Friday, November 7, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 6, 2008 – April 4, 2009


33] New Sanctuary Movement – Nov. 9

34] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Nov. 9                       

35] Pentagon vigil – Nov. 10

36] Indictment Day at DOJ – Nov. 10

37] End Israeli occupation events – Nov. 10

38] Protest at Bishops Conference -- Nov. 10-12

39] Death penalty demonstration – Nov. 10

40] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 10-13

41] Nominate activists for awards gala – by Nov. 10

42] Veterans Day rally – Nov. 11

43] Tuesday peace vigil – Nov. 11

44] Abu Ghraib interrogator to speak – Nov. 11

45] Death penalty meeting – Nov. 11

46] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Nov. 11


48] Healthy Hospitals conference – Nov. 12

49] Ban torture – Nov. 12

50] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Nov. 12

51] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Nov. 12

52] Human rights films – Nov. 12-13               

53] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Nov. 12

54] Teaching in Urban America – Nov. 12

55] Edelman & Goodman - Nov. 12

56] FCNL AGM – Nov. 13-16

57] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Nov. 13

58] Red Emma’s Art Auction – Nov. 13                         

59] Peace Corps cofounder to speak – Nov. 13                         

60] Celebrate directors of Project South – Nov. 15                         

61] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Nov. 17

62] Film THE PRISONER – Nov. 21

63] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009

64] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

65] Publish your peace article

66] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

67] Click on The Hunger Site  

68] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil



The Witness Against Torture meeting will take place at 4 PM at TASSC,

4211 Harewood Rd NE, WDC.

33] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM.

On Sun., Nov. 9, the program for discussion will be Immigration & Deportation in the U.S.: the New Sanctuary Movement.  Philadelphia area directors of the movement, Peter Pedemonti and Rev. Margaret Sawyer, will separate the reality of immigration and the rising tide of arrests and deportations from the anti-immigrant rhetoric of fear and hatred.   Call 610-544-1818 or go to


34] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Nov. 9. Call 410-230-0450.

35] – 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., Nov. 10, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

36] – The Bush administration will soon slink off into history.  However, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance feels there is some unfinished business. NCNR has written a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey seeking a meeting to discuss an indictment of Bush and Cheney.  However, the group has not received a response.  So join an Indictment Day Action on Mon., Nov. 10 at noon at the United States Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC 20530.

If you want to help plan the visit to the DOJ, there will be a meeting on Sun., Nov. 9 at 5 PM at the Code Pink House, 712 5th St., NE between G & H.  A final meeting will take place on Mon., Nov. 10 starting at 10 AM at the Hotel Harrington, 11th & E Sts., NW. Email mobuszewski at

37] – Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for a luncheon briefing at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC, on Nov. 10 from 12:30 to 2 PM.  Rev. Eddie Makue and Ms. Diana Buttu will explore similarities of life under South Africa's apartheid regime and Israel's hafradah policies.  These presentations will focus not just on what's wrong, but also what can be done to bring justice and equality to those living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

On the same day, there will be a lecture at George Mason University School of Law
sponsored by the Arab Law Students Association from 5 to 7 PM in Hazel Hall Atrium, 3301 N Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA. The final event on Nov. 10 will be a fundraising reception at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC from 8 to 10 PM
. Call the US Campaign at 202.332.0994 to purchase tickets: $60 at the door.  Enjoy delicious food and beverages in the company of noted human rights advocates Ms. Diana Buttu and Rev. Eddie Makue.  The evening will also include a cultural program and auction.

38] – In advance of the Nov. 10-12 convening of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Franz Jagerstatter People for Breaking the Silence is calling upon the clergy to speak out forcefully to condemn war in a "loud and clear voice, as immoral and contradictory to the teachings and life example of Jesus Christ."  The group, comprised of priests, religious, former priests and other laypeople, also asks the Bishops to remove all ROTC programs from Catholic schools. 


