Build Peace and Justice in Maryland April 12-13

Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Inc.
Bringing peace, justice, and environmental groups and individuals together since 1985.

Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Inc.

28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference
“Building Bridges; Creating the Beloved Community”
Dedicated to the memory of Founding Member Bert Donn and Activist Bob Auerbach

Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th, 2013

Turner Memorial AME Church
7201 16th Place
Hyattsville, Maryland

Sponsored by:
Maryland United for Peace and Justice/Institute For Positive Action
and a host of other groups, listed below

The Rev. Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King’s mentor and spiritual advisor, wrote about and lived into “the Beloved Community.” This conference will consider ways in which we, as a diverse peoples, can build the bridges that can create his Beloved Community.

Friday, April 12
Location: Ground floor meeting room

6:30 – 7:15 pm
7:15 – 7:30 pm
7:30 – 8:15 pm
8:15 – 9:30 pm
Pot Luck Dinner, Pre-register, Networking and home hospitality arrangements
MUPJ Business meeting: Agenda to follow
Ray McGovern
Organizing packets and set-up

Saturday, April 13*

8:00 – 8:30 am
8:35 – 8:45 am
8:50 – 9:35 am
9:45 – 11:00 am
Registration (on site okay) Table set up, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea: Main auditorium*
Welcome by Pastor William Lamar, The Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church
Featured Speaker I: Rev. Wallis Baxter, The Daily Creative Encounter: Howard Thurman’s Beloved Community

Workshop Session I: various classrooms

Sam Pizzigati: Institute for Policy Studies, Poverty, Privilege, and Politics
Fred Mason: Maryland and DC AFL-CIO, how have the unions built community
Gustavo Torres:  Executive Director, of CASA of Maryland, Immigration 
Owen Smith: Equality Maryland, Building Bridges for LGBT equality
David Harrington: follow up with Rev. Baxter, keynote address
11:15 – 12:00 noon
12:05 – 1:00 pm
– 1:40 pm
– 2:40 pm
Featured Speaker II: David Swanson: People and Peace Over Plutocracy –
Lunch by Sunrise Caterers, with vegetarian options
Entertainment: Dixie Land Jazz band, Roosevelt High School
Benjamin Peace Awards
Workshop Session II**, various classrooms

MJ and Jerry Park: Founders, Little Friends for Peace, Peace Skills
T.C. Morrow: Director of Operations, National Religious Campaign against Torture –; the weaving together of three “communities” — international efforts to abolish the use of torture, abuse of solitary confinement in domestic prisons and response to Islamophobia (Alex)
Pat Schenk: On Being White in a Racist Society
Daphne Wysham, ISP, and Dr. John Talberth: Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland –
Ms. Rabia Chaudry: connecting the American Muslim community with the rest of us
Film: Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
2:40 – 3:25 pm
3:35 – 4:00 pm
Featured Speaker III: Gustavo Torres: Executive Director, CASA of Maryland, Immigration

Announcements: Gail Thomas, and Dushaw Hockett, SPACES

*All locations are in the main auditorium unless indicated otherwise
All presenters confirmed at press time, but program is subject to last minute changes


In a statewide meeting of Maryland activists, agreement was reached to present a yearly peace and justice conference. MUPJ was started following the first statewide conference in April, 1986 to promote networking and to organize the annual conference.

The IPA is the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt affiliate of MUPJ, dedicated to promoting nonviolence and peace education.

Open to all public, private, and home-schooled high school students throughout Maryland and DC, entries can be literary, artistic, or musical.

Home hospitality will be offered for out of town attendees. Please so indicate on the registration form if you need or can provide.

Tables will be provided for those who would like to distribute or sell literature or other materials. Please so indicate on the registration form.

The premises are smoke-free. Please help us keep them scent-free as well by not wearing perfume, cologne, or after-shave.

CO-SPONSORS (at press time):

Adelphi Friends Meeting
Anne Arundel Peace Action
Baltimore Ethical Society
Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice, a Committee of Stony Run and Homewood Meetings Committee for Palestinian Rights
Anne Arundel Peace Action
Benjamin Peace Foundation
CASA of Maryland
Latin America Working Group Education Fund
Maryland National Organization for Women (MDNOW)
Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church-Social Action Committee
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore
Peace Action Montgomery
Prince George’s County NAACP
Progressive Cheverly
Progressive Maryland
The Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County
Washington Peace Center
World Vision

We also thank the following for their generous support:
The Art Milholland and Luann Mostello Fund
Bill Wilson
The Rev. William Lamar and Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church for hosting our conference

Thank you all for making this conference possible!

410.747.3811 (Paulette)
301.390.9684 (Tony)

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