Mar 1, 2011 — Update from our friends at "Alliance for Peacebuilding"
Thanks to our friends on Capitol Hill, we now know that a group of six senators (3 Democrats and 3 Republicans) are trying to craft a bill that will reduce the deficit while preserving those programs and services that must be saved. They need to know that USIP and other peacebuilding programs must be saved and even expanded. However, since peace parts aren’t manufactured in every congressional district and state - the way tanks and fighter jets are - they may find USIP to be an easy target.
These six senators could well determine the future of peacebuilding in America: Mark Warner (D-VA), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dennis Durbin (D-IL), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Mike Crapo (R-ID). Please reach out to each one of these senators and let them know that building peace is a national priority, that it helps make the dreadful costs of war less likely, and that the American public cares. Just dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask for their office.
You don’t have to live in their state to call. At this stage, they are making crucial decisions that impact everyone everywhere, and you have a right to be heard. Do it today. Tomorrow may be to late. A quick, short call and email message is all it takes to make a difference. They just need to know there IS a constituency that cares and that America’s global reputation - as well as its security – is at stake.