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March 2017

Getting Money out of Maryland – Big Money in Politics.


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Renaud Brown from MUPJ attends  the GMOM event. GMOM leaders and Wolf PAC National Director Mike Monetta met with Speaker Busch and a key aide after 3 years of waiting. The Speaker gave us time to thoroughly explore issues, and excellent rapport was established.

Speaker Busch showed genuine concern about the many problems of big money in politics and a spirit of openness to our Democracy Amendment Resolution (DAR). We discussed how other legislation might relate to the DAR, and we learned a lot about what we will have to do to be successful. Special thanks go to Bill Conner and the amazing team of GMOM volunteers who staffed the petitioning. (We have collected about 1,100 signatures already this year




March 8, 2017

MUPJ  joined Ideas & Info Luncheon: Creating an Annual Fundraising on March 8, 2017. Gasby Brown gave an insight into fund-raising and ways to launch and maintain a vibrant Annual Giving Program for non-profit organizations.

The event was tailored towards capacity building, advocating for resources, Network and collaboration, embracing excellence, and together strengthening non profit organizations, through annual fundraising, building and advancing vibrant communities through excellent non-profits.   (Please come back and visit this page for a full report on the event).


March 7th 2017

MUPJ Participated in the ‘We The People’  featuring Georgetown University’s John J. DeGioia and The Atlantic‘s Steve Clemons. The event was hosted by The Atlantic Live in DC on March 7th 2017. 


Polarized debates pushed the bounds of American civil discourse during Election 2016. College campuses — long intended as bastions of freedom of speech for teachers and students alike — were and will continue to be in the thick of the political and ideological disagreement. For college administrators trying to maintain freedom of speech and an inclusive academic environment, the divided campus climate presents a diplomatic challenge: to ensure that people of all perspectives feel able to contribute to the discussion, regardless of how far outside of the college mainstream they may be.

How can administrators protect voices from all sides of the debate, even as disagreements in other parts of the country turn ugly? How can colleges find peace through civility while maintaining healthy debate? In a We The People conversation, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia joined The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons to discuss what free speech on campus means today. Please view the full report 



Adelphi Friends Meeting welcome grant recipients to speak about their activities at a second hour (Quaker gathering) on Sunday, February 26 at 12:00.


MUPJ and other  grant recipients were welcomed at Adelphi Friends Meeting to speak about their activities at a second hour (Quaker gathering) on Sunday, February 26 at 12:00. Please read the report here




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February 12th MUPJ members celebrated Black History Month with Cheverly Women’s Club at American Legion


MUPJ members joined the Cheverly Women’s Club at the American Legion on February 12th, 2017  to celebrate Black History month and African American history of standing up for change. At the diverse group of gathering of  people, there were many activities.  There were arts paintings and exhibition depicting the history and culture of African American History, African music band and lots of food. Participants read chapters from Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech to re-invoke the spirit of  African American Civil Rights Movement, and the fight and struggles for justice, and the story of the Black History month from as far back as the 1915.

During Open Mic, participants  read poems, shared personal experiences, prayed and spoke passionately of hope for a country that will embrace all and sundry regardless of race, religion or background, and continue to serve as a shiny example to the world. 

The diverse speakers spoke out against racism and to improve conditions for African Americans and others like refugees who could face glaring discrimination and injustice. Many other speakers from interfaith groups and those who work for peace, justice, education spoke at the event.

 The Launching of a book by Stewart Calvin Stevens Sr (The Chandeliers ) together with her daughter was one of the major highlights of the event. Steven Stewart cleaned the windows, the doors and the chandeliers at the White House, and often a lot more for more than three decades, and an opportunity to meet 7 US presidents at the time during his humble service. He  got a crystal-clear look at history. ‘And when he was done cleaning, Stewart would occasionally slip out of his blue work clothes and into a tuxedo to check coats for those attending state dinners’.

Stewart who  retired from his white House duties as a Chandelier in 2002, has his vivid mementos and his memories to serve as a reminder of how much of the nation’s history was made by ordinary men and women whose lives intersected with extraordinary events. It was great to recognize that like many unsung contributions to society, Stewart’s story highlighted the role African Americas played in the positive transformation of society.

From the many speakers, it was easy to realize that many African Americans added an intellectually diverse landscape of ideas to solve racism and oppression, and used their education to overcame racism that marginalized them within  the society during the time.

The event further provided an opportunity to hear first-hand from some of those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement and who added to the  vibrant voices and became part of the chorus of American freedom, justice and independence.

dr-martin-luther-king-jrBy acknowledging the role Martin Luther King and others played in contributing to the warp and woof of American history, culture and character, the Black History Month further reminds us of the importance of courage and sacrifice for the common good of humanity, and challenging America to embrace Justice and equality for all .



Cheverly women’s Club

“We hope that you will become an active part of the Cheverly Woman’s Club and help us grow seeds of peace in Cheverly, its surroundings and the world. We’re working on building “Beloved Community” and ask you to join us. If you’re already involved, we thank you and ask you to continue.” – Joyce Lang



 February the 12th, 2017

Guest Speaker Kevin Martin

MUPJ hosted Guest Speaker Kevin Martin, the President of national Peace Action.

Kevin spoke about ‘Creating a beloved community based on Peace and Social Justice in the current era. He also discussed the possibility of MUPJ becoming the statewide affiliate or associate of Peace Action. He  described what a statewide affiliate or associate is, and what it would mean for MUPJ and for the Maryland peace movement. The event took place on Sunday February 12, 2017 at Adelphi Friends, during MUPJ’s Organizational Meeting



February 8th 2017

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February 8th 2017. Meeting The Funders. The workshop was organized by Nonprofit Prince George’s County, at Vista Garden Market Place.

MUPJ again joined Nonprofit PGC for an exclusive luncheon training in a bid to not only hear and learn first-hand from the funders presenting ideas about grant-making, but to start the critical steps of building relationships with funding institutions. The event helped to allay some of the misgivings about the application process for gaining grants from 0208171424b_hdr
February’s IDEAS & INFO LUNCHEON featured three foundations that shared vital information about their grant-making approaches. The experienced speakers were Julian Haynes, Program Officer for The Meyer Foundation; Rachel Duden, Program Associate for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and Tonia Wellons, Vice President of Community Investment for The Community Foundation for the National Capital Area. Watch for the full report soon



January 11th, 2017

Evaluation Training

Organized by Nonprofit Prince George’s County, Vista Garden Market Place. Martin Luther King Jr. Bowie, MD 20720


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October 12th, 2016

Ideas & Info Luncheon & Annual Meeting Corporate Funding
Nonprofit Prince George’s County, Vista Garden Market Place. Martin Luther King Jr. Bowie, MD 20720

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Please find the full report in PDF: ideas-and-info-luncheon



June 2016

‘Empire of Chaos ‘

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Bahram Zandi, PhD, National Co-Chair of Green Party US, and member of the coordinating body at MUPJ was also a key presenter and moderated much of the program. Bahram made an interactive presentation within the event theme “Empire of Chaos”, and showcased his research on the topic with a powerPoint presentation reviewing the history and context of American foreign policy from the Second World War to the present.


Maryland United for Peace and Justice organized forum and Panel Discussion known as Empire of Chaos, where featured presenters gave a ‘Brief History of American Foreign Policy and ‘What Peace & Justice Activists Can Do About It’. The event was hosted at Adelphi Friends Meeting House, Adelphi, and attracted peace activist across a broad spectrum of non profit organizations in Maryland.

Tony Langbehn and Will Kastens (MUPJ & AFM) introduced the presenters:





Alli McCracken, National Coordinator of Code Pink, “Anti-War Actions” gave us a clear answer to her organization and question ‘What is CODEPINK?

In her presentation she highlighted that CODEPINK  is a women-led grassroots organization that has been working steadfastly to put an end  to the ongoing U.S. wars and military approaches to end conflicts and instead to move towards support peaceful co-existence and promotion of human rights initiatives.







cropped-20160618_164057.jpg“FCNL’s Shared Security Strategy”.  He talks about his work in helping to coordinate FCNL’s lobbying work on these countries in chaos; Iran, Israel/Palestine, and Syria. He describes the nature of his close working relationship with a range of  FCNL’s network across the US and several coalition partners within the DC area. Kyle further describes the support he continuously offers grassroots advocates during their time of preparation to meet with their Congressional offices. Through his efforts, he was able to secure a good number of signatures from more than 50 Christian leaders, representing every stream of Christianity, for a letter to Congress in support of the nuclear accord with Iran. Kyle shares his extensive work with FCNL which provides him the opportunity to further track letters to the editor written by FCNL supporters on topics related to the Middle East. He says he has also steadfastly made sure that constituent voices for diplomacy and peace voices are heard on Capitol Hill and throughout the U.S. (Full Report will be out soon). 20160618_141733

June 5th 2016.

