Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Sept. 24 – October 30, 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.


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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] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes

6] ASPCA needs items

7] Nakba exhibit & reception – through Sept. 30

8] Healthcare Justice Week – thru Sept. 27

9] American Patients United vigil – Sept. 24

10] Health care forum – Sept. 24

11] Listen to the refugees – Sept. 24

12] Health care strategy meeting – Sept. 24

13] Nonviolent Peacemaking – Sept. 24

14] Compassionate Listening Workshop – Sept. 25-26

15] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Sept. 25

16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 25             

17] White House vigil – Sept. 25               

18] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 25

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

20] Radical Bookfair Pavilion – Sept. 25-27

21] Support The Congo demo – Sept. 25

22] BGE Reregulation rally – Sept. 25

23] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Sept. 25

24] Takoma Park peace vigil – Sept. 25

25] Black Is Back meeting – Sept. 25              

26] Vigil at Walter Reed – Sept. 25              

27] QUESTIONS OF FIRE – Sept. 25

28] NO IMPACT MAN movie – Sept. 25

29] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 25

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

31] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Sept. 26                    

32] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 26

33] Poetry discussion & readings – Sept. 26

34] Westminster peace vigil – Sept. 26

35] Sheridan Circle Memorial Service – Sept. 27

36] News As Gleefully Packaged Anxiety – Sept. 27

37] African service – Sept. 27

38] Bridge peace vigil – Sept. 27

39] Quaker Peace Vigil – Sept. 27

40] Bethesda peace vigil – Sept. 27

41] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Sept. 27

42] Pentagon vigil – Sept. 28

43] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 28 — Oct. 1

44] Protest the death penalty – Sept. 28

45] Tree spiker at Busboys – Sept. 28

46] BUPJ meeting – Sept. 28

47] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Sept. 28

48] Witness Against Torture vigil – Sept. 29

49] Tuesday peace vigil – Sept. 29

50] Testify to stop Calvert Cliffs 3 – Sept. 29

51] Ecolocity DC meeting – Sept. 29

52] Course on mental illness – Sept. 29

53] Kathy Kelly at Hood College – Sept. 29

54] Doctors’ rally – Sept. 30

55] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Sept. 30

56] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Sept. 30

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

58] WIB Peace Stand – Oct. 1

59] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Oct. 1

60] First Thursday demo – Oct. 1

61] Thomas Frank discusses his book – Oct. 1

62] PeaceAction Montgomery meeting – Oct. 1

63] Crabshell Alliance meeting — Oct. 1

64] Death penalty meeting – Oct. 1

65] Who Decides About War – Oct. 2 & 3

66] One Less Car – Oct. 4

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

68] Merton workshop – Oct. 10

69] Evening with Jim Forest – Oct. 11

70] DEVIL AND MISS JONES film – Oct. 30

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

72] Buy a red maple tree

73] Help available in buying a house 

74] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

75] Join Global Zero campaign

76] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

77] Publish your peace article

78] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

79] Click on The Hunger Site  

80] 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] – 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.

5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.

6] – The ASPCA is in need of cat carriers in its cat room in the adoption center. The organization is also seeking items for the upcoming Shop-a-Paw-Looza, the October online auction. Some ideas would be gift certificates, tickets to sporting and other events, sports memorabilia, travel packages and vacation home rentals. Contact Tami Gosheff at 410-235-8826, ext. 138 or


7] – The Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (HCCEIO) and Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP) invite you to see a month-long display at the Howard County Central Library, Little Patuxent Pkwy & South Entrance Rd., Columbia, MD  21044, of the Nakba Photo Exhibit: The Story of the Palestinians, 1948 to 2009.  Email

8] – Healthcare Justice Week continues through Sun., Sept. 27.  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 the National Mall of U.S. flags 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.


9] – American Patients United is having a patient vigil in Upper Senate Park, WDC on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 4 PM. Go to


10] – The Urban League is hosting a healthcare forum at 6:30 PM on Thurs., Sept. 24.  The league is located at 512 Orchard St., Baltimore, MD  21202

11] – On Thurs., Sept. 24, the Creative Alliance is hosting Iraqi filmmaker and refugee Ziad Jazzaa at 3134 Patterson Ave. He will show clips from his films at 7:30 PM, but there will be a reception at 6:30 PM with food tasting.  Eventually there will be a Q & A with a number of refugees.  Call 410-276-1651 or go to

12] – Caroli Mullen invites you to a meeting to strategize about a collective response to the hysteria generated by Obama’s weak proposal to “reform” health care. It will take place on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 8 PM at the Urban League, 512 Orchard St. RSVP by email, carolimullen at, or phone, 410-366-6953.

13] – On Thurs., Sept. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, the second session in a six-week series Engaging Our Conflicts: An Exploration of Nonviolent Peacemaking” takes place.  This is a Just Faith module based on Pace E Bene’s ENGAGE program.  This group will meet each Thursday evening through Nov. 5 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, MD.  To register, call or email Charles McCarthy, director of Social Concerns at St. Francis at 301-840-1407 or


14] – 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

15] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Sept. 25 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.

16] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Sept. 25 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


17] – 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.


18] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to


19] – 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


20] – 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

21] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4 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.

22] – The Maryland Coalition for BGE Reregulation calls on all residential and small business ratepayers to join in the demand for immediate rate relief by signing the petition which will be delivered to the PSC commissioners and the governor.  The Coalition is hosting a press conference and rally on Fri., Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 PM outside the office of the Public Service Commission, Light and Baltimore Sts. (Schaefer Tower). Call Maria Allwine at 443.762.0892.


23] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 18 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.


24] –  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 Sept. 25.  Call 301-589-5410 or go to

25] – The Black is Back Social Justice, Peace and Reparations Coalition cordially invites you to join in an anti-war mobilizing meeting on Fri., Sept. 25 at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC 20036, from 6 to 8 PM. The Coalition is a collective of progressive black organizations and individuals that recognize the need to speak out against various wars that the US is directly and covertly engaged in around the world.  Not only has the election of President Barack Obama not ended oppression around the world, his political presence has stagnated the anti-war and other such movements that otherwise would readily and openly speak out.

Please confirm your participation in this meeting by Thurs., Sept. 24. If you cannot attend, you can call via conference call.  Call 253-242-2484 (if you have unlimited long distance), and the code is 90050#; or you can call toll free at 866-429-6307 and the code is 90050#. RSVP to or at 202-726-1509.  Go to

26] – 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 


27] – On Fri., Sept. 25 from 7 to 7.30 PM, Gregg Mosson will debut his second book, QUESTIONS OF FIRE (Plain View Press) at the Baltimore Book Festival at the Creative Cafe Stage.  The book is a poet's response to the complex 21st century environment, from work to home to war, in an age dawning with violence. This book offers discoveries won through experience, and illuminating observations of contemporary life.

28] – During a special one-week-only engagement beginning Fri., Sept. 25, “No Impact Man” will be shown at DC's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC.  The movie traces the quest by Colin Beavan (a.k.a No Impact Man), his wife, and young daughter to live green while maintaining a happy, harmonious home. On Tues., Sept. 29 at 7:45 PM, New Dream's Executive Director Bob Ferris will be on hand to introduce the film & lead a Q and A afterwards. General admission is $10. Colin will be on the road with New Dream Staffer Vincent Kitira and hundreds of others on the Climate Ride, biking from New York City to Washington, DC Sept. 26-30.  


29] –  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 Sept. 25. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


30] – 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. 26. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


31] –  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

32] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 26. 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

33] – On Sat., Sept. 26 from 1 to 2 PM, the journal Poems Against War is hosting a panel discussion and reading on the topic of POETRY OF VISION at the Baltimore Book Festival’s Creative Café Stage. Then Gregg Mosson will be the host, starting a 2 PM for a discussion examining the concept of poetry of vision with UMBC professor and poet Piotr Gwiazda, experimental poet Robin Gunkel and Coppin State prof. and Baltimore Review contributing editor Kathleen Hellen. From 2:30 to 3 PM, all including the host will do readings.  

34] – Westminster WIB holds a vigil the last Saturday of the month. On Sept. 26 meet at 2 PM in front of the library on Main St. Please wear black, everyone welcome at all stands, signs provided. Contact

35] – Gather on Sun., Sept. 27 from 10 to 11:30 AM at Sheridan Circle, 23rd St. NW and Mass. Ave., WDC for the Institute of Policy Studies Annual Sheridan Circle Memorial Service.  Every year the human rights community, friends, family, colleagues, and supporters gather in remembrance of the tragic assassinations of our comrades, Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt. On September 21, 1976 agents of the Augusto Pinochet regime planted a car bomb at this location which brutally took the lives but not the memory of two IPS colleagues, who fought for equality and justice through reason, not violence.

36] – 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. 27, Djellout Marbrook, journalist and editor, will discuss “News as Gleefully Packaged Anxiety.” Call 410-581-2322.

37] – On Sun., Sept. 27, 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.

38] – 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

39] – 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.


40] – 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!  


41] – 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. 27. 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


42] – 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. 28, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

43] – 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

44] – 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. 28.  Call 410-233-0488.


45] – Busboys & Poets,, 2021 14th St NW, WDC 20009, is hosting Mike Roselle and Josh Mahan, who will discuss and sign their new book on Mon., Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 8 PM.  The book is “Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging: My Struggle in Radical Environmental Action,” and the event is co-sponsored by Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace. Mike Roselle is one of the most controversial figures in the crusade to protect the environment. He has spent over thirty years fighting back against big business, negligent management and the lawless actions of the government itself; Josh Mahan is an environmental journalist and editor. Call 202-387-7638.


46] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Sept. 28 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on planning two events, a town hall meeting 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.


47] – 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. 28, and the agenda will include outreach for the town hall meeting at Goucher, direct action at the White House on Oct. 5 and other antiwar activities.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


48] – On Tues., Sept. 29 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


49] – 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. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

50] – Stop the merger between Constellation Energy and EDF.  Stop Calvert Cliffs 3 by attending a hearing.  NOTICE OF HEARINGS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT--The Parties of Record and Interested Persons in Case No. 9173 can testify. The final hearing is scheduled for Tues., Sept. 29, from 7 to 9:30 PM in the Rotunda, Town Hall of Bel Air, 39 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air, MD 21014.   Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearing in addition to, or in lieu of, oral comments.

A photo ID will be required for entry.  The Commission asks that the oral comments be limited to 5 minutes.  Written comments also may be filed by Tues., Sept. 29.  The comments shall be addressed to Terry J. Romine, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, and reference “Case No. 9173, Phase II – Public Comment.”[1]

51] –  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 Sept. 29. Go to

52] – On Tues., