The Peace Tree encourages all to check out the campaign for a US Dept. of Peace. This initiative was founded by noted author Marianne Williamson and seeks to develop ways to influence government to act on behalf of peace at many different levels. The Peace Tree is proud to join in the effort to promote this campaign. many of the most respected and powerful organizations in the world along with activists of all types are supporting the goal of crafting a strong and influential alternative voice to war and violence as a means to resolve conflicts within our own borders as well as in our dealings with our greater world family.
Please read the message below from founder, Marianne Williamson and follow the link at the end of this post to find out how you can act locally to promote and support this historic movement to bring the voices of peace to bear from inside our government.
by Marianne Williamson
A bill before Congress would establish a US Department of Peace. This measure would provide practical, nonviolent solutions for the problems of domestic and international conflict. It would apply the institutional heft of the
The problem of violence is a many layered one, and its solution needs to be as well. . . . While no one action -- governmental or otherwise -- will provide a single solution to such an entrenched and deeply rooted problem, the problem must be treated as an all-systems breakdown that requires an all-systems response.
A Department of Peace would address the causal issues of violence -- from human disenfranchisement to societal dysfunction -- thus saving money and human heartache.
Domestically, the department would develop policies and allocate resources to reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. The secretary of peace would work with the secretary of education to develop curriculums to teach students alternative conflict resolution techniques and strategies.
Internationally, the Department of Peace would advise the president and Congress on the most innovative techniques and ideas for peace-creation among nations. A peace academy, on par with the military service academies, would train civilian peacekeepers and work with the military in the latest nonviolent conflict resolution strategies and approaches. In short, a Department of Peace would work hand in hand with existing government agencies and structures to help ensure that conflict, when it occurs, does not boil over into life-destroying behavior.
Last month, President George W. Bush said at a conference of school officials, police officers, and youth advocates that communities need a list of "best practices" to prevent and respond to the kinds of school attacks that have occurred in recent weeks. "It seems to me, a lot of our attention should be on preventing" such incidents, Bush said. That would require, he said, "a mosaic of programs." The Department of Peace would give structure and design to the mosaic, providing much-needed assistance to city, county, and state governments in coordinating existing programs as well as developing new programs based on best practices nationally.
A 2004 World Health Report estimated the cost of interpersonal violence in the
Marianne Williamson is founder and chair of the board of The Peace Alliance.
Visit the Peace Alliance to find out how you can get involved.Its time to work it y'all