Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

42] White House vigil – Apr. 1

43] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 1

44] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 1

45] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 1

46] WIB Frederick vigil – Apr. 1

47] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Apr. 1

48] Film PRINCESS KA'IULANI – Apr. 1

49] Walter Reed vigil – Apr. 1

50] Film NIGHT CATCHES US – Apr. 1

51] Economic Meltdown – Apr. 1

52] Palestinian Nonviolence – Apr. 1

53] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 1

54] SOA Watch Kick Off – Apr. 1

55] Farmers Market – Apr. 2

56] Olney vigil to end the war – Apr. 2

57] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Apr. 2

58] Peace vigil at Capitol – Apr. 2

59] Peace meal/gardening demo – Apr. 2

60] Polar Bear Awareness Day – Apr. 2

61] Nicaragua Partnership Variety Show – Apr. 2

62] Singing Truth to Power – Apr. 2

63] Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – Apr. 3

64] Bike Drive – Apr. 3

65] Get on the bridge for peace – Apr. 3

67] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Apr. 3

66] Surveillance Exposed – Apr. 3

68] Pentagon Vigil -– Apr. 4

69] Love Thy Neighbor needs help   

70] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

71] Fund Our Communities campaign

72] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

73] Buy a copy of DENMARK RISING 

74] Skippy and Jordy need homes 

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


42] – 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:   

43] – 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 and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.
44] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Apr. 1 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

45] – 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

46] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Apr. 1 from noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Call 301-834-7581 or email


47] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 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. 


48] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings are hosting the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The next film in the series, entitled THE INDIVIDUAL IN A TIME OF CONFLICT, PRINCESS KA'IULANI [USA, 2010] will be shown on Fri., Apr. 1 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  The Meeting hosts a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 PM on First Fridays after the vigil.  At 7 PM, the DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


 The film stars Q'orianka Kilcher as the heir to the throne in Hawaii in this epic movie based on a true story. The movie follows the progression of Ka'iulani's short life, beginning with a happy life in Honolulu.  Her education takes place in Victorian England, but there is news of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.  She tries to convince the United States to reverse the overthrow. While not a documentary, the film illuminates historical events which most mainlanders know nothing about.  The movie was written and directed by Marc Forby and also stars Shaun Evans, Barry Pepper, Will Patton and Julian Glover.


49] – 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.

50] – On Fri., Apr. 1 at 7 PM watch NIGHT CATCHES US, 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

Shot on location in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with a musical score by THE ROOTS.  United by revolution...divided by the past. In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young African-American man and former member of the Black Panther Party returns to the racially-torn neighborhood where he came of age.


51] – Economic Meltdown: Let's Not Get Fooled Again takes place on Fri. Apr. 1, from 7 to 10 PM at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC.  See the Academy-Award winning documentary--INSIDE JOB, a comprehensive analysis exposing the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. a DISCUSSION WILL follow, led by Institute for Policy Studies' senior scholar and director of Inequality and the Common Good project, Chuck Collins.  Contact Mike Little at Faith and Money Network, 202.469.8512 or


52] – On Fri., Apr. 1 at 7:30 PM, Philip Farah will present a historical overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, address the Palestinian nonviolent struggle to end the Israeli occupation and share about the Palestine Kairos Document.  He is a Palestinian Christian born and raised in East Jerusalem, who immigrated to the US in 1978. He received a Ph. D. in economics from the U. of New Mexico in 1989, and works as an energy economist in Vienna, VA with his wife and three children. He is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, and will speak at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC, 20010.  Email or call 202-360-6416.

53] –  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 Apr. 1. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

54] – SOAWatch's April Days Of Actions Kick Off Fundraiser will benefit the Washington Peace Center on Fri., Apr. 1 from 8:30 to 11:30 PM at RAS Restaurant and Bar, 4905 Georgia Ave. NW, at Decatur St., a locally owned Ethiopian and Caribbean restaurant that hosts weekly parties for progressive organizations in DC. There will be plenty of live music, great food and dancing to start the week-long events to close the School of Americas and bring real justice to the people of South and Central America. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Washington Peace Center. Go to  A suggested donation is from $5 to $10. The closest Metro is the Georgia venue Petworth or the 70s bus. 


