|The Peace Pentagon Today. War has moved out of the spotlight, but wars continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. The unresolved conflicts of our time and the United States government's reliance on military interventions mean that many lives are in danger every day. The work of removing the root causes of war and violence continues. Since 1969, when the property was acquired by the War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette has been the headquarters of peace forces, a place where activists from many different organizations plan creative resistance to militarism and injustice.||
Current Peace Pentagon programs include a hotline for GI's who want to leave the military, information about redirecting taxes used for war, coordination of demonstrations, grant making, and TV programming. The building’s meeting space is used by activists from around the city.
|We are a group of building tenants, and affiliates of the tenant organizations, working to create a sustainable future for the Peace Pentagon. The building is both a vital part of our connection to the world and a valuable economic resource. The proposals generated by the competition will help us to envision a building that optimizes our use of resources, raises public awareness about the Peace Pentagon and provokes thinking about architecture that expresses activism for peace and justice.||hide text|
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