US Department of Peacebuilding
The Peace Alliance is asking us to contact our "member of Congress to cosponsor legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (H.R. 1111) which addresses gun violence prevention and related issues such as bullying, social emotional learning and anti-racism."
This makes so much sense to me, especially with the current national climate. We have peace-keeping programs around the world, we should have one at home.
This is not a new idea, although it was most recently championed by Peace Alliance co-founder, author, and former Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and the original lead sponsor for H.R. 1111, Rep. Dennis Kucinich. But it first popped up from Benjamin Rush in 1793 who recommended a plan for a "peace officer" with equal footing to the Department of War "in promoting and preserving perpetual peace in the United States." Then, in 1925, Carrie Chapman Cott, founder of the League of Women Voters, publicly suggested the establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Peace and secretary of peace. Since then, there have been approximately 113 bills introduced or reintroduced or proposals submitted to Congress. None of them have passed.
Clearly, it's time and we can help make it happen.
If you're ready, the Peace Alliance makes it easy to contact our members of Congress. Click on either of their links to be taken to their action page where you can read more and choose a specific link to contact Congress. That will take you to a page where you provide contact information (often required by members of Congress). Submit that and you will see a prefilled letter to your Congress members. You can add to the letter or just submit. It's up to you. It's my job to share =)