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.

Dream of a Nation Partner
Empowering Civic Engagement Toward a Culture of Peace
The Peace AllianceThe 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 Peace Alliance essay

Read the Veterans for Peace essay: "War and Ending It"
Read the Veterans for Peace essay

Endnotes & References

 

Walter Cronkite Interview With Dennis Kucinish - Department of Peace

 

What Can I Do?

Endorse a variety of initiatives underway to strengthen our country’s commitment to peacebuilding.

Why? Our elected officials need to hear that this is a priority that matters.

 

What If?

Q. What if the US had the same levels of peacefulness as Canada?

A. Over 2.7 million additional jobs could be created while reducing state and federal government expenditures. The improved state of peacefulness would have a positive economic effect of nearly $360 billion per year.