This area is designed to specifically discuss the "Community Peacebulding" section of the strategic plan. (Download link for entire plan is below).
We want to know specifically:
• What excites you about it?
• What concerns do you have?
• What could be made better?
• What are ways you want to implement it personally and with your local teams?
COMMUNITY PEACEBUILDING (C3)
Through local alliance building, community education, personal peace practices and service efforts in our communities, we will put into embodied action the type of work for which we advocate. Various avenues may be taken at the local level including the following. Grassroots organizers may volunteer in support of pre-existing programs as well as initiate peacebuilding projects to solidify the capacity of their communities to reduce violence and build peace. The variety of possible initiatives ranges from introducing conflict resolution into school curriculums, to raising funds in 3x3 public education events for gang violence prevention and intervention efforts. We will continue work to help support the development of interpersonal peace skills in our personal and professional interactions. Together we will demonstrate through our actions what peace looks like. As a network we hope to play a vital role in creating the ground-level structures we are asking Congress to support and sustain.
Nationally, regionally and individually we have the potential to:
Participate and Build Coalitions with Peacebuilding Practitioners: By forming strategic coalitions and partnerships with cutting edge peacemaking organizations, we will connect network organizers with the professionals in their community who need committed and passionate volunteers.
Train: We will connect grassroots organizers with partnering trainers around the country to train in nonviolence, nonviolent communication, conflict mediation training and personal peace practices. We will continue to hold Nonviolent Communication conference calls to support the learning of those committed to personal peace practices. When individuals or groups that struggle with conflict or violence reach out to us for peacebuilding support we will connect them with experts that specialize in their area of concern.
Host Events: We will host public media and educational events to disseminate data on violence and its solutions to public, media, and community. We will support the Report Releases from the Global Peace Index, the United States Institute of Peace, and Centers for Disease Control national violence data.
Expand The Peace Registry: We will grow our Peace Registry database of US-based community to record the efforts of organizations building peace in our communities.