Friday, September 18, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 19 – October 10, 2009


24] West Baltimore Community Harvest – Sept. 19

25] Town Hall with Wendell Potter – Sept. 19

26] Olney vigil to end the war – Sept. 19                         

27] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Sept. 19                    

28] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 19

29] International Day of Prayer – Sept. 20/21

30] Updating the Enlightenment – Sept. 20

31] African service – Sept. 20

32] Bridge peace vigil – Sept. 20

33] Quaker Peace Vigil – Sept. 20

34] Bethesda peace vigil – Sept. 20

35] Peace vigil – Sept. 20

36] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Sept. 20

37] Healthcare Justice Week – Sept. 20-27

38] Pentagon vigil – Sept. 21

39] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 21 — Sept. 24

40] Protest the death penalty – Sept. 21

41] BUPJ meeting – Sept. 21

42] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Sept. 21

43] Witness Against Torture vigil – Sept. 22

44] Tuesday peace vigil – Sept. 22

45] Ecolocity DC meeting – Sept. 22

46] Pray for Peace – Sept. 22

47] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Sept. 23

48] Protest Army Experience Center – Sept. 23

49] Farm to School Movement – Sept. 23

50] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Sept. 23

51] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Sept. 24

52] Compassionate Listening Workshop – Sept. 25-26

53] Max will be at the Baltimore Book Festival – Sept. 25-27

54] Radical Bookfair Pavilion – Sept. 25-27

55] Kathy Kelly at Hood College – Sept. 29

56] Seek Justice – Pursue Peace conference – Oct. 1-3

57] First Thursday demo – Oct. 1

58] Death penalty meeting – Oct. 1

59] One Less Car – Oct. 4

60] Pre-action meeting/Direct action at the White House – Oct. 4/5

61] Merton workshop – Oct. 10

62] Get Howard Ehrlich’s book HATE CRIMES AND ETHNOVIOLENCE

63] Buy a red maple tree

64] Help available in buying a house 

65] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

66] Join Global Zero campaign

67] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

68] Publish your peace article

69] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

70] Click on The Hunger Site  

71] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


24] – The West Baltimore Community Harvest takes place on Sat., Sept. 19 from

8 AM to noon (rain or shine) at the W. Baltimore MARC Station Lot. There will be a Farmer's Market, Community Planning and Vision Area, Job Training & Opportunity Info, Housing & Homeownership Info, Health Services, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Puppet Making Workshop, drumming and face painting. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.  This event is sponsored by the West Baltimore MARC TOD/Transportation, Inc. in partnership with Baltimore City DOT and MTA Department of External Affairs.  Go to


25] – “THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY: AN INSIDER SPEAKS OUT,” A TOWN HALL MEETING WITH WENDELL POTTER, former Chief of Corporate Communications, CIGNA, is Sat., Sept. 19 from 11 AM to 1 PM. The town hall will be held at The Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA. Contact Henry D’Silva at 267-679-0617.


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 Sept. 19. 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] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 19. 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

29] – The International Day of Prayer for Peace is Mon., Sept. 21.  Some churches will observe this day on Sun., Sept. 20. This event comes out of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Register your commitment on the International Day of Peace Vigil website at and make it known to others who would like to join in.

There will be a gathering at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. Go to

30] – The Baltimore Ethical Society meets on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM in the Congress Hotel, 306 W. Franklin St. for talks by invited speakers, discussions, and fellowship. On Sun., Sept. 20, Stewart Jordan, PhD, humanist and scientist, will discuss “Updating the Enlightenment.” Call 410-581-2322.

31] – On Sun., Sept. 20, 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.

32] – 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

33] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


34] – 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!  


35] – On Sun., Sept. 20, from 5 to 6 PM, there will be an ecumenical peace vigil in Lafayette Park!  You are invited to join the latest in a series of peace vigils designed to give members of Washington area churches--Episcopalians, Methodists, UCC'ers, Presbyterians, Baptists, Mennonites, Quakers, Lutherans, Unitarians, Catholics and all others--a chance to pray together for an end to the tragic war in Iraq. The vigil is a locally organized witness affiliated with Christian Peace Witness for Iraq (CPWI).  The vigil will take place on the third Sunday of the month, at 5 PM, until the war comes to an end.


