Thursday, November 20, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 20, 2008 – April 4, 2009


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


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29] Progressive Summit – Nov. 22

30] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Nov. 22

31] Peace vigil at Capitol – Nov. 22

32] Film SIR, NO SIR – Nov. 22

33] Olney vigil to end the war – Nov. 15                              

34] Support Peoples Weekly World at election discussion – Nov. 22

35] Pray for Peace – Nov. 22

36] African Service – Nov. 23                                               

37] Bridge peace vigil – Nov. 23

38] Peace Walk in D.C. – Nov. 23                             

39] Baltimore Green Forum – Nov. 23

40] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Nov. 23                      

41] Pentagon vigil – Nov. 24

42] Support the Uighurs – Nov. 24

43] Three Middle East women to speak – Nov. 24

44] Death penalty demonstration – Nov. 24

45] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 24-28

46] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Nov. 24

47] Tuesday peace vigil – Nov. 25

48] Death penalty meeting – Nov. 25

49] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Nov. 25

50] FOR Forum - Nov. 25

51] Progressive Maryland gala – RSVP Nov. 25 [Dec. 3]

52] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Nov. 26

53] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Nov. 26

54] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Nov. 26

55] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Nov. 27

56] First Thursday protest of the war – Dec. 4

68] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009

69] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

70] Publish your peace article

71] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

72] Click on The Hunger Site  

73] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


29] – The Progressive Summit will be an opportunity to foster greater coordination, cooperation and collaboration among the various organizations and causes within Maryland's progressive community. The Maryland ACLU will present special briefings/lobby trainings on legislation to ban state police spying on peaceful political activists, as well as on public education reform initiatives.

The Summit takes place on Sat., Nov. 22 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at Annapolis Senior High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD.  Many organizations will be there. Free buses will be available, including from Baltimore. Email

30] – 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. This vigil has been the target of counter-demonstrators and harassment from the "Chester County Victory Movement" but has grown and persisted.  Go to

31] – 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

32] – Join the folks at the Washington Peace Center for a free screening of "Sir! No Sir!" at 2:30 PM on Sat., Nov. 22 at Friends Meeting, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.  It chronicles the largely forgotten anti-war activities of members of the military during the Vietnam era. A discussion with a member from Iraq Veterans Against the War will follow.

This is the first of a film series sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the Washington Peace Center to be shown once a month (on Saturday) through March. Contact the Peace Center at 202-234-2000.

33] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 3:15 to 4:15 PM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Nov. 22. Call 301-774-9792. 


34] – You are invited to an evening of political discussion and celebration of the people’s Nov. 4th landslide victory. How can you insure that issues such as universal health care, job creation, foreclosure prevention and an end to the Iraq war remain at the top of the Obama/Biden agenda? Hear Jarvis Tyner, executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA, give a Communist perspective on the elections and the road ahead. Also enjoy a spaghetti dinner and all the fixings on Sat., Nov. 22 at 7 PM at 815 Beaumont Ave., Northeast Baltimore.  Help meet the 2008 fundraising goal for the People’s Weekly World. A suggested donation for dinner is $5. RSVP: 410 433-3269 or 410 433-4923.


35] – Fr. Charles Cloughen Jr. [] invites you to pray for peace on Sat., Nov. 22 at 7:30 PM at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 2600 Wilkens Ave.

36] –  On Sun., Nov. 23, the KALAFONG AME CHURCH invites you to a Prayer for Africa at 11 AM at the HISPANIC SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DAY CHUCH, 5100 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229.   Contact Rev. Dr. Duane Rawlings at  Go to\md\kalafong-ame-mission-church/index.html.

37] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to  

38] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., Nov. 23 starting at the WWII Memorial (17th St.).  Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice do this weekly Peace Walk on the Mall from the World War II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial and back via Constitution and Independence Aves. Contact Ken at

39] – BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM is a monthly environmental education & discussion forum.  At the next meeting on Sun., Nov. 23, there will be a briefing on the environmental policies to be discussed in Annapolis during the 2009 legislative session. Jen Brock-Cancellieri of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Education Fund, whose mission is to engage conservation-minded voters in public policy decisions at the local, state, and national level, will do a presentation.  Go to

The forum will take place at the MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286 from 4:30-6:30 PM.  See  The Baltimore Green Forum is held usually on the last Sunday of each month, open to the public free of charge. For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234.

40] – 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. 23. Call 410-230-0450.

41] – 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. 24, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

42] – Witness Against Torture is asking concerned activists to support the Uighurs by appearing at their next hearing on Mon., Nov 24 at 9:30 AM in U.S. District Court, 333 Constitution Ave., NW, WDC.  Go to

43] – On Mon., Nov. 24, from 2 to 4 PM at the Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown Univ., hear Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision.  Three women -- a Palestinian Christian, an Israeli Jew, and a Palestinian Muslim -- living the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will share their experiences and their hopes for a just peace. Ms. Enas Muthaffar, a Palestinian Muslim film maker from Jerusalem, OPT, Dr. Julia Chaitin, an Israeli Jewish educator from Kibbutz Urimin in the Negev, Israel, and Ms. Lucy Talgieh, a Palestinian Christian conflict resolution specialist from Bethlehem, OPT. RSVP at by Nov. 20.

44] – 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. 24. Call 410-233-0488.

45] – 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

46] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday.  The next meeting is on Mon., Nov. 24 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York RoadDiscuss the response to the State Police spy scandal, Protest.Net, meetings with the legislators and the Inauguration. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


47] – 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. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. 


48] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Nov. 25 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include the spy scandal, the Death Penalty Commission and a forum about Georgia and the state’s plan to execute Troy Davis.

49] – 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. 25. Go to

50] – Attend the D.C. Fellowship of Reconciliation Forum on Tues., Nov. 25 at 7 PM at La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC.  Marcos Garcia, second secretary, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, will speak about “The Venezuelan Workers and the Evolution of their Social and Economic Rights.”

51] – Don't miss Progressive Maryland's 2008 Awards Gala on Wed., Dec. 3 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St..  The gala begins at 6 PM with a reception, and the awards presentation begins at 7:30 PM.  RSVP by Tues., Nov. 25.  The honorees include  Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, State Sen. Verna L. Jones (MD District 44), Delegate Sheila E. Hixson (MD District 20), Dr. Ngoc Chu, co-chair, Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland, Meg Gage, president & exec. director of the Proteus Fund and Joseph T. Hansen, international president, United Food and Commercial Workers. Go to

52] – 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. 26. Call 215-426-0364.

53] – 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. 26. Call 215-843-4256 or email

54] – 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. 26.

Call 215-843-4256 or email


55] – On Thurs., Nov. 27, 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.

56] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Dec. 4 starting at 5 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

57] – Free Mumia Event from 7 to 9 PM at the Cork Factory Building in the Cork Gallery, 4th Floor Doorbell #9, 302 E. Federal St. Call Ameejill at 443-850-2840.

58] – 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.

59] – 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.

60] – 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


61] – 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.


62] – 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.  

63] – 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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