Thursday, January 8, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 8 - April 4, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 8 – 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] Buy Mankekolo’s book

8] Start Loving is fasting for a $200 billion cutback in military spending

9] Living Labyrinth of Peace – through Jan. 31

10] Nonviolence training – Jan. 8

11] Vigil at Obama’s hotel to draw attention to war crimes – Jan. 8

12] HOTEL FOR DOGS – RSVP by Jan. 8


14] PeaceAction Montgomery meeting – Jan. 8                      

15] Dirt Cheap Opera – Jan. 8

16] March to condemn Israeli war crimes – Jan. 9

17] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Jan. 9

18] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 9                      

19] White House vigil – Jan. 9                       

20] Protest WYPR management – Jan. 9 - ?


22] Support The Congo demo – Jan. 9

23] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Jan. 9

24] Eco/Justice Café – Jan. 9

25] Save lands in Utah – Jan. 9

26] Bread & Puppet Theater – Jan. 9

27] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 9

28] Warmongers’ Wake – Jan. 9

29] Clarification of Thought – Jan. 9

30] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 9

31] Restorative Justice workshop – Jan. 10                            

32] Polar Bear Plunge – Jan. 10                                       

33] Green Expo – Jan. 10

34] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 10                            

35] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 10

36] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 10

37] Let Gaza Live – Jan. 10

38] Westminster WIB vigil – Jan. 10                                       

39] RSVP for Lockheed resistance – Jan. 10

40] Drum for peace – Jan. 10                                    

41] Reworked Music – Jan. 10

42] 1984 – Jan. 10 & 11

43] African Service – Jan. 11                                                                                        

44] Bridge peace vigil – Jan. 11                     

45] Witness Against Torture fast – Jan. 11- 20

46] Annapolis Legislative Session – Jan. 11


48] Afghanistan: Report on the “Good War” – Jan. 11

49] Peace vigil – Jan. 11                    

50] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 11                    

51] BUPJ conference call – Jan. 11                    

52] Pentagon vigil – Jan. 12

53] Stop foreclosures rally – Jan. 12

54] Death penalty demonstration – Jan. 12

55] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 12-Jan. 15

56] Bill of Rights meeting – Jan. 12

57] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Jan. 12

58] Tuesday peace vigil – Jan. 13

59] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Jan. 13

60] MLK film – Jan. 13

61] Annapolis Summit – Jan. 14

62] Human rights summit – Jan. 14

63] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Jan. 14

64] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Jan. 14

65] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Jan. 14

66] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 15   

67] Leaflet for single payer – Jan.  16

68] Hearts Place benefit – Jan. 16

69] March in MLK Parade – Jan. 19

70] Death penalty meeting – Jan. 27

71] First Thursday protest of the war – Feb. 5

72] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4

73] Join Global Zero campaign

74] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

75] Publish your peace article

76] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

77] Click on The Hunger Site  

78] 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  Call Jaymie at 240-475-0041 if you wish to help with Chuck's transportation to rehab.     


7] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo has returned to live in Baltimore, and is writing her autobiography.  Consider purchasing her book" One A Day: Spiritual Vitamins. Be ready with daily Spiritual Vitamins from January 1 to December 31 in 2009.”  Send a donation of $10 with $3 shipping and handling to 3315 Mondawmin Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216.

8] – Start Loving began a fast at 12:01 AM on Thurs., Dec. 18, on Capitol Hill to call for a $200 billion of funding from warmaking to peacebuilding.  Go to He wrote that he will continue until either Dennis Kucinich informs him the transfer will take place or his body gives out. 

9] – Living Labyrinth of Peace by visionary artist Sandra Wasko-Flood runs through Sat., Jan. 31 at the Sub-Basement Artist Studios, 118 N. Howard St. Unlike mazes, labyrinths have one path that leads to the center and back.  Wasko-Flood’s Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace is an interactive installation of computer-programmed lights, designed to be walked.  Go to Contact Tobe’ Ifeanyi at 410-659-6950.  The gallery hours are by appointment Monday –Sunday.  The gallery is open on Sat. from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Email Go to WWW.SBASTUDIOS.COM.


On Sat., Jan. 10 from 2 to 5 PM, attend Labyrinths for Creativity and Peace Workshop for Adults with Jennifer Judelsohn, international workshop leader on spiritual practices, Marty Cain, internationally acclaimed labyrinth builder, Barbara Epstein, school psychologist and life coach, Colman McCarthy, renowned author and professor of peace studies at Georgetown Univ., and Sheryl Chastine, holistic health expert and multi-ethnic counselor. On Sat., Jan. 24 from 2 to 5 PM, Wasko-Flood invites you to read a selection of your latest Peace Poems as well as some selections by your favorite authors. Call Sandra Wasko-Flood at 703-217-6706.

10] – There will be Training on Nonviolence Demonstrations and Actions on Thurs., Jan. 8 from 5 to 7 PM at ADC National Headquarters, 1732 Wisconsin Ave., NE, WDC 20007. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) invites you to this workshop conducted by members of Nonviolence International (Michael Beer, Mubarak Awad & Nadine Bloch).  RSVP to Nabil Mohamad at  

11] – There is a vigil at 5:30 PM every evening at 16th and H Sts. NW - across from the Hay-Adams Hotel, until further notice, to urge Barack Obama to condemn Israeli war crimes.  This is called by CodePink. Call 202-423-3654.

12] – There will be a sneak preview on Sat., Jan. 10 for HOTEL FOR DOGS at the Regal Cinemas Hunt Valley, 118 Shawan Road, Cockeysville.  Doors open at 10 AM, the movie starts at 10:30 AM. The film is a heartwarming flick about two kids who secretly take in nine stray dogs at a vacant house. It stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Kyla Pratt, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle. Several adoptable dogs from The Maryland SPCA will be at the theater, and viewers are expected to make a $5 donation.

RSVP by Thurs., Jan. 8 to Tami Gosheff at with the names and email addresses of everyone in your group. Names must be on the list for admission. Go to

13] – DATELINE HAVANA will be discussed on Thurs., Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St., NW, WDC. Based on 40 years of firsthand reporting, veteran reporter Reese Erlich will talk about his new book.  He explores the historic U.S. domination of Cuba and the power of the Cuba lobby.

14] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

15] – BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER PRESENTS DIRT CHEAP OPERA! On Thurs., Jan. 8 at 8 PM @ 2640 St. Paul St. Admission is from $5 to $10. It is an adaptation by Peter Schulmann of Bertolt Brecht's "Three-Penny Opera.” Go to

16] – On Fri., Jan. 9 at noon, gather at Lafayette Square and March for Gaza to Upper Senate Park to condemn Israeli war crimes.  Contact the National Association of Muslim Women at

17] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Jan. 9 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.

18] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Jan. 9 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


19] – 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.

20] –  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. 

21] –  On Fri., Jan. 9 from 1 to 2 PM, the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Ste. 600, WDC, is hosting author Aaron Glantz who will discuss his book THE WAR COMES HOME.  Glantz, a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor, is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation and The Progressive and on Democracy Now!. His new book is the first to systematically document the U.S. government's neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

22] – 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.

23] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 9 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.

24] – Attend the monthly Eco/Justice Cafes at UDC 's Firebird Inn, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, Van Ness/UDC Red Line West exit--Building 39, B-Level, first Fridays (except in Jan. when it will be the second Friday!) from 6 to 10 PM. The Cafes are a reincarnation of the 90s MetNet Eco/Justice Coffeehouses. They feature great food, music, poetry, a dozen or so tabling organizations and more. The aim is to bring together a wide variety of activists from environmental and social justice groups for fun and networking.  A $15 donation is requested ($10 for students, $5 for kids under 12). The next Cafe will be on Jan 9, followed by "First Fridays" on 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1 and 6/6. 

TABLE SPACE IS AVAILABLE for no charge. Contact to reserve your table or TO VOLUNTEER. Hosted by the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law, the District's public interest law school, go to

25] – Tim DeChristopher, the activist who just completely derailed the Bush Administration's plans to sell more of our public lands to the oil companies, sat in the lease sale in Salt Lake City on December 19 and "bought" 22,500 acres of public lands right out from under the suits from Chevron and Exxon. One small problem - Tim doesn't actually have that money. 

 Tim needs to raise $45,000 by Fri., Jan. 9 in order to avoid fraud charges and put the sale out of reach to the Bush Administration and their oily friends.  He's already raised almost half.  Can you support Bidder 70?  Your contribution, which goes through the Center for Water Advocacy in Moab Utah, is fully tax deductible. Send a check to Oil Change International, 2228 12th Place NW, WDC 20009. Email

26] – Vermont's legendary Bread and Puppet Theater returns to St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW, at 7 PM on Fri., Jan. 9 and Sat., Jan. 10. This weekend's performances will be held in the smaller auditorium--use the doors on the 16th-St. side of the building.

27] – 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

28] – On Fri., Jan. 9 at 7:30 PM, plan on kicking the new year off at Peace Action Montgomery’s "Warmongers' Wake" at the new Peace Mural exhibition, 3336 M St. NW, WDC.  They’ll bury PREEMPTIVE WAR, TORTURE BY ANY NAME, WAR PROFITEERING, GUANTANAMO, and the UNPATRIOTIC PATRIOT ACT.  The cost is $15 to enjoy the music and refreshments.  RSVP ASAP to Pat Salomon at

29] – The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, at its next Clarification of Thought discussion, will focus on the 100 Days Campaign to Close Guantánamo with  Matt and Amanda Daloisio and other members of Witness Against Torture on Fri., Jan. 9 @ 7:30 PM at 503 Rock Creek Church Road NW, WDC 20010. See The 100 Days Campaign to Close Guantánamo will be held in Washington from Jan. 20 - April 30.  A Fast for Justice will start on Jan. 11 and conclude on Jan. 20. Go to www.100DAYSCAMPAIGN.ORG. Call 202-882-9649.

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


31] – On Sat., Jan. 10, from 9 AM to 3 PM at Morgan State University, Student Center Ball Room, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251, there will be a Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative workshop.  The MRJI is a four-phase initiative that focuses on changing policy or legislation to create a mechanism for persons serving parole-eligible life sentences and long term incarceration to receive a meaningful chance of release. Each phase of the initiative is designed to put policymakers in contact with family members, friends, and other organizations that are looking to reform parole. Contact Walter Lomax, director, at or 443-413-6076.

32] – The annual Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by  Chesapeake Climate Action Network, is Sat., Jan. 10 and will occur just as the Maryland legislature is taking up the MD Global Warming Solutions Act.  Get Cold to Stop Global Warming (or just join the party).  Last year 230 people ran, walked or eased themselves into the Chesapeake BaySign up at

33] – The 'Green & Natural Living Expo' will be led by veteran advocate Frances Aubrey  on Sat., Jan. 10 from 11 AM - 6 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr., Timonium, MD.  Go to Email Frances at francesaubrey * [change * to @)] or call 410-814-1674.


34] – 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. 10. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


35] –  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

36] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Jan. 10.  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

37] – LET GAZA LIVE is a march which will take place on Sat., Jan. 10 at 1 PM.  Assemble at the White House/Lafayette Park before heading to the Hay Adams Hotel, where President-Elect Obama is now residing. Call 202-544-3389 x14.


For Baltimore buses, call 443-909-8964. Tickets are $15 round trip; no one turned away for lack of funds. Buses will depart from Baltimore Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St. at 10 AM. Email

38] – 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 Jan. 10. Email

39] – On Mon., Jan. 19 at noon, the Brandywine Peace Community will remember Martin Luther king with a Day of Resistance to War and Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Blvds., Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA.  If you intend to participate in the resistance action, call 610-544-1818 by Sat., Jan. 10.  You would then have to attend a nonviolence training on Mon., Jan. 12 at 7 PM at Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut St. Go to

40] – 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 Jan. 10, the drum circle begins at 7 PM.  Call Franz at 410-925-9351.

