Saturday, April 28, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

29] March for the Animals – Apr. 29

30] Existential Faith – Apr. 29

31] Petition against NDAA – Apr. 29

32] Auction for Peace House – Apr. 29

33] Get on Bridge for Peace – Apr. 29

34] Income Inequality – Apr. 29

35] Lessons from Movement History – Apr. 29

36] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Apr. 29

37] Hiroshima/Nagasaki meeting – Apr. 29

38] Red Emma's meeting – Apr. 29

39] The Hour of Sunlight – Apr. 29

40] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 30

41] Nuclear weapons spending – Apr. 30

42] Book talk - "Unending Crisis: National Security Policy after 9/11" Apr. 30

43] Film "Reclamation and Resistance" -- Apr. 30

44] Nuclear Security – Apr. 30

45] Police abuse press conference – Apr. 30

46] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 30 – May 3

47] Protest the death penalty – Apr. 30

48] Freedom at Free School – Apr. 30

49] Support Fund Our Communities resolution – Apr. 39

50] Support NDAA resolution – Apr. 30

51] Occupy Movement – Apr. 30

52] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Apr. 30


29] – The 17th Annual March for the Animals is Sun., Apr. 29 at Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave.  It will be a fun-packed day of demonstrations, contests, entertainment and a 1.5-mile walk around Druid Hill Reservoir to benefit the Maryland SPCA.  To register, visit the March for the Animals website Registration opens at 9 AM, and the march is from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Call 410-235-8826.


30] – 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. 29, the topic is "Existential Faith: Choosing Ethical Culture" to be explored by Hugh Taft-Morales, BES leader.  Declaring oneself an existentialist draws a variety of responses – suspicion, interest, pity, blank stares. Many assume that existentialism breeds dark brooding cynicism. For Taft-Morales, however, existentialism is a source of commitment and joy – is he crazy? Call 410-581-2322 or visit


31] – 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

32] – Occupy Peace House Silent Art Auction is on for Sun., Apr. 29 from noon to 6 PM at 1233 12th St. NW, WDC 20005. Artists will have their work on display.  There will be a silent auction in a social setting. Contact Denise Valdez at 512-294-0232 or go to

33] – 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

34] – UU's and Increasing Income Inequality takes place on Sun., Apr. 29 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at the Board Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Income Inequality has increased dramatically in the U.S.A.  Changes in regulatory laws and practices have magnified the political power of wealthy individuals and corporations, resulting in extremes of wealth for the top 1% of the population, resulting in deprivation and growing social injustice, particularly among the most vulnerable.

Adam Wasserman, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfax will give an overview, review a draft statement to the UU community and lead a discussion on why it is critical for UU's to be a part of the solution. RSVP at 703-941-3707 or

35] – Self Determination in the Belly of the Beast: Popular Education and Lessons from Movement History takes place on Sun., Apr. 29 from 2 to 4 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC. This participatory workshop uses a social history timeline, movement experience, and small groups to explore lessons of past movements, especially the labor and black freedom struggles of the 20th century, for understanding today's movement. Topics include changes in society and how movements have to be located within historical conditions, victories and reforms won in past struggles, where these gains are in the early 21st century, and what this means for our current movement building and consciousness raising and political education work. Some exploration of Occupy within the current moment will also be included. RSVP at

36] – 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.


37] – The second meeting of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital area will be held on Sun., Apr. 29 at 6 PM at 1213 Girard St. NW, WDC 20009 (Columbia Heights Metro). At the last meeting, it was decided to send a youth from All Souls Church to the World Conference Against A & H Bombs and to attend the world premiere in Hiroshima, Japan of the documentary film about the Honkawa School/ All Soul's Children's Drawings. Nihon Hidankyo will be asked to send a delegation of 2 Hibakusha this August. Call John Steinbach at 703-822-3485.


