Saturday, August 27, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

41] ReStore grand opening – Aug. 27

42] AIDS Service Benefit – Aug. 27

43] Society Clean-up -- Aug. 28

44] Get on Bridge for peace – Aug. 28

45] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Aug. 28

46] Red Emma's Meeting – Aug. 28

47] Film INTO ETERNITY -– Aug. 28

48] International Day Against Nuclear Tests – Aug. 28

49] Pentagon Vigil – Aug. 29

50] Sojourners at the White House – Aug. 29

51] Protest the death penalty – Aug. 29   

52] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 29 – Sept. 1

53] Charles Village community meeting – Aug. 29

54] City Council candidates debate/13th District – Aug. 29

55] Blue Jays v. Orioles – Aug. 29

56] War Is Not the Answer demo – Aug. 30

57] Film class -– Aug. 30

58] Mayoral candidates debate – Aug. 30

59] Fund Our Communities meeting -- Aug. 30

60] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

61] Fund Our Communities campaign

62] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

63] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

64] Do you need a television and/or a computer?

65] Join Global Zero campaign

66] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

67] Publish your peace article

68] Click on The Hunger Site 

69] Fire & Faith  

70] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

41] – On Sat., Aug. 27 from 9 AM to 5 PM, there will be a grand opening celebration for Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, a discount home improvement center, 3741 Commerce Drive, #311, Halethorpe, MD 21227.  Call 443-297-5141 or go to  There will be free food and gift bags and giveaways. If you would like to donate, call 410—633-0506.


42] – On Sat., Aug. 27 from 4 to 8 PM on the 13th Floor at the Belvedere, 1 E. Chase St., be at the 11th annual Fundraiser for the Michael Del Bianco Fund which goes towards the John Hopkins AIDS Service. Call 410-585-4331 or go to  Admission is $15.  Enjoy light fare and music.


43] – On Sun., Aug. 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, "Ethical Action: Society Clean-Up Day Two" with Bob Corbett & John Reuter will be an opportunity to complete anything left undone from Saturday's official annual clean-up. Be warned: BES may take the day off if everything was finished on Saturday. Call 410-581-2322 or visit the website to be sure at


44] – 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


45] – 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.


46] – 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 Aug. 28. 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


47] – On Sun., Aug. 28 from 8 to 10 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5 & K Sts., [1025 5th St.] NW, WDC 2001], see "Into Eternity" – a haunting look at the future of radioactive waste.  Beyond Nuclear is proud to announce that it is the non-theatrical NGO distributor of the new film, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a rare hybrid: an information-packed documentary crossed with an existential art of the most provocative movies of the year." "Into Eternity" explores the utter impossibility of storing high-level radioactive waste for 100,000 years. It is, on the one hand, a documentary about the Onkalo storage facility presently under construction in Finland, and on the other hand, a startlingly beautiful work of art and an urgent provocation that ponders the question of who – or what – will remain on this earth when that time frame has elapsed. Interestingly, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, which proposes re-launching the site search in the U.S. for a deep geologic repository, has used Finland as its model -- an approach "Into Eternity" has shown to be very dubious.


Go to  Contact Kevin Kamps at Beyond Nuclear, or 240-462-3216.


48] – August 29 is International Day Against Nuclear Tests, on the 20th anniversary of the closure of Semipalatinsk Test Site, Kazakhstan, the main Soviet nuclear test site.  Go to


 On 2 Dec., 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35.  The Day is meant to galvanize the United Nations, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and the media to inform, educate and advocate about the necessity of banning nuclear tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world. The Preamble of the resolution emphasizes that "every effort should be made to end nuclear tests in order to avert devastating and harmful effects on the lives and health of people" and that "the end of nuclear tests is one of the key means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world."


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated with great clarity: "A world free of nuclear weapons would be a global public good of the highest order." In May of 2010, all the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, committed themselves to work to "achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons" and they characterized achieving a ban on nuclear testing as "vital."


49] – 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., Aug, 29, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


50] – Sojourners' columnist and environmentalist Bill McKibben is leading thousands of U.S. and Canadian citizens in two weeks of sit-ins at the White House from August 20 to September 3, 2011. Calling on President Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL transnational pipeline, this action is shaping up to be the largest climate change civil disobedience in U.S. history.


Sojourners is calling on people of faith to join this prophetic campaign on Mon., Aug. 29 from 10 AM to noon at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C. Many Sojourners' staff will be risking arrest or joining the legal public witness.  The Tar Sands Action will "draw a line in the sand" to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to Galveston Bay in Texas. If Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline by issuing the needed permits, he will light the fuse of the largest carbon bomb in North America.  The pipeline threatens America's fresh water supply, endangers poor and rural communities, jeopardizes food security, and derails any attempt at a green energy future.  Go to


To participate in this historic campaign as part of the interfaith group you need to do two things: 1) register at  Under the group section, write "8/29 Religious Contingent;" 2) email Rose Berger at


51] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland's Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Recently death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., Aug. 29. Call 410-366-1637.


52] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at 


53] – On Mon., Aug. 29, from 6 to 8:30 PM at The Living Well, 2443 N. Charles St., there will be a Community Building and Organizing Hot Topics.  The purpose of this meeting is to bring together community stakeholders such as merchants, community services organizations, civic associations, faith based organizations and residents to share their ideas and efforts to improve the overall community conditions of Charles Village. This session will provide community stakeholders with information and resources to work collaboratively in achieving desired outcomes. They will begin this meeting with a photography exhibit by photographer Carol Stanley Aaron. Call 410-212-5953.


54] – There will be a debate between candidates for City Council 13th District on Mon., Aug. 29 from 6 to 7:45 PM at Herring Run Library,

3801 Erdman Ave. 


55] – On Mon., Aug. 29, get a ticket to the 7:05 PM New York Yankees v. Orioles game for $15. 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


56] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Aug. 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


57] – Ben McCusker teaches this ongoing film screening and discussion class on Tuesdays thru Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. Go to  There is no charge.


58] – There will be a Mayoral Candidates Forum on Tues., Aug. 30 from 7 to 9 PN at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St


59] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  The next meeting, however, will be on Tues., Aug. 30, the main agenda item will be to continue to organize a Sept. 26 Town Hall meeting on military spending at the Episcopal Cathedral, University Pkwy. & N. Charles St.  To get directions, call Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at 


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

61] – 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      


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


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


64] – Can you use a television set and/or a computer, monitor etc.? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


65] – 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.  


66] – 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.


67] – 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


68] – 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.  


69] – 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


70] – 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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