Senator Constance Johnson
Senate District 48
For Immediate Release: March
Sen. Constance Johnson
Senate Approves Special License Tag for
A U. S. Department of Peace
The Oklahoma State Senate approved SB 1910 Thursday,
by State Senator Constance
N. Johnson, D-Oklahoma County, creating a special license plate
for Oklahomans wishing to demonstrate support for the Campaign for
a United States Department of Peace.
Sen. Johnson said there is a national grassroots effort being
led by the Peace Alliance, a nonpartisan citizen action group, which
wants Congress to create a federal Department of Peace.
The primary functions of the new agency would be to research, articulate
and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international
conflict; to support our military with complementary approaches
to ending violence; to provide educational programs to help ameliorate
domestic violence, school violence, conflict between law enforcement
officers and the community; and to establish an Academy of Peace
to train personnel in non-violent conflict resolution.
“Each day, violence is becoming more pervasive in our communities
at home and abroad,” Johnson said. “There is nothing
more important we can do as a society than to change the direction
of our culture towards finding more peaceful solutions to ending
violence. These license plates would allow Oklahomans to show their
support for peace as well as support for creating a Cabinet-level
agency that promotes peaceful solutions to violence. This agency
will work with existing departments to improve nonviolent peace-keeping
tools at home and abroad.”
Lydia Polley, state coordinator for the Oklahoma Chapter of the
Campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, said Oklahoma
Peace proponents strongly support Senator Johnson’s bill.
“This bill represents another way to get the name and the
concept of peace out there and have people asking questions about
it,” Ms. Polley said. “Not enough people know that there
is a real possibility to have a Department of Peace and Non-Violence
in the federal government.”
The Oklahoma Tax Commission requires a minimum of 100 pre-paid
applications within 180 days of the effective date of the authorization
before the tag can be designed. The application fee is $15.
“In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘It isn’t
enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t
enough to believe in it. One must work at it.’ Today we have
taken a major step in our work for Peace,” Johnson stated.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information contact:
Senator Johnson's Office: (405) 521-5531