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July 25th's DOP Meeting. Special Speaker Miko Peled
View Photos, Video and Slide Show from California DOP Conference
• Get Involved:
Click for Action Items & Committees
about existing solutions:
UN Peace Academy
and the local ~ international connection and update on
Peace & NonViolence
DOP in ACTION!:
Los Angeles DOP - Check out their schedule of events
CLICK EACH DATE FOR MORE INFO:
• Next DOP
Meeting at Church of Today on Tues. July 25th
• AFDOP Support
Call and write to support House Bill
No.: H.R. 3760;
No.: S. 1756
Feb . Issue
• Each One
of Us Makes a Difference -
Be Inspired by Our Story
Watch Streaming Video
DOP on primetime TV!
Featured on CBS
in Bay Area ch. 5
Click to watch video
to Watch and Rep. Dennis Kucinich on CNN
an Audio Post card about the Peace Alliance
Listen to excerpts
Department of Peace National Campaign Coordinator
Did you know that there is
a Bill in Congress to establish
a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace?
EXCITING NEWS - TEN MORE CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
have signed on as co-sponsors of the Department of Peace and Non-Violence
in the US House of Representatives in June - bringing the number of
co-sponsors in the House to 74! Our campaign is working!
Our California Department of Peace Conference held on June 23-25, 2006
was an incredible experience; uplifting, inspiring, re-energizing,
educational and transformative. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Special thanks to our incredible planning team!!! We
are grateful for the talent, time and energy of Paul Chepikian, who captured
our event with both video and still camera. Paul and Terry Mason also
attended the DOP fundraiser the night before this conference, where he
also filmed. Click
here to see a selection of photos, a short video and a slide show also
set to music. We hope this brings back pleasant and inspiring memories
for Photos ~ Mother's Day ~
was started by Poet/Songwriter Julia Ward Howe (who wrote "Battle
Hymn of the Republic"). The purpose of her designating this special
day was for
"mothers" to band together to work for Peace.
We had an exciting, full day of Mothers Day events planned, culminating
in AFDOP giving an award (a plant to plant "Seed for Peace")
to the author of the DOP Bill - Congressman Dennis Kucinich, and one of
the House co-sponsors, Congressman Bob Filner (49th District of CA).
We also: 1) Visited the offices of our U.S. Congressional Representatives
2) Visited with the local staffs of our U.S. Senators
3) Gave an award to Cong. Kucinich and Cong. Filner at the San Diego event.
For more details of how we participated,
as well as to read Julia Ward Howe's "MOTHERS DAY PROCLAMATION",
please click here.
To View a few photos of these activities, click here.
Thank you to all who participated and visited
us at our AFDOP booth in Balboa Park at one of the largest Earth Day celebrations
in the nation! This was a great day and event we outreached to our community
about the DOP Bill and about how practical solutions exist for creating
a culture of Peace and Nonviolence.
California in Action!
Enthusiastic DOP activists,
of all ages, made simultaneous visits to all 10 state offices of Senators
Boxer and Feinstein on Valentines Day. Each office received
a giant heart-shaped valentine cookie along with material on the legislation
and our campaign. In addition to office visits, many California supporters
took to the phones and urged their Senators to support the bill. 23 people
visited the Senators' San Diego offices. California resident Wendy Greene
even visited the Senators offices in Washington D.C.! Thank you to everyone
State Coordinators and PAF staff
group in San Diego, January 20-22.
State Coordinator Planning
Retreat: Christine Elliot and John Mc Neil, California
State Coordinators for the DoP campaign, along with the Peace Alliance
and PAFoundation conducted this important "FORWARD" ~ a national
strategy planning retreat. It was a highly motivating and productive weekend
to connect, train, inspire, and plan around our mission and work to help
build a culture of peace and to establish a Department of Peace in the
Did you know that there is a Bill in Congress to establish
a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace?
Under this Bill The Department of Peace would have jurisdiction both internationally and
~ it would provide the President with specific, proven options
for non-violent resolution of conflict and highly sophisticated peacemaking
strategies for post-war stabilization.
~ the Department of Peace would have jurisdiction to address
national and local issues including: drug and gang violence, school bullying,
prison reform and domestic abuse.
agencies currently addressing these problems are scattered among numerous
departments. Under this Bill, all would be coordinated under one umbrella
to increase efficiency and effectiveness (like Homeland Security).
Department of Peace would establish a Peace Academy, patterned after the
military academies, where students would learn peaceful conflict resolution
skills and, after graduation, would serve in peace-related postings here
at home or abroad.
Join Us in the Journey...
Together we can make a difference!
THE MOMENTUM IS BUILDING!
TAKE ACTION! Support
the Bill's Re-introduction in the House (New House Bill is # H.R.
3760) & the introduced Senate version (# S. 1756). Share
with your friends and family how easy it is to call
and write/fax Congress now! Click
here to learn more.
to Watch our
own "Grandmothers for Peace" sharing how they reached
out to their Congressional Representative, Susan Davis, who listened to
their gentle persuasion and signed on to endorse the DoP Bill! Or to read
more about their journey, view:
Each One of Us Makes a Difference - Be Inspired by Our Story.
These streaming video clips were from our recent National conference in
Washington, D.C. and include local activists sharing about the impact
they have had in their districts.
Dec. 12, 2005:
International Conference Endorses U.S. Department
Of Peace ~ People's International Initiative
For Departments of Peace in governments around the world
here to read more!
There are now over 295 team leaders
out of all 50 states and over 440 Congressional Districts!
PLUS: 13 City Council Resolutions have now
passed in support of
a Dept. of Peace & are growing!
Endorsed now in Oakland, CA, Berkeley, CA,
Detroit, MI, Cleveland, OH; Kuai county, HI; Cambridge, MA; Lincoln City,
OR and Hamtramck, MI
NEW: Palo Alto & Santa Cruz,
CA, San Jose and Sebastopol CA pass endorsing measures!
HERE to receive AFDOP Email Updates
with reminders of monthly meetings and regular updates on the progress
of AFDOP and the Department of Peace.
Americans for the Department of Peace
(AFDOP) is a citizens’ group advocating passage of the Bill
to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace.
We are the Southern California chapter of the national organization to
advocate for this Bill, “The Peace Alliance”: