Baltimore Activist Alert May 15, 2008 – June 5, 2008
"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center . If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street , Baltimore , MD 21218 . Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at] verizon.net.
The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to http://www.radicalendar.org/group/_baltimore.
1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Eyes Wide Open exhibit available
5] No War with Iran Hunger Strike
6] Plan witness at Andrews Air Force Base – May 15
7] IWW meeting – May 15
8] Peace writing contest – May 15 deadline
9] Iraq Moratorium – May 16
10] Protest WYPR/Urge Dan Rodricks to resign – May 16- ?
11] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – May 16
12] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 16
13] White House vigil – May 16
14] Order your coffee – May 16 deadline
15] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – May 16
16] Benefit for a well in Kenya -- May 16
17] Love Thy Neighbor fundraiser – May 16
18] Vigil at Walter Reed – May 16
19] Ballroom dancing – May 16
20] Faith in Action conference – May 17
21] 40th anniversary of Catonsville 9 – May 17
22] Cluster bomb Olympics – May 17
23] Health effects of climate change – May 17
24] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 17
25] Olney vigil to end the war – May 17
26] Run for the Animals – May 18
27] Baltimore history bus tour – May 18
28] Jazz brunch – May 18
29] African Service – May 18
30] Bridge peace vigil – May 18
31] Visit site of Catonsville 9 action – May 18
32] Give Peace a Chance – May 18
33] Plan for Longest Walk II – May 18
34] Peace Walk in D.C. – May 18
35] Baltimore Green Forum – May 18
36] Peace vigil – May 18
37] Review of green legislation – May 18
38] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – May 18
39] Protest anti-union Sheraton – May 19
40] Death penalty demonstration – May 19
41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 19
42] Film THIS BLACK SOIL – May 19
43] Pledge of Resistance meeting – May 19
44] War Is Not the Answer vigil – May 20
45] Death penalty meeting – May 20
46] Amnesty meeting – May 20
47] Picket at Haiti Embassy – May 21
48] Protest at Sudanese Embassy – May 21
49] Protest WYPR closed board meeting – May 21
50] Helen Cobban book signing – May 21
51] WIB Frederick vigil – May 21
52] Israel/Palestine roundtable – May 22
53] Green Party meeting – May 22
54] Hand out peace diplomas at JHU graduation – May 22
55] Profits at utilities? – May 22
56] UHCAN meeting – May 22
57] D.C. Coalition meeting – May 22
58] No war with Iran Bridge action – May 23
59] Tent City planning meeting – May 26
60] Support Gitmo activists going on trial – May 27
61] CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS to be shown – May 30
62] First Thursday protest against war – June 5
63] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
64] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center
65] Click on The Hunger Site
66] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073.
3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq .
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.
THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe. It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing. To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to email@example.com . You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4] – The Baltimore American Friends Service Committee office has assembled an exhibit Maryland Eyes Wide Open which details the Human Cost of the Iraq War and reflects the costs of war to the state of Maryland. The exhibit consists of at least 40 pairs of combat boots, representing the US military deaths from Maryland; civilian shoes, tagged with names and ages of a very small fraction of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have died; a representative pair of combat boots and 7 red poppies, representing the estimated number of wounded US military personnel (approximately 7 times the number of dead); and signs and literature detailing the human and financial costs of the war on the cities and counties of Maryland.
AFSC will help with logistics and contribute to your planning for auxiliary events or activities presented in conjunction with the exhibit. For information on obtaining and displaying the exhibit, call 410-323-4200, extensions 20 or 21 or e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.afsc.org/midatlantic/baltimore-programs.htm.
5] – Start Loving is on a hunger strike 24/7 until late May on Capitol Hill. The Lincoln, a second carrier, is now threatening Iran , a virtual declaration of preemptive, illegal war. He is casting his vote for peace as loudly and heart-piercingly as possible.
