Thursday, June 23, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

28] Consult with Dr. Arya Bhardwaj – June 23, 24, 25 & 27

29] Join One Voice Chorus – June 23-26

30] Nuke Energy & the World – June 23


32] OF GODS & MEN -- June 23


34] Meet elected officials – June 23

35] White House vigil – June 24

36] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – June 24

37] WIB Roland Park vigil – June 24

38] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – June 24

39] Silent vigil – June 24

40] Vigil to End Wars – June 24

41] Eyewitness Libya – June 24

42] Hands on the Freedom Plow – June 24

43] Film AFTERMATH – June 24

44] Walter Reed vigil – June 24

45] Ballroom dancing – June 24

46] Honduran resistance – June 24

47] Social Justice Concert – June 24

48] Farmers Market – June 25

49] Olney vigil to end the war – June 25


28] – Dr. Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj is available for private consultations June 23-25th and June 27.  He is an Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Physician and peace activist.  Consultations are usually 30 min. long, and fees range from $60 to $100. However Dr. Arya will treat everybody even if the person cannot give the suggested amount. For consultations, email Savitri @ or call 202 446 6537.


29] – All singers are invited to join the ONE VOICE COMMUNITY CHORUS, a musical celebration of community and a rousing finale to ROOTS Fest 2011. This chorus is conducted by Tony Winston from Payne Memorial AME church with the involvement of others--Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke [], Elise Witt [], Charm City Labor Chorus director Darryl Moch & African Vocal Arts' Ablawa Reine. One Voice Community Chorus will sing global, local & homemade songs, including music from Africa and the Americas, and original music composed for ROOTS Fest 2011. Show up for rehearsals on Thurs., June 23 from 4:15 to 6:45 PM or Sat., June 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, 2000 Edgewood St., Baltimore, MD 21216. Go to


The performance will be on Sun., June 26 at 3 PM on the Main Stage @ ROOTS Fest 2011. Go to Contact Elise Witt at 404-297-8398 or


30] – Catch a discussion The Future of Nuclear Energy around the World on Thurs., June 23 from 4:30 to 5:45 PM at the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, 1819 L St., NW, 1B Level.  The discussion will be led by Ms. Jane Nakano, a fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, who was with the U.S. Department of Energy and served as the lead staff on U.S. energy engagements with Japan and China.  Drinks and snacks will be provided, but seating is limited.  RSVP Yukiko Fukushima at


31] – BETTER THIS WORLD documentary PUTS FOCUS ON GOVERNMENT USE OF INFORMANTS POST-9/11. This film will be shown at SILVERDOCS on Thurs., June 23 at 5 PM at AFI Theater, Silver Spring, MD. The controversial high-profile domestic terrorism case of two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, and their relationship with a government informant is examined in the documentary from director/producers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega.  Set against the backdrop of the 2008 Republican National Convention amid bomb plots, arrests and a subsequent federal terrorism trial, this suspense-filled portrait of two young men caught in the web of the powerful post-9/11 domestic security apparatus poignantly describes not only the problems of power and authority, but also the ultimate power of friendship, forgiveness and love. Director/producer Galloway, Bradley Crowder, one of the film's main characters, and producer Mike Nicholson will attend the screenings. Go to Tickets are available at

32] –  The Washington Film Institute and 9/11 Unity Walk Present OF GODS AND MEN at West End Cinema, 2301 M St NW (23rd & M), WDC 20037.  There will be a Happy Hour at 5 PM, and film will be screened at 7:15 PM on Thurs., June 23.  Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When an Islamic fundamentalist group arrives, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. 


33] – On Thurs., Jun. 23 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., see a screening of "Grounds for Resistance," a film about the contemporary G.I. resistance.  Email or call 410-230-0450.


34] – On Thurs., June 23 from 6:30 to 8 PM at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, 528 East 22nd St., Baltimore, MD  21218, "Let's Meet With Our Elected Officials."  Meet and talk with elected officials. Contact Ralph Moore @ 443-255-5600.



35] – 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:   


36] – 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.


37] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on June 24 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


38] – 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


39] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., June 24 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. 


40] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, June 24, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


41] – Eyewitness Libya: Featuring Cynthia McKinney and Others Is on Fri., June 24 at 7 PM at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, WDC, four blocks four blocks from Columbia Heights Metro, Green and Yellow Lines. Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and other speakers will report back on the U.S./NATO bombing of Libya. Call the ANSWER Coalition, 202-265-1948 or go to


42] – Join Cecil Gray, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Gloria Richardson as they describe first hand the Civil Rights movement in dangerous areas of the South at the Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History, 830 E. Pratt St. on Fri., June 24 at 7 PM. They will sign copies of Panel Discussion and Book Signing: Hands on the Freedom Plow, Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.  Call 443-263-1800.  Admission is $5.


43] –  AFTERMATH is a documentary drama by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen about Iraqi refugees, which will be shown on Fri., June 24 at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the actors and local Iraqi refugees. Local Palestinian singer and oud player Huda Asfour opens.   In 2008, the New York Theatre Workshop sent Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen to Jordan. There they interviewed 35 refugees who had fled the war in Iraq. When they came home, the duo took those conversations and crafted them into a documentary drama. Call 410-276-1651.  Donations will be accepted.

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] – 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 24. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


46] – Meet Pavel Núñez of Honduran Resistance Band Café Guancasco on Fri., June 24 at 8:30 PM at Ras Café, 4809 Georgia Ave., NW, WDC.  This band has been a powerful voice in the Honduran resistance movement following the June 2009 military coup, and was viciously attacked in San Pedro Sula by Honduran police & military on Sept. 15, Honduran Independence Day. One elderly vendor was killed and dozens of audience and band members were sent to the hospital.  The coup regime forces also destroyed the rented sound system. As a result, Café Guancasco is many thousands of dollars in debt. Now, the rental company is poised to begin legal action. This is just another attempt to silence Honduras's most effective artistic dissent.  Proceeds will benefit the band.


47] – There will be a Social Justice Music Concert on Fri., June 24 at 9 PM at Haydee's Restaurant, 3102 Mount Pleasant St. NW, with David Rovics and Patricio Zamorano.  Contact Norberto at 202-545-1648 or at There is a suggested $10 donation, but no one will be turned away.


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 25. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


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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