Sunday, April 8, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

24] Growing Up Humanist – Apr. 8

25] Petition against NDAA – Apr. 8

26] Get on Bridge for Peace – Apr. 8


28] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Apr. 8

29] Red Emma's meeting – Apr. 8

30] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 9

31] Trayvon Martin Tragedy – Apr. 9

32] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 9 – Apr. 12

33] Protest the death penalty – Apr. 9

34] The book NUKESPEAK – Apr. 9

35] Support Fund Our Communities resolution – Apr. 9

36] Support NDAA resolution – Apr. 9

37] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Apr. 9

38] Pakistani author at Goucher – Apr. 9

39] Social Forum workshops – Apr. 10 -13


24] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sun., Apr. 8, the topic is "Growing Up Humanist: A Framework for a Better Society" by Katherine "Kati" LaClair, PhD. candidate, Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Tumultuous economic conditions, continued discrimination leveled against large segments of the population, and progressive climate change are all serious issues that we as a nation have failed to deal with effectively. Can Humanism provide the generation now entering adulthood effective solutions?


Two years ago, LaClair graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ, with a BA in neuroscience. She then moved to Baltimore, where she is pursuing a PhD. at Johns Hopkins and currently studying the disease mechanisms of and therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer's disease. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


25] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition is doing petitioning against the NDAA on Sundays in April from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Farmers Market, Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, MD.  Email Thomas Nephew at


26] – 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


27] – On Sun., Apr. 8 from 4 to 5:30 PM, the Baltimore Ethical Society: 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, come view and discuss a video series by James Burke, The Day the Universe Changed. Burke entertainingly explores links between knowledge and reality. Join Ethical Culture Leader Hugh Taft-Morales for the eighth installment: Fit to Rule: Darwin's Revolution. It is free and open to the public. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


28] – 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.


29] – 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 Apr. 5. 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


30] – 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. 9, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

31] The Trayvon Martin Tragedy – A Teach-In and Legal Discussion Forum – takes place on Mon., Apr. 9 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM at American Univ., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  This program will include a legal analysis of the issues, a provocative discussion of the case with several high profile civil rights experts and activists, and a lively town hall discussion. It starts with a Teach-In and Q & A, and then at noon there will be a Town Hall Meeting moderated by Professor Angela Davis, which will include the NAACP's Ben Jealous and State Senator Jamie Raskin.  Finally at 1:30 PM there will be a discussion:  "Where do we go from here?"    This event is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) in collaboration with the Washington College of Law and others. Register at 

32] – 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   


33] – 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., Apr. 9. Call 410-366-1637.


34] – An Evening with Richard Bell: "Nukespeak – The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima" takes place on Mon., Apr. 9 from 7 to 9 PM at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1.  On Oct. 4, 2011, Sierra Club Books published the 30th anniversary edition of "Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima." This new edition explores the critical events of the last three decades—including the disaster at Chernobyl, the campaign to re-brand nuclear energy as a "clean, green" solution to global warming, and the still unfolding disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant. The authors argue persuasively that a language of euphemism and distraction continues to dominate public debate about nuclear weapons and nuclear power around the world.  Go to

35] – Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home has been asking people, especially Takoma Park residents, to come to the Takoma Park City Council meetings on Mondays, Apr. 9 and 16 to support a resolution urging Congress to reorder federal budget priorities by cutting the military budget and using the money to fund human needs at home. This resolution is similar to the resolution that was to have been voted on by the Montgomery County Council last fall but was squelched by Lockheed Martin. Each Council session begins at 7:30 PM with a public comment period, and Takoma Park residents may also say a few words (under 3 minutes) in support of the resolution. Hold a small sign that says Bring the War Dollars Home. Call 240-463-5995.

36] – Support the NDAA resolution at the Takoma Park City Council meeting on Mon., Apr. 9 from 7:30 to 8 PM at City Of Takoma Park, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.  Urge repeal of the NDAA's "indefinite" or "preventive detention provisions," and call for city agencies not to cooperate with federal officials acting under the NDAA. You can show support at the meeting by holding up this flyer: If you prepare a statement, please consider sharing it with us at, for publication in the blog. Starting times for public comment occasionally vary, but 7:30 PM is the usual time. Go to

37] 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 Apr. 9.  The proposed agenda will include reports on the Iran Pledge of Resistance, anti-drone organizing, the firing of Sunni Khalid, Tax Day protest and Earth Day on the Bridge. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. We need your help in alerting citizens from Dutch Ruppersberger's Congressional district that he supports the use of drones.  Go to


38] –  Pakistani journalist and best-selling writer Ahmed Rashid will discuss and sign copies of his newest book, "Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan," on Mon., Apr. 9 at 7:30 pm in Buchner Hall of Goucher College's Alumnae/i House. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance at or by calling 410-337-6333.


Rashid is the author of five books, including TALIBAN (2000, updated and reissued in 2010), which was translated into 26 languages and sold 1.5 million copies in English alone. In his latest book, Rashid lays out U.S.A.'s options with Pakistan and Afghanistan in the post-Bin Laden years. After the 2001 war in Afghanistan, Rashid donated one-third of his book earnings to set up the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan, which has given nearly $400,000 in startup funds for newspapers and magazines in all the Afghan languages. Contact Kristen Keener at or 410-337-6316.


39] – NOW-DC Social Forum Part 2 continues on Tues., April 10 at 9 AM and concludes on Fri., Apr. 13 at 9:30 PM. The workshops take place at Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C., 2111 Florida Ave. NW (near DuPont Circle).  Each day of the event will have three two-hour sessions. RSVP at  Visit


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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