Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Activist Alert - Part 3

52] – There will be demonstrations at the following BP Stations, St. Paul St. & Mt. Royal Ave., 33rd St. & Greenmount Ave., Harford Ave. & Northern Parkway and Harford Ave. & Ailsa Ave. Be at a station from 7 to 9 AM and then 4:30 to 6:30 PM.


53] – You are invited to the "Wide Angle's Video Extravaganza (WAVE)" on Wed., June 9 at 4 PM in the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library - Wheeler Auditorium.  Young people use video making to talk about the big issues in their community, and share their personal stories.  Come and celebrate the 2009-2010 season of youth media! See the NEW episode of BeMore TV. 


54] – 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 9. Call 215-426-0364.


55] – On Wed., June 9 at 6 PM, Rabbi Michael Lerner will present A Progressive Vision and Strategy for The Obama Years at Busboys & Poets, 14 & V Streets, 2021 14th St, NW, WDC 20009. 

56] – On Wed., June 9 at 7 PM at St. Camillus Church and others invite you to a prayer service focused on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Leading the service, which will be held in both English and Spanish, will be Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, who is a parochial vicar at St. Camillus, and Professor William Dinges, PhD, who teaches Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America.  The church is at 1600 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20903.


57] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold 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 9. Call 215-843-4256 or email


58] – On Wed., June 9 at 7 PM @ 2640 St. Paul St., radical art legend Seth Tobocman and progressive journalist Erik Laursen, co-authors of the brand new UNDERSTANDING THE CRASH, will explain the dynamics of the recent financial meltdown. The presentation will be illustrated by giant projections of Seth's artwork, accompanied by the Lower East Side musical madness of Zef Noise, Eric Blitz and Andy Laties. Donations are welcome.

59] – Show your solidarity at a 1st Amendment/Peace Rally and Press Conference in front of the D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, WDC on Thurs., June 10 at 8:15 AM.    On March 20, eight people were arrested in front of the White House during the mobilization against the wars. Seven of them are scheduled for trial: Cindy Sheehan, Peace of the Action, Elaine Brower, Military Families Speak Out and World Can't Wait, Matthias Chiroux, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Jon Gold, Peace of the Action, Jim Veeder, Peace of the Action, LeFlora Cunningham, D.C. activist and Alex MacDonald.  Six of them already spent 52 hours in jail.  Email

60] – On Thurs., June 10 from 10:30 AM until noon, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, executive director, Rabbis for Human Rights – Israel will discuss Human Rights and Zionism in Israel at the  Middle East Institute, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW, WDC. RHR-Israel works to prevent human rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Territories, and to bring human rights grievances to the attention of the Israeli public through education and advocacy. RSVP to or call 202-835-3650.


61] – Join a "SIT-IN IN SOLIDARITY WITH GAZA FREEDOM FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS" on Thurs., June 10 at 2 PM until 6 PM in Congressperson Brad Sherman’s office, 2242 Rayburn Bldg., WDC.


62] – There will be a protest at the BP Station at 33rd and Greenmount Ave, Baltimore on Sat., June 12 from 11 AM to noon.  The demand is END PERMITS FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING.  BP has the worst safety record of any oil company in the U.S. which led to the deaths of at least 33 workers since 1995.  BP has been forced to pay $485 million in fines and settlements to the U.S. government for environmental crimes, willful neglect of worker safety rules and penalties for manipulating energy markets.  In 2006 BP was found to have "willfully" underfunded maintenance in Prudhoe Bay (the nation's largest oil field) leading to 200,000 gallons spilling into the Alaskan Tundra.  This year BP is responsible for a four plus million gallon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The signs will focus on drilling, however No Blood for Oil is also appropriate.  Call 410-308-1326.


63] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St. The next vigil will be June 12. Email


64] – Research Associates Foundation launches a New Community Grantmaking Program in Baltimore.  The idea is to fund grassroots and social justice organizations in Baltimore. The Research Associates Foundation Community Grants Program provides small-scale grants of up to $2,500 for organizations, initiatives, and individuals working toward social change in the city of Baltimore, and the greater Baltimore metropolitan area.  There will be a Launch Party on Sat., June 12 from 5 to 7 PM @ 2640 Saint Paul St. (St. John's Church/2640) and will feature a performance by the Charm City Labor Chorus.  Refreshments will be served. Individuals or organizations interested in applying for a grant or wishing to donate money to help sustain the RAF grant program are encouraged to attend the event.  Visit or email


65] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM. On Sun., June 13 Traci Confer, of the Energy Justice Network, will make a power point presentation: The Re-Emergence of Nuclear Power & The Energy ‘Bomb’ Around Us.  Go to 610-544-1818. Go to


66] – 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 13. 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


67] – The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area will meet Mon., June 14 at 7 PM at Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW, WDC.  The full agenda will include a discussion of the August events. Bring simple food to share. Contact John Steinbach at 703-369-7427.


68] –  The Pledge of Resistance will gather outside Rep. Elijah Cummings’ office, 1010 Park Ave., Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21201, on June 16 at noon.  At 12:30 PM, we will go inside and bring a message of Healthcare Not Warfare and continue to urge the representative to co-sponsor H.R. 5015 calling for an exit strategy from Afghanistan.  


69] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., June 16 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


70] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The last film in the series is GAZA STRIP [USA, 2002], and it will be shown on Fri., June 25 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 Director James Longley and his crew used hand-held cameras to film 75 hours of material over 100 days in the Gaza Strip.  It simply shows the burden of life under Israeli abuse and occupation. Who can argue that the Palestinians are suffering with little hope for an end any time soon? The film centers on a boy, Mohammed Hejazi, a 13-year-old Palestinian who lives in Sejjaia, a neighborhood in Gaza City, and works as a paper boy. Longley first met Hejazi at the Karni Crossing, an Israeli-controlled border between the northern part of Gaza and Israel proper, the site of regular stone-throwing clashes between Palestinian children and the Israeli military. "They're not really doing anything effective against the occupation and they know this," says Longley, "but they are resisting it, in their own way."


Doors open at 7 PM, and the DVD starts at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  A discussion will follow.


71] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is excited by her new book: RESTORE ME: 40 Healing Sermons. The book is available for $19.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling--ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1631-9 (sc), ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1633-3 (dj) or ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1632-6 (sc). She would appreciate if you ordered the book from her: checks payable to Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo and sent to 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore, MD 21216.  The publisher is, and it can be called at 1-800-288-4677.


72] – I have one red maple tree for $5 from the Trees for Baltimore program.  Buy a tree, plant it and contribute to saving the planet.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


73] – 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.  

74] – 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.

75] – 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


76] – 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.  


77] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View


78] – 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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