Today America faces not only a crisis of democracy but the continuation of racial, ethnic and class tensions that threaten peace and stability. Peacebuilding efforts within the United States are necessary now more than ever as we continue to fight against the weakening of institutions and against tensions within our communities.
This page will serve as a hub for resources on understanding conflict dynamics in the United States as well as current domestic peacebuilding efforts.
Mapping U.S. Peacebuilding
Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding have launched a new effort to lift up and support local peacebuilding in the United States. Our new U.S. section of Peace Direct’s global online website, Peace Insight, is an interactive map that includes information about groups working for peace across the U.S.
Peace Direct is managing additional organizations for the map, which can be submitted here.
Interested in the environment and environmental justice? Check out the Environmental Justice Atlas for an interactive map with information on environmental conflicts in the United States and around the world. To learn more about the organizations behind the creation of this map, click here.
Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? by Robert Kuttner
Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America by Cass R. Sunstein
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston
New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by Thomas Mann, Norman Ornstein, and EJ Dionne
Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Our Kids by Robert Putnam
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild
The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The People vs. Democracy by Yascha Mounk
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Race Divide by Carol Anderson
|Costs of War: The $5.6 Trillion Price Tag of the Post-9/11 Wars
Neta C. Crawford, Boston University
|Challenging Race-Based Environmental Conflicts
DeMond Shondell Miller & John Thomas Mills, Peace Review
|November 22, 2016|
News Articles & Blogs
|Governance & Institutional Erosion|
|Women & Gender|
|Race & Ethnicity|
News & Talk Shows
News Deeply, June 5, 2018
MSNBC: Morning Joe, April 18, 2018
MSNBC: Morning Joe, April 11, 2018
CNN Media, April 2, 2018
PBS NewsHour, April 1, 2018
MSNBC: The Beat, March 21, 2018
MSNBC: Morning Joe, March 19, 2018
MSNBC: Morning Joe, March 16, 2018
MSNBC: Morning Joe, March 15, 2018
CNN, March 15, 2018
MSNBC: Morning Joe, March 6, 2018
While not dedicated to domestic peacebuilding, these podcasts have some episodes that discuss a range of peacebuilding-related topics such as deciding when and how to protest, the recent increase in women political candidates in the U.S., and community and business peacebuilding initiatives.
|Thinking CAP||The Peacebuilding Podcast||Code Switch|
Film & Other Media
Representation of peace and peacebuilding in the media is crucial for promoting peace at home and abroad. These films and videos showcase American citizens and their efforts both to build peace within their communities and to peacefully address important social issues.
A film series produced by Peace Productions documenting Citizen Alert’s efforts to hold the police accountable and promote peace.
A dramatized portrayal of the Flint Water Crisis which began in 2014 when the city switched water providers. It begs the question of race, poverty and environmental justice.
A major motion picture depicting the story of Desmond Dodd, a conscientious objector during World War 2, who saved many wounded soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa without ever wielding a weapon.
This documentary follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck as he preaches about gun violence in America. He investigates whether it is possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life.
Recipient of a 2017 Christopher Award, In the Game is a documentary film that follows a girls’ soccer team in a low-income neighborhood while examining the impacts of race, discrimination, inequality, and poverty.
A documentary film of the post-9/11 realities of Arab Americans in the United States. The film specifically follows the life of Usama Alshaibi, an Iraqi-American filmmaker.
A documentary film of the Occupy Wall Street Movement that swept across the nation in 2011.
A documentary film following members of the Chicago-based organization CeaseFire in their efforts to end the cycle of violence in their communities.
Megan Phelps-Roper explains how love and tolerance from others drew her away from the Westboro Baptist Church.
Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix explain how tragedy brought them together and how they use that tragedy to help others turn away from violence through their organization, the Tariq Khamisa Foundation.
Theo E.J. Wilson discusses how he “went undercover” online to learn more about the alt-right, and how he became more understanding as a result.
Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge discuss how they use meaningful dialogue to address their opposing political views in order to learn about the other’s perspectives and motivations rather than avoid political discussion altogether.
Jonathan Haidt discusses the basis for the political divisions plaguing America and whether or not we can come back together.
Lawrence Lessig fights against corruption and encourages Americans to call for political reform.
Yuval Harari discusses how and why politics in America have become so divisive.
Vernā Myers encourages us to look at and acknowledge our unconscious biases and address them by getting to know the groups that make us uncomfortable.
Bryan Stevenson talks about the racial imbalance of our country’s justice system and how it can be linked to the historic racial issues of our past.
Aaron Huey discusses the history and struggles of the Lakota people while showcasing his photography from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Tara Houska reflects on the history of indigenous peoples in America and their resilience and resistance at Standing Rock.
Diane Wolk-Rogers questions how we can move forward and end gun violence and asks Americans to join her students in the movement.
Alice Goffman discusses the school-to-prison pipeline and its ill-effects.
Mellody Hobson argues that race is a sensitive subject, and that’s why we need to discuss it.
Sayu Bhojwani argues for more representative politics to embrace the advantages diversity has to offer.
Bob Inglis discusses how bipartisan compromise can help solve the issues we face today.
Authored by Daniel Orth from the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and in collaboration with the San Diego Organizing Project and the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, this handbook was created to help religious leaders build trust and bridge divides between police officers and the communities they work in. To learn more about the Building Trust Partnership, click here.
Black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools, according to GAO’s analysis of Department of Education (Education) national civil rights data for school year 2013-14, the most recent available. These disparities were widespread and persisted regardless of the type of disciplinary action, level of school poverty, or type of public school attended. For example, Black students accounted for 15.5 percent of all public school students, but represented about 39 percent of students suspended from school—an overrepresentation of about 23 percentage points. To see the full report, click here.
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