Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

46] Hearing on West Papua – Sept. 22

47] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Sept. 22

48] AVAM benefit – Sept. 22

49] Discuss THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY – Sept. 22

50] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Sept. 22


52] Islamophobia – Sept. 22

53] Pray for Peace – Sept. 22

54] Dine out for life – Sept. 23

55] Stop an execution – Sept. 23

56] Palestine Question conference – Sept. 23

57] Oct. 2 planning meeting – Sept. 23

58] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Sept. 23

59] Release Prisoner of Conscience – Sept. 23           

60] Dean Baker at JHU – Sept. 23           

61] Eddie Conway book party – Sept. 23           

62] Max at Book Festival – Sept. 24-26  

63] Vigil to End the Wars – Sept. 24

64] Position with PSR – deadline Sept. 24

65] Natasha Pettigrew Presente! – Sept. 24

66] Single Payer Strategy Session – Sept. 25

67] Appalachia Rising – Sept. 25 - 27

68] Pax Christi—25th Anniversary – Sept. 25

69] Book party in D.C. – Sept. 25           

70] International Solidarity Movement - Sept. 25

71] Green Forum – Sept. 26



46] -- On Wed., Sept. 22 at 3 PM, there will be a hearing on West Papua in room 2172, Rayburn House Office Bldg. held by the Asia, the Pacific and the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Come support those testifying, including a number of Papuans. Call 1-917-690-4391 or email john at  Go to The hearing will be broadcast online via WEBCAST link at


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 Sept. 22. Call 215-426-0364.


48] -- On Wed., Sept. 22 at 6 PM, the American Visionary Art Museum is hosting a benefit dinner and tour of the home and workshop of Bob Benson, the “King of Bling,” in Glen Burnie.  AVAM, 800 Key Highway, is the permanent home of Bob’s glittering “Tree of Universal Life.” Go to  The cost of the homemade buffet supper and tour is $50.


49] -- On Wed., Sept. 22 at 6 PM, Alexander McCall Smith’s book THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY will be discussed at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Northwood branch, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd.  Go to


50] – 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 Sept. 22. Call 215-843-4256 or email


51] – There will be a film screening of WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP? on Wed., Sept. 22 from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW, WDC.  For half a century, small groups of Cuban exiles have waged a terrorist campaign against Cuba's revolutionary government, with active or passive support from the U.S. government. In 1976, one of these exile groups conspired with agents of Chile's secret police under General Augusto Pinochet to assassinate former Chilean Chancellor Orlando Letelier in Washington DC. In that car bombing a young American woman, Ronni Moffitt, also died.


In the 1990s, Florida-base exiles began bombing tourist sites, the backbone of Cuba's economy. An Italian tourist died in one of the bomb attacks. Since the FBI did not arrest the bombers in Miami, Havana sent agents there to infiltrate and report on the violent groups. Instead of stopping the perpetrators of terrorism, the FBI arrested five Cuban spies. They were tried in Miami and given draconian sentences despite a dramatic absence of evidence against them. Attend this special fundraiser preview screening of the almost finished work in progress, a new documentary by IPS Fellow and award-winning filmmaker Saul Landau, and Jack Willis.  A reception will precede the screening, which is to begin at 7:35 PM. The admission is $20.


52] – ISLAMAPHOBIA: Taking on the Hatred and the Ignorance is a special panel event on Wed., Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 PM at the Nyumburu Cultural Center, Univ. of Maryland, College Park.  Go to and


52] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Wed., Sept. 22 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St.  The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


54] -- Dining Out for Life is on Thurs., Sept. 23 at participating restaurants that will contribute at least 20% of their sales to Moveable Feast.  Go to;


55] -- On Thurs., Sept. 23 the governor of Virginia is expected to execute Teresa Lewis, which would be the state’s 108th execution.  She has been assessed as having "borderline mental retardation,” but the state described her as the mastermind of the murder of her husband and stepson. The men who carried out the killings received life sentences. Contact Matt Sellman, administrative director, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, PO Box 4804, Charlottesville, VA 22905. Call 434-960-7779 or go to Call Gov. Robert McDonnell at 804-786-2211.


