There are many modalities emerging in communities across our nation that are very effectively dealing with youth crime, violence, bullying, delinquency and other related issues that focus on prevention and more healing-oriented intervention practices. Below are a few key highlighted programs that show these are not only more effective than traditional punitive approaches, but they also save lives and money for communities.
On Sept. 18th, join Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach and Congressman Tim Ryan, three renowned voices for achieving peace through mindfulness, in celebration of the Peace Alliance’s 10th anniversary and the UN declared International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st). Exploring the questions: what is mindful activism? How do we stop the violence in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods our nation and our world? Please join us as we explore and recommit to building peace.
As part of our Lobby Days DC, Peace Alliance grassroots supporters from around the country are visiting our nation's Capitol over the next two days. They are advocating to their elected officials to support the Youth PROMISE Act, a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding and peacebuilding in general.
The International Violence Against Women Act, H.R. 3571/S. 2307, formalizes the existence of a Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in USAID and the State Department Office of Global Women's Issues while expanding their role and powers. Under current law, both offices could be eliminated on a whim by an unfriendly President.
By becoming a Sponsoring Member of The Peace Alliance, you are upping your commitment to building a world where peace, and the policies and work of peacebuilding are national and global priorities. From current crises in Irag, Syria and many other global hotspots, to the serious struggles of violence faced in our own communities here at home, we must focus more heavily on solutions that will pivot us towards approaches that actually bring healing and restoration. We need your help to do it.
House bill HR 808 to create a federal Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) is comprehensive, cost-effective, evidence-based and transformative legislation designed to build a culture of peace by reducing violence at all levels of society. It prescribes developing various strata of peacebuilding structure proven conducive to the nonviolent resolution of conflict. The “peace” humanity has forever craved may be possible at long last if nonviolence becomes an overarching operational organizing societal principle (what DoP is all about).
last week the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) released the 2014 edition of its annual Global Peace Index (GPI), which “ranks nations according to their level of peace.” The world has become less peaceful every year since 2008, highlighting the importance of better understanding conflict and violence risk and greater investment in peacebuilding.
Join us for another Virtual Town Hall on Restorative Justice! Last year, The Peace Alliance and Restorative Justice on The Rise played a role in supporting a successful passage in Colorado of the Restorative Justice Pilot Project (now law)! Once again, we are working steadfastly to support a similar effort in Massachussetts, with SB-2078: An Act Promoting Restorative Justice Practices.
Friends, this Summer is a very important one for the Youth PROMISE Act. Momentum has been building in Congress. Our goal over the Summer is to get thousands of phone calls to Senators and Members of the House of Representatives to pass the bill. We need YOU to help reach that goal! We are asking you to commit to calling all three of your federally-elected Congressmembers, and to commit to enrolling at least three others to do the same.
Right now, Committees in the House and Senate are drafting the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills, and this year, because of how Congress has scheduled votes, there will be virtually no opportunities for amendments. That means that we have to act right now to make sure important Peacebuilding programs will be fully funded in 2015. Your voice matters.