38] – 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. 29. 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


39] – On Sun., Apr. 29 at 7 PM, join Jen Marlowe as she reads from and discusses "The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker" co-authored by (and the story of) Sami Al Jundi. The book offers a perspective sorely missing from the media's portrayal of Palestinians. Marked by honesty, humor, pain, and, ultimately, compassion for all Palestinians and Israelis, THE HOUR OF SUNLIGHT charts an inspiring journey of perseverance and personal transformation. In so doing it illuminates the Palestinian experience through the story of one man's impassioned struggle for peace with justice.

 The event at the Bethesda Jewish Congregation/Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817 is co-sponsored by the Bethesda Jewish Congregation and Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.


40] – 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. 30, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


41] – On Mon., Apr. 30 at noon, Christopher Preble, Cato Institute; Russell Rumbaugh, Stimson Center; and Laura Peterson, Taxpayers for Common Sense, will examine "Nuclear Weapons Spending in the 2013 Budget." The event sponsored by the Cato Institute takes place in B-354 Rayburn House Office Building, WDC.  RSVP at


42] – On Mon., Apr. 30 at noon, Thomas Graham, former Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament, will talk about his book "Unending Crisis: National Security Policy after 9/11" at George Washington Univ., Linder Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Sixth Floor, WDC 20052.  RSVP at


43] – A documentary film screening "Reclamation and Resistance" about the poor in Bolivia by UMBC student researcher Stefanie Mavronis will be shown on Mon., Apr. 30 at the AC IV Room 145 at noon.


44] – On Mon., Apr. 30 from 2 to 4 PM., Corey Hinderstein, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Laura Holgate, National Security Council, Han Choong-Hee, South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Richard Weitz, Hudson Institute, tackle "The Nuclear Security Summit Process: Accomplishments and Lingering Challenges" at the Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, Sixth Floor, WDC. RSVP to Richard Weitz at


45] – On Mon., Apr. 30 at 5 PM, the Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Committee will hold a press conference featuring the family members and witnesses of the unjustified police shooting in West Baltimore and the Eastside jobs protesters who were abused by police. It will take place at 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, and the Committee will announce its intention to win justice in both of these cases and to hold a Citywide Peoples Assembly where community members will be able to testify at a formal hearing on police abuse and misconduct. Call 410-500-2168.


46] – 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   


47] – 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. 30. Call 410-366-1637.


48] –  

"Freedom" is central to many people's lives and politics, but what is it? In this class, Freedom: Metaphysical, Social, and Political Issues, you will learn about and explore freedom as a metaphysical puzzle, a social status, and political ideal. The class will meet Mondays Apr. 30 and May 7 and 21 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 512 W. Franklin St.  Call 202-641-8209.  See


49] – 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 Mon., Apr. 30 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.


50] –  Support NDAA resolutions in Montgomery County by joining the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition 7:30 PM on Mon., Apr. 30 in the Takoma Park City Council room, 7500 Maple Ave. and hold up a small "SAVE DUE PROCESS" sign. Email contact or go to

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

51] – Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program Critical Conversations on Civic Issues: "People Power" Series presents: "The Occupy Movement: What Does It Mean for Social Change?" It is happening on Mon., Apr. 30 from 7 to 9 PM at Univ. of Maryland, College Park, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1.


Inspired by popular uprisings in the Arab Spring and Europe, a few thousand people converged on Zuccotti Park in New York City on September 17, 2011 that launched a national, and then international, movement to seek a more democratically accountable and equitable future in the wake of the global economic crisis. Targeting the role of Wall Street banks and large corporations and government leaders in contributing to greater wealth and income inequality, the Occupy movement of popular protests grew to over 1,500 cities worldwide. Be at a stimulating panel discussion on the potential and challenges of the Occupy movement! Go to


52] – The Pledge 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. 30.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


The proposed agenda will include reports on the anti-drone organizing, Bradley Manning, a Don't Bomb Iran Rally and the NSA. 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


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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