Thursday, June 2, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

21] Cuban Racial Identity Conference – June 2-3

22] WIB Towson vigil – June 2

23] First Thursday vigil against war – June 2

24] Legal lynching – June 2

25] White House vigil – June 3

25] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – June 3

26] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 3

27] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – June 3

28] WIB Frederick vigil – June 3

29] Eco/Justice Café – June 3

30] Silent vigil/potluck dinner at Homewood Friends – June 3

31] Film TRUDELL – June 3

32] Revolutionary Upheavals – June 3

33] Peace Month – June 3 – June 30

34] Film WORD IS OUT – June 3

35] Film THE LAST MOUNTAIN – June 3

36] Walter Reed vigil – June 3

37] Film WALK ON WATER – June 3

38] Caribbean FilmFest – June 3-6

39] Ending Sin/Crime of Torture – June 3

40] Ballroom dancing – June 3

41] Farmers Market – June 4

42] Access to food – June 4

43] Mortgage assistance conference – June 4

44] Olney vigil to end the war – June 4

45] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – June 4

46] Peace vigil at Capitol – June 4

47] Dance at the Jefferson Memorial – June 4

48] Peace Meal & talk & film – June 4

49] Silent Death March – June 4

50] More Caribbean films – June 4


21] – The Center for International Policy invites you to a conference on the Questions of Racial Identity, Racism and anti-Racist Policies in Cuba Today at the University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC, on Thurs., June 2 from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.  RSVP at or 202-232-3317 and ask for the Cuba Intern. Contact James Early at 202-744-2682 to arrange for group specific one-hour conversations with our Cuban guests on June 3.  


21] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., June 2, noon-1PM in Towson at northwest corner of Washington & Chesapeake Aves., across the street from the post office, near the courthouse. Contact This vigil takes place on the first Thursday of the month.


22] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will host an End the Wars vigil on Thurs., June 2 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest U.S. wars.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


23] – A panel discussion LEGAL LYNCHING:  WHY GEORGIA WANTS TO KILL TROY DAVIS takes place on Thurs., June 2 at 7 PM at La Casa Center, 3166 Mt. Pleasant Ave., DC [Columbia Heights Metro on the Green Line] featuring exonerated death row prisoner Shujaa Graham, criminal defense attorney for Davis Kathleen Behan and activist Kate Piper.  Troy Davis has been fighting for justice since 1989 when he we was wrongly accused of killing a police office in Savannah, Georgia. The event is sponsored by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and International Socialist Organization.


24] – 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:   

25] – 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.

26] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on June 3 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

27] – 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

28] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is May 6 from noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Call 301-834-7581 or email


29] –  Get it on at the UDC Eco/Justice Café on Fri., June 3 from 4 to 10 PM at the Firebird Inn (Van Ness/UDC metro), 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Level B, WDC. The Cafe features friendly people, tabling organizations with important information and services, live music, relevant information, pool, video, great vegetarian and vegan food, a children's play/art area and more!  This month's sponsor is Jobuntu: Computer Support for Humans. See or contact Joseph Horgan, 240-242-9596.  Donations are requested: $15, $10 for students/low income; $5 for kids under 13. No one will be turned away.  Help Build the Cafe! Contact Joe at


30] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 3 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.


31] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings are hosting the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The next film

TRUDELL [USA, 2005] will be shown on Fri., June 3 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  The Meeting hosts a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 PM on First Fridays after the vigil.  At 7 PM, the DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


The film follows the extraordinary life of Native American poet and activist John Trudell, from his impoverished childhood in Omaha to his leadership in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and his reincarnation as an acclaimed musician and spoken word poet. Using decades-old 16 mm and Super 8 film and video footage as a backdrop, filmmaker Heather Rae paints an intimate portrait of a man whose spirit and words have awakened the Native consciousness.  Native Americans, including Trudell, have endured much pain and sadness.  Yet they have survived, and in his case remarkably so. 


32] – There will be a panel discussion Revolutionary Upheavals in Middle East & North Africa on Fri., June 3 from 6 to 9 PM at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW (Metro Bus #42 stops right in front of the Festival Center).  The area of discussion holds two-thirds of the world's known oil reserves and has occupied a central place in U.S. foreign policy and geopolitical strategy. Recent events there have shaken up Washington and their allies, but herald a brighter future for the people of that region.  The panelists are Adreshir Ommani, author and political analyst, Brian Becker with ANSWER and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. The event was called by the American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC) Email or call: 914-273-8852.  


33] – Exhibition - Quilt: Art to Mend the World is on display starting Fri., June 3 at 6 PM and continuing through Thurs., June 30 at 6 PM.

The City of Greenbelt's Peace Month begins with this free exhibition, created by artist and educator Kate Ransohoff, at the Greenbelt Community Center (Greenbelt Arts Department), 15 Crescent Road. Selected panels will also be on display at other venues in Greenbelt. Contact Karen Rowe at  For updates on Quilt Peace Month schedule contact


34] – GLCCB and Lynne Bowman of Equality Maryland celebrate Pride Month with a reception at 6 PM prior to screening WORD IS OUT at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. The film released in 1978 was recently restored.  Go to Admission is $12, but members get in for $8.  Call 410-276-1651.


35] – See THE LAST MOUNTAIN on Fri., June 3 at 6:45 PM at LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA, 555 11th St NW (entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Sts.)  The fight for the last great mountain in America's Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead. THE LAST MOUNTAIN highlights a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.  There will be a Q&A WITH PRODUCER CLARA BINGHAM AFTER THE FILM.  Go to  You must register at


36] – 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.


37] – On Fri., June 3 at 7 PM watch WALK ON WATER, which is being shown as part of the "JUST-REEL" First Friday Free Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County, PA. The evening will include light refreshments and an after-film discussion. It is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call 610-544-1818.  Go to

Directed by Eytan Fox, this Israeli [2005] film is an unusual psychological drama that follows Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi), an assassin in the Israeli Secret Service, the Mossad, on a mission to kill an aged Nazi war criminal. The award-winning film by internationally acclaimed director depicts the motives and humanity of a man whose business is killing on behalf of Israel where past and present demons collide. The film, whose ending takes place at the Sea of Galilee and hence its title, is at heart a meditation on vengeance and forgiveness.  Email


38] – The 2011 DC Caribbean FilmFest begins Fri., June 3 at 1 AM and closes on Mon., June 6 at 1 AM at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  General admission is $11. Contact or call 301.495.6720.  Go to


See '70: REMEMBERING A REVOLUTION on Fri., Jun. 3 at 7 PM.  Between Feb. and April 1970, the streets of Trinidad and Tobago were filled with angry young black men and women chanting "Power to the People." The film is directed by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp.  Also on Fri., June 3, at 9:30 PM, see ROCKSTEADY: THE ROOTS OF REGGAE.  This film is directed by Stascha Bader.


39] – On Fri., June 3 at 7:30 PM, Demissie Abebe and Mary Minko will speak about Ending the Sin and Crime of Torture.  Abebe is a torture survivor from Ethiopia and executive director of The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC). Minko is a torture survivor from Gabon. They will share their stories and discuss the important work of TASSC, the only organization founded by and for torture survivors. The mission of TASSC is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities. For TASSC Survivor Week, June 19-26, go to  The event will be Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010. Contact Art @ 202-360-6416 or


40] –  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 June 3. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

41] – 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


42] – On Sat., June 4 from 8 AM to 5 PM, participate in Amplify Baltimore's Neighborhoods & Access to Food @ MICA, 1300 Mt Royal Ave., Baltimore 21217.


43] – If you want to attend an Emergency Mortgage Assistance special intake event on Sat., June 4, from 9 AM to 1 PM email


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 June 4. 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 June 4. 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]On Sat., June 4 at noon, join a dance party for justice at the Jefferson Memorial! Last week, five people were violently arrested for dancing silently in the Jefferson Memorial- including CODEPINKers Medea and Tighe! A Park Police officer slammed one of the protesters to the ground and another officer put his hands around a protester's neck. You don't have to risk arrest. You can dance on the steps (legal), you can observe (legal) or, you can bring your dancing shoes and your smoothest moves! If you'd like a legal update on the charges you might face and a quick nonviolence training before the flash mob begins, at 10:30 AM be at Parking Lot B  (next to the Jefferson Memorial). Email


48] The next Peace Meal will feature Dr. Adina M. Bastidas who will address Peace Only through Social Justice - serving the poor on Sat., June 4 at noon at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  Her presentation will be followed by the showing of the Film: "Inside the Revolution" (1 hr.).  Ms. Bastidas is the Executive Director for Panama and Venezuela at the Inter-American Development Bank. A former professor, she has also served in the Chavez administration as Minister of Production and Commerce, and as Vice President of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from December 2000 to January 2002, the first woman to hold the job in the country's history.


The program starts with interfaith prayers and songs, followed by blessing of the food ceremony, then the speaker's address along with a hot vegetarian lunch. RSVP at  Go to


49] – FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH at the PHILADELPHIA CENTER CITY, there is a SILENT DEATH WALK from noon to 1 PM.  Gather at corner of 12th & Market Sts. Stop the Killing/End the Wars - Protest the U.S. Drone War in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen. Wear black clothes. White masks will be provided. People will walk with banners and signs, photo of a drone bomber, and hand out flyers to bring attention to the continuing wars and their victims, and what is being done in our names and with our money. RSVP Marge Van Cleef at 267-763-1644 or


50] – The 2011 DC Caribbean FilmFest continues at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  See the following films on Sat., June 4: at 5 PM see FRANTZ FANON, HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORK & MAESTRA [Teacher];  at 7 PM, catch THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WATER: THE JOURNEY OF A HAITIAN RARA BAND IN BROOKLYN; & at 9:30 PM watch MAS MAN; THE UPSETTER: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY.  


To be continued.

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