U.S. Department of Peace and Non-Violence?

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By unanimous vote the San Francisco Board of Supervisors endorses legislation to establish a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence

San Francisco , CA (NewsBlaze) - San Francisco joined the Bay Area cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Jose yesterday when its Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution endorsing creation of a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence. By doing so, this sixth-largest metropolitan area in the country (encompassing some 5.4 million residents) joined the ranks of 20 cities voicing support for HR 808, legislation that focuses on innovative and proactive approaches to violence prevention.

"We have to remind elected officials of all parties that peace is patriotic...." said HR 808 co-sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee after the bill was reintroduced in Congress on February 5 th. "If we had a Department of Peace, we'd be dealing in a real way with gun violence, and domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and all the awful violence that's taking place because of the cutbacks of funding and disinvestment in the American people. In the words of the great warrior for peace Dr. Martin Luther King, peace is not just the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. A Department of Peace would embody that ideal."

According to the resolution, introduced by board member Michela Alioto-Pier, the city would benefit from a U.S Department of Peace in many ways, including "...development of conflict resolution and violence prevention initiatives..." and by funding already existing programs aimed at reducing crimes such as domestic violence, school shootings and gang violence.

Attending yesterday's vote was Bay Area resident Judy Kimmel, Outreach and Development Director for The Peace Alliance, the citizen action organization spearheading the national campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. "The Board of Supervisors' vote endorsing creation of a U.S. Department of Peace was heartfelt and inspiring, and represents the final keystone uniting the entire Bay Area in a call for a federally-lead comprehensive, proactive and sophisticated approach to stopping violence in our community before it erupts."

"We recently read in many major newspapers that violent crime in cities in surging," said Dot Maver, Executive Director of The Peace Alliance. "For a tiny slice of our discretionary spending ($8 billion, or less than one percent of the U.S. budget), we can significantly reduce violence in our homes, in our schools, in our communities, our nation, and throughout the world. Cities around the country are recognizing the practical value of this legislation. People of every political persuasion want a U.S. Department of Peace and are willing to work for it."

Domestically the department will research, propose and facilitate practical, field-tested solutions to reduce conflict, providing financial and institutional heft to strengthen and complement our current efforts to deal with all forms of domestic violence and discord. And it will help develop curricula to educate students in grades K-12 on how to resolve conflict peacefully through peer mediation, and training in alternative dispute resolution techniques and non-violent communication skills.

Internationally, a Department of Peace will advise the president and Congress on the most innovative techniques to establish and promote peace among nations, and will research and analyze the root causes of war to help prevent conflicts from escalating to the point of violence.

It will create a Peace Academy, on par with the Military Service Academies, to build a world-class faculty of peace-building experts, many of whom currently live in the United States. They will analyze peace-building at the highest level, advise other branches of government, and train civilian peacekeepers and the military for domestic and international service.

House Resolution 808 currently enjoys the support of 60 Congressional co-sponsors, including Rep. Susan A. Davis [CA-53-D, Rep. Sam Farr, [CA-17-D], Rep. Bob Filner, [CA-51-D], Rep. Michael M. Honda, [CA-15-D], Rep. Barbara Lee, [CA-9-D], Rep. George Miller, [CA-7-D], Rep. Brad Sherman, [CA-27-D], Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, [CA-10-D], Rep. Maxine Waters, [CA-35-D], Rep. Diane E. Watson, [CA-33-D], and Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey, [CA-6-D].

The Peace Alliance is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization spearheading the national campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence. For more information on this legislation and our campaign, please visit the Peace Alliance website at: www.thepeacealliance.org.

For more information about California for a Department of Peace, visit: www.afdop.org
Talk about moonbats. :rolleyes:

Check out the part in red!

GO NAVY! BEAT PEACE! :yllol: :yllol: :yllol: :yllol:
 

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Zaphod said:
Check out the part in red!
It will create a Peace Academy, on par with the Military Service Academies, to build a world-class faculty of peace-building experts, many of whom currently live in the United States.
I thought they already had a Peace Academy in Berkeley.

