Making Peace the Goal
It has been said that conflict is inevitable, violence is not. Being truly dedicated to peacebuilding at home and abroad requires a much greater commitment as a country. Creating the infrastructure for lasting peace is no small task. However one key element is critical for advancing this ideal—a National Department of Peace at the cabinet level. This was first proposed in 1935 and legislation has been introduced nearly 100 times since then. A Department of Peace won’t be the silver bullet, but it is a huge step in the right direction.
Empowering Civic Engagement Toward a Culture of Peace
The Peace Alliance is an advocate for evidence-based legislation and policy that will enhance our capacity to reduce violence and build sustainable peace both domestically and internationally. The alliance is made up of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. Read more.
Veterans For Peace includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations spanning the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary. Read more.
Read the Peace Alliance essay: "Establishing a US Department of Peace"
Read the Veterans for Peace essay: "War and Ending It"
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