Bus Boys & Poets was Home To An Evening Packed Full Of Young Talents

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Little friends for Peace has successfully completed yet another fundraising dinner on June 5th 2016 at the renowned Bus Boys and Poets venue in DC.  Little Friends for Peace, a “nonprofit organization that empowers children and adults to solve problems nonviolently, build relationships through compassion and empathy, and create a culture of peace” attracted peacemakers and supporters to a packed-full hall. Please find the full report here.  lffp-talent-show-at-busboys-and-poets.

April 2016  

MUPJ Workshop – ‘Do you know the 5 E’s of attracting resources’?

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Please click to read the MUPJ Flyer Announcement here

A link to the full report of the workshop will be out soon.




MUPJ Participated in a Grant Writing Workshop

The grant writing workshop was hosted by the Non Profit Prince George’s County. Representing Maryland United for Peace and Justice were Tony Langbehn, Bahram Zandi, and Andrew Greene at the Grant writing – Foundation held on March 9th  2016 starting at 12 PM at the Vista Gardens Market Place MD. 0309161127b_hdr

David Barner the workshop facilitator introduced himself as being in the non-profit for 25 years. In his introductory remarks, David noted that “A lot of good things start by accident.”

Please follow the link to see full report of the grant writing workshop here that took place at the Vista Gardens Marketplace, 10201 Martin Luther King Jr.  Highway




MAY 2015

The 30th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference

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Peace and Justice Conference April 25-26, 2004


conferenceThe 29th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference, “Peace and Justice through the Generations: Passing the Torch for a Better World,” was  held on Friday, April 25th at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Annapolis and Saturday, April 26th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

The event was Sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice/Institute for Positive Action. The program examine how different generations can work together to create a more peaceful, just and environmentally secure world.

Paul Chappell, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, spoke at the event on “The Art of Waging Peace” during the Friday evening program.  A potluck dinner was served at 6:30, with the speaker at 7:30.                                                                                         

The Saturday program, from 8:35 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., also featured talks by Kristi Casteel on “I Refuse:  Joshua Casteel’s Journey from West Point Cadet to Conscientious Objector and Peacemaker;” Kathleen McClellan and W. Kirk Wiebe on “The Criminalization of Whistle-Blowing;” and Senator Jamie Raskin, giving a Maryland General Assembly session wrap-up.

Three workshop sessions will allow registrants to choose among a variety of peace and justice topics.   For a complete list, see

The Key School is one of three youth programs that will be awarded an annual Benjamin Peace Award.  They are honored for supporting the Teaching Peace Initiative.

28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference April 13th 2013

David Swanson author of ‘War is a Lie’ as well as many other books was a featured speaker at the 28th Annual Maryland Peace Justice and the Environment Conference on 4.13.13




April 2012

The Maryland United for Peace and Justice, held their Annual Conference on April 21 2012. 

The Maryland United for Peace and Justice held the annual conference on April 21, 2012, this time at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation in Baltimore, 4 East University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218. This conference  celebrated the 25th year of Maryland United for Peace and Justice’s formal existence. Pax Christi- Baltimore  co-sponsored the annual event. The theme of the event was “Peacemaking in the 21st Century: 25 Years of Organizing the Peace and Justice in Maryland.” 
The conference  began with a panel: Dorothy Maver (President of the National Peace Academy in the USA), Brent McIntosh (member of Afghanistan Veterans Against the War, completed a 12-month tour in Afghanistan), and Mac Legerton (member of MUPJ). The conference took  place from 8 am to 5 pm. Continental breakfast and vegetarian lunch were included with participants registration.

April 30th 2011, Ron Benjamin Presents Fred Benjamin Peace Awards