Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

31] Free prisoner of conscience – June 16

32] Iran & the bomb – June 16

33] Palestine & Arab Spring – June 16

34] Peace Camp benefit -- June 16

35] Leaflet outside U.S. Conference of Mayors – June 17

36] Consult with Dr. Arya Bhardwaj – June 17

37] White House vigil – June 17

38] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – June 17

39] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 17

40] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – June 17

41] Int'l Space Organizing Conference – June 17-19

42] Meet Rabbi Lerner – June 17

43] Silent vigil – June 17

44] Teach-In on military spending – June 17

45] Inclusive & Sustainable Communities – June 17

46] Walter Reed vigil – June 17

47] Ballroom dancing – June 17

48] Farmers Market – June 18

49] Olney vigil to end the war – June 18

50] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – June 18

51] Jam for the Animals – June 18

52] Poor People's March – June 18

53] United Workers benefit – June 18

54] Peace vigil at Capitol – June 18

55] Film on water wars – June 18

56] Alternatives to Violence -- June 18 – July 16

57] Solstice Approaches – June 18


31] -- On Thurs., June 16 at noon, 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 the Indonesian Embassy, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC 20036-1083. 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


32] – On Thurs., June 16 from noon-1:30 PM, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council, Matias Spektor, Getulio Vargas Foundation and Kadir Ustun, SETA Foundation, will evaluate "Overcoming Iran Nuclear Impasse: A Year After the Tehran Declaration" at the SETA Foundation, 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1106, WDC.  RSVP at 202-223-9885 or


33] – Palestine and the Spring of the Arab Peoples will be discussed Thurs., June 16 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC, by Dr. Asad Ghanem, professor, University of Haifa.  He is a senior lecturer at the School of Political Sciences, and his theoretical work has explored the legal, institutional and political conditions in ethnic states.



34] – There are tickets available for $5 for the fifth annual Beans and Frankly Your dinner for the benefit of Peace Camp 2011 to be held for the fifth year in a row at St. Frances Academy Community Center.  Enjoy music, good food, great silent auction items (or to see if you won the 50-50 raffle) and to have fun... fun... fun.  The event will take place on Thurs., June 16 from 4 to 8 PM at 501 E. Chase St. in the St. Frances Academy Community Center's Gymnasium.  Call Ralph Moore at 443-255-5600.   



35] – Join Fund Our Communities on Fri., June 17 and Sat., June 18 at 8 AM in leafleting outside the Hilton Hotel at the Inner Harbor, 401 W. Pratt St., 21201, the site of the US Conference of Mayors, which is in Baltimore from June 17 through June 21.  The leaflets will urge the mayors to vote in favor of two resolutions. The first calls on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities and the second makes the point to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020 and to immediately cut nuclear weapons funding  and redirect those dollars to meet the needs of the cities.  Meet at the Safeway parking lot, 25th & Charles Sts, at 7:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday to carpool to the Hilton. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


36] – Shanti Yoga Center for Harmony presents Dr. Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj, ND from Fri., June 17 through Thurs., June 30.  Dr. Arya is a naturopathic, Ayurvedic doctor, and a "Gandhi-in-Action" founder.  For consultations with Dr. Arya email Savitri @ or call 202-446-6537. 


37] – 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:   


38] – 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.


39] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on June 17 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

40] – 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

41] – The 19th annual Int'l Space Organizing Conference is happening Fri., June 17 through Sun., June 19.  Hosted by the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, the theme is Raytheon, Missile Offense, and Endless War and will take place in North Andover, Mass.  The Raytheon Company, which had 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a leading builder and promoter of the missile "offense" program.  Headquartered in Massachusetts, Raytheon has a manufacturing plant in Andover that builds the Patriot (PAC-3) system that is now being used by the Pentagon to help encircle Russia and China


There will be a vigil on Fri., June 17 from 3 to 5 PM at the gates of the Raytheon production plant.  Local activists have been holding vigils at the facility for years: NW corner of Rt. 133 and I-93 intersection. On Saturday, there will be a day-long conference at Merrimack College. On Sunday, there will be a concert beginning ay 8:15 PM at the North Parish Old Center Hall, North Andover.  Admission to the concert if $10.


