Wednesday, August 27, 2008

DNC - U.S. Department of Peace / The Peace Alliance

Did you know there is legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives to create a U.S. Department of Peace?

I attended a DNC event called The Department of Peace Campaign in Larimer Square yesterday and interviewed several participants. 69 members of the U.S. House of Representatives already have co-sponsored this legislation.

A U.S. cabinet-level Department of Peace would build and promote domestic and international programs to prevent and reduce violence worldwide. The Secretary of Peace would provide policy guidance to the President. The Department also would create a U.S. Peace Academy, acting as a sister organization to the military service academies.

The Peace Alliance, a national group working to get this law passed, says the long-term effect of these programs will save lives, return over a trillion dollars to the economy, and make international peacebuilding a national priority.

Locally, there is a Colorado Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace, and there also are 9 student chapters in the northwest. A 16-year-old junior at Lakewood High School heads the northwest region of students. I plan to post more detail later about my interviews and the amazing individuals promoting peace in this way.

As Mother Teresa said, "If you hold an Anti-War rally, I shall not attend. But if you hold a Pro-Peace rally invite me."

Thanks to my friend and Denver civil rights attorney Mr. Whitney Traylor for reminding me of this apt quote.