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Take Action: Tell Congress & President: Make Peacebuilding a National Priority!


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JL
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Early advocates of celebrating Mother's Day in the United States envisioned it as a day of peace, to honor and support mothers who had lost sons and husbands to the carnage of the Civil War.



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JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:35 am
Tell Congress & President: Make Peacebuilding a National Priority!

Early advocates of celebrating Mother's Day in the United States envisioned it as a day of peace, to honor and support mothers who had lost sons and husbands to the carnage of the Civil War. This May, at a time when our country is engaged in costly wars abroad and our many of our own communities are torn apart by violence and over-incarceration, it's time for Mother's Day to return to its roots

In this spirit, join with us as we ask our elected officials to co-sponsor and actively push for key peacebuilding initatives currently before Congress: 1) Youth PROMISE Act; 2) U.S. Department of Peacebuilding; 3) International peacebuilding budget priorities: U.S. Institute of Peace, the Complex Crises Fund, and the Conflict Stabilization Operations Bureau.

For the history of Mothers Day:
I wrote a blog article on the history of Mother's Day and peace. You can read it below or click over to Huffington Post where it was published. Please share it around so that others learn more about this important part of the legacy of this national holiday.

And, if you haven't yet signed our Mother's Day inspired petition to the President and Congress, please do so.

Wishing all our mothers out there a wonderful day.

May peace prevail,
Matthew

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-albracht/peace-mothers-day_b_3226405.html
 

Susan G. (54)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:44 am
Signed and noted thank you JL!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:45 am
Your message has been submitted. Thx
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:48 am
You are welcome Susan and Angelika!
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Carol D. (104)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:21 pm
noted thanks
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:22 pm
signed with hope and dreams of Peace
 

Alan Lambert (85)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:22 pm
Signed and noted, JL. We sent our stars to each other at the same time. on the last one. THAT was funny...
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:25 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:22 pm
S&N THANKS
PEACE TODAY

Imagine
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:41 pm
Thanks for the video links Terry. You are welcome.
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cathie S. (149)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:06 pm
DONE TYVM
 

John B. (215)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:01 am
Thanks JL for the post and link. Message signed, sent to President Obama, Senator Brown, Seator Portman and Representative Johnson. Post noted.
"Thank You for Taking Action!"
 

paul m. (93)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:35 am

Signed
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:44 am
You are welcome John.
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Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:23 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, It would be wonderful for the world to be at peace, especially in the Middle East where they're always killing each other.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:25 am
You are welcome Laura.
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Scott J. (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:50 am
Peace won't have a chance unless we stop corporations from making a profit by killing people. As long as there is money to be made, the killing and war will continue.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 9:08 am
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Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:43 am
ALL governments should make peace building a priority!
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:52 am
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Sara W. (110)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:16 pm
Signed. Thanks!
 

Scott haakon (4)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:21 pm
Sounds good, works bad. In the real world there are enemies who wish to kill Americans and put the world under their thumb. Shadow wars are already happening.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:22 pm
Scott, peace is far more than the absence of war.
You are welcome Sara!
 

Sharon Davidson (343)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:05 pm
I was blessed to have many family members around me on mothers day,it has been 2 years since I lost my son to cancer so having my family with me gave me inner peace for the day thank you.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:56 pm
US only, thanks.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:21 pm
You are welcome Birgit.
 

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:00 pm
Wouldn't it be WONDERFUL if everyone were kind, respectful, giving, and cared about their fellow man (and animal)? It would be heaven on earth. It makes me SO SAD that some people just ENJOY bullying, threatening, and discord!
 

John Coleman (18)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:01 pm
More "progressive" absurdity! Rampant islamic extremist aggression. North Korean saber rattling including threats wit nuke armed missiles. Russian mock attacks on Guam and probing our coastal defenses on both coasts. China building up its military (much of it with technology stolen from us or given to them by Dem administrations) and pushing aggressively against Japan and other countries in the area. Then there is Iran ad its radical ambitions. Peace is an illusion in that environment.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:17 pm
John, you apparently do not understand peacemaking nor the mission of the department of peacemaking since your comment has no relationship to either.

Marvelous vision Leann!
 

