Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Apr. 20 - Aug. 10, 2014

58] An Enlightened Future -- Apr. 20
59] Peace and Pancakes – Apr. 20
60] Seder in the Streets – Apr. 20
61] Baltimore Parenting Beyond Belief meetup – Apr. 20
62] Nontheistic Passover Seder -- Apr. 20
63] Roy Zimmerman concert -- Apr. 20
64] Pentagon Vigil -- Apr. 21
65] Job with United Workers -- Apr. 23
66] Save the date! - Aug. 10
67] Max is seeking a place to live
68] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
69] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
70] Join Fund Our Communities
71] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
72] Do you need any book shelves or file cabinets?
73] Join Global Zero campaign
74] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
75] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

58] -- 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 AM to noon. On Sun., Apr. 20, the platform address is “An Enlightened Future for All, but When?” It will be delivered by Stuart Jordan, president, Institute for Science and Human Values. This country was born at the height of the Enlightenment, yet outside of educated circles we seldom hear of this great humanistic movement today. The central idea of the Enlightenment was progress, especially toward a better world for people everywhere. Dr. Jordan will discuss how well we have progressed and where we have stumbled, concluding that societal progress will continue, but only if universal education in critical thinking and civic mindedness are significantly improved.

Jordan is a retired NASA Senior Staff Scientist and holds a Ph.D. in physics and astrophysics. He has held leadership positions in three humanist organizations, and he is author of the recently published book “The Enlightenment Vision–Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future” (Prometheus Books). Read more at http://ishv.net. Call 410-581-2322 or email ask@bmorethical.org.

59] -- 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.

60] -- There is a Seder in the Streets: Jews in Solidarity with the #Not1More Deportation Hunger Strikers on Sun., Apr. 20 from 11 AM to 1 PM in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. Each day more than 1,000 people are deported from the U.S. They are torn apart from family, community and loved ones. By the end of this month, two million people will have been deported by the Obama Administration, amid Congressional inaction on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The President can take concrete, bold and necessary actions to turn back the deportation dragnet. We must act not out of charity, not out of guilt, but from a place deep inside our hearts that tells us that this injustice is too close to home to remain silent. Use this moment to hear the stories of people fighting for their liberation today. Join the hunger strikers for a Seder in the Streets to send the message to Obama say #Not1More Deportation! See https://www.facebook.com/events/229762073891967/.

61] – There's a full day of activities this Sunday at the Baltimore Ethical Society for those who seek an alternative to traditional religious celebrations. At 3 PM, join the Baltimore Parenting Beyond Belief meetup for a family board game party. Details at http://meetu.ps/2jCKHC .

62] – At 5:30 PM, the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah will hold a nontheistic Passover Seder at Prologue in Pikesville. If you are curious about how a humanistic Seder can emphasize culture without prayers, this is your chance. The pot-luck Seder is free. RSVP to Bob Jacobson at bobboj@aol.com .

63] – At 8 PM, join the Baltimore Coalition of Reason to hear a concert by singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman at the Baltimore Ethical Society. A social hour starts at 7PM. The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable. The “Blue Dot Tour” is ninety minutes of these songs - funny songs like “The Faucet’s on Fire!” and “I Want a Marriage Like They Had In the Bible,” heartfelt songs like “Hope, Struggle and Change” and “I Approve This Message.” The cost is from $5 to $25, and BES will accept BNotes at the door. There is a sliding scale, pay what you can. Visit the Baltimore Coalition of Reason at http://BaltimoreCoR.org/.

64] -- 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., Apr. 14, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email artlaffin@hotmail.com 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.

65] – The United Workers is looking to hire a Leadership Organizer, who will specialize on communications and organizing. The salary is $40,000, and the application deadline is Wed., Apr. 23. To apply, download the application at http://unitedworkers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/UWJobApplication_2014.pdf. Complete the application, and send it, together with a cover letter and resume to info@unitedworkers.org or to United Workers, PO Box 41547, Baltimore, MD 21203. If you are sending this via email, you should include your last name and “Leadership Organizer Position 2014” in the subject line. In your cover letter, tell a story about yourself, and how you found out about this opportunity and why you are called to be a Leadership Organizer.

UW seeks the unique person whose skills and experiences are in both storytelling and organizing. As a storyteller, s/he is someone who can write the story as well as push it in the press, asserting the narrative frame, and helping to shape public discourse and policy debate. As an organizer, s/he is someone who has experience in community organizing, base-building, and leadership development. Leadership Organizers must be highly self-managing and committed to the vision and values of the organization.

66] – SAVE THE DATE!!!!! Get over to "Family Fun" night to raise funds for Dr. Mutulu Skakur and the development of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to free our Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War. It will take place at Skateland North Point, 1113 Old North Point Rd., Baltimore 21222, on Sun., Aug. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Admission is $10 which includes skate rental. Contact Abdul-Jabbar at 610.621.0699 (Maryland State Jericho). Go to http://mutulushakur.com/site/.

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

68] -- Ronda Cooperstein has taken to social media, and is recording her opinion pieces on You Tube. Check out her latest essay - THE WASHINGTON POST WITH TOAST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffj-Scno-5Q

69] -- The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

70] -- 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 www.OurFunds.org.

71] -- If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

72] -- Can you use any book shelves? Can you use any file cabinets? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

73] -- Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

74] -- 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.

75] – A 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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