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A Message From John Hagelin
Rep. Kucinich Introduces Bill To Create Department Of Peace

Dear Friend,

Today we have a remarkable opportunity to help create a more secure foundation for national and global peace.

On April 8, 2003, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced H.R. 1673 (first introduced July 11, 2001) in the U.S. House of Representatives—legislation that would create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace dedicated to peaceful, nonviolent conflict resolution at both domestic and international levels. The Department of Peace would serve to promote non-violence as an organizing principle in our society, and help to create the conditions for a more peaceful world.

Domestically, the Department would be responsible for developing policies which address issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and mistreatment of the elderly. Internationally, the Department would analyze foreign policy and make recommendations to the President on matters pertaining to national security, including the protection of human rights and the prevention and de-escalation of unarmed and armed international conflict.

The Department would also have an Office of Peace Education that would work with educators in elementary, secondary and universities in the development and implementation of curricula to instruct students in peaceful conflict resolution skills. In addition, a Peace Academy, modeled after the military service academies, would be established to provide instruction in peace education and offer opportunities for graduates to serve in programs dedicated to domestic or international nonviolent conflict resolution.

Since its inception in 1992, the Natural Law Party and I have advocated the use of proven, peace-promoting technologies to help neutralize international tensions and conflict and to promote stability and harmony within the family of nations. Similarly, we have advocated the creation of a "prevention wing" in the military—a true peacekeeping force trained to diffuse regional tensions among warring factions, using proven nonviolent methods of conflict resolution, and to preserve and strengthen national and international peace.

Rep. Kucinich’s bill (H.R. 1673), which already has 49 congressional cosponsors, opens the door for the realization of these long-standing Natural Law Party goals.

Rep. Kucinich strongly supports the Natural Law Party platform, and I have strongly endorsed his 2004 presidential campaign. He is our nation’s true presidential peace candidate. For many years he has been in close touch with me, and the wording of his peace legislation reflects our ongoing conversations.

PLEASE HELP ENSURE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1673 SO THAT PEACE CAN BECOME A REALITY IN OUR TIME. PLEASE ACT TODAY!

With all best wishes,

John Hagelin, Ph.D.
2000 Presidential candidate, Natural Law Party

ACTION STEPS

Please contact your Representative immediately and strongly encourage him or her to support H.R. 1673.

Just call the national Capitol switchboard at 1-202-225-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative. You can also email your Representative directly from

http://www.house.gov/writerep

If your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1673 (see below), please contact him or her to offer your thanks and support for this decision.

For a short summary of H.R. 1673, see below or click here.

For a list of all 49 congressional cosponsors, see below or click here.

For the full text of H.R. 1673, please go to http://thomas.loc.gov, type in “HR 1673” next to “Bill Number,” and click on “Search.”

For additional ways to support this legislation, please click here.

Thank you very much for your timely action in the cause of peace.

Summary of Department of Peace Legislation

Legislation introduced by Congressman Dennis Kucinich to create a Department of Peace includes the following:

  • Establish a cabinet-level department in the executive branch of the Federal Government dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace.
  • Headed by a Secretary of Peace, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  • The mission of the Department shall: hold peace as an organizing principle; endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; strengthen nonmilitary means of peacemaking; promote the development of human potential; work to create peace, prevent violence, divert from armed conflict and develop new structures in nonviolent dispute resolution; and take a proactive, strategic approach in the development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict and structured mediation of conflict.
  • The Department will create and establish a Peace Academy, modeled after the military service academies, which will provide a 4 year concentration in peace education. Graduates will be required to serve 5 years in public service in programs dedicated to domestic or international nonviolent conflict resolution.
  • The principal officers of the Department, in addition to the Secretary of Peace will include; the Under Secretary of Peace; the Assistant Secretary for Peace Education and Training; the Assistant Secretary for Domestic Peace Activities, the Assistant Secretary for International Peace Activities; the Assistant Secretary for Technology for Peace; the Assistant Secretary for Arms Control and Disarmament; the Assistant Secretary for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution; the Assistant Secretary for Human and Economic Rights; and a General Counsel.
  • The first day of each year, January 1st will be designated as Peace Day in the United States and all citizens should be encouraged to observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace in the coming year

Cosponsors (49)

Rep Abercrombie, Neil - 4/8/2003 [HI-1]
Rep Baldwin, Tammy - 4/8/2003 [WI-2]
Rep Brown, Sherrod - 4/8/2003 [OH-13]
Rep Carson, Julia - 4/8/2003 [IN-7]
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy - 4/8/2003 [MO-1]
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. - 4/8/2003 [MI-14]
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. - 4/8/2003 [MD-7]
Rep Davis, Danny K. - 4/8/2003 [IL-7]
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - 4/8/2003 [OR-4]
Rep Evans, Lane - 4/8/2003 [IL-17]
Rep Farr, Sam - 4/8/2003 [CA-17]
Rep Filner, Bob - 4/8/2003 [CA-51]
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. - 4/8/2003 [AZ-7]
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. - 4/8/2003 [IL-4]
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 4/8/2003 [NY-22]
Rep Holt, Rush D. - 6/10/2003 [NJ-12]
Rep Honda, Michael M. - 4/8/2003 [CA-15]
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. - 4/8/2003 [IL-2]
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila - 4/8/2003 [TX-18]
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice - 4/8/2003 [TX-30]
Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs - 4/8/2003 [OH-11]
Rep Lee, Barbara - 4/8/2003 [CA-9]
Rep Lewis, John - 4/8/2003 [GA-5]
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. - 4/8/2003 [NY-14]
Rep McDermott, Jim - 4/8/2003 [WA-7]
Rep McGovern, James P. - 4/8/2003 [MA-3]
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. - 4/8/2003 [NY-6]
Rep Miller, George - 4/8/2003 [CA-7]
Rep Nadler, Jerrold - 4/8/2003 [NY-8]
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes - 5/6/2003 [DC]
Rep Oberstar, James L. - 4/8/2003 [MN-8]
Rep Olver, John W. - 4/8/2003 [MA-1]
Rep Owens, Major R. - 4/8/2003 [NY-11]
Rep Payne, Donald M. - 4/8/2003 [NJ-10]
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II - 4/8/2003 [WV-3]
Rep Rangel, Charles B. - 4/8/2003 [NY-15]
Rep Ryan, Timothy J. - 4/8/2003 [OH-17]
Rep Sanders, Bernard - 4/8/2003 [VT]
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 4/8/2003 [IL-9]
Rep Scott, Robert C. - 4/8/2003 [VA-3]
Rep Serrano, Jose E. - 4/8/2003 [NY-16]
Rep Solis, Hilda L. - 4/8/2003 [CA-32]
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete - 4/8/2003 [CA-13]
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. - 7/21/2003 [MS-2]
Rep Towns, Edolphus - 4/8/2003 [NY-10]
Rep Udall, Mark - 4/8/2003 [CO-2]
Rep Waters, Maxine - 4/8/2003 [CA-35]
Rep Watson, Diane E. - 4/8/2003 [CA-33]
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 4/8/2003 [CA-6]
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