Thursday, December 11, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 11, 2008 - April 4, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 11, 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.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Eyes Wide Open exhibit available

5] Max is seeking housing

6] Chuck Michaels needs help with transportation

7] NLG is offering to hold seminars

8] Witness Against Torture needs people to make phone calls

9] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Dec. 12

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 12                      

11] White House vigil – Dec. 12                       

12] Protest WYPR management – Dec. 12 - ?

13] Support The Congo demo – Dec. 12

14] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Dec. 12

15] Vigil at Walter Reed – Dec. 12

16] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 12

17] Single payer workshops – Dec. 13

18] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 13                             

19] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Dec. 13

20] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 13

21] Visit renewable energy household – Dec. 13

22] Governor’s Holiday Open House – Dec. 13                                      

23] Westminster WIB vigil – Dec. 13                                       

24] Film OUT OF BALANCE – Dec. 13

25] Benefit for Latino Media Collective – Dec. 13

26] Drum for peace – Dec. 13                                    

27] Red and Black Ball – Dec. 13                       

28] Get a tour of Museum of Industry – Dec. 14                     

29] African Service – Dec. 14                                                                       

30] Bridge peace vigil – Dec. 14                      

31] Commemorate Mumbai – Dec. 14

32] Benefit for Heart’s Place – Dec. 14

33] Peace Walk in D.C. – Dec. 14                                                     

34] Benefit for Men Can Stop Rape – Dec. 14                       

35] Film POET FOR POVERTY - Dec. 14

36] Rabbi Waskow at Advent series – Dec. 14

37] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Dec. 14                     

38] Pentagon vigil – Dec. 15

39] Death Penalty Commission to issue final report – Dec. 15

40] Ghosts of the Iraq War to be sentenced – Dec. 15

41] Death penalty demonstration – Dec. 15

42] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 15-18

43] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 15

44] Tuesday peace vigil – Dec. 16

45] Death penalty meeting – Dec. 16

46] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Dec. 16

47] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Dec. 16

48] Amnesty meeting – Dec. 16

49] Middle East & Obama Administration – Dec. 17

50] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Dec. 17

51] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Dec. 17

52] Celebrate art of one of the Cuban Five – Dec. 17

53] WIB Frederick vigil – Dec. 17

54] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 17

55] Land confiscation in Jerusalem – Dec. 17

56] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Dec. 18

57] Activist Awards Gala – Dec. 18

58] IWW meeting – Dec. 18

59] Somali Refugees Speak – Dec. 18

60] Iraq Moratorium – Dec. 19

61] Film POISON DUST – Dec. 19

62] Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec. 19

63] Simulcast service from occupied Bethlehem – Dec. 20                            

64] First Thursday protest of the war – Jan. 1

65] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009

66] New book available

67] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

68] Publish your peace article

69] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

70] Click on The Hunger Site  

71] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073.


3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at


4] – The Baltimore American Friends Service Committee office has assembled an exhibit Maryland Eyes Wide Open which details the Human Cost of the Iraq War and reflects the costs of war to the state of Maryland. The exhibit consists of at least 40 pairs of combat boots, representing the US military deaths from Maryland; civilian shoes, tagged with names and ages of a very small fraction of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have died; a representative pair of combat boots and 7 red poppies, representing the estimated number of wounded US military personnel (approximately 7 times the number of dead); and signs and literature detailing the human and financial costs of the war on the cities and counties of Maryland.

 AFSC will help with logistics and contribute to your planning for auxiliary events or activities presented in conjunction with the exhibit.  For information on obtaining and displaying the exhibit, call 410-323-4200, extensions 20 or 21 or e-mail at or  Go to   

5] – Max is in need of housing.  If you have any leads, please call him at 410-366-1637.

6] – Chuck Michaels is now home, and he will continue his recovery through out-patient therapy.  He is doing very well, speaking well and regularly, getting around well, and also now has permission from his doctor to be left alone, that is unattended, as needed.

The big need going forward over the next few weeks is transportation for a portion of each day to the Sky Neurological Rehabilitation CenterPomona Square, 1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville 21208 - just inside the beltway. On a weekly basis, the web site at Caring Bridge will post the specific times that Chuck needs transportation assistance in getting to therapy. Go to  If you need to speak with someone about Chuck, call John Springer at 443-895-0166.  You can call him to sign up for a shift.   

