U.S. Department of Peace
    True peace is not merely the absence of tension, but [the] presence of justice and brotherhood. —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1961 [1]
In September 2005, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will re-introduce a bill to create a U.S. Department of Peace. This bill establishes nonviolence as an organizing principle of American society by focusing on nonmilitary, peaceful conflict resolution, violence prevention, and creating the conditions of a more peaceful world—for example, justice, democracy, and human rights. The Department would provide the President with an array of options for formulating peace-building domestic and international policies.
In 2003 the bill [text] was cosponsored by 52 Congesspersons including just one from WA State, Jim McDermott.

OMJP joins Amnesty International, Global Exchange, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Peace Action, N.O.W., Veterans for Peace, Tikkun and others to support the campaign for a Department of Peace.

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Dennis Kucinich on Department of Peace
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Letter by Dennis Mills to The Olympian, 10 April 2005
Peace Alliance
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Resolution, Detroit City Council

    I still have a dream that one day the idle industries of Appalachia will be revitalized, and the empty stomachs of Mississippi will be filled, and brotherhood will be more than a few words at the end of a prayer, but rather the first order of business on every legislative agenda. —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 [2]

[1] Address to annual meeting of Fellowship of the Concerned, 16 November 1961. Reprinted in A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speechs of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ed. James Melvin Washington, HarperSanFrancisco, 1986, 50-51.

[2] Sermon on peace given at Ebenezer Baptist Church, aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Christmas Eve, 1967. A Testament of Hope, 258.

another world is possible . . .