Monday, January 23, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

42] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 23 – Jan. 26

43] Protest the death penalty – Jan. 23

44] Slutwalk Roundup – Jan. 23

45] Close U.S. base in Okinawa – Jan. 23

46] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Jan. 23

47] Over-ride Citizens United – Jan. 24

48] Blow the Whistle on Congress – Jan. 24

49] War Is Not the Answer – Jan. 24

50] MOCO Budget forum – Jan. 24

51] Film THE BLACK SOIL – Jan. 24

52] Speak out against third reactor at Calvert Cliffs -- Jan. 25

53] Philadelphia peace vigil – Jan. 25

54] Defend Egyptian Revolution – Jan. 25

55] Green Currency Meeting -- Jan. 25

56] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil -- Jan. 25

57] US bases in Okinawa – Jan. 25

58] Film CHEMERICAL – Jan. 25

59] Discuss county budget - Jan. 25

60] Labor Action Plan in Colombia – Jan. 26


42] – 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   


43] – 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.  Maryland's death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 23. Call 410-366-1637.

44] – SlutWalk Roundup: A Conversation will happen on Tues., Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly branch, 400 E. 33rd St. Organizers will hold a discussion to discern what can be done to further elevate the status of women and LGBTQ in Baltimore. Call 410-396-6053.

45] – On Mon., Jan. 23 from 6 to 8:30 PM- Close the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, Japan will be discussed at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St NW, WDC. U.S. military bases in Okinawa have been the source of dramatic controversy in Japan and the U.S. for decades. Many in Okinawa have criticized US bases for the dangers they pose, including military accidents, environmental and health damage, and crimes committed by US military personnel--most infamously, the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old girl. Join a delegation of Okinawan students, activists, and politicians to learn more about living with US bases and to engage in a constructive dialogue about US-Okinawan-Japanese relations. Visit


John Feffer, Institute for Policy Studies, will moderate a discussion with a delegation from Okinawa including Ms. Keiko Itokazu (Japanese Diet member) and Mr. Hiroshi Ashitomi (sit-in protester for nine years at the U.S. construction site in Okinawa).  Join a delegation of Okinawan activists, students and politicians to learn more about living with US bases and to engage in a constructive dialogue about US-Okinawan-Japanese relations. Contact John Feffer at


46] The Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities 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 Jan. 23.  The proposed agenda will include reports on Bradley Manning, the MLK events, a Drone proposal and legislative events in Annapolis.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


47] – On Tues., Jan. 24 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM, catch the panel discussion on Constitutional Remedies to Overturn Citizens United - Room 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, WDC – featuring U.S. Senator Tom Udall; U.S. Representative Ted Deutch; U.S. Representative Keith Ellison; Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito; Colorado Activist Elana Nuñez;  and PFAW Executive Vice President Marge Baker (moderator).  This is sponsored by People for the American Way.  RSVP to


48] – Blow the whistle on corruption in Congress on Tues., Jan. 24 at noon at Capitol Hill. Big Oil keeps on corrupting Congress. The head of the American Petroleum Institute promised "huge electoral consequences" because Obama temporarily rejected the Keystone Pipeline; meanwhile, the fossil fuel harem on Capitol Hill is planning to introduce legislation that would take away the president's right to make the decision and simply grant the permit themselves.  Make a stand against the big money that's polluted this process. Remember, the 234 Congresspeople who voted to expedite Keystone had taken $42 million in dirty energy money. So here's the plan. Instead of circling the White House, this time show up at Congress in referee's uniforms. Be there at noon, ready to blow the whistle on their corruption. The demonstration will start on Capitol Hill, and then proceed to the headquarters of the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry's #1 lobby. Call out the penalties—forget facemasking, this is vote-buying. Forget unsportsmanlike conduct—this is undemocratic conduct.  Click to sign up:


49] – 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 Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


50] – On Tues., Jan. 24 at 7 PM, there will be a forum on the 2013 Montgomery County Budget.  Residents are welcome to provide input at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD.