7] – The National Lawyers Guild-Maryland Chapter is presenting "Know Your Rights" seminars on the topic of criminal law for any community group that is interested.  The seminars would include an overview of constitutional law and Maryland substantive law on police practices in regard to searches, seizures, arrests, interrogations and related topics.  For further information, kindly send an e-mail to

8] – Frida Berrigan is seeking people who are willing to make phone calls on behalf of Witness Against Torture to activists who may be interested in being outside the White House on January 11.  This is the beginning of the 100 Days Campaign, which is calling for an end to torture and the closing of the Guantanamo detention center.  If you are able to make some calls, contact Frida at

9] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Dec. 12 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor, corner Pratt and Light.  Everyone welcome, wear black if you can.  See or write or call 410-467-9114.

10] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Dec. 12 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


11] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

12] –  Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Friday in front of WYPR, 2216 N. Charles St.  You may consider calling the station to complain at 410-235-1395.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join Take Back YPR. 

13] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Rwandan Embassy, 1714 New Hampshire Ave, NW.  Call the Rwandan Embassy at 202-232-2882 and register your concern about Rwanda's aggression towards the Congo.

14] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Dec. 12 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war with Iraq. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.

15] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to

16] –  There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn.  The next dance will be Dec. 12. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

17] – The next single payer workshop led by Margaret Flowers of Healthcare-now of Maryland, a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, is on Sat., Dec. 13 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville [just off Viers Mill Rd. - 586, accessible by ride on bus (#45), Metrobus (#Q1 and #Q2) and Metro train (Twinbrook stop on Red Line). Contact Margaret at 410-591-0892 or

18] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Dec. 13. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


19] –  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

20] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 13. 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

21] – The Chesapeake Climate Action Network will open to the public Maryland's only 95-percent renewable energy household on Sat., Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 PM. The home, owned by Mike Tidwell, at 7125 Willow Ave., Takoma Park, is equipped with energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, and is powered by photovoltaic solar panels, a solar hot-water system, and a corn-burning home-heating stove.  There will be a solar food cooker on display (free solar-baked cookies), and energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs will be sold for a big discount. We'll also have lots of free literature on the rising threat of global warming and steps you can take to help save the planet. RSVP at 240-396-2022 or

22] – The Governor's Holiday Open House in Annapolis takes place on Sat., Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 PM.

23] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St. The next vigil will be Dec. 13. Email

24] – Join the folks at the Washington Peace Center for a free screening of OUT OF BALANCE at 2:30 PM on Sat., Dec. 13 at Friends Meeting, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC.  Documentarian Tom Jackson turns his lens on some inconvenient truths about Exxon Mobil and its effect on climate change.  The WPC's Climate Change Working Group will lead the discussion afterwards.

This film series sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the Washington Peace Center will continue once a month (on Saturday) through March. Contact the Peace Center at 202-234-2000.

25] – The Latino Media Collective & Mexicanos Sin Fronteras present an Evening of Song, Film & Food on Sat., Dec. 13 at 7 PM at the Media Center, 4132 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC (one block north of Petworth Metro Station.  Listen to three bands, watch two videos and enjoy the food.  There is a $15 suggested contribution, but no one will be turned away.  The proceeds will benefit the Latino Media Collective & Mexicanos Sin Fronteras.  Call John Steinbach at 703-822-3485.  

26] – Come drum for peace every second Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, MD, 1127 Old Fallston Road (across Rte 152 from Fallston High).  On Dec. 13, the drum circle begins at 7 PM.  Call Franz at 410-925-9351.

27] – Red Emma's THE RED & BLACK BALL takes place Sat., Dec. 13 from 7:30 to 10 PM at 2640 St. Paul St.  Revel in the sweet sounds of live string music, have your fortune told, see your friends all dressed up (photographers will be on hand to capture the madness!), watch as master of ceremonies Ryan Coffman stages a séance with the assistance of the ever-ghostly Ric Royer and other friends, and dance to your heart's content when the DJ breaks out his gramophone.  Help raise the funds needed by Red Emma’s to stay in business another year - tickets are $10-$15, sliding scale (but no one turned away for lack of funds). Go to


28] –   Alan Barysh will be giving tours at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Sundays in December [14, 21 & 28]. The museum opens at 11 AM, and tours last about an hour. Learn about the history of Baltimore's working class. Ask for Alan by name. Although he can't ask for tips, he would graciously accept any donation.  Email magoo1917 at


29] –  On Sun., Dec. 14, 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.

30] – 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  

31] – On Sun., Dec. 14, from 2:30 to 4 PM, there will be a response to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.  US-based Hindu, Muslim, Sikh & Jewish communities, along with members of all faiths and secular supporters, will come together for MUMBAI! INTERFAITH UNITY AGAINST HATE at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St., NW, WDC 20009. The church is a five-minute walk from the Columbia Heights Metro.  RSVP is required to MUMBAI.RSVP@GMAIL.COM.

