"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
1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Max is seeking housing
5] Chuck Michaels needs help with transportation
6] Buy Mankekolo’s book
7] Start Loving is fasting for a $200 billion cutback in military spending
8] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA
9] Casa Baltimore/Limay online auction – through Feb. 7
10] Nakba Exhibit – through Feb. 24
11] Peace Support Network video contest – through Feb. 28
12] Witness Against Torture 100 Days Campaign – through Apr. 30
13] First Thursday protest of the war – Feb. 5
14] D.C. Statehood – Feb. 5
15] PeaceAction Montgomery meeting – Feb. 5
17] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 6
18] White House vigil – Feb. 6
19] Change WE NEED! – Feb. 6-9
20] Support The
21] Silent vigil at
22] Eco/Justice Café – Feb. 6
23] Showing of WAR, INC. – Feb. 6
24] Vigil at Walter Reed – Feb. 6
25] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 6
26] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 7
27] Peace vigil in
28] Help deliver anti-spying letter to governor – Feb. 7
29] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 7
30] Peace Meal – Feb. 7
31] William Thomas funeral – Feb. 7
32] Fiesta Tropical – Feb. 7
33] African Service – Feb. 8
34] Bridge peace vigil – Feb. 8
36] Military recruitment in an economic crisis – Feb. 8
37] Marc Steiner discusses public radio – Feb. 8
39] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Feb. 8
40] Pentagon vigil – Feb. 9
41] Pledge to join ACLU’s Lobby Day – Feb. 9 -- 12
42] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 9 -- 12
43] Death penalty demonstration – Feb. 9
44] Common Cause in
45] Dr. Maathai at Goucher – Feb. 9
46] ACORN foreclosure action – Feb. 10
47] Tuesday peace vigil – Feb. 10
48] Ecolocity DC meeting -- Feb. 10
49] Economic Future conference – Feb. 11
50] Sex and War discussion – Feb. 11
51] Peace vigil in
52] Peace vigil in W.
54] BUPJ meeting – Feb. 11
55] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Feb. 11
56] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Feb. 12
57] Nuclear warhead debate – Feb. 12
58] Submit an article to the
59] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 16
60] Death penalty meeting – Feb. 17
61] Lobby Night: Keep Guard at home/Protect Immigrant rights – Feb. 23
63] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4
64] Join Global Zero campaign
65] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
66] Publish your peace article
67] Become a member of the
68] Click on The Hunger Site
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 http://thomas.loc.gov/. 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
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5] – 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
6] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo has returned to live in
7] – 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 http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/. He wrote that he will continue until either Dennis Kucinich informs him the transfer will take place or his body gives out.
8] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. For more details and to download the order form, go to http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/fair_trade/index.html.
Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to HoCoFoLA,
9] – Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linked with
To participate in the auction, go to http://www.CasaBaltimoreLimay.org. The online auction will continue until 4 PM on Feb. 7. It will then be carried over to the fiesta, and the winning bids will be announced at 9:45 PM.
Note the minimum bid on each item, and then check the website for the current high bid. You can place your bid by sending an email to email@example.com with a subject of "Auction Bid." Include the name of the item and the amount you want to bid.
10] – The
11] – The Peace Support Network is sponsoring a YouTube video contest. Create a short film based on the theme, "Create Peace". Show us your creativity and you could be given the grand prize of $1000 or three runner-up prizes. All ages, school classrooms, not-for-profit groups, as well as individuals are urged to participate! For complete details go to http://celebratingpeace.org/videos.cfm. Post your vision of peace right away, but no later than Sat., Feb. 28. Contact Kelly Guinan at www.celebratingpeace.org or 402-426-5240.
12] – Witness Against Torture continues its 100 Days Campaign. Go to www.100dayscampaign.org. Groups have taken on each week through Apr. 30, and there will be daily vigils at the White House. As well, there will be organized activities from film screenings to lectures and community meetings. These activities are designed to mobilize people concerned about torture and keep sustained pressure on our elected officials to close
13] – 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
14] – On Thurs., Feb. 5, from 7 to 9 PM, DC Statehood, Yes We Can: Now Is Our Time! will be held at
15] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next being Feb. 5, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.
16] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Feb. 6 from noon-1 PM at the
17] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Feb. 6 at
18] – 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.
19] – The Change WE Need: Bring them Home NOW! is "A Teach-In on Ending the
Military Families Speak Out, PO Box 300549, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, will be in D.C. from Fri., Feb 6 through Mon., Feb. 9. On Sat. there will be a march from
20] – 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
21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Feb. 6 from 5 to 6 PM outside of
22] – 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 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 Feb. 6, followed by "First Fridays" on 3/6, 4/3, 5/1 and 6/6.
TABLE SPACE IS AVAILABLE for no charge. Contact GalinaSergen@yahoo.com 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 http://www.law.udc.edu/?page=AFJ.
23] – When it comes to war,
24] – 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 http://www.codepinkalert.org/Local_CODEPINKs_Washington_DC.shtml.
25] – 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
26] – 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 Feb. 7. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.
27] – 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 "
28] – Groups who were spied on by the Maryland State Police sent a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley asking him to have all of the secret files released in an unredacted form. Unfortunately, the governor has failed to respond.
