Saturday, June 21, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - June 22 - Aug. 10, 2014

64] “The Nature of Science and Myths about the Scientific Method” – June 22
65] Peace and Pancakes – June 22
66] Film "The New Black" – June 22
67] Soul Kitchen Dinner Program – June 22
68] Pray for Peace – June 22
69] Pentagon Vigil – June 23
70] PEACE CAMP 2014! – weeks of June 23 through Aug. 11
71] "The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impacts on its Neighbors" – June 23
72] Adopt a cat or two – through June
73] Save the date! - Aug. 10
74] Support a Peace Camp
75] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
76] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
77] Join Fund Our Communities
78] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
79] Do you need any book shelves or file cabinets?
80] Join Global Zero campaign
81] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
82] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
64] - 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., June 22, the platform address is ““The Nature of Science and Myths about the Scientific Method.” Professor Amy Trauth-Nare will talk about the characteristics that make science a unique way of knowing and understanding the world. She will also discuss common misconceptions regarding the nature of scientific knowledge and scientific inquiry. Call 410-581-2322 or email
65] - 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.

66] – On Sun., June 22 from 5 to 7 PM, see the film "The New Black," an Institute for Policy Studies and Community Cinema [D.C.] preview that tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film by Yoruba Richen interviews activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. Call 202-234-9382, email or go to

67] – 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.

68] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Sun., June 22 at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St., corner of N. Calvert and Madison Ave. Direct your correspondence to Charles Cloughen at or 410-321-0199.

69] -- 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., May 26, 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.

70] -- Little Friends for Peace is running several Peace Camps. Engage your child in peace through dance, music, art, games, nature, stories and much more at PEACE CAMP 2014! The 2014 Week-long camps run from the week of Mon., June 23 through the week of Mon., Aug. 11t. Call 301-927-5474 or email

71] – On Mon., June 23, from 9:30 AM until noon, Abdullah Baabood, Qatar University, Salah Elzein, Al Jazeera, Bijan Khajehpour, Atieh International, Afshin Molavi, New America Foundation, and David and Marina Ottaway, Wilson Center, will address "The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impacts on its Neighbors" at the Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC. RSVP at

72] – "An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." -- Martin Buber. To save lives and find homes for hundreds of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the community, the Maryland SPCA is participating in the 6th annual Baltimore 500: A Race to Save Lives adoption promotion! During the month of June, national Adopt-A-Cat month, the MD SPCA along with the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA) partners, BARCS and Baltimore Humane Society, will waive adoption fees for cats and kittens.

All cats and kittens available for adoption are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Baltimore 500 adopters will receive a goody bag as well as a free wellness exam for their cat/kitten from the Cat Hospital at Towson (CHAT). All regular adoption procedures apply. Last year, more than 700 cats and kittens found new homes during the Baltimore 500, and since the inaugural event in 2009, there have been 3,255 adoptions. Go to . Email

73] – 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

74] – Can you help out the Nawal G. Rajeh Peace Camp? Nonviolence and positive conflict resolution is taught to children while providing them a summer camp, fun experience. This year's camp is for four weeks at the 29th Street Community Center in the Harwood neighborhood and three weeks at the Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby Community Center at St. Frances Academy in Johnston Square, both East Baltimore neighborhoods.

There will be morning classes to help the young persons, ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old, retain their school based skills writing about "peace heroes" and reading books that encourage positive communication. The afternoons will be filled with activities such as swimming, art, music and free time in the gyms. Some 70 children will attend the camp. Can you make a contribution to support the Nawal G. Rajeh Peace Camp of 2014 and reach out to your network of friends? Funds will be used toward instruction in yoga, drumming, dance and art.

Greater Homewood Community Corporation will serve as the fiscal agent for Peace Camp. Checks should be made out to By Peaceful Means and mailed to GHCC, 3503 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Help keep children out of the extreme heat of the summer sun and from the dangerous bullets flying freely in our inner-city neighborhoods. Help make peacemakers, while keeping them safe.

75] -- 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:

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

77] -- 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

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

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

80] -- 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.

81] -- 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.

82] – 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; 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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