Sunday, May 10, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - May 9 - 12, 2015

24] “Teaching Good: Praxis, praxis, praxis” – May 10
25] Books for prisoners – May 10
26] Pentagon Vigil – May 11
27] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 11 – May 15
28] The Social and Economic Costs of Climate Change on Children's Health -- May 11
29] "India's Nuclear Policies: One Year Later" May 11
30] Washington Peace Center’s annual appeal – May 11
31] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – May 11
32] Stop Drone Attacks – May 12
33] Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare – May 12
34] Peace vigil – May 12
48] No JHU Drone Research – May 12  

24] – 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 May 10, hear an address “Teaching Good: Praxis, praxis, praxis.”  Today crumbling neighborhoods, budget cuts, overwhelmed teachers, and “teaching to the test,” hamper our educational system and put our nation at risk. In the 19th Century many reformers saw public education as the best way to create a just society. In founding Ethical Culture, Felix Adler put education at its heart. Embracing aspects of Rousseau, Froebel, and Dewey, Ethical Culture supported innovation and created free public kindergartens and the Workingman’s School. To help students and society flourish today, Hugh Taft-Morales suggests we emphasize some important elements of Ethical Humanism’s approach to education: faith in the natural goodness of children, and “praxis,” an educational theory emphasizing the continuous cycle of reflection and action — testing theories by applying them to the social and civic world.

   Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. Call 410-581-2322 or email

25] – Come to the Foundry United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1500 16th St. NW, WDC on Sun., May 10 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM and donate baked goods.  Also come and purchase a treat for Mother's Day!  Since 1999, DC Books to Prisons Project has provided free books to prisoners around the country. The work is done solely by concerned volunteers on donated time and resources. Yearly, they send out over 3,000 packages directly to prisoners. Pack every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 PM at Foundry United Methodist Church.  First time volunteers are asked to come to orientation at 6:30 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Paperback book donations and postage are appreciated. See Call Chris Matthews at 202-688-1082.

26] -- 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 11, 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. 

27] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at  

28] – Get over to the Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, sixth floor auditorium, WDC on Mon., May 11 at 1 PM for The Social and Economic Costs of Climate Change on Children's Health: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?  The event is presented by the Center for Environmental Policy at American University's School of Public Affairs, the Children's Environmental Health Network, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

This half-day forum will address the social and economic implications of and strategies for addressing the impacts on children's health resulting from climate change. The event will include discussions with policy experts, representatives of environmental organizations, public health experts, and economists.  Speakers include Sylvia Brandt of the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Lisa Brown of the National Association of County and City Health Officials; Ruth Etzel of the Environmental Protection Agency; Leslie Fields of the Sierra Club; Daniel J. Fiorino of the Center for Environmental Policy at the American University School of Public Affairs; Nsedu Obot Witherspoon of the Children's Environmental Health Network; Lisa Palmer of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center; Leonardo Trasande of the New York University School of Medicine; Maaike Jansen of the United Nations Environment Programme; and former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly. RSVP at

29] – On Mon., May 11 from 3 to 4:30 PM, R. Rajaraman, Jawaharlal Nehru University, will address "India's Nuclear Policies: One Year Later" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 212-C Conference Room, WDC. RSVP at or at (202) 741-3921.

30] – On Mon., May 11 from 6 to 9 PM, join the Washington Peace Center, 1525 Newton St., WDC, for its annual appeal. Come help us stuff envelopes and eat pizza, chat, and get more money for WPC! Reach out to Darakshan Raja to RSVP for the Appeal at or at 202-234-2000.

31] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence.  The next meeting will be on Mon., May 11. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, John Sarbanes/Ben Cardin, EPA to the Pentagon, JHU graduation peace diplomas, and Hiroshima Commemoration. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

32] –  On Tues., May 12 at noon, join the Philadelphia Anti-Drone Network Sidewalk Anti-War Appeal at the Air Force Recruiting Station, 1600 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, just south of Cecil B. Moore Ave (Temple University subway stop).  Drone operators [“computer pilots”] are being drawn from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard for drone war command centers across the country, such as the one at the Horsham Air Guard Station, outside of Philadelphia.  Just Walk Away, Stop Drone Attacks and Policy of 'Endless War", End the Killing. Contact the Brandywine Peace Community at (610) 544-1818 or

33] – On Tues., May 12 at 1 PM, join the Washington, D.C.-based Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, 415 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC for an update on Congressional activities, country-specific concerns, and find out how you can get more involved in the interfaith effort to end the use of drones and promotion of peace. Email or go to

34] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is May 12.  Call 215-426-0364.

35] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on May 12  from 5:30 to 6:30  PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637

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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