As evidenced by the prevalence of violence that divides and fuels misunderstanding and mistrust within our local, national, and world communities, IJPC’s peace and nonviolence initiatives continue to be relevant.
Promoting and working towards the creation of a peaceful and non-violent society is at the core of IJPC’s work. We strongly believe that bringing people of diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives together in order to better understand and appreciate one another is vital to the peaceful resolution of conflict. It is imperative that we look at social and political issues with a critical and impartial eye in order to see not who is right but what is right for all stakeholders. IJPC recognizes that the more vulnerable members of our communities often do not have a voice in making policy decisions that affect them, and works to empower and engage them in conversation and self-advocacy.
In keeping with IJPC’s mission, we oppose all violations of the human rights of both Palestinian and Israeli citizens. We fully support all peaceful efforts to resolve disputes and to establish a culture of respectful coexistence among all peoples of the Middle East.
IJPC works to increase peacemaking skills in our community through a nonviolence training program. Our dialogue program designs opportunities to discuss polarizing issues in a respectful and collaborative way that encourages listening to others with different opinions, thereby teaching practical skills that promote dialogue and nonviolence in our daily lives. The Peace and Nonviolence Committee works to stay abreast of current national and global conflicts and shares information with the public, emphasizing the need to end or prevent future war. We make regular visits to the offices of local politicians and organize through rallies and demonstrations to advocate against acts of violence and aggression. IJPC encourages and celebrates the promotion of peace and the appreciation of diversity through events like the annual World Peace Festival. The Peace and Nonviolence Committee meets monthly on the third Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 PM at IJPC.
Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 (updated 6.27.2017)
- On May 17th, 2017, Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 (S.1158) in Senate. There are currently 24 cosponsors, one of which is Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
- The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act will work to prevent acts of genocide and other atrocious crimes by enhancing U.S. Government capacities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to such crisis. Since its introduction in Senate, the bill has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
- This Act clearly defines the policy of the United States in regards to genocide and other atrocity crimes. The United States is to view genocide and other atrocity crimes as a core national security interest and moral responsibility. Additionally, the United States has the responsibility to address the root causes of insecurity and violent conflict in order to prevent any tragedies from occurring.
- In order to prevent and respond to the risk of genocide and other atrocity crimes, it is critical that the United States strengthens the response capacities of the government, improves the use of foreign assistance to respond early, and supports other countries in their pursuit of atrocity crimes prevention. The main focus of this Act is to utilize all resources available in order to produce the most efficient response.
- Within 180 days of this Act being enacted, and every 3 years thereafter for the following 6 years, the Secretary and the Task Force shall submit a report that includes a review consisting of: an evaluation of the efficacy of current efforts, an assessment of the funding expended by Federal agencies on atrocity crime prevention activities, annual global assessments of sources of instability, conflict, and atrocity crimes, recommendations to strengthen US capabilities, and recommendations to prevent and respond to atrocity.
- The Task Force review will submitted to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate, the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House.
- Senator Rob Portman is a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations. Call Senator Portman and urge him to vote YES on the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017, in order to pursue a more peaceful and nonviolent world. – 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati), 202-224-3353 (DC)
Help Stop Reckless Nuclear Deployment (updated 3.15.2017)
- Bills introduced to the House and Senate (H.R. 669 and S.200) by Representative Ted W. Lieu (D- Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D- Massachusetts) would restrict the president’s capacity to launch a first nuclear strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Both of the bills have been introduced to their respective Foreign Affairs Committees as of January 24th.
- “First strike” refers to the capacity of the president to pre-emptively launch a nuclear missile before determining that the enemy in question has carried out a nuclear attack. As it stands, the president wields considerable authority in determining if and when the United States shall engage in nuclear warfare.
- This bill would require the president to seek Congressional approval over the use of a nuclear weapon through Congress enacting a formal declaration of war. This mechanism would ultimately bind nuclear deployment to the same democratic sense of decision making that governs our country’s decision to go to war.
- President Trump possesses direct control over at least 7,000 warheads and maintains the final say as to whether or not these warheads will be deployed. This considerable breadth of authority is alarming when taken in conjunction with the president’s statements on nuclear warfare.
- This article by The Washington Post further puts this issue into perspective.
- Contact the members of these committees and show your support for the bill. Provide a valuable and necessary voice to oppose reckless nuclear usage.
- Here is a list of each of the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.
- Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio is on the House committee and Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rob Portman of Ohio are on the Senate committee. Contacting them directly would provide them with the knowledge that their direct constituents are for this bill.
- Representative Steve Chabot can be called at (513) 684-2723
- Senator Rob Portman can be called at (513) 684-3265
- Senator Rand Paul can be called at (270) 782-8303