There is currently no organized approach by the U.S. government that aims at creating nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict. A violent response to violence should always be our last resort, which is difficult in the absence of a sophisticated, well-funded strategy for peace. While certain applications of brute force "from prisons to war" are arguably necessary, as a nation we should still be actively involved in a search for their ultimate end.
By empowering citizens to advocate for peace, we create a ripple effect throughout society, expanding the understanding of the efficacy and value of peacebuilding as well as engaging citizens in becoming active in the political process. Peace becomes a national goal to which we aspire and a skill that we can all attain.