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.