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Message from Peace Direct’s US Executive Director for #GivingTuesday

It’s been a challenging and tumultuous year. The coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and contentious national elections have laid bare deep inequities, racism and division here in the U.S. We are called like never before to build peace in our own country, and to do it in solidarity with people around the world … Continued

Building peace takes time: 5 steps to build it in the US now

Updated Nov. 9: The results are in. The U.S. elections are over, and a new president and the first ever woman vice president have been elected. If the 2020 elections have shown us anything, though, it is that the U.S. is in dire need of peacebuilding. This is not news to anyone who has been living in politically … Continued

US elections crisis: An opportunity to build peace

As the Nov. 3 U.S. elections unfold, tensions are escalating. Political and social divisions are deepening. The Black Lives Matter movement continues to push for racial justice, even as reports of police violence against people of color continue. The coronavirus pandemic and related economic recession persist with no end in sight. Many Americans feel the very future of their country is at stake.

A just peace is possible

The murder of George Floyd has rightly prompted outrage across the U.S. and in cities around the world. As protestors took to the streets last weekend, our CEO, Dylan Mathews, shared this reflection.

No peace without justice

Peace Direct stands in solidarity and mourning with the thousands of peaceful protesters who have taken to the streets across the United States and in cities around the globe to denounce the horrific police killing of George Floyd. We join their call for urgent and transformative action to address the legacies of racism, white supremacy, and militarized violence that pervade U.S. society and much of our world. We express our grief and deep condolences to the family and loved ones of George Floyd, and to all those who have lost loved ones at the hands of racialized violence.

Peace Direct Awards 2020: technology in peacebuilding

Updated: The 2020 application process is closed. The eighth annual Peace Direct Awards, previously known as the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards, highlight the inspiring work that grassroots groups are doing to establish peace and rebuild communities in conflict-affected areas around the world.

Bipartisan bill would strengthen U.S. support of young peacebuilders

The world’s youth population tops 1.8 billion, and many of those young people are living with violent conflict. Youth populations have long led grassroots efforts for peace and justice, yet they remain underrepresented in policy decisions. This legislation seeks to address the problem.

Two important factors when building peace? For me it’s these

If you work with a peacebuilding organization, shouldn’t you be able to define peacebuilding? After almost two years of working with Peace Direct, I still struggle with the term. Forget trying to be correct by academic and professional standards – I’m just trying to get the general public to understand well enough to be inspired.

Pathways to Peace in Yemen

Peace Direct, Search for Common Ground and Mercy Corps present “Pathways to Peace”, an art exhibit showing the face of conflict and hope in Yemen.