On Saturday, March 5th, from 3 to 5 P.M. Representative James McGovern will be at First Parish in Concord to talk about his support for legislation to establish a Cabinet Level U.S. Department of Peace. As one of the 54 co-sponsors of H.R.1673, a bill submitted by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich in 2001 and 2003, Representative McGovern will speak on the importance of this legislation.
The Department, with funding at 2% of the Department of Defense budget, would focus on nonmilitary peaceful conflict resolutions, prevent violence and promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights. Domestically, the Department would be responsible for developing policies which address issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, mistreatment of the elderly, and other issues of cultural violence. Internationally, the Department would gather research, analyze foreign policy and make recommendations to the President on how to address the root causes of war and intervene before violence begins, while improving national security, including the protection of human rights and the prevention and de-escalation of unarmed and armed international conflict. read more »