There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a United States Department of Peacebuilding. Take Action Now!
The Faces of Peace, an initiative crafted to make the work and values of “peace,” in it’s many forms, a better understood, more tangible, personal, and accessible phenomenon; shining a bright spotlight on what peace looks like in the 21st century.
We are excited to announce that for the first time ever we asking all our valued supporters to officially join us as a Sponsoring Member of The Peace Alliance. we have some fun incentives to offer everyone who joins us as a sponsoring member in the first six weeks of the drive, including: a drawing for signed books and DVD's from Marianne Williamson, Phil Donahue and Joaquin Phoenix.
The establishment of the interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) last year by the Obama administration was an important milestone in developing a comprehensive policy framework to prevent future atrocities. We congratulate the President's administration for taking this on and encourage them to move it now even further into fruition. While there is continual progress, they are well behind their promised deadlines on some key implementation. We need to encourage further progress. Sign Petition today!
State Representative Pete Lee has just shared a huge victory with advocates and constituents in Colorado with the passage of House Bill 13-1254, The Restorative Justice Pilot Project. This bill, to become law as soon as the Governor signs it, is only the second of its kind in Colorado and represents a significant jump in Restorative processes and practices becoming possible for post-offense cases.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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."
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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!