Saturday, March 12, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - March 13 -16, 2016

20] Food Insecurity – Mar. 13
21] Bernie Phone Banking – Mar. 13, 15 & 16
22] Film SALT OF THE EARTH – Mar. 13
24] “The Future We Want; Radical Ideas for a New Century”– Mar. 13
25] Pentagon Vigil – Mar. 14
26] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 14 – Mar. 18
27] Support GMOM in Annapolis – Mar. 14
28] The night before oral arguments – Mar. 14
29] Appeal to end CMUS – Mar. 15

20] – 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 Mar. 13, the topic is “Strategies to Reduce Food Insecurity.”  Food insecurity exists when a household has insufficient access to enough nutritious food to support an active and healthy life. People who are food insecure may skip meals, reduce the size of their meals, or may go hungry. Tam Lynne Kelley of Maryland Hunger Solutions will discuss the relationship between food insecurity, poverty, and health disparities. Strategies that have been proven to reduce food insecurity will be reviewed, including specific steps that BES can take to reduce food insecurity in our community.  Maryland Hunger Solutions, a state-wide non-profit that works to end hunger and promote well-being. Tam Lynne has worked in social services and public health for over fifteen years. Call 410-581-2322 or email

21] –   Phone bank for Bernie on Sun., Mar. 13 at 11 AM at 8011 Township Dr., Unit B, Owings Mills, MD 21117.  Get Out the Vote For Bernie! RSVP at

Join Bobby's Bernie Phonathon on Tues., Mar. 15 at 4 PM in North Patterson Park, 100 Rochester Place, Baltimore 21224. Call 570-506-3007. RSVP at
Phone Banking will take place in the Dolly Madison Room, Hamilton House, Americana Centre, 4 Monroe Place, Rockville 20850, on Wed., Mar. 16 at 5:30 PM.  Call 301-648-9316. Go to  This phone banking operation uses a campaign supplied voter database in an effort to help identify Bernie supporters and 'undecideds' in key primary states.  Participants will need to bring a laptop and cell phone (unless they have or decide to use Google Voice).  Use of a smart phone alone is also possible (ideally Android). Script and instructions will be provided.  Volunteers are welcome to arrive anytime during the three hour session.  Email

22] – On Sun., Mar. 13 from 5 to 7 PM at the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, there will be a special commemoration of the life of Berta Cáceres, a heroic Indigenous rights activist who was assassinated in Honduras! See the film "Salt of the Earth" a classic film that was banned in the 50's. It was one of the first movies to advance women's rights and draw the integral connection between racism, sexism and class. Its plot centers on a long and difficult strike, based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico. The film shows how the miners, the company, and the police react during the strike. The film opens with a narration from Esperanza Quintero (Rosaura Revueltas) the main character: "How shall I begin my story that has no beginning? My name is Esperanza, Esperanza Quintero. I am a miner's wife. This is our home. The house is not ours. But the flowers... the flowers are ours. This is my village. When I was a child, it was called San Marcos. The Anglos changed the name to Zinc Town. Zinc Town, New Mexico, U.S.A. Our roots go deep in this place, deeper than the pines, deeper than the mine shaft...." The film will begin at 5:15 PM. Visit

23] – On Sun., Mar. 13 at 4:30 PM get over to the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program, 2nd Sunday of the month, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19104 (corner of 37th & Chestnut Sts. in the University City section of the city with limited parking in the lot at the rear of the church). Bring main dish, salad, or dessert.  The program begins at 5:30 PM.  American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) national staffer, Kenyatta James, will speak on AFSC's GOVERNING UNDER THE INFLUENCE campaign to educate political candidates to overwhelming influence of corporations in shaping US policy highlighting three key issues: the immigrant detention quota, modernization of the nuclear arsenal, and the for-profit prison industry as the presidential roll on.

24] – On Sun., Mar. 13 at 7:30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, hear from Sarah Leonard and Bhaskar Sunkara present “The Future We Want; Radical Ideas for a New Century.” Democrat, Republican -- the list of presidential candidates confirms that business is proceeding pretty much as usual. In a sharp, rousing collective manifesto, ten young cultural and political critics dismantle the usual liberal solutions to U.S. ills and propose a pragmatic alternative.  What would finance look like without Wall Street? Or the workplace with responsibility shared by the entire workforce? From a campaign to limit work hours, to a program for full employment, to proposals for a new feminism. The book has the courage to think of alternatives that are both utopian and possible.  Call 443-602-7585.  See Go to

25] -- 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., Mar. 14, 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. 

26] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday fr6m 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

27] – Get Money Out of Maryland needs a strong showing to get SJ 2/HJ 8 out of the two Committees for votes by the full House and Senate. A particular focus will be on getting the support of House Speaker Mike Busch. (Dist. 30A, Annapolis, Dem.) Come to Annapolis on Mon., March 14 at 5:45 PM. A photo ID is mandatory to enter the buildings. Gather in lobby of House Office Building, and then help deliver petitions and greet legislators.  Go to

28] – At the Impact Hub, 419 7th St. NW, WDC, on Mon., Mar. 14 at 6:30 PM, join the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) for an intimate gathering the evening before oral arguments in Aref v. Holder, CCR’s case challenging the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Communication Management Units (CMUs). Hear from CCR Senior Staff Attorney Rachel Meeropol, NCPCF Executive Director Dr. Maha Hilal, and others on what is at stake in this case. Light refreshments will be served. Go to

29] –   Attend the Court Argument in CCR's Case Challenging Experimental Prison Units in the United States Court of Appeals - DC Circuit, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC, on Tues., Mar. 15 at 9:30 AM.  Hear oral arguments in Aref v. Holder, CCR’s case challenging the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ “Communication Management Units” (CMUs). People in these experimental prison units are barred from any physical contact with their visitors, and their phone calls, work, and educational opportunities are severely limited. CCR's Rachel Meeropol will argue that the federal government places and retains people in the CMUs arbitrarily, without due process, and in retaliation for protected speech and religious practice. Bring an ID and come 30 to 60 minutes early to allow time to get through security. Visit

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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