Bringing peace, justice, and environmental groups and individuals together since 1985

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.

MUPJ, a 501(c)(4) corporation, is a statewide organization that connects groups and individuals working for peace, justice, and a safe environment.  MUPJ’s goal is cooperation among peace, justice and environmental groups for the purposes of mutual support and more effective coordinated actions.

MUPJ was started following a statewide call to Maryland peace groups in the fall of 1985 by Jesse Aiken, a Maryland peace activist.  It was agreed that the groups wanted a monthly calendar of events, a state resource guide, and a yearly peace and justice conference.  Our first statewide conference was held in April 1986.  MUPJ, Inc. was formed to address the need for greater coordination, networking and communication among the many groups and individuals concerned with peace and justice, as well as the annual conference and the calendar of events.

MD United for Peace and Justice-Institute for Positive Action (MUPJ-IPA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with the purpose of education and information concerning current issues of importance to those working for peace and justice. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the MUPJ Institute for Positive Action at the address on the front.

We conducted the annual Peace, Justice and Environment Conference, rotating its location around the state. We now offer workshops on a variety of subjects every quarter and hold Summits which connect and empower groups and individuals working on peace, justice and environment issues.

The organizations listed below carry out a wide range of activities to bring about progressive change in our state and many also participate in and/or support MUPJ activities. “S” indicates groups that participated in the November 2014 MUPJ Summit and “C” indicates co-sponsors of the May 2015 MUPJ Conference.* (If we inadvertently omitted your group from this list, please let our co-webmaster know: rdbtenor@gmail.com

Check out their websites to learn more about the vital goals and work of these MUPJ members and partners!


Adelphi Friends Meeting (S, C) www.adelphifriends.org Contact Will Kastens 240-606-9002

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Middle Atlantic Region https://afsc.org Has two Baltimore affiliates: Friend of a Friend https://www.afsc.org/program/friend-friend-program

Dominique Stevenson 240-707-0110


American Friends Service Committee

Suite 212
3600 Clipper Mill Rd.
Baltimore, MD, 21211

Anne Arundel Peace Action

Michael Keller, Coordinator Emeritus
310 Riverview Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403


Baltimore Ethical Society (C) http://baltimoreethicalsociety.org/


Snail Mail and Calls
Our mailing address is 306 W Franklin St #102, Baltimore, MD 21201. All calls should be directed to 410-581-2322.

For general inquiries, please email ask@bmorethical.org.

You can email our administrator, Stephen Meskin, at admin@bmorethical.org.
You can email our president, Paul Furth, at president@bmorethical.org.

Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice (C) http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/baltimore-quaker-peace-justice


5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210 Phone: (443) 703-2590, Email: sroffice@StonyRunFriends.org

Baltimore Nonviolence Center

325 E. 25th St. , Baltimore , MD 21218 . Email: mobuszewski2001@comcast.net.

Benjamin Peace Foundation (C) http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/52-2183293/benjamin-peace-foundation.aspx Contact Ron Benjamin ron_benjamin@hotmail.com

Bethesda Friends Meeting (C) www.bethesdafriends.org/

Bridges Not Walls – Cheverly https://www.facebook.com/bridgesnotwallscheverly/

Contact Joani Horchler  https://www.facebook.com/joani.horchler

Charm City Labor Chorus (S) www.charmcitylaborchorus.org Contact Marilyn Julius marilynkjulius@gmail.com

Committee for Palestine Rights, Howard County (C) http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/node/12146

Contact 1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation www.cjpf.org/

Contact 8730 Georgia Ave, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD, 20910 (301)589-6020 esterling@cjpf.org

Cyprus Friendship Program (C) http://cyprusfriendship.org/

Contact Treasurer, CFP, Inc.
8048 Cindy Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817



Democracy Alliance www.democracyalliance.org

Contact Democracy Alliance
P.O. Box 18607
Washington, DC 20036

Divine Word Missionaries (S) http://www.svdmissions.org/


Street Address:

1835 Waukegan Road
Techny, Illinois


We’d love to hear from
you call us toll-free at:


Friends Committee on National Legislation (S) www.fcnl.org Contact Theo Sither theo@fcnl.org

Fund our Communities, Not the Pentagon (C) http://www.ourfunds.org/ Contact Jean Athey jeanathey@verizon.net

Get Money Out – Maryland (S) www.getmoneyoutmd.org Contact Charlie Cooper Charlie.coop47@gmail.com

Global Coalition for Peace http://www.globalcoalitionforpeace.net/

Contact gcfp@earthlink.nett or roseannlord7@gmail.com

Global Consciousness Press (S, C) www.gcpweb.org

Contact Deaver at 301-464-6994

Howard County Friends of Latin America (C) www.friendsoflatinamerica.org Leslie Salgado cuba_is_hope@comcast.net

Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington www.jcouncil.org/


Main Office: 301-770-0881

Little Friends for Peace (S, C) www.LFFP.org Mary Parks mjpeace@gmail.com


Maryland Conservation Council (C) http://mdconservationcouncil.org

Mailing Address

2304 South Road
Baltimore, MD 21209-4430

Email: mdconservationcouncil@yahoo.com

Maryland Green Party (C) www.mdgreens.org Contact Bahram Zandi bahram@greens.org

Maryland Progress Caucus

Contact Sheila Ruth Sheila@shielaruth.com

NAACP, Prince George’s County (S) www.naacppgc.org Contact Bob Ross bobross32@gmail.com

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalists Church Social Action Committee (C) www.pbuuc.org

Contact 3215 Powder Mill Road • Adelphi, Maryland 20783-1097
301-937-3666 • Fax: 301-937-3667 • churchadmin@pbuuc.orgwebmaster@pbuuc.org

Pax Christi, Metro DC (S, C) www.paxchristimetrodc.org

Contact Catherine Rotterman

Pax Christi, Baltimore (S, C) www.paxchristibaltimore.org

Contact Chuck Michaels

Peace Action Anne Arundel County (C) http://www.mdpeaceaction.org/pages/contactus.htm

Tom May

310 Riverview Avenue

Annapolis, MD 21403-3328


 Peace Action Howard County (C) http://www.peace-action.org/affiliates#Maryland

Steve Buff

6112 Fence Post Court, Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-740-5583

Peace Action Prince Georges (also Prince George’s Peace and Justice Coalition)

Contact us:

  • Lucy Duff, 301.577.2350
  • E-mail

People for Change Coalition, http://www.pfccoalition.org

Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition (PGPJC) (S, C) http://www.justpeace-pgmd.org/ Contact Donna Hoffmeister donna.hoffmeister@vrizon.net

Prince George’s County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities (S)


Regular Meetings

  • 4 – 6 p.m.
  • The 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • Largo Government Center
    First Floor Conference Room
    9201 Basil Court
    Largo, MD 20774

Progressive Cheverly (S, C) www.progressivecheverly.org

Progressive Maryland (S) www.progressivemaryland.org/ Contact Larry Stafford larry@progressivemaryland.org


Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice http://uusj.net/

7750 16th St. NW Washington, DC 20012
Phone: 202-600-9132202-600-9132
E-Mail: info@uusj.org

Washington Catholic Archdiocese Justice and Advocacy Councils, Prince George’s County (S) http://stjanedechantal.org/ministries/parish-and-civic-ministries/justice-advocacy-councils

Washington Peace Center www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/

1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Washington, D.C. Branch (S, C) www.wilpfus.org

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Baltimore Branch (S, C) www.wilpfus.org

Youth Leadership Support Network http://www.worldyouth.org https://www.facebook.com/joani.horchler



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May Peace Prevail On Earth News

The World Peace Prayer Society

Archive for October, 2015

World Peace Flag Ceremony at Tillman Chapel in the Church Center for the United Nations-NYC-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 21, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, the Church Center for the United Nations, and an impressive list of coalitions and organizations including the World Peace Prayer Society co-sponsored a day-long vigil for the International Day of Peace at the Tillman Chapel in the Church Center across the street from the United Nations on 21 September.


The event was entitled, “The Quest for a Just and Sustainable Peace,” with a keynote address on “A Tale of Two 70s: The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing.”  The winning artwork of the 2015 Peace Pals Art Exhibition with the theme “Love to Hiroshima–Love to Nagasaki” was on display throughout the day.


The Chaplain for the Church Center, which is run by the United Methodist Women, is Rev. Dionne Boissiere. She now has her own desktop Peace Pole, which she placed in a special area where those in attendance could write their prayers on a ribbon to post on a board. The Chapel was filled with prayers for peace all day long. Rev. Boissiere also put out a call to churches to ring their bells at 12 noon and for everyone to Tweet, #MayPeacePrevailOnEarth!


The World Peace Prayer Society held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations at 3:00, following the hourly Minute of Silence, accompanied by the Society’s Peace Bell made of recycled weapons of war. The flags has been raised that morning by students at the bell ringing ceremony by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Now each one was presented in turn as everyone sent a prayer for peace to prevail in each country of the world in turn, accompanied by the transcendent music of the World Peace Violin.


Many special friends of the World Peace Prayer Society took part in the prayers, including Andrew Benson Greene of Sierra Leone, who has long worked with Bockarie Enssah, our Peace Representative there. He is an accomplished poet, who has written a book of poetry called “The Peace Pole.”


This heartfelt call to peace from the United Nations was surely felt around the world. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

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[beloved-community-interfaith-network] Midwest Academy Organizing Strategy Chart
To: Beloved Community Interfaith Network <beloved-community-interfaith-network@googlegroups.com>

Hi all,

Last night I watched a documentary film on the activist Heather Booth, who, among many achievements, founded a school for progressive organizers called the Midwest Academy.  Since several of us are involved in organizations and initiatives ourselves, here’s the Academy’s Strategy Chart for helping to guide your efforts.