On Sat., Feb. 7 at noon, a number of activists will deliver another copy of the letter to the governor’s mansion in
29] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Feb. 7. 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 http://www.quaker.org/langleyhill/seekpeace.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
30] – On Sat., Feb. 7 at 1 PM, Global Coalition for Peace invites you to a Peace Meal at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815. The program starts with interfaith prayers and possibly songs, followed by blessing of the food ceremony, then the speaker's address along with a hot vegetarian lunch. Park by
31] – The funeral for William Thomas will be at the
32] – On Sat., Feb. 7, from 7 PM to midnight, a "Fiesta Tropical" with a Nicaraguan beach theme will be held at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. This is a family event featuring savory crepes by Sofi's, authentic Latin American entrees, and tropical fruits and other mouth-watering desserts. Entertainment includes live steel drum performances, salsa instruction, and Latin dance music by WEAA DJ Guillermo Brown. A silent auction will highlight Nicaraguan art and other valuable items and services.
Advance tickets are on sale through Thurs., Feb. 5 for $25 one adult, $20 additional adults and $10 children ages 6 to 12. Higher-priced tickets are available at the door. Call 410-662-6292 or 240-372-7324, or go to www.CasaBaltimoreLimay.org. Sponsored by Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linked with
33] – On Sun., Feb. 8, 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 email@example.com. Go to www.orgsites.com\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
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] – 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., Feb. 8, Oscar Castro, AFSC national staff, Youth & Militarism program, will present a power-point analysis of military recruitment during a time of economic distress. Call 610-544-1818 or go to www.brandywinepeace.com. One example of military outreach is on display at the “Army Experience” simulation game center at the Franklin Mills Mall.
37] – Take Back WYPR is holding a forum with Marc Steiner speaking on Sun., Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 PM at St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St. There will be a discussion on the precarious state of public radio. Contact Maria Allwine at 443-762-0892 or Max at 410-366-1637. Thanks to Red Emma's Collective.
38] – SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF GAZA by attending a benefit on Sun., Feb. 8, 6-9 PM, at UNMC Church, 1810 16th St. NW, WDC. There will be Middle Eastern food, Palestinian music and speakers who will discuss the crisis in
39] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at
40] – 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. 9, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.
41] – Members of the Pledge of Resistance will carpool to Annapolis at 4 PM on Mon., Feb 9 to attend the ACLU’s Lobby Day to End Political Spying starting at 5:30 PM in Lawyers Mall. Call Max at 410-366-1637.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
43] – 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. 9. Call 410-233-0488.
44] – Common Cause invites you to join them on Mon., Feb. 9 at 6 PM in the Montgomery County Delegation Room, House of Delegates, Lowe House Office Building, Annapolis, MD. RSVP at http://www.commoncause.org/MD/AnnapolisReception. This is a chance to come and see first-hand the work Common Cause is doing in
45] – Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai—the Kenyan environmental and political activist who, in 2004, became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize—will present a lecture in Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium at 8 PM on Mon., Feb. 9. Email email@example.com.
46] – ACORN is planning another day of action to end foreclosures on Tues., Feb. 10. It is part of a national day of action, and there will be delegations from other cities that will join the group in
47] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at
48] – 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 Feb. 3. Go to http://ecolocity.ning.com www.ecacollective.org.
49] – Attend the "Thinking Big, Thinking Forward" conference on Wed., Feb. 11 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. Join Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman and other experts and leaders on for this Conference on
50] – Sex and War: How Biology Explains War and Offers a Path to Peace features Malcolm Potts, Bixby Professor of Population and Family Planning, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Gibbons, correspondent, Science Magazine. The event is happening on Wed., Feb. 11 from 3 to 5 PM with a reception to follow. Gather in the 5th Floor Conference Room of the
Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path or a Safer World traces the cultural and biological evolution of warfare from its prehuman origins to our own times. In the spirit of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden pull together insights from history, archaeology, psychology, and biology to produce a clarifying new understanding of human history and current events.
Sex and War shows that war, terrorism, slavery, and the subjugation of women have common roots deep in our biological history. Evolution is not destiny, however, and the authors argue that relatively simple strategies can help the biology of peace win out over the biology of war. In doing so, they lay out a roadmap to make war less likely in the future, and less brutal when it does occur.
51] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in
52] – 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 Feb. 11. Call 215-843-4256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
53] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in
55] – The Crabshell
56] – On Thurs., Feb. 12, 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
57] – On Thurs., Feb. 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Clark Murdock, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund, "Project on Nuclear Issues Debates the Issues: Reliable Replacement Warhead" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW, B1 Conference Center, WDC. RSVP to email@example.com.
58] – The Washington Peace Letter has a 5000 person circulation in the DC area and beyond. Submit an article to Latanya at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
59] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the AFSC,
60] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Feb. 17 at 7 PM at the AFSC,
61] – Lobby Night to Keep the
Casa de Maryland is having it lobby night on the same day from 7 to 8 PM in Lawyers Mall. Call 240-353-2288.
62] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is First Amendment rights. The next film is THE
Doors open at 7 PM, and the DVD starts at 7:30 PM. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. A discussion will follow.
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] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.
65] – 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.
66] – 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 email@example.com.
67] – Become an active member of the
68] – 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.
69] – 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 http://prop1.org; call 202-682-4282.
"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