Thursday, June 30, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2


30] Emergency Flotilla Action – Date to be announced

31] Elizabeth Warren at Pratt – June 30

32] Film LION OF THE DESERT – June 30

33] THREADS – June 30

34] ACY benefit – June 30

35] Film CRISIS IN THE CONGO – June 30

36] SONiA at Baldwin's Station -- June 30

37] Reflective Growth Initiative – June 30

38] White House vigil – July 1

39] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 1

40] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 1

41] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 1

42] Eco/Justice Café – July 1

43] Silent vigil – July 1

44] Film BUDRUS – July 1

45] Walter Reed vigil – July 1

46] Hear Yogi Ray – July 1 & 2

47] Ballroom dancing – July 1

48] Farmers Market – July 2

49] Olney vigil to end the war – July 2

50] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 2

51] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 2

52] Alternatives to Violence -- July 2 – July 16

53] Philadelphia Declare Peace Fair – July 2

54] Secular Coalition for America – July 3

55] Get on Bridge for peace – July 3

56] Plants & People – July 3

57] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 3

58] Pentagon Vigil – July 4

59] Protest at NSA/potluck picnic – July 4

60] Donate to Race against Cancer – July 4

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

62] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

63] Fund Our Communities campaign

64] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

65] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

66] Support Haiti

67] Buy a red maple tree

68] Join Global Zero campaign

69] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

70] Publish your peace article

71] Click on The Hunger Site 

72] Fire & Faith  

73] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


30] – There is an Emergency Flotilla Action at 5 PM at the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive, NW, WDC 20008 the day after any attack, called by the East Coast Emergency Response Network.  On the day of an attack, gather at the White House at 5 PM. Other groups should make Emergency Response Plans and post them on Facebook and at


31] – Congressperson Elijah Cummings presents a Town Hall Meeting Fighting for America's Working and Middle Class Families with Elizabeth Warren on Thurs., June 30 at 6:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch. Wheeler Auditorium.  In 2008, Elizabeth Warren left her job teaching bankruptcy at Harvard Law School to oversee the TARP, the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. She has written 9 books and many scholarly articles dealing with economic stress. Call 410-396-5430.


32] – On Thurs., June 30, from 7 to 10 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., see the film LION OF THE DESERT, the story of Omar Mukhtar, an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya in WWI. It exposes the savage means by which the conquering army attempted to subdue the indigenous population. Following the film there will be an update on the struggle to stop the U.S./NATO war against Libya.  There is a request for a $5 donation, but no one would be turned away. Call 443-909-8964 or email  


33] – In a weekly spotlight series, Emerging Voices Project, Kimberley Lynne directs a staged reading of the screenplay THREADS by Kari Waters.  There is no charge. It takes place on Thurs., June 30 at 7 PM at the Univ. Baltimore, Performing Arts Theatre, 1420 N. Charles St. Call 410-837-4053.  Go to


34] – Comedians Coming Together to Help Children in Baltimore is a collaborative improv comedy benefit featuring Nema Williams, Ed Blaze, and Vince Barnett. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Advocates for Children and Youth. The benefit is happening on Thurs., June 30 from 7 PM to midnight at Sully's Comedy Cellar, 9306 Harford Road.  The ticket price is $15.  Call 410-665-8600 or go to &


35] –  The film "Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth" can be seen on Thurs., June 30 from 7 to 9 PM at the Reeves Center 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2000 14th St. NW, WDC.  The movie exposes the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century.  The film locates the Congo crisis in a historical, social, and political context. It unveils analysis and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The film is a call to conscience and action.  Call 202-584-6512 or go to


36] – I have been informed that "SONiA is quite an activist and performer."  She will be performing on Thurs., June 30 at 8 PM at Baldwin's Station 7618 Main Street, Sykesville, MD 21784.  For tickets [$20] and reservations, call 410-795-1041.SONiA is always striving to 'disappear fear' and spread her message of peace. The Music at Baldwin's Station is brought to you by Uptown Concerts Inc., a non-profit, 501c3, organization affiliated with the North American Folk Alliance and dedicated to the preservation and promotion of folk and traditional music. Go to


37] – On Thurs., June 30 from 8 to 11 PM at Sankofa Video, Books and Café, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC, catch the second installment of Authentic Reflection's bi-monthly Reflective Growth Initiative. Come and enjoy intimate reflection with people of various backgrounds from CEOs to students to blue collar workers. Plus the food is great!  Go to!/event.php?eid=216977708333618.


38] – 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:   


39] – 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.


40] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on July 1 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

41] – 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

42] – Join the next UDC Eco/Justice Cafe on Fri., July 1 from 4 - 10 PM at the UDC Firebird Inn (Building 38, B level), 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008. The Cafes support area environmental and social justice activists, their organizations, and the UDC students and staff who care. This is a regular event at UDC, held the first Friday of every month. Donations requested. Go to  Contact Joe Libertelli at 202-274-7338 or


43] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 1 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] – On Fri., July 1 at 7 PM watch BUDRUS, 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

The acclaimed documentary shows us that nonviolent direct action does work, even against a vicious and superior force with weapons.  Amidst the suffering, the violence, and the walls of hate between Israelis and Palestinians, It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth.  Email


45] – 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.


46] – On Fri., July 1 at 7 PM, there will be a lecture by "Yogi Raj," Dr. Vishvpal Jayant, and Ayurvedic physician/naturopath and master of Yoga, at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  And on both July 1 and July 2, he will be available to do consultations.  To sign up, email Sarah at or call 301 806 9436.  Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of holistic medicine. Go to


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 July 1. 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 July 2. 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] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on July 2. 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


52] – 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 July 2 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.


53] – There is a Declare Peace Fair on Sat., July 2 from 1 to 3:30 PM at the Independence Visitors Center (lawn area), 6th & Market Sts, Phila., PA.  Enjoy music, dramatic readings, poetry, story-telling, speakers and literature from various groups.  To reserve a space at the fair, call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818.  Go to


54] – On Sun., July 3 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, will discuss the Secular Coalition for America as part of the Summer Sunday Discussion with Emil Volcheck.  The SCA lobbies for the rights of nontheistic citizens.  Emil Volcheck will report on the SCA Biennial Summit that he attended this past May. He'll sketch the SCA's "Secular Decade" strategic plan and describe the SCA's first Lobbying Day. Discussion will center on whether nontheistic Americans face discrimination and how the SCA and the Ethical Movement should respond.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


55] – 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


56] – On Sun., July 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, 3100 Swan Drive, check out Plants and People, when the Master Gardener Plant Clinic takes place. Master gardeners offer a hands-on tour of the conservatory's plants.  Call 410-396-0008 or go to



57] – 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.


58] – 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., July 4, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


59] – Join the Pledge of Resistance on its annual trek to the National Security Agency for a Burma Shave demonstration on behalf of whistleblower Thomas Drake who will be sentenced in July in federal court in Baltimore.  Consider making a sign.  We will leave Baltimore at 9:15 AM to be at Fort Meade at 10 AM on July 4.  RSVP at 410-366-1637, as rides are available.  At 6 PM, there will be a potluck picnic at Cindy & Sharon's home.  RSVP at 410-366-1637 to let us know what dish you are bringing. 


60] – Susan Ingram is in training for the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon set for Aug. 21 at Centennial Lake in Columbia.  She is doing the race to help me recuperate and get back in shape after suffering a broken right arm/shoulder in January.  She has registered to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is racing in honor of her mom and dad, Tom and Margaret Ingram.  Both of my parents fought cancer. Mom survived. Dad did not.  Susan is blogging at her newspaper:  And if you feel so inclined, she would be grateful for any amount of donation you could make on her donation page:


61] – 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


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

63] – 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      


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


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


66] – 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


67] – 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


68] – 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.  


69] – 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.

70] – 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


71] – 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.  


72] – 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


73] – 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] Go to


"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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