At our general meeting on Monday July 20, 2015 the club members present voted to endorse HR1111. Do we want to build a better world through peaceful means or continue attempting to resolve conflict only through aggression and force?
HR1111 is an aspirational, perhaps just symbolic, bill that says we can and must do better. Maybe this will be the first step in taking violence to a national and dedicated conversation. #WeCanDoBetter
– Joe LaCava, clubmember
The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County hereby endorses the “Legislative Request Supporting a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding.”
We support the will and intent of this request to support the U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015 and to create a culture of peace that will affect our government’s domestic and foreign polices, as well as move our country toward a peacetime economy. This legislation calls for practical and cost effective solutions to reduce and prevent violence and to promote peacebuilding in the U.S. and internationally. We understand that this comprehensive approach will proactively advocate for and utilize mediation, restorative justice, reconciliation, diplomacy, negotiation, and other peacebuilding practices to address the root causes of violence and terrorism rather than reacting to the symptoms of violence.
This summary of the bill was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress. The complete text of the bill is available here.
Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015
Establishes a Department of Peacebuilding in the executive branch, to be headed by a Secretary of Peacebuilding, dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace.
Sets forth the mission of the Department, which includes the: (1) cultivation of peace and peacebuilding as a strategic national policy objective; and (2) development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful conflict resolution, and structured conflict mediation.
Establishes in the Department: (1) the Office of Peace Education and Training, (2) the Office of Domestic Peacebuilding Activities, (3) the Office of International Peacebuilding Activities, (4) the Office of Technology for Peace, (5) the Office of Arms Control and Disarmament, (6) the Office of Peacebuilding Information and Research, (7) the Office of Human Rights and Economic Rights, and (8) the Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Peace.
Establishes a Federal Interagency Committee on Peace to coordinate the actions of the Department with other federal agencies.
Directs the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to consult with the Secretary concerning nonviolent means of conflict resolution when a conflict between the United States and any other government or entity is imminent or occurring.
Directs the Secretary to encourage citizens to observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace on Peace Days, which shall include discussions of the professional activities and the achievements in the lives of peacemakers.