Upcoming Events

Baltimore Activist Alert:



Reminder to friends of Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition- please join us

on President’s Day holiday, February 20, when the “Reel & Meal at the New Deal” film series will feature 13th, Ava DuVernay’s 2016 film about race and incarceration. It takes its name from the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime.”  The program will start 7 pm at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, following an optional buffet for $14 served from 6:30 pm.

      People of color remain dramatically overrepresented in U.S. prisons. This documentary traces current mass incarceration of African Americans to its historical origins in the Thirteenth Amendment; the clause allowing forced labor for criminals was exploited immediately in the aftermath of the civil war. DuVernay connects the abolition of slavery, through the chain gang labor that replaced it, through segregation and “the mythology of black criminality”, to the war on crime and the war on drugs to the rise in mass incarceration and the big business of prisons. When one method of subservience fell out of favor, another took its place.

     Between the lines, “13th” boldly asks whether African Americans have actually ever truly been “free” in our country. This  provocative film has been justifiably nominated for this year’s Oscar.

     Jerry Mclaurin, Board Member of Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR), a group focusing on mass incarceration in Maryland, will lead the discussion following the film. Come learn how we can advocate for local justice reform.

     The Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition has planned this program; for more information about it contact 301-441-9377 or justpeacepg@earthlink.net.  You can also go to the New Deal Cafe website. The other local grassroots sponsors of the series are Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group and Green Vegan Networking. The New Deal Café is accessible from Greenbelt Metro station by buses G 12, 13, 14 and 16.

Workshops at: Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road., Greenbelt, Maryland

Energy for Building a World of Compassion- 
Saturday January 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Partisan conflict and seemingly unbridgeable gaps between groups distress many people.
How do we maintain our values for love, compassion, economic well-being, and justice in the current climate?
How do we build our inner resources to move forward with confidence?

Participate actively in this workshop based on Nonviolent Communication to learn to transform feelings of fear, discouragement, or grief into experiences of connection, hopefulness, and engagement.


Connecting Across Differences – Post Election- 

Sunday January 22, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

How do we bridge huge disconnections between people in our increasingly polarized nation?

How do we build a world of peace, justice & compassion which addresses everyone’s needs?
Learn tools for the difficult process of connecting across political differences, drawing on the time-tested processes of Nonviolent Communication and Convergent Facilitation, developed by Marshall Rosenberg and Miki Kashtan.

From this workshop you will gain skills in listening and speaking from your heart.


Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition
Capital Center for Nonviolent Communication
Maryland United for Peace and Justice
The workshops are offered free, but donations to defray expenses will be appreciated.
Also welcome are a few volunteers to come early and help with set-up logistics.
If you can do that either day, or have any questions, please contact Jane Connor McMahon – 202-684-5974 or janemconnor@gmail.com


Workshop leaders:

   Jane Connor McMahon Ph.D. Certified trainer of NVC, employed by Restorative DC, over 13 years experience in NVC
Kanya Likanasudh M. Div. Certified life coach, Compassionate Communication international trainer, graduate of leadership program, founder of year-long NVC training program in Thailand
Ian H. Solomon J.D. CEO SolomonGlobal, former VP of U of Chicago Law School, former Dean of Yale Law, Obama administration appointee for World Bank Group involved in diplomacy.
For more information: see Events at www.CapitalNVC.org


Next MUPJ Meeting:  February 12, 2017

Adelphi Friends 2301 Metzerott Rd.

Adelphi, MD 20783

This meeting will include a
presentation by Kevin Martin, President of national Peace Action.
All MUPJ members will be invited to attend the meeting.
Kevin will discuss the possibility of MUPJ becoming the statewide
affiliate or associate of Peace Action. He will describe what a statewide
affiliate or associate is, and what it would mean for MUPJ and for the Maryland peace movement.
We will make a decision about it at the next business meeting after February.
All MUPJ members will be invited to that meeting.
Kevin will also give us a brief update about issues.