Saturday, June 10, 2006

EXCITING NEWS FROM PEACE ALLIANCE & US DEPT OF PEACE CAMPAIGN - Seven New Co-Sponsors in the House of Representatives!!!

Amazing news! On June 7th, http://thomas.loc.gov/ (Library of Congress), the official government website on congressional legislation, listed seven NEW co-sponsors for the Department of Peace! This brings our total number of co-sponsors to 71 in the House of Representatives. This is indeed wonderful news. Congratulations go out to everyone who worked with us on our Mother's Day campaign, visiting most of these members offices, and to the thousands who called and wrote encouraging support. Our efforts, along with those of Congressman Kucinich, continue to pay off! Here is a list of the new co-sponsors. Please take a few moments to contact these members to say thank you.

Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] -- (202) 225-6501
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] -- (202) 225-1313
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] -- (202) 225-2265
Rep Millender-McDonald, Juanita [CA-37] -- (202) 225-7924
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] -- (202) 225-4376
Rep Green, Al [TX-9] -- (202) 225-7508
Rep Clyburn, James E. [SC-6] -- (202) 225-3315

New Mexico Town Lobbies for Federal 'Peace Department'
Thursday, May 25, 2006
SILVER CITY, N.M. — The Silver City Town Council has adopted a resolution calling for the federal government to form a U.S. Department of Peace. The council voted 3-1 Tuesday night in favor of the resolution, which asks Congress to establish a Cabinet-level department geared toward peaceful resolution of conflicts around the world. A supporter of the resolution argued that the council should consider measures that aren't focused strictly on local issues.

"A lot of polls lately show people have lost faith in the upper levels of government," Larry Weiss of Silver City said. "The one government body that's retained trust is the local body." The resolution encourages Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. — whose district includes Silver City — to sign on as sponsors of a measure introduced in Congress last year for a Department of Peace. The resolution says such a department will benefit the community "by holding peace as an organizing principle for the American society, which will change the tone of society" and by development programs that will lead to changes in domestic violence and violence with guns, in schools and against minority groups.

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