6] – On Thurs., May 15 from 6 to 9 PM, there will be a potluck and action planning at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St. to plan the witness at 2008 Joint Forces Open House at Andrews Air Force Base on Sat., May 17. This is the church that gave hospitality for evening gatherings during the Catonsville 9 trial. Call 410-233-6238.
7] – The Baltimore branch of the Industrial Workers of the World [IWW] meets the third Thursday of the month. Attend the next meeting on May 15 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St . Call 410-967-2202.
8] – The annual FRED B. BENJAMIN PEACE WRITING CONTEST, open to Maryland 7th or 8th grade students, is to focus on the themes of peace and social justice. The contest is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and Benjamin Peace Foundation. A student should write no more than 1,200 words on the following topic: Envision an imaginary assembly at your school attended by Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, Jane Addams and Sojourner Truth. Based on what you think they would say, what advice would you give to make your school a more peaceful place?
The entry should be double-spaced and accompanied by a separate cover sheet which includes all of these the student’s name, address and phone number (or e-mail address), the school’s name, address and phone number and the name of the teacher sponsor, if applicable. Personal identifying information must not appear anywhere on the entry, which must be postmarked no later than Thurs., May 15. Prize money is awarded to four students. Send the entry to Anne Arundel Peace Action, 310 Riverview Avenue , Annapolis , MD 21403-3328 . Call 410-263-7409.
9] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the Iraq Moratorium - http://www.iraqmoratorium.org/. On May 16, wear a black ribbon or armband! Hand out ribbons or armbands to others. Wear an anti-war pin. Call your representative and your senators and tell their staff that you expect them to do everything possible to end the war and bring the troops home! The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Write your representative and your senators, as a handwritten letter has even more impact than a phone call. Hit your elected officials where it hurts, with a voided campaign contribution check. Write a letter to your local newspaper. Don't buy gas. Drive 10 MPH under the posted speed limit. Don't shop at all. Put a sign on your lawn or in your window or on your car. Write "Stop the War" or other slogans on the sidewalk in chalk. Buy toy soldiers, put tags on them that say "Bring Me Home" and leave them in stores, parks, libraries, laundromats, anywhere people will find them. Email friends and family and urge them to sign the Iraq Moratorium statement and to take one of these steps, too.
10] – Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Saturday in front of WYPR, 2216 N. Charles St. You may consider calling the station to complain at 410-235-1395. Urge Dan Rodricks at email@example.com to reconsider taking over Marc’s show.
Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join the Save Our Public Radio Movement. If interested in listening to Steiner podcasts, email his producer Jessica Philips at Jes.firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center for Emerging Media, for example, recently interviewed Andrei Codrescu.
11] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., May 16 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor , corner Pratt and Light. Everyone welcome, wear black if you can. See http://www.peacepath911.com/ or write email@example.com or call 410-467-9114.
12] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., May 16 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.
13] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.
14] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be purchased by placing an order before Fri., May 16. Go to http://www.friendsoflatinamerica.org or contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
15] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 16 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. , in opposition to war with Iraq . Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends Meeting and Stony Run.
16] – On Fri., May 16 beginning with dinner at 5:30 PM, Gimmie Shelter Productions will do another benefit to get a water well dug in Kenya for Lutheran World Relief. The event will be at the Yabba Pot, 2433 St. Paul St . The performance begins at 7:30 PM and will include music and spoken word. Admission is $5, and does not include the cost of dinner. Call 410-532-0193.
17] – Love Thy Neighbor is holding a fundraiser on Fri., May 16 from 6 to 8 PM on the roof of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC 20004. There is a $50 suggested donation. Love Thy Neighbor is made up of Palestinians, Israelis and U.S. citizens who support the Israelis' and Palestinians' deepening commitment to nonviolence. The fundraiser is to support LTN's nonviolence camps in Ramallah. RSVP to David Delewski at 301-339-4419 or email@example.com. Go to www.ltneighbor.com.
18] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM, 7200 Georgia Ave., at Elder St. , NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to http://www.codepinkalert.org/Local_CODEPINKs_Washington_DC.shtml.
19] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually on the first and third Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St . Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be May 16. Call Anne and Dave Greene at 410-435-0967.
20] – On Sat., May 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sun., May 18 from 2:30 to 8 PM, an interfaith conference will take place at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St, NE, WDC [near the Fort Totten Metro]. "Faith in Action: Building Trustworthy Partnerships for Racial Equity--Across Race, Religion and our Region" is a gathering of activists of good faith for building relationships, sharing information and inspiration and learning how to be more effective partners. Contact: Rev. Dr. Louisa Davis at 301-588-4877 or go to www.gwair.org.
21] – On Sat., May 17, join a witness at Andrews AFB-Weapons of War Nothing to Celebrate! Our presence, our messages of peace on our shirts, our prayer is our witness. This is the anniversary of the Catonsville Nine. A bus will depart at 10 AM for the 2008 Joint Services Open House. Call 410-233-6238 to reserve a seat on the bus.
That evening there will be a memorial gathering at 7 PM at Viva House, 26 S. Mount St. , Baltimore , MD 21223 , to honor Tom Lewis. The bus from Andrews Air Force Base will return in time for the event. Call 410-233-0488.
22] – The 1st (and hopefully last) Annual Cluster Bomb Olympics is happening from 11 AM to 1 PM on Sat., May 17 in the northwest section of the White House Ellipse, near the corner of 17th and E, NW. The plan is to generate public awareness of cluster bombs just two days prior to the negotiation of a global cluster bomb ban treaty in Dublin , Ireland . More than half the world's nations will be there, but not the U.S. The cluster bomb Olympics is organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and participants can sign a petition urging the Pentagon to ban these weapons. Call Lora Lumpe, coordinator, US Campaign to Ban Landmines, at 202-361-3028. Go to www.banclusterbombs.org and www.uscbl.org.
23] – Jon Patz, a leading authority on the health effects of global climate change, will be speaking at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park heights Ave., Baltimore 21208, on Sat., May 17 at 11:30 AM on "Global Climate Change -- Public Health and Public Ethics." Jon is the lead author for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a co-recipient with Al Gore of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Call 410-764-1587 or go to www.bhcong.org.
24] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., May 17. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It. --Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to http://www.quaker.org/langleyhill/seekpeace.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
25] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 3:15 to 4:15 PM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD. The next vigil is May 17. Call 301-774-9792.
26] – Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is hosting its 5th annual Run For the Animals! on Sun., May 18 at 8:30 AM at Wheaton Regional Park , Wheaton , MD. The 5K run and 1 mile fun walk is a fundraiser dedicated to supporting the life saving work Poplar Spring does everyday. Although dogs cannot participate in the run, they are more than welcome to come out and join the 1 mile walk. Registration fee is $28. Register online at http://www.signmeup.com/59284. Email Donna at email@example.com or call her at 301-320-2892.
27] – The Baltimore Peoples' History Bus Tour Legacies of 1968 and Beyond occurs Sun., May 18 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Board the bus at St. John’s, 2640 St. Paul St. and travel to the following 1968 landmarks: the Peace Action Center, Viva House, Edmondson Village, Customs House, Catonsville Draft Board and the People's Free Medical Clinic. The cost is $10 per person, and tickets may be purchased in advance at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St . The tour is sponsored by the Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee, Research Associates Foundation.
28] – On Sun., May 18 at 11 AM, the Jazz Brunch is back at "2640" St. Paul St . It will feature a South Asian-themed menu, include the famous vegan pancakes and breakfast curry. The open jazz jam starts at 11:30 AM followed by an open mic for any performances & announcements. It is $7 for the all-you-wanna-eat buffet, or just $4 for the performances.
