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National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
733 Fifteenth Street, NW - Suite 430. Washington, DC 20005 - Website:
CONTACT: Jill Moss Greenberg, Executive Director - Phone: (202) 628-
Fax: (202) 628-6264    or   e-mail: [email protected]
DATE: March 12, 2003
SUBJECT: Resolution for PEACE
National Association for Multicultural Education
WHEREAS peace is the realization of justice; and
WHEREAS we all share a common humanity; and
WHEREAS democracy, peace, and human rights are best achieved through the
tools of diplomacy, and international cooperation; and
WHEREAS we believe in the ways of peace as the most effective means to
counter threats of violence and achieve lasting security for all the
world's people; and
WHEREAS peace involves developing alternatives to violence as a means of
resolving human conflicts and working for reconciliation at all levels
of human life --- interpersonal reconciliation, reconciliation between
peoples of different races, genders, religions, nations, etc., and
reconciliation with the earth itself; and
WHEREAS the real path to security lies in a strengthened global civil
society based on mutual trust and respect, the rule of international
law, shared love for all of God's peoples, and removal of the roots of
violence and war; and
WHEREAS experience has taught us that threats and violence perpetuate
fear, hatred, and further violence, and that cycles of hatred can be
interrupted by acts of creative nonviolence, conflict resolution, and
courageous love; and
WHEREAS the world's citizens can learn the difference between justice
and vengeance and can call world leaders into accountability to employ
nonviolent means to resolve conflicts; and
WHEREAS the massive sums of financial resources which are required for
military engagement would be far better spent addressing humanitarian
crisis conditions in education, poverty, racism, environmental
destruction, the global AIDS crisis, genocide, weapons proliferation,
and human rights abuses (which are themselves a serious threat to our
national security); and
WHEREAS war results in tremendous loss of innocent lives, suffering, and
trauma; and
WHEREAS the collateral damage is not some impersonal statistic but lives
and homes of children, families, parents, grandparents; and
WHEREAS committing human lives to offensive military actions will put in
harm's way citizens of our world, a disproportionate number of them
racial and ethnic minorities from the most economically deprived
communities; and
WHEREAS the military action has the potential to destabilize the Middle
East and thereby requiring a continual military presence for the
foreseeable future; and
WHEREAS the expenditures necessary for this purpose will result in
reductions in investment in domestic economies with a resultant
deterioration in the infrastructures of many countries; and
WHEREAS the expenditures will result in ballooning deficits, further
weakening the already sluggish economies and thereby further reducing
funds for education, health, and human services; and
WHEREAS the climate of fear and war hysteria has removed from public
scrutiny numerous issues of public concern, such as economic and
environmental threats to the quality of life;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the National Association for Multicultural
Education (NAME) holds peace as an organizing principle; endeavors to
promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; works
to create peace, prevent violence, and develop new structures in
conflict resolution; and takes a proactive approach toward national and
international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NAME opposes military action against Iraq
and other countries as a primary means of resolving conflicts;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NAME urges the United States to reject
violence and build international relations and institutions that promote
economic, political, and social justice.  In this way the lives of our
children, our children's children, and their contemporaries the world
over can be liberated from the hatred, intolerance, and fear that exists
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, duly adopted,
shall be sent to President George W. Bush, U.S. Senators, and all
members of Congress.
Adopted by the Board of Directors of the 
National Association for Multicultural Education 
February 1, 2003.
The National Association for Multicultural Education is the leading
international and national organization in the area of multicultural
education. For additional information, contact NAME at [email protected]
or visit the website at www.nameorg.org. The NAME office is located at
733 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 and can be reached by phone at
(202) 628-6263 or by fax at (202) 628-6264.
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is the
leading international and national organization in the area of
multicultural education. NAME advocates for educational equity and
social justice. Founded in 1990, its membership includes P-12 educators,
higher education faculty, administrators, school board members,
students, governmental officials and community activists. 
733 Fifteenth Street, NW - Suite 430
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628- 6263 
Fax: (202) 628-6264
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nameorg.org
Executive Director: Jill Moss Greenberg
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