Thursday, June 19, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert June 19, 2008 – April 4, 2009

"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 . Go to 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]

The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to

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] June is Adopt-A-Cat month


7] Help out flooded Catholic Worker houses

8] Play IN THE HEART OF AMERICA – thru June 29

9] Play STUFF HAPPENS – thru July 27

10] National Day of Protest Against Health Insurance Corporations – June 19

11] Crispin Sartwell at Red Emma’s – June 19

12] IWW meeting – June 19

13] Film FINDING OUR VOICES – June 19

14] Iraq Moratorium – June 20

15] Save Darfur protest at Coca Cola – June 20

16] Protest WYPR management – June 20 - ?

17] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – June 20

18] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 20

19] White House vigil – June 20

20] Funk the War – June 20

21] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – June 20

22] Film A POWERFUL NOISE – June 20


24] Documentary A CRUDE AWAKENING – June 20

25] Vigil at Walter Reed – June 20

26] Gordon Clark campaign launch – June 20

27] Play EXONERATED – June 20 – July 12

28] Ballroom dancing – June 20

29] Somalia on these Shores – June 20-21

30] Social Ministry Conference – June 21

31] World Refugee Day – June 21

32] Peace vigil in Chester , PA – June 21

33] Peace vigil at Capitol – June 21

34] Olney vigil to end the war – June 21

35] Caravan to Cuba – June 21

36] Norwegian anarchist in Baltimore – June 21


38] African Service – June 22

39] Bridge peace vigil – June 22

40] Bob Edgar speech – June 22

41] Shut down Gitmo meeting – June 22

42] Peace Walk in D.C. – June 22

43] LESSONS FROM IRAQ book discussion – June 22

44] Caravan to Cuba – June 22

45] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – June 22

46] Pray for Peace – June 22

47] Death penalty demonstration – June 23

48] Pledge of Resistance meeting – June 23

49] War Is Not the Answer vigil – June 24

50] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 25

51] Guantanamo Cell Tour – June 25-29

52] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – June 25

53] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy , PA – June 25

54] Peace vigil in Chestnut Hill , PA – June 25

55] McCAW meeting – June 25

56] Israel/Palestine roundtable – June 26

57] ETAN meeting – June 26

58] Torture awareness – June 26 & 28

59] Takoma Park peace vigil – June 27

60] Video showing of RENDITION – June 27

61] Westminster WIB vigil – June 28

62] Benefit for a well in Africa – June 28

63] Pentagon vigil – June 30

64] Death penalty meeting – July 1

65] First Thursday protest of the war – July 3

66] Palestine Solidarity meeting – July 5

67] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009

68] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

69] Donations needed to finish Winter Soldier film

70] SOA/WATCH seeks interns and folks for paid positions

71] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

72] Click on The Hunger Site

73] 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 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 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 . You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

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 or Go to

5] – June is American Humane's Adopt-A-Cat Month. Adopt a cat from your local shelter today, and you will enrich your world in a million different ways.

6] – Soon to be available is HAMMERED BY THE IRISH by Harry Browne, which deals with the militarization of Ireland's Shannon Airport in service of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. The book tells the story of five Catholic Workers, known as the Pitstop Ploughshares, who disable a U.S war plane at Shannon causing $2.5 million damage. The five were demonized by the mainstream media and condemned by large segments of the anti-war movement. Their act of nonviolent resistance was to resonate with a Dublin jury which unanimously found them not guilty of all charges. Go to Go to for publication details.

7] – Three Catholic Worker houses were flooded in Des Moines , Iowa . The Iowa Catholic Workers are seeking your help. They need laborers who are willing and able to work hard. Drop by, go visit, stay awhile, as there is plenty to do. Also needed are skilled laborers to work on the basement foundations and to make new shelves. Finally, there is a need for cash donations. Send to Phil Berrigan Catholic Worker House, 713 Indiana Avenue , Des Moines , IA 50314 with a notation for "Basement Projects.” Go to

8] – The play IN THE HEART OF AMERICA continues at the Rep Stage through Sun., June 29 in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Colombia. Naomi Wallace’s play is set in the Iraq War and the Vietnam War. Times vary. Tickets cost between $17 and $25. Call 410-772-4900.

9] – STUFF HAPPENS is a dark comedy which mixes re-creations of real public statements with private meetings of Bush and the others who orchestrated a war with Iraq . It will be performed through July 27 in Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road , Olney. Times vary. Tickets cost between $25 and $48. Call 301-924-3400.

10] – The NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATIONS is Thurs., June 19. In Baltimore, there will be a demonstration organized by the Maryland Universal Health Care Action Network outside the CareFirst Blue Cross office, 100 S. Charles St. from 5 to 6:30 PM. Go to Call 410-235-3504 or email info@healthcare-now.

