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The 29th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference

Peace and Justice through the Generations:
Passing the Torch for a Better World

Friday, April 25, 2014
St. Philips Episcopal Church
730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 • 410-266-8044

Sponsored by:
Maryland United for Peace and Justice / Institute for Positive Action and many supporting groups

A whole new world of communication exists in the 21st century—texting, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Skype, among others. These new tools are being used everywhere by the younger generation while the older generation is trying to keep up. How can members of the older peace generation connect with those of the younger one and work together to more fully engage in the efforts needed to create a more peaceful, just and environmentally secure world? This conference will attempt to give us some direction towards that end. Please join us!

Registration   •   Schedule of Events   •   Co-Sponsors   •   Directions   •   Misc Info   •   Contact Info

Friday, April 25th

St. Philips Episcopal Church

6:30 – 7:15 pm:
     Pot Luck Dinner, Preregistration, Networking and home hospitality arrangements

7:15 – 7:30 pm:
     MUPJ Business meeting: Agenda to follow

7:30 – 8:15 pm:
     "The Art of Waging Peace"
     Featured Speaker: Paul Chappell, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

8:15 – 9:00 pm:
     Organizing packets and set-up

Saturday, April 26th

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
All locations are in the main auditorium unless indicated otherwise

8:00 – 8:30 am:
     Registration: Table setup, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea

8:35 – 8:45 am:
     Welcome by Fred Muir (invited, Pastor of UUCA)

8:50 – 9:50 am:
     Featured Speaker I: Kristi Casteel, Joshua Casteel Foundation

Workshop Session I - Click here to download more info/bios for the Workshops & Speakers

9:55 – 10:55 am:
     Workshop Session I: various classrooms

1. Joel Lang, Financial Advisor, Finances and Peace
2. Tom McCarthy, The Cyprus Friendship Program: A Proven Teen Model for Peace,
3. Ryan Clayton, Citizens United
4. Elois Wiggins, AARP Volunteer: Keeping in Touch with Your Grand Kids Electronically
5. Kara Aaneson, Just Kids

11:00 – 12:00 noon:
     Featured Speaker II: Kathleen McClellan, Government Accountability Project and NSA Whistleblower,
     W. Kirk Wiebe, "The Criminalization of Whistleblowing"

12:05 – 1:00 pm:
     Lunch catered by B.E.S.T. Caterers, Entertainment by Max Ochs Tribute to Pete Seeger

1:10 –1:40: pm:
     Benjamin Peace Awards: Gandhi Brigade, Richard Jaeggi, The Key School,

Workshops Session II

1:45 – 2:45 pm:
     Workshop Session II: various classrooms

6. Dushaw Hockett, S.P.A.C.E.S.
7. Tom May and Jean Athey, Move the Money Campaign
8. MJ and Jerry Park, Founders, Little Friends for Peace, and the Teaching Peace Initiative
9. Josh Reubner, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
10. Matthew Johnson, Transformative Justice

Workshops Session III - Click here to download more info/bios for the Workshops & Speakers

2:50 – 3:50 pm:
     Workshop Session III: various classrooms

11. Dushaw Hockett (continuation of Workshop 5)
12. Tip Fallon. Engaging the next generation in peace.
13. Philip Caroom, Patience Schenck, and Helen Mealy, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness: What Needs to Happen?
14. Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society, Ms. Andra Baylus; "Breaking Down Barriers: Encountering the Other ~ Creatively!"

3:55 – 4:25 pm:
     Featured Speaker III: Senator Jamie Raskin, Annapolis Session Wrap-up

4:30 – 4:45 pm:


In a statewide meeting of Maryland activists, agreement was reached to present a yearly peace and justice conference. MUPJ was started following the first statewide conference in April 1986 to promote networking and to organize the annual conference.

The IPA is the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt affiliate of MUPJ, dedicated to promoting nonviolence and peace education.

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

Tables will be provided for those who would like to distribute or sell literature or other materials. Please indicate on the registration form if your group would like to use a table.

The premises are smoke-free. Please help us keep them scent-free as well by not wearing perfume, cologne, or after-shave.

CO-SPONSORS (at press time):

  • Adelphi Friends Meeting

  • Anne Arundel Peace Action

  • Baltimore Ethical Society

  • Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice

  • Benjamin Peace Foundation

  • C.H.O.I.C.E.S. and the Museum of Hidden History

  • Committee for Palestinian Rights, Howard County, Maryland

  • Cyprus Friendship Program

  • Fund the Community, Not the Pentagon

  • Global Consciousness Press

  • Just Kids

  • Maryland Conservation Council

  • Pax Christi DC Metro and Baltimore

  • Pax Cristi, BaltimorePeace Action, Montgomery County

  • Prince George's County Peace and Justice Coalition

  • Progressive Cheverly

  • Social Action Committee of the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

  • WILPF, Baltimore Chapter

  • WILPF, Washington, D.C. Chapter

We also thank St. Philips Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, and Art Milholland and Luann Mostello for their generous support.


St. Philips is located in Annapolis, Maryland. Directions are online at:

From Route 50:
Take Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd north) toward Bestgate Road for approximately one mile
The Church is on the right at the corner of Bestgate and Severn Grove Roads.

From Baltimore:
Take 695 E toward Glen Burnie.
Merge onto US 301N / US 50E via Exit 22 toward Annapolis/ Bay Bridge.
Travel about 2.5 miles and take Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd North) toward Bestgate Road.
The Church is one mile on the right at the corner of Bestgate and Severn Grove Roads.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis is located off of Bestgate Road (see above) ¼ mile past the Intersection with Rt. 50 (before reaching St. Philip’s.) Make a right turn onto N. Bestgate and then a fast left onto Dubois Rd (large Roman Catholic Church on the corner.)