Politicians For Peace

What is the injustice we are solving?
All too often in our polarized country, we find ourselves yelling across political divides and can't seem to agree on anything. Politicians For Peace believes that all humans can agree to something: peace. Peace begins with citizens taking the pledge, but we understand that citizens are limited in what they can do. So what if politicians took a pledge for peace? What if the decision makers decided to make peace a priority? What if instead of inheriting the political issues of an older generation, the demanded that peace become a priority?
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Fish S.

January 19, 2018

David, love this idea. It would be great if folks in positions of political power made peacemaking a priority and, more importantly, were able to commit to a set of common values. I think it's a great vision!

What's your plan for your next steps -- and how can we help?
David G.

January 19, 2018

Step 1: Draft a Citizen's Pledge for Peace and a Politician's Pledge for Peace
Step 2: Build a preliminary website
Step 3: Target the Mayor of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau Chief to publicly take the pledge at an interfaith march/rally I will be organizing on April 29.
Step 4: Reach out to Oregon's 2 senators and 5 representatives and petition them along with the Oregon Attorney General and Governor.
Step 5: Have the willing ones promise to publicly take the pledge on September 21 (International Peace Day)
Step 6: Make the Politicians for Peace website public and send it to all known and accessible networks so that youth can petition their politicians to pledge for peace on Peace Day. (By then I 'd have created an easy to follow guide on how to do so respectfully and successfully)
David G.

January 19, 2018

I'm not sure how Peace First can help, I'm not too familiar with the work you do, but what pops out to me is the micro grant to fund the website and to help spread the word to youth when I go public
Fish S.

January 22, 2018

I think the micro-grant could absolutely help. And I definitely think you could recruit willing partners in other states.

Great step-by-step plan. One thing to consider might be asking city council members and state senators/reps to sign on -- easier to get in touch with and if you can validate it by saying "so-and-so has already signed" it might be easier to get buy-in from higher office holders!
David G.

January 22, 2018

Lol, way ahead of you! We already got a hitlist of contacts and politicians, starting with smaller ones and start going for the bigger fish once we've got a record of politicians that already signed up.
Fish S.

January 23, 2018

Nice. Let us know whether there's anything else we can do to be supportive!
Abigail A.

January 23, 2018

Thank you so much! We will continue working on some of the preliminary tasks and keep you updated as we go. Thanks again :)