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The 30th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference
Friday, May 1, 2015
Celebrating the lives of Vivienne Shub, June Wing, Howard Ehrlich and Katherine LeVeque
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
905 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
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:
- Scott Ward, “Seize the story, Save the world: Communicating effectively in a new and dynamic landscape”
- Tom McCarthy, “The Cyprus Friendship Program: A Proven Teen Model for Peace”
- Kara Annenson, Just Kids, Incarceration of Juveniles: Is this Justice?
- MJ and Jerry Park, Little Friends for Peace, Non-violence in all settings: beyond Ferguson: Working with the Police Academy, building relationships
- MJ Park, Little Friends for Peace, Live peace, Teach peace: Can we learn and use tools of non-violence?
- Howard County Friends of Latin America: Hope for Cuba Today
- Paul Jay, Senior Editor of www.theRealNews.com: 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:
- Dan Kahn, The Peace Alliance, "Creating Political Will for Peace - the Power of Your Relationships."
- Laila El-Haddad, Howard County Committee for Palestinian Rights:”Is a Lasting Peace still possible in Israel/Palestine?”
- 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
WHERE, WHAT & HOW
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.
OUR WONDERUL CO-SPONSORS
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
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
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.
HOW TO REGISTER
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
City ______________________________ Zip_____________
Best phone(s) _____________________________________________________________
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:
Annual organizational membership dues:
- $25 (less than 50 members)
- $35 (50 to 499 members)
- $45 (500 or more members).
For more information: