Thursday, January 21, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 21 – Mar. 6, 2010


"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] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes


7] Canvasing the Movement – thru Jan. 31

8] Photo exhibit of Central America – through Mar. 6         

9] Catastrophe in Haiti – Jan. 21

10] Witness Against Torture – through Jan. 22

11] Peaceable Assembly Campaign – Jan. 22—Feb. 3           

12] March for Life — Jan. 22

13] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Jan. 22

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Jan. 22

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 22         

16] White House vigil – Jan. 22           

17] Homewood vigil -- Jan. 22

18] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 22               

19] Pray for Peace – Jan. 22

20] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 22

21] Women’s Bible Study – Jan. 23—Mar. 27

22] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 23                                

23] Polar Bear plunge – Jan. 23                   

24] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 23                                        

25] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 23

26] Break the Fast – Jan. 23

27] Delegation to Honduras – Jan. 24-31

28] What Makes Us Human? – Jan. 24

29] Bridge vigil – Jan. 24                                                                  

30] Quaker Peace Vigil – Jan. 24

31] Green Forum – Jan. 24

32] Song circle – Jan. 24

33] Jim Wallis signs new book – Jan. 24                   

34] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 24

35] Pentagon vigil – Jan. 25

36] Obama administration & Africa – Jan. 25

37] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 25 — Jan. 28

38] Protest the death penalty – Jan. 25                   

39] Vigil for Haiti – Jan. 25                   

40] Vigil Against Violence – Jan. 25

41] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Jan. 25

42] Report Back from Gaza Freedom March – Jan. 25                                  

43] Anti-torture vigil – Jan. 26

44] Tuesday peace vigil – Jan. 26

45] Ecolocity DC meeting – Jan. 26

46] Speakers needed after school program – Jan. 27 – May 26

47] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Jan. 27

48] Support hotel workers – Jan. 27

49] Phyllis Bennis book signing – Jan. 27

50] Song circle – Jan. 27

51] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Jan. 27

52] Teach-in on Yemen – Jan. 27

53] Breaking Rank class – Jan. 27—Feb. 17

54] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 28

55] Community meeting – Jan. 28           

56] Heathcare-Now conference – Jan. 28           

57] Vigil to End the Wars – Jan. 29

58] Winter in America – Jan. 30

59] Medea Benjamin in Baltimore – Jan. 31

60] First Thursday demo – Feb. 4

61] J Street meeting – Feb. 4

62] Labor Chorus function – Mar. 6

63] Buy a red maple tree

64] Help available in buying a house 

65] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

66] Join Global Zero campaign

67] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

68] Publish your peace article

69] Click on The Hunger Site  

70] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are 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. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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] – 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 ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  For more details and to download the order form, go to

Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to HoCoFoLA, PO Box 94, Columbia, MD  21045. Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.

5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.


6] – Unfortunately, the Off Center Media documentary DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE about William Kunstler is not scheduled for screening in Baltimore. However, the National Lawyers Guild is working on bringing the film by his two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler to Baltimore.  The Guild needs help in convincing the distributor that Baltimore cinephiles want to see the movie. Check out the website and you will be able to click on “demand” that the film comes to Baltimore.  Watch the trailer: to Facebook:


7] – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. has an exhibit Canvasing the Movement, which shows images of civil rights, past and present.  The exhibit will continue until Sun., Jan. 31.  Call 410-767-0473.  Go to


8] – See a photo exhibit at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd., Towson, in the Luther Room: "Delegation and Travel Photos from Central America" by Dave Schott and Mike Susko. The photos taken in the summer of 2009 in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala try to capture some activities in the lives of the people and the beauty of those countries. It will continue until March 6. Go to or call 410-825-1725.


9] – Catastrophe in Haiti: An Unnatural Disaster, a discussion and forum, is occurring on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 7 PM at All Soul's Church, 1500 Harvard St., NW, WDC (corner of 16th & Harvard).  The horror in Haiti is overwhelming. It's rooted in 200 years of the worst racism, exploitation and foreign military occupation-most recently at the hands of the Clinton and Bush administrations. To endorse, call 202-276-1586 or email

10] – Through Fri., Jan. 22, Witness Against Torture will have a presence in Washington, D.C. to call for the closing of Guantanamo and to help make sure the public is aware that torture is evil.  The group is staying at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, WDC.  Besides conducting a 10-day fast, there were daily events.  Sign up by emailing Frida Berrigan at 


