The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Please join the UNA-NCA’s Sustainable Development Committee for a program on The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions, on June 21, 2017 and hear first-account stories from refugees along with a moderated panel discussion.

This event seeks to dispel the associated myths and misconceptions and will highlight personal accounts of past and present refugees in the local Washington, DC area drawing on the diverse perspectives of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern communities. The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institution) drawing on the past and present policies and actions taken at the local, national, and global levels. Since the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, refugees and other displaced persons have witnessed an increase in negative perceptions of their presence in the United States most notably after Executive Order 13769. Despite the blocking of this travel ban through federal judge Derrick Watson, mainstream Americans continue to hold insufficient knowledge on the circumstances pertaining to refugees and other displaced persons.

This event is open to the public and free for students as well as UNA-NCA members.

                                           

The Peace Alliance – Be The Movement. CA Peace Alliance Stands for Peace Building At The CA Democratic Convention

Logo

CA PEACE ALLIANCE STANDS FOR PEACEBUILDING
AT THE CA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

The CA Peace Alliance/Department of Peacebuilding Campaign stood for peacebuilding at the CA Democratic Party (CDP) Convention in Sacramento, CA from May 19-21, 2017 by:

  •   tabling, dialoguing and networking with many of the over 3,000 convention attendees and delegates – including many hopeful conversations and appreciation to us for persistently injecting peacebuilding into the national discourse
  •   obtaining petition signatures from some candidates for CA statewide offices, CDP activists and others urging members of Congress to join with the 29 current cosponsors of Rep. Barbara Lee’s (CA-13) legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111)
  •   partnering at our booth with Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing/ ArtEsteem group which promotes violence prevention through the arts in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco schools
  •  successfully obtaining endorsement of our “Resolution to Budget for Peacebuilding for People & the Environment” by the CDP Resolutions Committee, ensuring that the resolution will be on the consent calendar for the next statewide Democratic party meeting in August 2017
  •  learning that Pierre Beauregard, District 50 Congressional candidate, makes a Department of Peacebuilding part of his platform
While our nation is in a vortex of distrust and division, many are working to create a better world. The rhetoric and causes on display at the CDP convention reflected our national imbalance and the balance we are seeking. Building a culture of inclusion, oneness, respect and peace is more important than ever. Prioritizing violence prevention and peacebuilding – including establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding – is vital to our children, our nation and our world. That was our message at the CDP convention.
Thank you to the many volunteers, donors, supporters and CA Peace Alliance team members for doing the work of peacebuilding. See our photos on Facebook!

When our children ask

“DID YOU HELP CREATE THE DEPARTMENT OF PEACEBUILDING?”

What will you say?

Nancy Merritt

CA Peace Alliance

National Department of Peacebuilding Lead

The Peace Alliance

empowered by Salsa

Peace Camp 2017, Peace In Myself, Peace In The World! – Little Friends for Peace

Peace Camp 2017

easter8-top1a.jpg

Peace In Myself,
Peace In The World! 

Our Peace Camps have kicked off with our first partnership with
a museum! Special thanks to Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
for hosting our camp and helping us “Discover Peace”!
lffp1 3
It’s Not Too Late To Register!
register today at http://www.lffp.org
lffp2
Peace Camp Dates 2017 : 
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
June 5-9
St, Christopher’s Espicopal Church
June 12-16UUCA
June 26-30
July 3-7
Perry School Childrens Camp
June 26- July 28
Perry School Young Leaders Camp

July 10-14

Cheverly

July 24-28

St. Camillus 

July 31– Aug 4
Mount Rainier
Aug 14-18
Christ Congregational Church
Aug 21-25

Contribute to Peace Camp: 

We have a few items that we are in need of and we would love your help getting them. Please email peacecamp@lffp.org if you would like to contribute any of the items below:
  • Grocery Store Brown Paper Bags
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Paper Towel Tubes
  • Used Yogurt Containers
  • Used Plastic Salad Containers
  • Used Plastic Fruit Containers
  • Any General Art Supplies
 Camp Promo 2 5

Send a Kid to Camp:
If you would like to help send a kid to camp this summer please donate to our Ann Little Memorial Scholarship Fund
which helps us say YES to all kids who want to go to Peace Camp.
CLICK HERE!

