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Peace Begins At Home

One of the most important lessons I have ever learned...and I am still learning, is how to BE Peace. I sometimes feel like there is not too much I can do, with all the responsibilities here at home, with family and friends. I often feel like I want to do more out in the world and what can I do from here....

What I do DAILY and sometimes moment to moment, is BE peace. I started behaving peacefully with the ones I love the most, and those who sometimes bring out in me, the most… Continue

Added by Beth Lefevre on July 2, 2009 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

Las Cruces City Council votes in favor of a DOP

Hello Everyone,

New Mexico DOP is really gaining ground. We, with our fearless leader down south, have gotten another City Council Resolution.That makes 3 resolutions from city councils and 1 from The grant County Commissioners.

We have been meeting with our state reps and our state senators, its always the same answer, "The state department takes care of peace issues in our country".sigh, so, the team in New mexico are going after all of our small govermental bodies, our next… Continue

Added by Jodee Oyas on July 2, 2009 at 10:06am — 3 Comments

Comments from a Veteran on the 4th of July

Comments from a Veteran on the 4th of July

By Jim Ramelis

The 4th of July is here and it is time for patriotism, flag waving, parades and fireworks. The 4th is about picnics, fun, sunburns, baseball games and a celebration of America. It has always been one of my favorite holidays, probably because I have spent most of my life in Michigan, and the 4th is a holiday that usually is a warm sunny day. It is a day of bands and color and pageantry and community.

The 4th of July is also… Continue

Added by Jim Ramelis on July 1, 2009 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Happy to be joining this group.

I am thankful to have joined this group. Will be exploring website and finding my way with you and we do peace.
martha ward

Added by martha ward on July 1, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Do The Right Thing President Obama

President Obama, Do The Right Thing in Honduras!

As those of you who follow the news may know, Honduran President Manuel Zalaya was ousted in a military coup. He was flown to Costa Rica and Roberto Michelettti was sworn in as interim President until January 27, 2010, the end of Zelaya’s term.

Obama called the action a “coup”, and said “We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the President of Honduras”.

Later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… Continue

Added by Jim Ramelis on June 30, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Believing in Peace

Welcome to DoPeace!

It is so urgent and natural for us to gather and talk of peace. Why? I find in my daily life that I get discouraged sometimes, and wonder if humanity will ever get its act together. Youth violence is out of control since homicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds, make that number one for African American youth.

This fact startles me everytime I say it or write it or hear it.

Our pop culture and daily media exposure… Continue

Added by Lynn McMullen on June 27, 2009 at 2:35pm — 5 Comments

Sacred Activism

I was reading the July edition of "Science of the Mind", a monthly put out by the Religious Science folks that I have subscribed to for years, and came across a great article by Donna Mosher,"Invitation to Awakening".It is an article about mystic Andrew Harvey and the spiritual shift that seems to be going on in the world now. Some call it "the great awakening".

Harvey uses the term "sacred activism" in a very interesting way that I find very appealing.

Mosher writes(begin… Continue

Added by Jim Ramelis on June 25, 2009 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Not feeling Good about the Democrats

If the public option for health insurance is thrown out, I will have to admit I will feel a bit betrayed by the Democrats.

However, I shouldn't be surprised as I know that the real divide in Congress is not Democrat/Republican, it is Conservative v Progressive/Liberal. There a lot more conservatives than Progressives/Liberals. There are a lot of Conservative Democrats, bought and sold by the same corporations and people that have the Republicans bought and sold.

Reality is that just… Continue

Added by Jim Ramelis on June 25, 2009 at 11:21am — No Comments

Celebrating A Future Secretary of Peace

This article was printed in the Sonoma Index-Tribune. It's a look at how the vision of the Department of Peace inspires and fuels life's greatest dreams. What a beautiful world we have with dreams--and actions--like this.

Here's the link to the original article, which is excerpted below.

Schorr, Jasperse top SVHS grads

Graduation tonight

By Emily… Continue

Added by Wendy Greene on June 21, 2009 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Youth PROMISE act adds 56 new cosponsors in June (so far!)

If you're into civic activism, this is really amazing to watch!

The community is continuing to have a huge impact on the Youth PROMISE act! The concerted effort to lobby Representatives in the House since the Youth PROMISE act (H.R. 1064) was first introduced has lead to some very encouraging results. In the month of May, 31 new co-sponsors signed on, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 115 at the end of… Continue

Added by DoPeace Admin on June 18, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How Exciting!

I am so glad that we recieved this invitation! Because we love the DoP and we love Linda too. Also the more great resources to tip people too regarding supporting the DoP, the better.

And, maybe you Linda, and all you readers too, can help me. I'm looking for reputable economists to read regarding how we can have sustainable growth, a sustainable economy, or an economy not dependant on growth so as to be sustainable, that is also socially just. Please let me know what you… Continue

Added by Josh Swenson on June 14, 2009 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Sarasota, Florida, Supports a U.S. Department of Peace

(Sarasota, FL- June 1, 2009)

On a 3-2 vote, the Sarasota City Commission approved resolution 09R-2099 to support legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace (H.R. 808) at their June 1 meeting. By passing this resolution, Sarasota (pop. 53,000) joins a long list of other cities around the country - including Detroit,… Continue

Added by DoPeace Admin on June 7, 2009 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Loving DoPeace already!

I've really been enjoying exploring the possibilities on this site. I think it'll be a great resource for us. So much gratitude to all who've been working so hard to put it all together.

Added by Matthew Albracht on June 5, 2009 at 10:53pm — No Comments

What is Real National Security?

"Security is not Defense; Defense does not equal security."

The concept was far from new to me. What was different was who was saying it.

Lt. Col. Shannon Beebe, former Senior Africa Analyst in the Office of the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, is considered one of the nation's leading thinkers on the concept of human security. He spoke as part of a panel discussion at the April 2009… Continue

Added by Wendy Greene on June 5, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

New Peace Media Clearinghouse @ USIP


- Find documentaries, films, shows, podcasts, songs, video games, and other multimedia about peace and conflict management.

- Use them in your work as educators, trainers, practitioners, policy makers, or students.

- Explore a wide range of topics, such as conflict prevention, nonviolence, post-conflict… Continue

Added by DoPeace Admin on June 5, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Community Norms, Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for visiting DoPeace where we are empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace as part of work of The Peace Alliance, Student Peace Alliance and Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. In using this site you agree to the Community Norms below. Please also see below for some tips on using the site and answers to some frequently asked questions. You can find additional information and assistance in the… Continue

Added by Wendy Greene on June 1, 2009 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

"Amazing Grace" -Amazing Movie!

"Amazing Grace" is a movie about the abolition movement in England, but it has meaningful and inspiring messages for the modern peace movement, as well. It's also a darned good movie in it's own right, especially for fans of period pieces. I give it five peace signs, easily.

One of the early scenes shows the protagonist - William ("Wilber") Wilberforce - holding a meeting at his estate with very few attendees, much to his… Continue

Added by DoPeace Admin on May 30, 2009 at 6:21pm — No Comments

A Memorial Day Salute

This Memorial Day, I'm choosing to honor those who died for our country by considering what we should be doing to make sure no one else need to die for our country ever again. A couple of things that come to mind:

1) Outlaw the concept of "Preemptive War"

2) Embrace the concept of "Preemptive Peace"

We need to stop funneling billions and billions of dollars year after year expanding our national capacity to create and then destroy our enemies while… Continue

Added by DoPeace Admin on May 25, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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