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May. 30th, 2007

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Hear the Music, Be the Change!

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China Room's Song: Mortar's For Sale


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We Stick Our Hands In The Fire's Song:
Song For a Funeral


May. 20th, 2007

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The Gift of Peace in Hollywood



Peace Plays Well with Others With a world premiere performance and cross country tour of the play, The Gift of Peace, actors, activists, and a documentary film crew have come together to educate people nationwide about the non-partisan bill to create a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

“The Gift Of Peace”
By Stacey Martino, Directed by Valentino Ferreira
The Science of Mind Center of Hollywood
7677 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA
Friday June 1, Saturday June 2
Friday June 8, Saturday June 9
8:00 PM
Reservations and information: 310-364-0700
Tickets: suggested donation of $15, $8 student/senior


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[May 14, 2007]
Los Angeles, The play, The Gift of Peace has educated and inspired audiences from Phoenix to Washington DC to support non-partisan legislation currently in Congress to create a national, cabinet-level Department of Peace. Now the play has come back home to Los Angeles! There will be a two weekend run June 1,2,8,9 at 8:00 p.m. at The Science of Mind Center of Hollywood, 7677 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA. “The idea for this series of monologues grew from my belief that a Department of Peace is exactly what this country needs,” said playwright Stacey Martino. “Regardless of one’s politics, religion or race we have all experienced a moment when a deeper calling for a more peaceful world arose within us, even if only for a moment. I wrote The Gift of Peace to remind each of us to see part of ourselves in everyone, so that perhaps that moment might be extended and sustained.”

The Department of Peace and Nonviolence will be a vital part of the U.S. Federal Government that American leaders have been calling for since 1792. The primary function of the Department of Peace will be to research, articulate and facilitate proven nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict.

The Gift of Peace has traveled across country, performing the play en route to the Department of Peace Annual Conference in D.C. Stops were made in Phoenix, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Lynchburg with a final performance kicking off the Department of Peace Conference on February 2, 2007. Throughout the tour audiences were inspired, excited and moved to join in the campaign for a US Department of Peace and Non Violence.

The entire process has been documented by Emmy nominated, DGA Award winning director Tasha Oldham, whose film will explore whether everyday people can inspire a change in the direction of our country at this time in American history. The film will include interviews with Americans introduced to the concept of a Department of Peace for the first time via the play. It will explore the motivations of those already committed to passage of the legislation, and will explore the possible effects live theater might have influencing the outcome of a bill now in Congress.

For more information about the Department of Peace, please visit www.ThePeaceAlliance.org. For more information about The Gift of Peace please visit our website: www.thegiftofpeace.org
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For further information contact:
TheGiftofPeace@gmail.com

May. 1st, 2007

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Peaceful Awareness Workshop-L.A.

"PEACEFUL AWARENESS"
MAHAMUDRA MEDITATION
HALF DAY WORKSHOP

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Westside Prajnaparamita Buddhist Center
2809 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405


During this half day workshop, we will receive clear and simple instructions for recognizing and meditating upon the mind according to Buddha’s teachings of Sutra Mahamudra.  Whether you are an experienced mediator or simply want to begin a daily practice, this workshop will provide useful guidance in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 

Please RSVP by emailing: info@meditateinwestla.org

$25.  Free to Kadampa Friends.



Atisha

Apr. 21st, 2007

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Condolence Book for Virginia Tech

Please sign our Condolence Book for the students, faculty, staff, families and friends of Virginia Tech affected by this terrible tragedy and let them know that the thoughts and hearts of people all over the world are with them.

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California Postcards for Peace

Action Alert From the
California State Campaign for a Department of Peace


Postcards for PeacePOSTCARDS for PEACEPostcards to Senator Barbara Boxer

YOU CAN HELP THE BILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE!

All it takes is a postcard from YOU and your friends!
Our GOAL is to get 5,000 postcards to Senator Barbara Boxer
in the next two weeks. How many can you get? 10, 50, 100?

* Already just ONE person has inspired over three hundred postcards to be sent *

Every person makes a huge difference in this grassroots, non-partisan effort!
Thank you for joining us in our Postcards for Peace Blitz!

