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Blog: NY Supporters Push for a New York City Council Resolution  

March 8, 2009

By Joe Maniscalco

Newark, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and about 34 other local governing bodies already support the idea - and now a group of Brooklynites is pushing hard for a New York City Council Resolution supporting the creation of the United States Department of Peace.

The bill in the U.S. Congress is known as HR 808, and among other things calls for a new cabinet post advising the president in ways to reduce domestic and international violence, the creation of a United States Peace Academy and teaching violence prevention & conflict resolution skills to all K to 12 students.

"We have plenty of money for wars but what have we done for non-violent confrontation?" says Howard Rosenberg, a Ft. Greene resident and member of New Yorkers for a Department of Peace.

Part of the Peace Alliance Campaign, members of New Yorkers for a Department of Peace are appealing directly to their Brooklyn neighbors to push passage of New York City Council Resolution 627.

That resolution is now sitting in the Cultural Affairs Committee waiting for a full New York City Council hearing. It has 15 co-sponsors. Councilmember Domenic Recchia, representing the 47th District, chairs the Cultural Affairs Committee.

"Anything that can help us to get what we need to keep peace and security throughout the world we have to be in favor of that," Recchia said.




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Blog: 2009 Conference Inspires Cross-country Trek  

Department of Peace supporter John Aaron, CEO and Global Project Founder of CHALK4PEACE, Inc., is hitchhiking across the nation to attend the Department of Peace Campaign 2009 National Conference!

As John explains:

"These are times when we find ourselves compelled, rather than just willing, to go the extra mile (in this case, 2,400 miles) to demonstrate our commitment to bringing about the change that definitively gives peace its much needed chance."

Can you give John a ride for part of his journey?

He plans to leave Los Angeles or San Francisco on March 11-12, documenting his grassroots transcontinental journey 4 peace with CHALK4PEACE images on sidewalks across the U.S.

You can follow the Journey's progress here.

Photo: Collage of Images from Chalk4Peace events

  With briefs stops in Las Vegas or Reno, Boulder, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh and on into D.C., John will present CHALK4PEACE to the Peace community at the Conference and revisit the original C4P sites throughout the Washington area.

As with any journey of this nature, this route may be subject to change due to weather.

Contact John if you can help transport him on a leg of his journey.

  John is also open to any and all meetings with educators, coordinators, and interested CHALKSTARS during this journey and invites you to arrange a time while he is in your vicinity to visit your artists and CHALK4PEACE location. Again, his cell phone is 248-720-9119.

Why would John go to this effort? As he explains,

"This Conference stands as the most significant gathering of progressive thought from a collection of visionary thinkers whose collective goal is to place peace on the table as a viable approach to conflict resolution and global communication."

To learn more about Chalk4Peace:

We join John in thanking you in advance for your encouragement, ingenuity and support of our efforts and the Peace Process.


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Blog: Jack Johnson supports Peace Legislation  

photo: Jack Johnson participating in the SPA Picture Petition by holding a sign that reads Support Legislation for a Department of Peace Student Peace Alliance (SPA) volunteers, are tabling at Jack Johnson concerts around the country this summer.

 At the August 6 concert in Mansfield, MA, Jack Johnson took the time to stop by and thank them for their peace work and participate in their Picture Petition where concert goers have their pictures taken while holding a sign reading, "I support the US Department of Peace."
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Blog: I Stand for Peace  

I Stand for Peace

Peace Alliance Campaign Focuses on the Epidemic of Youth Violence in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – March 31, 2008 – The Peace Alliance marked the start of National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2008 today with the launch of its I Stand for Peace education and awareness campaign. I Stand for Peace focuses attention on the systemic cycle of youth violence in the U.S. and provides the public and communities with access to nationally recognized solutions to combat this issue.

A PSA titled "Stand Up and Be Counted" will begin airing nationwide today. Produced in partnership with The Peace Alliance by graduate students from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, the 30-second spot tells Azim Khamisa’s personal story of losing his son Tariq to gang violence in 1995. Seeing victims on both ends of the gun, Khamisa started The Tariq Khamisa Foundation ( in his son’s honor, and invited the grandfather of his son’s killer to join him. Together they have successfully taught children the principles of nonviolence and peacemaking for over 13 years.

"Tariq was murdered by a 14-year-old gang member," said Khamisa, a noted public speaker and expert on youth violence prevention. "This violence must end. Giving children the tools they need to nonviolently resolve conflict must be a national priority. The Peace Alliance’s I Stand for Peace campaign, like TKF, will bring further awareness to this issue, its urgency, and solutions to keep kids from killing kids."

In addition to the PSA, an informational website,, is available for the public to access statistical data, prevention programs and links to a variety of resources.

According to a 2007 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homicide in the U.S. is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 through 24, and of those deaths, 81 percent were killed with a firearm. In 2005, this same group accounted for almost 50 percent of homicide-related arrests and 62 percent of arrests related to robbery. Additionally, according to a 2004 World Health Organization report, the cost of interpersonal violence in the U.S reaches upwards of $300 billion annually. The same report estimates the cost to victims at more than $500 billion per year. These costs exclude expenses associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"Our goal is to reignite awareness of the youth violence epidemic in the U.S. and educate the public and community leaders that there is essentially a ‘cure,'" said Peace Alliance Managing Director Wendy Greene. "There are proven solutions out there, but they’re meaningless if we don’t use them. Our young people deserve better. They deserve to live in a country where reducing and preventing youth violence a national priority. They deserve to be safe and to grow up without fear."


Stand Up and Be Counted is available for viewing at, and on YouTube at

About The Peace Alliance:

The Peace Alliance is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization leading a growing grassroots movement active in all 50 states to pass HR 808, legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace. This bill is currently co-sponsored by 69 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Domestically, the Department will research, propose and facilitate practical, field-tested solutions to reduce and prevent violence. It will provide additional financial and institutional heft to strengthen and complement our current approach to violence, focusing on prevention through multi-layered strategies, including increased funding for local programs already proven effective at reducing and preventing violence. A Peace Academy, on par with the Military Service Academies, will train civilian peacekeepers and the military in the latest nonviolent conflict resolution techniques and approaches.

Internationally, the Department will research and analyze foreign policy and recommend to the President ways to address the root causes of war. The Department will also provide expert advice to the President on nonviolent means of diffusing or dealing with international crises and conflicts.

For more information on HR 808 and the campaign, please visit

About TKF:

TKF is dedicated to "Stopping Kids from Killing Kids" and breaking the cycle of youth violence by inspiring nonviolent choices and planting seeds of hope for our children's future. Through TKF's school-based nonviolence programs and curriculum, TKF works with elementary, middle, and high school students. TKF teaches them about the realities of gangs, violence, revenge, and the importance of becoming "peacemakers."

Mr. Khamisa’s comments in this press release are made in his capacity as a peace activist, speaker and author, and are not to be construed as official statements on behalf of TKF.

For more information, please visit

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