Friday, February 27, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

32] Takoma Park peace vigil – Feb. 27

33] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 28                           

34] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Feb. 28

35] Retreat to study Marxism – Feb. 28

36] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 28

37] Westminster peace vigil – Feb. 28

38] African Service – Mar. 1

39] Bridge peace vigil – Mar. 1

40] Healing Words of War – Mar. 1 

41] Bethesda peace vigil – Mar. 1

42] Take Back YPR meeting – Mar. 1

43] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Mar. 1

44] Pentagon vigil – Mar. 2

45] Coal Plant Action – Mar. 2

46] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 2 -- 5

41] Lobby Night: Keep Guard at home/Protect Immigrant rights – Feb. 23

47] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 2  

48] Film TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE – Mar. 2

49] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Mar. 2

50] Peace Center meeting in Frederick – Mar. 2

51] Strategy in Iraq – Mar. 3

52] No Spying legislation hearing – Mar. 3

53] Tuesday peace vigil – Mar. 3

54] Slavery documentary – Mar. 3

55] Ecolocity DC meeting -- Mar. 3

56] BCAN meeting – Mar. 3

57] Death penalty meeting – Mar. 3

58] Occupation 101 – Mar. 3

59] Keep Guard at Home legislation hearing – Mar. 3

60] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Mar. 4

61] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Mar. 4

62] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 4

63] Mobilization for Global Justice meeting – Mar. 4

64] PG County peace meeting – Mar. 4

65] WIB Peace Stand – Mar. 5

66] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Mar. 5  

67] Angela Davis speaks – Mar. 5

68] First Thursday protest of the war – Mar. 5

69] PeaceAction Montgomery meeting – Mar. 5                      

70] Vegan dating – Mar. 6

71] BUPJ meeting – Mar. 11

72] Remember the War – Mar. 19

73] Antiwar march in NYC – Apr. 4

74] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4

75] Human rights lawyer from the Congo is seeking speaking engagements

76] Join Global Zero campaign

77] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

78] Publish your peace article

79] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

80] Click on The Hunger Site  

81] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


32] –  Join the Takoma Park peace vigil, which takes place the last Friday of the month from 5 to 6 PM at Takoma Junction (Rte. 410 and Carroll Ave.).  The next vigil to end occupation in Iraq, Palestine and the White House will be Feb. 27.  Call 301-589-5410 or go to


33] – 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. 21. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


34] –  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

35] – Workers World Party will hold a retreat on Sat., Feb 28 with the theme: The Capitalist Economic Crisis and the Fight Back: A Revolutionary Marxist View.  Discussions will be led by Fred Goldstein, member of WWP National Committee and author of Low-Wage Capitalism, Colossus with Feet of Clay.  The retreat will begin at 11 AM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218. There are suggested readings which can be accessed on the web, but you do not have to read the material to attend the various sessions. Contact Steve Ceci at to get a list of the suggested readings.

There will be a lunch break from 1 to 2 PM, and the retreat will conclude at 4 PM.  There is a suggestion to cover other issues at a future date based on the consensus of the group.

36] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Feb. 21. 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] – Westminster WIB holds a vigil the last Saturday of the month. On Feb. 28 meet at 2 PM in front of the library on Main St. Please wear black, everyone welcome at all stands, signs provided. Contact


38] –  On Sun., Mar. 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.

39] – 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

40] – Healing the Wounds Of War takes place on Sun., Mar. 1 from 4 to 6 PM at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, 15 W. Church St., Frederick.  Alaine Duncan, acupuncturist and trauma specialist and clinical director, Crossings HealingWorks, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the trauma of war, will talk about her experience working with veterans, their families and their caregivers. Call 301-834-7581 or email This is a presentation of A Season for Nonviolence.  Go to  The event is co-sponsored by Women in Black Frederick and the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ.

41] – 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!  

42] – Take Back YPR is meeting on Tues, Mar. 1 at 5 PM at One World Cafe, Canterbury and University Parkway.  RSVP at 410-336-1637.We will plan the program for the event with Marc Steiner on Sun., Feb. 8 at 6 PM at St. John’s, 27th & St. Paul Sts.  


43] – 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 Mar. 1. Call 410-230-0450.

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

45] – On Mon., Mar. 2, there is a call to do “civil disobedience” at the Capitol Coal Plant, E St. SE @ New Jersey Ave. SE WDC,  by Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben.  Go to It is called Coal To Action / Capitol Climate Action, and supported by many groups. It begins at noon and is expected to go to 10 PM.

  Meet at Spirit of Justice Park, C St. and Capitol St SE.  Some Baltimore activists will catch the 9:52 AM Marc train at Penn Station. Tickets can be purchased on line at or at the station for $14 round trip.  

46] – 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

47] – 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., Mar. 2. Call 410-233-0488.

48] – On Mon., Mar. 2 at 7 PM, Witness Against Torture sponsors the film “Taxi to the Dark Side” at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW  (on corner of 16th and Newton St.), WDC 20010.  Members of TASSC and Witness Against Torture will be present to lead a discussion about the film after is showing.  It won the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The film focuses on the murder in custody of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar.  Dilawar was beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention at the Bagram Air Base.

49] – 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 will be Mar. 2, and the agenda will include a review of Lobby Night for the National Guard, the coal plant action, testimony to prevent future spying scandals and the arrest of Larry Egbert.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


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

51] – More Than “Shiites" and"Sunnis": Post-Sectarian Strategy in Iraq will be presented on Tues., Mar. 3 from 10 AM to noon at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW, WDC 20036. The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs has convened a group of distinguished Iraqi academics and professionals to develop policy recommendations for Iraq. RSVP with your name, affiliation, daytime phone number and name of the event to Elizabeth Detwiler at

52] – The hearing for the No Spying legislation is on Tues., Mar. 3 at 1 PM in both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.  Please submit written testimony explaining why you support the Freedom of Association and Assembly Protection Act (HB182/SB256) and why you oppose the State Police bill (HB311/SB266).  
53] – 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 Mar. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

54] – You are invited to participate in a viewing of the documentary, TRACES OF THE TRADE, on Tues., Mar. 3 at 6 PM at the Cork Gallery, 302 E. Federal St., 4th Floor, Doorbell #9, and a follow-up discussion.  Go to  Later there will be three conversations, as part of Fusion’s participation in the Fetzer Institute and Maryland Public Television’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness. Go to www.loveandforgive.orgRSVP and indicate if you plan to commit to the entire series of conversations: 410-889-4700 or  This will be a potluck dinner event, so bring something to share.  

   In the documentary, producer/director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners. Go to

55] – 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 Mar. 2. Go to

56] –  BCAN is hosting the Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment,  Shari Wilson, on Tues., Mar. 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, MD 21093.  After her presentation, there will be a brief BCAN meeting. Go to

You email or call 410-812-1447.  To carpool, go to

57] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Mar. 3 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.

58] – On Tues., Mar. 3 at 7 PM, see the documentary Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority at the Baltimore Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. Univ. Pkwy.  Refreshments will be served. There is a sliding scale suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.  The film examines the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. Go to The film is presented by the Baltimore Palestine Solidarity. Go to


59] – The Keep the Guard at Home legislation will have a Senate hearing at 1 PM on Wed., Mar. 4 in 2 West Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis. The committee hearing this bill will discuss a number of other bills, so it is impossible to predict when the Guard legislation testimony will take place.


Anyone can submit written testimony, which will then be part of the public record. If you testify, you are limited to three minutes.  Also you must make 20 copies available of your testimony an hour in advance to the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs staff at 2 West, Miller Senate Building.  Please follow this format: Testimony of [your name or organization] to the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee March 4, 2009 SB 501--Public Safety - National Guard Deployment - Governor's Powers SUPPORT.  The committee number is 410-841-3661.  


60] – 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 Mar. 4. Call 215-426-0364.

61] – 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 Mar. 4. Call 215-843-4256 or email

62] – 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 Mar. 4.  Call 215-843-4256 or email


63] – There will be a Mobilization for Global Justice meeting at 7 PM on Wed., Mar. 4 at St. Stephens Church, 16th & Newton Sts., NW, WDC.  Exit at the Columbia Heights Metro stop.  The meeting takes place the first Wednesday of the month.  Email  


64] – The Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Greenbelt Community Center.  The next meeting is Mar. 4. Call 301-577-2350.


65] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Mar. 5, noon-1PM in Towson at northwest corner of Washington & Chesapeake Aves., across the street from the post office, near the courthouse. Contact This vigil takes place on the first Thursday of the month.


66] – On Thurs., Mar. 5, 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] – Angela Davis speaks on “Feminism, Anti-Racism and Abolition Democracy" at the Women's Center at Towson U.'s University Union --Potomac Lounge (2nd Floor) on Thurs., Mar. 5 at 6 PM. Call 410-704-2051 or email

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

69] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next being Mar. 5, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

70] –  The Yabba Pot Café, 2431 St. Paul St., is sponsoring Vegan Speed Dating on Fri., Mar. 6 at 7:30 PM.  The cost is $5 to participate.  If you need your good fortune read - Sistah Althea will be in the corner giving five minute reading for only $10.  Call 410-662-TOFU.


71] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Wed., Mar. 11 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on organizing an anniversary commemoration of the Iraq War in March and the April 4 march and rally in NYC.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


72] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice is again planning a Public Meeting on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on Thurs., Mar. 19.  There will be a vigil from 6 to 7 PM, tentatively scheduled for York Road and Woodbourne Ave.  The program will start at 7 PM at Govans-Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road.  The theme of the evening will be to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his campaign to end the Vietnam War and for Labor Rights.  Call 410 433-3269.

73] – There will be a United for Peace and Justice demonstration in New York City on Sat., Apr. 4, anniversary of Dr. King's 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" speech and his assassination in 1968 and concurrent with international demonstrations for peace on the 60th anniversary of NATO.  Buses leave from Stony Run Friends, 5116 N. Charles St. at 7 AM with a return around 11 PM.  Tickets are $40.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

74] – 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.

75] – Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, a human rights lawyer and women’s activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is in the DC area waiting for asylum. She works with seven local organizations to end the horrific sexual violence against women in the eastern region of the Congo. She is eager to speak to audiences about her situation and that of the DRC. Though she will speak for free, honoraria or donations (even Metro cards, or food/grocery gift certificates) would help her meet her day to day needs. Call her at 202-355-4511.

76] – 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.  

77] – 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.

78] – 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


79] – 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.


80] – 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.  

81] – 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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