41] – AN EVENING OF EXPERIMENTALLY REWORKED TANGO, FOLK AND JAZZ will happen on Sat., Jan. 10 at 7:30PM @ 2640 St. Paul St. Admission is $5 to listen to pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, violinist Melissa Hullman, and double bassist Jake K. Leckie.  The freely improvised music is based on original scores and the compositions of Astor Piazzolla, Victor Jara and traditional folk songs. A bonus will be an improvisational duet from tenor saxophonist Eric Trudel and bassist Adam Hopkins, and Macgregor Burns and the VCR.


42] – The Olney Theatre Center National Players Presents 1984 on Sat., Jan. 10 at 7:30 PM and Sun., Jan. 11 at 1:30 PM.  This classic by George Orwell about a nightmarish world dominated by Big Brother is more timely than ever, and its warnings more powerful. Tickets are $16.  Call the Box Office at 301.924.3400 or go online at


43] –  On Sun., Jan. 11, 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.

44] – 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

45] – On Sun., Jan. 11, Witness Against Torture remembers the 7th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo to warehouse “war on terror” detainees.  There will be a large rally commencing at Dupont Circle at 12:45 PM with speakers.  Then there will be a march led by puppetistas.  Visit


Following a silent procession of people wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods, a number of people will engage in a liquid-only fast on Jan. 11.  The fast will be broken on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. You can sign up for this Fast for Justice by emailing daloisio@riseup.netLater on Jan. 11 at 7 PM, there will be a gathering at the Huong Art Peace Mural, 3336 M Street, NW, WDC, which will feature Hector Aristizabal, a torture survivor originally from Columbia, who is now a family therapist, actor and playwright living in California


Witness Against Torture will be in Washington continuously from Jan. 11 through April 30, the 100th day of the Obama administration, urging the new administration and Congress to take steps against torture, Military Commissions, unjust warehousing of detainees, etc. Go to

46] – The Progressive Working Group is meeting on Sun., Jan. 11 at 1:30 PM to discuss  THE 2009 LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN ANNAPOLIS - “A CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN?”  A number of delegates and senators will attend.  The meeting will take place at the Wheaton Public Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton 20902. 

47] –  On Sun., Jan. 11 from 4 to 6 PM, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW, will host author Aaron Glantz who will discuss his book THE WAR COMES HOME.  Glantz, a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor, is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation and The Progressive and on Democracy Now!. His new book is the first to systematically document the U.S. government's neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

48] – 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., Jan. 11, Peter Lems from the AFSC and just back from Afghanistan will discuss "Afghanistan: Report on the 'Good War.’" Call 610-544-1818 or go to

49] – 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!  

50] – 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 Jan. 11. Call 410-230-0450.


51] – Obviously we are surrounded by massive crises in the Middle East, in the global economy, and for workers everywhere, the least of which for the working people in Baltimore. In light of this, Baltimore United for Peace and Justice would like to regroup to organize as effectively as possible.  MLK Day, inauguration events, March Anniversary, Caesar Chavez Day and April 4 are some key dates we'd like to put our heads together on Justice and Peace, Peace and Justice  There is a suggestion for a conference call on Sun., Jan. 11 at 8 PM.  If interested, contact Virginia Rodino at virginia.rodino at  She will provide the conference call details. She can be reached as well at 202-465-0918.

52] – 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., Jan. 12, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

53] – Join the Network to Stop Foreclosures & Evictions and the Bailout the People Movement in front of City Hall, 100 Holiday St. on Mon., Jan.12 from 4:30 to 5 PM for a press conference & rally to call on the mayor and Baltimore City Council to pass a resolution and bill that will begin to address the tremendous hardship that city residents are facing in this period of economic crisis.  The economic depression calls for innovative solutions that address the problems of foreclosures, evictions, utility shut-offs, joblessness, lack of healthcare and hunger.  For example, rally organizers will call for a moratorium on foreclosures.  Call your councilperson.  For a copy of the draft resolution, call 410-218-4835 or email

54] – 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

55] – 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., Jan. 12.  Call 410-233-0488.


