· Alternatives to war in settling international disputes
· Conversion to a peace economy, including shifts in funding from the military to programs meeting social and environment needs
· The abolition of nuclear weapons, including the interim steps of a comprehensive test ban, a stop to nuclear weapons production, and an end to the proliferation of nuclear weapons
· The promotion of community peacemaking, including support for anti-violence activities
· Countering the activities of hate groups
How We Do It:
· The chapter uses a variety of techniques to influence public officials on issues of importance to the organization. These include e-mail and web-based alerts, personal meetings with elected officials and their aides, and bird-dogging officials at town meetings and other gatherings.
· The chapter conducts voter education campaigns designed to inform the public about the stands of candidates on key peace issues. The chapter also recruits volunteers for candidates at all levels who have a pro-peace philosophy.
Local Direct Action
· The chapter sponsors media events to draw attention to its issues, uses radio and cable television advertisements, and has organized a rapid response network to counter hate group activities.
· Chapter members were at the forefront of the initiation and establishment of a county conflict resolution center.
Educational and Outreach Programs
· The chapter sponsors a variety of educational programs and activities on peace issues, coordinates an annual statewide peace writing contest for Maryland middle school students, has a local cable television show, does tabling at community events, and awards an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award to a person whose career reflects Dr. King's ideals.