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Organization: Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
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Postal address of organization/institution

511 Groveland at Lyndale, Minneapolis, MN 55403

E-mail address of organization/institution

peace@tc.umn.edu

Website address of organization/institution

www.mapm.org

Telephone of organization/institution

651-214-8282

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity

EDUCATION FOR PEACE
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
HUMAN RIGHTS
DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION
INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

EDUCATION FOR PEACE

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is an umbrella for over 70 peace and justice organizations. (see www.mapm.org for a complete and current listing) We also collaborate with numerous organizations to co-sponsor events thus reaching more participants, increase available volunteers, access more resources, and respond to current issues.

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Hosted an event during the 2008 National Republican Convention called "Peace Island" where we featured many speakers addressing topics that assist in building a cultural of peace at the local and national political level.

Formed the 2nd Peace Team in the United States to protect people from harm during the 2008 National Republican Convention.

Hosted a Peace and Sustainability Conference: Can't Have One Without the Other.

Hosted a Interfaith Series

Developed a Peace Think Tank and host it every other month. This space affords people to present new ideas, dialogue and flush out strategies and tactics, and learn necessary skills to support further action.

Moved from debate decision making to dialogue decision making at our delegate council meetings.

One of our members is actively involved in UN Reform and writing a soon-to-be released book for UN Members.

Another member organization provides peace education training
to public school K-12 teachers twice a year.

Developed and implemented a MN Peace Lobby to address peace issues at the legislative level.


Developed an Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

Implemented a communications coordinator position to keep our website current, interface with other peace and justice organizations to take collective action with groups throughout the country and track all the different peace events on our on-line community calendar.

In the process of redesigning humanrightsandpeacestore.org housed at the University of MN Human Rights Resource Center for PreK-College Educators who also developed a Human Rights Curriculum (www.thisismyhome.org)

Provide current "postcards" on our website www.mapm.org which can be downloaded for current statistics on various peace and justice issues

The list is of activities are too numerous to contain in this report. We suggest you visit www.mapm.org where you will find the webpages of over 70 active organizations within the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers. Each one of these organization are contributing to a culture of peace each in their unique ways. Many of them collaborate with each other on projects and our bi-monthly meetings afford us to stay connected and support each others efforts.

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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

Yes, the murder rate and other violent crime has dropped significantly.

More and more educators are requesting peace education training. We moved from having 3 groups a year to having  8 groups per year.

There are so many events relating to a culture peace that people can choose among several every day of the week.

We have the Annual Nobel Peace Prize Festival every year and more and more schools are participating.

Peace Poles are springing up throughout the city including one at the police station.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

To prevent overlap of events we implemented the on-line calendar so various planning committees have a central location to check dates.

We're working on how to make the Culture of Peace visible to media outlets.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

New plans involve different members to buddy up and present the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers table to various community events and talk to people about peacemaking. We want to learn what is on people's minds as well as hear their peacemaking stories.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

Continue on with UN Reform and the International Court. Continue to share peace education curriculum which can be infused into existing curricula and all subjects.
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