Monday, October 17, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

33] Lobby Day/Call in for marriage equality – Oct. 17

34] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 17 – Oct. 20

35] Protest the death penalty – Oct. 17 

36] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Oct. 17 

37] Catholic perspective on the environment – Oct. 17

38] Occupy Philly -- Oct. 18

39] War Is Not the Answer demo – Oct. 18

40] Feminist Art discussion – Oct. 18

41] Film about disconnected youth in D.C. – Oct. 18

42] Spiritual Progressives meeting Oct. 18

43] Film THE LAST MOUNTAIN – Oct. 18

44] Review Silver Spring Town Hall – Oct. 18

45] Film LOST IN DETENTION – Oct. 18

46] PBS series WOMAN WAR PEACE –Oct. 18

47] Repeal death penalty call in – Oct. 19

48] Anti-discrimination conference – Oct. 19

49] Philadelphia peace vigil –Oct. 19

50] Start a nonprofit workshop - Oct. 19

51] WIB Frederick vigil – Oct. 19

52] Green Currency Meeting -- Oct. 19

53] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Oct. 19

54] Joan Chittister presentation -- Oct. 19

55] Commission on Nuclear Waste – Oct. 20


33] – On Mon., Oct. 17, the Maryland General Assembly returns to Annapolis for a 3-day Special Session. Equality Maryland and the statewide coalition, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, are launching a call-in campaign.  Call your State Delegates to make sure they know that you support all committed couples' right to civil marriage.

Go to and enter your full home address. Click the name under "State Delegates."  Call each one.  Say, "My name is _________. I live at (address, city, state, zip) and I'm a voter in your district who strongly supports civil marriage equality because all loving and committed couples should be able to marry, including gay and lesbian couples."  Add anything personal to the conversation or message. Thank the Delegate or staff person.  Email with a report.  Be in Annapolis for Marriage Equality Lobby Day on Mon. Oct. 17 at 10 AM on Lawyers' Mall. Go to

34] – 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 


35] – 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., Oct. 17. Call 410-366-1637.


36] – 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 takes place on Oct. 17.  The proposed agenda will include a review of the strategy to pressure the Super Committee to cut military spending, a report on Occupation Baltimore & the Freedom Square occupation and the fourteen arrests on Oct. 9 at the National Security Agency.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


37] – On Mon., Oct. 17 at 7:30 PM, there will be a presentation "Pope Benedict's Ten Commandments of the Environment" presented by Fr. Charlie Cortinovis.  In his keynote address, Fr. Charlie will examine the writings and speeches of Pope Benedict XVI, Blessed Pope John Paul II -and other sources of the Church's teaching on the environment - in order to explain the need for a response to today's urgent global environmental issues.  This will take place at St. Patrick's cafeteria, 4101 Norbeck Rd.., Rockville, MD  20853.  Contact Richard DeBona, Dir., Parish Social Ministry at 301-924-2284 ext. 26 or 


38] – OCCUPY PHILLY,, continues at Phila. City Hall, 15th & Market Sts. We Are The 99% Demanding Economic Justice, Democracy, and Peace on Tuesdays at 4:30 until 6 PM, Phila. City Hall.  Join the Brandywine Peace Community and other peace and anti-war activists at Occupy Philly. Call Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.


39] – 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 Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


40] – Ginny Adams, Sue Spaid, and Cally Brandt will deliver a series of lectures focusing on modern feminist art. The Contemporary Art Museum uses its educational programs to try to explain art. In this fall's Critical Perspectives class, they will look at "Feminist Art in Two Parts." Each session can be attended independently. The discussions will take place on Tuesdays through Oct. 25 at 6:15 PM at the Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St. Call 410-783-5722 or visit  The price is $65, and $25 for members.


41] – On Tues., Oct. 18 at 6:30 PM, DC Lawyers for Youth ( invites you to "The Road to Rehabilitation and Reform," a short film about DC and its Most-Disconnected Youth. The screening will be held at the GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 14th St. and Park Road, NW, WDC 20009.  There will be a short discussion and light reception with the documentary creators about DC's juvenile justice reform efforts following the film.  Register at


42] – On Tues., Oct. 18, from 7 to  9 PM at 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, 20008, the Greater Washington, DC Chapter of THE NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES is Mobilizing Spiritual Progressives across the entire DC Metro area! Join their action groups and make a difference.  Email  Visit


43] – On Tues., Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 PM and hosted by Go Green! Alexandria and the Sierra Club, see THE LAST MOUNTAIN film screening — Official 2011 Selection of the Sundance Film Festival!—at Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria.  Join executive director of Go Green! Alexandria, Heather Schaefer, and lead organizer for the Sierra Club campaign to retire the Potomac River Coal Plant, Phillip Ellis. Email


44] – On Tues., Oct. 18 at 7:30 PM, there will be a follow-up meeting to the Fund Our Communities" Town Hall religious caucus meeting. Help plan for the next steps and the meeting with Rep. Van Hollen.  The follow-up will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903.  Contact Ronnie Fellerath Lowell at 301-890-1686.


45] – On Tues., Oct. 18 PBS will show an excellent documentary "Lost in Detention" about immigrants in U.S. detention, over 400,000 of whom were deported last year.  Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa presents the groundbreaking documentary which is an exposé that reveals the devastating consequences of the mass incarceration of immigrants, and the harsh toll it takes on families, women and children.  Go to


46] – CODEPINK informs us that the second segment of Women War & Peace will be aired on PBS on Tues., Oct. 18, for five consecutives Tuesdays.


47] – The Maryland General Assembly will open a Special Legislative Session next week, beginning Oct. 17 (devoted to Congressional redistricting). While they are all in Annapolis, let's send a loud and clear message that we want them to vote on the death penalty when the 90-day regular session opens in January -- and we want them to repeal it!  Call in on Wed., Oct. 19 at General Assembly switchboard: 800-492-7122 (toll free in MD) and ask the operator for your delegate(s) and senator by name to be connected.  Tell your representatives: "I want a vote on the death penalty in 2012 and I want you to vote to repeal it!"  Email


48] – Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later is a presentation scheduled for Wed., Oct. 19 from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Jack Morton Aud., 805 21st St. NW, WDC.  It is presented by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the George Washington Univ. Law School.  After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was a sharp increase in hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, and South-Asians in the USA. While the intensity and character of this backlash has changed over time, increased hate crimes and discrimination remain a challenge for these communities ten years later. This conference will look back on what happened and explore what civil rights challenges remain, what new obstacles have emerged, and how this Nation can best meet them now and in the years ahead. 


49] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Oct. 19. Call 215-426-0364.


50] – On Wed., Oct. 19 & on Mon., Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, attend a Community Law Center Workshop: How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization at 3355 Keswick Road, Suite 200. Register with CPHA at  


51] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Oct. 19 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


52] – The Baltimore Green Currency Association meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at Breathe Books, 810 W 36th St. # A, Baltimore, MD 21211-2554.  Call 410-235-7323.


53] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Oct. 19. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


54] – On Wed., Oct. 19 at 7:30 PM, Montgomery County Voice of the Faithful will meet at St. Rose of Lima Church, Gaithersburg, MD in the Jeremiah Room (lower level of church).   The meeting will feature a showing and discussion of a DVD presentation by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB: "The Hope of the People of God".  Contact Susan Frampton at 301-569-2791.


55] – On Thurs., Oct. 20 from 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM, attend the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, a public meeting on its draft report. It takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th St., NW, WDC. Register at Participants can comment on the draft report during the meeting about the BRC's draft recommendations for the nation's program for managing its spent nuclear fuel and high-level military waste. The draft report is available at

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] Go to


"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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