Franz Jagerstatter, the inspiration for this group, was an Austrian peasant beheaded for his refusal to enter the German army. The Jagerstatter People will hold a vigil Mon., Nov. 10 (4-7 PM), Tues., Nov. 11 (8 AM- 5 PM), and Wed., Nov. 12 (beginning at 8 AM) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 409 Cathedral St. Email


39] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  The next vigil is scheduled for Mon., Nov. 10. Call 410-233-0488.


40] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community.  The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email

 You can listen to interviews by Steiner through his Center for Emerging Media podcasts. To hear the interviews, email   Go to

41] – Send your nominations for the 4th Annual Activist Awards Gala to by Mon., Nov. 10. The gala will take place on Thurs., Dec. 18 at All Souls Church.  Is there someone you think deserves special recognition from the community for remarkable and inspiring work this year? Send in the name of an individual or organization with a short write-up.  

42] – Join the Veterans Day Rally 2008 on Tues., Nov. 11 from noon to 1:30 PM in Upper Senate Park, Constitution & Delaware Aves., NE. Take the Red Line to Union Station.  DC Vote, elected officials and supporters of democracy will honor veterans for their service to the country. RSVP to Erica Spell at or at 202.462.6000 x18.


43] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. 


44] – On Tues, Nov. 11, Veterans' Day, you invited to celebrate St Martin of Tours on his Feast Day: He left the military saying: "I am a solider of Christ, and it is not lawful for me to fight.” Honor Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, executed  in 1943 for refusing induction to fight in an unjust war and hear Joshua Casteel, a convert to Catholicism and an interrogator with the U.S. Army at Abu Ghraib, Iraq until in 2006, who sought and received an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector to war.  He is featured in the PBS documentary, "Soldiers of Conscience." Go to The talk will be at SS Philip and James Church, N. Charles and 29th Sts., from 7 to 9 PM.  The event is sponsored by Pax Christi Baltimore.  Call Monica Kennedy at 410-737-6629.


45] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Nov. 11 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include the spy scandal, the Death Penalty Commission and the stay of execution in Georgia for Troy Davis.

46] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  It is for people who live in, or are interested in making D.C. a transition town starting with an intentional community that will encompass clean energy, freecycle, natural building, organic farming, community salvage, new urbanism, etc. The next meeting will be on Nov. 11. Go to

47] – On Tues., Nov. 11 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., see a documentary TERRORIZING DISSENT by NYC's GLASS BEAD COLLECTIVE and TWIN CITIES INDYMEDIA.  This is a hard look at the new face of the "free speech zone" called the United States. Be prepared to donate to the RNC-9 legal defense fund.  The RNC-8 are charged with “conspiracy to riot in the 2nd degree in the furtherance of terrorism.” Go to or email

48] – On Wed., Nov. 12, join Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) at a one-day conference to share successes and learn about the best environmental management practices working across the state. The cost is $45, and one can register at It will take place at the Univ. of MD School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore 21201.  Go to

49] – The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) will meet at 11:30 AM at the United Church, 20th & G Sts., NW, and walk to the White House on Wed., Nov. 12. There will then be a noon rally to call for a ban on torture. Go to  Call 703-941-3707.


50] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Nov. 12. Call 215-426-0364.

51] – Each Wednesday in clear weather, there is a peace vigil from 5 to 6 PM outside the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy, PA. The next vigil is Nov. 12. Call 215-843-4256 or email

52] – There is a Human Rights Film Series that continues through Fri., Nov. 14 on the campus of Washington College of Law (WCL) and the campus of AU's Wechsler Theatre. All screenings are FREE and open to the public. Visit the website for film synopses and full event details.

