Save the United States Institute of Peace - House Voted to Cut All Funding!

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Sidney Peck
10 years ago
I am honored to sign the petition and to publicly show my support for it.

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Nancy Clipper
10 years ago
Please do the right and moral thing.

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Peace Geek
10 years ago
VICTORY: Congress votes to fund USIP in FY 2011!

The House and Senate voted to fund the United States Institute of Peace throughout the rest of this fiscal year and the president is expected to sign soon. Despite a February House vote to zero out funding for the USIP, the Institute’s work will carry on.

Thank you for being a part of this campaign to save the Institute’s valuable work and mission!

Because of our shared work the new USIP headquarters will continue to stand as a beacon of hope from across the Lincoln Memorial. The Institute will continue to provide the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts. And events will carry forward like yesterday’s on “Political Transitions in Afghanistan,” and last week’s with former Israeli President Shimon Peres. The hundreds of Institute peacebuilding experts will continue to lead our nation to be even better at making peace than at making war.

Together, we generated over 38,000 messages to Congress and the President from the 9,400 plus people who signed our petition, and made countless phone calls to Congress. With your support, we delivered petition signatures to over 40 key Senate offices. Together, our message got through: Saving USIP is essential for our national security and our commitment to global peacebuilding.

Through this shared challenge, our community grew stronger. We were part of a strong group of organizations who rallied together: from the Alliance for Peacebuilding, National Peace Academy, the Friends Committee on National Legislation and many others. From General Zinni, to Senator Leahy, and Secretary Clinton many leaders stood with us. And our friends at Ben & Jerry’s and Yoko Ono helped immensely with their tweets and posts. Today we celebrate this victory!

And as we celebrate we know that soon the FY 2012 budget negotiations will again likely call into question both investing in the work of peacebuilding, and investing in USIP. It is sobering to consider the extent of cuts made to several programs that support domestic and international peacebuilding, just in this budget deal. Indeed we must remain vigilant and double-down in our advocacy for continued and growing investments in this field.

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in gratitude,

-Aaron

“For everything that matters, Carry on!” -Peter, Paul, and Mary

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Anne Schneller
10 years ago
If we are continuing to spend billions on military actions around the world, let's also spend some money on institutes that promote PEACE!

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nancy albert
10 years ago
Stop spending so much on war, and start spending more on creating peace. Why are we spending money on destruction? No one wants that. No one benefits. Well, i guess the arms dealers benefit and the businesses that make money on blood. But peace is a much better investment for everyone else.
Well, i certainly don't trust the US Senate to do this. America seems addicted to war, hate, and ignorance now. America doesn't look brave anymore. it just looks like a belligerent bully. I doubt it can ever regain its reputation and stature. Its become the world's meathead.

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Denise Haynes
10 years ago
Please continue to fund the U.S. Institute of Peace and allow our nation to continue to be a beacon for peace and non-violent communications between people and governments.

As necessary as it is to defend our country and its principles, it is necessary to exemplify them as well.

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Hannah Seligmann
10 years ago
THINK TWICE !!!!! CUTTING PEACE??!! WHAT MESSAGE DOES THAT SEND !

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Zarrin Caldwell
10 years ago
Throwing money at 11 agencies that do intelligence work and not funding the USIP at a miniscule amount is very short-sighted and will make us look very bad with our allies and global partners.

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Paula Holmes-Eber
10 years ago
As the Professor of Operational Culture at Marine Corps University, I know the importance of organizations that understand and research ways to solve conflict without war. Contrary to popular opinion most military service members would prefer not to solve problems by kinetic means. The USIP is a key member in efforts to provide non-kinetic solutions to complex conflict situations. Saving money by cutting this program will only cost the US Millions of dollars by using more expensive kinetic solutions involving costly technology and loss of lives.

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Jules Cohen
10 years ago
Planet Peace Affliates supports the Institute of Peace.