U.S. Military Spending


We've updated our slide show on U.S. military spending.  You can view it here--feel free to download it and share it with friends!

Our Campaign on Syrian Refugees 


This is unacceptable. Thousands of families are fleeing Syria and Iraq to escape violence and death, a direct outgrowth of our illegal and horribly destructive war on Iraq.  These people need protection, not hate speech directed at them and laws passed to keep them out of our country. We can and must do more to help and to push back against the hatred. To that end, we have formed a working group called “Maryland Welcomes Refugees.” If you are interested in getting involved, let us know. Check out the new Website focused on our political efforts in Maryland to open the door to people in need.


Refugees In Our Midst: How Can We Help?


Do you want to understand more about the current refugee crisis and how people of compassion can plug in and help? 


The Peace Committee of Sandy Spring Friends (Quaker) Meeting and Maryland Welcomes Refugees announce a forum to be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860


There are presently an unprecedented 20 million refugees and over 60 million displaced persons in the world. More than 40,000 people are forced to flee their homes daily due to conflict and persecution, according to the UNHCR. Nearly 5 million have fled the violence in Syria and at least 200 Syrian families will be resettled in Maryland in the coming months. 


Join in an afternoon of education, networking and action. The program includes:


  • Speakers from the Friends Committee on National Legislation and International Rescue Committee, including Executive Director Ruben Chandrasekar, give an overview and the nuts and bolts of the situation
  • New neighbors, former refugees, share their stories
  • Community leaders share their process in becoming part of the solution
  • Break-out groups address the questions and concerns of participants


Recommended donation at the door - $10.00.


Doors open at 12:30 pm for registration and light refreshments.


For more information call Bette @ 202-329-4667 or email erinn@campmansour.com.


Space is limited! Be sure to RSVP here! 



Sponsors include: Peace Action Montgomery, Maryland Welcomes Refugees, Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Peace Committee, Just Peace Circles, Friends Committee on National Legislation, St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi, St. Rose of Lima Pax Christi, Maryland United for Peace & Justice, Howard County Peace Action, Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Prince Georges County Peace & Justice Coalition


Resources and friends: We work closely with national, state and county-based peace and justice groups. Here are some of those with whom we collaborate.