January 8, 2016 Dr. Philip Graham Ryken, President Wheaton College Blanchard Hall 501 College Avenue Wheaton, IL 60187 Dear President Ryken:
Position Paper: Guns Are Not the Solution to Gender-Based Violence Issued by the Peace and Justice Studies Association Authored by Heidi Huse, Ph.D., and Laura Finley, Ph.D. The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), in keeping with its mission and values, is opposed to the argument that deadly firearms are the primary if not sole solution to the very serious problem of sexual and domestic assault that traumatizes or kills men, women, and children around the world.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a bi-national professional association, including peace and justice scholars, activists, and educators in the United States and Canada, joins the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign(link is external).
Over the past week, we witnessed the tragic murder of Michael Brown, resulting in civil resistance and a Ferguson/St. Louis County police department's exacerbation of a community expressing its justified frustration and call for peace and justice. The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is opposed to all violence. PJSA condemns the police brutality resulting in Michael Brown's death and the harm and harassment of protesters and media.
Approved by the Board of Directors on July 22, 2014. The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a bi-national organization (United States and Canada), dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers, and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. Due to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, PJSA has prepared the following statement.
Making Schools Safe for All Students Through Holistic Programs and Peace Education In light of recent school shootings and serious bullying incidents, the Peace and Justice Studies Association (a bi-national organization dedicated to the promotion of peace and justice and to the creation of a better world through scholarship, education, and activism) calls on current and future educators, administrators, parents and students to utilize the expertise of peace-makers in responding to incidents and in crafting holistic programs to prevent all forms of bullying and school violence.
Approved by the Board of Directors on Jan. 9, 2014.
As a community of scholars and educators pursuing development of and critical reflection on knowledge that can contribute to the achievement and maintenance of peace, we believe the recent house vote (HR 1, amendment 1) eliminating all federal funding of the United States Institute of Peace to have been ill advised and detrimental to U.S. and international peace and security interests.
Approved by the Board of Directors on Oct. 17, 2010. The Peace and Justice Studies Association strives to support the dignity of every individual and expresses a firm commitment to the well-being and safety of our members. Gender discrimination and sexual harassment in any form are not only contrary to our aim of a more peaceful and just world, but also morally reprehensible because they undermine the dignity of community members and often represent an unfair exploitation of power.
In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project that supports a broad-ranging law that allows Americans who offer advice to banned organizations, including legal assistance and information on conflict resolution, to be prosecuted as terrorists, the Peace and Justice Studies Association makes the following statement: