Friday, September 19, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 19 - 27

63] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 19
64] "An Indigenous People's History of the United States" – Sept. 19
65] Screening of “Harvest of Empire”– Sept. 19
66] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 19
67] Breakfast with the Animals – Sept. 20 - 21
68] International Coastal Cleanup – Sept. 20
69] Peace Fair – Sept. 20
70] Olney Peace vigil – Sept. 20
71] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 20
72] DC VegFest – Sept. 20
73] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 20
74] Adams Morgan tour – Sept. 20
75] D.C. candidate forum – Sept. 20
76] United For Peace and Justice Climate Convergence, March and Assembly – Sept. 20 - 22
77] New Racism – Sept. 20
78] Make signs for Climate March – Sept. 20
80] Campaign Nonviolence – Sept. 21 - 27
81] At the White House – Sept. 23
82] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
83] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
84] Join Fund Our Communities
85] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
86] Do you need any book shelves?
87] Join Global Zero campaign
88] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
89] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
63] – 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 Sept. 19 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.

64] – On Fri., Sept. 19 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz presents "An Indigenous People's History of the United States." In the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly three million people. These individuals are the descendants of the fifteen million people who inhabited this land and are the subject of the latest book by this noted historian and activist. In the book, she challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist—designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. Empire. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

65] – On Fri., Sept. 19 at 7:30 PM, there will be a screening of “Harvest of Empire” in the Camilla Room at St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring. This is a documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of US intervention in Latin America (country by country, from 1980 until the present) and the immigration crisis we face today. From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, “Harvest of Empire” unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. Contact Joan Conway at

66] – 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 Sept. 19. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

67] – Eat breakfast alongside some of your favorite animals, including penguins, giraffes, and elephants. A same-day entry to the zoo is included with ticket price. The Breakfast with the Animals takes place through Sept. 20, Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30 to 10 AM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102 or see The cost for non-members is $65, and children under 2 get in for free.

68] – Come on out on Sat., Sept. 20 for the International Coastal Cleanup from 9 AM to noon. This trash cleanup is part of a series of events to educate residents about the problems of trash pollution and possible solutions, including a bill to reduce the use of disposable shopping bags, currently before the City Council. Anyone--participants or passersby--can also get a free reusable shopping bag so you can BMore Bag Smart! There are six neighborhoods in Baltimore where you can participate. Visit This is organized by Blue Water Baltimore, Waterfront Partnership, Trash Free Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Clean Water Action, and Parks & People, with support from the Ocean Conservancy and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.

69] – On Sat., Sept. 20 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM, there will be a Large Reaper Drone Replica and Brandywine Peace Community Display at Buckingham Peace Fair held at Buckingham Friends Meeting and School, Rts. 202 & 263 (just south of Peddlers Village). Enjoy local artists, crafts, live music, food, poetry, kids’ games, and Bucks County nonprofits whose focus is peace, community service and the environment. Go to

70] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Sept. 20. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

71] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

72] – Compassion Over Killing is proud to host the DC VegFest, founded by the Vegetarian Society of D.C. in 1997 as VegFest DC. This annual FREE vegetarian festival aims to highlight how easy and delicious it is to choose vegetarian foods in and around the nation’s capital. It will be held outdoors at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, WDC, on Sat., Sept. 20 from 11 AM to 6 PM. Go to

73] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 20. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

74] – Go to Sun Trust Bank Plaza, 18th St. and Columbia Rd., WDC, on Sat., Sept. 20 from 1to 3 PM and take a step back in time when Adams Morgan was populated by Native American People, who once made tools from quartz along rock creek. After they were displaced, slavery reared its ugly head and later institutionalized segregation divided the neighborhood. Learn about bank red-lining, leading up to the riots & police occupation in the 1960's and early 70's. Hear about the cultural contributions of immigration from Chile and Central America and the displacement caused by the conversion of apartment buildings into condominiums in the 1970s and 80s. Then hear about the conversion of residential housing and local retail services into bars and nightclubs in the 1980's and 90's and how that process continues today with brief moments of push back and resistance. The tour will be presented and led by documentary film maker, researcher, preservationist and community activist Eddie Becker. Sign up to claim a spot:

75] – On Sat., Sept. 20 from 1 to 7 PM in Lamont Park, 3258 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC, Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, D.C. (Workers United of Washington, DC) will host a candidate forum for the Ward 1, At-large, and mayoral races focused exclusively on issues at the forefront for D.C.’s immigrant community. Washington Peace Center is pleased to endorse this forum.

This forum will give the candidates an opportunity to address ways in which the immigrant community can be more integrated within the D.C. community and civic life. Immigrants in D.C. are not invisible any more. They represent a large proportion of the city’s population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, over 13% of D.C.’s population is foreign-born. Today immigrants play a significant role in D.C.’s economy and political life. This forum is being held during Hispanic Heritage month to highlight the important role that Latinos and other immigrants play in city life. Email

76] – Join United For Peace and Justice in New York City for the Climate Convergence, March and Assembly, Sept. 20 through 22: UFPJ will present a workshop, “Uniting Our Strategies to Stop War and Save the Planet,” at the People’s Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace Over Profit on Sat., Sept. 20. The workshop will take place at St. John’s University, 51 Astor Place, Room 107, NYC, from 12:30 to 2 PM. The workshop will feature Michael Klare, author of “Resource Wars” and “Blood and Oil,” and activists from a variety of movements who have worked together in the UFPJ context.

UFPJ will march with the Peace and Justice contingent in the People’s Climate March on Sun., Sept. 21. The march steps off at 11:30 AM. A Peace and Justice rally will precede the march starting at 10 AM. Meet us at 77th St. and Central Park West. Enter from 77th St. For the Subway, use 1 line to 79th St. Look for the UFPJ banner! The rally will feature Bill McKibben, Jim Hightower, Tony DeBrum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, Medea Benjamin, Antonia Juhaz, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Emma’s Revolution and more. Go to There are many buses coming from Maryland.

UFPJ invites member groups, friends and allies to join a Peace and Justice Assembly, Mon., Sept. 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM and 2 to 4 PM at 1199 SEIU, 310 W. 43rd St., NYC, and share information about what groups are doing and explore a strategic direction for the coming months.

77] – On Sat., Sept. 20 from 2 to 5 PM, join Empower D.C.'s 10th Annual Membership Meeting at the Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW, WDC, It will feature a panel discussion on the new racism in D.C. How are long-time, mostly Black residents of the city being affected by the influx of younger white people? Why do -- mainly Black -- city leaders push policies such as gentrification and school reform that hurt low and moderate income Black communities? This event is open to the public but voting is restricted to Empower D.C.'s members. Visit,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=55&cntnt01returnid=15%20.

78] – Come out to make signs, banners, and artwork for the People's Climate March on Sat., Sept. 20 from 5:45 to 7:30 PM at 21 Evarts St. NE (right off of North Capitol in the alley with tiny houses just south of Evarts). Some supplies will be available, but bring any extras you may have.

79] – On Sat., Sept. 20 at 3:30 PM, the Committee for Palestinian Rights invites you to the Howard County East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045, for GAZA: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Discussion themes are Israel’s Assault – the Role of the United States – How We Can Take Action. The featured speakers are Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian author, blogger, political analyst and social activist, and Mark Gunnery, Jewish Voices for Peace, activist and reporter. Email

80] – Campaign Nonviolence has organized a series of actions from Sun., Sept. 21 through Sat., Sept. 27. Go to Nonviolence, according to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is "the love that does justice." Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to build a culture of peace by mainstreaming active nonviolence and by joining the enduring nonviolent struggle to abolish war, end poverty, reversed climate change, and challenge all violence...

81] – ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE! On Tues., Sept. 23 at 1O AM at the White House, concerned citizens will seek a meeting with President Obama or a member of his staff about such concerns as climate chaos and environmental degradation, militarism and poverty. This action IS JUST one OUT OF 150 ALL AROUND THE US! SOME OF the CONCERNS are as follows, climate change/chaos, environmental degradation, poverty, militarism, a living wage for all, a new Middle East Policy, NSA-US Government-corporate spying, TORTURE, Shutting down Guantanamo, and ending the US drone program NOW!

We, the people, have been excluded from the decision-making about how our resources have been used, and ignored when we speak out. As a result we are faced with the destruction of our environment and the continued influence of the fossil fuel industry, the continuing wars of aggression and the bloated Pentagon budget, the profiteers of war and torture and the violations of human rights. We have been dismissed while poverty grows and human need is ignored at the expense of the wealthy corporate financial interests. ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE! Email or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

82] -- 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:

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

84] -- 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

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

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

87] -- 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.

88] -- 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.

89] – 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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