Thursday, June 12, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 12 - 14, 2014

36] 12th Annual I'll Be There Awards! – June 12
37] Good Food Gathering Town Hall – June 12
38] "Debate: War with Iran?" – June 13
39] Vigil for peace at White House – June 13
40] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – June 13
41] Discussion about a Peace Economy – June 13
42] Stop the drone war command center – June 13
42] Baltimore says no to misogyny – June 13
43] Silent peace vigil – June 13
44] Fundraiser for John Kiriakou – June 13
45] Ballroom Dancing – June 13
46] Fathers' Day Prayer Breakfast – June 14
36] – Go to the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW on Thurs., June 12 from 6 to 8 PM, for the 12th Annual I'll Be There Awards! Each year, DC Jobs with Justice honors one individual or organization from each of four constituencies - Community, Faith, Labor, and Student - for their outstanding solidarity and commitment to workers' rights and economic justice in Washington, D.C. Email or call 202-543-1540.

37] – We have too many people in our communities who suffer from hunger on a daily basis, and even more who confront the challenge of gaining access to healthy food choices. How do we find creative ways to provide fresh, healthy food to ALL of our community members? The next Good Food Gathering Town Hall meeting will address this question. Three panelists who are working in innovative programs will address "Donating Well: How can we donate in ways that can enrich our community?" The Town Hall will be at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, 101 W. 23rd St. on Thurs., June 12 at 7 PM. Marc Steiner will moderate the discussion with Willie Flowers, Executive Director, Park Heights Community Health Alliance, Christian Metzger, Executive Director, The Franciscan Center of Baltimore, and Arthur Morgan, Founder, Gather Baltimore.

The Town Hall is sponsored by Hopkins Baltimore Food & Faith Project, Interfaith Power & Light, and The Marc Steiner Show. Email Go to

38] – On Fri., June 13 from 9 AM to noon, Colin Kahl, Center for a New American Security, and the Georgetown University and University of Michigan debate teams, will participate in "Debate: War with Iran?" The debate is sponsored by Center for a New American Security, and it will be at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP at

39] – On Fri., June 13 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! The vigil takes place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

40] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, across from Israeli Consulate. It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

41] – The Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, will host a discussion about a Peace Economy on Fri., June 13 from noon to 1 PM. The longest period of war in U.S. history is finally coming to an end. This is the best opportunity since the end of the Cold War to reverse the massive post-9/11 expansion of the U.S. military-industrial complex and instead redirect our resources toward investments in our people. But so far, this post-war military downsizing is more meager than any of the ones that followed previous U.S. wars. What can we do about it? Miriam Pemberton, IPS Research Fellow and Director of the Peace Economy Transitions Project, will provide her experience working in this area to address these critical questions. You can participate in person or attend via webinar. Go to

42] – Do we want Schools...or Million$ for PA Drone Murder Command? Demonstrate to stop the drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station in Center City Philadelphia on the second Friday of the month, from 4 to 5 PM. These rush hour sign bearing and leafleting sessions alternate between the SEPTA entrance, NW corner at 15th & Market Sts., and the Bellevue Hotel, SE PA office of PA Gov. Corbett, head of PA Air Guard), 200 S. Broad St., Broad & Walnut Sts., Philadelphia PA. Pull the Plug on Drone Warfare and the Drone War Command Center... Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or

43] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The June 13 vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, reminds us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture.

44] – On Fri., June 13 at 7 PM, CODEPINK is hosting a fundraiser for John Kiriakou with FireDogLake at the new Pink House, 1241 Evarts St. NE, WDC 20018. Kiriakou blew the whistle on CIA torture, and now his family is in danger of losing their home. Help raise $30,000 for them by Father's Day! RSVP to

The host committee includes Kiriakou's sister Tina Moulis, Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of CODEPINK, Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake, CIA Whistleblower Ray McGovern, author David Swanson, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Col. Ann Wright, businessperson Andy Shallal, whistleblower Marcel Reid, and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Appetizers will be served. The suggested donation is $50.

In the U.S., those responsible for the crime of torture are free. But John, who blew the whistle on CIA torture, is in prison for 30 months, away from his wife and 5 children. The family needs $1,500 a month to pay the mortgage, and it is $30,000 behind. Donate online at

45] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St. Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be June 13. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

46] – You are invited to a Fathers' Day Prayer Breakfast on Sat., June 14 at 8 AM, and Bishop Jude Egbe with the Transformation Temple is the Guest Speaker. Support the men who are doing the best to present and support their children. RSVP to Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo of the Life Restoration Ministry, 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore 21216, at

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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