55] – 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


56] 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 Apr. 2. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


57] –  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


58] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Apr. 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


59]The next Peace Meal will feature Milk 4 Peace & Classical Guitar on Sat., Apr. 2 at 1 PM at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  "Meeting the food needs of people, any and every place in the world" will be addressed by Lakshmi Landa & Rose "Mirabai" Lord.  At 2:45 PM, there will be a gardening demonstration, as the ability to grow your own food can be a peaceful pastime that for some people can mean the difference between starvation and survival. Under the auspices of Global Coalition for Peace, Rose Lord has been teaching a unique type of intensive gardening -- "Sattwic Peace Gardens" to women in the US and Guatemala since 2005. The gardens have recently been taken to Haiti and Bolivia and will soon be introduced in Venezuela. The program starts with interfaith prayers and songs, followed by blessing of the food ceremony, then the speaker's address along with a hot vegetarian lunch. RSVP at


60]On Sat., Apr. 2 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive, observe Polar Bear Awareness Day.  Help this endangered species survive climate chaos.  Call 410-366-7102.  To participate, you must pay admission to the zoo.  Go to


61] – There is a Nicaragua Partnership Variety Show featuring performances by musicians and dancers on Sat., Apr. 2 at 7 PM at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson.  Free-will donation will be requested.  All proceeds will benefit Fey Esperanza in Managua, Nicaragua.  Bring a dish for a 6 PM potluck dinner.  Learn more about Nicaragua.  Call 410-825-1725 or go to


62] – The Charm City Labor Chorus 2nd annual Singing Truth To Power concert is on for Sat., Apr. 2 at 7 PM in the Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State U., Argonne Drive.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, children 12 and under free. The chorus will be singing with Charlie King and Karen Brandow, well known folk singers and songwriters, with updated union, civil rights, gay rights, peace loving and fun songs. To buy tickets, call Nick at 443-841-5650. 


63] – On Sun., Apr. 3 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, welcomes Major Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


64] – Donate your unwanted bike and empower refugees with independence to start a new life in this country.  The International Rescue Committee resettles refugees victimized by oppression or violent conflict.  Bring your bike to IRC, 63 W. Aylesbury Road, Timonium, between 11 AM and 4 PM.  Call 410-558-3177.


65] – 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


66] – MICA faculty member Nate Larson will lead a panel discussion Watching You: Surveillance Exposed at 2 PM on Sun., Apr. 3 at the Baltimore Museum of art, 10 Art Museum Drive.  The discussion will examine artists' subversion of street cameras and streaming self-surveillance over the Internet as an art form.  Call 443-5731700. Go to


67] – 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.


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


69] – Ann von Lossberg is on Love Thy Neighbor's advisory council.  It is working out of Ramallah, Palestine, providing nonviolence training to youth, and the numbers grow nicely each year (new graduates in turn become new trainers)--168 to date.  Bernard Lafayette, the protégé of Martin Luther King, oversees all training.  Like many nonprofits LTN is struggling to meet the program budget this year.  Go to  If you would like to make a contribution, go to Ann's website and then go to the ABOUT CCEF page.  Or you could mail a contribution to 5612 Vantage Point Road, Columbia MD  21044. You will receive a letter from LTN for tax deduction purposes.   

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

71] – 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      


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


73] – Consider purchasing author Barry Clemson's book DENMARK RISING.  This is a historical fiction novel, which portrays the spirit and tactics of nonviolent resistance in 1940s Denmark to confront the Nazi invaders.  As the jacket asks, "Could the Danes really use strategic nonviolence against Hitler?  Or were they merely committing suicide?  For information, email  The book was published August 2009 by Cybernetics Press Inc., Norfolk, VA.  The ISBN is 9780984160501.  It's a bargain at $9.99, and can be ordered from

74] – Skippy and Jordy are cats who need homes.  A mother of too many cats writes "Skippy is a doll. He's a great guy and would be a good companion for someone. Jordy needs a special person who is experienced with cats and is willing to take the time to develop a bond with him.  He's close to his mother, his rescuer, but no one else.  He is gorgeous, with a beautiful long black silky coat. Let Max know if you might be interested in one of the cats—410-366-1637.


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 one red maple tree 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