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Veterans for Peace resolves to Support the Youth PROMISE act!

At the recent Veterans for Peace convention in College Park, Maryland, our own Jim Ramelis introduced a resolution for VFP to support the Youth PROMISE act - and it was approved! The below text is from the VFP website:


Whereas Veterans for Peace affirms its responsibility to serve the cause of world peace in its "Statement of Purpose", and

Whereas a bill known as "The Youth Promise Act " has been introduced in the legislature as House of Representatives Bill 1064 and Senate Bill 435 that proposes to reduce violence among our youth in targeted neighborhoods and areas. Violence will be reduced through prevention in positive ways such as after school programs, sports and community activities, by implementing the best policy recommendations from crime policy makers, researchers, practitioners, analysts, and law enforcement officials from across the political spectrum concerning evidence- and research-based strategies to reduce gang violence and crime, and

Whereas many of the neighborhoods where violence is rampant are the same neighborhoods that have Junior R.O.T.C. programs in the schools and are heavily targeted by recruiters, and

Whereas many at-risk youth turn to military service because they have limited options for productive citizenship, and

Whereas the Youth Promise Act seeks to provide at-risk youth with alternative life skills,

Therefore Be It Resolved that Veterans for Peace hereby endorses the Youth Promise Act and strongly encourages chapters and individual members to lobby Congress to request co-sponsor the Youth Promise act (currently H.R.1064 and S.435 in the 111th Congress)

Approved at the 2009 VFP national convention"

Congratulations, Jim!

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Comment by Kimberly Kemp on September 15, 2009 at 7:29am
Yes, congrats Jim! Another victory for peace! Greatful to be learning from what you do and how you do it! I'd love to hear more about that!
Comment by Caitlin B. Flaherty on August 24, 2009 at 12:51am
That is wonderful news. Well done, everybody!
Comment by Mimi Lenox on August 22, 2009 at 1:42am
Incredible group of individuals. Well done for the cause of peace in our world.
Comment by Linda Kimberly Henderson on August 20, 2009 at 10:40pm
Jim is Michigan's 1st District DoP Leader. You make us so proud! And Rep. Bart Stupak (MI-1) recently signed on to the bill, after Jim was in touch with his office. You totally rock!! I'd like to think Barbara MacArthur (a DoP activist from the 1st who we lost this past year) is somehow able to witness these events given all the times she tried to get Stupak on the HR 808 bill. Barbara started lobbying for the Dept of Peace bill when it was introduced in the 1960's and never gave up. She'd be very pleased with this progress in peacebuilding I'm certain.
Comment by Jim Ramelis on August 20, 2009 at 9:16pm
Thanks Ted and everyone else, I will write something soon supporting the Vets for Peace and the power that is behind veterans supporting peace work.
Comment by Jerilyn Stapleton on August 20, 2009 at 5:48pm
Congratulations and thank you for all you do for peace -- this resolution is terrific!
Comment by Ana Campos on August 20, 2009 at 5:23pm
That's incredible! I wondered what the outcome was. How was the tabling? How was the convention?
Comment by jan mercuri grossman on August 20, 2009 at 5:13pm
Therefore Be It Resolved. Thank you to Jim and the Veterans for Peace for caring enough to expand the limited options of our at -risk youth!
Comment by Judy addicott Kimmel on August 20, 2009 at 4:50pm
This is so wonderful, what a boost to have this come from our Veterans... Thank you and congratulations Jim!!
Comment by colleen mills on August 20, 2009 at 4:41pm
Great work Jim!

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