  On Thurs., Jan. 21, Witness Against Torture will engage in direct action against torture and indefinite detention and for accountability and justice.  The Day of Action will include a Prisoner Procession from the White House to the Supreme Court.  At 10:15 AM, gather at the White House for a brief program. At 10:45 AM, begin procession to Supreme Court (mile and a half walk). This will be a silent and solemn procession of people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods. Suits will be available. Arrive at 12:15 PM at the Supreme Court (across the street from the U.S. Capitol) for a vigil -- “Broken Promises, Broken Laws, Broken Lives.”  Go to


11] – From Fri., Jan. 22 to Wed., Feb. 3, join the Peaceable Assembly Campaign with Kathy Kelly and others in Washington, D.C. There will be a daily vigil from 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the White House and other seats of power.  Go to  Join NCNR on Thurs., Jan. 28, beginning at 10:30 AM at the White House.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for details.


12] – On Fri., Jan. 22, a Consistent Life contingent will join the March for Life.  The group tries to have a presence each year, but the main organizer is not sympathetic, and has threatened to call for arrest in the past. Join this group between 11:30 AM and Noon in front of the Sculpture Garden, on Constitution Ave. NW near 7th St.  The location is across from the National Archives and about 2 blocks from the Archives Metro station.    Bill Samuels can be reached by cell phone at 301-943-6406. 


13] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to


14] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


15] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Jan. 22 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


16] – 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.

17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 22 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 and Stony Run Meetings.

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 in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact Bruce Wolf -


19] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Fri., Jan. 22 at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month.  Hosts are needed for February, March and April. Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


20] –  There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every 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 Jan. 22. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


21] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo’s 12-week Bible Study for Women to study women then in the Bible and women now continues through Mar. 27.  The bible study will continue each Saturday at 9:30 AM Shiloh AME Church, 2601 Lyndhurst Ave. Baltimore 21216. The motto is "Biblically literate and spiritually strong women change and build themselves, families, communities and the world." If interested, call Mankekolo at 410-233-4649 or the Church at 410-367-8961. Rev. Charlotte Clemons is the senior pastor. Mankekolo’s book "One a Day Spiritual Vitamins" is available at $10:00 each plus $3:50 handling.

22] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Jan. 23. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

23] – The annual POLAR BEAR PLUNGE is on Sat., Jan. 23, beginning at 10:30 AM at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, Herndon Ave., Annapolis.  Jump into the Chesapeake Bay near at 11:30 AM for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network [CCAN] to raise money and awareness. Keep Winter Cold!  Fight Global Warming! Go to Go to ERideshare and post your ride!


24] –  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. Go to


25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Jan. 23. 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


26] – On Sat., Jan, 23, 5 to 7 PM, Days of Resistance: Break the Fast with Witness Against Torture and Gear Up for Action with the Peaceable Assembly Campaign at Busboys and Poets,  2021 14th St. NW, WDC (at V St.). Frida Berrigan and Rev. Graylan Hagler will speak, and Emma’s Revolution will provide the music.

27] – RIGHTS ACTION invites you to join a HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION TO HONDURAS Jan. 24-31.  Since the June 28th oligarchic-military coup against the government of President Zelaya, Rights Action – along with other North American activist and solidarity groups – have been working hard to support the extraordinary anti-coup, pro-democracy movement.  If you are considering joining this delegation, read through the series of Honduras Coup Alerts, found at Contact Grahame Russell at or 1-860-352-2448.

28] – On Sun., Jan. 24 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Amanda Poppei who will address "What Makes Us Human?" She is a senior leader in the Washington Ethical Society.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


29] – 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


30] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


31] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Jan. 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to  Introduction to Permaculture Design will be presented by Karen Stupski and Peggy Ceglia. This is a system of designing ecologically inspired landscapes that integrate food production, energy, shelter and water.  Also to be discussed are Transition Town initiatives which can build environmental resilience and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


The Forum, co-sponsored by a number of groups including Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, is a monthly environmental and discussion forum held usually on the last Sunday. RSVP at or 301-345-2234.


32] – Jim Wallis is continuing his book tour on Sun., Jan. 24 at 5 PM at Politics and Prose, 5015 Conn. Ave., NW.  He will sign copies of his new book HOW WILL THE FINANCIAL CRISIS CHANGE US? Call 800-722-0790.


