Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

31] Atheism in the military – May 20  

32] Get on Bridge for Peace – May 20

33] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – May 20

34] Malcolm X discussion – May 20

35] Film FOOD STAMPED – May 20

36] Red Emma's meeting – May 20

37] Celebrate Mary – RSVP May 20/event May 24

38] Pentagon Vigil – May 21

39] Impact of Citizens United – May 21

40] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 21 – May 24

41] Protest the death penalty – May 21

42] Obama & the Middle East – May 21

43] Money Management – May 21

44] Freedom class – May 21

45] Palestinian speaker – May 21

46] Film "Crossing the Line at the Border" – May 21

47] Support NDAA resolution – May 21

48] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – May 21



31] – 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., May 20, the topic is "For Country, Sans God: Humanism and Religious Hegemony in the Military" by Ryan Matthew Jean, captain, US Army Reserve. Since the earliest days of the republic, the Constitution's First Amendment has furnished a source of endless debate regarding religious intermingling in government affairs. Nowhere does this result in a sharper point of contention than in the rigid and demanding environment of the military. In this talk, Captain Jean discusses his take on the grand promise for true religious freedom in uniform and why the old adage of "no atheists in foxholes" is an argument against foxholes, not atheists. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


32] – 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


33] – 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.

34] – The Prison was my University: A discussion on Malcolm X and Education Behind Prison Walls" takes place on Sun., May 20 from 4 to 6 PM at Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  This forum will discuss the education and self transformation of Malcolm X in prison. SAMI (Students Against Mass Incarceration) will talk about their work inside prisons, particularly, working with the Friend of a Friend program (FOF). FOF was started as a mentoring program run by prisoners founded by Marshall Eddie Conway. It will include SAMI members at Howard U, Morgan State, and formerly incarcerated participants in FOF.  Call (202-332-1083.

35] – BloomScreen presents FOOD STAMPED on Sun., May 20 from 5 to 7 PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC 20010.  The film by Shira and Yoav Potash is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.  Nutrition educator Shira Potash teaches nutrition-based cooking classes... to elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an attempt to walk a mile in their shoes, Shira and her documentary filmmaker husband embark on the "food stamp challenge" where they eat on roughly one dollar per meal.  Along the way, they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America's broken food system.

After the screening there will be a discussion about the upcoming farm bill with members of Citizens Circle and Jeremiah Lowery, a community activist who works to ensure access to healthy food.  The suggested donation is $10 to support BloomBars. Free Popcorn and refreshments provided. Email 


36] – 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 May 13. 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


37] – Join the Shanti Yoga Ashram and the School of Life's extended community for the annual celebration in honor of Mary, Help of Christians, the Patroness, on Thurs., May 24 at 10:30 AM.  Be sure to RSVP for the vegetarian lunch by Sun., May 20. The event begins with a Mass celebrated by the Right Rev. James Weisman, OSB, Abbot of St. Anselm's Abbey, at 4217 East-West Hwy.  There will be interfaith prayers, songs and chants and two films.  The screenings will be at 4209 East-West Hwy. RSVP


38] – 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., May 21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


39] – To Amend or Not to Amend: The Impact of Citizens United is going to be discussed on Tues., May 22 at 12:30 PM at 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 1026-28, WDC 20036. Alliance for Justice is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion about 2010's Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision and possible solutions to the corrupting influence of big money in politics. It will start with a reception, and at 1 PM there will be a panel discussion with Jamie Raskin, Maryland State Senator, and others. A special welcome will be given by Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.  The event is free, but RSVPs are required.  Members of the media wishing to attend should RSVP to  Go to


40] – 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   


41] – 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., May 21, Call 410-366-1637.

42] – The Author Series Program hosts Fawaz Gerges who will speak to "Obama and the Middle East" on Mon., May 21 from 6 to 8 PM at UC-Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to distance the United States from the neo-conservative foreign policy legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and usher in a new era of a global, interconnected world. More than three years have passed since his inauguration, and the reality of President Obama's approach is in stark contrast to the ebullient and optimistic image that he originally offered. Taking stock of Obama's first three years in the White House, Mr. Gerges will place President Obama's engagement in the Middle East within the broader context of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11, and examine key areas that have posed a challenge to his Administration: negotiations with Israel and Palestine, troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, engagement with the Arab Spring, intervention in Libya, and the death of Osama bin Laden. Mr. Gerges' conclusion is sobering: the United States is nearing an end to its "moment" in the Middle East, arguing that the cynically realistic policy the US has employed since WWII - continued under the Obama Administration - is the root cause of the current bitterness and mistrust, and he will make the case that it is time now to remake American Foreign policy. There is a fee of $10 for non-members.  Members, students, interns and teachers get in free.  Go to or call 202.293.1051.

43] – How does your community association spend money and keep records of that money? Does your community association leadership understand your IRS obligations? CPHA's next Activate Your Inner Citizen: Workshop will teach skills related to Money Management for Community Associations.  On Mon., May 21, from 6 to 8 PM, join Betsy Yeomans, professional bookkeeper and treasurer of the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, who will present the best practices for community association management of funds, from budgets to tax filing and from reporting to bookkeeping. Register at or call 410-539-1369 x107.


44] –  

"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 May 21 at 6:30 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 512 W. Franklin St.  Call 202-641-8209.  See


45] – A Palestinian speaker is coming to Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., just west of York Rd., on Mon., May 21 at 6:30 PM. Dr. Abdel Fattah Abu Srour, the director of the Palestinian Al Rowwad Cultural and Theater Center ( and the president of the Palestinian Theater League. You will hear him speak about "beautiful resistance," a fusion of the arts, human rights, justice and active nonviolence, all embedded, of course, in the current political reality of the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

Dr. Abusrour is an impressive person, an eloquent speaker, a social entrepreneur, a peacemaker, an artist, a poet, and a playwright. His center, Al Rowwad, builds community, grows hope and cultivates peace through the arts with youth from Aida Refugee camp (Bethlehem) and other camps in the Palestinian territories. Dr. Abusrour's community organizing efforts have spread throughout the West Bank, and recently internationally in his role as one of the organizers of the recent Flytilla campaign. If you feel led, donations will be accepted for Al Rowwad Center.



46] – On Mon., May 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, see the shocking PBS film "Crossing the Line at the Border".  This film exposes the brutal border patrol murder of Hernandez-Rojas.  There will be an update on the Maryland immigrant rights and Dream Act.  Finally, there will be a special commemoration of Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh.  Both were born on May 19.  Enjoy light refreshments.  Call 443-469-7265.

47] – The Big Day: Support the NDAA resolution on Mon., May 21 from 7:30 to 10 PM at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.  The Takoma Park City Council will decide whether to pass the NDAA resolution. Join in support of... urging repeal of the NDAA's "indefinite" or "preventive detention provisions, stating that the authorization of military force ends with the end of combat in Afghanistan, and requiring city agencies not to cooperate with federal ones acting under the NDAA by standing in support of designated speakers during Takoma Park City Council's consideration of this agenda item. You can show support at the meeting by holding up this flyer:  Go to



48] – 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 May 21.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


The proposed agenda will include reports on visiting the office of John Sarbanes, the protests against the G-8 and developments regarding the trial of the NSA 14 arrested at the National Security Agency on Oct. 9, 2011.  Let Max know of any additional agenda items. 


Support NDAA resolutions in Montgomery County by joining the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition 7:30 PM on Mon., May 7 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

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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