EFFORTS TO BUILD STRUCTURES FOR CREATING WORLD PEACE
NEVER MADE IT OUT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE.
Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
On July 11, 2001—exactly two months before 9/11/2001—House Representative for Ohio, Dennis Kucinich, introduced a bill calling for the creation of a U.S. Cabinet level Department of Peace. He re-introduced this bill each year since then with a growing number of sponsors. Each year the bill was sent to Committee and has yet to be taken to the House for discussion and voting.
Americans are now finding out that the Iraq War was based on a lie. See the documentary Hubris:
Tonight (3/19/2013), on the CBS Evening News, more information about how the Iraq War could have been avoided was disclosed.
As Truth continues to tumble forth into the light of day, Americans will learn that we live in a culture of war … that all wars are based on lies, just as Rachel Maddow has begun to point out with Hubris and her an example she gave in her introduction to Hubris.
Last night (March 18, 2013), Rachel aired a report from BBC revealing how war has been used as an opportunistic tool for politicians.
In this report, we learn that President Lyndon Johnson announced near the end of his term that the way to a peace agreement regarding the Vietnam War existed. Instead, the war was prolonged for five more years.
Those who have sought to change the course of history by working for World Peace have often been silenced by various means, as Representative Kucinich’s repeated introduction of a bill calling for a Department of Peace illustrates.
I worked for Kucinich’s Presidential Campaign in 2004. I got a first hand view of how the tightly controlled mainstream media ignores some candidates and focuses on others—literally choosing our president for the people.
I spoke at Democratic Party Meetings using Kucinich’s own words and saw audiences that listened intently to his vision for America. During the speeches made by other Democratic candidates’ campaign workers, members of the audiences whispered and walked around. When I stood up and used Kucinich’s words, you could hear a pin drop; no one moved … his words touched the heart and stirred a dream of a peaceful future. They wanted Kucinich, but fell in line with the propaganda rampant in campaigns—“vote for the candidate who has the best chance of winning.” In other words, allow the mainstream media to determine the presidential candidate. And a candidate who lived and worked for “the people” was not about to be highlighted by the media. Many I talked to had never heard of Kucinich. Besides, many said: Kucinich is too short to be president. And so, the people fell into line to follow the media’s choice of president.
Into this avalanche of Truth coming forth, House Representative Barbara Lee has introduced a new bill, calling for many of the same objectives as Kucinich’s bill. Will we the people continue to behave as we have in the past … blindly supporting war rather than appear unpatriotic? … simply accepting what we are told by the media without bothering to check out the facts for ourselves? … making no effort to think for ourselves, to research for ourselves, to follow the money trail by asking, “Who will profit financially from this war?” Will we ask: What does “protect our interests” mean—who is seeking to profit?
Will we the people support Barbara Lee and her bill—whether we are a democrat or republican? Do we the people chose to work for Peace in all of its forms—to bring to an end domestic violence, public violence against women, selling children into sex slavery, violence on our streets, ending all wars? Are we tired of being lied to, sending our family members into war only to have them killed or maimed in the name of financial or political gain for those in power?
Are we willing to put differences aside and support a bill that should engender wholehearted partisan support—if our leaders are doing what we elected them to do and if we, as citizens, are behaving as members of the One Family of God. The more we study and work for peace at home, the less likely we will be to support war for any reason whatsoever. We will know that violence begets violence and only violence!
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Bill to Create Department of Peacebuilding
February 15, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C.—Today (2/15/13), Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 808, the “Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013” to create a cabinet-level Secretary and Department of Peacebuilding. The term “peacebuilding” refers both to activities that target the root causes of violence as well as the broad measures used to prevent violent conflict and create sustainable peace.
“This culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable. On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and it is far past time we address it as a nation. We invest hundreds of billions each year in the Pentagon, in war colleges, military academies, and our national defense universities all to develop war tactics and strategies. Now we need that kind of investment in peace and nonviolence here at home,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each life cut short by a homicide costs the U.S. economy $1.65 million. Worldwide, the Institute for Economics and Peace estimates that violence and conflict cost the global economy $9 trillion in 2011.
Congresswoman Lee continued, “The Department of Peacebuilding advances the good work of my friend and former colleague Congressman Kucinich and has the potential to reduce suffering on a national and global scale while saving billions of dollars through violence reduction and increased economic productivity.”
This proposed department would be charged with developing national strategies and programs for violence reduction both domestically and internationally. Working across agencies, the Secretary of Peacebuilding would sponsor conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives, facilitate peace summits between conflicting parties, encourage community policing, and support efforts by local community and religious groups to reduce gun violence, racial and ethnic violence, and prevent violence against women and LGBT Americans.
Original cosponsors include Representatives Robert Andrews, Yvette Clarke, John Conyers, Jr., Janice Hahn, James McGovern, Chellie Pingree, and Jared Polis.
Hold in your heart these words of Dennis Kucinich in his speech to the 12th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future, presented by Dennis Kucinich on February 8, 2013 in Santa Barbara, CA. Allow them to determine your actions as you consider supporting H.R. 808, the Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013.
Awarded the Gandhi Peace Award in 2003
We are in a new millennium and the time has come to review age-old challenges with new thinking wherein we can conceive of peace as not simply being the absence of violence, but the active presence of the capacity for a higher evolution of human awareness, of respect, trust and integrity, where we all may tap the infinite capabilities of humanity to transform consciousness and conditions which impel or compel violence at a personal, group, or national level toward developing a new understand of and commitment to compassion and love, in order to create a “shining city on a hill,” the light of which is the light of nations.
Out in the void I can see a soaring sun splitting the darkness. Behold the dawn of a new nation, our beloved America.
The Entire Speech May Be Found Here