Friday, May 20, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

50] Move Over AIPAC Summit – May 21

51] Eco-Things Festival – May 21

52] Green Party Assembly – May 21

53] Grassroots Strategy Session – May 21-22

54] Olney vigil to end the war – May 21

55] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – May 21

56] Peace luncheon – May 21

57] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 21


59] Tribute to peacemakers – May 21

60] For the Peace of Jerusalem conference – May 22-24

61] Protest AIPAC – May 22-24

62] Memories of the Ethical Society – May 22

63] Get on Bridge for peace – May 22

64] Art Along the Trails – May 22

65] Clergy Call for Justice – May 22-23

66] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – May 22

67] Green Forum – May 22

68] Red Emma's Meeting – May 22

69] Pray for Peace – May 22

70] Pentagon Vigil – May 23

71] Get a free copy of VegBaltimore

72] Can you host a teen from Cyprus in July?

73] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

74] Fund Our Communities campaign

75] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

76] Skippy and Jordy need homes 

77] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

78] Support Haiti

79] Buy a red maple tree

80] Join Global Zero campaign

81] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

82] Publish your peace article

83] Click on The Hunger Site 

84] Fire & Faith  

85] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


50] – On Sat., May 21, the Move Over AIPAC Summit starts at 8 AM and runs until 7 PM at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW near the Mt. Vernon Square Metro. To attend the Summit you must register in advance. The cost for the summit is a modest $50-100, and only $20 for students and low-income.  Register at There will be trainings, workshops, press conferences, book signings, cultural events, and culminate with peaceful, creative protests outside the AIPAC convention itself. The impressive list of speakers includes The Israel Lobby authors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, writer Alice Walker, authors Nadia Hijab and Phyllis Bennis, and others. Contact Rae at 415-994-1723.


51] – Happy Spring! The Faerie Rings & Eco-Things Festival is Sat., May 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Carrie Murray Nature Center in Baltimore City located in the largest city wilderness park east of the Mississippi! Visit There is a new curriculum for early childhood educators, and free trainings are provided:  Are you interested in joining other families for local nature explorations? Visit the Families Exploring Nature website and find out about upcoming events:  Also, a revamped Greater Baltimore Children & Nature Collaborative website will be available soon! And, planning for the 2012 Greater Baltimore Children & Nature Conference begins in June. Contact Mary Hardcastle if you are interested in joining the planning team:


52] – The Maryland Green Party Assembly will take place on Sat., May 21 from 10 AM to 2 PM, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Govans Branch, 5714 Bellona Ave., Baltimore 21212. Register at Mark Grannis, lead attorney for the Libertarian Party of Maryland and Maryland Green Party v. Maryland State Board of Elections, will be speaking on the case and taking questions.


53] – There will be three Grassroots Strategy Sessions to plan for the next legislative session so that clean energy laws can be passed. The passage of a Maryland offshore-wind bill will be a huge victory for the clean-energy movement. The strategy sessions are opportunities for activists to offer ideas and insights.  In addition to crafting a plan, there will be a review of basic community-outreach skills for putting plans into action!


The Prince George's County strategy session will take place on Sat., May 21 from 10:15 AM to 1:15 PM at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Temple Hills, MD 20748.  The Baltimore strategy session will take place on Sun., May 22 from 3:15 to 6:15 PM at Johns Hopkins Univ., Olin Hall auditorium, 3400 N. Charles St. The Montgomery County Grassroots Strategy Session is on Sun., May 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Rd., Rockville, MD 20853. Email to get more information from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, which is organizing the strategy sessions.


54] 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 21. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


55] –  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


56] – On May 21 at 11 AM, Peace Action Montgomery, Pax Christi, and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville (UUCR) invite you to their annual Peace Luncheon.  This will benefit Women for Afghan Women, a terrific organization providing literacy, medical and other services for rural women in Afghanistan. Read about the organization:  The keynote speaker is Gene Bruskin, a labor leader and co-founder of US Labor Against the War.  Senator. Jaime Raskin will present the Maryland Peace Maker Award this year.  Jean Athey, who will have just returned from a trip to Afghanistan, will briefly talk about her experiences there with Women for Afghan Women.  The luncheon will feature Middle Eastern food, with a suggested donation of $25, and will be held at UUCR, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Directions are here:  RSVP to


57] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on May 21. 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


58] – There will be a CATONSVILLE NINE COMMEMORATION on Sat., May 21 at noon.  The Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans For Peace will commemorate the Catonsville Nine Viet Nam draft file burning action.  Forty three years ago on May 17th, nine peace activists took draft files from the Catonsville Draft Board office and burned them with homemade napalm in a Catonsville parking lot, and were eventually sentenced to jail for their action. Gather at the Catonsville Post Office at Frederick Road and Beaumont Ave., across from the Catonsville Public Library to vigil and hand out flyers, and will later adjourn to the Knights of Columbus parking lot across the street for recollections and fellowship. Contact Ellen Barfield at 410-243-5876 or


59] – On Sat., May 21 from 8 to 9:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW near the Mt. Vernon Square Metro, there will be a Special Tribute to Peacemakers and Truthtellers for Justice in Palestine.  Four amazing peacemakers will be honored: 1] 86-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, who has joined West Bank protests, confronted angry Zionists on college campuses, started a hunger strike in Egypt to force open the Gaza border, and is preparing to set sail for Gaza as part of the next Freedom Flotilla; 2] blogger, media activist, educator and mother Laila El Haddad, who exemplifies how to raise the voices of Palestinians in order to educate the public and influence US foreign policy; 3] a young Gaza native Amer Shurrab, who has been educating the US public about the plight of Gaza through the tragic story of the death of his two brothers at the hands of Israel soldiers during Operation Cast Lead; and 4] London Boycott Divestment Sanction (BDS) organizer Bruce Levy, who recently won a great victory in closing down Britain's flagship store of AHAVA (cosmetics made in illegal settlements).  Go to


