The DC Peace Team advocacy committee seeks out opportunities to support efforts that bolster nonviolent peacemaking in policy and community spaces in DC. The group may endorse initiatives relevant to our work to promote a sustainable and equitable just peace at the individual, community, federal, and international level. We do not endorse candidates or political parties. DC Peace Team's advocacy work falls into the following categories:
Political Action Campaigns & Coalitions: Coordinating with other organizations and coalitions working on legislative advocacy campaigns related to our priorities and work.
Community Advocacy Projects: Identifying community-sourced needs from our current work and collaborating with community stakeholders to propose legislative or non-legislative (connecting to resources or organizing an effort without official policy change) advocacy solutions.
Proposed Legislation: DCPT may highlight pieces of local or federal legislation as particularly relevant to nonviolence and just peace.
The committee may meet with Councilmembers, ANC members, and other DC representatives to share our work and discuss how budgeting, especially as it relates to public safety and the categories listed above, will impact sustainable peacebuilding in DC.
If you are a representative of an organization or coalition seeking collaboration, please contact Kris Inman firstname.lastname@example.org (Advocacy Committee Coordinator).
If you or someone you know is interested in joining the DCPT advocacy committee, please email Kris: email@example.com.
DC Mayor's FY2021 Budget Request
In 2020, we submitted a statement to the DC City Council regarding the Mayor’s FY 2021 Budget Request for Public Safety Agencies. The statement laid out support for funding to sustain and scale up existing violent prevention programs and to develop additional programs for the promotion of a just, sustainable peace. Read our full statement.
Restorative Justice in DC
In 2013, we supported the Restorative Justice Platform for DC government candidates developed by the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices.
Youth Promise Act
In 2012-2015, the DC Peace Team supported efforts to pass The Youth PROMISE Act (HR 2721), a bipartisan legislation that would give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively address issues related to youth violence by setting up local infrastructure to support effective on-the-ground work. The Act makes an unprecedented investment in evidence-based, locally run prevention & intervention practices that engage and divert at-risk youth. Visit youthpromiseaction.org for more information.