Wednesday, September 21st
9:00am to 10:00pm
CONCERT at 7pm

Keene State College Student Center
(directions to KSC)

Ongoing throughout the day: Resource & Activity Tables

Childcare & Children’s Activities 8:45 - 4:45.
Pre-registration for Children’s Program is required!

Get into the workshops you want – Reserve a Space!
Call 603-357-9413, or email or send us a note at MothersUniting 63 Emerald St., #354, Keene, NH 03431

Doors Open
8:30 - 9:00:
9:00 - 10:15:
Opening Talks-
Colman McCarthy, Center for Teaching Peace
Anne Mulderry, Peaceful Tomorrows

10:30 - 12:15:
Workshop Sessions I
12:15 - 1:00:
1:00 - 2:45:
Workshop Sessions II
2:45 - 3:00:
3:00 - 4:45:
Workshop Sessions III
Peace Walk
Maggie & Suzzy Roche
Pat Humphries & Sandy O
Lisa McCormick

Concert tickets available at Toadstool Bookstores in Keene and Peterborough, Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro, at the Keene State College Student Center, or at the door.
Workshops Session I
10:30 – 12:15

A. Creating Today’s Leaders
Learn about Free the Children, a remarkable international network of children helping children on a local, national and international level. This organization is entirely of, by and for children and brings to life their belief that young people themselves can be leaders today in creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world. This is a must for all youth who are committed to making a difference in the world and to the parents, educators and concerned others who wish to support them. Led by a Free the Children facilitator.

B. Raising our Children Non-Violently
For generations our culture of parenting and our methods of discipline have ranged from aggressive to violent, and have taught children that “might makes right”. Punishment is an ineffective way to raise loving and responsible children. We willexplore the philosophy behind non-violent yet responsible parenting and focus on practical ways to accomplish raising peaceful children. Bonnie Harris, Parent Educator & Author.

C. “Are We There Yet?” A Local Look At Homelessness Through The Eyes of Children
What does homelessness look like and how is it affecting the lives of people here in our community? Why do we tolerate homelessness? Through statistics and stories we’ll look at homelessness in our region, the obstacles to housing, explore cultural barriers to empathizing with the homeless, and discuss specific action steps. Kelly Darling-Snow, Homeless Outreach Coord. for Monadnock Area Housing Coalition and Rev. Sue Philips, KUUC.

D. Spirituality and Peace Activism
A panel discussion with local religious leaders. How do we connect our beliefs and our actions in a complex and violent world? When, if ever, is war justified? Panel: local clergy.

E. Speaking Your Mind Even When Your Voice Shakes
Each of us has been in a situation where our heart said “Speak up!” but our head said “I don't know enough” or “Don't take the risk!” In this workshop we will use our voices to speak our minds, break down barriers that keep us from taking action, and build confidence in our own wisdom. Lisa Mahar, Member of MothersUniting.

Workshops Session II
1:00– 2:45

F. The Department of Peace
A Department of Peace in the federal government – what a concept! Come learn about the bill re-introduced in Congress on September 13th, 2005, to create a cabinet level Department of Peace; and about the national and local campaign to make this a reality. Susan Hay, Member of MothersUniting.

G. Learning from Conflict: Changing Our Patterns
Our typical strategy for dealing with conflict is trying to get the other person to change. Yet this strategy seldom works. We will explore ways we all contribute to conflict and how to manage ourselves more effectively. Greg Hessel, Cheshire Mediation.

H. Breathtaking Successes: Non-Violence Works!


Martin Luther King, Jr., was right: “Nonviolence, when effectively organized, is an unstoppable force.” In the past 20 years a multitude of brutal regimes have been overthrown by organized nonviolence resistance. The resisters had no guns or bombs, only weapons of the spirit and willpower. This workshop offers participants a chance to learn about alternatives to violence in action. Gather all the skeptics and we’ll have a rousing time! Colman McCarthy, journalist, peace educator and founder of The Center for Teaching Peace.

I. Keep on Singing Loudly – The Power of Politics and Song

Pat Humphries
& Sandy O
How has music informed and propelled social justice movements of the past? What’s happening now? How can we use music to fuel today’s progressive movement for peace, workers rights, the environment, etc. Come learn, discuss and sing together. Pat Humphries and Sandy O., Singer-songwriters.

Workshops Session III
3:00– 4:45

J. Following Your Heart and Making a Difference
Many people have felt moved to provide help in the wake of the Asian tsunami. Hear the story of a local woman who followed her heart and put her skills into action. Learn about how she and a team of people went to Chennai, India, to establish connections with local organizations and communities and disseminate training materials on trauma and counseling for disaster survivors. Be inspired! Gargi Roysircar, Ph.D. Professor, Antioch New England Graduate School

K. Learning From One Another
For activists young and old to share wisdom and perspective. We’ll explore our motivations and barriers and become rejuvenated to keep working for peace. Patrice Strifert and Katherine McLaughlin, members of MothersUniting

L. Counter Recruiting as a Community
Our children are being seduced into the military through dishonest and manipulative approaches. Recruiters are tapping into our childrens’ age appropriate need to make a difference in the world and to have peak experiences. This workshop is for parents, students, educators, community leaders & all who care about people who are, or may be, considering joining the military. We will work to understand how a community can knit together a holistic, community-based approach to counter recruiting. Ellen Kaye, Alternatives to Recruitment by the Military.

M. Root Causes of Conflict
A look at underlying social, economic, and political issues fueling conflict on family, community, national and international levels. Dr. Janaki N. Tschannerl, Dr. Susan Theberge, Keene State College Diversity Commission

N. Making change – Big and Small
Whether our goal is world peace or safer school hallways, we're more likely to be successful if we have a clear and cohesive strategy. The nuts and bolts basics of how to plan and carry out an advocacy campaign for children. Steve Varnum, Public Policy Director of the Children's Alliance of NH