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Rep. Barbara Lee Urges Building Peace Together, Ending War & Violence as the Norm

By Nancy Merritt · November 06, 2018

Rep. Barbara Lee, Sponsor DoP Legislation <span>&copy;  </span>

Rep. Barbara Lee, Sponsor DoP Legislation

In her letter message to attendees of the World Beyond War conference in Toronto, Canada, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) urged building peace together.  The theme of that conference was “Designing a World Beyond War:  Legalizing Peace.”  Canadian and U.S. advocates for Departments and Ministries of Peace(building) presented a panel on “Departments and Other Infrastructures for Peace -- A Way Forward” on September 22, 2018.

Rep. Lee wrote, “As a member of the United States Congress and a Congressional Representative to the United Nations, I have always worked for peace and justice.  One of my longstanding efforts has been to create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding dedicated to the study and advancement of peace.  As such, I am the proud sponsor of H.R. 1111 - Department of Peacebuilding Act, which would target the root causes of domestic and international violence and promote policies to create a sustainable and peaceful world.

The culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable.  On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and it is far past time we address it together.  Each year the U.S. government invests billions of dollars through the Pentagon, military academies, and our national defense universities all to develop war tactics and strategies.  Instead, we must invest in peace -- in our communities and abroad -- with the same dedication, and work to dismantle the culture of violence endemic in our communities.” 

Peace can and must be taught.  We owe it to ourselves and our young people to create a society where war and violence are no longer the norm, where hate and inequity have no place, and where there is justice for all.  A Department of Peacebuilding would help us accomplish our goals by facilitating peace summits between conflicting parties, advancing restorative justice practices in our institutions, and promoting peacebuilding in the realms of human and economic rights, disarmament, technology, and the media.”

Now is the time to put an end to needless wars and violence, and to establish a Department of Peacebuilding in the United States and violence prevention infrastructures throughout the globe.  Building peace together is the way forward and I hope the conference on ‘Designing a World Beyond War:  Legalizing Peace’ will provide you the tools to do just that.”

See also 2018 ‘World Beyond War’ Toronto Conference Included Departments & Infrastructures for Peace (I4P) Workshop

Nancy Merritt

On Behalf of the National Department of Peacebuilding Committee
And Department of Peacebuilding Supporters 

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Margaret Koren wrote 6 months ago

Thank you Congresswoman Barbara Lee for taking up the mantel for peace and giving us concrete strategies to institute and fund peacebuilding and violence prevention . It is past time for our government leaders to open their eyes and minds to the science of  peacebuilding and help us stamp out the root causes of violence with the many simple tools that exist to curb it at every level of our society.  It is past time for Congress to pass HR1111, an Act  that will at last make peace a priority in a country that claims liberty and justice for all in pursuit of happiness. Read Nancy Merritt's article describing the  daily experience of our youths who are unable to envision a future without violence. What about their happiness? Our government fails them and has been failing an ever growing segment of our population. Only Representative  Barbara Lee has had the courage to address violence prevention with the bill for a cabinet level Department of Peacebuilding. 


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