Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

53] Sustainability in Nicaragua – Oct. 21

54] Divided No More retreat – Oct. 22-24

55] Amy Goodman at Pratt – Oct. 22

56] Candidate forum, Anne Arundel County – Oct. 22

57] Pray for Peace – Oct. 22

58] Colman McCarthy presents -- Oct. 23                          

59] Amy Goodman in D.C. – Oct. 23

60] Barctoberfest – Oct. 23

61] Healthcare discussion – Oct. 23

62] Gimmie Shelter – Oct. 23

63] Iraqi Student Fundraiser – Oct. 23

64] Left and Elections – Oct. 24

65] Tent of Abraham – Oct. 24



53] – You’re cordially invited to a PRESENTATION BY MIGUEL MARÍN, president of FEDICAMP (Nicaraguan Federation of Farm Workers), on Thurs., Oct. 21 at 6:30 PM at MARYLAND INSTITUTE, COLLEGE OF ART, MAIN BUILDING, 1300 MT. ROYAL AVE., ROOM M110.  Marín will speak about the remarkable work of FEDICAMP in Nicaragua – in reforestation, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy resources and technologies to support farmers and rural families and communities.  He will also discuss their philosophy of gender equality and women’s participation, a major focus of their work.  His visit is sponsored by Casa Baltimore/Limay and MICA. Call 410-662-6292.  


54] – From Fri., Oct. 22 through Sun., Oct. 24, attend Divided No More: A Weekend Retreat at Dayspring Retreat Center with Shelley Douglass.  Come to a sacred place set aside for silence, reflection, meditation and prayer. Leader Shelley Douglass lives and works at Mary's House Catholic Worker in Birmingham AL.  She is a member of Pax Christi and works against war and the death penalty.  


The silence begins Friday night after the 7 PM dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief meditations and morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends late-morning Sunday with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch, the departure meal, which will conclude at 2 PM.  The cost is $180 for the gathering at Dayspring Retreat Center, 11301 Neelsville Church Rd., Germantown, MD 20876.  Email or call 301-428-9348 or go to


55] – On Fri., Oct 22 at 7 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201.  WEAA 88.9 FM and the Pratt Library present An Evening with Amy Goodman hosted by WEAA's Marc Steiner and Anthony McCarthy. It will be followed by a book-signing. Go to


56] -- Anne Arundel County Executive Candidates, John Leopold, Joanna Conti, and Mike Shay will answer questions at a candidate forum on Fri., Oct. 22 from 7 to 9 PM at Empowering Believers Church A. F., 7655 E. Howard Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060.  Candidates of northern Anne Arundel County including County Council Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 and State Legislative Districts 31 and 32 are expected to attend the forum as well.  This forum is hosted by BRIDGE (Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality, Inc.), Health Care for All, Anne Arundel County Branch of NAACP, Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition, CASA de Maryland, along with over 15 local congregations, organizations, and community associations. Over 200 voters are expected to participate. Contact Maureen Daly at or 443-286-4731.


57] Pray for Peace – Oct. 22

57] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Fri., Oct. 22 at St. Thomas’ Church, 1108 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286.  The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


58] – On Sat., Oct. 23 from 9 to 11:30 AM, SALT presents keynote speaker Colman McCarthy talking on how we can be empowered and work more effectively for social change by embracing skills taught at the Center for Teaching Peace. The event will be held at SAINT MARK CATHOLIC CHURCH, MSGR Thomas J. Cassidy Activities Center, 9970 Vale Road, Vienna, VA 22181.  Go to


59] – On Sat., Oct 23 at 11 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, WDC 20001, Amy Goodman will speak at the Washington, D.C. Green Festival.  Go to


60] – On Sat., Oct 23 from 11 AM to 4 PM, there will be an animal walk, contests, adoptable animals and lots of info in Patterson Park, 275 S. Patterson Park Ave. during the Barcstoberfest, which benefits the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. Call 410-396-4695 or go to


61] – Please join Joel Segal, PDA advisory board member and senior legislative assistant to Congress; Phyllis Zolotorow, Healthcare Advocate and uninsured patient; Judy Mahaffy, Healthcare Advocate and underinsured patient and Beverly Hummel, healthcare activist to explore how to start the "building" process!  Some people say "Repeal the new law,” this forum will go with the theme "We're gearing up to amend and build!" Be a part of history, join PDA and "Patients United for the Human Right to Healthcare," at Beverly Hummel's command post, 6213 Dahlonega Road, Bethesda, MD on Sat., Oct 23  at 2 PM. RSVP ASAP


62] Gimmie Shelter – Oct. 23


62] – Gimme Shelter Productions takes pleasure in collaborating with Gregg Mosson, publisher of Poems Against War” to do readings to raise funds and consciousness for the homeless and the shelters.  This will be the inaugural reading for the Winter 2010 issue of Poems Against War.  Mosson has collected an international anthology of poets that features such local poets as Ron Williams. Alan Barysh, Karen Elliot, and Marcus Colasurdo. Gimmie Shelter Productions sees the fight to end war and the struggle to end homelessness as common threads in the struggle to create a better world. The event will take place on 7:30 PM on Sat., Oct. 23 at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Road. Featured readers will be Gregg Mosson, Suzanne X, Ron Williams, Karen Elliot, Alan Barysh, Jasaga, Lawrence Leaf, Laura Laskowski and Marcus Colasurdo, Admission is $5, and donations of warm children¹s clothing are also accepted. Call 410- 627-8774.


63] Iraqi Student Fundraiser – Oct. 23


63] – Iraw ‘n’ Roll benefit concert will feature Yeveto, Romantic States and Dustin Wong on Sat., Oct. 23 at 8 PM at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Call 410-244-0899 or go to www.themetrogallery.netAdmission is $10.


64] – On Sun., Oct. 24 from 2 to 3:30 PM at the Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St., the Communist Party of Baltimore will host a discussion “The Left and Elections-AS Communist View,” which will include comments about “The 2010 Elections and Prospects for the 2011 General Asembly.” Call 410-433-3269.


65] – On Sun., Oct. 24 from 2:30 to 6 PM, participate in the Tent of Abraham—Baltimore with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rev. Robert E. Albright, and Imam Bashar Arafat. The program will include question-and-answer, quiet reflection, interaction, Muslim afternoon prayer, Tent of Abraham interfaith prayer service, and shared food and drink at Stony Run Friends Meeting House on Charles St., just south of Northern Parkway. Admission is free, but donations would be appreciated.  Contact: Chuck Michaels at ( or Chuck Frascati at (  Go to or


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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