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.
The U.S. should prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and atrocities (Updated 4.4.18)
The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) codifies U.S. policy in regards to genocide and other atrocious crimes by enhancing U.S. Government capacities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to such crisis. 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.
Help Stop Reckless Nuclear Deployments (Updated 4.4.18)
HR.669 and S.200 ensure that the President of the United States could not unilaterally launch a first nuclear strike without the declaration of war by Congress. This first strike bill is imperative due to our President’s statements on nuclear war.