I am already working on their Plebe Summer schedule.:shake: :shake:
 
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I'm sure that when OBL would like a little laughter in his life, he reads the minutes of the SFO Board of Supv. meetings.
 

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USNA69 said:
I thought they already had a Peace Academy in Berkeley.

I am already working on their Plebe Summer schedule.:shake: :shake:
WHAT IS THE FIFTH GENERAL ORDER OF AN ANARCHIST?

:yllol:
 

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Oh I think there are some others than just Berkeley - peace studies is the new "in" major.

Let's see, the uniform of the day would be:
T-Shirt with a big peace sign on the front - or the Chinese symbol for peace, cut-off shorts or long flowing skirts for women, bare feet, unless it is snowing then flip flops.
Neither shaving nor haircuts allowed for either sex.

I can smell the incense already - haha
 

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Are you sure that is incense you are smelling?

They will only have to wear uniforms when standing "watch" which will consist entirely of guarding John Lennon's tomb.
 

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And their uniform will include a T-shirt with Che Guevara on it.
 

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"Internationally, a Department of Peace will advise the president and Congress on the most innovative techniques to establish and promote peace among nations, and will research and analyze the root causes of war to help prevent conflicts from escalating to the point of violence."

This is sure to be a big hit in the middle east.
 

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"Internationally, a Department of Peace will advise the president and Congress on the most innovative techniques to establish and promote peace among nations, and will research and analyze the root causes of war to help prevent conflicts from escalating to the point of violence."
Well, if you listen to the moonbats, the root cause is George W. Bush. Get rid of him and global warming will cease, peace will break out, Iran will petition the congress to become the 51st state, etc., etc., etc.... :rolleyes:

You know, I'm pretty critical of W on some things, but these people are just simply unhinged.
 

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"It will create a Peace Academy, on par with the Military Service Academies"

How will they haze? Will they be made to roll in flowers, chase little lambs in fields of clover, tie-dye the upper classpersons tee shirts?

Hmmm, somehow I don't think it will be on par.

Parabellum is Latin for the second half of the phrase "If you love peace prepare for war."

I personally love the peace symbol made from the B-52 bomber and the flight groups logo, "peace the old fashioned way".
 

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When I told a co-worker my son would be attending West Point he had the nerve to say to me, “I wish we had a peace academy instead of the military academies.” If this becomes a reality he can send his kids to the “peace academy” and tell me what a war-monger my son is.

I thought they already had a Peace Academy in Berkeley.
I always thought it was here in Olympia, AKA: The Evergreen State College.
Typical uniform includes Birkenstocks, tie-dyed clothing, and dreadlocks. By the way, that incense you smell is Patchouli.
 

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Ah yes Evergreen! I have a 20 year old attending the North Carolina version - makes life interesting in our house!
They actually have a sign on the door of the Chem building - "Shoes are required in all labs"
These schools make Berkeley seem downright conservative. :wink:
 

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WAMom68 said:
When I told a co-worker my son would be attending West Point he had the nerve to say to me, “I wish we had a peace academy instead of the military academies.”
Proof that some people shouldn't be permitted to breed. :mad:
 

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Z - I totally agree. Somewhere there is a village missing its idiot!

What really gets me are the war protestors. Earlier this week they were shipping equipment to our troops in Iraq out of the Port of Tacoma. Several people were arrested for crossing the barriers the police had put up. The protestors say they support our troops but not the war and then they try to prevent shipment of needed equipment. If they really supported the troops they would WANT them to have all the equipment necessary to do their mission. :rolleyes:
 

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Off topic : What do you guys think of the change we made from the Department of War to the Defense Department?
 

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We should rename it the War Department. That change was a sop to the peaceniks.
 

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Zaphod said:
We should rename it the War Department. That change was a sop to the peaceniks.
I vote for DOD. Wars come and go, but defense should be eternally vigilant.
 

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The Commissioner said:
I vote for DOD. Wars come and go, but defense should be eternally vigilant.
Hmmm..... Food for thought.
 
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