Sunday, August 26, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

38] Pax Christi USA's Momentum Event – Sept. 7

39] Bridges for Peace – Aug. 26
40] Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD – Aug. 26
41] Women’s Equality Day – Aug. 26
42] Annapolis canvass for marriage equality – Aug. 26
43] The 6th African Diaspora International Film Festival -- Aug. 26
44] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Aug. 26
45] Soul Kitchen Dinner Program – Aug. 26
46] Red Emma’s meeting – Aug. 26
47] Pentagon Vigil – Aug. 27
48] Support Citizens United protesters – Aug. 27
49] Political Illustrations – Aug. 27 – Sept. 21
50] Death Penalty Vigil – Aug. 27
51] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 27 – Aug. 30
52] Columbia phone bank for marriage equality – Aug. 27
53] Book talk “The Education of a White Parent” – Aug. 27
54] Free School meeting – Aug. 27
55] Talk & film “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” – Aug. 27
56] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities – Aug. 27
57] Bradley Manning hearings – Aug. 28 – Aug. 31
58] War Is Not the Answer – Aug. 28
59] Book talk with Hip Hop artist – Aug. 28
38] – On Fri., Sept. 7, consider attending Pax Christi USA's Momentum Event at Trinity U. in Washington, DC. from 6 PM to 9 PM. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Thomas Gumbleton. For the dinner and program, there is a $50 per person admission. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register now at Call 202.635.2741 or email

39] – 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

40] – Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD on Sundays from noon to 4 PM at 106 Spring Ave. RSVP to

41] – There’s a Women's Equality Day Picnic with Hollaback! Baltimore

volunteers, supporters and friends will celebrate US Women's History with a potluck-style picnic on Sun., Aug. 26 at 1 PM at Patterson Park, 275 S. Patterson Park Ave. Call 443-869-4515 or go to

42] – Join an Annapolis canvass for marriage equality on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM at the UUCA Parking Lot, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. RSVP at

43] – The 6th African Diaspora International Film Festival continues with the film "Filling the Gap" on Sun., Aug. 26 at 3 PM at the Goethe Institute, 812 7th St. NW. Visit For tickets, go to

“Filling the Gap” is a spectacular docu-drama in its portrayal of historical characters like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and other lesser known African-Americans who made inventive and inspired contributions in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American History.

"Survivor" can be seen on Sat., Aug. 25 at 8 PM. In the D.C. premier, you'll see a visual testimony about life after sex-slavery and abuse. One woman's secret and fear to share what happened to her and almost ruined her life. Actress Brook Bello shares her story of survival from rape and sex-slavery in the US and goes on an emotional, spiritual and physical journey that will take her from suicidal thoughts, pain and addiction to a life of healing.

"The First Rasta" can be seen on Sun., Aug. 26 at 1 AM. It looks at the origins of Rastafarianism by way of the Leonard Percival. For many, initial exposure to the self-reliant tenets of Rastafarianism came through the life and music of Bob Marley. Fewer know that Marley, whose nickname was "Tuff Gong," the name of his record label to this day. That moniker is a tribute to the pioneer and thinker behind the movement itself, Leonard Percival "The Gong" Howell (1893-1981), the First Rasta!

44] – 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.

45] – Gimmie Shelter Productions in conjunction with the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, announces the Soul Kitchen Dinner Program. The fourth Sunday of every month, there will be a prepared catered dinner at 5 PM for the homeless and those in need in the Govans area. Musicians and singers are needed to provide entertainment, and helping hands are needed to set up, serve, clean up, and perhaps give other volunteers a ride home. Call 410-435-9188.

46] – 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 Aug. 26. 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

47] – 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., Aug. 27, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

48] – On Mon., Aug. 27 at 9 AM at D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, attend a jury trial for 6 people (Barahona, Cruz, Hall, Le, Rea, Silvestre) facing charges of Parading and Unlawful Entry of the Supreme Court of the United States that occurred on January 20, 2012. They were participating in the Occupy the Courts action protesting the Citizens United decision. Go to

49] – See the best editorial art selected from the 30-year history of INX, an artist-run illustration service--INX Battle Lines: Three Decades of Political Illustration—from Mon.,

Aug. 27 through Fri., Sept. 21 at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-223-2300 or visit

50] – 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., Aug. 27. Call 410-366-1637.

51] – 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

52] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Columbia phone bank on Mondays from 6 to 8 PM at 7246 Cradlerock Way. RSVP to

53] – Susan Naimark will discuss and sign her new book “The Education of a White Parent” on Mon., Aug. 27 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Sts. NW. Soon after enrolling her older son in a Boston public elementary school, the author began to see that opportunities offered to her kids were often unavailable to their classmates of color. She candidly describes her sometimes faltering efforts to create change in the school system, tracing what turns out to be the gradual transformation of a dismayed parent into a parent leader, school board member, and advocate for equal opportunities for all students.

Susan Naimark is an independent consultant who works with public school parents, grassroots groups, and nonprofit and public agencies to create responsive community institutions. She was a founder of the Boston Parent Organizing Network, a member of the school board for the City of Boston, and has served in leadership roles with several national nonprofit community development organizations. Susan’s home since 1977 has been the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, where she and her husband raised two now-adult sons. Go to

54] – The Baltimore Free School Collective meets every other Monday at 6:30 PM at 512 W. Franklin St. The next meeting will be Aug. 27.

55] – The All Peoples Congress and Workers World Party invite you to hear Larry Hales, a contributing editor of Workers World news paper who will talk about the history and significance of Black August. Also enjoy the award-winning film: “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” which shows never-before seen footage and commentary by artists such as Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Erykah Badu and Questlove. The talk and film take place on Mon., Aug. 27t from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Also get an update on recent news in the Mumia case. Email or call 443-221-3775.

56] – 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 Aug. 27. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

The proposed agenda will include reports on the vigils to support Bradley Manning & Julian Assange, arranging a meeting with Dutch Ruppersberger, and anti-drone actions, including a visit to the Hopkins campus on August 30.

57] – The pre-trial hearings for Bradley Manning start on Tues., Aug. 28 and continue through Fri., Aug. 31. For people interested in attending the hearings, they start at 9 AM in the Fort Meade Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade, MD. It is 2 miles from the Visitor Control Center. There is usually parking available near the courtroom. There are no electronic devices allowed through the security check to enter the courtroom-you must leave your mobile phone in your vehicle. Interested activists can email for carpooling.

To attend the hearing, go to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center. You should arrive an hour before proceedings are set to begin; if you arrive late, you should still be able to get into the courtroom later in the morning. Bradley’s lawyer, David Coombs, has expressed how both he and his client very much appreciate the presence of supporters in the courtroom.

There will be a vigil outside of the main gate at Fort Meade, Maryland 175 & Reece Rd, Fort Meade, MD 21113, from 7 to 9 AM on Aug. 28. Go to

58] – 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 Aug. 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

59] – On Tues., Aug. 28 at 6:30 PM at the Nyumburu Cultural Center, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, there will be a special book signing and discussion with local authors, Solomon Comissiong and Chen Chin, about their recent book, “A Hip Hop Activist Speaks Out on Social Issues and The Adventures of Flat Head.” Call 301-314-8439

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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