Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

31] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – May 19

32] Release Prisoner of Conscience – May 19          

33] New Views of Baltimore – May 19

34] Iran & Terrorism – May 20

35] A new space policy – May 20

36] White House vigil – May 20

37] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 20

38] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 20

39] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 20

40] Protest aid to Israel in D.C. – May 20

41] Protest aid to Israel in Philadelphia – May 20

42] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – May 20

43] Beltway Beatdown – May 20

44] Walter Reed vigil – May 20

45] Fleishers in concert for Japan – May 20

46] 1000 Dylans – May 20

47] Ballroom dancing – May 20

48] Farmers Market – May 21

49] Move Over AIPAC Summit -- May 21


31] – 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.


32] -- On Thurs., May 19 at 7 PM, Amnesty International will hold its monthly Shine a Light on Human Rights: Free Filep Karma Rally. Calling for the release of Prisoner of Conscience Filep Karma, the demonstration is DuPont Circle National Park. At 8 PM, there will be a candle-lit procession to the Indonesian Embassy, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Go to on Dec. 1, 2004, Karma is in prison for his participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony to commemorate Papuan independence.  Visit  RSVP to Emilia Gutierrez at or at 202-544-0200 ext. 8141

33] -- On Thurs., May 19 at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, there will be a reception at 7 PM, and the presentation follows at 7:30 PM.  Participate in Where Do We Go from Here? The 20th Anniversary of The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History. This ground-breaking look at Baltimore labor, African-American, and women's history is still in print after 20 years! What did the book tell us about Baltimore, and what would a 21st century New Views look like? Presenters will include authors of the original New Views and people looking at the same issues anew today.  To purchase the book from Temple University Press, go to


THE BALTIMORE BOOK was groundbreaking in its critical approach to the social history of Baltimore when it was published in 1991; it still remains in print, is used in classrooms, and is regularly cited.  Yet much of the book is dated, many topics are not covered, and exciting new work on the city's history is being done by scholars, activists, and public historians.  So what would a new "new view" of local history look like?  What kind of history might be relevant to current issues in the city?  What formats might such a history take? The program will bring together a panel that includes both authors from THE BALTIMORE BOOK and people doing new work on local history. Email


34] – On Fri., May 20 from 8 to 9 AM, Gen. Tom McInerney (retired), former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, and Clare Lopez, The Intelligence Summit, will address "Iran and Terrorism: Material Support from Khobar Towers to 9/11 and Beyond." The event, part of the NDUF-NDIA Seminar Series, is at the Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE, WDC. RSVP by noon, May 19, to Elma Rhue at


35] –  On Fri., May 20 from 9 AM to noon, there will be a discussion "The Emergence of U.S. National Space Policy: Considering National Space Policy Development from Carter to Obama," with 11 speakers at TechAmerica, 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, North Building, Suite 600, WDC. RSVP at


36] – 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:   


37] – 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.


38] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., May 20 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

39] – 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

40] – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will convene its annual policy conference in DC and will lobby Congress to give more and more of our tax dollars to weapons for occupation, not money for schools, hospitals, and jobs here at home. It's time to say no more military aid to Israel! It is time to expose the AIPAC lobby and build the vision for a new US foreign policy in the Middle East. Greedy Corporations and the Wealthy Fatten Themselves on the Rest of Us. Join "We Are One" Rallies to Stop the Freeloaders as part of Move Over AIPAC! from Fri., May 20 starting at noon and continuing through Tues., May 24 at 10 PM.  Check out 


Join CODEPINK, and a coalition of over 100 organizations including the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the US Palestinian Community Network and at the historic gathering.  On Fri., May 20 from noon to 4:30 PM, join activists at the CodePink DC office, 1247 E St SE near the Potomac Ave. Metro to make visuals and receive an Action Orientation.  At 5 PM, there will be an opening action outside the Convention Center where AIPAC is meeting.


41] – On Fri., May 20, amidst the continued uprisings throughout the Arab world, President Barack Obama will meet again with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. Then he speak at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to affirm his support for Israel, meaning that billions of U.S. tax dollars will continue to flow to Israel -- and, in effect, as well to Israel's chief arms partner, Lockheed Martin, the world's largest arms supplier and war profiteer.  


On Fri., May 20 at 4:30 PM, a protest will begin at the Israeli Consulate, 19th & JFK Blvd. followed by a 5 PM rush- hour march to Phila. City Hall, 15th & Market Sts. The demonstration is sponsored by Phila. Against War, and endorsed by many groups including Brandywine Peace Community.  Call 267-994-9448.  This protest is in solidarity with the actions planned in Washington, DC -- see 


42] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 20 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. 


43] – Attend the Beltway Beatdown on Fri., May 20 to benefit the Maryland public interest nonprofits--UBSPI & MPILP as the O's host the Washington Nationals at 7 PM at Camden Yards. Seats in Upper Reserved Section 330 provide a great view of the proceedings from above/behind home plate, while under cover in case of sprinkles. A ticket is $13 each, with 25 still available. The beneficiaries are the University of Baltimore (Law) Students in Public Interest (UBSPI) and the (University of) Maryland Public Interest Law Program (MPILP).  Both provide select students with paid summer law clerkships at various local non-profit organizations - including the Office of the Public Defender. For tickets, contact Lou Curran at 410-333-4900 x243 or


44] – 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.


45] – On Fri., May 20 at 7:30 PM, Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher will play a benefit concert for Japan, as part of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.  The concert will be held at Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 7308 York Road, Towson, MD 21204.  The Fleishers will perform a solo and duo recital of classical piano favorites to benefit human and animal victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear devastation in Japan. Admission is free, but your tax-deductible donation to one of the following groups will be gratefully accepted at the event: The Japan Society (Japan Earthquake Relief Fund), World Relief (Japan Disaster Relief), PETA Inc. (PETA Asia, Animal Emergency Fund}, or Global Animal Foundation (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support).  The suggested donation is $20--check or cash only. One hundred percent of the concert proceeds will be donated.  Call Jo Marvan at 443-340-3106.


46] – THE ROOTS CAFÉ PRESENTS The Night of 1000 Dylans with Gypsy Dawg, Woody Lissauer, Victoria Vox, Cameron Blake and Sam Nitzberg & Matt Douglas who will perform the songs of Bob Dylan in a benefit concert hosted by Geoffrey Himes at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. on Fri., May 20 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $16 or $11 for members or those purchasing in advance.  All proceeds benefit the Baltimore College Peace Network, the Roots Café and the Creative Alliance.  Go to or call 410-276-1651 or email


47] –  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 20. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

48] – 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


49] – On Sat., May 21 from 8 AM to 6:30 PM, attend the Move Over AIPAC Summit.  There are many workshops and speakers, and ongoing throughout the day there will be creative action planning & nonviolent direct action training.  Check out 


To be continued.

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