Schlorship Amounts 2

easter8-bottom2.jpg

Peace on the journey ,

MJ and Jerry

Co-Directors of LFFP

The Anatomy of Resistance!

The last several months have been some of the most challenging for our country in quite some time. The current presidential administration has tried to bewilder us with a constant barrage of attacks on freedom and basic dignity of the most vulnerable. Yet, as we survey the country, there remain stories of people doing extraordinary work to resist.
In times like these, when it’s easy to focus on the losses, we realize that it’s important to lift up moments of goodness. This is why we are going live today with the launch of our new podcast series, The Anatomy of Resistance: Where we (the people) won and why.
Listen to Episode 1 now on
In the coming episodes, as your co-hosts — Erica Chenoweth and Anthony Grimes — we will spotlight stories of innovative moments of resistance and talk about why they were successful.
Our hope is that we can give organizers and everyday citizens tools to be more effective in our collective resistance.

For this first episode, which focuses on the Women’s March, it was our privilege to talk with two national organizers who have been critical to its development, Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker. They share lessons from organizing the march and talk about how art and creativity is essential to the movement.

Listen now on iTunes or SoundCloud and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for the latest content.

Paola Mendoza, artistic director for the Women’s March on Washington, was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her feature, documentary, and short films, which have won awards at film festivals around the world, explore immigrant stories and the problems related to deportation laws. Ms. Mendoza was a two-time nominee for the NALIP Estel Awards given to Latino filmmakers who show extraordinary promise in the field of directing.
Sarah Sophie Flicker, strategic advisor to the Women’s March, is an activist performer who founded Citizen’s Band, a political/cabaret group active in raising  funds and awareness. She writes for several websites, including Rookie and Hello Giggles; has conceptualized and directed videos in support of women’s issues; and collaborated with Lizz Winstead (co-founder of The Daily Show) on the political advocacy group Lady Parts Justice.
Dr. Erica Chenoweth is award-winning co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict and professor & associate dean for research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Anthony Grimes is director of campaigns & strategy for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He is also a writer, photographer/filmmaker, human rights activist, and theologian based in Denver, Colorado.

Check out Episode 1 of The Anatomy of Resistance now on SoundCloud or iTunes!

In the struggle,

Anthony Grimes and Erica Chenoweth
Co-Hosts, The Anatomy of Resistance
Produced by the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Follow FOR:
Get in touch:
Fellowship of Reconciliation | 521 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960

Greenbelt Peace Month

 

GREENBELT PEACE MONTH -June 2017(updated 5/26/2017)

 Reposted By: Ed Fallon MUPJ

Peace Month is proclaimed by the City of Greenbelt- updates will be posted at greenbeltmd.gov Peace Month calendar is coordinated by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition in cooperation with the City of Greenbelt. All events are free and open to all.

June 1-30 Message to Tomorrow

Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Lobby

The City celebrates its anniversary by inviting Greenbelters to write themselves a letter, outlining their hopes for the future and the actions they commit to taking to improve their community and the world.

June 3 & 4   Greenbelt Day Weekend Happy 80th Anniversary, Greenbelt!   Events/exhibits calendar at http://www.greenbeltmd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1868

June 3 Greenbelt Concert Band Saturday, 3 pm, Greenbelt Community Center gym

A musical tribute to peace will be featured in this anniversary celebration. Joan Rackey conducts the band.Contact Band General ManagerElihu Zimet, zimete@verizon.net.

June 4   Naturalization Ceremony Sunday, 12 noon, Greenbelt Community Center gym

U.S. Citizen & Immigration Service administers oath of allegiance to new citizens.

June 4 Growing Trust, Understanding and Love in Families and Communities

Sunday, 2-4 pm, Greenbelt Community Center room 114

Adults and children over 7 years of age are invited to participate in a workshop with a fun and engaging process called the Peacemaking Circle, to help people have happier and more peaceful relationships and more easily to resolve disagreements in ways that work for all.

