Department of Peace Campaign 2009 National Conference

The Peace Alliance and the Student Peace Alliance empower civic activism and advocate for legislation to establish a cabinet-level Department of Peace to address and treat the root causes of violence, domestically and internationally. All generations are needed to make the transition from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

Will you join us?

What you will learn and experience:

  • Beginner and Advanced Lobbying Skills
  • The Economics of Peace
  • Youth making a difference in our country!
  • Share a vision of a world at peace with people from this country and abroad
  • Hear about inspiring programs that are positively impacting violence

Conference presentations to include:

  • Riane Eisler
  • Ocean Robbins
  • Global Peace Index
  • Soldiers of Peace, The Movie
  • Rich and Yvonne St. John-Dutra of Challenge Day
  • Azim Khamisa
  • Rita Marie Johnson – Global Movement for Ministries and Departments of Peace
  • Rep. Kucinich and Members of Congress
  • Michael Shank
  • Rep. Gilchrest (our first Republican cosponsor from the 110th Congress)
  • The Next Generation of Peacebuilders
  • Swami Beyondananda
  • Peace Camp for youth under 12 and more!

For more information and for conference registration, please visit our website at www.thepeacealliance.org

Questions? Call us at (202) 239-9673 or email Kathy@thepeacealliance.org

The Peace Alliance – Campaign for a Department of Peace – Department of Peace Campaign 2009 National Conference.

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A GLOBAL MOVEMENT | I Take The Vow

A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

On November 7, 2008, at 9:45 am, the 500 people attending the Alliance for a New Humanity Human Forum in Barcelona took a vow for non violence in their thoughts, speech and actions. Each person decided to ask other people in their lives to join them in taking the vow. The goal then became to create a global movement, which would mobilize 100 million people to make the same commitment. We, at the Alliance for a New Humanity believe that if a critical mass of people commit to this vow, the world would be transformed. If you are seriously committed to peace, join us in this global movement and take the vow.

Love,

Deepak Chopra

A GLOBAL MOVEMENT | I Take The Vow.

Middle East Program  : Los Angeles, California : AFSC

Middle East Peace Education Program

Since the 1970s, the American Friends Service Committee’s Middle East Peace Program has brought together Jews, Muslims, Christians, and others in Southern California to work in common cause for peace and justice in the Middle East.

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Middle East Program  : Los Angeles, California  :  AFSC.

ABC News: Question for Barack Obama? Just Ask!

Have a questions for President-Elect Barack Obama?

Email me here and I may ask your question this Sunday on “This Week.”

Barack Obama on This Week

(Reuters )

Join me Sunday morning for our exclusive interview with the president-elect — his first Sunday morning interview since coming to Washington, D.C.

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ABC News: Question for Barack Obama? Just Ask!.

5 Minute Actions for Peace

A new Congress is being sworn in today, and just 14 days remain before the new President takes the Oath of Office. Now is the time to help this new Administration make “change” not just a campaign slogan, but a lasting political and social reality.

How much change can you create in five minutes or less? The answer might surprise you!

Join us in taking action to keep the momentum going. Here are four simple things you can do today, each of which takes five minutes or less:


1. Vote at Change.org

Thanks to your tremendous effort, the ideas to “Appoint Secretary of Peace in Department of Peace and Nonviolence” and “Bridging the Empathy Gap – Yes We Can,” BOTH made it to the final round of voting at Change.org!

Voting began anew yesterday so we must ALL vote again, and enroll our friends and family in doing the same.

  1. Go to change.org/ideas
  2. Type “Department of Peace” into the search bar on the right side of the page and hit return.
  3. Click on the blue “Vote” button to the left of the idea.
  4. You’ll be prompted to sign in.
    1. If you voted in round one, put in your login information.
    2. If you didn’t vote in round one, create an account. An email confirmation will be sent to you. Click on the link in the email to verify the account, then click on “Ideas” in the upper right menu items. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make your vote count.
  1. Make sure the “Vote” button turns from blue to red/brown and says “voted” at the bottom of the button.
  2. If you also support the Nonviolent Communications (NVC) initiative, repeat steps 2 and 3, searching for “empathy” to bring up the idea.

You can find more information on our action page.

Voting ends at 5:00 pm ET on January 15 and only the top 10 out of the 90 remaining ideas will be sent to the President. So please vote today and forward this email to your entire network.

Read the powerful and insightful article about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Co-founder of The Peace Alliance Marianne Williamson:

Towards a Miracle in the Middle East


Join us for

Peace Within Reach:
People and Politics Partnering for our Common Security

The Department of Peace Campaign National Conference
Washington, D.C.
March 20-23, 2009

Learn, share, empower and serve the cause of peace as we make our voices heard on Capitol Hill.

Register Now!


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2. Vote at Change.gov

No, that’s not a typo. Change.gov is the official site of the incoming Administration’s transition team. They are “Open for Questions” from citizens about what matters most to us.

By voting up questions related to the Department of Peace we will ensure the incoming Administration sees the people’s commitment to reducing and preventing violence.

As the site explains, as of yesterday, “93,638 people have submitted 67,302 questions and cast 4,170,091 votes…but we want to know what you think.”

You can vote up as many questions as you like. Simply:

  1. Go to change.gov/openforquestions.
  2. Sign in or follow the instructions to register.
  3. Type “Department of Peace” into the search bar and hit return. This will display many similar questions
  4. Click the checkbox to the right of the question(s) you’d like to “vote up” to cast your vote.

3. Send Presidential Postcards for Peace

There’s still time to write and collect postcards to send to the new President on Inauguration Day. Simply pick up a postcard from your state or community, write a personal note to (soon-to-be) President Obama asking him to support a Department of Peace and Nonviolence and make violence reduction and prevention a national priority.

Collect postcards from everyone you know and mail them en masse on January 20, 2009 to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenuew NW
Washington, DC 20500

For more information and tips on writing your postcard, visit our action page.

4. Vote at Ondayone.org

Again, the idea “Create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace” made it through the first round of voting on ondayone.org, an initiative sponsored by Ted Turner’s Better World Campaign.   Help the idea continue to garner public awareness, validity, and the attention of influential organizations by voting it up.

Simply visit the site and click on the “vote” box under the idea name–you should see it in the top row, far right column of the “Final 9 for 09.” Voting ends January 12!

This New Year offers us fresh opportunities to bring forth ancient understandings of the true meaning of “peace.” As our Founders stated in the Declaration of Independence, government is created for the purpose of securing our “unalienable Rights” and “among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

None of these can be fulfilled in a world of violence, making peace the most fundamental right of all.

Let us work together to ensure our right to peace, and thus, as our Constitution reminds us, “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility…and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Thank you for your commitment, your citizenship and your action.

In gratitude,

Wendy's Signature

Wendy Greene
Managing Director

Marianne Williamson’s Journal: Towards a Miracle in the Middle East

Towards a Miracle in the Middle East

By Marianne Williamson

Today is a day to cry for Israel. Today is a day to cry for the Palestinians. Today is a day to cry for all of us.

Today is a day of war.

War anywhere, at this point in our history, is an action that threatens peace everywhere. Particularly when it comes to the Middle East. From its spiritual significance to its political significance, it is humanity’s hot spot. It always has been and probably always will be. It’s where all the rivers of human perspective meet, to become either a cauldron of hatred or an ocean of love.

While it might be tempting to “take sides” between Israel and the Palestinians, spiritually there are no sides to be taken. God does not give us victory in battle but rather lifts us above the battlefield. As a generation, our moral imperative is to end war period, to somehow move beyond the idea that war is an acceptable means of solving problems. Anything less then that makes us attitudinal conspirators with a line of probability leading to nuclear catastrophe.

Marianne Williamson’s Journal: Towards a Miracle in the Middle East.

Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center (Wi’am)

Wi’am as a grassroots organization, strives alongside other democratic

forces present in the larger Palestine community to build a democratic

and just society. The Center aims to improve the quality of relationships

by: addressing injustices rather than avenging them; dignifying persons

on both sides of the conflict; promoting human rights and advocating

for peace among all people.

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Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center (Wi’am).