60] – From Sun., May 22 through Wed., May 24, there will be a Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Conference -- For the Peace of Jerusalem -- featuring His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Elias Chacour, Arch-eparchy of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and Galilee.  As an apostle of nonviolent social change, Father Chacour is a true activist for peace. "Peace needs no contemplators, it needs actors, people who are willing to get their hands dirty, to get up and do something," he says. "The same is true for justice."  There are plenaries, workshops, Budrus, lobby training, networking and more to inspire and equip participants to use both feet and voices for peace in the Holy Land at the Hilton Embassy Row, WDC. Register at


61] – In a move contrary to supporting democracy and justice, President Obama will address the AIPAC policy conference on Sun., May 22. In response, there will be a creative protest outside the Convention Center, corner of Massachusetts Ave. & 9th St. NW starting at 8 AM and running until 5 PM.  Bring a scarf to join the "hands across the convention center", take part in a people-powered "Gaza Flotilla", help take down a 30' Separation Wall, and more!  From 6 to 8 PM, be at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW near the Mt. Vernon Square Metro, to hear poets and comedians and to watch dancers.


 Then protest outside AIPAC Gala Event with Netanyahu from 6 to 10 PM on Mon., May 23 across from the DC Convention Center, corner of Massachusetts Ave. & 9th St. NW.  Then rally at 10 AM on Tues., May 24 on the Capitol side of the corner of New Jersey Ave. and Independence St. SE, across the street from the Cannon HOB. Finally participate in a press conference responding to Netanyahu's speech to Congress, featuring Palestinian member of the Knesset Haneen Zoabi.   There will also be opportunities to lobby Congress.  Call Rae at 415-994-1723. 


62] – On Sun., May 22 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, will host Diana Milford Ulman et al., and they will discuss "Memories of Growing Up in the Baltimore Ethical Society." Call 410-581-2322 or visit


63] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


64] –  Art Along the Trails opening reception is happening on Sun., May 22 from 1 to 4 PM at Carrie Murray Nature Center Leakin/Gwynne Falls Park, 1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore, MD 21207.  The exhibit is up through Sept. 3.


65] – Join the Human Rights Campaign Clergy Call for Justice and Equality and Sun., May 22 for two events.  From 4 to 6 PM, the discussion will look at LGBT Homelessness and Youth: Religious Advocacy and Accountability; and from 7:30 to 9 PM, hear about Building Bridges, Connecting Stories and Exploring the Legacy of Bayard Rustin for Our Time.  Then on Mon., May 23 from 7 to 9 PM, there will be a Faith Celebration: Gratitude for Where We've Been and Who We Are Becoming.  All events will be held at Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  Clergy Call is a biennial convening of more than 300 diverse religious leaders from every state in the nation. Visit


66] – 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 215-421-5811.


67] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., May 22 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to  There will be a 45 minute presentation, followed by break-outs into affinity groups.  As always, there will be time for announcements and networking.


The Green Forum is held usually on the fourth Sunday of each month. Check out


See the film THE TURNING POINT: A Return to Community about the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland and visionary leaders in the fields of Human Ecology and Global Transition, taking a look at our potential to create a life-sustaining society. The film explores Community Supported Agriculture, the localization of wind energy, ecological sewage treatment, a Transition Town community garden, car pooling, egg, cheese and bread production and adopting a local currency.


Donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated.  For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234. Go to


68] – 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 May 22. 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


69] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Sun., May 22 at First Christian Church, 5902 Roland Ave., Baltimore.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


70] – 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., May 23, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


71] – Compassion Over Killing indicates the VegBaltimore 2011 Guide has just come out!! This guide is helpful for finding vegetarian, vegan, and veg-friendly restaurants all over the city.  All of the restaurants are listed at, as well as grocery stores, resources, and local events.  We have no right to oppress our animal brothers and sisters.  To contact Compassion Over Killing, email or call 301-891-2458.


72] – Can you act as a Host Family for Cyprus teens in July?  The Cyprus Friendship Program, modeled off of the very successful Northern Ireland Friendship Project, has a goal of building peace on a troubled, divided island many fear is again headed for armed conflict.  Contact Tom McCarthy, Maryland/D.C. coordinator of CFP at 301-774-7069.  Go to


73] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

74] – Fund Our Communities campaign – is a new grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget.  Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures.  Go to      


75] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at  Submit an article.  


76] – Skippy and Jordy are cats who need homes.  A mother of too many cats writes "Skippy is a doll. He's a great guy and would be a good companion for someone. Jordy needs a special person who is experienced with cats and is willing to take the time to develop a bond with him.  He's close to his mother, his rescuer, but no one else.  He is gorgeous, with a beautiful long black silky coat. Let Max know if you might be interested in one of the cats—410-366-1637.


77] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


78] – There is a project to assist young refugees from Haiti, now residing in the Dominican Republic.  The founder of the project needs funding to providing education to the youth as a way out of desperate poverty.  Try to imagine the poverty in Haiti, and then realize that these young refugees are considered low caste in the Dominican Republic. We are talking about the poorest of the poor.  Consider making a small donation, and realize that most pledges to Haiti to assist hurricane victims have not been sent.  To maintain a web site presence at Global Giving, there must be traffic.  So help out with this extremely worthy cause. Go to


79] – I have a red maple tree for sale for $5 from the Trees for Baltimore program.  Buy a tree, plant it and contribute to saving the planet.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


80] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.  

81] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5.  To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.


82] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email


83] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers.  You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food.  So consider clicking.  


84] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View


85] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981.  Go to; call 202-682-4282.


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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