29] – On Sun., May 18, the KALAFONG AME CHURCH invites you to a Prayer for Africa at 11 AM at the HISPANIC SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DAY CHUCH, 5100 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229 . Contact Rev. Dr. Duane Rawlings at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.orgsites.com\md\kalafong-ame-mission-church/index.html.
30] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis . Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or email@example.com. Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole. If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or firstname.lastname@example.org]. Go to http://BridgePeace.blogspot.com/.
31] – On Sun., May 18 there will be a vigil and prayer service from 2 to 3 PM at the site of the Catonsville 9 action at the north east corner of Beaumont Ave. and Frederick Road in Catonsville.
32] – Sharing Jerusalem invites you to Give Peace a Chance monthly prayer service for peace and workshop focusing on East Jerusalem settlement expansion. It will be on Sun., May 18 from 3 to 5 PM at the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church , 7001 Connecticut Ave. , Chevy Chase , Maryland 20815 . Go to www.sharingjerusalem.org. Contact: Rev. Monroe Wright, facilitator, at email@example.com.
33] – There will be a Mid-Atlantic Region organizing meeting for the Longest Walk 2 on Sun., May 18 at 3 PM at the Plymouth Congregational Church, N. Capitol & Riggs Rd. NW. Ricardo Tapia, national coordinator of the Northern walk and coordinators from Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania will attend. This organizing meeting will lay the groundwork for the arrival of the walkers in early July. Bring a dish to share following the meeting. Call John Steinbach at 703-822-3485.
34] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., May 18 starting at the WWII Memorial ( 17th St .). Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice will commence a weekly Peace Walk on the Mall. The walk will be from the World War II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial and back via Constitution and Independence Aves. Contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
35] – There will be a Baltimore Green Forum on Sun., May 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Rd. in Towson 21286. The topic of discussion is Spirituality and the Environment: How Different Faiths Approach Stewardship of Creation. All participants are invited to come at 3 PM and participate in the church's 4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pull. Go to http://www.baltimoreclimate.org/content/1/2/61.html#greenforumapril. Directions at http://www.mpchurch.org/directions.htm.
The Baltimore Green Forum is a monthly environmental & discussion forum held on the last Sunday of each month, open to the public free of charge. Co-sponsored by Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, Green City Baltimore, Hooked on Nature, Network of Spiritual Progressives in MD, Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, Baltimore Climate Action Network, and the MD League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Inc. Literature will be available about numerous "green" Baltimore organizations. RSVP to Diane at email@example.com or 410-965-7740.
Simplicity Matters Earth Institute starts 6-week and 8-week discussion circles on topics of simplicity, sustainability and climate change. Circles are starting all the time in Baltimore. Email SimplicityGrpsMD@aol.com or visit http://www.simplicity-matters.org/join_a_circle.htm.
The Green Forums planning committee is in dire need of "helping hands" to assist with SET UP (3:45 -4:30 PM) . . .or with CLEAN UP (6:30-7 PM). There is also a need for help in sending out monthly announcements and creating a PDF flier each month. Call Lore Rosenthal at 301-317-9821.
36] – On Sun., May 18, from 5 to 6 PM, there will be an ecumenical peace vigil in Lafayette Park ! You are invited to join the latest in a series of peace vigils designed to give members of Washington area churches--Episcopalians, Methodists, UCC'ers, Presbyterians, Baptists, Mennonites, Quakers, Lutherans, Unitarians, Catholics and all others--a chance to pray together for an end to the tragic war in Iraq . The vigil is a locally organized witness affiliated with Christian Peace Witness for Iraq (CPWI). The vigil will take place on the third Sunday of the month, at 5 PM, until the war comes to an end.
37] – Sheilah Kast, WYPR host, will moderate two events, one on public policy and voting and the other on faith and the environment on Sun., May 18 at Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road, Timonium, 21093. Join the Maryland League of Conservation Voters from 6:30 to 7:30 PM for an overview of the green legislation passed in Annapolis and a conversation on electing pro-conservation candidates. That program is followed from 8 to 9 PM by Faith and the Environment, a conversation by a panel of religious leaders about stewardship. Go to www.marylandconservation.org.
38] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting is May 18. Call 410-230-0450.
39] – UNITE HERE is setting up a picket line outside the Sheraton Baltimore City Center, 101 W. Fayette St., on Mon., May 19 from noon to 1 PM. Workers at the Sheraton City Center have been in contract negotiations with the owner Columbia Sussex since April 2006. The company wants to increase workloads, decrease benefits, and have the right to contract out work. In response, the workers voted in October to boycott their own hotel.
40] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore . The next vigil is scheduled for Mon., May 19. Call 410-233-0488.
41] – On Mon., May 19 from 6-8 PM, Marc Steiner will be hosting a two-hour live special with Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso--and taking your calls and questions! Set your dial to 88.9 FM WEAA, the voice of the community.
42] – On Mon., May 19 at 7 PM, the film THIS BLACK SOIL will be shown at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770. An optional meal served at 6:30 PM. This inspiring and provocative film chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview , Virginia , a small rural African-American community, to pursue a new vision of prosperity. Under the leadership of visionary women, this new rural village challenges all conventional ideas of community development and includes not only improved and affordable housing, but a sustainable economic base to earn a living wage. There will be a discussion after the film, which will be facilitated by Maurice Cox, Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts and former mayor of Charlottesville , Va.
43] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road . At the next meeting on May 19, the agenda will focus on upcoming antiwar activities in Baltimore and Washington , D.C. , planning the next haunting of a legislator’s office and a bridge action against war with Iran . Call Max at 410-366-1637.
44] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road . Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is May 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
45] – The next meeting of the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty will be Tues., May 20 at 7 PM at American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road. The agenda will focus on a forum to discuss the Supreme Court decision on lethal injection and the Maryland legislation calling for a commission to study the state’s death penalty. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.
46] – Amnesty Chapter 228 meets regularly at 7:30 PM in rooms 18/19 of the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Columbia, MD, on the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be on May 20. Go to www.amnesty228.com.
47] -- Picket at the Haiti Embassy, 2311 Mass. Ave., NW , on Wednesdays, noon - 1:30 PM. THE PEOPLE OF HAITI NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Contact EPICA AT 202-332-0292, or by email at email@example.com. Go to www.epica.org.
48] – The Darfur Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a weekly vigil at the Sudan Embassy to protest the genocide in Darfur . The vigil will take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1 PM at 2210 Mass. Ave. , three blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro stop.
49] – Protest outside the WYPR Board of Directors meeting from 2 to 4 PM on Wed., May 21 at the Family Tree, 2108 N. Charles St. The meeting is scheduled at 3 PM, and all are encouraged to try to go inside. However, it is to be a closed meeting, which violates the spirit of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting requirements. Call Max at 410-366-1637 to join the Save Our Public Radio Movement.
50] – On Wed., May 21, there will be a Helena Cobban Book Party, 5:30–7 PM at the Open Society Institute, 1120 19th St., NW, 8th Floor, WDC 20036. This party for FCNL Friend in Washington Helena Cobban celebrates the publication of her new book, RE-ENGAGE! America and the World after Bush. FCNL is co hosting with the Connect U.S. Fund, a WDC-based national network that promotes responsible U.S. engagement with the world. Helena will be on hand to sign copies of the book, available for $14.95. The suggestion is please RSVP by May 16. Go to www.re-engage.net.
51] – WIB Frederick holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 7 PM at the intersection of Patrick & Market Sts. in Frederick . The next vigil is May 21. Please dress in black, and bring no additional signs. Men are welcome. Call 301-834-7581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.frederick.org.
52] – On Thurs., May 22, the WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC. Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine . Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.
