The Healthy Planet Radio Show.

The Healthy Planet Radio Show has been airing on WUSB, 90.1 FM since January of 2007. It immediately follows Democracy Now! during “drive time,” from 6 to 7 PM. Now airing on the first and third Fridays of each month, HealthyPlanet’s Bob DiBenedetto brings you twice as much empowering, life-and-world-changing information as before! WUSB is Long Island’s largest non-commercial, free-form radio station. The signal can be heard at 90.1 FM on most of Long Island, and in Southern Connecticut, parts of NYC (Brooklyn and Queens), and Westchester County. It also simulcasts on 107.3 FM to reach Stony Brook University campus. It can be heard over the Internet 24/7, on www.WUSB.FM.
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The Peace Alliance: 

From Cultivating Personal Peace… To Fostering International Peace

A Discussion with Members of the Peace Alliance Leadership Council

LISTEN HERE: Cultivating Peace, with The Peace Alliance

Show Description:

Most of us highly value peace in our lives, communities, country, and the world. And yet we live in a world where war is a constant, and in America, we face staggering levels of violence. 
The social and economic costs of violence to individuals, families, and our communities are overwhelming:
•  Domestically, homicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24, seven times greater than other 
    leading industrialized nations. 
•  According to the World Health Organization, violence causes more than 1.6 million deaths worldwide every 
    year and is one of the leading causes of death for persons ages 15 to 44. 
•  In the United States, we have some of the highest levels of crime and violence in the developed world and 
    have nearly 25 percent — over 2.2 million — of its prisoners. 
•  The U.S. spends over $2 trillion annually on violence containment costs or around 15% of our GDP. 
•  When adding up the concrete costs to the average American taxpayer, it is estimated that violence contain
    ment spending costs $7,000 for every man, woman, and child each year. That is $6 billion daily, or $246 
    million an hour.
On the positive side, we now have effective, root-cause solutions that are ready to be implemented. And 
fortunately, there is a group that is focused on bringing those solutions to our communities and the world.

Join HealthyPlanet’s Bob DiBenedetto for an important discussion with three members of the leadership council of that group–The Peace Alliance–whose mission is to educate, advocate, and mobilize people into action to transform systems and public policy toward a culture of peace. They are Diane Tate, the Peace Alliance Leadership Council Managing Director; Nancy Merritt, the Leadership Council Department of Peacebuilding Lead; and Jelena Popovic, the Peace Alliance’s Leadership Council Practicing Peace in Schools Lead.
You’ll hear about the Peace Alliance’s comprehensive Blueprint For Peace, which has five Cornerstones; Practicing Peace in Schools, Community Peacebuilding, Cultivating Personal Peace, Humanizing Justice Systems, and Fostering International Peace. 
The International Peace component includes a bill currently in congress that calls for a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) and a Secretary of Peacebuilding to sit at our government’s table and to ensure that peacebuilding is an ongoing and prominent national priority.
Peace is not just a lofty goal, but a necessary practice for a harmonious and thriving society. Listen in to hear about the Peace Alliance’s exciting work and learn how to be part of the solution we all so strongly desire!



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* About Our Peace Alliance Guests:

Diane Tate Leadership Council Managing Director: 

Diane Tate has a bachelor’s degree in special education from Greensboro College and a master’s degree in social science from the Citadel. She has worked in the nonprofit arena her entire career, focusing on organizations that serve children in different ways: as a preschool director, an applied behavioral therapist for kids on the autism spectrum, and a therapeutic horseback-riding instructor for children and adults with disabilities. Ms.Tate serves on the Boards of The Palmetto Hope Network ( and R.E.A.P.- Rural Education Advocacy Project ( and volunteers in her local community wherever she can be of service sharing her skills to amplify the voices of those living on the margins of our society. 

Ms. Tate has unlocked her creative side as an artist, poet, and writer. She has published her memoir called Under the Radar: When Truth Hides in Plain Sight and is the proud mom to a grown daughter, who reminds her every day of what is important. She is a firm believer that you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge and that acknowledgment begins, for her, with a long look in the mirror.


Nancy Merritt Leadership Council Department of Peacebuilding Lead:

Nancy Merritt is a CA State Coordinator for the Peace Alliance/ Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (DoP/ HR 1111), and a member of the National and CA DoP Committees. She has been involved with peace and justice issues – including issues relating to the American Indian Movement and Tibet – for many years and has worked with the Peace Alliance since 2004. Nancy has coordinated the work of the DoP groups with Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s (CA) office to introduce and promote a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding. She has also worked as part of the mighty CA DoP team to secure endorsement by the CA Democratic Party (CDP) of DoP legislation, inclusion of peacebuilding ideals in CDP Platforms and passage of peacebuilding-related resolutions. She particularly focuses on building a peaceful world for generations to come.


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Jelena Popovic Leadership Council Practicing Peace in Schools Lead:

Jelena Popovic is experienced in beginnings, grounded in mindfulness practice, open to learning from all beings, and deeply passionate about community and igniting its enormous transformative power. She aspires to educate, advocate, and mobilize others in co-creating a culture of peace. As a school psychologist by training and a peacebuilder by heart, Jelena’s passion is holding space for facilitated dialogues that are grounded in mindful awareness and empathy. She is driven by a belief that education is a continuous journey of getting intimate with and exploring the depths and layers of our purpose while uncovering curiosity, biases, joy, and wholeness along the way. Jelena is dedicated to peace education, mindful educational leadership and healing centered pedagogy as a path that supports a shift toward a culture of belonging for all.

Jelena spends most of her time in circle with educators and students and is a facilitation trainer for Soliya where she guides others in facilitating virtual cross-cultural exchange dialogues. She serves on the advisory board for the Peace of Mind, Cities4Peace, is a Program Facilitator at Mindful Schools, and in addition to being Practicing Peace in Schools Leadership Council lead she also co-host Hope Story Circles for the Peace Alliance. She guides mindfulness retreats for educators, leads international At Home In the World family retreats, and is a co-founder of Design to Connect, LLC, an educational consulting organization, that assists schools in their efforts in skillful, integrated, and sustainable schoolwide implementation of mindfulness and peace education practices.

Jelena’s guiding principle is summed up in saying “Peace begins with me.” Her daily peacebuilding practice consists of moments of silence and self-reflection and everyday gratitude for small, seemingly ordinary yet extraordinary things. Jelena is especially grateful for her loving family and friends and is honored to serve on the Peace Alliance Leadership Council.



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