[saymaListserv] Support legislation to create U.S. Department of Peace
freepolazzo at mindspring.com
Tue Aug 7 21:26:43 JEST 2001
Got this notice today and wanted to share the good news. Someone wants to
create a a Department of Peace at the Cabinet Level.
I have already wrote to my congressperson, Bob Barr (R-GA), and hope you
can take a few minutes to do the same.
Peace with Justice (in the USA Gov't even?)
>Subject: USA: Dept of Peace Legislation
>REP. KUCINICH INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE DEPARTMENT OF PEACE
> Today we have a remarkable opportunity to fulfill one of
>our most cherished goals: the creation of a more secure foundation for
>national and global peace.
> But we need you to act immediately.
> On July 11, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced
>legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to create
>a Department of Peace--a cabinet-level agency dedicated to
>peacemaking and the study of conditions conducive to both
>domestic and international peace.
> The Department of Peace would focus on nonmilitary peaceful
>conflict resolutions, prevent violence, and promote justice
>and democratic principles to expand human rights. A Peace
>Academy, similar to the five military service academies,
>would be created, its graduates dispatched to troubled areas
>around the globe to promote nonviolent dispute resolutions.
> Rep. Kucinich's bill (H.R. 2459), which already has 38
>congressional cosponsors, opens the door for the realization
>of these long-standing goals.
> Rep. Kucinich has also sponsored two bills on genetically engineered
>one for labeling and one for testing.
> As he introduced H.R. 2459, Rep. Kucinich commented, "The
>time for peace is now. Peace is not only the absence of
>violence, but the presence of a higher evolution of human
>awareness with respect, trust and integrity toward humankind."
> PLEASE HELP ENSURE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2459 SO THAT PEACE CAN
>BECOME A REALITY IN OUR TIME. PLEASE ACT TODAY!
> Please contact your Representative immediately and strongly
>encourage him or her to support H.R. 2459.
> Just call the national Capitol switchboard at 1-202-225-3121
>and ask to speak to your Representative. You can also email
>your Representative directly from
> If your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2459 (see list
>below), please contact him or her to offer your thanks and
>support for this decision. We also urge you to send your
>congratulations and support to Rep. Kucinich at
>(just scroll to the bottom of the page). You can also find
>out more about the Department of Peace at this site.
> Although the Senate version of H.R. 2459 has not yet been
>introduced, you may also contact your Senators and urge them
>to become familiar with and support this legislation. To
>obtain email addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers
>for your Senators, just go to
>to link to your Senators' websites.
> A summary of H.R. 2459 is given below. For the full text of
>the bill, please visit
>and type in H.R. 2459 under Search Bill Text #2, Bill Number.
>SUMMARY of H.R. 2459
> Establishes a Department of Peace, which shall be headed by a Secretary
>Peace appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
>Sets forth the mission of the Department, including to: (1) hold peace as an
>organizing principle; (2) endeavor to promote justice and democratic
>expand human rights; and (3) develop policies that promote national and
>international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation,
>peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict.
> Establishes in the Department the Intergovernmental Advisory
>Council on Peace, which shall provide assistance and make
>recommendations to the Secretary and the President concerning
>intergovernmental policies relating to peace and nonviolent
> Transfers to the Department the functions, assets, and personnel of
>various Federal agencies.
> Establishes a Federal Interagency Committee on Peace.
> Establishes Peace Day. Urges all citizens to observe and
>celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace
>on such day.
>COSPONSORS OF H.R. 2459 (ALPHABETICALLY BY STATE)
>Rep. Farr, Sam (D-CA)
>Rep. Filner, Bob (D-CA)
>Rep. Honda, Michael M. (D-CA)
>Rep. Lee, Barbara (D-CA)
>Rep. Solis, Hilda L. (D-CA)
>Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete (D-CA)
>Rep. Waters, Maxine (D-CA)
>Rep. Watson, Diane E. (D-CA)
>Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C. (D-CA)
>Rep. Udall, Mark (D-CO)
>Rep. Lewis, John (D-GA)
>Rep. McKinney, Cynthia A. (D-GA)
>Rep. Davis, Danny K. (D-IL)
>Rep. Evans, Lane (D-IL)
>Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. (D-IL)
>Rep. Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. (D-IL)
>Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. (D-IL)
>Rep. Carson, Julia (D-IN)
>Rep. McGovern, James P. (D-MA)
>Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. (D-MI)
>Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy (D-MO)
>Rep. Holt, Rush D. (D-NJ)
>Rep. Payne, Donald M. (D-NJ)
>Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. (D-NY)
>Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. (D-NY)
>Rep. Nadler, Jerrold (D-NY)
>Rep. Owens, Major R. (D-NY)
>Rep. Serrano, Jose E. (D-NY)
>Rep. Towns, Edolphus (D-NY)
>Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. (D-NY)
>Rep. Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)
>Rep. Jones, Stephanie Tubbs (D-OH)
>Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. (D-OR)
>Rep. Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D-TX)
>Rep. Scott, Robert C. (D-VA)
>Rep. Sanders, Bernard (I-VT)
>Rep. Baird, Brian (D-WA)
>Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II (D-WV)
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