to join you in receiving support during the call? Please contact us immediately, so we can talk before the call.

I highly suggest you check it out, and invite others in your district to do so. If you have never participated in an NVC call before and would like to learn more, please click on the NVC call link on our home page, or paste the following URL into your browser:

http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/64/73/. Whatever your previous experience, we welcome you to join us.

Thank you for your love and service to the Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, and for your commitment to truly be the change we are calling for. I trust you will enjoy the call.

In gratitude,

Wendy

Wendy Greene

Managing Director

The Peace Alliance

www.thepeacealliance.org

1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW Suite 712

Washington, DC 20036

DC office phone: 202.296.1187


2008 CA DOP Conference – Time’s Running Out!

2008 California Dept. of Peace Conference wrote:

2008 CA DOP Conference – Time’s Running Out!

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A World Beyond Violence

2008 California Department of Peace Conference

State Campaigns for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER
for
A World Beyond Violence
2008 California Department of Peace Conference

August 1 – 3, 2008
University of California, Berkeley

Register at www.conference.afdop.org

People from all over California and surrounding states will convene at the oldest campus in California at Berkeley on August 1st through 3rd to attend the 2008 California Department of Peace Conference. Conference segments and speakers will relate directly to our nationwide movement to pass House Resolution 808 to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence. Featured speakers include Peace Alliance founder and inspirational author, lecturer, and host of XM Radio’s Oprah & Friends Marianne Williamson, who opens the conference Friday evening, as well as over 30 additional speakers, panelists, activists and performers.

From war to genocide, from rape to domestic violence, from campus shootings to school bullying, from gang banging to child abuse: all are learned behaviors, chosen when people don’t see other options. Our conference will educate attendees about specific options for nonviolent solutions to conflict, and how to make those options more accessible to all, helping to transform our culture into "a world beyond violence."

Please register TODAY at www.conference.afdop.org. Hope to see you there!

Questions?Email Terry at terry@lupineproductions.com.


I Stand for Peace!

Quoted fromhttp://www.thepeacealliance.org/emails/alerts/07-24-08_stand_for_peace_petition.htm:

Take Action: Sign the

The Peace Alliance Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence
Sign the “I Stand for Peace” Petition
July 24, 2008

We’re calling upon Congress to make reducing and preventing violence a national priority in the upcoming Congress. Won’t you join us?

Sign the “I Stand for Peace” petition and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

This is not a partisan issue and it’s not about a particular piece of legislation. This is about raising awareness of a largely preventable public health issue that costs billions of dollars and millions of lives each year. There are proven solutions out there, but they’re meaningless if we don’t use them.

Our young people deserve better. They deserve to live in a country where reducing and preventing violence is a national priority. They deserve to be safe and to grow up without fear. That’s why we’re asking you to join us in saying, “I Stand for Peace.”

On September 11, 2008, we will deliver the petition to the Congressional leadership. We’ve set an extremely conservative goal of 5,000 signatures. But why not 50,000? 1 million? 300 million – the current population of the United States? After all, violence is an equal-opportunity destroyer. No one goes untouched.

Will one petition change the world? Of course not. But it’s a step, one of many that must be taken to bring the field of peacebuilding from the margins of the political and societal dialogue and make it central to our policymaking, investment and understanding.

We must come together to make our voices heard and tell our representatives in Washington that violence reduction and prevention must be a top priority. Sign the petition and let Congress know that you stand for peace.

Learn More
You can read the full text of the petition below or online. And visit our I Stand for Peace education page to learn more about youth violence and how you can help.

Watch our PSA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRNNLwPFTOU

Spread the Word
Once you’ve signed, be sure to ask your friends, family and others in your peace networks to sign. Either forward this email to everyone in your address book or use our Tell a Friend tool.

Thank you for getting informed, taking action, and staying committed. Together, we can reduce and prevent violence, and create a more peaceful world for generations to come.

In peace and partnership,

All of us at The Peace Alliance

Petition Text

I Stand for Peace
Make Violence Reduction and Prevention a National Priority

TO: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer,
House Minority Leader John Boehner,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Violence pervades American culture, and its impact is devastating. Consider just a few sobering statistics:

 

  • The World Heath Organization estimates the cost of interpersonal violence in the U.S. at $300 billion per year. The cost to victims was estimated at more than $500 billion per year. [1]
  • U.S. youth homicide rates are more than 10 times that of other leading industrial nations. [2]
  • Direct expenditures for corrections by local, state and federal governments between 1982 and 2004 increased 585 percent to $62 billion per year. [3]
  • All told, domestic interpersonal violence consumes nearly 10% of our national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). And this does NOT include war-related costs. [4]

As staggering as this financial cost is, the human cost is even greater.

The heartbreak of this tremendous waste is that it is largely preventable. We have skilled experts in the science of peacebuilding, effective programs that reduce and prevent violence, and our colleges and universities are already training the next generation of peacebuilders.

