Vote on resolution to endorse Legislative Request to Support U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015
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Resolution to Endorse Legislative Request to Support U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015

Those who attended our June 15 meeting learnt that we received a request to endorse Legislation Request in Support of The Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015 (DoP/ HR1111). Here is the request:

The California Democratic Party Executive Board is meeting August 14 – 16, 2015 in Burlingame and we are approaching the deadline for legislation requests at that upcoming meeting.

"A motion to be added as an additional endorser to the request that the Legislation Committee consider and approve CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s HR 1111, ‘The U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015,’ for a vote by the CDP Executive Board at the August 2015 meeting."  Making peacebuilding a national priority, by instituting and supporting proven violence prevention policies and programs, will save lives and money – money which can be spent on jobs, education, medical care and rebuilding the infrastructure of this country.

By voting for this motion, our club's name will be added to a list of supporters asking the CDP to endorse HR 1111, the U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015. The CDP as a whole and the Legislation Committee unanimously endorsed the 2013 version of this legislation. Chair John Burton supported an earlier version of this legislative request. 

Hundreds of CDP delegates, including State Senator Mark Leno and labor leader Delores Huerta, have signed petitions in support of this. Many CDP groups have supported Department of Peacebuilding legislation in the past, including: Regions (3, 5, 6, 8, and 18), DCCs (Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Madera, Marin, Nevada, Plumas, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma), clubs (Lake County Stonewall Democratic Club, Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club, Turlock Democratic Club) and caucuses (Veterans). For the 2013 CDP endorsement, African American Caucus Chair Darren Parker testified at the Legislation committee in support of this legislation.

Nancy Merritt
CA Democrat and Northern CA State Coordinator
The Peace Alliance/ Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding
C:  510-809-6348 
On Behalf of CA Democrats and Peace Alliance Volunteers, including
Brian Gibbs
CA Democrat and
The Peace Alliance, San Diego
Maggi Koren
CA Democrat, RN and
The Peace Alliance, Northwest CA Regional Co-coordinator
Lily Marie-Mora
CA Democrat and Nevada County DCC Member
The Peace Alliance, Northeast CA Regional Coordinator
Lorrie Norby
CA Democrat and
The Peace Alliance/ Marin County Lead
Josh Roebuck
CA Democrat and
The Peace Alliance/ Alameda County Lead
Jerilyn Stapleton
CA Democrat and ADEM 46
The Peace Alliance, Southern CA State Coordinator

Please click here for more information (PDF) on the Peacebuilding Act.

The proposed wording of our resolution:

The Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County hereby endorses the “Legislative Request Supporting a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding.”  

We support the will and intent of this request to support the U.S. Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015 and to create a culture of peace that will affect our government’s domestic and foreign polices, as well as move our country toward a peacetime economy. This legislation calls for practical and cost effective solutions to reduce and prevent violence and to promote peacebuilding in the U.S. and internationally. We understand that this comprehensive approach will proactively advocate for and utilize mediation, restorative justice, reconciliation, diplomacy, negotiation, and other peacebuilding practices to address the root causes of violence and terrorism rather than reacting to the symptoms of violence.


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Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.

Susan Peinado, Vice President
2015 Democratic Woman's Club of San Diego County, 

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