Registration for the conference is on a sliding scale. Pay what you can between $15 - $100.  Registration fee includes three meals on June 17-18. The suggested fee is $50 which covers basic costs.  Get the full conference program, schedule and registration brochure at


42] –  The Greater Washington, DC Chapter of THE NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES invites you to a meeting with Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, co-founder and director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) to discuss launching a powerful advocacy campaign on Capitol Hill for a Constitutional Amendment (ESRA) to overturn Citizens United.  The meeting is on Fri., June 17 from 4:30 to 6 PM at 2901 Woodland Drive NW, WDC 20008, a private residence.  RSVP to James Lee at or call 410-262-8365 by Thurs., June 16.  There is a suggested donation of $10. On March 8, 2011, Congressperson Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced House Res. 156 to Congress, which would create constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizen United Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to buy candidates for Congress and President.


43] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 17 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. 


44] – There is a Teach-In on Fri., June 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at McKeldin Square, Light and Pratt Sts., organized by Fund Our Communities to connect with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Various speakers from many organizations will make the point that funding for war and nuclear weapons must end, and that the tax dollars are re-directed to cities and states.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


45] –  ATTEND a State-Wide meeting to support Inclusive and Sustainable Communities on Fri., June 17 from 7 to 9 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Building One Maryland is a public meeting to show Maryland's support for "sustainability, inclusion and fair development."  It is FREE Admission, but you must register online at


Citizens Planning and Housing Association is hosting a bus, which will depart at 5 PM from Baltimore.  A boxed dinner will be provided.  Contact Tammy Mayer to let her know that you are coming at 410-539-1369 x107. 


46] – 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.


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 June 17. 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] 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 18. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


50] –  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


51] – Jam for the Animals is a benefit concert to raise money for animal rescues and shelters from Baltimore to Washington. You can listen to 18 bands on two stages including Ballyhoo, the Jello Boys, Can't Hang and many others.  This is an all-day event with food and many vendors at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway.  Tickets in advance are $20, and $25 at the door. The concert on Sat., June 18 starts at 11 AM.  Call 443-994-6655.  Go to


52] – Fund Our Communities calls for an immediate end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, and the savings redirected to urgent needs at home, with a special focus on job creation. A resolution passed by the Baltimore City Council on Monday, May 16 and signed by Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings-Blake asks Congress to redirect war spending to domestic needs. The rate of war spending of nearly $240,000 every minute could pay for all salary and benefits for three Maryland public school teachers for an entire year.


There will be a march and rally for jobs on Sat., June 18.  Citizens will gather at St. Vincent de Paul Church (120 N. Front St. 21202) at 11:30 AM and march to the Hilton Hotel at the Inner Harbor (401 West Pratt Street 21201), the site of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The march is co-sponsored by Full Employment Baltimore, a coalition comprised of a variety of community organizations and social movements calling for policy changes to create more and better jobs for the people of Baltimore. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


53] The United Workers are hosting a fun filled day on Sat., June 18 from noon to 6 PM in historic Patterson Park, Pavilion 2 [Patterson Park Ave. side]! There will be food, games and music for all to enjoy. Tickets are $7 which includes one free meal and games (children under 4 eat free). All the proceeds go towards helping the United Workers in a movement to end poverty. To RSVP and buy a ticket in advance, email or call 443-845-6455.  Go to


54] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on June 11. 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


55] – On Sat., June 18 starting at noon, the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001, invites you see a film "Blue Gold- World Water Wars," which film follows numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, "This is our revolution, this is our war." Go to


56] – Alternatives to Violence with Colman McCarthy is happening for The 21st Annual Summer Course on Alternatives to Violence with Colman McCarthy takes place on Saturdays, and goes from June 18 through July 16, 1 PM to 3 PM in the Ibrahim El-Hibri Building, 3rd Floor, 1420 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. Space is limited.  To register, email  Call 202-387-9500.


57] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness /fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. Gimme Shelter Productions is in the midst of its new fundraising campaign called "Community Harvest", The efforts of this project includes the growing, harvesting and distribution of locally-grown, organic vegetables & fruits. Gimme Shelter maintains a small (but mighty) community garden in Baltimore whose crops include tomatoes, eggplant, snap peas, peppers, kale and more that is distributed to local homeless shelters & food programs. Come to a fundraising event on Sat., June 18 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd. with Auset, Mike Monroe, Suzanne X, In the Clear, Virginia Crawford, Sam Schmidt and Alan Barysh. The theme for the evening will be Solstice Approaches. A $5 donation is requested, and donations of seeds, non-perishable food & pedialite will be gladly accepted! Call 410-627 8774.


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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