What does it mean to seek peace? What does it mean to seek security? Are both of these ideas attainable goals in the 21st century? And if so, what are the issues that stand in the way of achieving them? And most importantly, what role do students have in creating the peace and security that they and others seek?
The goal of the Peace and Security Program is to answer these questions and more. Our vision is that every young person in the United States exercises their power to bring about a peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world. Our mission is to create an intellectual foundation among students in the United States about peace and security issues, equip those students with the skills and resources to address those issues and mobilize them to act on behalf of creating the kind of peace and security that they and the global population desire.
Our focus is on US engagement, its history and what the role of the United States should be in trying to achieve a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world. We recognize the complexity of the issue, and its relationship and issues, such as foreign assistance, health rights, environmental protection and many others. We intersect with and integrate with work on these issues constantly, recognizing that our ability to connect issues and connect people is the only way that we will ever be able to move forward.
Whether it be trying to avoid a nuclear apocalypse, building bridges of understanding between different peoples, or struggling to end all US wars and occupations, we empower students to realize their power and act on behalf of a better future. We hold as a core value that no unjust action happens within a vacuum and thus what affects one, affects all. Therefore, it is our responsibility as global citizens to correct that injustice by whatever non-violent means we find appropriate.
Luckily, you have an immense opportunity right here to fulfill that responsibility and be a part of the movement to create a more peaceful and secure world. Our future and the future of countless individuals across the globe depend on us, so let’s not waste any time.
Let’s build an agenda for peace!
Find out more about the issues and our work on them:
What you can do
- Organize an event on your campus. Bring in a speaker. Organize a debate. Stand up and demand change. Check out our event database for some great ideas to get you started.
- Show a movie discussing the issue. Check out our film library for a list of free films you can borrow from AIDemocracy. Films come with discussion guides and free shipping. It couldn’t be any easier!
- Request a mini-grant to make your film or event a success. We provide small grants to help pay for materials, food and speakers. [insert_email email=”firstname.lastname@example.org” subject=”Opportunities information request…” display=”Contact us”] to discuss.
- Speak out to the network. Write a blog for our site. Post something on our Facebook Page. Share photos or video with us on YouTube. Share your opinions with other concerned students like you. Here’s how you can submit materials.
- Ask for advice and support. Not sure how to get started? Need to talk through ideas for your event? AIDemocracy staff and student leaders are here to help
- And more…