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N. California Department Of Peace Campaign First Monday Telephone Conference
Date Monday February 01
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
The Northern California Regional
Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace
State Campaigns for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence

Northern California Department Of Peace Campaign

First Monday Telephone Conference on 02/01/10

I. TELEPHONE CONFERENCE & UPCOMING EVENTS

Guest Speaker

Robert Plath

OF

The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance

Will Discuss

FORGIVENESS: THE HEART & SOUL OF PEACE

Plus a special report by Janet Shirley on the grand finale in Argentina of the World March for Peace & Nonviolence

February 1, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Call 1-219-509-8222, Access Code 808808#

PLEASE JOIN US ON THIS CALL

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PEACE ALLIANCE &

UPCOMING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PEACE EVENTS

SAVE THE DATES:

* 03/28/10 – OAKLAND FOR PEACE – Community Gathering & Community-Building Event Focused On Violence Reduction – At the First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St

Oakland, CA 94612-3811 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM

* 04/01/10 – GIVE PEACE A DANCE – Featuring The General Jones Band – At Uptown Body & Fender Shop, 401 26th St., Oakland, CA

Without forgiveness, there is no future.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

*

The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the principle that teaching forgiveness and nonviolence are forces for peace, physical healing and psychological equilibrium. Founded in 1996 by Robert W. Plath, an attorney in Mill Valley, the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance seeks to prove that creating the “life skills of forgiveness and nonviolence” will reduce conflict and violence, alleviate stress, improve health and create a more abundant and empowered perspective on life.

One of the primary goals of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is to establish International Forgiveness Day as a globally celebrated holiday. International Forgiveness Day, annually, is designated as the first Sunday in August. The focus of the International Forgiveness Day celebration is to honor those identified as heroes and champions of forgiveness, nonviolence and peace. The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance also conducts forgiveness seminars for abused women, the elderly and to middle school youth.

II. ACTIONS FOR PEACE

Please take a few minutes during this Season of Nonviolence to write a letter to the editor, write to your Senator and/or Congressperson, send your legislators a Valentine, and/or shop for peace. Every action plants the seeds of peace. Please e-mail a copy of your letters and cards to sunmntain [at] aol.com or kendramon [at] comcast.net.

Valentine Legislative Action

Send a Valentine’s Day card to your member of Congress, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein and President Obama asking them to support and the Department of Peace legislation and the Youth PROMISE Act. For the Dept. of Peace, the U.S. House bill number is HR-808; a Senate bill is still pending. For the Youth PROMISE Act, the U.S. House bill number is H.R.1064; a Senate bill is S.435.

The legislation for a U.S. Dept. of Peace calls for $10 billion dollars to reduce and prevent violence, 85% of which will be committed to addressing violence in the United States. The Youth PROMISE Act implements 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.

The United States now has the highest average incarceration rate of any nation in the world and the cost of incarceration in this country has risen to over $65 billion a year. All the credible research and evidence shows that a continuum of evidenced-based prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth will greatly reduce crime and save much more than they cost. We must engage youth in positive ways through education, after school programs, sports, as well as family and community support to keep kids away from the dangers of gangs and other violent activities. The challenges of violence demand our full resources and attention.

Shopping for Peace

Many of us shop on-line, and Valentine’s Day is not too far away. Please consider taking a few extra minutes to use the links from The Peace Alliance homepage (http://www.thepeacealliance.org) to Amazon.com and IGive.com. Without spending any more money, you can generate needed funds to support The Peace Alliance in efforts to create a culture of peace.

Nancy Merritt
Northern California State Coordinator
Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace
sunmntain [at] aol.com

Join this historic effort to create a culture of peace.

This email was sent to select members of The Peace Alliance on behalf of the Northern California Regional Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace.

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