Subj: USA Dept. of PEACE
Date: 10/17/01 10:58:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time

(My God ... Can this be for REAL ???  Love, L.)

From: "QUESTOR" To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
>Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 20:36:25 -0700
>   On July 11, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio)
>introduced legislation in the U.S. House of
>Representatives to create a Department of Peace--a
>cabinet-level agency dedicated to peacemaking and
>the study of conditions conducive to both domestic and
>international peace.  The Department of Peace would
>focus on nonmilitary peaceful conflict resolutions,
>prevent violence, and promote justice and democratic
>principles to expand human rights. A Peace Academy,
>similar to the five military service academies, would
>be created, its graduates dispatched to troubled areas
>around the globe to promote nonviolent dispute
>   Rep. Kucinich's bill (H.R. 2459), which already has
>38 congressional cosponsors, opens the door for the
>realization of these long-standing goals.  Rep.
>Kucinich has also sponsored two bills on genetically
>engineered foods, one for labeling and one for
>testing.  As he introduced H.R. 2459, Rep. Kucinich
>commented, "The time for peace is now. Peace is
>not only the absence of violence, but the presence
>of a higher evolution of human awareness with respect,
>trust and integrity toward humankind."
>   Please contact your Representative immediately and
>strongly encourage him or her to support H.R. 2459.
>Just call the national Capitol switchboard
>at 1-202-225-3121 and ask to speak to your
>Representative. You can also email your Representative
>directly from  If your
>Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2459 (see list below)
>please contact him or her to offer your thanks and support
>for this decision. We also urge you to send your
>congratulations and support to Rep. Kucinich at
> (just
>scroll to the bottom of the page). You can also find
>out more about the Department of Peace at this site.
>Although the Senate version of H.R. 2459 has not yet
>been introduced, you may also contact your Senators
>and urge them to become familiar with and support this
>legislation. To obtain email addresses, mailing
>addresses, and phone numbers for your Senators, just
>go to
> to
>link to your Senators' websites.
>   A summary of H.R. 2459 is given below. For the full
>text of the bill, please visit
> and
>type in H.R. 2459 under Search Bill Text #2, Bill Number.
>   SUMMARY of H.R. 2459
>   Establishes a Department of Peace, which shall be
>headed by a Secretary of Peace appointed by the President,
>with the advice and consent of the Senate.
>   Sets forth the mission of the Department, including to:
>(1) hold peace as an organizing principle;
>(2) endeavor to promote justice and democratic
>         principles to expand human rights; and
>(3) develop policies that promote national and
>         international conflict prevention,
>         nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful
>         resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of
>         conflict.
>   Establishes in the Department the Intergovernmental
>Advisory Council on Peace, which shall provide assistance
>and make recommendations to the Secretary and the President
>concerning intergovernmental policies relating
>to peace and nonviolent conflict resolution.
>   Transfers to the Department the functions, assets,
>and personnel of various Federal agencies.
>   Establishes a Federal Interagency Committee on Peace.
>   Establishes Peace Day. Urges all citizens to observe
>and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to
>create peace on such day.
>   Rep. Farr, Sam (D-CA)
>   Rep. Filner, Bob (D-CA)
>   Rep. Honda, Michael M. (D-CA)
>   Rep. Lee, Barbara (D-CA)
>   Rep. Solis, Hilda L. (D-CA)
>   Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete (D-CA)
>   Rep. Waters, Maxine (D-CA)
>   Rep. Watson, Diane E. (D-CA)
>   Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C. (D-CA)
>   Rep. Udall, Mark (D-CO)
>   Rep. Lewis, John (D-GA)
>   Rep. McKinney, Cynthia A. (D-GA)
>   Rep. Davis, Danny K. (D-IL)
>   Rep. Evans, Lane (D-IL)
>   Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. (D-IL)
>   Rep. Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. (D-IL)
>   Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. (D-IL)
>   Rep. Carson, Julia (D-IN)
>   Rep. McGovern, James P. (D-MA)
>   Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. (D-MI)
>   Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy (D-MO)
>   Rep. Holt, Rush D. (D-NJ)
>   Rep. Payne, Donald M. (D-NJ)
>   Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. (D-NY)
>   Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. (D-NY)
>   Rep. Nadler, Jerrold (D-NY)
>   Rep. Owens, Major R. (D-NY)
>   Rep. Serrano, Jose E. (D-NY)
>   Rep. Towns, Edolphus (D-NY)
>   Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. (D-NY)
>   Rep. Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)
>   Rep. Jones, Stephanie Tubbs (D-OH)
>   Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. (D-OR)
>   Rep. Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D-TX)
>   Rep. Scott, Robert C. (D-VA)
>   Rep. Sanders, Bernard (I-VT)
>   Rep. Baird, Brian (D-WA)
>   Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II (D-WV)
>SEE :
>I encourage you to review the Department of Peace legislation and share
>with me any comments you have on the legislation.
>What Can You Do To Help
>   a.. Hold "Teach-Ins" on the Issue of Peace. Holding a public "Teach-In"
>on the issue of peace and non-violence is a great way to get your community
>to debate the issues. You can do this by inviting a public official,
>religious leaders, educators, heads of organizations or local community
>leaders who have contributed to promoting peace and justice.
>   b.. Contact your state representatives, city council, mayor and ask them
>to sponsor a resolution that promotes peace and justice on the local,
>national and international levels.
>   c.. Write an opinion-editorial for your local paper and get it
>published, emphasizing the importance of local communities making efforts
>towards encouraging peace, tolerance and understanding.
>   d.. Join an organization that has a campaign on the issue of peace and
>work with them, or start your own organization.
>   e.. Circulate a petition to a local leader encourage them to keep the
>issue of peace and understanding on the local agenda.
>   f.. Organize a peace rally to bring the issue of peace to the forefront
>of local community leaders and elected officials.
>   g.. Organize a booth or a display case at local events. Your local
>library or community center are great places to set up an eye catching
>display about an issue that is important to you. Or you may want to reserve
>a booth at a highly attended event such as a concert, local sports event,
>rallies or community picnics.