Jason R. (57)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:22 pm
I think Obama is trying hard against the MIC and war mongers like McCain & Gramm. Those two p*icks will spend every dime we have if we let them.
 

Jason R. (57)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:23 pm
Oh! Oregon Reps are on auto-peace.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:14 pm
Thank you ever so much for sharing this important petition! (s, n, p, t)
 

John Coleman (18)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:37 pm
JL AL What I understand is the whole concept is naive and dangerous since the world is a dangerous place and failure to understand that is idiotic. Have seen too many places, too many battlefields from past wars, and spent too much time in and around the military including in combat to buy "peacemaking" as a government function with any merit. Pacifism is the route to enslavement at best and extinction way too often in history and the world is much more dangerous than it has been before Dear Leader Obama took office add decided to disarm the US! and push idiotic and failed foreign and national security polices..
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:42 pm
John, peacebuilding is not about war and violent conflict at all so your comment again shows that you do not know anything about this particular issue.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:53 pm
peace building - definition of peace building by
www.thefreedictionary.com/peace+building

Post-conflict actions, predominately diplomatic and economic, that strengthen and rebuild governmental infrastructure and institutions in order to avoid a relapse....
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:12 pm
The proposal for the Dept. of Peace:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Peace

Provisions of the Kucinich Bill

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced U.S. Department of Peace legislation to Congress in July 2001, two months before the September 11 attacks. Kucinich has reintroduced the legislation every 2 years since. The bill currently has 52 cosponsors. Some of the numerous organizations endorsing the legislation include Amnesty International and the National Organization for Women.

This bill includes several additional proposed mandates that would work in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and go beyond the existing mandates of the United States Institute of Peace. Some highlights among the areas of proposed additional responsibility include:

Provide violence prevention, conflict resolution skills and mediation to America's school children in classrooms as an elective or requirement, providing them with the communication tools they need to express themselves beginning in elementary school through high school.
Provide support and grants for violence prevention programs addressing domestic violence, gang violence, drug- and alcohol-related violence, and the like.
To effectively treat and dismantle gang psychology.
To rehabilitate the prison population.
To build peace making efforts among conflicting cultures both here and abroad.
To support our military with complementary approaches to ending violence.
Monitoring of all domestic arms production, including non-military arms, conventional military arms, and of weapons of mass destruction.
Make expert recommendations on the latest techniques for diplomacy, mediation, conflict resolution to the U.S. President for various strategies.
Assumption of a more proactive level of involvement in the establishment of international dialogues for international conflict resolution (as a cabinet level department).
Establishment of a U.S. Peace Academy, which among other things would train international peace-keepers.
Development of an educational media program to promote nonviolence in the domestic media.
Monitoring of human rights, both domestically and abroad.
Making regular recommendations to the President for the maintenance and improvement of these human rights.
Receiving a timely mandatory advance consultation from the Secretaries of State, and of Defense, prior to any engagement of U.S. troops in any armed conflict with any other nation.
Establishment of a national Peace Day.
Participation by the secretary of peace as a member of the National Security Council.
Expansion of the national Sister City program.
Significant expansion of current Institute of Peace program involvement in educational affairs, in areas such as:

Drug rehabilitation,
Policy reviews concerning crime prevention, punishment, and rehabilitation,
Implementation of violence prevention counseling programs and peer mediation programs in schools,

Also, making recommendations regarding:

Battered women's rights,
Animal rights,

Various other "peace related areas of responsibility".

Proposed funding for a U.S. Department of Peace would initially come from a budget that is defined by the prevention bill as, "at least 1 percent of the proposed federal discretionary budget, FY 2008 of which 53% is already allocated to the Department of Defense (budget)". Whether or not the U.S. Institute of Peace would be promoted to a cabinet level position, is not addressed by this bill.

A growing, national movement of citizens continues to actively promote and lobby for this legislation.

The Peace Alliance is the National Organization spearheading the passage of the legislation.
 

Stuart Thomas (504)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:04 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted. Thank you JL.
 

Emma S. (225)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:56 am
Done! Thanks, JL.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 4:42 pm
S and N.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 10:39 am
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Melania Padilla (173)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 10:11 am
US only
 
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