In Philadelphia , there will be a HANDS OFF OUR HEALTHCARE! RALLY outside CIGNA, TWO LIBERTY PLACE at 16TH AND CHESTNUT on Thurs., June 19 at noon. This rally is organized by several groups, including Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP/NNOC). Contact Kathleen Casey, PASNAP/NNOC, at 610-567-2907.

11] – On Thurs., June 19 at 7 PM, Crispin Sartwell presents his new book AGAINST THE STATE at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul St. Sartwell, an anarchist author and professor of philosophy at Dickinson College, will provide a comprehensive demolition of statist political philosophy. Go to Call 410-230-0450.

12] – The Baltimore branch of the Industrial Workers of the World [IWW] meets the third Thursday of the month. Attend the next meeting on June 19 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St . Call 410-967-2202.

13] – Dream Catcher Films, Inc. announces a special advanced screening of FINDING OUR VOICES Stories of American Dissent. Several voices from the film including Rep. Jim Moran, John Bruhns, Adele Welty, Sue Niederer and the producers will host a Q & A immediately following the film. Other film voices including Rev. Graylan Hagler, Gael Murphy, Camilo Mejia and Brady Kiesling have been invited. See the film on Thurs., June 19 at 8 PM at the Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW , WDC. Call 202-966-6000. You can get tickets in advance at At the door, the tickets are $10.

Finding Our Voices is about standing up for what you believe. Through the lens of the last 5 years, this movie explores the passion and determination of 8 men and women who sacrifice their jobs, give up their retirement and risk imprisonment in their patriotic dissent of the war in Iraq. It is narrated by Martin Sheen.

14] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the Iraq Moratorium - On June 20, 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.

15] – On Fri., June 20, Save Darfur is utilizing U.N. World Refugee Day as an opportunity to gather at stores and headquarters of four sponsors of the Beijing Olympics - Coca-Cola, General Electric, Swatch and Volkswagen - and demand that they use their partnership with the Chinese government to help end genocide in Darfur. Gather at 11 AM at Coca-Cola Co., 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, #711 , WDC 20006 .

16] – 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. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join Take Back YPR.

17] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., June 20 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor , corner Pratt and Light. Everyone welcome, wear black if you can. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

18] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., June 20 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

19] – 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.

20] – Funk the War on Fri., June 20 at 4 PM in Franklin Park , 901 14th St., NW . The nearest Metro stop is at McPherson Square [Blue-Orange Line]. D.C. SDS plans to take its mobile dance party outside the Building of Evil, which houses the United Technologies Corp., Clear Channel, Blackwater’s lobby group and the oil companies Chevron and Shell. Go to or email

21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 20 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.

22] – Join executive producer Sheila C. Johnson for the D.C.-area premiere of A POWERFUL NOISE at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival on Fri., June 20 at 5:15 PM at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. There will be a brief panel discussion with Johnson, Tom Cappello, director, Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE president & CEO and Bui My Hanh, who is featured in the film. This inspiring documentary follows three extraordinary women – in Bosnia-Herzegovina , Mali and Vietnam – as they overcome barriers to lead day-to-day battles against ignorance, poverty, oppression and ethnic strife. Tickets are $10. Call 877-DOCS-TIX. Go to WWW.APOWERFULNOISE.ORG.

23] – Stogie Kenyatta will do a one-person show The World is My Home - The Life & Times of Paul Robeson on Fri., June 20 at 7 PM at Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW, WDC. Tickets are $20. The performance is a benefit for the Youth Leadership Support Network. Visit Call 202-316-4403 or email

24] – The documentary A CRUDE AWAKENING: The Oil Crash will be shown on Fri., June 20 at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903. Are high gas prices here to stay? What can we do to make a difference at this time of historic challenge? There will be a question-and-answer session with guest speaker Steve Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International. Admission is free, but donations to Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light will be accepted to help defray the costs of purchasing the screening rights to the film.

25] – 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

26] – The Gordon Clark for U.S. Congress campaign launch party takes place on Fri., June 20 at 7:30 PM at the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St., NW, WDC. Join with the progressive community to create a powerful start to this campaign! Email Go to

Changing the climate in Congress by sending a visionary to Washington . Clark is a citizen-politician, a lifelong activist, advocate and community organizer for peace, social justice and the environment who is now running to make a difference in government.

27] – The play EXONERATED is being performed by the Mobtown Players starting Fri., June 20 at the Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114. The play, which centers on the true stories of death-row inmates, was written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and will run through July 12. Tickets are $12 with student and senior discounts. Call 410-467-3057 or go to Showtimes are 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 PM on Sundays.

28] – 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 June 20. Call Anne and Dave Greene at 410-435-0967.