What we lack is the political will, visionary leadership, and institutional platform needed to create a strategic, focused effort to empower our citizens, communities and country to resolve conflict before it erupts into violence.

We the undersigned are standing for peace, asking that you make the issue of violence reduction and prevention a national priority in the coming Congress. We can no longer stand idly by as a largely preventable phenomenon destroys lives and drains our national assets.

More than 300 colleges and universities give degrees in Peacebuilding and Peace Studies. The current spectrum of our peacebuilding expertise includes leading edge technologies in the fields of conflict resolution, peer mediation, post-conflict reconstruction and many other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Countless programs across the nation have been proven to effectively reduce and prevent bullying, school violence, recidivism, domestic violence, dependency on social services, crime, and more–and they have done so while saving taxpayer dollars.

Regrettably, current policy-making tends toward reactive, not proactive, approaches to reducing violence. We typically wait until violence has occurred and then ask our already over-taxed police and military to address these symptoms of violence through activities such as imprisonment of offenders and engagement in armed conflict. While such suppression of symptoms is vital, it is incomplete and must be augmented by stronger preventative measures, with a specific focus on the identification and treatment of root causes.

Please join us in saying, “I Stand for Peace.” Help us save lives, save money, and save our country for future generations.

Make violence reduction and prevention a national priority in the next Congress.

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1 World Health Organization, The Economic Dimensions of Interpersonal Violence, 2004
2 World Health Organization, World Report on Violence and Health, 2002
3 Bureau of Justice Statistics, Direct Expenditures by Criminal Justice Function, 1982-2004
4 World Health Organization, The Economic Dimensions of Interpersonal Violence, 2004

The Peace Alliance – Campaign for a Department of Peace – Take Action Now!

Quoted from http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/29/139/:

The Peace Alliance – Campaign for a Department of Peace – Take Action Now!

Take Action Now! Print E-mail

Contact Congress

It’s easy…

 

  1. Send an email/fax message to your Members of Congress! CLICK HERE

  2. Make a phone call to your Members of Congress!CLICK HERE

“Each of the great social achievements of recent decades has come about not because of government proclamations, but because people organized, made demands, and made it good politics for governments to respond. It is the political will of the people that makes and sustains the political will of governments.”
~ James Grant, former Executive Director of UNICEF.

Department of Peace Bill Has Bipartisan Support in Congress

Quoted from http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/569/1/:

The Peace Alliance – Campaign for a Department of Peace – Press Release: Department of Peace Bill Has Bipartisan Support in Congress

Press Release: Department of Peace Bill Has Bipartisan Support in Congress Print E-mail
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 16, 2008

Contact: Patty Kuderer, National Director of Communications
The Peace Alliance
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Department of Peace Bill Has Bipartisan Support in Congress
Maryland’s Representative Wayne Gilchrest is First Republican to Support the Bill

Washington, DC – HR 808, the proposed legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, now has bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland joined 69 Democrats to support HR 808. He is currently the second Maryland Congressman cosponsoring the legislation, joining Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings.

“We applaud Congressman Gilchrest for reminding everyone that peace is not a partisan issue,” said Wendy Greene, Managing Director of The Peace Alliance, the national, nonpartisan organization active in all 50 states that leads the growing grassroots movement to enact HR 808. “Local Maryland Department of Peace supporters made their voices known to Congressman Gilchrest, who then showed courage and vision with his decision to support this legislation.”

Gilchrest, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, is regarded as a centrist Republican and recently urged the White House to re-engage diplomatic talks to resolve the Middle East crisis. “We are grateful for the leadership Representative Gilchrest has shown,” Greene said. “And we are saddened to learn he will not be returning to Congress next year. We need more leaders like him.”

If created, the Department will be headed by a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peace appointed by the President (with the advice and consent of the Senate), and will focus on expanding the nation’s capacity to resolve conflict nonviolently, prevent violence by addressing its root causes, and promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights.

Domestically, the Department will research, propose and facilitate practical, field-tested solutions to reduce and prevent violence. It will provide additional financial and institutional heft to strengthen and complement our current approach to violence, focusing on prevention through multi-layered strategies. These strategies include increased funding for local programs already proven effective at reducing and preventing violence. A Peace Academy, on par with the military service academies, will provide a four-year course of instruction in peace education after which graduates will be required to serve five years in public service in programs dedicated to domestic or international nonviolent conflict resolution.

Internationally, the Department will research and analyze foreign policy and recommend to the President ways to address the root causes of war. The Department will also provide expert advice to the President on nonviolent means of diffusing or dealing with international crises.

About The Peace Alliance: The Peace Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization leading a growing grassroots movement active in all 50 states to pass legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace. The bill, HR 808, is currently co-sponsored by 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the original sponsor.

For more information on HR 808 and the campaign to create a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, please visit www.thepeacealliance.org .

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