We need a world of peace and justice now more than ever.
“War cannot be humanized. It can only be abolished.” – Albert Einstein
“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin
What We Do: We unite our strengths and resources to advance peacebuilding and justice.
Our Goal: The goal of FPJA is to bring Florida Peace and Justice organizations together for a stronger voice and more effective activism.
We Believe: Militarism, imperialism, racism, poverty (materialism, economic inequality) and environmental degradation (climate crisis) are interconnected and need to be addressed through nonviolent means.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING
During this time of global pandemic, when the U.N. Secretary General calls for a global ceasefire and when the United States struggles with its history of racism, a statewide alliance of Florida-based peace and justice groups has formed. We are the Florida Peace & Justice Alliance, a group of organizations and allies committed to advocacy, activism, and action.
Our areas of focus include: promoting peace and alternatives to war; disarmament; banning nuclear weapons; nonviolence and peace training; opposing sanctions; examining the costs of war; banning the military draft; ending military alliances; dismantling the military industrial complex.
The Florida Peace & Justice Alliance:
- Advocates for peace, an end to war, and nonviolent, non-militaristic ways of resolving conflict
- Mobilizes organizations and individuals when action and resistance are needed
- Promotes events—live and online—so organizations get the word out to their memberships
- Lobbies Florida local, statewide, and national legislators and elected officials and advocates for peace and reduced militarism
- Advances peace and alternatives to war intergenerationally
WE CALL FOR A NEW SOCIETY
We are reaching out to social justice groups, activist organizations, churches, organizations, and individuals to create a Florida Peace & Justice Alliance and to link with existing peace and justice advocacy groups. Way too often, the U.S. and the world use war and militarism as the way to settle conflict. As Dr. King taught, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive our hatred; only love can do that.” Dr. King clearly showed the interconnectedness of the evils of racism, poverty, and war.
We need to re-think our priorities, come together, demand change from policy makers in Washington, and advocate for peace and nonviolent conflict resolution locally. The culture of war and violence is pervasive in our society. We need to change to a culture of peace and nonviolence. By coming together, we will have a more powerful voice to make positive change. We can teach peace, live peace, and work together.
FOR EVERY PROBLEM THERE IS A SOLUTION
The Florida Peace & Justice Alliance recognizes the interconnectedness of many issues related to peace such as:
- climate change
- environmental destruction
- gun violence
- police brutality
- immigrant rights and reform
- capitalism and corporate power
- trade and globalization justice
- social inequality and poverty
- inadequate housing
- healthcare for all
- criminal justice reform
- voters’ rights
All are intertwined with our culture of militarism, violence, and imperialism. All of these diminish the value of human life.