33] – Go to a potluck at 6 PM on Sun., Jan. 24 at the Maitri House, 251 Manor Circle, Takoma Park, MD 20912. At 7 PM, hear a Peaceable Assembly Campaign presentation & at 7:30 PM join a discussion about Pakistan and Afghanistan by Kathy Kelly, co-founder and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.


34] – 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 Jan. 24. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to

35] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Jan. 25, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


36] – The Obama Administration, Africa and the Diaspora is a one-day conference on Mon., Jan. 25 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the United Methodist Building, Conference Rooms 1-4, 100 Maryland Ave., NE, WDC 20002. Join TransAfrica Forum for a dynamic discussion of the Administration's emerging focus on Africa.


37] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at


38] – 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., Jan. 25. Call 410-233-0488.

39] – Bailout the People Movement and the Solidarity Center invite you to join a Baltimore “Vigil for Haiti” on Mon., Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in front of City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.  Show solidarity with the Haitian People and call for Jobs, Education, Housing & Healthcare for All! Food--Not Troops! Reparations for Haiti! Bring a candle and a sign. Donations for Haiti will be collected at the demonstration. To add your endorsement or your group’s name, please email or call 443-909-8964.

40] – Vigil Against Violence 2010 Our City - Our Responsibility Be There! It takes place on Mon., Jan. 25 from 7 to 8:15 PM at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, North Charles and Northern Parkway. Your presence will make a statement. People of faith will not wait while violence destroys our neighborhoods. We will pray. We will act. Join the start of a major movement to bring hope to a hurting city. The whole city is hurt by violence. The whole city must respond. E-mail the Baltimore Interfaith Coalition at or call Dick Humphrey at 410-252-8886.

41] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM. The meetings will now take place at Max’s residence, and the next one is scheduled for Jan. 25.  The agenda will include a review of demonstrations, including one on the 16th at the CIA to protest drone attacks and direct action with Witness Against Torture on the 21stCall Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for directions.


42] – On Mon., Jan. 25, 7:30 to 9 PM, there will be a Peaceable Assembly Campaign - Report Back from the Gaza Freedom March by Joshua Brollier, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and Sam Husseini, Institute for Public Accuracy, at the Council for a Livable World, 322 4th Street NE, WDC.


43] – There will be an anti-torture vigil each Tuesday at 5:30 PM in Lafayette Park, H and 16th Sts., NW. The next vigil will be Jan. 26.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


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 Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


45] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  It is for people who live in, or are interested in making D.C. a transition town starting with an intentional community that will encompass clean energy, freecycle, natural building, organic farming, community salvage, new urbanism, etc. The next meeting will be on Jan. 19. Go to


46] - Speakers are needed to lead group discussions for an after-school program, The Path To Independence. The program is at the alternative high school, Achievement Academy at Harbor City, in Baltimore, MD.  The students at Harbor City, a Title 1 school, have a high rate of student homelessness, incarceration and poverty - - and many of the students in the program are in eager need of support so they can graduate high school. Speakers are needed on Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, from Jan. 27 through May 26. Call Melissa McDiarmid at 410-333-2222 if you are interested.


47] – 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 Jan. 27. Call 215-426-0364.


48] – Join the Rally to Support Baltimore Hotel Workers on Wed., Jan. 27 at 4:30 PM until 6 PM outside the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Workers at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center have been on the forefront of the struggle for the rights of working people in our city. They have been unionized for 33 years, making them the oldest union shop in Baltimore’s fastest-expanding industry. In 2005, the Sheraton was bought by the Columbia Sussex Corporation, and the hotel owner is not bargaining in good faith. Since April 2006, workers at the Sheraton have been working without a contract.


49] – On Wed., Jan. 27, attend a talk and book signing: Ending the US War in Afghanistan by Phyllis Bennis, in conversation with Andy Shallal.  This is part of the Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) and will be held from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets' Langston Room, 2021 14th St., NW, WDC 20009. Phyllis will be signing copies of a book she co-authored, ENDING THE US WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: A Primer.  RSVP to or by calling 202-787-5229.


50] – On Wed., Jan. 27, join a song circle at the Peace House, 1233 12 St. NW, WDC. A pot luck begins at 6:30 PM.  Bring instruments. Call Jay at 202-682-4282.  


