Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Feb. 23-24, 2014

51] Vietnam Photograph Exhibit – through Feb. 23
52] Interfaith Council ‘s Interfaith Visitation Series – Feb. 23
53] Human Cost of Climate Change – Feb. 23
54] Why Animals Matter – Feb. 23
55] Peace and Pancakes – Feb. 23
56] Coffee Talk – Feb. 23
57] Baltimore Green Forum -- Feb. 23
58] Soul Kitchen Dinner Program -- Feb. 23
59] Let's Talk About Poland – Feb. 23
60] Film “The Trails of Muhammad Ali” – Feb. 23
61] Gaza Speaking Tour with Eva Bartlett -- Feb. 23
62] Pentagon Vigil – Feb. 24
63] Max is seeking a place to live
64] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
65] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
66] Join Fund Our Communities
67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
68] Do you need any book shelves or file cabinets?
69] Join Global Zero campaign
70] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
71] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
51] – An-My Lê's photographs come to the Baltimore Museum of Art's Front Room. 21 Black-and-white and color photographs explore the roles of the military and war, showing tensions between nature and human influence and machinery. The exhibit runs through Feb. 23 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443- 573-1700. Go to

52] – On Sun., Feb. 23 from 9 AM to noon, the Montgomery County Interfaith Council ‘s Interfaith Visitation Series will be at the Adelphi Friends Meeting House (Quakers), 2303 Metzerott Rd., Adelphi 20783--near New Hampshire Ave. and the 495 Capitol Beltway. To register, send an email to

53] – On Sun., Feb. 23 at 10:10 AM watch the live webcast of the Washington National Cathedral Sunday Forum. The conversation on the Human Cost of Climate Change continues with climate experts Robin Bronen and Alice Thomas. Go to

54] – 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. 23, the platform address is “Why Animals Matter” with Hugh Taft-Morales. In honor of the birthday of Charles Darwin, Taft-Morales will explore the use and abuse of animals by homo sapiens. Non-human creatures serve as pets, are served on plates, and are strapped down for product testing. As guinea pigs and companions they are fundamental to our lives, but we rarely consider them independent of their value relative to human projects. Have they inherent worth? Hugh will discuss some recent studies in animal cognition that may surprise us and affect how we see our fellow inhabitants of planet earth. He joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. Go to or Twitter: @bmorethical or Facebook: email Call 410-581-2322.

55] – 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.

56] – Attend Coffee Talk with Casey McKeel on Sun., Feb. 23 at 1 PM at Red Emma's, 30 West North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Colombia is known around the world for its coffee production. Yet what most folks don't know is that very little of the coffee is sold within the country, and the farmers and producers who export the coffee receive only a fraction of what it sells for in the Global North. Thread Coffee co-founder McKeel spent the month of March visiting coffee farms in Colombia, researching coffee trade and its impacts on communities, and establishing a relationship with Fondo Paez, where Thread currently buys their Colombian coffee. Casey will share a photo report back and interviews with farmers, looking at the dynamics of coffee trade on the ground in Colombia. The presentation will be accompanied by a cupping of Thread's Colombian coffee. Call 410-230-0450 or email

57] – The Baltimore Green Forum is meeting on Sun., Feb. 23 from 4 to 5:30 PM. This monthly environmental education and discussion forum also includes an optional affinity group meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson 21286. See The topic is Haven't You Heard that "You Are What You Breathe?" The Importance of Indoor Air Quality Told from an Environmental Perspective will be addressed by Aisha Dorn, founder and CEO, Lifeline Environmental, LLC. All of her life, she has been breathing in all Baltimore City has to offer. After graduating from Northwestern High School she attended Baltimore City Community College where she studied Environmental Science. She then participated in The Baltimore Center for Green Careers. In 2012 she and her now husband, Marc Dorn, started Lifeline Environmental, LLC with a mission to put the customer’s needs first by creating sound solutions to environmental plights that interfere with the health, well-being, and productivity of their everyday life by using our business model of environmental stewardship.

The Purpose of the Baltimore Green Forum is to seek to improve the quality of all life in the greater Baltimore area. The contribution to this goal will be to gather monthly in order to discern the progress towards regional sustainability that has already been achieved. Discover the connections amidst the chaos of the movement and build a community of like-minded individuals. Donations to the Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated. Go to or email or phone 410-554-0006.

The Baltimore Green Forum is co-sponsored by Simplicity Matters Earth Institute ~ Chesapeake Climate Action Network ~ Baltimore Green Currency Assn. - MD League of Conservation Voters Education Fund ~ Greater Baltimore Group of the Sierra Club - Heathcote Community ~ Retrofit Baltimore ~ Creation Care Group of the Presbytery of Baltimore and Interfaith Power and Light.

58] – The Soul Kitchen Dinner Program takes place on the fourth Sunday at 5 PM. Gimmie Shelter Productions, in conjunction with the Govans Presbyterian Church, is offering a catered dinner for the homeless and those in need at the church, 5828 York Road. 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.

59] – On Sun., Feb. 23 at 5 PM, hear Let's Talk About Poland - The Third Conversation, with Judith Kelly, FR. JERZY POPIELUSZKO AND HIS AMERICAN TRAVELS, at the Kosciusko Foundation, 2025 O St., NW, WDC 20036. Call 202-785-2320. Popiełuszko (September 14, 1947 - October 19, 1984) was a Roman Catholic priest from Poland associated with the Solidarity Union. He was murdered by three agents of the Polish Secret Police who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder. He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church and was beatified on June 6, 2010. This is a free event. An informal reception follows. Call 202-785-2320.

60] – See the film “The Trails of Muhammad Ali” on Sun., Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. ITVS Community Cinema (DC) presents this documentary, which explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel, the film examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. The film will be followed by a Q&A with David Zirin, sports writer for The Nation and author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Go to

61] – The Gaza Speaking Tour with Eva Bartlett is happening on Sun., Feb. 23 from 7 to 10 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. Having been active in Canada for a number of years in the pursuit of justice and peace for the Palestinian people, Eva will talk about Israeli brutality and the indiscriminate infliction of suffering on the people of Gaza. Her absolute solidarity, her desire to speak the truth of the human rights atrocities and widespread destruction of property perpetrated by the Israeli army all along the Gaza Strip, done with the silent complicity and financial support of the Canadian and U.S. governments and leaders, is an essential message that ordinary people need to hear and see in order that sufficient public moral outrage can be built and eventually become transformative, as it became in South Africa, we’re remembering in recent weeks with the death of Nelson Mandela, to overcome that apartheid regime. And it’s so hard to get in and out of Gaza that most activists have concentrated on the settlements and other policies related to the occupation in the West Bank, thus making her witness about Gaza even more important. Visit

62] – 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. 24, 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

63] – 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.

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

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

66] – 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

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

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

69] – 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.

70] – 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.

71] – 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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