Use your Voice to Make Peace a Priority
Participate in our Annual Mother’s Day Campaign
Long to see more peaceful responses to the collective challenges we face?
Want to help shift our culture away from overly punitive and militaristic policies, towards those that promote harmony, understanding and implement peacebuilding?
Join our 9th annual “Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie” Mother’s Day Campaign!
Drop off a Peace Pie or set up a meeting with your elected officials!
One of the most powerful things you can do to create social change is to visit your elected representatives’ offices. Urge them to get behind an issue you care about. Most great social advancements in our society have come about because people who cared, average constituents, made their voices heard and committed themselves to making their cause a higher priority.
It will take many devoted citizens, promoting proactive, restorative solutions — and pushing our government to listen to its constituents to shift our nation’s priorities toward peace.
While in office, Presidents Obama, Clinton and many others, have urged citizens to engage, saying that they cannot make the kinds of changes they want and know they need to make until the citizenry speaks loudly enough to allow them to take bolder positions.
Peacebuilding should be our first response, not shuffled off to the corners as it is now.
Join people across the country this May 10th and visit your local Congressional offices with Mother’s Day pies >>
Bring a message that peace, and in particular the work of peacebuilding, wants a more prominent seat at the table of power.
You can either set up a meeting to talk with your elected official’s local staff, or simply drop off some of the finely-tuned materials you can print from our website, along with a pie.
Help make a difference with the Youth PROMISE Act, a powerful model for peacebuilding in our own hardest hit communities. Let’s honor our mothers by caring for America’s children who are in most need of support.
Share why you’d like to see something at the level of a Department of Peacebuilding, where our nation organizes around the principles and practices of peace.
Tell them you want our current government peacebuilding agencies, like the U.S. Institute of Peace, The State Department’s Conflict Stabilization Operations Bureau, and the Complex Crises Fund to receive the level of funding they deserve.
Make your voice heard!
“One of the reasons it’s easy to get co-sponsors [in congress] is many people, when I say ‘Youth PROMISE Act,’ say ‘oh, I’ve heard about that from my constituents, sign me up.’ … The Peace Alliance, talking to their local Members of Congress and hopefully their U.S. Senators, are making the fact that we are getting co-sponsors… much more likely. We really appreciate the support.”
~Congressman Bobby Scott, comments after a previous Mother’s Day campaign,
when the House bill jumped from approx. 100 co-sponsors to over 200 in a period of a few weeks.
You do not need to be an expert! Being willing to go visit, bringing material on the issues, will have an important impact. And, if you can have a few friends join, you will maximize your effort. We will coach and provide you with everything you need. We’ve helped organize hundreds of these meetings and drop-offs. Many people have arranged and carried out meetings with no prior experience.
And yet, over the years, our efforts have made a significant difference. We have helped increase co-sponsors, awareness, and knowledge of the need for more peacebuilding investment.
We will help you do it.
Let’s change the world together!
President, The Peace Alliance
P.S. You can review our tips and tools here to learn more.
MOTHERS DAY & PEACE
In the 1800’s, Julia Ward Howe, original advocate for “Mother’s Day” and writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” nursed and tended the wounded during the civil war. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle. The devastation she witnessed called her to “rise up through the ashes and devastation” calling out for a day dedicated to peace: Mother’s Day. In her various social capacities Julia tirelessly worked for justice throughout her life.
Read more about the history of Mother’s Day including the full Mother’s Day proclamation Julia wrote.