June 11   Building Trust and Safety in Schools

Sunday, 2-4 pm, Greenbelt Community Center room 114

For high school students and adults, a workshop is offered on Restorative Justice,an alternative approach to resolving conflicts in schools and society. It differs from traditional discipline by addressing root causes of conflicts, peacefully engaging the community, and giving voice to all parties in the conflict. Workshop presents history of Restorative Justice in the US and its growth in the MD/DC/VA area.Both workshops by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition- contact Jane McMahon, 202-684-5974.

June 16 Open Readings and an Essay on Peace

Friday, 7:30 pm, Greenbelt Community Center

Read poems and quotes about peace from favorite books. Participate in an essay on “If you were U. S. President, what would your plan be to bring about world peace.” Greenbelt Writers Group- contact Barbara Ford, barb.ford@comcast.net.

 June 19 “Reel & Meal at the New Deal”

Monday, 7pm, New Deal Café, 113 Centerway

View I Learn America, a film that follows five immigrant teenagers at an international school in Brooklyn as they strive to master English and learn about America, their new home. Three of them are undocumented, one is a refugee and one is a devout Muslim. Discussion will explore ways we can welcome immigrants in our local communities. Co-sponsor Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition- contact Donna Hoffmeister, 301-441-9377, donna.hoffmeister@verizon.net

June 24   Rain Garden Workshop and Walking Tour

Saturday, 10 am-12 noon, Greenbelt Public Works, 555 Crescent Road

Learn how to design and install rain gardens and then get a rebate through the Rain Check Program. Take a tour of local rain gardens. Greenbelt Public Works in partnership with Prince George’s County Department of the Environment-

contact and RSVP to Connor Roessler, croessler@greenbeltmd.gov, 240-542-2150.

June 25 Collection of Greenbelters’ Artifacts and Stories about Promoting Peace

Sunday, 1-5 pm, Greenbelt Museum’s Historic House, 10B Crescent Road Greenbelters, how have you promoted peace over the years: anti-war demonstrations, protests, or other events? The Greenbelt Museum is interested in your peace-related artifacts, photographs, and newspaper clippings. It would also like to record your peace-promoting stories and memories to share them using the StoryCorps App. Drop by the historic house for this special collecting initiative. Greenbelt Museum- contact Ennis Barbery Smith, greenbeltmuseumstsaff@gmail.com or 240-542-2064.

June 25   Bikes for the World Collection

Sunday, 10 am-2 pm, parking lot behind City office building at 25 Crescent Road

Recycle your repairable bikes, their parts, and accessories for use overseas. See www.bikesfortheworld.org. Greenbelt Baha’i Community- contact Jim Fischer jfischer2@verizon.net.

 

 

 

In three days we will march for truth. Will you join us?

In three days we will march for truth. Will you join us?

We’re Indivisible, and we’re ready
 
Indivisible
 
Sent via ActionNetwork.org. To update your email address or to stop receiving emails from Indivisible, please click here.

“Enough Is Enough! We must not be silent and hope it all goes away”

  

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Bob Ross: 267-987-4817
President PGC Branch NAACP
2nd Vice President MSC NAACP
Charnell Ferguson: 301-448-9591
President MSC Youth & Division NAACP

 

 

“Enough Is Enough! We must not be silent and hope it all goes away
As We Seek Justice”

Arnold, MD., May 27, 2017 – President Gerald Stansbury, The Maryland State Conference (MSC) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branches, President, Charnell Ferguson, Youth & College Division (MSC) NAACP, Bob Ross, 2nd Vice President, (MSC) NAACP and President, The Prince George’s County NAACP Branch and other speakers are scheduled to speak at a press conference in response to the killing of Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, age 23 and a student at Bowie State University, Bowie, MD.

Today, the (MSC) NAACP, Youth & College Division (MSC) NAACP and Prince George’s County NAACP Branch release the following statement as we stand in solidarity with the Collins’ family, members of NAACP and the community seeking justice for the senseless killing of Mr. Richard Collins III. It is not the time to be political, but the time to recognize that a family is grieving the sudden loss of a son.

It is important that we reserve any public statements until the press conference is held on May 30, at 6:30PM, County Administration Building.

