July 26th, 2017.
Maryland Progressive Caucus Planning Meeting, Annapolis
Participants engaged in group discussions as they plan for the establishment of the caucus. They discussed about the structure and organization of the caucus, including setting up of committees, how to handle endorsements in an omni-partisan group. Participants brainstormed issues with communication and event/action planning between groups, as well as some discussion about priorities and plans. There was also a Skype call for an interested individual who was unable to attend in person. Several group leaders and representatives from across Maryland were present including three representatives from MUPJ Coordinating body. 13 out the goals presented in groups in our exercise were: 1. Single Payer Health Care, which includes Women’s Conception and Abortion Rights 2. People over Profit/Power 3. Getting Money Out (avoiding “dark” money, disclosure, etc.) 4. Improving Race Relations through Education 5. Bridge all organizations of like causes into one (statewide) 6. Provide a list of experts on the Issues 7. Media Exposure 8. Elections (free and fair) 9. Legislation 10. Involve Students and Campuses 11. Education (free tuition, etc.) 12. Small Businesses 13. Climate and Criminal Justice Reform (includes bail). The most important issue of our time was brought out as 7 African-Americans raised their voices, one saying that the issues of race relations has been placed at the bottom and there is a history of ignoring that subconsciously. People are not aware that a problem of race exists and we must address it. Larry Stafford, Progressive Maryland spoke on Inclusivity and Race, mentioning Bacon’s Rebellion (1676) and how Caucasians were indentured servants and Indians also were enslaves (something our history books failed to mention). Larry’s definition of Progression is changing the dynamics of power.
In coordination, the MPC will focus on: actions, legislation and election politics (interest only).
April 12th, 2017
Grant writing workshop at Nonprofit Prince Georges County.
Does your organization have a champion to get in front of funders? Have you identified a champion to help you?
Getting Money out of Maryland – Big Money in Politics.
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. 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.
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.
By 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 .
“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
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
February 8th 2017. Meeting The Funders. The workshop was organized by Nonprofit Prince George’s County, at Vista Garden Market Place.
January 11th, 2017
Organized by Nonprofit Prince George’s County, Vista Garden Market Place. Martin Luther King Jr. Bowie, MD 20720
please Find full report on the evaluation-training-organized-by-non-profit-prince-george
October 12th, 2016 –
WAGE PEACE, NOT WAR!
‘It has often been said that one cannot know how great it is to sustain peace or to be in a peaceful country until war breaks out on home turf. Falling victim to the atrocities of war on domestic soil is a terrible way to learn to value and strive for peace’.
Andrew Greene and Mary Park co-presented waging peace not war on October 12th 2016 in Adelphi. The workshop started with a brief introduction of the presenters.
Andrew presented short videos as part of his efforts in Sierra Leone to help youth his multimedia presentations. The presentation which Andrew describes as ‘a journey of hope’ is life of dedication in helping to make a difference in the lives of former child soldiers, children and youth scarred by war in Sierra Leone. Andrew shared his experiences working for peace in Sierra Leone through the programs he created for these youth. He mentioned that ‘at the cornerstone of peace and democracy in Sierra Leone lies the common goal of ensuring peaceful coexistence, so that war will never happen again’.
Andrew further sheds light on the history of Sierra Leone and his work in helping to reintegrate former child soldiers and other young victims of war in his home country Sierra Leone through innovative education and creative peace building efforts and how his work extended into helping with amputee victims of war to recover from the traumatic effects of the war. He also showed a video, which was a documentary featuring personal experiences shared by former child soldiers in Sierra Leone’s war, and through the eyes of a lead narrator (a child soldier), the short documentary highlighted the interventions made by Andrew and his organization in restoring hope, building self esteem and giving a voice to children and youth affected by war via multi media technology, Arts and creative programs. Sierra Leone – “From a tragic past, to a hopeful future”.
Mary Park from Little Friends for Peace made a presentation about the role of Little Friends For Peace (LFFP) in helping young people and adults alike gain the experience needed to learn and practice peace through LFFP various peace education programs and how to increase peace and decrease violence and through the peace education programs at LFFP. She mentioned the various activities of LFFP to engage communities in building peace through workshops; afterschool peace clubs; evening adult courses; seminars in addiction centers; retreats; intergenerational summer peace camps. Participants were also led through a brief exercise for peace and the lessons from the exercise was that if we want peace, we have to experience, learn and practice it. The event took place at the Adelphi Friends Meeting
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
Please find the full report in PDF: ideas-and-info-luncheon
‘Empire of Chaos ‘
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.
“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).
June 5th 2016.
Bus Boys & Poets was Home To An Evening Packed Full Of Young Talents
Little Friends for peace -Talent show and fund-raising dinner – Young Peace makers spread the word of peace through their creative artistry
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.
MUPJ Workshop – ‘Do you know the 5 E’s of attracting resources’?
Mark C. Titi is the Founder of Wobbly Nonprofit. He has developed his Multiplying Good program specifically for small nonprofits with limited means. With a focus on Organizational Development, Mark seeks to help build magnetic nonprofits that successfully attract resources.
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.
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
The 30th Annual Peace, Justice, & Environment Conference
Peace and Justice Conference April 25-26, 2004
The 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 MUPJ.org.
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
The Maryland United for Peace and Justice, held their Annual Conference on April 21 2012.
April 30th 2011, Ron Benjamin Presents Fred Benjamin Peace Awards
April 26th 2008
23rd Annual Peace and Justice Conference
The 23rd Annual Maryland Peace, Justice, & Environmental Conference, titled “Intergenerational Peace and Justice: Saving the Earth for Future Generations” will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland. A social get together, pot-luck dinner and set-up session was held the previous evening, Friday, April 25. The event was sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice/Institute For Positive Action and the Peace and Social Order Committee of Stony Run Friends Meeting. A brochure giving more details about the event is available for download. In the brochure, the purpose of the event states: “One of the reasons that we are so concerned about peace, justice, and the environment is that we want to pass on a livable world to our children, grandchildren and future generations. How do we do that? This conference will show us some of the ways that we can save the earth for future generations.”
The Keynote speaker was Colman McCarthy, noted author and activist. Three workshop sessions were given and a vegetarian option lunch was provided by One World Café.