Dear Friends,

I'm writing to tell you about an exciting piece of legislation that was introduced to the House of Representatives in July, 2001 by Rep. Dennis Kucinich from Ohio. This legislation calls for the creation of a DEPARTMENT OF PEACE--a cabinet level agency dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace.

The Department of Peace would focus on nonmilitary peaceful conflict resolutions, prevent violence, and promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights. A Peace Academy, similar to the five military service academies, would be created, its graduates dispatched to troubled areas around the globe to promote nonviolent dispute resolutions.

To find out more about this legislation and the details of the Department of Peace, go to the House of Representatives site that contains more information.

I urge you to contact your House Representatives, letting them know that now, more than ever, we need to create a Department of Peace.

We need new frames of reference in order to come up with the creative solutions required for the very different world we find ourselves in today. If we had a Department of Peace, our "toolbox" would include something other than the tools of military might. How different our foreign policy might look if framed by the Secretary of Peace!

If you are looking for a PEACE ACTION, then forward this information to your friends, call your House Representatives as well as your Senators (who will see similar legislation). Let them know that a Department of Peace is a requisite for responsible government in these new times.

Kucinich's bill H.R. 2459 had 40 cosponsors included Ithaca's own Maurice Hinchey.

SPEAK OUT NOW in support of this important initiative!

best,

Anke Wessels

Executive Director
Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
tel: 607-255-5027
fax: 607-255-9885