The Inland Empire Do Peace & Nonviolence Alliance began when Bobbi Jo Chavarria and her friend Shauna Llaguno, visited Senator Boxer and Congressman Baca’s office in San Bernardino Valentine’s Day 2006 delivering heart-shaped cookies with the message that Peace wanted a piece of the cookie.
The IEDOPNA has grown to over 350 online members
and supporters, and an active local group that has held Department of Peace lobbying campaigns on Mother’s Day, Walk for Peace fundraising events in September, a community dialogue in Fontana about peace in January 2007 and POSE FOR PEACE, in which they gathered over 50 picture postcards in 4 days to take on their visits to Capitol Hill at the conclusion of their national conference. In 2007, the IEDOPNA was honored by Citizen's Action for Peace (CAP) with their annual group award.
The IEDOPNA has hosted a benefit and a production of a play entitled, “The Gift of Peace” inspired by the Department of Peace legislation and continues to lobby local congressional representatives to sponsor and support HR808.