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Nancy Merritt

Member Since: 2015-03-24 12:53:37 -0700
Articles Written: 51

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Upon appointing Jacqueline O’Neill as Canada’s first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security, on 6/12/19, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “When women play an active role in conflict prevention and...

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Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the Season for Nonviolence (SNV) 2019, advocates of a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111) worked to gain 17 cosponsors of that...

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“We’re not giving up!  The students deserve our best effort statewide,” said Virginia Miller, New Mexico Department of Peace Initiative (NM DPI), at the close of the 2019 New Mexico legislature where the bill to Create...

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The CA Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) Council of Sages (In-Training) gathered for our 12th annual (at least) retreat on February 9-10, 2019 in Petaluma, CA as a supportive community, with a common heartbeat, to explore and reflect on “The...

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This is Part II of Department of Peacebuilding 2018 Accomplishments and includes details about individual, state and regional actions in support of a Department of Peacebuilding and fostering a culture of peace.  See also Dept. of...

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The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.  - Steve Jobs

Peacebuilding is in our DNA.  It is the real story.  Despite a national climate of divisiveness, doubt and fear, the...

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No. CA Lead Retreat Group 2018

The CA Democratic Party (CDP) adopted a resolution encouraging establishment of a CA government entity devoted to peacebuilding and violence prevention.  Following submission of the resolution by the CA Department of Peacebuilding...

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CDP 2018 Platform Preamble

A platform is a statement of principles.  The California Democratic Party (CDP) incorporated peacebuilding in its 2018 Platform, including language and ideas from the CA Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) in 16 of 23 Platform planks....

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Mary Alice O'Connor

Mary Alice O’Connor, a shining presence in our Peace Alliance community, passed away on December 3, 2018.  We already miss her.

The Mary Alice O’Connor I knew had a twinkle in her eyes and beauty in her heart.  

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DEPARTMENT OF PEACEBUILDING ACT OF 2019 INTRODUCED!
Please contact Members of Congress to Cosponsor HR 1111 as soon as possible.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (HR...

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(Note:  This article was written by Margaret (Maggi) Koren, who is a long-time peace and social justice activist.  Maggi has been a peacebuilder with the Peace Alliance/ Campaign for a Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) since 2002-2003....

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Rep. Ron Dellums & MLK

“I am not going to back away from being called a radical.  If advocating for peace, justice and humanity toward all human beings is being radical, then I am proud to be called a radical.”– Rep. Ron Dellums (Oakland,...

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DoP Advocates at Rep. Alma Adams' (NC) Office 9/18

While the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nominee hearings dominated national attention, Department of Peacebuilding (DoP/ H.R. 1111) advocates injected violence prevention and peacebuilding into conversations at the offices of legislators during...

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San Diego Students Advocate for Peaceful World

For students and community leaders in San Diego, violence is not an abstract concept.

One student said she hopes for a world where students, teachers, administrators and parents don’t have to fear about where and how to hide...

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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...

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Rep. Juan Vargas Office Pie Meeting

Mother’s Day was originally a call for a day of peace by Julia Ward Howe after she experienced the horrors of war while tending the wounded during the American civil war.   For Mother’s Day 2018 and beyond, we...

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Rep. Barbara Lee's Office Pie Meeting

In 2018, Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding volunteers celebrated Mother’s Day – which was originally a call for a day of peace -- by taking pies to the offices of legislators and delivering the message that “Peace wants...

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New Mexico Pie Meeting at Rep. Lujan-Grisham's Office

In 2018, Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding volunteers celebrated Mother’s Day – which was originally a call for a day of peace -- by taking pies to the offices of legislators and delivering the message that “Peace wants...

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DoP, RJOY, Peace Pledge at CDP Meeting

The CA Department of Peacebuilding Campaign (DoP) advocated that “Compassion Matters:  Build Bridges, Not Walls” at the CA Democratic Party (CDP) statewide Executive Board meeting in Oakland from July 13-15,...

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Women hold up half the sky.  – Chinese Proverb 

The California Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) Campaign tabled and took peacebuilding to the national conference of the National Organization for Women (NOW) –...

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Season for Nonviolence

Three members of Congress cosponsored Department of Peacebuilding (DoP/ HR 1111) legislation during the Season for Nonviolence (SNV) 2018 as volunteers honored proponents of nonviolence by advocating for a cabinet-level...

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Brian Gibbs Advocates for DoP

Brian Gibbs passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2018.  He was a huge part of the Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) Campaign, Southeast San Diego Kids For Peace and other groups working for a culture of peace with each other and the...

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DoP & SD4GVP Tabling

The only thing more powerful than fear is hope.”  That was the message from Betty Yee, CA Controller to almost 3,000 delegates, numerous candidates and many other attendees at the CA Democratic Party convention (CDP) in San Diego...

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Kids 4 Peace Drawing

San Diego kids, ages 8-17, joined the CA Campaign for a Department of Peacebuilding (DoP)  at the CA Democratic Party (CDP) convention in San Diego from February 23 - 25, 2018 to advocate that peacebuilding matters and that this nation should...

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DOP Team at Rep. Barbara Lee's DC Office 10/17

If violence and war are failures of the imagination, then nonviolence and peacebuilding are triumphs of the imagination.  – Embellishment of Quote from Unknown 

Throughout the history of the United States, there have been efforts...

