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Prevent Violence and War: 3 Things Congress can do NOW

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Take a stand for peace by calling on Congress to do three things: Enact the Youth PROMISE Act, provide rapid response funds for international peacebuilding, and sustain the US Institute of Peace. 

Three things Congress can do now to prevent violence and war!

1. Enact the Youth PROMISE Act (HR 2721), groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation that will give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively prevent youth violence. It will set up local infrastructure to support evidence-based work on the front lines, saving lives and giving every young person the opportunity to meet his or her potential.

2. Rapid Response Funding: In late 2007, Kenya erupted into violence after disputed elections. The State Department wanted to support the African Union mediation process, but did not have unprogrammed funds available. Congress should fully fund the Complex Crises Fund at $75 million, a flexible pool of money to allow the State Department and USAID to respond quickly to emerging crises.

3. The United States Institute of Peace helps prevent and mitigate deadly conflict in places like Iraq, and by educating the U.S. public on peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Investing in USIP will help the U.S. save lives and treasure in the long-run by preventing wars rather than fighting them. Congress should fully fund USIP at $43 million.

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U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: US Congress and the President.

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Prevent Violence and War: 3 Things Congress can do Now!

Take a stand for peace by calling on Congress to do three things: Enact the Youth PROMISE Act, provide rapid response funds for international peacebuilding, and sustain the US Institute of Peace.

Here are three things Congress can do now to prevent violence and war!

I am writing to urge you to support three key measures that will help prevent violence domestically and war abroad.

Youth Violence Prevention

Enact the Youth PROMISE Act (HR 2721), bipartisan legislation that will give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively address youth violence issues by setting up local infrastructure to support effective on-the-ground work, ensuring we are saving money, lives and giving every young person the opportunity to meet his or her potential.

Provide Rapid Response Funding

In late 2007, Kenya erupted into violence after disputed elections. The State Department wanted to support the African Union mediation process, but did not have unprogrammed funds available. Congress should fully fund the Complex Crises Fund at $75 million, a flexible pool of money to allow the State Department and USAID to respond quickly to emerging crises.

Create Tools for Peace

The United States Institute of Peace advances U.S. interests by helping prevent and mitigate deadly conflict in places like Iraq, and by educating the U.S. public on peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Funding from Congress rather than private sources allows USIP to be a truly non-partisan, unbiased voices on these vital issues. Investing in USIP will help the U.S. save lives and treasure in the long-run by preventing wars rather than fighting them. Congress should fully fund USIP at $43 million.
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Sincerely,