Sunday, June 20, 2010


Baltimore Activist Alert - Part II

31] Baltimore Pride – June 20               
32] Quaker Peace Vigil – June 20
33] Real L Word – June 20
34] Red Emma's needs volunteers – June 20
35] Pentagon vigil – June 21
36] Human Rights trainings – June 21-23
37] Protest the death penalty – June 21               
38] Marc Steiner on WEAA – June 21 — June 24
39] Pledge of Resistance meeting – June 21
40] War Is Not the Answer demo – June 22
41] Pray for Peace – June 22
42] Film BUDRUS – June 23, 24 & 26
43] Philadelphia vigil – June 23
44] Discuss TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – June 23
45] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – June 23
46] Israel/Palestine roundtable – June 24
47] Heart of Baltimore Rally – June 24
48] Get healthcare answers – June 24-25
49] MoveOn event – June 24
50] TASSC event – June 24
52] Vigil to End the Wars – June 25
53] End Torture – June 25
54] Gaza Strip – June 25
31] – Human Rights Campaign is seeking volunteers for Baltimore Pride on
Sun., June 20 at Druid Hill Park. Sign up for a shift by emailing or calling 321- 436-7534. In your e-mail, please
indicate which shift you are able to work.  The available shifts are as
follows: 10:30 AM to 1 PM, 1 to 3 PM or 3 to 6 PM.
32] – 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
33] – The Human Rights Campaign presents The Real L Word Season Premiere on
Sun., June 20 at 7 PM with the show starting at 8 PM at Cobalt, 1639 R St.
NW, WDC 20009.  You must be 21+.  The suggested Donation is $10, which
includes an annual HRC membership! This new Showtime reality series follows
a group of real-life, high-profile, left coast lesbians as they go about
their daily lives, at work and play. Email or go to

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
June 20. 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., June
21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call

36] – From Mon., June 21 through Wed., June 23, TASSC will hold a Human
Rights Training for survivors and for human rights and faith-based activists
working to end torture. The training will be led by Patrick Rice, a survivor
of torture from Argentina and former secretary general of FEDEFAM, the
Family Members of the Disappeared in Latin America. The training will focus
on using the United Nations Convention against Torture and the Convention
against Involuntary Disappearances to denounce torture and to defend human
rights. The training will also look at how truth commissions, international
tribunals, and criminal prosecution have been employed in post-conflict
situations to achieve transitional justice and national reconciliation.  The
trainings will be held from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.  Monday's training will be at
TASSC, 4121 Harewood Rd. NE; Tuesday's is at Aquinas Hall, Catholic U.; and
Wednesday's training at the Stuart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave. NE. Contact
Scott Wright at

37] – 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.  Because of the holiday, though, the next vigil is scheduled for
Mon., June 21. Call 410-233-0488.
38] – 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

39] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30
PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  The next meeting is
scheduled for June 21.  The agenda will include Kay Dellinger's memorial
service, a visit to the NSA and a protest at the Pentagon.  Contact Max at
410-366-1637 or email at mobuszewski at for directions.  

40] – 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 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

41] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Tues., June 22 at St. Ignatius Parish,
740 N. Calvert St. The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month. 
Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or

42] – BUDRUS: Saving a Palestinian Village from the Separation Barrier
through Nonviolent Resistance will be shown on Wed., June 23 from 9 to 11
AM.  It  is a stunning documentary film about Palestinian villagers, under
the leadership of Ayed Morrar and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Iltezam,
who adopted the strategy of nonviolent resistance, united all political
factions along with Israelis and stopped construction of Israel's Separation
Barrier that would have destroyed the villagers' lands, cemetery and
livelihood. See it at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779
Mass. Ave. NW, WDC.  It will be also shown at the Silverdocs Film Festival
in Silver Spring on June 24 at 7:15 PM and June 26 at 4 PM.  

43] – 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 23. Call 215-426-0364.

44] – Sherrilyn Ifill and others will discuss TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by
Harper Lee on Wed., June 23 at 6:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library,
Northwood Branch, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. Call 410-396-6076.

45] – 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 23. Call 215-843-4256 or email

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.

47] – The Heart of Baltimore RALLY with Danny Glover is scheduled for
Thurs., June 24 from 4 to 5:30 PM at Mt. Vernon Square, intersection of N.
Charles & E. Madison.  Healthcare workers from across Baltimore will join
together with 1199SEIU members to rally for better care, better jobs and a
better Baltimore. Go to

48] – Several national health policy experts will answer questions about the
Patient Protection and Affordability Act on Thurs., June 24th @ 6:30 PM in
Tilghman Auditorium, 720 Rutland Ave. and on Fri., June 25th @ 11 AM in
Turner Auditorium, 720 Rutland Ave. If you are unable to attend these forums
and would like to host a similar forum, call toll free at 1-866-433-8451.

49] – MoveOn is hosting a Political Action event. Go to
.  "The Other 98%" Summer Launch will occur at the Church of
the Incarnation, Charles St. and University Pkwy., Basltimore 21218 on
Thurs., June 24 at 7 PM.  

50] – On Thurs., June 24, from 7 - 9 PM, TASSC invites you to Busboys and
Poets, 14th and V Sts., NW, to welcome the torture survivors.

51] – See the World Premiere of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF McKINLEY NOLAN, a
documentary directed by Henry Corra, which will be screened at the
Silverdocs Festival, in Silver Spring, MD.  It's the story of an American
family trying to seek justice for a former veteran who disappeared in
Vietnam, and it ties into the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunals.  It will be
shown on Thurs., June 24 at 9:30 PM and Sat., June 26 at 5 PM at the AFI
Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD.  Call 212-965-8600.

52] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, June 25, 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

53] – On Fri., June 25, from 6 – 8:30 PM, TASSC will cosponsor a panel
discussion on "Accountability Now – Ending Torture Forever" at the National
City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW, that will feature David Cole
(Georgetown University Law Center), Sister Dianna Ortiz (Pax Christi USA),
Sondra Crosby, MD (Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights) and
Matthew Alexander (former interrogator). A reception with survivors will
follow.  Contact John Humphries at

54] – 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.

To be continued

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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