U.S. Department of Peacebuilding
A bill is currently before the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for a United States Department of Peacebuilding. The Department of Peacebuilding will offer additional problem-solving options and provide practical, nonviolent solutions to pressing domestic and international conflicts. In order for this legislation to pass from bill to law, Americans must come together and be heard in Congress.
In the previous one hundred years, more 100 million people have lost their lives as a result of war — most of these individuals were innocent victims and not involved in combat. The culture of violence that has become so prevalent in the United States and enmeshed in our cultural identity has become our most pressing problem. The American solution to violence is more violence.
The prison industrial complex is the largest U.S. urban industry. The War on Drugs — a war waged on American soil by the American government against American citizens — has resulted in widespread violation of the 4th amendment, military-style weapons being used against Americans on the streets and in their homes and millions of individuals being sentenced to prison for decades — and sometimes for life.
The U.S. Government has been single-focused on fighting violence with violence and has yet to develop a single platform for waging peace, or a single initiative for getting at the underlying causes of violence in our nation.
The campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding, spearheaded by The Peace Alliance, is a critical response to the overwhelming oppressive and destructive culture of violence. This initiative represents an important collective effort, as American citizens to reclaim the spirit of our country and to recommit ourselves as a nation to the Declaration of Independent’s claim that every American has the right to live a life without tyranny, a life of equality, a life of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
A Department of Peacebuilding will work to:
- Provide much-needed assistance to efforts by city, county, and state governments in coordinating existing programs; as well as develop new programs based on best practices nationally;
- Teach violence prevention and mediation to America’s school children;
- Effectively treat and dismantle gang psychology;
- Rehabilitate the prison population;
- Build peace-making efforts among conflicting cultures both here and abroad;
- Support our military with complementary approaches to peace-building;
- Create and administer a U.S. Peace Academy, acting as a sister organization to the U.S. Military Academy.
Learn more about the U.S. Department of Peacebuilding on The Peace Alliance website.