Saturday, February 15, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Feb. 16-22, 2014

52] Regional Workers Assembly – Feb. 22
53] “Choosing Concrete Solutions – Over Concrete Plans” – Feb. 16
54] Peace and Pancakes – Feb. 16
55] “Documentary, “Paul Robeson: Here I Stand” – Feb. 16
56] BDS debate – Feb. 16
57] Save the bonobos – Feb. 16
58] Pentagon Vigil – Feb. 17
59] Max is seeking a place to live
60] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
61] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
62] Join Fund Our Communities
63] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
64] Do you need any book shelves or file cabinets?
65] Join Global Zero campaign
66] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
67] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

52] – Due to this week's storm and a new storm forecasted for Saturday morning -- the Regional Workers Assembly has been rescheduled for Sat., Feb. 22 from 3 to 6 PM at Sharp Hall, 5828 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211. Call 410-218-4835. See Stay warm and safe, and check in on neighbors, friends and co-workers to make sure everyone is OK.

53] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to noon. On Sun., Feb. 16, the platform address is “Choosing Concrete Solutions – Over Concrete Plans” with Tyrone Barnwell, founder and director, 3 C’s Youth Initiative. Barnwell will report on the efforts of the 3 C’s Youth Initiative to block the proposed juvenile detention facility in Baltimore City (“Youth Jail”). 3 C’s is winning support from lawmakers at both the City and State levels. The State of Maryland commissioned the prestigious National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) to study the need for a Youth Jail. NCCD produced a report that identified specific scenarios with recommendations that if implemented would avoid needless costs to build any Youth Jail. The State is intentionally ignoring its own report and opting to push for more incarceration for more generations of African-American youth. None of the five NCCD Report scenarios requires any capital or construction costs. The recommendations would cost only a fraction of prison guards and other operational costs. NCCD showed proven approaches to beat back racist policies, but Governor O’Malley keeps pushing to incarcerate African-American youth.
Barnwell’s organization stands for Choose, Change, and Control. Learn more at Go to or Twitter: @bmorethical or Facebook: email Call 410-581-2322.

54] – Join the Kadampa Meditation Center for Peace and Pancakes on Sundays at 10:30 AM at KMC Maryland, 2937 North Charles St. All are invited to participate in guided meditation and chant praying for world peace. There will be a talk based on Buddhist thought followed by brunch. Call 410- 243-3837. Brunch is $5.

55] – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosts a presentation of the 1999 documentary, “Paul Robeson: Here I Stand,” starring Harry Belafonte on Sun., Feb. 16 at 2 PM at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Call 443-263-1800 or visit The price of a ticket is $8, while it is free for members, and children 6 and under get in for free; Maryland public school teachers (with ID) get in for free, for senior citizens (65+) it is $6, for youth (age 7 to 17) it is $6, and students (with valid ID) can see the film for $6.

56] – On Sun., Feb. 16 at 2 PM, join Jewish Voice for Peace for a debate with J Street-- Conflicting Views on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in Israel--at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville. Mark Gunnery of JVP-Baltimore will present the case for BDS at a moderated discussion hosted by the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah. He will be debating Rebecca Kirzner, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for J Street, who will argue against BDS. With the Maryland House and Senate considering anti-BDS legislation, the event couldn't be more timely. The debate will be moderated by Fred Pincus. Email

57] – There will be a book signing on Sun., Feb. 16 at 5 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW. When acclaimed author Deni Béchard learned of the last living bonobos—matriarchal great apes that are, alongside chimpanzees, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom—he was astonished. How could we accept the disappearance of this majestic species, along with the rainforest it calls home? The struggle to prevent the extinction of bonobos is far from easy, to be sure. The Congo has been devastated by war and aggressive resource extraction, and its people are often skeptical of foreign intervention. But Béchard’s moving account “Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race To Save Bonobos" is based on travels in the Congo and hundreds of interviews, and it reminds us that poverty does not equate to ignorance, that change requires more than wealth and power, and that only through collaboration can we make conservation go viral. Get to

58] – 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., Feb. 17, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649.

The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area.

By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr., and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM. No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr. Email

59] – Max is seeking a place to live. Let him know of any possibilities. He can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at net.

60] – Ronda Cooperstein has taken to social media, and is recording her opinion pieces on You Tube. Check out her Hollywood essay at

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

62] – 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. Go to

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

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

65] – 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.

66] – 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.

67] – 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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