Work is Hard –But Peace is Possible

Nations have been fighting each other since time began. Watching the History Channel, it is hard to believe that in World War 2, 12,000 Americans died each month fighting in the Pacific. Today, we have men killing each other in our cities with no end in sight. During every war, leaders worked together, decided on a plan of action, and put a strategy together to conquer the enemy. Americans and our allies stopped dictators from ruling the world. War is a battle between good and evil.

The question is, why aren’t American leaders working together on a strategy for peace in America? Make no mistake, violence, and abuse in our homes, neighborhoods, and cities, are a war between bullies and victims. (Taxpayers spend $220 million a DAY on child abuse and neglect)

Victims of domestic violence pass it on to their children who now suffer from mental, physical, and emotional problems. Abuse and neglect lead to children becoming violent, running away, taking drugs, joining gangs, looting, shooting, committing suicide, or killing innocent people.

Peace is harder than dropping bombs on each other. Peace is an inner journey as each person learns how to handle bullies and develop the 3C’s, Courage, Character, and a self-protective Conscience which gives us the tools to handle the hard knocks of life that everyone experiences.

Where are the planners for peace, the peacemakers? How much carnage will we accept before we decide on a plan of action? Why doesn’t the media discuss peaceful action plans, not just “if it bleeds, it leads?” Anger triggers more anger, fear, violence, and drug abuse! We can’t just react to people seeking power, we must take a leadership role to create positive change. We need to discuss strategies to strengthen each other, our families, neighborhoods, and communities to restore peace on the home front!

Americans, “we the people” have been the saviors of the free world, but when will we decide on a plan to save ourselves?

Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mannhttps://safekidsnow.com/
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on amazon.com The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”