Saturday, November 10, 2012


OMNI DEPARTMENT OF PEACE NEWS #1, November 10, 2012. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace. (#1 Sept. 26, 2012).

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Contents #1

Bill as Proposed by Cong. Dennis Kucinich

Notes on the Bill by Dick

Notes by Sara Milford

Misc. Information from Google

Contents #2

Status of H.R. 808

Taking Action

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H.R. 808: Department of Peace Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2012

To establish a Department of Peace.


Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D-OH10]


Referred to Committee

Bill titles and the summary above are written by the sponsor. H.R. stands for House of Representatives bill.

[HERE ARE THE DISMAL FACTS. Don’t let your representatives forget you want this bill to pass. Just as we seek to restrain the out of control Department of War, we offer a Department of Peace for the future the world needs.]TAKE A POSITION



Introduced Feb 18, 2011

Referred to Committee Feb 18, 2011

Reported by Committee (not yet occurred)

Passed House (not yet occurred)

Passed Senate (not yet occurred)

Signed by the President (not yet occurred)

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 18, 2011, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.


This bill has a 3% chance of being enacted. The following factors were considered:

The sponsor is a member of the minority party. (-2%)

A cosponsor in the minority party has a high leadership score. (+3%)

A cosponsor is the ranking member of a committee to which the bill has been referred. (+9%)

Just 4% of all House of Representatives bills in 2009–2010 were enacted.


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show cosponsors (63)


House Committee on Education and the Workforce

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

House Committee on the Judiciary

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

Primary Source

THOMAS (The Library of Congress)

THOMAS is updated generally one day after events occur and events since the last update may not be reflected here.

How to Support or Oppose H.R. 808

So you want to take a side? Here are some tips on how to be an effective advocate for your issue.

Write a Letter

Start by writing a letter to Congress using the POPVOX website. Click the button on the right to get started.

Does this work? Well keep in mind you are one of around 700,000 residents in your district, many of whom are writing letters just like you are. Congressional offices receive hundreds to thousands of letters each day.

Your representatives want to hear from you (after all, they want to know how to keep your vote next election!). Just keep in mind they couldn’t possibly respond to everyone personally.

POPVOX was co-created by the same guy behind GovTrack and is the most effective way to get your message to your representative and senators.



H.R. 808: Department of Peace Act of 2011


Band Together

Strength does come in numbers. Find others who are advocating on the same issue as you, and work with them to send a clear message to Congress.

We can help you find others interested in H.R. 808. Tell us you want to create a group for this bill by cliking the button on the right.


Be an Information Leader

One of the hardest parts about advocacy is just finding out what is happening in Congress. Leg work pays off. Here are some starting points:

o Call up the office of the sponsor of the bill and ask about the latest status of the bill, including what committees are considering the bill and if there are any hearings or “markup” meetings scheduled.

o Check out who is cosponsoring the bill. Does it have cosponsors on the committees it is assigned to? Does it have cosponsors in the majority party?

o Read the bill. You will probably have questions about it. Find experts such as academic researchers or lobbyists at nonprofits who can help you wade through the language of the bill.

o Tell others about what you find. They’ll appreciate that you took the time to help others understand their government.








About the Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace

Congressman John Conyers meets with a group of MI activists

at our recent conference in D.C.and gets them pumped up!

"I cannot tell you with what weapons mankind would fight WW3, but I can assure you that WW4 would be fought with sticks and stones."

~ Albert Einstein

There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a United States Department of Peace. This historic measure will augment our current problem-solving options, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict.

The legislation will pass from bill to law under one condition: that a wave of citizen interest rise up from the American people and make itself heard in the halls of Congress.

During the 20th Century, over 100 million people lost their lives to war -- most of whom were non-combatants. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, the extent and current speed of nuclear proliferation makes the achievement of non-violent alternatives to war the most urgent need of the human race.

A Department of Peace 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.

• And more…

From the growing rate of domestic incarceration to increasing problems of international violence, the United States has no more serious problem in our midst than the problem of violence itself. Prison-building is our largest urban industry, and we spend over 400 billion dollars a year on military-related expenditures. Yet there is within the workings of the U.S. government, no platform from which to seriously wage peace. We place no institutional heft behind an effort to address the causal issues of violence, diminishing its psychological force before it erupts into material conflict. From child abuse to genocide, from the murder of one to the slaughter of thousands, it is increasingly senseless to merely wait until violence has erupted before addressing the deeper well from which it springs.

The problem of violence is a many layered one, and its solution will be, as well. While no one action -- governmental or otherwise -- will provide a single solution to such an entrenched and deeply rooted problem, we must treat the problem itself as an all-systems breakdown requiring an all-systems response.

The campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace is only one aspect of a fundamental response to the problem of violence, but it is critical. It represents an important collective effort, as American citizens, to do everything we possibly can to save the world for our children's children.

Throughout America, there are countless peace-builders and peace-building projects. Those skilled in ameliorating the effects of violence - from conflict resolution experts to nonviolent communicators - have proven their effectiveness at treating root causes of violence. Peace is more than the absence of war; it is a positive state of being predicated on the presence of a peaceful heart. The mission of the Peace Alliance is to move this realization from the margins of our political dialogue to its rightful, central place within our national understanding. The humanitarian impulse to foster brotherhood and justice is not just an utopian ideal; it is an issue critical to our national security.

Domestically, the Department of Peace will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. Internationally, the Department will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations.

The Peace Alliance educates and inspires thousands throughout the country with the knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to become powerful citizen activists on behalf of the Department of Peace legislation. Our campaign has citizen organizers working in all 50 states. Local activists are mobilizing a mighty wave of momentum by working with their members of congress, writing editorials, doing local radio and TV interviews, organizing local talks and trainings, getting city council endorsements, visiting with Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, Military Officials, Prison Officials, Directors of Abuse Shelters, School Boards, etc. to share and discuss how a Department of Peace would benefit their community.

Take Action! Tell Congress to get behind H.R. 808, legislation to establish a U.S. Dept. of Peace.




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 History of the Legislation

 Key Highlights

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Talking Points

 Individual and Organizational Endorsements

 City Councils and Local Governing Bodies

 Youth PROMISE Act

 International Peacebuilding

 Domestic Peacebuilding

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