Sunday, January 11, 2009

“New Yorkers for a Dept of Peace” City Council Resolution Committee mission and history

Councilmember Rosie Mendez first introduced the Department of Peace Resolution on November 29, 2006 with a press conference on the steps of City Hall. Resolution 627 is in support of legislation (HR 808) currently in the U.S. Congress, which would establish a Department of Peace in the Federal government. As of today, there are fifteen co-sponsors of this important Resolution. Since November 2006 several U.S. cities have successfully passed a Department of Peace Resolution … Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Portland. These cities recognize that a Federal Department of Peace would benefit their communities in many ways. At present there are 35+ cities whose local governing bodies have passed similar legislation. This represents more than 12 million U.S. citizens. NYDoP CCR Committee finds this fact to be quite inspiring and we continue to strive towards New York City's residents joining those ranks!

We are looking for volunteers to help us in this quest, and urge you to call or write your City Council member about Resolution 627. We are striving for a hearing within the City Council “Cultural Affairs” committee and then on to a final vote. Please click on http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml to obtain contact info for your City Council member and have them request a hearing on Resolution 627 in the Cultural Affairs committee.

Let us work together, peacefully, in making this a reality. Thank you and be peace.

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