Friday, November 21, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - November 21 - 23, 2014

69] Project Adopt – Nov. 21, 22, 23
70] Protest the SOA – Nov. 21, 22 & 23
71] See “Food Chains” – Nov. 21, 22, 23
72] Silent peace vigil – Nov. 21
73] "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age." – Nov. 21
74] Media interpretation of a poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish – Nov. 21
75] Ballroom Dancing – Nov. 21
76] Olney Peace vigil – Nov. 22
77] West Chester, PA demo – Nov. 22
78] Silent peace vigil – Nov. 22
79] Criminal Justice reform – Nov. 22
80] GMOM meeting – Nov. 22
81] Mother Earth Poetry Vibe – Nov. 22
82] Coalition of Immokalee Workers vigil – Nov. 22
83] Pray for Peace – Nov. 22
84] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
85] Join Fund Our Communities
86] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
87] Do you need any book shelves?
88] Join Global Zero campaign
89] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
90] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

69] – Come celebrate a Maryland SPCA milestone, a 500th adoption and one-year-anniversary at Project Adopt (in White Marsh Mall, upstairs next to JC Penney! The adoption fees for cats are waived, and there is a reduced adoption fee for kittens by half price on Fri., Nov. 21, Sat., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 23 at Project Adopt. Go to

70] – From Fri., Nov. 21 through Sun., Nov. 23, join thousands of teachers, farmers, students, unionists, queer folk, and environmentalists in converging at the gates of the School of the Americas (SOA; also known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, WHINSEC) to continue to reaffirm life and creativity in the face of Empire. Bring your flags, your banners, your voice, your schools, and your communities. Engage in creative actions calling attention to continued US militarization in the hemisphere, and mobilize your networks to converge on Fort Benning, Georgia. Join thousands for a rally, music and street theater, an immigrant prison protest, nonviolent direct action, concerts, films, workshops & more. Call 202-234-3440.

71] – Go to the West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW, WDC, on Fri., Nov. 21 at 1 PM and join D.C. Fair Food as it hosts the premiere screening of “Food Chains,” the first ever feature length documentary featuring the Coalition of Immokalee Workers! Co-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser (producer of “Food, Inc.” and author of “Fast Food Nation”) and narrated by Forest Whitaker, the film features the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food as the long-sought solution to the exploitation faced by farmworkers in the US. “Food Chains" reveals the complicity of the supermarket industry in the abuse taking place in their supply chains, and calls on viewers to demand that food retailers like Publix and Wendy’s use their market power to eradicate farmworker exploitation by joining the CIW’s groundbreaking Fair Food Program.

See the film at one of these screenings: Fri., Nov. 21—1, 3:20 or 7:20 PM; Sat., Nov. 22--3:20 or 7:20 PM; and Sun., Nov. 23--3:20 or 7:20 PM. See

72] – 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 Nov. 21 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.

73] – On Fri., Nov. 21 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, Cory Doctorow presents "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age." As a Boing Boing blogger and science fiction author, he has a non-fiction book, which is an examination of the fight between copyright and culture on the Internet. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

74] – On Fri., Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 PM at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, over 40 artists from the United States, Europe, Canada and Palestine interpret this poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in all media, with the challenge of producing a piece 6 inches x 8 inches in size. Artwork includes painting, ceramics, mosaics, photography, drawing, metalwork, glass, sculpture, graphics and film. The interpretations range from abstract constructions of wood and paint to hand-forged copper to portraits to digital imagery. Artists have depicted specific lines from the poem, or used the words as inspiration for their own exegesis. Go to

75] – 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 Nov. 21. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

76] – 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 Nov. 22. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

77] – 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

78] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Nov. 22. 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

79] – Go to the University of Baltimore, Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, on Sat., Nov. 22 from 2 to 5 PM as the Baltimore City Delegation’s Criminal Law & Justice committee will be presenting a public hearing to discuss better police practices in Baltimore City, potential legislation for the upcoming 2015 legislative session, and to discuss two important categories in need of reform in the criminal justice system: Education/Training and Accountability. Visit

80] – The next meeting of the Baltimore County area team of "GMOM" - Get Money Out - Maryland (, aka the Maryland affiliate of, will include food and drink. Hear a short presentation on what happening, and how to win. GMOM is focusing on arranging meetings with state legislators and doing phone bank training.

The meeting is on Sat., Nov. 22 from 6 to 8 PM at 9100 Ramblebrook Road, Perry Hall 21236. Ask your state legislators to support and co-sponsor the resolution for the Democracy Amendment, SJ6 and HJ7 from last year. RSVP at Angad Singh: theindialink {at}

81] – On Sat., Nov. 22 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's, catch Mother Earth Poetry Vibe, featuring Natalie E. Illum. Enjoy autumn leaves, warm, fair trade coffee or tea. Though-provoking poetry. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Join us for a poetry/spoken word open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, family, and real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth magazine, come drop some progressive “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy!

82] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Sat., Nov. 22 at St. Mark’s Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville (one mile inside the Beltway). Email Charles Cloughen, Jr., Interfaith Peace Partners, coordinator, at or call 410-321-4545.

83] -- On Sat., Nov. 22 at 7:30 PM, join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and local allies are organizing a vigil at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, GW Plaza, WDC. The Coalition is calling on Wendy's Fast Food Restaurants to end its resistance and join the Fair Food Program -- a proven solution to farmworker exploitation. For decades, Florida farmworkers faced sub-poverty wages, wage theft, sexual harassment — and, in extreme cases, modern-day slavery — to harvest the food we put on our tables. The Coalition has led a historic struggle for farmworker justice, culminating in the Fair Food Program. To date, the CIW and its allies have convinced 12 major retailers to join the program, including Taco Bell, McDonald's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and most recently, Wal-Mart. Visit

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

85] -- 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

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

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

88] -- 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.

89] -- 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.

90] – 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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