Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Apr. 3 through Apr. 13

44] Vigil for Rally at BWI Airport for Food Service and Retail Workers – Apr. 3

45] Jim Wallis has a new book – Apr. 3

46] Tour de Peace – Apr. 4 – July 3

47] Drone actions – Apr. 4 - 7

48] Walk For A New Spring – through Apr. 4

49] Free the MLK Files – Apr. 4

50] "Peaceful Nuclear Fuel?" – Apr. 4

51] Occupy the Department of Education – Apr. 4 - 7

52] Commemorate Martin Luther King – Apr. 4

53] First Thursday antiwar demonstration – Apr. 4

54] Immigration reform – Apr. 4

55] Sexual Politics of Meat – Apr. 4

56] Modern Martyrs -- Apr. 4

57] Progressive Alliance Meeting – Apr. 4

58] MUPJ Conference – Apr. 12 & 13, 2013

59] Job opportunity with PSR

60] Support Red Emma’s in its move

61] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

62] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

63] Join Fund Our Communities

64] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

65] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

66] Do you need any book shelves?

67] Join Global Zero campaign

68] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

69] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

70] Click on The Hunger Site

71] Fire & Faith

72] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

44] – Rally at BWI Airport for Food Service and Retail Workers on Wed., Apr. 3 at 3 PM at BWI – outside Southwest Departure terminal. Go to

45] – On Wed., Apr. 3 at 7 PM, join Jim Wallis and Donald Miller for the launch of Jim's new book, "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good." The event will be at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009. After giving a brief talk about the book, Jim will be joined by Donald Miller for a discussion about the common good. Don is the author of the best-selling book, "Blue Like Jazz," and the creator of Storyline. Aaron Graham, lead pastor of the District Church, will moderate. Afterwards, books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP at Email

46] – From Thurs., Apr. 4 through Wed., July 3 follow the Tour de Peace across the country. Visit

47] – From Thurs., Apr. 4 through Sun., Apr. 7, there will be actions around the country directed at drone manufacturing facilities to call for an end to manufacturing weaponized and surveillance drones. Contact Joe Scarry at

48] – Walk for a New Spring on Thurs., Apr. 4 at 8 AM at the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, 4900 16th St. NW. The Walk for a New Spring began in Leverett, Mass on Feb. 15 and ends in Washington, D.C. on Apr. 5. It is organized by the community of the New England Peace Pagoda. The Walk for a New Spring addresses all stages of the nuclear fuel chain and nuclear weaponry from uranium mining to the radioactive waste left behind from nuclear facilities and combat zones where radioactive isotopes are used. This year they focus on the impact of thousands of abandoned uranium mines on Traditional Native People's land and the risks climate change events such as Hurricane Sandy pose to poor communities living near nuclear reactors. Contact Tim Bullock at or 413-485-8469.

49] – 45 Years is Enough! Free the MLK Files, Find the Truth. COPA will leaflet the crowds on Thurs., Apr. 4 all day at the Independence Ave. entrance to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. to call for the full release of all records relating to the life and death of Dr. King. That date marks the 45th anniversary of his murder.

More than 60,000 pages remained sealed about Dr. King from the investigation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the 1970s, under Congressional orders. Many executive agencies kept files on Dr. King, including the FBI, CIA and Army Intelligence which have yet to be released. Government spying on Dr. King’s family by Army Intelligence began with his grandfather and lasted until the day of King’s death. Other federal, state and local agencies and courts, as well as foreign countries still have classified or hidden records regarding Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and his assassination. These are part of public history and belong to us.

The recent Executive Order by President Obama to release all classified records buried for more than 25 years has been ruled not to apply to these records. COPA is approaching Congress again this session to introduce and pass a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Records Act to effect full release. Email See

50] – On Thurs., Apr. 4 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM, Frank von Hippel, former assistant director, White House Office of Science and Technology, Clinton administration; and William Tobey, former deputy administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Bush 43 administration, will take on "Should the U.S. Encourage South Korea and Japan to Make More 'Peaceful' Nuclear Fuel?" Sponsored by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, the event will be at 2200 Rayburn House Office Building, WSC. RSVP at

51] – Occupy the U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, from Thurs., Apr. 4 at 2 PM through Sun., Apr. 7 at 2 PM. There is an assault on Public Schools, and this occupation is organized by United Opt Out National. Visit

52] – On Thurs., Apr. 4, anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Brandywine Peace Community at 4 PM will be at the Phila. Federal Building, 601 Market St. Call 610-544-1818 or go to Resist "the evil triplets of American society: racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967.

53] – Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore for the monthly First Thursday antiwar demonstration on Apr. 4 from 5 to 6:30 PM at Charles and Centre Sts. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

54] – While members of Congress are home in their districts this week, they're meeting with constituents and getting a sense of how folks are feeling about the issues. That makes this a critical week for moving comprehensive immigration reform forward. Come out to the Week of Action event on immigration at 6 PM on Thurs., Apr. 4 at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. RSVP at

55] – On Thurs., Apr. 4 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., contributors Jennifer Grubbs & Katy Otto will read their essays from "Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat." When "The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory" by Carol J. Adams was published more than twenty years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists and animal rights activists alike. Never before had the relationship between patriarchy and meat eating been drawn so clearly, the idea that there lies a strong connection between the consumption of women and animals so plainly asserted. Call 410- 230-0450 or go to

But, as the 21 personal stories in this anthology show, the impact of this provocative text on women's lives continues to this day, and it is as diverse as it is revelatory. One writer attempts to reconcile her feminist-vegan beliefs with her Muslim upbringing; a second makes the connection between animal abuse and her own self-destructive tendencies.

56] – On Thurs., Apr. 4 at 7:30 PM, there will be a memorial – Modern Martyrs – on the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring Dorothy Stang (and other modern martyrs of the church) and what they have to say. The event, sponsored by the St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi group, takes place at 6701 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD.

57] – The Montgomery County Progressive Alliance Meeting takes place on Thurs., Apr. 4 at 7:30 PM at the Saignonese Restaurant, 11232 Grandview Ave., Wheaton 20902, 2 blocks from the Wheaton Metro station. The meeting will include informal brainstorming and coalition/movement building. Get together to discuss ways to make progress in the community, state and nation. Go to

58] – The 28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference [] will take place Fri., Apr. 12 and Sat., Apr. 13 at the Turner Memorial AME Church, 7201 16th Place, Hyattsville. Save these dates. Email

59] – There is a job opening for a Climate & Health Organizer with Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1111 14th St. NW, suite 700, WDC 20005. Call 202.587.5234. Go to

60] – Red Emma's is in the process of closing down the location at 800 St. Paul St., and reopening in a much larger new space on North Avenue in the fall. The collective is seeking your help. It's time to reinvent the project started in 2004 to build a self-sustaining progressive space in Baltimore, committed to providing a daily reminder that another world was possible and that there were people working in the city to build it.

Here's how you can help: donate money, buy books at the current store, provide skilled help, and share these needs. Email or go to

61] – Stephen Kobasa is hoping to do an exhibit of the work of Tom Lewis opening in May 2013 in New Haven, CT. It would include a variety of his paintings, drawings, silkscreen prints, book illustrations, posters, banners and sketchbooks. This would not only be a display of objects on a gallery wall, but would also involve events which would return Tom's art to the streets where it was originally meant to make conscience visible.

Contact Stephen if you are in possession of original work and would consider loaning it for a month long display. You can reach him at stephen.kobasa at or 203-500-0268.

62] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

63] – Fund Our Communities campaign is a grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget. Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures. Plan to join FOC on the March 23 Peace Bus from Baltimore to D.C. Go to

64] – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Baltimore's Indypendent Reader is looking for individuals interested in creating media - written, photo, audio, or video - that relates to issues like...economic justice, race, prisons & policing, environment, gender & sexuality, war & peace and more! If you would like to create social justice media, then email Visit

65] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

66] – Can you use any book shelves? Can you use any file cabinets? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

67] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees. This is an historic window of opportunity. With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.

68] – Visit the Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System at This link presents a wide range of insightful articles for criminal justice and legal professionals, both current and future. The project aims to be an objective, authoritative resource in the ever-changing court system.

69] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

70] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers. You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food. So consider clicking.

71] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View

72] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

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

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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