56] – On Mon., Jan. 12 at 7 PM, there will be a meeting of the DC Bill of Rights Coalition in the upstairs room at the Dynasty Restaurant, 2210 14th St., NW.  Plans will be made for upcoming events in response to eroding civil liberties. Go to


57] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday.  The next meeting is on Mon., Jan. 12 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York RoadDiscuss the response to the State Police spy scandal, Witness Against Torture, meetings with legislators and the Inauguration. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


58] – 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 Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

59] – 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 Jan. 6. Go to

60] – On Tues., Jan. 13 at 7 PM, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition invites you to see a PBS documentary "Citizen King" at Academy Stadium Theater, Beltway Plaza, 6198 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD.  This documentary explores the last five years in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, one of America’s most influential moral leaders. On the eve of his birthday holiday, it will ask us to consider how to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive in today’s struggles for peace, equality and social justice. Audience discussion will follow, about how we could all help the newly inaugurated President Obama work for those same goals.  Go to Email or call 301-577-2350.

61] – The Marc Steiner Show presents the Annual Annapolis Summit, a special Two-Hour Edition of the Show featuring a conversation with Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch on Jan. 14 from 7-9:30 AM at the Phillips Seafood Restaurant, 12 Dock St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

A breakfast buffet begins at 7 AM, followed by Marc's interview with Miller and Busch from 7:30-8:30 AM. O'Malley will be interviewed from 8:30-9:30 AM.  In each hour, time will be set aside for audience members to ask questions. The show will air on WEAA FM 88.9, Morgan State University's "Voice of the Community" and WSCL 89.5 FM Public Radio Delmarva.  Tickets can be purchased for $15 by emailing or calling (443) 934-1111. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20. Go to

62] – Join the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other human rights advocates on Wed., Jan. 14 at The First 100 Days: Bringing Human Rights Home. This critical human rights summit will take place from noon to 3 PM in the Murrow/White/Lisagor Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, WDC. A series of three consecutive panels will be moderated by Annette Dickerson, director of Education and Outreach. The panels are as follows: Domestic Repression and Human Rights, Global Detention, Rendition and Torture and Ending the Imperial Presidency. Go to

63] – 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 Jan. 14. Call 215-426-0364.

64] – 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 Jan. 14. Call 215-843-4256 or email

65] – 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 Jan. 14.  Call 215-843-4256 or email


66] – On Thurs., Jan. 15, 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.

67] – Help leaflet on Fri., Jan. 16 with Progressive Democrats of America and the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare/National Single Payer Coalition at  Metro stations all around Washington, D.C. to tell people about healthcare reform and PDA's Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign. Start at 5 PM until the leaflets or crowds are gone.  You can go to any of the following: Red line: Shady Grove, Medical Center, Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Green line: College Park, Greenbelt and Branch Avenue. Orange line: New Carrollton and Largo Town CenterContact Dr. Margaret Flowers at or 410-591-0892.

68] – Gimmie Shelter Productions continues its tradition of raising funds and consciousness about the financial needs of homeless shelters by doing a fund raising benefit for Hearts Place Shelter on Fri., Jan. 16 at the Hamilton Arts Collective, 2927 Hamilton Ave. The event starts at 8 PM and features poets and musicians, including Julie Fisher, Jasaga, Alan Barysh, Susanne X, Ron Williams and Marcus Colasurdo. Call 410-532-0193. Admission is $5. Donations of clothes, toys, non-­perishable foods, socks and anything needed to survive in a homeless shelter will be accepted.

69] – On Mon., Jan. 19, march with the Pledge of Resistance in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade!  Quote Dr. King in condemning U.S. militarism.  Gather at Eutaw and Dolphin Sts. at noon.  The Pledge is in Division 3.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

70] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Jan. 27 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. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

71] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Feb. 5 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.

72] – 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.

73] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.  

74] – 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.

75] – 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


765 – 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.


77] – 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.  

78] – 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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