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DoP & MLK Freedom Center Volunteers

“We have a moral obligation to ‘stay woke’, take a stand and be active; challenging injustices and racism in our communities and fighting hatred and discrimination wherever it rises,” says Rep. Barbara Lee.

The CA...

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DoP Team at Rayburn Building In DC

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall

We take peacebuilding to Washington each year because, as one San Diego high school student said, “We have never...

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San Diego Group at Lincoln Memorial

“As a child born during the horrific times of the Vietnam War in 1969, I am all too familiar with what it is like not to experience peace or freedom and live in an era of unrest! I lived in two different Vietnamese orphanages up until age...

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On August 25-27, 2017, the CA Departmet of Peacebuilding Campaign partnered with Compassionate California and Posts for Peace and Justice at the CA Democratice Party statewide executive board meeting to advocate for peacebuilding and compassion....

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The California Democratic Party (CDP) endorsed the Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017 (HR 1111) and adopted the CA Department of Peacebuilding’s “Resolution to Budget for Peacebuilding for People and the Environment” as we...

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Rep. Susan Davis & San Diego DoP, Kids for Peace

Mother’s Day was originally a call for a day of peace by Julia Ward Howe after she nursed and tended the wounded during the American civil war and worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both side of the war.  The Peace...

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Rep. Jared Huffman staffers & No. CA DoP advocates.

To supplement the photos in "This Land Is Our Land: Mother's Day Pie Meetings from CA to MA," these photos are from the following CA meetings with the offices of:  1) Rep. Jared Huffman (CA); 2) Sen. Kamala Harris (CA); 3) Rep. Scott Peters;...

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Councilwoman McElhaney & DVP Supporters

The City of Oakland did a good thing on June 20, 2017.  After a long process and much soul searching, the Oakland City Council voted to create a Department of Violence Prevention (DVP), with a Chief of Violence Prevention to work directly...

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Volunteers & Supporters at CDP Convention

The CA Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding Campaign stood for peacebuilding at the CA Democratic Party (CDP) Convention in Sacramento, CA from May 19-21, 2017 by:

  • tabling, dialoguing and networking with many of the over 3,000...

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Pr. Doug Merritt, Bishop Mark Holmerud, Nancy Merritt

The Sierra Pacific Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), endorsed legislation calling for establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111) at its annual assembly in Fresno, CA on May 6, 2017.  Advocates...

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No. CA Lead Retreat Group 2017

Northern CA Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding leaders gathered on 1/28/17 for our 10th annual planning retreat, “Our 2017 Story:  Seeing/ Being with Our Hearts.”  We were also joined in Mill Valley by two Southern...

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Make Peace a Priority

Imagine a nation where peacebuilding has a seat at the table of government and a substantial and ongoing voice in national policy.  This was part of the message of Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) advocates prior to the introduction...

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Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) Office

The United States has been at peace for only 21 entire years since its birth during the Revolutionary War.  Many of our citizens today have never known a peaceful year in their lifetimes.  In 2015 alone, 65.3 million people, or one...

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CA Peace Alliance & San Diego Kids for Peace

In the aftershock of the 2016 presidential election, the CA Democratic Party (CDP) held its pre-scheduled Executive Board (E-Board) meeting where Democratic Party officials and grassroots activists came together to assess who the Party is and...

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CA Peace Alliance Award to Veterans Caucus

As attendees processed presidential and other election results at the CA Democratic Party Executive Board (CDP E-Board), the CA Democratic Party resolved to defend its many accomplishments in working conditions, climate, health care, immigration...

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Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) Office

Creating a countrywide model of peace is possibly the most powerful means for inspiring humanity to put an end to violence.”  – Rita Marie Johnson, Author, Educator, Innovator

In our national dialogue, peacebuilding often...

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Rep. Katherine Clark(MA) Office -G.Browning

During the week of International Day of Peace (IDoP) (9/21/16), Peace Alliance volunteers traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss peacebuilding legislation, including the Department of Peacebuilding Act (DoP/ HR 1111) and the Youth PROMISE Act (HR...

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Pix 1 - Peace Alliance delegation lobbying for DoP

Written By Anne Creter, National Department of Peacebuilding Committee of the Peace Alliance

The student interns’ last day at the Peace Alliance was June 30, 2016.  We wanted it to be special for Jeimy Ruiz of Middlebury College (CT)...

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The GAMIP report was written by Kendra Mon with contributions from the National Department of Peacebuilding Committee.

The Peace Alliance is connected with an international organization in existence for over 10 years now that promotes departments...

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Jo Ann Gaines, Rep. Barbara Lee, Terry Mason

In the midst of government dysfunction, electioneering, national platform discussions, and continuing violence – including the unthinkable mass shooting murders in Orlando, FL – the CA Peace Alliance promoted facets of peacebuilding at...

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Note:  We are proud of Sonoma County (CA), its citizen engagement groups and the CA Peace Alliance/ Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) for working to make Restoratice Practices/ Restorative Resources a way of life in the...

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The journey of the CA Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding Campaign to build peace in the 2016 CA Democratic Party (CDP) Platform – plank by plank – began in 2011 when we drafted language for the CDP 2012 Platform.  It...

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CA Peace Alliance Volunteers with 'Bernie Sanders', 'Joe Biden' & 'Hillary Clinton'

Imagine a world where people listen and talk with each other to break down barriers that contribute to conflict and seemingly separate us.  That is what peacebuilding is about.

The CA Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding campaign took...

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