During his State of the Union Address, President Obama powerfully called for reform of our nation’s criminal justice system as an important priority over the coming years. Please join us today to help him jump start this effort. Sign our quick petition to Members of Congress urging them to support smart peacebuilding approaches in our communities around the nation.
The CA Peace Alliance continued building bridges for peace at the CA Democratic Party (CDP) Executive Board meeting in San Diego in November. Three times each year, CDP elected officials and grassroots party activists meet to set policy for the Party. During the weekend meeting, the CA TPA focused on expanding support for our peacebuilding initiatives – including the U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act (DoP), the Youth PROMISE Act (YPA), restorative justice, restorative practices and Proposition 47 reforms.
We are pleased to be joined on this month's Peace Action Call by Nell Bernstein. Her recently published book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, is a clarion call to to end juvenile incarceration and bring our children home. She was featured recently on NPR’s Fresh Air, MSNBC and many other media outlets.
Our Executive Vice President Matthew Albracht is a faculty member of The Peace Ambassador Training, an easy-to-access online certification program that provides you direct interaction with some of our world's strongest and most influential voices in the field of peacebuilding and beyond.
In addition, Course Creator James O'Dea is also an Adviser of The Peace Alliance.
During the 16 Sessions you receive, share, and test tools along with faculty that represent the areas that make up full-fledged peace activism: including Justice, Communication, Inner Activism, and more. If you sign up for the PAT, 20% of proceeds will come to us--a great way for you to participate while also supporting the efforts of The Peace Alliance.
We are pleased to announce that our dialogue series (both on Pacifica affiliate radio and telecast as of August 2014) Restorative Justice on The Rise will host Charles Eisenstein for a lively virtual forum on justice--specifically restorative justice--and his thoughts on the current transformation we are experiencing. We have a huge amount of respect for Charles and his globally-appreciated work that is catalyzing positive change and solutions-building, and encourage you to get involved by signing up now, and also submitting your questions which will be considered for the live conversation.
At this time of year, I want to personally write to our supporters and tell each of you how very much you are appreciated and how you have helped make a difference. Achieving peace is a process, requiring commitment, perseverance, education, and persuasion. It is with your help that The Peace Alliance has been able to empower our grassroots network to utilize these characteristics to build a more peaceful and caring society. At this giving time of year, we hope you will consider a donation to support our continued peace efforts.
December 14, marks the second anniversary of the terrible tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. A letter from Bob Baskin, our President.
Over the next week or two, Congress will be working on our budget. Important peacebuilding funding could be on the table. Our federal budget totals some $3.5 trillion dollars each year while these three peacebuilding initiatives cost only $110 million combined. At just .003% of our budget they deserve our vocal support and the support of the US Congress.
There is no question that we already have begun building the infrastructures necessary that will reclaim the spirit of true justice: with equal respect, dignity, accountability, reparation, and with an eye for the future of our children and communities. Our Restorative Justice Fellow on staff, Molly Rowan Leach, powerfully articulated for us where we feel we need to be headed after the recent challenges unfolding in Ferguson, NYC, Cleveland and beyond.
Long entrenched and systemic challenges have once again re-surfaced in the national dialogue -- this time focused upon Ferguson, MO. It's an important conversation with a complex set of challenges that must be addressed. Below are some insightful perspectives that we appreciated from a Kosmos Journal article written by our former Executive Director, Dot Maver.