29] – Somalia on these Shores will be presented at 8 PM on Fri., June 20, World Refugee Day, as part of the ongoing neighborhood art series Por la Avenida / On the Avenue at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The evening will include a performance of CHECKERED FLOORS, an unflinching autobiographical one-woman show written and acted by Cheryl Hamilton and developed and directed by James Bunzli. Also there will be a live performance from young Somali hip-hop artists, The Shambara Boyz, one of whom is a student at Patterson High School . Somalia on these Shores will also be performed at 8 PM on Sat., June 21. Tickets are $14, but $12 for members, students, seniors, children and residents of zip code 21224. Call 410-276-1651 or go to

30] – The Archdiocesan-wide Social Ministry Conference takes place on Sat., June 21 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The conference will feature a keynote address and several workshops. The cost is $15 to help cover the cost of lunch and other expenses. Contact Tony Bosnick at 301-853-5340.

31] – Celebrate World Refugee Day 2008 on Sat., June 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Sts. in Philadelphia . Welcome Iraqi families and celebrate Iraqi culture. Go to

32] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. This vigil has been the target of counter-demonstrators and harassment from the " Chester County Victory Movement" but has grown and persisted. Go to

33] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., June 21. 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 or email

34] – 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 June 21. Call 301-774-9792.

35] – The 19th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will be in Baltimore on Sat., June 21 at 7 PM at the Baltimore Hostel, 17 W. Mulberry St. The evening will include a simple Cuban dinner and a program. The requested donation is $10. Call 410-366-8818. The local sponsors are Maryland-Cuba Friendship Coalition, Baltimore-Matanzas Sister City Association and Howard County Friends of Latin America .

36] – On Sat., June 21 at 7:30 PM, Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., will host Norwegian anarchist Kim Keyser, currently in the US on a NEFAC (Northeastern Federation of Anarchist Communists) speaking tour centered around the question of prefigurative organization -- how to fight for a better world in such a way that actions and organizing reflect the future that is desired.

37] – Sun., June 22 is a World Day of Fasting to call for health and education and no Star Wars. If interested in joining the fast, email Bruce Gagnon at

38] – On Sun., June 22, 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 Go to\md\kalafong-ame-mission-church/index.html.

39] – 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 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]. Go to

40] – On Sun., June 22 at 12:30 PM, Bob Edgar will deliver a speech PEACEMAKING: WE NEED TO LEAD at the Foundry United Methodist Church 1500 16th St., NW (16th and P Sts.) Edgar is the president of Common Cause, was General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and served 12 years in Congress. RSVP at 202-332-4010 or

41] – To prepare for going to Sen. Mikulski's office to demand shutting down Guantanamo, delegates will meet on Sun., June 22 at 2 PM at Mayorga Coffee, 8040 Georgia Ave , Silver Spring, MD (near the Silver Spring Metro Station). The actual meeting will take place some time between June 23 and July 3. If you are interested, email Karen O'Keefe at

42] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., June 22 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

43] – Lessons From Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers) sums up the "upside" of the war. Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies, and Bill Hartung, New America Foundation, drew up their list, and enlisted the experts, many of whom have written whole books on these topics, to boil down what they know for the rest of us. The authors include The Three Trillion Dollar War co-authors Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, pre-war UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Frances Fitzgerald. A discussion of the book will be held at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, WDC on Sun., June 22 at 4 PM.

44] – The 19th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will be in Washington on Sun., June 22 at 5 PM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Bring your family and friends to this special event, for an evening of entertainment, celebration, food, drinks and a photography exhibition on the African Diaspora titled Africa in America: Images of land, struggle and resistance. Email or call 202-558-7230.

45] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is June 22. Call 410-230-0450.

46] – Fr. Charles Cloughen Jr. [] invites you to pray for peace on Sun., June 22 at 7:30 PM at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St. The Interfaith Prayer Partners gather every month on the 22nd and are looking for a mosque, synagogue, Quaker meetinghouse or church for November 22nd.

47] – 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., June 23. Call 410-233-0488.

48]The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road . The next meeting will be on June 23, and the agenda will include planning a visit to the National Security Agency, discussing the Ghosts of the Iraq War trial and organizing to keep the Maryland Guard from going to Iraq . A documentary filmmaker will be there to get some footage for a movie about the peace movement. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

49] – 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 June 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

50] – The Marc Steiner Show is back on Wed., June 25 at 9 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community. During the summer, the hour-long show will continue each Wednesday. And in Fall 2008, the show will begin broadcasting daily Monday through Friday. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email

You can listen to interviews by Steiner through his Center for Emerging Media podcasts. To hear the interviews, email

51] From Wed., June 25 to Sun., June 29, visit a replica of a Guantanamo Cell, four blocks from the Smithsonian Metro Station – corner of 14th and Constitution. Free sunset concert starting at 6 PM on Wednesday evening. Go to or email or call 202-807-8400.

52] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building , 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is June 25. Call 215-426-0364.

53] – Each Wednesday in clear weather, there is a peace vigil from 5 to 6 PM outside the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy, PA. The next vigil is June 25. Call 215-843-4256 or email

54] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is June 25. Call 215-843-4256 or email

55] – The next McCAW [Montgomery County Coalition for Alternatives to War] meeting is Wed., June 25 at 7:30 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (Classroom 1-2, in the basement) in Bethesda, Maryland. McCaw meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

56] – On Thurs., June 26, 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.

57] – The next East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)/DC meeting is Thurs., June 26 at 6:30 PM near Union Station on Metro’s Red Line at a private residence. Email for directions. The meeting includes a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish or beverage to share. One of the main goals of this meeting is to share/exchange information with people travelling to Indonesia or East Timor in the near future. Four visiting East Timorese scholars from the University of Hawaii will be at the meeting. Go to

58] – JUNE IS TORTURE AWARENESS MONTH. The numbers 100 and 250 are really important numbers for Torture Abolition and Survivors Support International (TASSC). They hope to get 250 people to the premiere showing of Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out on Thursday, June 26 at 7 PM at the E St. Theatre in WDC. Some survivors who appear in the film will be available for a Q&A session after the film.

And the organizers want to see 100 supporters at 8 AM on June 28 in Lafayette Park . Come and show support for survivors of torture, and speak out against the unspeakable.

59] – Join the Takoma Park peace vigil, which takes place the last Friday of the month from 5 to 6 PM at Takoma Junction (Rte. 410 and Carroll Ave. ). The next vigil to end occupation in Iraq , Palestine and the White House will be June 27. Call 301-589-5410 or go to

60] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The last film, RENDITION [ U.S. , 2007], will be shown Fri., June 27 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. Suzanne O’Hatnick will lead the discussion afterwards. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637.

Directed by Gavin Hood (TSOTSI) and starring Omar Metwally, Igal Naor, Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard and Meryl Streep, the film tells the story of a family torn apart when the father is kidnapped by the CIA and tortured in North Africa . One riveting scene occurs when the victim is water boarded. While the story is fictional, it is very much what happened to the Canadian citizen Maher Arar who was tortured in Syria . The film has a back story: the head of the secret prison has a rebellious daughter who is involved with a student who may be involved in a bomb plot.

61] – Westminster WIB holds a vigil the last Saturday of the month. On June 28 meet at 2 PM in front of the library on Main St. Please wear black, everyone welcome at all stands, signs provided. Contact

62] – On Sat., June 28 at 5 PM at the Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36 St., Gimmie Shelter Productions will be having another benefit for Lutheran World Relief, and their Africa Fresh Water Wells Fund. Featured performers are Aussett, Alan Barysh Leo Hurigon, Jasaga, Marcus Colasurdo, Suzanne X and Robin Gunkel. Admission is $5. Call 410-532-0193.

63] – Vigil at the Pentagon, last Monday of the month, 7 to 8 AM at the entrance to the Pentagon Metro Station. The next vigil will be June 30. Dorothy Day Catholic Worker can be reached at 202-882-9649.

64] – The next meeting of the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty will be Tues., July 1 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.

65] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., July 3 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.

66] – The Baltimore Palestine Solidarity organizational meeting is Sat., July 4 at 2 PM at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. This will be the first meeting of a group of people of conscience in the Baltimore area, organizing to show solidarity for our occupied brothers and sisters in Palestine. Everyone's input is requested for creating our strategies, tactics, and long term goals, so please try and attend. Contact Umar Farooq at

67] – The 24th annual Maryland Peace and Justice conference has been set for April 4, 2009 at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD, easily accessible off of Rt. 29. Please put the date on your calendar and try not to schedule any other major events on that day. Thanks so much for your cooperation, and the organizers hope to see you there! Call Paulette at 410-747-3811.

68] – 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.

69] – Displaced Films produced SIR, N0 SIR which told the story of the GI resistance movement against the war in Vietnam . Now that company is working with Northern Light Productions to produce the only documentary film that will be made about the historic Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan/Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations held outside of Washington , DC , March 13-16. To make a donation to this film, click here:

70] – SOA Watch is looking for summer interns and has some paying positions in the D.C. office. Help make the upcoming Nov. 21-23 Vigil to Close the SOA/WHINSEC one of the most exciting events of the year by joining the SOAW Staff! Contact Eric LeCompte at elecompte(at) or 202-234-3440 with questions.

71] – 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 - subject "membership.” The mailing address is The Washington Peace Center, P.O. Box 50032 , WDC 20019-0032 . Call 202-234-2000. Subscribe at Send donations to The Washington Peace Center.

72] – 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.

73] – 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; call 202-682-4282.

Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 East 25th St. Baltimore , MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]

"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

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