Be the Movement! National Conference in DC

PA_CON_LOGO_WEB_w-speakersThis is our moment to come together in our Nation’s Capitol to ‘Be the Movement!’
that can fundamentally change the course of our nation and world.

Join us this October 16- 20 for our Be the Movement! National Conference in Washington DC!

The time is here. No need to register, we have space, just come and join us!

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW,  Washington, DC 20005
Main: (202) 842 – 1300,   Reservations:  1-800-424-1140
Hotel website:  www.washingtonplazahotel.com/
Closest metro:  McPherson Square metro stop, on the orange, blue and silver rail lines, 3 blocks from the hotel.

 

The conference will focus on the Five Peacebuilding Cornerstones of Be the Movement: Empowering Community Peacebuilding, Teaching Peace in Schools, signs_people_only_cropHumanizing Justice Systems, Cultivating Personal Peace, and Fostering International Peace.

Come together with like-minded allies from around the nation as we dialogue with, and learn from, some of the world’s most inspiring leaders and experts for a kind of peacebuilding think tank. (Speaker announcements coming soon!) We’ll explore practical, yet transformative, actions we can collectively take to change the trajectory of our nation. And, we will make our voices heard to our Members of Congress.

We will work together to advocate for a nation and world where:

  • We proactively organize ourselves around the effective work and values of peace.
  • Our elected officials prioritize policies and legislation that uplift humanity, helping to reduce violence by implementing proven peacebuilding solutions.
  • Our communities have the systems and support they need to effectively transform conflict and violence into opportunity and hope.
  • We teach peace and conflict resolution skills in our schools, giving our kids a solid foundation from which to thrive in life.
  • Justice systems prioritize restoring and repairing harm done, thus bringing healing.
  • The work of peacebuilding is our primary international approach, widely employed in hot spots across the planet, helping to mitigate conflict before it turns to violence and war.

In addition to the important connections you will make with other attendees and hearing from inspiring speakers and experts, this will be your chance to go directly to the Nation’s Capitol, the driver of our national agenda, and make your voice heard in the Halls of Congress in support of impactful peacebuilding legislation and policies. (Worry not, you will have partners with you, and we will train and empower you!)

This is our moment to come together to Be the Movement that can fundamentally change the course of our nation and world. Join us and be part of this great transition towards peace: in our lives, in our communities, among nations.

Together, we can create a legacy of peace, which will be a gift for generations to come. (Speaking of future generations, it can be very powerful to bring youth.  Kids can also be powerful peace advocates).

Register today!

“Attending a Peace Alliance conference is one of the most wonderful and magical experiences one can have.  To be in a space filled with hundreds of like-minded people working towards  non-violence and a peaceful world is truly nourishing for the soul… It is very exciting to learn from highly esteemed speakers, trainers and leaders, then go to the capitol to educate our legislators on our legislative priorities is a truly rewarding experience that is a lifelong highlight.”
~ Jerliyn Stapleton, California

Read more testimonials here!


 

CONFERENCE FEE:

Thanks to some donors, we are now able to make a $125 special rate scholarships available to registrants.  Available to all, first come first serve! 

Regular conference fee is sliding scale of $250 to $385, (Student rate is $50). Those who are able to pay at the higher end of the scale will help make it possible for those who need to pay at the lower end.  This fee also includes lunches on Saturday and Sunday. (Some scholarships available and we have day rates, please write info@peacealliance.org or call 202-684-2553 if you wish to register for a limited portion or a scholarship). 

More details, including speakers and agenda will be forthcoming soon.

Read our tips on raising funds to help get yourself to DC.

For questions, call our DC office at: (202) 684-2553.

 

SPEAKERS:
See our full list of speakers here.

 

DRAFT AGENDA:
Please click here to review our draft conference schedule/agenda.

 

ATTENDEE INFORMATION:

Tips on scheduling your congressional meetings.

 

HOTEL & TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW,  Washington, DC 20005
Main: (202) 842 – 1300,   Reservations:  1-800-424-1140
Hotel website:  www.washingtonplazahotel.com/
Closest metro:  McPherson Square metro stop, on the orange, blue and silver rail lines, 3 blocks from the hotel.

The hotel is holding guest rooms for this conference on Friday, October 16  – Monday, October 19, 2015.  The Peace Alliance has established a special conference room rate to accommodate our guests.

Hotel Room Share: If you’d like to connect with other attendees to share a hotel room, you can do so at our discussion forum

The hotel room rates are:

Friday – Sunday:  Single rooms at $159.00 / Double rooms at $179.00, plus 14.5% tax
Monday night: Single rooms at $209.00 / Double rooms at $239.00, plus 14.5%

All reservations need to be accompanied by at least one night’s room and tax deposit, or guaranteed by a major credit card for the reservation to be processed and confirmed.

Making Hotel reservations:

Phone reservations:  Guests may call in to 1-800-424-1140 and reference the dates and the group name “The Peace Alliance to receive the special rate.  It is important that guests contact the hotel directly no later than the cutoff date of September 16, 2015.

Online reservations:  Information forthcoming

Special Needs:

Room Accommodations
All requests for special room accommodations can be made when making your room reservations.

Special Dietary Requirements
In addition to coffee breaks, the Peace Alliance will offer box lunches on two days of the conference.  Anyone with special dietary requirements (other than Vegetarian/Vegan options selected at registration) should contact Katrina Taylor Hankins in the Peace Alliance Washington, DC office at 202-684-2553.

Local Airports:

The Washington, DC metro area is serviced by (3) major airports:

Reagan National Airport, 10 minutes outside of the city, the airport closest to the city, at the Metro’s subway Yellow and Blue Lines.  website:  www.metwashairports.com/reagan/reagan.htm

BWI Marshall Airport, apprx., 45 minutes outside of the city, website:  www.bwiairport.com/en

Dulles International Airport, 55 minutes outside of the city, website:  www.metwashairports.com/dulles/dulles.htm

Airport Ground Transportation

At Dulles Airport,

The Washington Flyer taxi service is available around the clock.  Call 703-572-8294 for schedules, cost and reservations.

Coming from Dulles International Airport, connect to Metrorail using Metrobus. For just $7 per person ($3.50 for seniors and people with disabilities), the 5A takes you to Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Orange, Silver and Blue Lines with just one stop in between. To find out when the bus leaves the airport, see the 5A schedule.

At Reagan National Airport,

SuperShuttle door-to-door service is available at the Airport. Shuttles operate on a shared ride-on demand basis. For information, call 1-800-BLUEVAN or go to www.supershuttle.com.

The Washington, DC Metrorail system has an elevated Metrorail station connected to the concourse level of terminals B and C at Reagan National Airport.   The metro terminal is on the subway’s Yellow and Blue Lines.   Metrorail farecards may be purchased at machines located at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station. The station is also fully accessible via elevators.  For more Metrorail information, call (202) 637-7000.

Several taxi cabs line up outside of the baggage claim terminals.

At BWI Marshall Airport,

SuperShuttle door-to-door service is available at the Airport. Shuttles operate on a shared ride-on demand basis. For information, call 1-800-BLUEVAN or go to www.supershuttle.com.

BWI Express/B30 Metro Bus service runs between BWI airport and the Greenbelt Metro station.  The Greenbelt metro station connects to the local DC metropolitan subway system and connects throughout the city.  For more information call 202-637-7000.

Several taxi cabs line up outside of the baggage claim terminals.

* This conference is a partnership with the Peace Alliance Educational Institute.