Invest in Peacebuilding, not War
Then justice will reside in wild lands,/and righteous will abide in farmlands. The fruit of righteous will be peace,/and the outcome righteous./calm and security forever. /Then my people will live in peaceful dwelling, /in secure homes, in carefree resting places. (Isaiah 32:16-16)
The U.S. Congress has begun making major budget decisions regarding war and peace. Your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you as a person of faith about decisions prioritizing investments in peacebuilding and people, not war.
The U.S. State Department and the United Nations administer programs that address conflict, avert mass atrocities and protect civilians in conflict areas. Some of these programs include clean water and sanitation, education access, global health initiatives such as aid for malaria, HIV/AIDS, and Ebola, supporting small farmers, averting famine, and increasing clean energy access.
U.S. foreign assistance is less than 1% of the federal budget. These programs help save lives and advance the dignity of vulnerable and poor persons and communities across the world.
They make the world a safer place.