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The Peace Alliance

January 2012 eNewsletter

Dear Ingrid,

If you haven't been following us on Facebook and Twitter, below are some informative, fun and inspiring items you might be missing out on.  You can sign up to follow us now by clicking "Like" on Facebook, and "Follow" on Twitter.  Keep up to date on the latest!

Some of the buzz in the peace world is included below:  Stats confirming what we know -- research shows that 39 cents of every dollar goes to pay for past or current wars and military, and that preventing war is 60 times cheaper than fighting war;  on the inner peace and well-being front -- the Winter of Wellness virtual summit is underway, bringing together people across the country to improve their wellbeing as the new year rolls on; plus, peacebuilding columnist Michael Shank shares 8 essential ingredients for a peaceful society.  Read below for much more!

Hope you are well,
Matthew Albracht
And all of us at The Peace Alliance

Preventing War is 60 Times Cheaper than Fighting It

Research has indicated that investing early to prevent conflicts from escalating into violent crises is, on average, 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts. Still, the world spends just $1 on conflict prevention for every $1,885 it spends on military budgets. Here in the U.S., less than 2% of income tax goes to civilian foreign affairs agencies; meanwhile, 39% goes to the military. And though taxpayers provide almost $1 billion per year for military academies, they pay only about $40 million for the United States Institute of Peace—the only U.S. agency dedicated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Download the report form Friends Committee on National Legislation.



Winter of Wellness

Now through March 22nd is a Winter of Wellness Summit - a free virtual event empowering you with practical tools and inspiration to create true wellness and peace in all areas of your life.

You'll hear world-class pioneers Marianne Williamson, Joan Borysenko, Bernie Siegel, Harville Hendrix, Dan Millman, Janet Attwood, John Gray, Bruce Lipton and many more experts sharing their latest insights, practices, tools and advice for your optimum health.

Register for Free Here and you can listen in live via your phone line or computer to as many sessions as you'd like, or download the recordings and listen at a more convenient time.


Our Tax Dollars at Work

39 cents of every tax dollar Americans pay goes to past or current wars.  This is what a Friends Committee on National Legislation chart shows.  Check out the chart to see where your tax dollars go.  We must invest in Peace!  Good peacebuilding prevention and intervention programs continually show far more impact for dollars spent than our traditional more punitive oriented investments.  Download the flyer.

Dalai Lama on Teaching Children Values

"Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness."
~ Dalai Lama



Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference

Plan to be in Colorado from February 17-19, 2012 for the National Peace Academy's first-ever Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference -- offered this year in partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance (3CG).

They will explore ecological peace through inquiry into our attitudes, intentions, and actions regarding how we take responsibility to shift our relationship to the natural environment from one based on control over, to one based on interdependence and living with and within. Learn more...


Eight Ingredients for a Peaceful Society

What makes for a peaceful society? Hot spots from Congo to the Middle East would benefit from such knowledge. But so would the United States, which, at home, isn’t always so harmonious and abroad, is still at war in Afghanistan.

The Institute for Economics and Peace, an international research group, has come up with eight ingredients for more peaceful societies. They’re laid out in a report, “Structures of Peace,” based on the institute’s annual Global Peace Index and more than 300 data sets from around the world. The US does pretty well on five of them, but falls far short on three key ingredients.

Michael Shank, vice president of the institute’s US office gives his take on eight ingredients America needs to reap the economic and social benefits of peace.





Audio from National Peace Call

Audio is posted from our monthly national peace call  featuring Laurie Schultz Heim, United States Institute of Peace.  Laurie shares recent status of USIP funding and future in Congress, as well as good background and overview of the Institutes work. 

Laurie joined the Institute after more than twenty years in the legislative process on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as senior policy adviser to Senator Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.), from 1989 to 2006.

Peace is Sexy

Rather than seeing peace as idealistic, unattainable and stale, Peace Is Sexy aims to show the inviting, seductive and spicy side of peace. Peace Is Sexy profiles people and organizations that are creating peace in the world.

Peace Is Sexy is part of a larger paradigm shift we hope to create in the mainstream media, to move it from a media of conflict, competition and consumerism to one of creativity, collaboration and community. Learn more...

Happy New Year, Earth 2012

"A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet." ~Carl Sagan

Watch an inspiring video with a view from space, showing how connected we are on the planet. 


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