32] – Gimmie Shelter Productions continues its tradition of raising funds and consciousness about the financial needs of homeless shelters.  It is doing a benefit for Hearts Place Shelter at the Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36 St. on Sun., Dec. 14 at 4 PM. Featured poets will be Julie Fisher, Liz Bolton, Alan Barysh, Miriam Botwick and Marcus Colasurdo. Call 410-732-4258. Admission is $5. Additionally if people want to bring donations of clothes, toys or non-­perishable foods, they will be accepted.


Heart’s Place is in need of winter clothing—sweat shirts, pants, sweaters, gloves, hats, coats and scarves. Call 410-235-9269.

33] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., Dec. 14 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

34] – Struggling to get in the holiday groove? Come out on Sun., Dec. 14 at 4 PM to hear the Thomas Circle Singers perform your favorite Christmas carols at their holiday benefit concert! TCS, an acclaimed Washington, DC chorus that donates proceeds to nonprofit organizations, will donate all ticket sales to Men Can Stop Rape, an organization that tries to engage young men in ending violence against women. The performance will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave.  Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. More details and ticket ordering information can be found online at

35] – 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 St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM.

On Sun., Dec. 14, see POET OF POVERTY, narrated by Martin Sheen.  It tells the story of Father Michael Doyle and his ministry to the people of Camden, NJ.  One of the famed “Camden 28” Vietnam War resisters, he and others were arrested in 1971 for destroying draft files.  He arrived in Camden from Ireland forty years and never left.  Moreover, he is a poet.   One of the film makers Sean Dougherty will discuss the making of the documentary. Go to  Call 610-544-1818 or go to

36] – PAX CHRISTI BALTIMORE continues its 2008 ADVENT PRAYER SERIES.  On Sun., Dec. 14, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, executive director, The Shalom Center, Philadelphia, PA, will address his book THE TENT OF ABRAHAM: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Stories of Hope and Peace.  The series concludes on Dec. 21. This annual prayer series, at the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart Chapel, 1001 W. Joppa Rd., Towson, 21204 (Joppa at Chestnut, west of Bosley Ave.) provides an opportunity to consider the true meaning of Advent.  The services take place from 5-6 PM, and a reception with the speaker follows.  A free will donation is requested. Contact Monica Kennedy at 410-737-6629 or

37] – 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 Dec. 14. Call 410-230-0450.

38] – 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., Dec. 15, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

39] – The Maryland Commission on the Death Penalty is finished with its hearings. And on Mon., Dec. 15 it is to submit a final report to the governor.  Benjamin R. Civiletti is the chair.  Contact Rachel Philofsky, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention at 410-821-2828.  Go to or

40] – The trial of the Ghosts of the Iraq War was completed on Fri., Oct. 24 with the jury acquitting five defendants and finding the other five guilty.  In a post-verdict hearing, Judge Robert Morin called for an evidentiary hearing to investigate how the U.S. Capitol Police obtained a private email of Max Obuszewski, one of the defendants.  However, the judge accepted the disputed testimony that it appeared on a public web site.  Those convicted, including Obuszewski, are now scheduled to be sentenced on Mon., Dec. 15 at 9:30 AM in courtroom 312 at Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Ave., NW.  Those convicted of “Unlawful conduct” are facing a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

41] – 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., Dec. 15. Call 410-233-0488.

42] – 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

43] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday.  The next meeting is on Mon., Dec. 15 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.


44] – 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 Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. 


45] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Dec. 16 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include the spy scandal, the Death Penalty Commission and Georgia’s plan to execute 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 Dec. 16. Go to

47] –  The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Tues., Dec. 16 at 7:30 PM at St. John’s Church, 27th and St. Paul Sts.  The mission of the Crabshell Alliance is to stop the construction of new nuclear power plants in Maryland, promote clean, safe, sustainable, and affordable energy, and educate the public about the hazards of nuclear power. Call 410-206-3830.


48] – Amnesty Chapter 228 meets regularly at 7:30 PM in rooms 18/19 of the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Columbia, MD, on the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be on Dec. 16.  Go to

49] – On Wed., Dec. 17 from 12-2 PM, a panel will examine The Middle East and the Obama Administration at ADC National Headquarters, 1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW.  Panel members include Robert Malley, International Crisis Group, Jerome Segal, Univ. of MD professor, and Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat chair for Peace and Development at the Univ. of MD.  Attendees must RSVP by sending an e-mail with your full name and affiliation to

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 Dec. 17. 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 Dec. 17. Call 215-843-4256 or email

52] – A short program of poems written by Antonio Guerrero will be presented in English and Spanish accompanied by Luci Murphy and musicians associated with the Latin American Folk Institute. This program for the Cuban artist will occur on Wed., Dec. 17 at 6 PM at the MLK Library, 901 G. St. NW, WDC.  Guerrero is one of the five Cubans who are in prison after being convicted of investigating anti-Castro terrorists in the US who have conducted acts of sabotage. Go to  Call Luci at 202-234-8840.