56] -- The New Media and the Palestine Question: Blogging Out of Conflict is a conference scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 23 from 11 AM to 2:15 PM with lunch between 12:15 PM and 1 PM.  The conference will be at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC 20037.  Call 202-338-1290.


57] – There will be a Maryland Organizing Committee meeting for One Nation Working Together on Thurs., Sept. 23 at noon at the Baltimore Teachers Union, 5800 Metro Drive, Baltimore 21215.  Much of the discussion will focus on the buses heading to D.C. on Oct. 2 for the rally.  For those who have buses, please make sure there is the name of the bus captain for each bus, a cell phone number for the captain and the pick-up point and drop-off location.  Call Kim Tucker, administrative assistant, Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, at 410-269-1940 ext. 2.


58] – 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.


59] -- On Thurs., Sept. 23, 12:30-1:30 PM, Amnesty International will hold its monthly demonstration calling for the release of Prisoner of Conscience Filep Karma.  The demonstration is at the Indonesian Embassy, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., NW, near Dupont Circle. Go to on Dec. 1, 2004, Karma is in prison for his participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony to commemorate Papuan independence.  Visit

60] – Progressives and the Market: Why Give It to the Right? is the subject of a talk on Thurs., Sept. 23 from 3 to 4:30 PM at JHU's Homewood Campus, the Great Hall, Levering Building, 3400 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  As part of its Social Policy Seminar Series, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies is sponsoring a lecture by Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Co-Director Dean Baker.  He will debunk the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes - decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care. RSVP to Laura Vernon-Russell at if you plan to attend.


Dean Baker is the author of /Taking Economics Seriously/ and /False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy/. He also has a blog, "Beat the Press where he discusses the media's coverage of economic issues.


61] -- OF RIOTS AND RESISTANCE is a memoir by political prisoner and former Black Panther Eddie Conway.  There will be a book release on Thurs., Sept. 23 at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.  Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors and CA members.  Call 410-276-1651 or go to                         


Marshall Law comes out this winter, and Conway’s book about the U.S. COINTELPRO program was just published, along with a new compilation of his interviews. Bashi Rose, Rain Pryor, Marc Steiner et al. will read excerpts from the memoir. Marshall “Eddie” Conway is in the 40th year of his incarceration after being convicted of murder, which his supporters deny. Besides the readings, there will be drumming and music. An audience Q&A with Conway via phone will follow. All three books will be on sale to benefit Conway’s defense fund. Additionally, a selection of Emory Douglass prints will be on exhibit and for sale. Douglass worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s, and whose graphic art has become an iconic representation of the struggles of the Party.


62] – Max will be at the Baltimore Book Festival on Fri., Sept. 24 from noon to 8 PM, Sat., Sept. 25 from noon to 8 PM and Sun., Sept. 26 from noon to 7 PM.  The Festival takes place in MOUNT VERNON PLACE, 600 BLOCK N. CHARLES ST., BALTIMORE, MD 21201.  My booth will be just south of the Washington Monument on the west side of Charles St., adjacent to the Walters Art Gallery.  Let me know if you want to donate any books or help out at my booth during the Festival—410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at


63] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Sept. 24, 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


64] – A position is available for a Safe Energy Program Director at PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.  The job entails educating Congress, the news media, current and potential allies, and the public about the economic, health and proliferation risks associated with nuclear reactors and to promote safe, clean renewable energy and efficiency as the lasting solution to climate change.  Email a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, one campaign case study experience write-up, and a writing sample by Fri., Sept. 24 to  PSR is at 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1012, WDC 20009.


