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Peace Dove SymbolDear Friends of Peace,

On September 22nd, 2005, Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) introduced the Department of Peace legislation into the U.S. Senate, calling for an elevation of the Reagan-established "Institute of Peace" to a Cabinet-level position. Appropriately, Dayton's legislation coincides with the 44th anniversary of the nation's oldest federal agency dedicated to peace. On September 22nd, in 1961, President Kennedy signed legislation that created the Peace Corps, an idea originally proposed by Senator Hubert Humphrey in 1957. [The references to Reagan and Kennedy are a brilliant strategy, making the initiative visibly bi-partisan.]

This is a huge moment for our campaign, and for the future of the Department of Peace! Senator Dayton's leadership and enthusiastic support will take us to the next level in our work as we continue to advocate for this historic legislation.

Speaking from the Senate floor, Dayton said, "If we are to remain the world's leader, and if we are to lead the world into a more secure and more prosperous future, we must become better known and more respected for our peacemaking successes than for our military forces. Peace, to have any lasting value, must be advanced, expanded and strengthened continuously. Doing so requires skill, dedication, persistence, resources, and, most importantly, people."

That’s US, folks! Your hard work, dedication and persistent efforts are having beautiful results.

Many thanks to our Department of Peace activists from Minnesota who met with Senator Dayton this past week at our conference and encouraged him to take this on. In particular we thank three of our youth leaders: Chelsea Skog, Eric Skog and Raven Kinnell who also met with the Senator. Senator Dayton said he was doing it for them, and for all our youth.


1. Call Senator Mark Dayton’s office TOMORROW to thank him for introducing the legislation (I know we asked this of you already, but it’s ok to do twice, because now the legislation is a fact). And follow up with a faxed letter to his office. Contact info is below. You may include why you feel the DOP is so important and that you will continue to advocate for additional support from other Senators to make his job easier.

2. Call Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK and follow up with a faxed letter as well. Tell the staffer who answers your call that you want your Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Department of Peace legislation that was introduced in the Senate on Sept. 22, 2005. Repeat that in your letter, and request a written response explaining your Senator's position and the reasoning behind it. It's most effective if you call first, then follow-up with a fax.

Senator Barbara Boxer

Web Site:
Washington Office:
Washington, D.C. 20510-0505
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Fax: (415) 956-6701

Senator Mark Dayton

Web Site:
Washington Office:
Washington, D.C. 20510-2305
Phone: (202) 224-3244
Fax: (202) 228-2186

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Washington Office:

331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3841
Fax: 202-228-3954

Americans For The Department of Peace
Christine Elliot and John McNeil
Southern California State Coordinators


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