Prominent Public Figures Write President Obama Urging Criminal Justice Reform & Support for Youth PROMISE Act
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Michael Moore, Cameron Diaz and over one hundred prominent public leaders, entertainers and civil rights icons have written a letter to President Obama urging him to support major criminal justice reform for our youth. And, specifically, they called for his support of the Youth PROMISE Act. Write the President and join the chorus getting behind it!
Clinton Global Initiative University and Student Peace Alliance!
We are excited to share that Clinton Global Initiative University has invited representatives from the Student Peace Alliance to present at their huge event in St. Louis. Our exciting new Peace Jobs Program served as the catalyst to gain entry into the Clinton Global Initiative University.
9th Annual Mother's Day "Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie" Campaign
Join people across the country this May 10th and visit your local Congressional offices with Mother's Day pies and a message that Peace, and in particular the work of peacebuilding, wants a more prominent seat at the table of power.
President Signs Violence Against Women Act into Law!
On March 7th, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act into law once again! It was a long road this past year, as it was allowed to lapse for the first time in it's 18 year history. But now the important work it does is once again in motion, and it’s even stronger than before. Many thanks to the thousands of you who contacted your Members of Congress to urge their support!
U.S. Department of Peacebuilding: Legislation introduced, contact Congress!
Tell your Members of the House of Representatives & Senate that you want them to sign on as a co-sponsor of recently reintroduced legislation to establish a U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding (H.R. 808).Let make peace a national priority!
Open letter to Vice President Biden: Utilize the Youth PROMISE Act's preventative and restorative intervention methods in gun violence reduction policy
We sent an open letter to Vice President Biden asking him to include violence prevention and the Youth PROMISE Act in his recommendations in his gun violence reduction policy. Sign White House petition!
The Audacity to Wield Power, by Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson, a founder of The Peace Alliance, has written an insightful article posted on Huffington Post. "Since the Civil War, America has recreated a virulent economic dynamic the likes of which, in part, we fought a War of Independence to be free of: A veritable aristocracy that, in keeping with its own self-declared entitlement, takes for the most part whatever it wants, and leaves the rest to us."
Action: Urge Congress and President to cut Pentagon spending, protect peacebuilding
As the budget debate plays out around our national debt, one item that can make a tremendous impact has not been getting the attention it deserves -- Pentagon spending. Not only do we spend more on defense than any other nation in the world, we spend almost as much as the entire world combined. In short-sided thinking, most of the debate is around cutting social services.
Tell Congress and the President that you do not want devastating cuts to critical prevention and intervention programs.
Peacebuilding Structures Growing in Federal Government
Over the last two years support has grown in Washington to prioritize peacebuilding and to re-organize the Foreign Affairs bureaucracy to elevate the prominence of peacebuilding within our government. Read an overview of some of the exciting developments.
We face a myriad of challenges, including war, gang violence, suicide, bullying, depression, domestic abuse, workplace conflict, personal stress and more. At this moment in history it is imperative that we invest in and prioritize work and practices that can help foster the peace that we all desire. We cannot do this without a large-scale constituency working to make it so. That is our core mission and the task before us. It's why we need your help!