Saturday, September 19, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - September 19 - 22, 2015

54] Dorothy Day symposium – Sept. 19 - 20

55] Discussion of Laudato Si, the papal encyclical on the environment – Sept. 19

56] Volunteer at the H Street Festival --- Sept. 19

57] Vegan Soulfest – Sept. 19

58] People & Planet First -- Sept. 19

59] Communicate Effectively --- Sept. 19

60] Film THE BLACK PANTHERS – Sept. 19

61] Pax Christi Wine & Cheese --- Sept. 19

62] Gala for Peace & Health – Sept. 19

63] Climate chaos, poverty & war actions – Sept. 22

64] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

65] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

66] Do you need any book shelves?

67] Join Global Zero campaign

68] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

54] –- “Lessons from Dorothy Day for 21st Century Christians” is being held at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. WDC.  This is a weekend with Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the McClendon Scholar-in-Residence Program stands where faith, intellect and justice intersect.

Some of the specific questions that will be raised during the weekend include: What is the meaning of “social mysticism” and what is its importance for today? How should Christians respond to the needs of the poor in our society? What type of wars, if any, can Christians support? How is Dorothy Day’s story relevant for contemporary Christians who are religious social activists of a different type? What things can we do regularly to help us more effectively embody love and justice in our daily lives?

“Dorothy Day and Social Mysticism” will be presented and discussed from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Sat., Sept. 19 in the Peter Marshall Hall. Child care will be provided.

On Sun., Sept. 20, Dr. Hinson-Hasty will be preaching at both worship services - 8:45 AM and 11 AM.  At 10 AM, catch “Living by an Authentic Ethic of Peace” presentation and discussion in Peter Marshall Hall.

On Saturday, free parking is available for those attending the program at Green City Parking on H St., between 12th and 13th Sts. On Sunday, street parking is free and the garage at 1399 New York Avenue NW is also free. The church is also just blocks from the McPherson Square stop on the Orange/ Blue Lines and the Metro Center stop on the Red, Orange/Blue Lines.

55] – On Sat., Sept. 19 from 10 AM to noon, the first of a three-part discussion of Laudato Si, the papal encyclical on the environment, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD.  The other Saturday mornings being Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.  Fr. Ralph Kuehner will talk about the main themes of the encyclical and Ms. Jodi Rose of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake will respond.  All sessions will include Q&A and refreshments. 

56] – On Sat., Sept. 19 from 11 AM to 7 PM, the H St. Festival. 400-1400 blocks of H St. NE. WDC, is happening.  It is known as DC's best neighborhood festival. With amazing food, live music and hundreds of vendors, it's a wonderful way to spend your day. Can you spend a few hours there helping the Washington Peace Center table?  Help with outreach to the crowds about peace and justice work.  Or volunteer to help set up or clean up or help sell t-shirts and buttons. Go to

57] – Baltimore, get ready for the 2nd annual Vegan Soulfest on Sat., Sept. 19 from noon to 6 PM at the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore 21215.  Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP at

58] – People and Planet First 2 is happening on Sat., Sept. 19 from 1:30 to 9 PM at the University of Baltimore, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore 2120.  Join a day of celebration and exploration of the new economy. There will be interactive workshops that will explore core elements of the New Economy movement. Each session will connect local, national, and global issues. Learn together about the compelling conceptual framework that unites all of these various pieces and get ideas for creative constructive action. Register at

The evening event, People and Planet First: A Multi­generational dialogue on Maryland's Future, will feature Greenpeace USA Director and Story of Stuff founder Annie Leonard, in a multi­generational dialogue on Maryland's Future. Also featured will be the Democracy Collaborative's Gar Alperovitz, Progressive Maryland's Larry Stafford, and Climate Change MD Coordinator Larissa Johnson, moderated by Institute for Policy Studies Director John Cavanagh. Through dialogue among these leaders and with the audience, the panel will chart futures for Maryland that are good for workers, climate, and democracy.

59] – Paulette Hammond wrote that she has retired from Maryland United for Peace and Justice.  Check out the newly revised website, . Can you “Friend” MUPJ on Facebook? Share feedback about the website.

Since she “retired” from organizing the annual Peace Conference (and attendance has been dropping off), and no one has volunteered to replace her, the Coordinating Body has decided to focus on presenting workshops and summits throughout the year. MUPJ will continue to hold the high school Fred Benjamin Peace Awards; they will most likely be part of a Summit in the spring of each year. Share your input on topics for workshops and summits. You can reach Paulette at 443-418-5479 (c).

On Sat., Sept. 19 from 2 to 5 PM at the Adelphi Friends Meeting, 2303 Metzerott Rd., Adelphi, MD 20783, engage in a workshop Communicating Effectively in a New and Shifting Environment with Scott Ward, principal, Fifth Estate Communications.  Go to

Discuss and do hands-on exercises to help develop an effective communications strategy for your organization. Cover communications theory, organizational structure and how to integrate what you say about yourself, how you say it, and whom you say it to, into the change you’re hoping to make happen in the world.  The workshop will not be focusing on tactics like media outreach, social networking or building websites. Participants will leave with the tools they need to work with colleagues, board members and volunteers on developing their own strategic communications plan.

The workshop is sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice.  Visit RSVP to Paulette, or 410-747-3811.  Refreshments will served.  Donations are welcome. 

60] – Go to the E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Sept. 19 at 4:30 PM, as the Advancement Project and Firelight Media presents “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” film screening and Q&A moderated by Advancement Project General Counsel and Managing Director Edward A. Hailes, Jr. with producer Laurens Grant. Admission open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  Tickets are $9. Visit

61] –  The next 30th anniversary event is a Wine & Cheese reception on Sat., Sept. 19 at Chuck and Pat Frascati’s house, 9110 Topwood Court, Baltimore 21234, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This event is free. And the only “purpose” is socializing with fellow chapter members and friends of Pax Christi Baltimore. Email Chuck Michaels [].

62] –PSR is organizing the Climate Health Summit: Creating Health Leaders on Climate Change. Are you interested in training on the health threats of climate change and the health benefits we’ll receive if we take action now? The conference takes place on Sun., Sept. 20, and on Mon., Sept. 21 educate our legislators at the Capitol. Please join experts to learn about climate change communications and climate solutions.  On Sat., Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, PSR is hosting the Gala for Peace and Health at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Ct. NW, WDC 20008.  Go to

63] -- The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is planning an action on September 22 in the D.C. area. We will gather at 10 AM in Rep. Paul Ryan’s office to challenge him that the wars must end, that Mother Earth must be saved and that we must eliminate income inequality. We will occupy Rep. Paul Ryan’s office.

After delivering a letter and speaking with staff members, we will next gather for a rally in Murrow Park, before arriving at 1 PM at the White House.  There we will try to deliver a letter to the White House, raise the same issues and risk arrest. Let Max know if you can join us in D.C. for this action. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

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

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

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

67] -- 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.

68] – 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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