51] – There will be a screening of "The Black Soil: A Story of Resistance and Rebirth" on Tues., Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 PM at 3222 11th St. NW, WDC. This inspiring and provocative film chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a small and severely impoverished rural African-American community, in their pursuit of a new vision of prosperity. Catalyzed by the defeat of a state plan to build a maximum security prison in their backyard, the powerful women leaders and residents created the Bayview Citizens for Social Justice and are challenging all conventional ideas of community development. After the screening, there will be a discussion with Brenda Pearson – one of the organizers of DC Troy Davis.  There is a suggested donation of $10 to support Bloombars, and free popcorn and refreshments will be provided.  Go to


52] – There is a PUBLIC HEARING on Wed., Jan. 25, and THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST CALVERT CLIFFS-3!  The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearing the case against the licensing of the proposed Calvert Cliffs-3 reactor on the Chesapeake Bay will hold what's called a "limited appearance" hearing.  This hearing is the one and only chance to speak out against the licensing of this reactor to the licensing board. Anyone and everyone--except those of us at NIRS, Public Citizen, Beyond Nuclear and Southern Maryland CARES who are actually in the legal intervention--can speak at this hearing.

The hearing will have an afternoon session from 1 to 2:30 PM and an evening session from 7 to 8:30 PM, and will be held at the Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Road in Solomons, MD. On Jan. 26, the ASLB will hold a judicial hearing on the challenge to the NRC's Environmental Impact Statement for Calvert Cliffs-3. This hearing is one of the two remaining legal challenges against the licensing of the reactor, and focuses on the EIS' inadequate consideration of the potential for solar and wind power as an alternative to Calvert Cliffs-3. This hearing is open to the public to attend, but only the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and its expert witness Scott Sklar, UniStar & their expert witnesses, and NRC staff will be allowed to speak. You can pre-register to speak at the January 25 hearing; those who pre-register will receive priority to speak
. Email or go to 


53] – 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 Jan. 25. Call 215-426-0364.


54] – Defend the Egyptian Revolution on Wed., Jan. 25 at 6:30 PM at the Egyptian Embassy, 3521 International Court NW, WDC 20008. Under instructions of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the Egyptian Embassy in DC is holding a reception to celebrate the first anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution. This is done in a way that to show the world how they have supported the revolution, that the demands were met and that the revolution is finally and successfully over - and now it's time to celebrate.  However, as most everyone knows, this is NOT true. Go to


55] – 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.


56] 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 Jan. 25. Call 215-843-4256 or email 


57] – Living With US Bases in Okinawa is a discussion which will take place on Wed., Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 PM at the Butler Boardroom in the Butler Pavilion at American Univ., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. US bases in Okinawa have been the source of controversy in Japan and the US for decades. Many have criticized US bases for the dangers they pose, including military accidents, environmental and health damage, and crimes committed by US military personnel. Come meet a delegation of Okinawan students, scholars, activists, and politicians campaigning to close the Futenma base and be part of a dialogue about US-Okinawan-Japanese relations.


58] – On Wed., Jan. 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, see CHEMERICAL followed by a discussion at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661.  Chemerical explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our obsession with cleanliness, we are drowning in a sea of toxicity. The film is at once humorous, as we watch the Goode family try to turn a new leaf by creating and living in a toxic-free home, and informative, as director Andrew Nisker works with many experts to give audiences the tools and inspiration to live toxic free. Chemerical tackles "the toxic debate" in a truly revelatory and entertaining way, not only by raising awareness, but by providing simple solutions.


Donations are requested for refreshments. Screenings are open to members of BES and the BES Ironweed Film Club. Contact Emil about free membership at 410-547-7798.  Visit


59] – On Wed., Jan. 25 at 7:30 PM, hear a panel discussion on the upcoming Montgomery County Budget which will be lead by Chuck Short, special assistant to the county executive, Ike Leggett.  It is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington Montgomery County Justice and Advocacy Council and will be held at St. Jane de Chantal, 9601 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.


60] – The U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan: Real Progress or Empty Promises? will be answered on Thurs., Jan. 26 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Washington Office on Latin America1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC.  RSVP to  In April 2011, Presidents Barack Obama and Juan Manuel Santos signed the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP) in order to address serious labor rights concerns in Colombia. The promises made in the LAP facilitated the October 12 approval of the U.S.-Colombia FTA in the U.S. Congress. This panel of esteemed Colombian labor rights leaders will analyze the implementation of the LAP and the current state of labor rights in Colombia. They will also discuss the hunger strike involving SINTRAEMCALI workers in Cali, in addition to obstacles to labor organizing faced by workers in the port, oil palm, oil, and sugar sectors. This event will feature: Sen. Alexander Lopez Maya (second vice president of the Colombian Senate), Tarsicio Mora Godoy (president of the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia) and Jorge Ivan Velez Calvo (president of SINTRAEMCALI). 


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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