For Immediate Release: May 21, 2019
Marianne Williamson: “We Need a United States Department of Peace”
Concord, N.H. - Marianne Williamson, Democratic Candidate for President, is calling for the creation of a United States Department of Peace as the first step in dismantling our systemically entrenched perpetuation of violence. From millions of chronically traumatized children to mass incarceration to family separation at the border, the current administration is choosing to pay to perpetuate acts of violence. Williamson wants to invest in our future by investing in peace.
According to Williamson, there is a strong need for peace building both domestically and internationally. Williamson supports creation of a U.S. Department of Peace to address issues of peace-building here at home – trauma informed education, community wrap around services, restorative justice, conflict resolution, mindfulness in the schools, violence prevention programs and more programs to strengthen communities and heal individuals.
Peace creation is happening all over the country and the U.S. needs to invest in it by lessening the incidence of conflict. Specifically, Williamson believes in expanded economic opportunities for women, expanded educational opportunities for children, reduction of violence against women, and the amelioration of unnecessary human suffering wherever possible.
“When I am President, the world will know that America’s greatest ally is humanity itself. Let us restore our position as a moral leader both here and abroad. Far more Americans love than hate, but we must display our love with a renewed commitment and serious conviction. In 2004, I co-founded the The Peace Alliance to advocate for peace building and as President I would continue those efforts through the Department of Peace. I would also augment the diplomatic work of Department of State and the Department of Defense abroad and add significant support to the U.S. Institute of Peace.”
Williamson added, “I will make the relationship between the State Department and the Department of Defense a robust partnership. I will build up the peacebuilding agencies within the State Department in a major way.”
While the Defense Department handles military involvements, the State Department handles foreign affairs and peace creation, according to Williamson. The Defense Department currently has a military budget that is $718 B – almost larger than that of all other nations combined – while the State Department Budget, including all peace-creation agencies – is $40 B. The independent US Institute of Peace has a budget of $36.8 M.
Williamson concluded, “In order to have peace in the world, we have to cultivate peace. Such things as peace-creation through development, diplomacy, mediation, and humanitarian assistance are as important to building peace as is being prepared for war, should war be necessary.
Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, lecturer and non-profit activist. She has worked with thousands of individuals, as well as large and small groups, in transforming crisis into opportunity. For 35 years she has been helping people heal from problems that in many ways have been created by an irresponsible political establishment. She has an up close and personal understanding of the impact of bad policy on average American’s lives.
For three decades Marianne has been a leader in spiritual and religiously progressive circles. Her book about the intersection of spirituality and politics, Healing the Soul of America, was released in 1997 and re-released in a revised edition earlier this year. Her book A POLITICS OF LOVE: Handbook for a New American Revolution, was released in April 2019. In total she has written 13 books, four reaching # 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Marianne has founded nonprofit organizations such as Project Angel Food, that in 1989 started delivering meals to homebound AIDS patients. The organization has now served over 11 million meals. She has also worked throughout her career on poverty, anti-hunger and racial reconciliation issues. She has advocated for reparations for slavery since the 1990’s and was the first candidate in this presidential primary season to make it a pillar of her campaign. In 2004, she co-founded The Peace Alliance and supports the creation of a US Department of Peace. In addition, she advocates a cabinet level Department of Children and Youth to more adequately address the chronic trauma of millions of American children.
Marianne’s candidacy has received national attention as she continues to campaign in early primary states. She has appeared on MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt, MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, CNN New Day and Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream, among others. She was also featured in a live CNN Town Hall in early April. Recent campaign swings include Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and California.
Marianne was declared a 'major candidate' by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight on April 26th and on May 9th reached the 65,000 unique voter contributions threshold. She has reached the 1% polling threshold in both CNN and Fox News polls. All are important markers to be invited to the first round of the DNC Presidential Debates in Miami on June 26-27.
Sample of recent coverage:
NPR’s 1A: Conversation with Marianne Williamson
New York Magazine: Marianne Williamson Is a Lefty With Soul
The Hill: Don't tell Marianne Williamson she can't win
MSNBC/Kasie DC: Outsider candidate Marianne Williamson makes debate stage, challenges political establishment
Fox News@Nightw/Shannon Bream: Williamson: The mean spiritedness in politics has been damaging
Sacramento Bee: 5 things to know about the newest Democrat to qualify for 2020 debate, Marianne Williamson
CNN: Town Hall with Democratic Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson
Des Moines Register: Editorial Board meeting
MSNBC Live w/Stephanie Ruhle: Marianne Williamson: We Can Turn Love Into A Political Force
New Hampshire Public Radio: How Marianne Williamson Plans to Heal America's 'Spiritual Malfunction'
Pantsuit Politics Show: Marianne Williamson on the Opioid Crisis, Racism, and Healing America
UPI: Williamson running as political visionary
Vice: Marianne Williamson Wants to Make Democrats the Party of Faith`
WMUR New Hampshire Town Hall: “Conversations with the Candidate”