Thursday, January 29, 2009

Activist Alert

26] –  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 Jan. 30. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

27] – On Sat., Jan. 31, 10 AM to 2 PM at 6703 Pawtucket Road, Bethesda, MD., attend a workshop about global realignment and perspectives, with Helena Cobban's book, RE-ENGAGE! AMERICA AND THE WORLD AFTER BUSH, as a starting point. The workshop will include a couple of short presentations, small group work and some games. It is sponsored by the Bethesda Friends Meeting Peace and Social Justice Committee. Contact Jane Coe to be sure space is at or 301-320-5083.  A simple lunch will be provided, and contributions to help defray the cost will be gratefully accepted. You need a copy of the book for discussion, and copies will be available for loan or purchase at the workshop.

28] – 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 Jan. 31. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


29] –  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

30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Jan. 31.  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

31] – Westminster WIB holds a vigil the last Saturday of the month. On Jan. 31 meet at 2 PM in front of the library on Main St. Please wear black, everyone welcome at all stands, signs provided. Contact

32] – A Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day, Feb. 1 through 2 in Washington, D.C., will provide both seasoned organizers and new activists with the skills and experience needed to make a real impact. Join Interfaith Peace-Builders and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  Go to

33] –  On Sun., Feb. 1, 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.

34] – 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

35] – Every Sunday until Nov. 3, from 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Aves., near Barnes & Noble and the Landmark Theaters, there will be a peace vigil organized by Bethesda Friends. Everyone welcome to participate!  

36] – 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 Feb. 1. Call 410-230-0450.

37] – 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., Feb. 2, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

38] – Equality Maryland Lobby Day is Mon., Feb. 2 from 4 to 8 PM at Lawyer’s Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.  Let your legislators know it is time to end discrimination in the state of Maryland. Legislation is being introduced to end marriage discrimination against committed gay and lesbian couples and to end workplace discrimination against transgender and gender variant Marylanders.  Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will be a special guest. RSVP to Human Rights Campaign at 202-628-4160.

39] – 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

40] – 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., Feb. 2.  Call 410-233-0488.

41] – On Mon., Feb. 2 at 6:30 PM @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets, NW, WDC, Howard Zinn will discuss his upcoming feature-length documentary. The new film titled "The People Speak," will feature music and readings based on the 1980 book "A People's History of the United States.” Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Viggo Mortensen and Josh Brolin will provide performances for the project that will interweave archival footage, photographs and interviews, with Eddie Vedder and John Legend lending their musical talents. A book signing will follow.

42] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Coldspring Lane].  The next meeting is Feb. 2, and the agenda will include upcoming activities such as lobbying in Annapolis and meetings with legislators, as well as the MSP spy scandal, the massacre in the Gaza Strip and Witness Against Torture. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

43] – From Below and To the Left: A Reportback from the Elections in El Salvador is scheduled for Mon., Feb. 2 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church, 16th & Newton Sts., NW, WDC.  In the wake of a series of political assassinations of leftist organizers and FMLN party members and a vicious smear campaign by the right-wing, members of CISPES joined a movement of international observers to defend the popular vote. Come for coffee and pan dulce and to hear how years of grassroots organizing by the Salvadoran social movement resulted in a resounding first round victory for the FMLN this January. Also how the right wing ARENA party used blatant fraud and manipulation to steal the capital city of San Salvador.  And more information will be shared.  Go to

44] – There will be a meeting of the Frederick Peace Resource Center on Mon., Feb. 2 at 7:30 PM at 4 East Church St. Call Gus Fahey at 301-663-6117.


45] – On Mon., Feb. 2 at 7:30 PM at St. John's United Methodist Church, St. Paul St. at 27th St., there will be the 10th study session on what a single payer health insurance system could look like in the U.S. The study will continue on the first Monday of each month.  The topic and presentation will be the same. Go to RSVP at 410-467-7756.  There is single payer legislation HR 676 whose principal sponsor is Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. Go to There are also single payer bills in many state legislatures, including Maryland. Go to


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