Our prayers go out to the family of Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III for the loss of their loved one and friend stabbed on Saturday, May 20, 2017 around 3:00 a.m., while waiting on an Uber driver with friends at a nearby bus stop. Mr. Collins succumbed to his injuries while in route to the hospital.

This year alone there have been reports of racist flyers, threats, incidents, and a noose found inside a campus fraternity house.

“Enough is enough! We must not be silent and we must speak out against crimes of hate!”

What: The Maryland State Conference (MSC) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branches, Youth & College Division
(MSC) NAACP and The Prince George’s County NAACP Branch are hosting
a press conference on the stabbing death of Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III

When: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:30PM

Where: County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

###

STAY CONNECTED:

Prince George’s County NAACP Branch Maryland, 9201 Basil Court, Suite 115, Largo, MD 20774

Forward this email | Update Profile | About our service provider

Sent by naacp-umarlboro@comcast.net in collaboration with

Get Money Out -Maryland

GMOM_letterhead_logo1234.jpg

Despite your record-setting efforts, the Democracy Amendment Resolution (DAR) did not get a vote in the 2017 General Assembly. A national organization is fighting us tooth and nail, and a key Delegate undermined our effort. Nevertheless, we did make progress in having access to and influence with leadership of the respective chambers, and we helped pass three bills on money in politics.

GMOM_HouseRules_031017.jpgSpecial News Flash! Wolf PAC founder Cenk Uygur will be in Washington, DC, this weekend in connection with the climate march. Cenk generated the idea of using the Article V Convention to get a Democracy Amendment for free and fair elections. His Young Turks network is the largest online news show in the world.

Saturday Event – 11am
WHAT: Climate March in D.C.
WHEN: Saturday 4/29 at 11am ET
WHERE: Intersection of Jefferson Dr SW & 3rd St SW, Washington, D.C.
Sunday Event – 12pm
WHAT: Resistance Rally
WHEN: Sun. 4/30, noon ET
WHERE: Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Cenk1.jpg

Good Bills That Passed

SB 130 by Sen. Bryan Simonaire – Prohibits a foreign principal from making a contribution or spending money to influence the outcome of a ballot issue.  simonaire.jpg
HB 898 by Del. Eric Ebersole – Defines “coordinated expenditure” to aid in enforcing the prohibition on coordination between campaigns and political parties, on the one hand, and dark money sources and so-called “independent spenders,” on the other hand. ebersole01.jpg
HB 1498 by Del. Alonzo Washington – Requires so-called “independent spenders” to identify a human being who lives in Maryland as resident agent and requires that individuals who violate the law on reporting campaign spending must pay the fines levied against them or be barred from future participation in influencing elections.  washington_a.jpg

Your Record-Setting Efforts for the Democracy Amendment Resolution in 2016-7

Our Education/Outreach Committee worked to create huge leaps in the number of GMOM speaking engagements and in the effectiveness of our social media presence

Our Legislative Committee secured support from Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Pastor Delman Coates, MD Conference NAACP, and the Chesapeake Climate Action network.

 Petitioning_Dona.jpg 2.958 petition signers for 2017 – 77% more than in the prior year.
 phonetalk1.jpg 3,200 new GMOM supporters (petition signers, callers, and others), equal to the total number recruited in the previous 3-1/2 years of our existence.
 pinsky.jpggaines.jpg 22 co-sponsors for Senator Paul Pinsky’s version of the DAR, SJ 4. 61 co-sponsors for Delegate Tawanna Gaines’ version, HJ 6.
 Busch_Miller.jpg  Senate Pres. Miller told 3 GMOM Board members that he supports the DAR. House Speaker Busch invited us to meet with him after the completion of the 2017 session.

So What the Heck Happened? Why Didn’t We Get a Vote on the DAR?

The Senate passed the DAR in 2015, and the Senate President does not want to devote further floor time to the DAR until the House initiates action. The House version – HJ 6 – did not get a vote because the leadership determined that discussion on the floor regarding the Article V convention process created an unfavorable atmosphere.

