Saturday, June 25, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

50] DC Vote in Upper Senate Park – June 25

51] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – June 25

52] Celebrate museum's sixth anniversary – June 25-26

53] Peace vigil at Capitol – June 25

54] Nuclear Abolition Day -- June 25 – 26

55] Alternatives to Violence -- June 25 – July 16

56] Orioles v. Reds – June 25

57] American Ethical Union? – June 26

58] Seeds of Peace Festival – June 26

59] Get on Bridge for peace – June 26

60] Protest at Saudi Embassy – June 26

61] Parade Prep Party – June 26

62] Tahirih Center benefit – June 26

63] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – June 26

64] Red Emma's Meeting – June 26

65] Pentagon Vigil – June 27

66] Little Friends for Peace camp – June 27

67] Tracking Technologies – June 27

68] Iran & democracy – June 27

69] Feline Rescue Association

70] Support triathlete who is raising funds in fight against cancer

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

72] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

73] Fund Our Communities campaign

74] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

75] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

76] Support Haiti

77] Buy a red maple tree

78] Join Global Zero campaign

79] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

80] Publish your peace article

81] Click on The Hunger Site 

82] Fire & Faith  

83] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil



50] – Join Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Vote and others on Sat., June 25 from 11 AM to 1 PM for the White House Rally for DC Democracy at Lafayette Square Park, 16th & H Sts. NW. Tell President Obama to stand up for DC!  Recently, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that would, once again, prohibit D.C. from using local tax revenue to provide reproductive healthcare for low-income women. It is crucial that President Obama take a firm stance in opposition to this congressional overreach in D.C. affairs.  Register to attend the protest at 202-462-6000 or email  There are two Metro stops nearby: Farragut West (Orange & Blue lines) or Farragut North (Red Line). 


A number of people have expressed an interest in risking arrest.  If interested, email Jen Matson at


51] –  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


52] – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. is having its Sixth Anniversary.  There is a Community Day on both Sat., June 25 and Sun., June 26 from 11 AM to 6 PM.  Enjoy activities and programs that highlight exhibitions and celebrate the museum's six years. Visit the museum for free.  Call 443-263-1800 or go to


53] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on June 25. 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


54] – Nuclear Abolition Day runs from Sat., June 25 through noon on Sun., June 26.  The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) sponsors this global day of action to call for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons.  On June 25, leaders from the US, Russia, the UK, France and China are meeting in Paris to discuss their nuclear arsenals. Thousands of people around the world will take part in actions to build support for negotiations on a treaty that will ban all nuclear weapons. There are still 20,000 weapons in the world today. A single bomb is powerful enough to obliterate an entire city, killing millions in an instant. Abolishing nuclear weapons is the only guarantee they will never be used again.  For ten ways you can support the effort, go to


55] – 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 25 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.



56] – On Sat., June 25, get a ticket to the 7:05 PM Orioles v. Reds game (Buck Showalter bobble head giveaway) for $13. This will benefit legal efforts aimed at helping the poor: University of Baltimore (Law) Students in Public Interest (UBSPI) and the (University of) Maryland Public Interest Law Program (MPILP).  Both provide select students with paid summer law clerkships at various local non-profit organizations - including the Office of the Public Defender. For tickets, contact Lou Curran at 410-499-8899 or


57] – On Sun., June 26 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, will examine the AEU and You as the Summer Sunday Discussion with Stephen Meskin.  What is the American Ethical Union (AEU)? How does it affect BES? There will be news from the AEU's 2011 General Assembly. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


58] – The Seeds of Peace Festival will take place on Sun., June 26 from noon to 4 PM at One Wisdom Fellowship, 500 E. 39th St. Enjoy live music, a drumming circle, poetry readings, children's activities and more.  Anyone doing community work can have a table or tent space.  Call 410.584.2574 or email


59] – 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


60] – On Sun., June 26 at 1:30 PM, there will be a protest to declare to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Government that Americans are demanding Nathalie Morin and her children, as well as any foreign nationals held captive, be returned to their countries immediately, that they respect the human rights of women and children and ensure the safety of Nathalie Morin and the safety of her children.  The protest will be outside the Saudi Embassy, 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, WDC 20037. In Saudi Arabia a woman must have the authorization of her male guardian to leave the territory and her aggressor will not allow this. Email or call 323-842-2869.


61] – There will be a "Parade Preparation Party" [for the Takoma Park's 4th of July event] on Sun., June 26 from 2 - 5 PM at the Quaker meetinghouse, 2303 Metzerott Rd., Adelphi, MD.  The group is signed up for the parade as Public Citizen and Peace and Justice Coalition of Prince George's County. The theme will be to "Fix our Broken Election Process through a Constitutional Amendment. Counteract Citizens' United Decision by the Supreme Court."  Bring some food to share at 5 PM, and RSVP to Carol at 301-864-5267 or


62] – Attend a benefit for the Tahirih Justice Center on Sun., June 26 from 3 to 5 PM at the home of Colleen Coyle and Chris Lyons and listen to a Tahirih client share her incredibly powerful story. The address is 3504 Rusticway Lane in Falls Church, VA.  Tahirih is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence, most particularly human trafficking. Tahirih leverages pro-bono community resources and provides a combination of legal services, advocacy and public education. Munch on hors d'oeurves and consider purchasing lovely pearls - 45% of all proceeds will directly benefit the Tahirih Justice Center.  Visit


63] – 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.


64] – 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 June 26. 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


65] – 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., June 27, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


66] – Little Friends for Peace is hosting a peace camp starting Mon., June 27 at the Perry Center in D.C.  This year the idea is to open the camps to more children of refugees fleeing torture, primarily in Africa.  After years of pain, fear and frustration they need to rebuild their trust in people and themselves.  Peace Camp affirms their strengths and their part in changing this world. A donation of $150 covers the entire cost for one week of camp for these children. Call 301-927-5474 or email


67] – Join the Center for American Progress and Common Sense Media for a special presentation of Tracking: Where You Are, What You See, and What to Do on Mon. June 27 from 10:30 AM to noon at 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, WDC 20005.  There will be a keynote speaker and a panel discussion.  Almost every week, members of Congress are introducing bills to address new tracking technologies and the privacy challenges they pose. With the explosion of smart phone use and mobile apps, there is unprecedented information about "where you are"—your location information. With the spread of new types of "fingerprinting" of your computer, advertisers are gaining new details into "what you see" as you surf from website to website. Speakers will discuss the technology, law, and policy of "what to do" about emerging tracking technologies, with special attention to the concerns of kids and families. RSVP is required. Call 202-682-1611.


68] – The National Iranian American Council invites you to hear on Mon., June 27 from noon  to 1 PM, Roberto Toscano, former Italian ambassador to Iran, who will address "Iran: New Opportunities for Engagement and Democracy?" in B369 Rayburn House Office Building, WDC. RSVP to


69] – Join the Feline Rescued Association for same-day cat and kitten adoptions. All cats are locally-rescued, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro chipped.  This happens at the Petco Store, 10383 Reisterstown Road.  Call 410-581-9888 or visit  Go to


70] – 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:


71] – 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


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

73] – 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      


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


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


76] – 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


77] – 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


78] – 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.  


79] – 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.

80] – 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


81] – 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.  


82] – 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


83] – 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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