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The 30th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference

Coordination and Cooperation for Action to Achieve Peace and Social Justice

Friday, May 1, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015

443-418-5479 (c-Paulette)
301-390-9684 (h-Tony)

Celebrating the lives of Vivienne Shub, June Wing, Howard Ehrlich and Katherine LeVeque


Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church

905 Frederick Road

Catonsville, MD 21228


Sponsored by

Maryland United for Peace and Justice/Institute for Positive Action

and cosponsors listed below

30 years ago, participants in Maryland’s first conference on peace, justice and the environment 1986 formed Maryland United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) as a means to coordinate and support efforts to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Our 2015 conference celebrates MUPJ’s three decades of energizing and supporting progressive Maryland groups and individuals. Please join us as we continue our crucial and exciting activities!


Friday, May 1st

6:30 – 7:15 pm:  Potluck dinner and housing arrangements for out-of-town participants

7:15 – 7:30 pm:  MUPJ business meeting

7:30 – 8:15 pm:   Liz McAllister and Ray McGovern:  “Standing up to empire – then and now!”

8:15 – 9:00 pm:  Preparation of conference site and materials


Saturday, May 2nd

8:00 – 8:20 am: Registration:  Table setup, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea


8:30 – 8:50 am: Welcome by Pastor Dave Asendorf, Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church


9:00 – 9:50 am: Featured Speaker I:  Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, The Mess in the Middle East: What can we do?


10:00 – 10:50 Workshop Session I:         

  1. Scott Ward, “Seize the story, Save the world: Communicating effectively in a new and dynamic landscape”
  2. Tom McCarthy, “The Cyprus Friendship Program: A Proven Teen Model for Peace”
  3. Kara Annenson, Just Kids, Incarceration of Juveniles: Is this Justice?
  4. MJ and Jerry Park, Little Friends for Peace, Non-violence in all settings: beyond Ferguson:  Working with the Police Academy, building relationships


11:00 – 11:50 pm Workshop Session II: various classrooms 

  1. MJ Park, Little Friends for Peace, Live peace, Teach peace: Can we learn and use tools of non-violence?
  2. Howard County Friends of Latin America: Hope for Cuba Today
  3. Paul Jay, Senior Editor of  Speaking Truth to Power on the Internet


12:00 noon – 12:30 pm: Plenary Session: Participant speedy-input on new MUPJ website and proposed quarterly MUPJ summit meetings

12:05 - 12:30 pm – 1:10 pm: Gourmet Lunch and Glorious Music. Catering by Catonsville Gourmet with vegetarian option

Entertainment by Pastor Gloria Jones Swieringa

1:10 pm –1:55 pm:   Benjamin Peace Awards: Gandhi Peace Brigade at DuVal High School, Lanham, MD

2:00 – 2:50 pm: Featured Speaker II: Martin Fleck Program Director, for Physicians for Social Responsibility, "Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons"

3:00 – 3:50 pm: Workshop Session III:

  1. Dan Kahn, The Peace Alliance, "Creating Political Will for Peace - the Power of Your Relationships."
  2. Laila El-Haddad, Howard County Committee for Palestinian Rights:”Is a Lasting Peace still possible in Israel/Palestine?”
  3. Bahram Zandi, Co-chair, International Committee, Green Party US: May Day, A Blueprint for Cooperation for Change


4:00 – 4:30 pm:  Plenary Celebration

Participant input, 30th anniversary cake, and Ethiopian Iced Coffee


Directions to the conference site   Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church is on Frederick Road (MD 144) in downtown Catonsville. 

From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695): take Exit 13 (Frederick Avenue/MD-144) west. The church is on the left shortly after the fire station.

From Ellicott City: take Frederick Road (Main Street) east to downtown Catonsville.  Salem will be on the right shortly after the post office.

Maryland United For Peace & Justice A statewide meeting of Maryland activists in 1985 agreed to present an annual conference on peace and  justice (the environment was added later.)  MUPJ was started following the first statewide conference in April 1986 to promote networking and to organize the annual conference.

MUPJ/Institute for Positive Action (IPA) MUPJ/ IPA, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt affiliate, promotes education for nonviolence, social justice and a sustainable planet.

Fred Benjamin Peace Awards  Open to all public, private and home-schooled high school students throughout Maryland and D.C.; entries can be literary, artistic or musical. 

Home Hospitality Home hospitality will be available for out-of-town attendees.  Please indicate on the registration form if you need or can provide Hospitality.

Information Tables  We will provide tables organizations to distribute or sell literature or other materials.  Please indicate your interest on the registration form if your group would like to use a table.

Environmental Concerns Salem Church premises are smoke-free. Please help keep them scent-free by not wearing perfume, cologne or after-shave. And be sure to place trash and recyclables in the marked containers.


Adelphi Friends Meeting

Anne Arundel Peace Action

Baltimore Ethical Society

Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Benjamin Peace Foundation

Committee to Amend

Committee for Palestinian Rights, Howard County, Maryland

Cyprus Friendship Program

Fund the Community, Not the Pentagon

Global Consciousness Press

Howard County Friends of Latin America

Just Kids

Little Friends for Peace

Maryland Conservation Council

Maryland Green Party

Pax Christi DC Metro-Baltimore

Pax Christi, Baltimore

Peace Action, Montgomery County

Prince George's County Peace and Justice Coalition

Progressive Cheverly

Social Action Committee of Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Washington Peace Center

WILPF, Baltimore Branch

WILPF, Washington, D.C. Branch

MUPJ gives special thanks to …

  • Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church and Pastor Rev. David Asendorf for very gracious hospitality.
  • Art Milholland and Luann Mostello for generous support.



Conference fees cover the catered lunch and help meet other conference expenses.

You may register later or onsite, but registering by April 25th will ensure we order enough food.

Please reduce the amounts listed below by $5 if you register by April 25: 

  • $35 is the regular fee for an individual
  • $20 is the regular fee for students, retirees, second members of a family

If these amounts would make it difficult for you to attend, please let us know: we are flexible! 

Please complete (or photocopy) the items below and send with send your check made out to “MUPJ/IPA” to:


C/o Paulette Hammond,

401 Westshire Rd.

Baltimore, MD  21229


Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

City ______________________________ Zip_____________

Best phone(s) ­­_____________________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________________________

Organization (if any): _________________________________________________________________________________________


Please let us know by April 25th whether …

____ You wish to have an information table

____ You need a ride

____ You can offer a ride

____ You need lodging Friday night

____ You need lodging Saturday night

____ You can offer lodging 


We welcome new members, as well as renewals! To join MUPJ, please include with your registration a separate check made out to “MUPJ/IPA.”

 Annual individual membership dues:

  • $15

 Annual organizational membership dues:

  • $25 (less than 50 members)
  • $35 (50 to 499 members)
  • $45 (500 or more members).


For more information:

Paulette (443-418-5479), or Tony Langbehn (301-390-9684),