51] – 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 Jan. 20. Call 215-843-4256 or email


52] – A Teach-in about Yemen will feature Ramzi Kysia & Adam Kysia on Wed., Jan. 27 from 7:30 to 9 PM at Saint Stephen's and the Incarnation Episcopal Church Auditorium, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC 20010. Go to


53] – Ryan Harvey's class, Breaking Rank: Soldier-Led Resistance Movements continues each Wednesday from 8 to 10 PM until Feb. 17 at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert. St. There is no charge. Attendees of the class will leave with an understanding of the importance of military resistance in the creation of successful social movements and ideas of ways to effectively participate as allies in the current soldier and veteran-led anti-war movement. To register, go to or email


54] – On Thurs., Jan. 28, 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.

55] – On Thurs., Jan. 28, 7 to 8:30 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., lower level, attend a COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING AND DISCUSSION.  The agenda will focus on Haiti and the Fight for Jobs.  Sharon Black will discuss her pre-earthquake trip to Haiti, as part of a trade union delegation which met with Haitian union leaders fighting against sweatshop abuses. She is also a national organizer and coordinator for the April 10th National Protest for Jobs which grew out of the Pittsburgh March for Jobs.  Go to the link to a talk given by Rev. Smith of the Monumental Baptist Church at the Detroit, MI rally on Dr. King Jr.’s birthday:

The Bailout the People Movement is joining IFCO/Pastors for Peace in collecting aid for the Haitian People. A list of the specific items which will be accepted can be obtained by emailing or calling 443-909-8964.


56] – Healthcare-Now of Maryland, working for single-payer, universal healthcare,  holds its annual meeting and public forum, at 7:15 PM on Thurs., Jan. 28 at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, 4 E. Univ. Pkwy, Baltimore.  The event is free, open to the public.  There is ample free parking.  The featured speaker is Mark Dudzic, former president of Local 8-149 OCAW (now Local 1-148 PACE) and an active Labor Party National Organizer.  Instrumental in securing an endorsement for single-payer at the national convention of the AF of L/ CIO, he will speak on the why’s and how’s of labor support for single-payer. Email


57] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Jan. 29, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


58] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness /fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., Jan. 30 at 7:30 PM another "WINTER IN AMERICA" benefit performance for Sarah's Hope Shelter will include music & poetry by Alan Barysh, Jasaga, Suzanne X, Ron Williams and others.  It will take place at The Hamilton Arts Gallery, 2927 Hamilton Ave.  Admission is $5, and donations of children's gloves, socks, hats, sweaters are gladly accepted! Call 410-627 8774.

59] – On Sun., Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 PM, catch the Research Associates Foundation 8th Annual Ric Pfeffer Lecture featuring Medea Benjamin at 2640 St. Paul St.  Benjamin, a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange, will address "From Afghanistan to Gaza: Working toward a More Peaceful World.” Baltimore Tikkun is a co-sponsor.

Ric Pfeffer, in whose honor this lecture series was established, worked as a lawyer with OSHA at the Department of Labor, where he made notable contributions to worker safety. Call 410.466.7344 or email


60] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Feb. 4 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the wars in Afghanistan and IraqCall Max at 410-366-1637.

61] – J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, invites you to the official launch of J Street Baltimore on Thurs., Feb. 4, 7-9 PM at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. The event is part of J Street's new national grassroots field program, which will broaden and deepen the presence of this movement in communities across the country. J Street Baltimore integrates the local Brit Tzedek v'Shalom chapter, and draws new supporters from J Street's substantial netroots base. In addition, J Street's Executive Director, Jeremy Ben-Ami, will be appearing via live video feed to simultaneous kick-off events all around the country. Refreshments will be available, too.  RSVP at Visit

62] – On Sat., Mar. 6, the Charm City Labor Chorus will hold a concert at 7 PM. The site is to be determined for an evening of union and peace and justice songs.  The suggested donation is $10 with a sliding scale in effect. 


63] – I bought two red maple trees for $10 each as part of the Trees for Baltimore program.  Buy a tree, plant it and contribute to saving the planet.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


64] – A progressive-thinking realtor is indicating that people of modest incomes can get assistance from both the state and federal governments in purchasing a home.  If you are interested in speaking with him about available programs, call Max at 410-366-1637.


65] – Larry Egbert and Nick Sheridan are in Baltimore awaiting further legal developments, and the "Georgia Four" is seeking contributions to a legal defense fund.  Go to to make a contribution.   Larry fell off his bike and has fractured his pelvis.  He is home for some months of recuperation. 

66] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.  

67] – 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.

68] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email


69] – 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.  


70] – 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.


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: 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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