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July 30, 2008 > Meeting for Peace

Meeting for Peace

California Department of Peace conference set for August

People from all over California and the western States will convene at the oldest campus in California at Berkeley on August 1-3 to attend the 2008 California Department of Peace Conference. Conference segments and speakers will relate directly to the nationwide movement to pass House Resolution 808 (H.R. 808) now in Congress, to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

This year's conference, "A World Beyond Violence," features inspirational and well-known author and lecturer Marianne Williamson, host of XM Radio's Oprah & Friends, who will open the conference Friday evening with a talk on "The Politics of Possibility." The Department of Peace campaign will also present an award to the University of California Berkeley to recognize its Peace and Conflict Studies program, which has more graduates than any other U.S. university.

Domestically, the Department of Peace and Nonviolence will research, expand and facilitate the practical, field-tested solutions to reduce and prevent violence. It will provide additional financial and institutional heft to strengthen and complement our current approach to violence, focusing on prevention through multi-layered strategies. These strategies include increased funding for local programs already proven effective at reducing and preventing violence, and nonviolent conflict resolution education at the K-12 grade levels. A Peace Academy, on par with the Military Service Academies, will train civilian peacekeepers and the military in the latest nonviolent conflict resolution techniques and approaches.

Internationally, the Department will research and analyze foreign policy and recommend to the President ways to address the root causes of war. The Department will also provide expert advice to the President and Congress on nonviolent means of defusing or dealing with international crises and conflicts.

The conference is open to the public, but early registration is encouraged as space is limited. For registration information and conference details, go to

"A World Beyond Violence" Department of Peace Conference
Friday to Sunday, August 1 - 3
7:00 p.m. Friday - 12:30 p.m. Sunday
University of California Berkeley

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