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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Department of Peacebuilding Act 2013(U.S. Cong. Lee) takes up Dept of Peace Act 2011(fmr Cong. Kucinich)

Recognizing the links: U.S. violence at home, U.S. violence abroad
Seeking change in ethos and action: violence to nonviolence
Editing, re-reporting by 
Carolyn Bennett

Department of Peace to Department of Peace building

This week U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, carrying the torch for peace launched two years ago by former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich with 63 cosponsors (H.R.808 “Department of Peace Act of 2011”), introduced H.R. 808, the “Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013”

The term “peacebuilding,” in the context of this bill, refers to “activities that target root causes of violence and broad measures used to prevent violent conflict and create sustainable peace.”

U.S. Congresswoman
Barbara Lee
latest action
Department of Peace building

n introducing the “Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013,” Representative Barbara Lee said, “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 culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable,” the congresswoman said. “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.”

Congresswomen Lee & Woolsey
This proposed Department of Peacebuilding and its Secretary, says the congresswoman’s press release, will have the responsibilities of ─

Developing national strategies and programs for violence reduction both domestically and internationally

Working across agencies

Sponsoring conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives

Facilitating peace summits between conflicting parties

Encouraging community policing

Supporting efforts by local community and religious groups to reduce gun violence, racial and ethnic violence and prevent violence against women and LGBT Americans

Among the bill’s sponsors are U.S. Representatives Robert Andrews, Yvette Clarke, John Conyers Jr., Janice Hahn, James McGovern, Chellie Pingree, and Jared Polis.

previous action
Dennis Kucinich
Department of Peace

H.R.808: Department of Peace Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (63)
Major Status Action: 3/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management.

Congressional Research Service reports
Bill (introduced) Summary February 18, 2011

he Department of Peace Act of 2011 would have established a Department of Peace headed by a Secretary of Peace (Secretary); its mission the ─

Cultivation of peace as a national policy objective

Development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful conflict resolution, and structured conflict mediation

The Department of Peace Act of 2011 proposal would have established within the Department of Peace the offices of:

Peace Education and Training

Domestic Peace Activities

International Peace Activities

Technology for Peace

Arms Control and Disarmament

Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

Human Rights and Economic Rights

Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Peace

The original proposal “directs the Secretary of Defense (DOD) and Secretary of State to consult with Secretary [Secretary of Peace] concerning nonviolent means of conflict resolution when a conflict between the United States and any other government or entity is imminent or occurring.”

It “transfers to the Department [of Peace] the functions, assets, and personnel of various federal agencies; establishes the Federal Interagency Committee on Peace; and directs the Secretary [of Peace] to encourage citizens to celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace on a Peace Day.”

Supporters of H.R.808: Department of Peace Act of 2011 (63 cosponsors)

Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 7/28/2011; Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 2/18/2011; Rep Bass, Karen [CA-33] - 8/2/2012; Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 2/18/2011; Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] - 4/19/2012 ; Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] - 7/21/2011; Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] - 8/2/2012 ; Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 4/19/2012; Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 7/28/2011; Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 4/19/2012; Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 2/18/2011; Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 7/28/2011; Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 4/19/2012; Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 5/26/2011; Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 2/18/2011

Congresswoman Lee - left
fmr Congressman Kucinich - 2nd from right
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 8/2/2012; Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 3/29/2011; Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 2/18/2011; Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 5/26/2011; Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] - 8/2/2012; Rep Green, Al [TX-9] - 4/19/2012; Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 5/17/2012; Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-36] - 12/1/2011; Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 5/17/2012; Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 4/19/2012; Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 4/19/2012; Rep Holt, Rush [NJ-12] - 7/28/2011; Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 3/1/2011; Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 3/1/2011; Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 4/17/2012; Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] - 8/2/2012; Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 7/20/2011; Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 7/28/2011; Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 7/28/2011; Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 4/19/2012

Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 2/18/2011; Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 2/18/2011; Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 8/2/2012; Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 6/1/2011; Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 7/28/2011; Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 7/28/2011; Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 7/6/2011; Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 2/18/2011; Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 8/2/2012

Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 9/9/2011; Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 2/18/2011
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 2/18/2011; Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] - 5/5/2011; Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 2/18/2011; Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 5/8/2012; Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] - 4/17/2012; Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] - 8/2/2012; Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 4/19/2012; 

Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 8/2/2012; Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 4/19/2012
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 7/28/2011; Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 9/20/2011; Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 2/18/2011; Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 8/2/2012; Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 3/29/2011; Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 8/2/2012; Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 2/18/2011; Rep Wu, David [OR-1] - 3/2/2011

Sources and notes

Department of Peacebuilding Act 2013

“Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Bill to Create Department of Peacebuilding” (Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 808, the “Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013” to create a cabinet-level Secretary and Department of Peacebuilding), February 15, 2013Issues: Global Peace & Security; Follow Barbara Lee on Facebook and Twitter @RepBarbaraLee. To learn more, visit lee.house.gov.

According to the U.S. 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.


U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-California) has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since April 7, 1998, the 105th Congress. Before entering the U.S. House, she was a member of the California state assembly (1991-1997) and a member of the California State Senate (1997-1998). In earlier years, she worked on the staff of former U. S. Representative Ron Dellums.

Congresswoman Lee took her academic credentials at Mills College (B.A., Oakland) and University of California (Master’s, Berkeley). http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=L000551

Department of Peace Act 2011

Bill Summary & Status, 112th Congress (2011 - 2012), H.R.808, CRS Summary
Co-sponsors of Department of Peace Act as introduced by former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:72:./temp/~bdIQok:@@@P


Former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was a member of the U.S. Congress from January 3, 1997 until January 3, 2013 (the 105th and seven succeeding Congresses). Before entering to the U.S. Congress, Congressman Kucinich was a member of the Cleveland City Council (1969-1973, 1983); Clerk of Courts (Cleveland, 1975); Cleveland Mayor (1977-1979); Member of the Ohio State Senate (1995-1996). In 2008, he was a candidate in the campaign for the U.S. presidency.

Kucinich took his academic baccalaureate and master’s credentials at Case Western Reserve University. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000336



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From punitive to restorative

War-making to peacebuilding

Incarceration to prevention & intervention

Bullying to conflict resolution education

Stress to inner peace


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