53] – The Baltimore Green Party meets the second and fourth Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Progressive Action Center, 1443 Gorsuch Ave. [at Kirk Ave. ]. The next meeting is May 22. Email email@example.com.
54] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will hand out peace diplomas from 8 AM to 9 AM
on Thurs., May 22 at Johns Hopkins Univ.’s commencement on the Homewood campus. The peace diplomas will be distributed outside the football stadium on University Parkway . Call Max at 410-366-1637.
55] – Casa Baltimore/Limay presents Utilities: Private Profit or Public Good? On Thurs., May 22, Tom Loudon, Quixote Center, and Maria Allwine, MD Coalition Against the BG&E Rate Hikes, will address the topic at 7 PM at St. John's, 27th and St. Paul Sts. Allwine will explain why deregulation occurred in Maryland in 1999 and the efforts to re-regulate. Loudon lived in Central America, including Nicaragua for 15 of the last 20 years. He will describe the current state of affairs in Nicaragua regarding water, electricity and attempts at privatization. Contact Barbara Larcom at blarcom at bcpl.net or 410-662-6292.
56] – UHCAN of Md.--working for single-payer health care--meets Thurs., May 22 from 7:15-9:15 PM at the Diocesan Center (of Episcopal Diocese of MD), 4 E. University Pkwy. Friends, newcomers, members are all welcome. Call 410.235.3504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
57] – On Thurs., May 22, there will be a D.C. COALITION meeting at 7:30 PM at Sarah's Circle, 2551 17th St NW # 103 . Call the Washington Peace Center 202-234-2000.
58] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will go on the Wyman Park Bridge at 8 AM on Fri., May 23 with banners stating NO WAR WITH IRAN . Call Max at 410-366-1637.
59] – There will be a Tent City Protest planning meeting at 7 PM on May 26 at the CODEPINK DC House, 712 5th St, NE, between G & H Sts. (five blocks from Union Station- Red Line). Help set the date and plan the logistics. The theme of the TENT CITY PROTEST Summer 2008 is to BUILD THE WORLD WE KNOW IS POSSIBLE. Thousands of people are making plans to set up a tent city outside the White House and Capitol Buildings in Washington D.C, as soon as final exams are over this May. Go to http://www.consensus.net/tent_city_protest.html.
60] – On Tues., May 27 at 7:30 AM, march from the Supreme Court to D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW to support some 35 activists arrested on January 11 calling for the closure of Guantanamo . After an 8:30 AM press conference, people will go to court. The trial is expected to go from May 27 through May 30. Contact Jean Athey at email@example.com or go to http://www.witnesstorture.org/node. .
61] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The next film, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS [ U.S. , 1989], will be shown Fri., May 30 at AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Cold Spring Lane ]. Doors open at 7 PM, and the video starts at 7:30 PM. A discussion follows. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637.
Writer/director Woody Allen plays Cliff, a failed filmmaker, and Martin Landau is Judah, a successful ophthalmologist. Both characters must deal with a moral crisis. Other performers are Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda and Joanna Gleason. In this homage to Dostoevsky, Allen exposes his characters to moral quandaries and asks if they must pay a price for "crimes and misdemeanors." The film takes place during the Reagan-Bush years when administration officials were deeply involved in high crimes and some misdemeanors.
62] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., June 5 starting at 5 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts. The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the war. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
63] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.
64] – Become an active member of the Washington Peace Center , which is now located at 1233 12th St. NW . All members are granted voting rights and are invited to join one or more of our many working groups. Members are asked to pay suggested annual dues of 25 dollars, or volunteer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org - subject "membership.” The mailing address is The Washington Peace Center, P.O. Box 50032 , WDC 20019-0032 . Call 202-234-2000. Subscribe at www.washingtonpeacecenter.org. Send donations to The Washington Peace Center.
65] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers. You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food. So consider clicking.
66] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.
Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 East 25th St. Baltimore , MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at] Verizon.net.
"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan