Sunday, May 10, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

36] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 11 — May 14

37] Protest the death penalty – May 11

38] Town Hall with Steny Hoyer – May 11

39] Pledge of Resistance meeting – May 11

40] Put Single Payer on the table – May 12

41] Tuesday peace vigil – May 12

42] Femicide in Guatemala – May 12

43] Death penalty meeting – May 12

44] Ecolocity DC meeting – May 12

45] Report from Gaza – May 12

46] Single Payer rally – May 13

47] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – May 13

48] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – May 13

49] Test Ban Treaty debate – May 13

50] BCAN meeting – May 13

51] Ayres & Dohrn at Pratt – May 13

52] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – May 13

53] Energy Efficiency Expo – May 14

54] Israel/Palestine roundtable – May 14

55] BECRN meeting – May 14

56] Gaza Relief – May 15

57] Trip to Nicaragua? – May 14 or 15

58] March for Troy Davis – May 18

59] Film PUMP UP THE VOLUME – May 22

60] Gaza benefit – May 30

61] English teachers needed in Kurdistan – June 1

62] MoveOn is looking for a Baltimore co-ordinator

63] Help available in buying a house 

64] John Judge seeking housemate

65] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

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

67] Join Global Zero campaign

68] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

69] Publish your peace article

70] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

71] Click on The Hunger Site  

72] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


36] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 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

37] – 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., May 11.  Call 410-233-0488.


38] – Attend a Town Hall meeting on Mon., May 1 with Rep. Steny Hoyer on the College Park Campus of Univ. of MD from 6:30-8 PM.  The meeting has been organized by CCAN, the MD Student Climate Coalition, MD League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action and Environment MD.  To register and learn more, go to


39] – 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 May 11, and the agenda will include legislative visits, oral arguments in an appeal in U.S. District Court in D.C. and upcoming antiwar activities.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

40] – On Tues., May 12, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, rally for single payer outside the Senate Finance Committee in the Dirksen Senate Building, Constitution Ave. and 1st St.  The Maryland chapter of Physicians for a National Health wants to put Single Payer on the table.  Call 410-591-0892 or email

41] – 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 May 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

42] – On Tues., May 12, from 6 to 8 PM at the Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., NE, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission sponsors a fundraiser and report on femicide in Guatemala.   A donation of $20 per person/$10 students is requested.  One year after the passage of the Anti-Femicide Law, the number of women brutally murdered is higher than ever before. Why?  Come and find out.  Proceeds support GHRC’s Campaign, “For Women’s Right to Live.”

43] –  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 May 12. Go to

44] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., May 12 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include getting the men off of Maryland’s death row, outreach and the Troy Davis case. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

45] – There will be a report on Tues., May 12 at 7 PM about the Code Pink Delegation to Gaza.  It will be at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of Maryland Peabody Room, 4 E. Univ. Pkwy.  Pam Rasmussen, a member of the Code Pink Palestine/Israel campaign, will discuss her participation in a delegation of more than 60 people to the Gaza Strip.  The trip, coinciding with International Women's Day on March 8th, included Alice Walker, the parents of Rachel Corrie, Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright.  The delegation was invited by the United Nations Gender Division to hand-deliver humanitarian aid in the region, after the Israeli assault there killed more than 1400 and left thousands homeless.  Funds will be collected to send aid to the Gaza Strip with the suggested donation being $20.

46] – On Wed., May 13 join National Lobby Day and Rally for Single-Payer in Washington, D.C.  Leading the charge is the California Nurses Association, whose members will be joined by the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care.  At 9 AM, there will be a strategy session/lobbying training at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave., NW.  At 11 AM, march to Upper Senate Park, Constitution Ave. and D St. for the noon rally.  If you would like to join a delegation to meet with your representative, contact Katie Robbins at 1-800-453-1305.

The Maryland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program will join the Single Payer Rally. Congress members Conyers, Kucinich and Massa and actor Mike Farrell and Dr. Margaret Flowers will speak.  At 3 PM, Kucinich, Farrell and Dr. Flowers will hold a press conference in the Rayburn House Office Building. Call 410-591-0892 or email

47] – 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 May 13. Call 215-426-0364.

48] – 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 May 13. Call 215-843-4256 or email

49] – On Wed., May 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association, and Stephen Rademaker, former Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, will debate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), B1 Conference Center, 1800 K St., NW, WDC. RSVP to 

50] – At the BCAN meeting ( on Wed., May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Julie E. Gabrielli, founder of www.GOforChange.coma movement that helps ordinary people contribute to the sustainability of the planet in powerful, life-changing ways, will make a presentation: Greening, Meaning, and Authentic Change. A Fulfilling Life that's Also Good for the Earth. She will speak at the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, 21286.  A brief BCAN meeting will follow.  Inexpensive parking available in adjacent garage, which provides direct access, via third level, to the library. After the discussion, the conversation will continue at a nearby eatery.  Call 410-812-1447 or email mail [at] with questions or to carpool.

51] – Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn talk about their new book RACE COURSE: Against White Supremacy at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral St. on Wed., May 13 at 6:30 PM. Ayers is a distinguished professor education at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Dohrn is the director of the Children and Family Law Justice Center and a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law. Go to

52] – 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 May 13.  Call 215-843-4256 or email

53] – Be at the 12th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in the Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room, Independence Ave. and New Jersey Ave., SE, WDC 20515, on Thurs., May 14 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.  There will be more than 50 exhibits. From 11 AM to noon, there will be welcoming remarks by members of Congress; from noon to 4:30 PM, there is a series of panel discussions.  The speakers will be in the Veterans’ Affairs Committee Room, 335 Cannon House Office Building.

This year’s EXPO will bring together more than fifty businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies.  Contact Ken Bossong, Sustainable Energy Coalition, at 301-270-6477 x.23 or

54] – On Thurs., May 14, 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.

55] –  BECRN will meet on Thurs., May 14 at 5:30 PM at the ACORN office, 16 W. 25th St. Some possible agenda items are as follows: foreclosures, including Council Bill 09-0289:, outreach, tracking the ARRA funds, a new way forward, education and budget results.

56] –  GAZA RELIEF, an event to benefit the children of the Gaza Strip, features Mai Abdul Rahman, American Palestinian Women’s Association [], Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Global Exchange []. The event on Fri., May 15 will begin with refreshments & music at 6:30 PM, and the discussion will start at 7 PM.  The requested donation for the event at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD, is $10. Call the Howard County Coalition for Peace & Justice, POB 94, Columbia, MD 21045, at 410-531-5610. All donations will go to provide school supplies, backpacks and playground equipment for children in Gaza.

57] – Have you considered a life-changing trip to NicaraguaCasa Baltimore/Limay is organizing a delegation for the last two weeks of July 2009, roughly July 17-31.  You’re invited to attend an information session where you can get additional responses to any questions or concerns you may have about such a trip. Barb Larcom is holding two such sessions – choose whichever one best fits your schedule: either Thurs., May 14 or Fri., May 15 at 7 PM at 2743 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218. Call Barb at 410-662-6292.


58] – Stop the execution of Troy Davis.  On Mon., May 18, gather at Charles and Monument Sts. Then march to the SuperMax for a Speak Out at the SuperMax.  Sign the petition at Contact the Baltimore Campaign to End the Death penalty at 443-386-8097 or bcadp @ Go to


59] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is First Amendment rights.  The next film is PUMP UP THE VOLUME [USA, 1990], which will be shown on Fri., May 22 at a private home on a large-screen television.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

Christian Slater is a high school student who does not fit in. As an outsider he starts up a pirate radio station, and the principal and the FCC go after him.  His only friend is played by Samantha Mathis.

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.

60] – On Sat., May 30, PeaceAction Montgomery is hosting a benefit luncheon, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Proceeds will go to help build a playground for the children in Gaza. The speakers are Frida Berrigan on U.S. military spending and Pam Rasmussen on her recent trip to Gaza. The food will be provided by Lebanese Taverna. RSVP at or 301-570-0923.

61] – Three English teachers are needed to teach young Kurdish students at a private language institute in Suleimaniya in the Kurdish north of Iraq. Room and board and 2 meals per day will be provided and teachers will be paid a stipend. Teachers will have to provide for their own airfare.  Teachers are needed from June 1 through August 31, 2009


Contact Michele Naar-Obed at obedsinduluth at or 218-728-0629.  Go to


62] – Jonny Akchin is interested in getting MoveOn organized once again in Baltimore. If interested, call 443-629-2044 or email affirmativeakchin at


63] – A progressive-thinking realtor is indicating that people of modest incomes can get assistance from both the state and federal governments in purchasing a home.  If you are interested in speaking with him about available programs, call Max at 410-366-1637.


64] – John Judge is seeking a housemate to share a large house on a hill, overlooking D.C. in the Hillcrest region of Anacostia, SE. Just off Pennsylvania Ave., it is on a quiet, residential and tree-lined street with good neighbors. Call him at 202-583-5347.


65] – Larry Egbert and Nick Sheridan are in Baltimore awaiting further legal developments, and the "Georgia Four" is seeking contributions to a legal defense fund.  Go to to make a contribution.

66] – 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.

67] – 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.  

68] – 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.

69] – 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


70] – 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.


71] – 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.  

72] – 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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