Thursday, May 12, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

23] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – May 12

24] Join program to prevent anti-immigrant violence – May 12


26] HIV epidemic discussion – May 12

27] Film SON OF BABYLON – May 12

28] Film TIME THAT REMAINS – May 12

29] Union organizing in Palestine – May 12

30] Solar & Wind Expo – May 13-15

31] White House vigil – May 13

32] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 13

33] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 13

34] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 13

35] Free State Legal Project Opening – May 13

36] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – May 13


38] United Workers Community Dinner – May 13

39] Walter Reed vigil – May 13


41] Emma's Revolution – May 13

42] Ballroom dancing – May 13

43] Farmers Market – May 14

44] Olney vigil to end the war – May 14

45] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – May 14

46] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 14

47] Mark Kurlansky at Pratt – May 14

48] Commemorate a swami – May 14

49] Project Plase benefit – May 14

50] Gimmie Shelter benefit – May 14


23] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursdays 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.


24] – Attend a film preview & national leader meeting on anti-immigrant violence in D.C. on Thurs., May 12 from 3 to 5 PM at The Historical Society, 801 K St. NW, WDC 20001.  The rise of anti-immigrant violence is an urgent global crisis threatening the fabric of community life everywhere--but these challenges are most intensely fought at the local level. Communities seeking innovative solutions to meet these challenges may find a blueprint in a story from Patchogue, N.Y. featured in an upcoming PBS film.


The program will feature sneak preview excerpts from the new NOT IN OUR TOWN PBS documentary special, LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, and opportunities to participate in the Inclusive Communities engagement campaign launching with the Fall broadcast.  See a trailer at  Email or call 510-268-9675. 


25] – See LIVING DOWNSTREAM, a 55-minute film, and join a discussion facilitated by Rebecca Ruggles of Baltimore Medical System. Presented by Baltimore Green Works, the event on Thurs., May 12 at 6 PM, is at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, central library, 400 Cathedral St.  Call 410-396-5430 or go to


26] –  The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in DC: A Conversation and Call to Action is on for Thurs., May 12 from 6:30 to 9 PM at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., WDC 20036. The HRC Diversity Committee invites you to a community forum on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Washington, DC. Featuring both national and local leaders on the issue, the forum will discuss how we as a diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community can come together to address the issue. Free HIV testing will be available on site by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Call 202-628-4160 or email


27] – There will be a screening of SON OF BABYLON on Thurs., May 12 at 6:30 PM at the National Gallery of Art, 4th St. NW, WDC.  It is a sensitive road movie that shows with iconic images and situations, the search for healing after a reign of terror by war in a devastated country. The story follows an Iraqi grandmother and her grandson, searching throughout Iraq for the boy's father – missing since the 1991 Gulf war. The film is a very personal story for the lead actress, Shehadeh Hussein, who continues to search for the husband she lost 22 years ago at the hands of Saddam's Regime.  Tickets are free of charge and can be booked here:


28] –  The DC Palestine Film Festival 2011 continues through Fri., May 13 and is dedicated to bringing vibrant Palestinian cinema to the District and surrounding areas. On Thurs., May 12 from 7 to 9 PM at the E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC 20004, see Elia Salesman's "The Time that Remains," a 2009 Cannes Selection. It is an intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as a minority in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day, from the acclaimed director of DIVINE INTERVENTION.  Tickets are $12.  Go to


29] – On Thurs., May 12 at 7 PM @ 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts, the Baltimore IWW Presents -- Independent Union Organizing in Palestine.  Coming on the heels of a recent IWW union delegation to the West Bank, this special event features a rare North American visit from one of the most important figures in the Palestinian independent labor movement.  Mohammed Aruri, leader of the Ramallah-based Independent Federations of Unions in Palestine, will discuss what it means to organize workers while living under the shadow of Israeli occupation.  In addition to describing strikes, labor struggles, and the crisis of poverty and massive unemployment facing Palestinian workers, Aruri will also share exciting new developments in the international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel and the new alliance developing between his organization and the North America-based Industrial Workers of the World.  Go to


30] – The Solar and Wind Expo takes place Fri., May 13 through Sun., May 15 from 10 AM through 6 PM at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road.  Get inspired about ways to green your home beyond basic eco-steps with plenty of options on display, from the relatively cheap solar panels you can install to lower your bill to costly geothermal heating installation. Experts talk about renewable energy all weekend, and electric-car advocate Chelsea Sexton speaks on Saturday. Call 410-252-0200 or go to or The price is $12 for adults or $10 if purchased online.  Children under 12 get in for free.


31] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin:   


32] – 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 will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


33] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., May 13 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

34] – 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

35] – There is a Free State Legal Project Opening Event on Fri., May 13 from 5 to 7:30 PM at the Spirits of Mount Vernon, 900 N. Charles St, This "friend-raiser" introduces the Free State Legal Project - a pro bono legal service for low-income gay, lesbian, and transgender people - to Baltimore. The reception also celebrates the announcement of Lee Ann Hopkins, Esq., as the program's first full-time executive director. Call 410-727-7270 or go to


36] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 13 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.  Since it is First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner after the vigil.


37] – The US Palestinian Community Network will host a prelude to this September's DC Palestine Film Festival.  The DC Palestine Film Festival, launched in 2011, provides an opportunity for Palestinian filmmakers and artists to showcase the richness of Palestinian culture to diverse and appreciative DC audiences through vibrant cinema.  There will be a screening of the award winning film "The Time that Remains" followed by a fundraiser [$10 admission] and party at Busboys and Poets on Fri., May 13 from 6:30- 10:00 PM at the Landmark E St. Cinema and Busboys & Poets, 555 11th St NW (Cinema from 6:30 to 8 PM) and then at 2021 14th St NW (from 8 to 10 PM).  Go to


38] – The United Workers Community Dinner is taking place on Fri., May 13 at 7 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts. Learn more about the vision and hope of a poor people's movement for economic human rights in Baltimore and find inspiration in a local struggle of national significance. The price is $10. Go to


39] – The Walter Reed Vigil continues on Fridays from 7 to 9 PM at the Hospital, 7150 Georgia Ave., NW (at Horseshoe, between Dahlia and Elder), WDC. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact DC CODEPINK at or 202-290-1301.


40] – Come to the D.C. premier screening of the film, from the makers of BEYOND ELECTIONS, "Crossing the American Crisis: From Collapse to Action" - in the spirit of Wisconsin and be taken across the U.S. amidst the economic collapse to the find people's grassroots solutions. It can be seen on Fri., May 13 at 7 PM at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW, WDC. On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day filmmakers Sílvia Leindecker and Michael Fox set out on a trip around the country to ask the "American" people what they had to say about it. In 2010, they went back to see how things had changed. While financial forecasters say the recession is over, Leindecker's and Fox's CROSSING THE AMERICAN CRISES: From Collapse to Action shows that the reality is otherwise. There will be an interactive panel discussion that will include the filmmakers, Silvia, Michael, and John Schmitt, senior economist with CEPR (who appears in the film). There is a suggested donation of $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Go to


41] – Emma's Revolution is doing a concert on Fri., May 13 in Mt Rainer, MD--Sandy O & Pat Humphries. Catch the concert at 7:30 PM at Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road.  Admission is $15 for adults, and $7 ages 17 and under.  But no one is turned away.  Call 301-699-1819.  In the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution," emma's revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of healthy irreverence to concerts and peace & justice, labor, human rights, environmental, LGBT and women's rights events around the world.


42] –  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 May 6. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to


44] 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 May 14. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


45] –  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 Email


46] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on May 14. 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


47] – Mark Kurlansky, author of award-winning bestseller COD: A Biography of a Fish that Changed the World, talks as part of the Baltimore Green Works Sustainable Speaker Series. He shows off his book for children, WORLD WITHOUT FISH, on Sat., May 14 at 2 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Govans Branch, 5714 Bellona Ave.  Call 410-396-6098 or go to


48] – To commemorate the passing of the beloved Swami, the Sathya Sai Baba center of Washington DC, who hold their twice monthly satsang at Shanti Yoga Ashram, will host a gathering on Sat., May 14 from 6 to 8 PM. Email Go to


49] – On Sat., May 14 at 7 PM at the Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles St., see Night of Monologues: A PLASE to be Heard.  Hear personal stories from a diverse line-up of Project PLASE clients. The speakers are eager to share their honest and heartfelt stories of life on the streets, addiction, abuse, mental illness, living with HIV, and poverty in this casual and laid back environment. All proceeds go to PLASE programs. To attend, you must be at least 18, and the ticket price is $10.  Call 410-837-1400 or go to or


50] – On Sat., May 14 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Gallery, 5502 Harford Road, Gimme Shelter Productions presents Community Harvest: Photosynthesis with Kayla Weaver, Jah Hannibal, Suzanne X, Alan Barysh, Ron Williams, Dick Ochs, Joli and Monica Stevens in an event to benefit the homeless. Donations of seeds, non-perishable food and pedialite will be accepted. The ticket price is $5.  Call 410-627-8774.

To be continued.



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