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.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused? I certainly find myself there more often than I’d like. The current rash of terrorism impacting France, Lebanon and elsewhere, the waves of refugees fleeing the Mideast,Donate the violence in our streets, the calls for increased unspecified military spending… the entire barrage pains my heart and leaves me feeling unsettled and overwhelmed. To add to the mix we are beginning to hear holiday carols, catalogs over flowing our mailboxes, the constant bombardment of holiday commercialism, asking us via Black Friday to buy our way to joy and contentment. Somewhere there is a major disconnect and I think I’m feeling it!
This week marked the release of the 2015 Global Terrorism Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace. After a tragic few weeks of global terror attacks in Paris, Mali, Beirut, Baghdad and in many other places, it may be unsurprising that terrorism is reported to be on the rise. Our hearts of course break for all the victims of this senseless violence. We will re-double our commitment to the work of peacebuilding.
Major Sentencing Reform Legislation is advancing in the Senate, with a bipartisan bill, the Sentencing Reform and CORRECTIONS Act, S. 2123. While it is a compromise, it contains many very positive elements, and we want your help passing it. If Congress passes this bill, it would be by far the biggest shift in Criminal Justice policy in decades. And for once, it would be a substantial change for the better.
On our November Monthly Action Call, we will be joined by that champion of citizen empowerment, Sam Daley-Harris. This call will be on Saturday, November 14th at 1:00 pm ET, 10:00 am PT. All are welcome to call-in and participate.
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.
A little over twenty years ago, one million Rwandans were murdered in less than 100 days. What makes the genocide in Rwanda so unspeakable is not only the horror of the genocide itself, but that this genocide might have been preventable. What if we could have helped save many of those lives? In the future, we can.
There are Peace Alliance supporters converging on Capitol Hill this week around the country today as part of our Peace Alliance conference. One of the key messages we are bringing to Congress is that our nation's hardest hit communities deserve the support and funding they desperately need to implement youth violence prevention and intervention strategies. That's why we are urging their support of the Youth PROMISE Act.
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.