Saturday, April 10, 2010

25th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference

25th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference


Connecting to Create the Change We Seek – Creating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Beloved Community

Friday evening, April 16 &

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD, 21045

Sponsored by:

Maryland United for Peace and Justice/Institute for Positive Action

and the

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

of Columbia


Purpose: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke of "beloved community" …as the ultimate goal of nonviolent activism for peace and justice-- a global community of caring where poverty, hunger and injustice are no more. How can we put that into action today?

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 16

6:30 - 7:30 pm   Pot Luck Dinner, home hospitality arrangements

7:30 – 8:30 pm MUPJ Business meeting: Agenda to follow

8:30-9:00 pm  Networking & Conference set-up

Saturday, April 17

8:00- 8:40  am Registration (on site okay) Table set up, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea

8:45-8:55 am:  Welcome

9:00 – 9:30  MD State Legislative Session Wrap-up: Del. Elizabeth Bobo & Del. Sheila Hixson

9:35- 10:25 am: KEYNOTE: Rev. Graylan Hagler, Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, Wash., D.C-Working for Peace & Justice During the Obama Presidency

10:25 – 12 noon:  INFORMATION WORKSHOPS 

12 noon – 12:55 Lunch , vegetarian option

1:00 – 1:40 pm:  Benjamin Peace Awards

1:45 - 3:15 pm:  ACTION WORKSHOPS 

3:30 – 4:00 pm Remarks by Legislators:  Sen. David Harrington & Sen. Jamie Raskin


4:00 – 4:15 pm Closing

Informational Workshops (morning)


1. Militarization of America - At What Cost? Jean Athey, Montgomery County Peace Action

2. Where is the Concern for the Environment in the Energy Debate? Norm Meadow, Maryland Conservation Council

3. Israel / Palestine: Gael Murphy, Code Pink & Shelly Fudge, Chair of Jewish Voice for Peace in the DC region

4. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Iran and Pakistan, etc.): Ray McGovern, activist

5. The Last Great Epidemic- Nuclear Weapons:  Art Milholland, M.D., PSR

6. Torture and Legal Problems of Bush's War on Terror:  David Rocah, ACLU

7. Health & the Environment: Brenda Afzal, RN, U of MD School of Nursing Environmental Health Education Center

8. TBA: The Rev. Hagler

9. Cross Roads - Oligarchy or Economic Democracy? David Hilfiker, MD

10. Non-Violent Resistance Training. Max Obuszewski, activist


Action Workshops (afternoon)


1. Dept. of Peace & the Student Peace Alliance: Julia Simon-Mishel & Aaron Voldman; Maryland Youth Leadership Conf.: Josh Stieber, Iraq war veteran & CO

2. Green Bridge - Diversity in the environmental movement: Sen. David Harrington and Katherine Soffer

3. Organizing in Maryland on Israel/Palestine:  What You Can Do: Representatives of J Street, Friends of Sabeel and Marylanders for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine

4.  Grass Roots Action to End the Wars:  Peter Lems, AFSC

5.  Working to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons in

2010: Art Milholland, M.D. and Sr. Ardeth Platte, Jonah House

6. State Legislative Approaches to Peace Making: Pat Elder, Student Privacy Protection Coalition

7. Actions to Improve the Environment & Human Health: Brenda Afzal, RN

8. Claiming People Power and Not Corporate Power: Joe Adams, Fair & Clean Elections, and Sen. Jamie Raskin

9. Resistance Opportunities: Max Obuszewski

10. A Campaign for a Democratic Military - Countering Militarism, the Permanent War, the Poverty Draft and the End of Democracy: John Judge


All presenters confirmed at press time, but program is subject to last minute changes  



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, entries can be literary, artistic, or musical.  Prizes are for essay, poetry and other art.



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


Please bring your own table for those who would like to distribute or sell literature or other materials.  Please so indicate on the registration form if you will be distributing.


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

CO-SPONSORS (at press time):

Adelphi Friends 

Anne Arundel Peace Action

Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty

Baltimore Chapter National Organization for Women

Benjamin Peace Foundation

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Courage to Resist

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Generations for Peace and Democracy

Global Consciousness Press

Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (HCCEIO)

Howard County Friends of Latin America

Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice

Iraq Pledge of Resistance

Little Friends for Peace

Maryland Conservation Council

Maryland Green Party

(Maryland) Interfaith Coalition for the Environment

Network of Spiritual Progressives, Maryland Chapter

Orthodox Peace Fellowship

Pax Christi Metro D.C.- Baltimore.

Peace & Justice Committee of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Baltimore

Peace Action Montgomery County

Peace and Justice Coalition, Prince George's County

Peace and Social Justice Committee

   Bethesda Friends Meeting

Progressive Cheverly

St. John United Methodist/Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center 

St. Vincent de Paul's Peace and Justice Committee

Social Action Committee of Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Viva House, Baltimore Catholic Worker

Washington Peace Center

Women in Black, Baltimore

Women in Black, Frederick

Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)-Baltimore Branch

WILPF, Catonsville Branch


We also thank the following for their generous support:

Phil and Mary Chenoweth, Art Milholland, M.D. and Luann Mostello, M.D., Ray Watts, and Bill Wilson


And a special thanks to our major co-sponsor:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia


Thank you all for making this conference possible!




Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradle Rock Way, Columbia MD 21045

Take Rt. 95 to Rt. 32 west (towards Columbia). Make the first right onto Broken Land Parkway. Make the second right onto Cradle Rock Way. Make a left into the parking lot of the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.



Before April 10th, cost is $25; after, $30. Students and retired: $10 (Scholarships available—no one turned away for lack of funds)

Registration includes vegetarian option lunch.

Note: You may register later or on-site, but please RSVP by phone so we can order enough food.


Clip this coupon  & Send with payment to:


"MUPJ-IPA", C/o Paulette Hammond

 401 Westshire Rd.

 Baltimore, MD  21229


For Info phone Paulette (410-747-3811) or Tony (301-390-9684)


Make check payable to: MUPJ-IPA

 (Scholarships available — no one turned away for lack of money)





Phone number:________________________________________________________




Do you plan to set up a literature table?

            Yes          No 

Group: _________________________________________________________________


Phone us  (410-747-3811 or 301-390-9684) by April 12th if yes to below:


I Need transportation?  Yes    


I can provide_____   I  need______Home Hospitality:


   Sat.            Fri. night     night   


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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