53] – WIB Frederick holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 7 PM at the intersection of Patrick & Market Sts. in Frederick.  The next vigil is Dec. 17.  Please dress in black, and bring no additional signs.  Men are welcome. Call 301-834-7581 or email Go to


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 Dec. 17.

Call 215-843-4256 or email

55] – On Wed., Dec. 17 from 7 to 9 PM at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, there will be a talk by Janet Lewis, missionary with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries serving in the Holy Land and stationed in Bethlehem. Sponsored by several groups, her talk is entitled Possession vs. Rights: Land Confiscation in JerusalemContact Jim Vitarello of Sharing Jerusalem at 202-234-5817.

56] – On Thurs., Dec. 18, 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.


57] – The Washington Peace Center invites you to its 4th Annual Activist Awards Gala on Thurs., Dec. 18 from 6 to 9 PM at All Souls’ Church, 2835 16th St. NW, WDC.  Enjoy the music of Baltimore Hip Hop star Son of Nun, Rock'n Girls Rock, DJs, and Sin Fronteras.  The speakers are Dave Zirin, author of The People's History of Sports in the US and Linda Leaks of EMPOWER DC.  The DC51 Artists' Collective will have large and small art for sale all night! The cost is $10-20 to get in.  For $35, you get a gift.  Email

58] – The Baltimore branch of the Industrial Workers of the World [IWW] meets the third Thursday of the month.  Attend the next meeting on Dec. 18 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul StCall 410-967-2202.

59] – The Middle Atlantic Region American Friends Service Committee (Project Voice) presents Baltimore Somali Bantu Refugees Speak, Digital Stories of War & Resettlement. Somali Bantu Refugees living in Baltimore (MD) produce digital stories combining narration, original art, music and images to share intimate stories about struggles related to their forced migration out of Somalia and resettlement in Baltimore Middle Atlantic Region.  Call 410-323-7262.


The event is scheduled for Thurs., Dec. 18 at 7:30 PM at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore 21224.  Reservations are suggested. Call 410-276-1651. Go to

60] – Every 3rd Friday, observe the Iraq Moratorium -  On Dec. 19, wear a black ribbon or armband! Hand out ribbons or armbands to others. Wear an anti-war pin. Call your representative and your senators and tell their staff that you expect them to do everything possible to end the war and bring the troops home!  The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Write your representative and your senators, as a handwritten letter has even more impact than a phone call. Hit your elected officials where it hurts, with a voided campaign contribution check. Write a letter to your local newspaper. Don't buy gas. Drive 10 MPH under the posted speed limit. Don't shop at all. Put a sign on your lawn or in your window or on your car. Write "Stop the War" or other slogans on the sidewalk in chalk.  Buy toy soldiers, put tags on them that say "Bring Me Home" and leave them in stores, parks, libraries, laundromats, anywhere people will find them. Email friends and family and urge them to sign the Iraq Moratorium statement and to take one of these steps, too.

61] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES.  The next film, POISON DUST [USA, 2006], will be shown Fri., Dec. 19 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.

 Filmmaker Sue Harris tells the story of young soldiers who came home from Iraq suffering from exposure to depleted uranium.  One veteran's young daughter has a birth defect strikingly similar to those suffered by many Iraqi children. Also interviewed are former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, New York Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez, noted physicist Michio Kaku, Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Dr. Helen Caldicott and Major Doug Rokke- the former U.S. Army DU Project head. 

62] – Building a Season of Peace…Baltimore United for Peace and Justice is hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration on Fri., Dec. 19, 7 to 10 PM, at 810 Winston Ave.  There will be an open discussion of Baltimore’s antiwar movement and a report back from the United for Peace and Justice Assembly.  Finally, there will be a live musical performance and sing-along featuring the Baltimore Labor Choir.  Bring your favorite holiday dish to share. Contact Margaret Baldridge at 410 433-3269 or to RSVP.

63] – On Sat., Dec. 20, there will be a joint simulcast worship service with the people of occupied Bethlehem at the National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Gather at 9:30 AM for the 10 AM worship service.

64] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Jan. 1 from 5 to 6:30 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.

65] – 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.

66] – Ann von Lossberg has announced that her book 1089 Nights, An Odyssey Through the Middle East, Africa & Asia is now available.  It is a memoir of stories that celebrates a healthy obsession with travel in the developing world. She is available for book club signings and discussions and can be reached at annvl at If you'd like to order, you can go to her web site  It can also be purchased at

67] – 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.

68] – 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


69] – 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.


70] – 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.  

71] – 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


No comments: