Thursday, February 5, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 5 - April 4, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 5 – 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] 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                      

16] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Feb. 6

17] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 6                     

18] White House vigil – Feb. 6                      

19] Change WE NEED! – Feb. 6-9

20] Support The Congo demo – Feb. 6

21] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Feb. 6

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 Chester, PA – Feb. 7

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                                                        

35] Bethesda peace vigil – Feb. 8

36] Military recruitment in an economic crisis – Feb. 8

37] Marc Steiner discusses public radio – Feb. 8

38] Support Gaza – 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 Annapolis – Feb. 9

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 Philadelphia – Feb. 11

52] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Feb. 11

53] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 11

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 Washington Peace Center – deadline Feb. 13

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

62] THE CAMDEN 28 film – Feb. 27

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 Washington Peace Center

68] Click on The Hunger Site  

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

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 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.     


6] – 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.

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 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

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, PO Box 94, Columbia, MD  21045. Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.

9] – Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linked with Nicaragua for 23 years, is hosting an online silent auction.  Some of the items open for bid are a Baldwin piano, a print by a famous Cuban designer, beautiful Nicaraguan art, computer services, cabinetmaking, massage therapy, babysitting and coaching in Spanish and music and communications. The proceeds from this auction, and from the associated Fiesta Tropical, on Sat., Feb. 7, will benefit Casa Baltimore/Limay's friendship-city work with Limay, Nicaragua.


To participate in the auction, go to  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 with a subject of "Auction Bid."  Include the name of the item and the amount you want to bid. 

10] – The United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave., N.E., WDC, is hosting a Nakba Photo Exhibit: The Story of the Palestinians, 1948 to 2009.   The Exhibit will be on display in the lobby from 9 AM to 5 PM through Tues., Feb. 24,

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 Post your vision of peace right away, but no later than Sat., Feb. 28.  Contact Kelly Guinan at or 402-426-5240.

12] – Witness Against Torture continues its 100 Days Campaign.  Go to   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 Guantanamo with deliberate speed.  Witness Against Torture will have a team in D.C. for the duration of the campaign and will provide logistical support to all participants.

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 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.

14] – On Thurs., Feb. 5, from 7 to 9 PM, DC Statehood, Yes We Can: Now Is Our Time! will be held at UDC Building 39, Second Floor (Law Dept.) on Conn. Ave. There will be a lively discussion hosted by the DC Statehood Green Party.  Call 202-536-4065.


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 Inner Harbor, corner Pratt and Light.  Everyone welcome, wear black if you can.  See or write or call 410-467-9114.

17] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Feb. 6 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


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 Iraq War" hosted by Military Families Speak Out on Fri., Feb. 6 from noon to 3 PM at the Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., WDC.  RSVP at  The Teach-In will feature testimonies from those whose lives have been directly impacted by the war.

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 Arlington to the White House. At 11 AM, meet at the front gates of the cemetery outside the exit of the Arlington Metro.  On Sun., there will be a Meet and Greet and Legislative Briefing from 3 to 7 PM at the Marriott Metro Center.  On Mon., there will be meetings and a letter drop on the Hill.  At 9 AM, meet in the cafeteria in the Rayburn building. Go to

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 Rwanda's aggression towards the Congo.

21] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Feb. 6 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.

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 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

23] – When it comes to war, America means business. On Fri., Feb. 6 at 7 PM, the Just-Reel First Friday Film Series begins at the Peace Center of Delaware County with a full screen showing of WAR, INC (2008) starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Ben Kingsley, Dan Aykroyd, and Hilary Duff. It is directed by Joshua Seftel. The  film, with more than a few biting references to the clique that just left Washington, DC, is an over the top anti-war satire and bizarrely frenzied send up of the corporate privatization of war and occupation that underscores U.S. policy internationally.  The peace center is at 1001 Old Sproul Road (just behind the Car Wash at the corner of Sproul Road & Old Marple Road) in  Springfield, PA.  For directions, go to  Call 610-544-1818.

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

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 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 Feb. 6. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


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 "Chester County Victory Movement" but has grown and persisted.  Go to


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 Annapolis.  This will be followed by a demonstration in Church Circle in support of serious legislation to prevent this spying from happening again.  Members of the Pledge of Resistance will leave Baltimore at 10:30 AM in a carpool. Email mobuszewski [at] or call 410-366-1637. 

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 or email

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 Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. The site is Metro accessible on Red Line, Bethesda stop. There is no charge.   Father Rocco Puopolo, executive director of the AFRICAN FAITH AND JUSTICE NETWORK (AFJN) will speak about "RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AS A ROAD TO PEACE."   RSVP by e-mailing Durga at

31] – The funeral for William Thomas will be at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, WDC 20005, on Sat., Feb. 7 at 4 PM.  Go to

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  Sponsored by Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linked with Nicaragua. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linking the Baltimore region with San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, for over 23 years. 


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  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] – 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 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 GazaThe funds raised will benefit the United Palestinian Appeal to provide emergency humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza who are desperately in need of food, clothing, medicine, shelter and counseling after the Israeli bombing and ground campaign. Fuad Foty, a Palestinian Oud (lute) player and singer will perform. The suggested donation would be $5-$20, but no one turned away due to lack of funds. Go to

39] – 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. 8. Call 410-230-0450.

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.

Maryland needs a law protecting our First Amendment Rights! Lobby your State delegates and senators for "no spying" legislation. We need a bill to prohibit the MSP or any law enforcement agency from spying on peaceful activists, covertly infiltrating their gatherings, compiling dossiers on them and their beliefs in criminal intelligence databases, absent reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Legislator-constituent meetings will take place from 6 to 8 PM.  Stop by the reception room in the President's Conference Center East I, Miller Senate Building for snacks and to report on your meetings. Call 410-889-8555 or email 

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] – 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  This is a chance to come and see first-hand the work Common Cause is doing in Annapolis and to meet the Maryland staff and the senators and delegates who are working to push a public interest agenda forward in 2009.  Call 202-833-1200.

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

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 Baltimore.  Call Michelle if you want to participate: 443-804-0365.


47] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

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

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 America's Economic Future, co-sponsored by The American Prospect, Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Institute for America's Future.

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 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW WDC 20004.  There will be a live webcast at  The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: RSVP to with your name and affiliation.


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 Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Feb. 11. Call 215-426-0364.

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

53] – 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 Feb. 11.  Call 215-843-4256 or email


54] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Wed., Feb. 11 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will include a discussion about the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, an anniversary commemoration of the Iraq War in March and the April 4 march and rally in NYC.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


55] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Wed., Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM in the Rotunda, 711 W. 40th Street, Suite 216 [Clean Water Action suite is 209]. Call 410-206-3830. 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.


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 Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


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


58] – The Washington Peace Letter has a 5000 person circulation in the DC area and beyond. Submit an article to Latanya at or call the Peace Center with any questions: 202 234 2000. Deadline for submissions to the March issue is Fri., Feb. 13.  A feature length piece should be no longer than 1500 words, and a short profile of people or issues should be between 500-1000 words.


59] – 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].  However, the next meeting is Feb. 16, as the group will be in Annapolis on Feb. 9 to lobby for tough anti-spying legislation.  At the next Pledge meeting, the agenda will include a discussion of Lobby Day, the MSP spy scandal and antiwar actions.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

60] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Feb. 17 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include the spy scandal, death penalty legislation and an anti-death penalty demonstration. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

61] – Lobby Night to Keep the Maryland Guard at Home is Mon., Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 8 PM in Annapolis.  Meet with your legislators is the best way to help pass legislation to keep the Guard at home.  The reception room is in the Neall Conference Room, 2nd floor, James Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St.  Email

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 CAMDEN 28.  Director Anthony Giacchino asks the question, how far would you go to stop a war? On Aug. 22, 1971, twenty-eight activists broke into a Camden, NJ federal building to destroy draft files.  This documentary revisits that action and the subsequent trial. It will be shown on Fri., Feb. 27 at a private home on a large-screen television.  If interested in seeing THE CAMDEN 28, call Max at 410-366-1637.

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: 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


67] – 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.


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; 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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