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1st National United for Peace and Justice Conference
Friday, June 6th 2003 June 6-8, 2003
Chicago, Illinois


On June 6-8 representatives of local and national peace and justice groups from across the U.S. are coming to Chicago to plan coordinated action to stop the Bush administration s program of permanent war. This is an organizers conference to share what we have learned and coordinate our efforts, so that together we can achieve the greatest effect on public opinion and on Washington. Over 2 1/2 days we will:

* Educate ourselves about Bush's empire-building agenda abroad from Iraq to Syria and Palestine to Colombia and the Philippines and at home (racial profiling, detentions and deportations of immigrants, the attack on civil liberties, budget cuts)
* Assess the political landscape we face, including the strengths and weaknesses of our movement, and the challenges and opportunities ahead
* Develop action plans for the next 6-12 months that we can all support and integrate into our work at home
* Finalize a structure and consensus statement that can keep us together and implement those plans
* Elect UFPJ leadership

Any peace and justice organization currently working with or interested in working with UFPJ is invited to send delegates to participate in this important meeting. We only ask for agreement with our current consensus statement and a willingness to work cooperatively.This statement was initially drafted in October, 2003 and a committee is currently revising it in preparation for the Chicago conference.

Note: The conference is not open to the media, with the exception of the Friday evening plenary session. The media contact is Bill Dobbs, press@unitedforpeace.org

SCHEDULE AND AGENDA

The conference begins noon Friday, June 6 and ends 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Friday s workshops and plenaries will help us develop a shared understanding of Bush s empire-building agenda, the challenges facing the movement, and UFPJ s role in the movement. On Saturday and Sunday we will build on those understandings to plan coordinated activities, adopt a new structure and consensus statement, and elect UFPJ leadership.

Friday is a critical part of the conference. We strongly encourage participants to attend the whole conference from start to finish. We will send out a detailed conference agenda soon.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

WE HAVE A CONFIRMED LOCATION FOR THE MEETING AND FOR HOUSING!! Holiday Inn - O'Hare International: 1 mile from Chicago s O Hare International Airport. 5440 N. River Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018-5232.

WHO CAN ATTEND

Organizational Delegates:

Because this is a working conference of organizations, UFPJ is giving priority to delegates officially representing peace and justice organizations. Delegates will be able to speak and vote on all proposals (e.g. campaigns, structure, etc.) We encourage your organization to join UFPJ in order to be able to send delegates to the conference.

Maximum number of delegates:

* 2 per independent local organization or coalition with no chapters/affiliates in other states (e.g., Black Voices for Peace, Houston Coalition for Justice Not War)
* 2 per national organization-groups whose scope of work is national, may or may not have local chapters/affiliates (e.g., Peace Action, Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), TransAfrica, Institute for Policy Studies)
* 1 per local chapter/affiliate of a national group (e.g., American Friends Service Committee-Chicago)

Non-Voting Participants (Non-Delegates):

Unaffiliated individuals and non-delegate members of organizations may also attend. We encourage groups who want to check out UFPJ to use this option. However, to ensure that peace and justice groups with a real base and influence have control over debate and decision-making, non-delegates will NOT be entitled to vote on proposals, and delegates will be given priority in speaking. Unaffiliated individuals will be limited to 5% of participants.

REGISTRATION AND LODGING

Registration fees are based on a sliding scale from $25-$100. For more information see our registration page.

UFPJ has reserved a block of rooms at the conference hotel (Holiday Inn - O Hare International). Delegates and non-delegates may reserve one of these rooms at the special conference rate of $59 per night plus tax. This rate is guaranteed for anyone registering prior to May 31, 2003. However, the number of discounted rooms is limited. We encourage you to make a hotel reservation today. (See “Hotel Registration” below).

For delegates: UFPJ will cover the costs of rooms for delegates who share rooms with one other person. Delegates who want a room to themselves will be charged the full price of their room. If you are not traveling with someone who will be your roommate but you are interested in sharing a room, UFPJ will work with the hotel to assign a roommate based on your preferences.

For non-delegates: Non-delegates will be responsible for the costs of their own rooms. The cost of rooms shared by more than one non-delegate can be split among the roommates.

TO FORMALLY AFFILIATE WITH UFPJ

Email members@unitedforpeace.org—even if you think your group is already signed up.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you need information about the conference that is not included here, email conference@unitedforpeace.org or call our national office at 212-603-3700.


Location: 
Holiday Inn—O’Hare International, Rosemont  Chicago Illinois  

Contact:
UFPJ
conference@unitedforpeace.org
212-603-3700 (national office) http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type;=25


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