The Peace Alliance is committed to growing a movement of a million strong for peace. Together, we will create a critical mass necessary for peacebuilding to be our societal norm. We can make it happen!
We are a grassroots educational and advocacy organization focused on transforming how individuals, communities, and nations respond to conflict and violence. The prevention and intervention solutions we promote have proven effective in saving lives and dollars while enhancing cooperation skills and increasing social resilience.
In the aftershock of the 2016 presidential election, the CA Democratic Party (CDP) held its pre-scheduled Executive Board (E-Board) meeting where Democratic Party officials and grassroots activists came together to assess who the Party is and wants to be. The CA Peace Alliance/ Campaign for a US Department of Peacebuilding (DoP/ HR 1111), together with the San Diego Kids for Peace, was there as voice for peace and peacebuilding, which were rarely mentioned in the 2016 elections.
As attendees processed presidential and other election results at the CA Democratic Party Executive Board (CDP E-Board), the CA Democratic Party resolved to defend its many accomplishments in working conditions, climate, health care, immigration and protecting the rights of all Californians.
ACT NOW before this Session of Congress Ends. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act (JJDPA) of 2015, S. 1169, is ready for a vote in the Senate. It is the core of nearly everything the federal government does in Juvenile Justice, but it's past due for re-authorization.
In our national dialogue, peacebuilding often gets lost in the cacophony of divisiveness and diversion. During the week of International Day of Peace (IDoP) (September 21st), supporters of legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (DoP or HR 1111), commemorated IDoP by building peace into our conversations at the offices of nearly 90 members of Congress, including at least 73 Democrats and 15 Republicans.
The CA Peace Alliance promoted facets of peacebuilding at the CA Democratic Party (CDP) statewide Executive Board meeting in Long Beach. They gathered letters and signatures and, following the Executive Board meeting, they took peacebuilding messages and thousands of signatures to legislators in Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC that it is time to stop the violence and make peacebuilding a national priority.
The Peace Alliance is connected with an international organization in existence for over 10 years now that promotes departments of peace internationally – currently known as the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace – or GAMIP. With members representing 50 countries, 6 countries actually have operational governmental peace infrastructures – Costa Rica, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, South Sudan and East Timor.
Sign our petition to the President and Congress. It is clear we need to make fundamental shifts in how we are organizing ourselves in America and around the world when it comes to dealing with violence and conflict — shifting towards systemic healing and restorative oriented approaches. This gets to the root cause of violence on the planet.
We are so very pleased by what we accomplished together in Washington DC recently. A powerful few days and a remarkable group of people gathered from around our nation (and a few from other parts of the globe). All together, we visited over 100 Congressional offices, many included in-depth meetings on our primary peacebuilding legislation.
Pope Francis made waves across the United States and World this past week -- addressing the U.S. Congress and the United Nations with a sweeping call for peace and justice. We're glad he's speaking out. In fact, this is why we are going to DC this October for our conference, to help amplify messages from Pope Francis and many other peace leaders, to bring practical policy priorities that can build peace.