That discussion on the House floor arose over another resolution – HJ 2/SJ 2, which repealed Maryland’s prior applications for an Article V convention. The prior calls were passed between 1939 and 1975.[i] We supported that Resolution because we agree that actions taken between 42 and 78 years ago should not bind Maryland now and that “[t]he need to advance these various policy reforms should be debated anew.”

Unfortunately, Rules Committee Chair Anne Healey urged passage of this Repeal Resolution on the faulty grounds that a convention of the states would be dangerous and could lead to amendments that would damage individual citizens’ protections under the Bill of Rights.

ahealey.jpg

Her speech closely tracked the misleading talking points provided by Common Cause, which has obstructed efforts in many states to achieve the 28th Amendment using the Article V Convention process. Common Cause routinely fails to mention that any amendment proposed by a Convention would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states – a formidable barrier to the enactment of an unwise amendment. Common Cause also implies that a “Constitutional Convention” could “enact” amendments. In fact, Article V permits “a Convention for proposing Amendments” (emphasis added), not a “Constitutional Convention.”

In taking that course, Del. Healey rejected a key element of the U. S. constitution – an element which was provided to protect citizens from an unresponsive or corrupt Congress. Del. Healey chooses to avoid directly confronting the forces supporting big money in politics on the basis that we should be afraid of them. You can listen to Del. Healey and her exchange with other delegates here. And you can hear GMOM volunteer Susan Ogden refute her points here.

Common Cause’s only strategy for winning an Amendment is to persuade Congress to propose it. We believe – and our supporters in the Congress confirm – that no progress will be made toward the 28th Amendment using a Congress-only path for the foreseeable future. In addition, the appointment of Justice Gorsuch means that the Supreme Court will not be overruling itself any time soon on campaign finance matters.

Get Money Out believes strongly in pursuing both paths laid out in Article V of the Constitution to build support for the 28th Amendment. To do otherwise is to ask citizens to fight voter suppression and big money in politics with one hand tied behind our backs. Click here for our full explanation of why we reject the “runaway convention” theory and other fear-based opposition to the full use of Article V.


[i] “These calls include: (1) House Resolution (1939) (unconfirmed) calling for limitations on the federal taxing power; (2) House Joint Resolution 40 (1964) calling for standards concerning the size and boundaries of congressional districts; (3) Senate Joint Resolution 1 (1965) calling for legislative autonomy concerning the apportionment of State legislative bodies; (4) Senate Resolution 47 (1973) (unconfirmed), a memorial from the Senate of Maryland calling for the allowance of school prayer in public schools; and (5) Senate Joint Resolution 4 (1975) calling for a balanced federal budget. It is generally believed that these calls never expire, and current generations are now bound by decisions made in a different time and culture. The need to advance these various policy reforms should be debated anew, and not bind future generations without any consideration. . . .”

Charlie
http://www.getmoneyoutmd.org/

Human Rights Are Key to Saving the Planet

Human Rights Are Key to Saving the Planet 

SC stands with immigrantsImmigrants’ rights partners are organizing nationwide rallies on May 1 to support immigrants and resist Trump’s deportation machine. At our partners’ invitation, the Sierra Club is supporting the rallies to make clear that a broad, diverse movement stands united in resisting Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. The day of action is part of a coordinated weekend of resistance that includes the People’s Climate March on April 29. Two days after you show up to protest Trump’s attacks on our climate take a stand against Trump’s attacks on immigrant families, who often disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change. Find a rally happening near you!

Submitted by Stan Boyd, Justice Chair

MD Pollinator Habitat law passed the MD General Assembly!

Thanks to the leadership and hard work Maryland Pesticide Education Network Maryland is protecting our health, our food, and our pollinators! MD Pollinator Habitat law passed the MD General Assembly.

With deep gratitude for our champions in the MD General Assembly : Bill Sponsors Del. Healey and Sen. Nathan-Pulliam; Senate Education & Environmental Affairs Committee Chair & Vice Chair, Sen. Joan Carter-Conway & Sen. Pinsky; House Environment & Transportation Committee Chair and Vice Chair Del. Barve & Del. Stein, and 2016 Habitat law sponsor, Del. Lafferty.