36] – 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 Sept. 20. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


37] – Healthcare Justice Week is Sun., Sept. 20 through Sun., Sept. 37.  Go to Be in Washington, D.C. on Fri., Sept. 24 at 4:30 PM in Upper Senate Park for the 3rd Annual Health Care Justice Vigil.  Join the Mad as Hell Doctors for their WDC rally on Wed., Sept. 30 in Lafayette Square Park from 4 to 7 PM.  Go to Call Congress and tell your rep. to support Rep. Weiner's single-payer healthcare amendment, and to retain Rep. Kucinich's state single-payer amendment.  Ask your senators to support S. 703.


 There is a need for volunteers on Sept. 20 to set up a display on the National Mall of U.S. flags to represent the number of people who die each day in this country because they lack health care.  More flags will be added each day.  Also needed are volunteers to staff the tent and pass out sample national health care cards, collect petition signatures and hand out fliers between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM. Volunteers are needed to take down the exhibit on the 27th. Then there is a need to watch the exhibit during the off hours - 6 PM to 10 AM. Contact Margaret Flowers at or at 410-591-0892.


38] – 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., Sept. 21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

39] – 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

40] – 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.  However, the next vigil is scheduled for Mon., Sept. 21.  Call 410-233-0488.


41] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Sept. 21 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on planning two events, a town hall meeting on Tues., Oct. 13 at Goucher College where Phyllis Bennis will speak and Rep. Donna Edwards will be invited and a forum to get ready for the legislative session in Annapolis.  As this meeting ends, the Pledge meeting will begin.


42] – 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 will be Sept. 21, and the agenda will include a review of the protest of Karl Rove’s speech at Goucher College on Sept. 16, the hearing on the merger between Constellation Energy and EDF on Sept. 17 and direct action at the White House on Oct. 5  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


43] – On Tues., Sept. 22 at 5:30 PM, Witness Against Torture will continue its weekly vigil, each Tuesday, in Lafayette Park, H and 16th Sts., NW. Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


44] – 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 Sept. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

45] –  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 Aug. 25. Go to

46] – Fr. Charles Cloughen Jr. [] invites you to pray for peace on Tues., Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM at Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson [Exit 28 on the Beltway].

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 Sept. 23. Call 215-426-0364.

48] – Vigil against child recruitment on Wed., Sept. 23 from 4:30 to 6 PM.  On the 4th Wednesday of the month, there is a protest vigil at the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall, Knights and Woodhaven Roads, NE Philadelphia.  It is co-sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community and other groups.  Go to

49] – The Baltimore Climate Action Network,, is holding its next public meeting 'How Baltimore is becoming a Model for the national Farm-to-School Movement' with speaker: Tony Geraci, director of Food and Nutrition for Baltimore City Public Schools, and Greg Strella, farm manager of Great Kids Farm, is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 23 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Towson Library Meeting Room. Restaurateur Geraci is one of the architects of the national Farm-to-School movement.  His department is using a 33 acre Catonsville farm for vocational training and organic food production for Baltimore City’s schools.  Strella has worked with thousands of students and volunteers to develop this thriving educational organic farm. Optional donations appreciated to defray costs. Afterwards the conversation will continue at an eatery down the block. RSVP appreciated but not mandatory at: or 410-812-1447. 

50] – 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 Sept. 23. Call 215-843-4256 or email

51] – On Thurs., Sept. 24, 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.


52] – Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out, a two-day intensive training by Amy R. Rakusin and Phil Fratesi will be held on Fri. Sept. 25 and Sat., Sept. 26, from 9 AM to 6 PM at Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210.  The cost is $250, which includes continental breakfast and mid-afternoon snack. Scholarships are offered based upon availability. There is a discount for Stony Run members. Go to or call 410-472-9957. This workshop fulfills the pre-requisite for the Compassionate Listening Advanced Trainings


53] – Stop by or volunteer at the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility booth at the Baltimore Book Festival in Mount Vernon from Fri., Sept. 25 through Sun., Sept. 27.  The booth is in the South Park, near the Walters Art Museum, and the hours are Friday & Saturday from noon to 8 PM and on Sunday noon to 7 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.  Go to


54] – There will be a Radical Bookfair Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival hosted by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse from Fri., Sept. 25 through Sun., Sept. 27.  Call 410-230-0450 or email


A number of speakers will be at the pavilion over the three days, including Amiri Baraka, Bill Ayers, Ralph Nader and Dave Zirin.  Go to


55] – The legendary peace activist Kathy Kelly will speak Tues., Sept. 29 at 8 PM in Frederick, MD at the Rosenstock Auditorium, Hood College.  The talk is entitled: "Eyewitness to War, Witness for Peace: Finding Hope in a Violent World.” Email dsfpeace at

56] – There is a conference Pursue Justice--Seek Peace Framing the Discourse - Mobilizing for Action from Thurs., Oct 1 through Sat., Oct. 3 at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St., NW, WDC. To register, call 503-653-6625 with a Visa credit card or MasterCard. The cost is $125, but there is no fee for volunteers. Contact Melinda Beard at

57] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Oct. 1 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.

58] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Thurs., Oct. 1 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include getting the men off of Maryland’s death row, the Troy Davis case and the new lethal injection protocols.  Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221. Email bcadp @ Go to

59] – One Less Car is a nonprofit organization promoting cycling and alternative transit. They are sponsoring "Tour du Port" on Sun., Oct. 4 - a bicycle tour of Baltimore's Canton Waterfront area. Register at  Routes range from a 12-mile ride to a 50-mile ride!  The Tour includes lunch, refreshments at rest stops, map, SAG and a post-ride celebration. The Tour is One Less Car’s annual fundraiser - all fees go directly to advancing the programs and advocacy efforts dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit in Maryland. Gather at the Korean War Memorial in the Canton Waterfront Park, 2903 Boston St.Baltimore, MD 21224. Go to

60] The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) is planning an act of nonviolent civil resistance at the White House on Mon., Oct. 5 -- the week of the 8th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan.  Members of the October 5 coalition include NCNR, Witness Against Torture, Peace Action, War Resisters League, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, World Can't Wait and Atlantic Life Community.  In addition to calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the coalition is calling for ending the occupation of Iraq now, ending the illegal bombing by drones in Pakistan, closing the Bagram prison and ending indefinite detention and torture.  

  Participants will gather at the Supreme Court at 8:30 AM before marching to McPherson Square for a 10 AM legal rally.  Affinity groups will prepare for the visit to the White House.  There will be poets and musicians, and Liz McAlister, lifelong war resister and widow of Philip Berrigan will speak.  October 5 is Phil Berrigan’s birthday.  


 At 11:30 AM, there will be a somber procession to the White House.  A request for a meeting with Obama officials will then be made. A failure by the White House to call for an end to the war on the people of Afghanistan will cause the affinity groups to engage in nonviolent civil resistance. . 


A planning meeting will be held on Sun., Oct. 4 from 2-5 PM at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW.  To sign up, go to For more information, go to or contact Max at mobuszewski at or 410-366-1637.     


61] – "Walking The Road to Emmaus" guided by Jim Forest occurs on Sat., Oct. 10 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Marriottsville, MD 21104. Go to The cost is $45, which includes payment for lunch. If you world like to register, call 410-442-1320 or email, or go to


A book signing will follow the workshop.  Jim Forest, a founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and former general secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, was a close personal friend of Thomas Merton.  Jim has written a number of books, including “Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton.”

62] – Get a copy of Howard Ehrlich’s HATE CRIMES AND ETHNOVIOLENCE [Westview Press, 2009, ISBN – 13: 978-08133-4445-4].  Go to

63] – I bought two red maple trees for $10 each as part of the Trees for Baltimore program.  Buy a tree, plant it and contribute to saving the planet.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


64] – 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.


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] – 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.  

67] – 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.

68] – 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


69] – Become an active member of the Washington Peace Center, which is now located at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. All members are granted voting rights and are invited to join one or more of the 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


70] – 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.  

71] – 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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