On Wed., Nov. 12 at 6 PM at WCL, the film WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE will be shown, and producer Sam Pollard will be in attendance.  It will also be shown on Thurs., Nov. 13 at 5:30 PM at the Wechsler Theatre. Email or call 202-885-3107. Go to

53] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Nov. 12. Call 215-843-4256 or email

54] – On Wed., Nov. 12 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Water Gill will give a reading and then sign copies of his book TEACHING IN URBAN AMERICA: A formula for Change. Go to or email

55] – A Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman and Democracy Now's Amy Goodman takes place on Wed., Nov. 12 at 7 PM, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, WDC.  CDF President Marian Wright Edelman has released her new book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation.  

56] – The FCNL Annual Meeting: What Direction for Iran Policy? takes place in WDC from Nov. 13-16.  Barbara Slavin, a former senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today and an assistant managing editor at the Washington Times, will speak and talk about the history of missed opportunities on both sides and prospects for negotiations or military action under the next administration. The last day to register online for Annual Meeting is Mon., Nov. 10.

57] – On Thurs., Nov. 13, the WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC.  Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


58] – On Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7 PM at 2640 St. Paul St., Red Emma's will host its first ever art auction!  This is a major fundraiser for Red Emma’s.  Art donations are still being accepted.  Email


59] – You have the opportunity to hear from one of the Peace Corps founders, Bill Josephson, author of the TOWERING TASK (the blueprint for the original Peace Corps) and lifelong friend of Sargent Shriver, on Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7 PM in UMBC's Library 7th Floor. Parking for the event will be marked upon entering campus, and directions to UMBC can be found at  A dessert reception will follow.


Josephson will present his ideas for a 21st Century Peace Corps with the transition to new national leadership in this critical historical moment. He is also a leading expert on the Electoral College, so it will be interesting to learn his thoughts on the election.  Call 410-455-5398 or email  Go to

60] – Celebrate Jerome Scott and Walda Katz-Fishman on Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW, WDC 20009.  Walda and Jerome are transitioning from their leadership role in Project South.  For more than twenty-two years, they dedicated their lives to building an organization that stands on a legacy of strong principles, leadership, and purpose in the fight for the poor, working people across the US and the Global South. RSVP by Sun., Oct. 26 to Tomas Encarnacion @ 202-486-7251. 

61] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday.  The next meeting is on Mon., Nov. 17 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York RoadDiscuss the response to the State Police spy scandal, the Ghosts of the Iraq War trial, the spy inside the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance and indicting Bush and Cheney. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

62] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES.  The next film, THE PRISONER [USA/GERMANY, 2007], will be shown Fri., Nov. 21 at AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Cold Spring Lane].  Doors open at 7 PM, and the video starts at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  Call 410-366-1637.

 The film was produced, directed and written by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, the documentary deploys comic book-style illustrations to tell the story of an Iraqi wrongfully imprisoned in Abu Ghraib.  They follow up on the misadventure of Yunis Khatayer Abbas, a freelance Iraqi journalist rounded up by U.S. soldiers seeking bomb-makers aligned with a terrorist cell.  This filmmaking pair, responsible for the critically acclaimed GUNNER PALACE, offer another stark and unsettling look at post-Saddam Iraq.

63] – The 24th annual Maryland Peace and Justice conference has been set for April 4, 2009 at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD, easily accessible off of Rt. 29. Please put the date on your calendar and try not to schedule any other major events on that day. Thanks so much for your cooperation, and the organizers hope to see you there!  Call Paulette at 410-747-3811.

64] – 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.

65] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email


66] – Become an active member of the Washington Peace Center, which is now located at 1233 12th St. NW.  All members are granted voting rights and are invited to join one or more of our many working groups. Members are asked to pay suggested annual dues of 25 dollars, or volunteer. Email - subject "membership.” The mailing address is The Washington Peace Center, P.O. Box 50032, WDC 20019-0032. Call 202-234-2000. Subscribe at  Send donations to The Washington Peace Center.


67] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers.  You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food.  So consider clicking.  

68] – 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.

Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 East 25th St. Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


"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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