Here's all it takes: Buy postcards from most any store for you and your friends. . . then. . . fill them out, it's just three easy sentences, written from your heart:

  1. Describe a recent incidence of violence (e.g., school shooting, domestic violence, war, unfortunately, such incidents are frequent) that you feel most strongly about;
  2. Next, explain how a Department of Peace would help reduce or even eliminate this type of violence from occurring in the first place;
  3. Finally, ask Senator Barbara Boxer to introduce or co-sponsor the bill in the Senate
    Be sure to include your return address. Otherwise, it will be discarded. A postcard stamp is 24 cents but a first class 39 cent stamp works too!
..>..>
Address the postcard to:
Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0505

From the efforts of Danielle Gram in her high school...

Yesterday, I brought 120 pre-postmarked cards to school to try to see if any teachers would allow me to present about the Dept. of Peace in my classes. Not only did every single teacher allow me to take class time to explain the bill, teach students how to write to a senator, and ask for their future support, but all of the teachers asked me to speak to their other classes too. By the end of the day, I was already entirely out of the 120 cards,...so I went to get more. These teens all have something powerful to say and are desperately asking Senator Boxer for her support.

If one teen can get 300 postcards sent how many can you get??

YOUR VOICE COUNTS


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Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace

"I cannot tell you with what weapons mankind would fight WW3, but I can assure you that WW4 would be fought with sticks and stones."

~ Albert Einstein

There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a United States Department of Peace. This historic measure will augment our current problem-solving options, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict.

The legislation will pass from bill to law under one condition: that a wave of citizen interest rise up from the American people and make itself heard in the halls of Congress.

During the 20th Century, over 100 million people lost their lives to war -- most of whom were non-combatants. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, the extent and current speed of nuclear proliferation makes the achievement of non-violent alternatives to war the most urgent need of the human race.

 
 A Department of Peace will work to:
 
-- Provide much-needed assistance to efforts by city, county, and state governments in coordinating existing programs; as well as develop new programs based on best practices nationally

-- Teach violence prevention and mediation to America's school children

-- Effectively treat and dismantle gang psychology

-- Rehabilitate the prison population

-- Build peace-making efforts among conflicting cultures both here and abroad

-- Support our military with complementary approaches to peace-building.

-- Create and administer a U.S. Peace Academy, acting as a sister organization to the U.S. Military Academy.

-- And more…

 



From the growing rate of domestic incarceration to increasing problems of international violence, the United States has no more serious problem in our midst than the problem of violence itself. Prison-building is our largest urban industry, and we spend over 400 billion dollars a year on military-related expenditures. Yet there is within the workings of the U.S. government, no platform from which to seriously wage peace. We place no institutional heft behind an effort to address the causal issues of violence, diminishing its psychological force before it erupts into material conflict. From child abuse to genocide, from the murder of one to the slaughter of thousands, it is increasingly senseless to merely wait until violence has erupted before addressing the deeper well from which it springs.

The problem of violence is a many layered one, and its solution will be, as well. While no one action -- governmental or otherwise -- will provide a single solution to such an entrenched and deeply rooted problem, we must treat the problem itself as an all-systems breakdown requiring an all-systems response.

The campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace is only one aspect of a fundamental response to the problem of violence, but it is critical. It represents an important collective effort, as American citizens, to do everything we possibly can to save the world for our children's children.

Throughout America, there are countless peace-builders and peace-building projects. Those skilled in ameliorating the effects of violence - from conflict resolution experts to nonviolent communicators - have proven their effectiveness at treating root causes of violence. Peace is more than the absence of war; it is a positive state of being predicated on the presence of a peaceful heart. The mission of the Peace Alliance is to move this realization from the margins of our political dialogue to its rightful, central place within our national understanding. The humanitarian impulse to foster brotherhood and justice is not just an utopian ideal; it is an issue critical to our national security.

Domestically, the Department of Peace will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. Internationally, the Department will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations.

The Peace Alliance educates and inspires thousands throughout the country with the knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to become powerful citizen activists on behalf of the Department of Peace legislation. Our campaign has citizen organizers working in all 50 states. Local activists are mobilizing a mighty wave of momentum by working with their members of congress, writing editorials, doing local radio and TV interviews, organizing local talks and trainings, getting city council endorsements, visiting with Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, Military Officials, Prison Officials, Directors of Abuse Shelters, School Boards, etc. to share and discuss how a Department of Peace would benefit their community.  
 
 


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