65] – Natasha Pettigrew, the Maryland Green Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, has died after being hit by an SUV as she rode her bicycle.  Natasha Pettigrew’s mother, Kenniss Henry, is holding a candlelight vigil to remember and honor Natasha on Fri., Sept. 24 at 6 PM at Route 202 (Landover Rd.) and Campus Drive at the corner of Prince George’s Community College in Largo.  This is where the driver who hit her left the scene of the crime.  Natasha’s funeral services are private, join this vigil to honor this remarkable and dedicated young woman.  So many people are in mourning after this tragic loss.  Contact Maria Allwine, MD Green Party Candidate for Governor of Maryland, at or or 410-929-6079.

66] – You are invited to attend the Maryland State Single Payer Strategy Session sponsored by Healthcare-Now of Maryland and Maryland Physicians for a National Health Program. The event will take place on Sat., Sept. 25 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis at 333 Dubois Rd. in Annapolis. An agenda for the meeting is available at The time is now to craft a strategy to move this bill ( forward!

Donations are still needed to fund a study by the Levin group on the economic impact of a single payer health plan in Maryland. This would be an update to the study done in 2000 which compared a single payer model to a multi-payer model and found that a universal single payer system would save $348 million in health care costs in the state of Maryland each year while providing a single standard of comprehensive health care coverage to all Maryland residents. If you can make a donation, go to t  Contact Margaret Flowers, M.D., Co-chair, Maryland chapter Physicians for a National Health Program, to RSVP at or 410-591-0892.  

67] – Appalachia Rising is a mass mobilization in Washington, DC, September 25-27, 2010, calling for an end to the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining. Mountaintop removal has already destroyed over 500 of the world's oldest mountains and more than 2,000 miles of streams, and has contaminated our nation's waters. Together, we will bring Appalachia's cry to our nation's capital: We must end mountaintop removal and transform the economies of Appalachia away from destructive mining practices and toward clean-energy jobs and a sustainable and healthy future.


On Sat., Sept. 25, from 8 AM through Sun., Sept. 26 at 8 PM, there will be strategizing workshops, learning, featured speaker panels and discussions, cultural events, and entertainment.  On Mon., Sept. 27, there will be a march, rally and nonviolent resistance to protest mountaintop removal mining.  Go to If you'd like to join the central organizing team (please do!) contact Andrew Munn


68] – Pax Christi—Baltimore Our 25th Anniversary (1985-2010) will be celebrated on Sat., Sept. 25, starting with a prayer service from 5 to 6:30 PM.  The program will be from 6:30 to 9 PM, and light refreshments will be served.  There is a request for a $25 donation, but no one turned away.  The event will be held at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.


69] – On Sat., Sept. 25 from 6 to 10 PM, there will be a book party for ETERNAL SPRING, ETERNAL TYRANNY’s publication in Spanish. The celebration will take place at the author’s house, 3710 Corey Place, NW WDC 20016. Jean-Marie Simon’s book is a fabulous compilation of photos from war-time Guatemala.  Also to be celebrated is Patricia Foxen’s book on Guatemalan migration, FROM PARADISE TO PROVIDENCE.  RSVP to,


70] – On Sun., Sept. 26 at 10 AM, the Peace Committee of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting  invites you to learn about  the work of the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine and its efforts to achieve peace with justice.  It will take place in the Community House, 17715 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. The two speakers are Pam Bailey and Keren Batiyov.  Pam Bailey (formerly Rasmussen), a DC resident, is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been traveling to Palestine since 2007. She volunteered with the ISM for the first time in 2008, and has been in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Keren Batiyov lives in Arlington, VA and is a Jew of Conscience, committed to working for justice for the Palestinians. She first worked with ISM in the West Bank in 2004.

71] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Sept. 26, from 4 to 6:30 PM, at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to in September, in addition to a presentation on a local green topic, there will be 45 minutes for you to meet with an "affinity group" of like-minded individuals to talk about a specific part of the sustainability challenge. These eleven small(er) groups will self-select the topics they would like to talk about, meeting to talk about food, transit, energy and civic systems - everything along the sustainability spectrum. Some affinity groups may even decide to meet during the month to work on action projects together.

The Green Forum is a monthly environmental and discussion forum held usually on the fourth Sunday of each month. Donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated.  For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234.


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]


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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