On Sunday, October 7, 2012, you can be part of the 2012 Walk for Peace in Our Communities. Come out to show your support for peaceful c onflict resolution in Maryland. Let others know that they can solve their problems and resolve disputes by talking it out, getting help from a mediator or fa cilitator, participating in a community conference, or taking advantage of many other tools and resources provided by alternative (or, as Chief Judge Bell says, "appropriate") dispute resolution organizations and practitioners.
What? You'd like to get more information about these processes, people, and programs for yourself? Then you won't want to miss the 2012 Walk for Peace. Exhibitors from various community mediation centers, community conferencing programs, support networks, juvenile services providers, and more will be sharing information about what they do to support and develop a culture of peaceful conflict resolution throughout our state.
If your organization would like to have a table at the walk like these folks did in 2011, you may request one by clicking this link: Exhibitor Registration.
Boring! Is that what you're thinking? That the kids won't be interested in all that mediation and conflict resolution talk, even though you are? Well, nothing could be further from the truth! There are plenty of fun things to see and explore along the 3K walk route around the Inner Harbor's promenade, including tall ships, a submarine, giant maps, a real light house, and more. In addition, we'll have music, a face painter, and other children's activities at the main event site at Rash Field (201 Key Highway).
Plus, we're awarding prizes to
- The walker with the coolest and most creative hat with a conflict resolution-theme
- The walker who came from farthest away (bring your cousins!)
- The largest group of walkers from one organization
- The walker who finishes first (walking, not running!)
- The most interesting tweet during the walk (#peacewalk)
In addition, everyone who visits all of the exhibit tables and gets a stamp in their Peace Walk Passport will be entered in a drawing to win a special prize. And by the way, these aren't all cheesy prizes, either. You could score a couple of tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium or the Maryland Science Center, an original framed collage of children's prize-winning conflict resolution art coveted by young and old alike, or maybe some other secret fun things that we're busy gathering just for you.
So what are you waiting for? Click on the button at the bottom of the page to register today! Participation in the walk is free no matter what, but if you sign up by September 21, we will order a long-sleeved t-shirt in your size.*
* Well, September 21 has come and gone, so we can't promise that we'll have a shirt in your size, but we ordered some extras, just in case you decided to join us. You may still register here or at the walk itself.
This fun, family-friendly event is sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary's alternative dispute resolution offices, including the Court of Special Appeals ADR Division, the District Court of Maryland's ADR Office, and the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). We deeply appreciate the support of Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Peter Krauser of the Court of Special Appeals, and Chief Judge Ben Clyburn of the District Court of Maryland.