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Legislative leaders should help create a more level political playing field for all Americans, rich and poor, by allowing a floor vote in the Maryland General Assembly on the Democracy Amendment. 
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Come and Join Us in a FREE Workshop

Saturday, September 19, 2015     

                                                         2-5 PM                                                          

Adelphi Friends Meeting

2303 Metzerott Rd.

Adelphi, MD 20783 


Communicating Effectively in a

New and Shifting Environment


Presented by

Scott Ward

Principal, Fifth Estate Communications

About the workshop:

We will discuss and do hands-on exercises to help develop an effective communications strategy for your organization. We will cover communications theory, organizational structure and how to integrate what you say about yourself, how you say it, and whom you say it to, into the change you’re hoping to make happen in the world. (We will not be focusing on tactics like media outreach, social networking or building websites). Participants will leave with the tools they need to work with colleagues, board members and volunteers on developing their own strategic communications plan.


About the presenter:

Scott Ward has more than 25 years of professional experience in all aspects of communications, including advocacy communications; new media; social marketing; training; risk and crisis communications; national, regional and local media relations; event planning and marketing; message development and testing; media buying; stakeholder outreach; graphic design and desktop publishing; and writing and editing. Scott is frequently called upon to provide staff- and executive-level communications training, sit on panels, run workshops and conduct organizational capacity-building exercises.


Sponsored by  Maryland United for Peace and Justice

Since its founding in 1985, Maryland United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) has provided networking, communication and support to groups and individuals working in Maryland towards a world with lasting peace, social justice and a sustainable environment.


RSVP Paulette,, 410-747-3811 or Tony,, 301-390-9684

Refreshments served. Donations welcomed.





Past Events:

The 30th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference

Videos uploaded

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?


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