May 2018 P.E.A.C.E. News

War?
All of us, including the children we care for, are facing unprecedented perils and opportunities as the President’s war-oriented foreign policy team is moving toward negotiations with North Korea and disruption of the multilateral agreement to keep Iran from producing nuclear weapons.  At the same time the U.S. Senate is beginning to consider a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) Resolution, which would only require the President to consult Congress on future uses of our military forces apart from the war on terror.
Iran and Korea
We do need to join in protests against the Administration’s plan to impose sanctions on Iran.  We need to join in with the voices hoping for a multilateral agreement with North Korea to end the Korean War and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
War Powers
At the same time we need to contact our Senators to ask them to support amendments to the Corker/Kaine draft AUMF Resolution, to reassert Congress’ Constitutional authority to decide on U.S. use of military force in all cases.
Worthy Wages
May 1 was National Worthy Wage Day.  We need to keep up the pressure on our State Child Care Lead Administrators to use significant portions of the new Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding for improvements in child care pay and benefits, such as health insurance and sick leave.  This will build peace among young children by making child care a more affordable profession, leading to better staff retention and quality.
Worthy Wages:  Invite Legislators & Influencers
You can find much more information, as well as action suggestions such as inviting legislators or local “influencers” to visit your program to talk about child care pay and other issues you care about, at https://www.aft.org/earlychildhood/worthy-wage-day-2018 .  If you do have a visit, please let us know so that you can be a positive example for others, through our monthly News.

Register and Vote!      Finally, we all need to work on getting out the vote this year, including our own votes on the primary and general elections.  Whether we and our friends vote or not this year will have a major impact on how our country and our communities behave in the following two years, peacefully or otherwise.  Child care centers should do what they can to encourage registration and voting among both employees and parents.

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Moving Forward:  You’re Important to Us!

As P.E.A.C.E. moves forward, we need your help and your input.
Please contact 1peaceeducators@gmail.com if you’d like to become more active and engaged in P.E.A.C.E.’s work, especially if you have submitted a proposal for a peace education-related session at NAEYC’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC November 14-17.  If you have ideas that you’d like our Worker Bees’ Council to consider during our annual retreat May 31
June 3, please let us know through 1peaceeducators@gmail.com .
Please remember that you can be kept up to date by joining our Action list serve, actforpeace@googlegroups.com, either directly through Googlegroups, or by an email to 1peaceeducators@gmail.com.  Please feel free to post there any peace-education related action requests that engage your enthusiasm.  And if any of our suggestions for action motivate
you to tell your friends and colleagues about them, please do forward them.  Thank you!

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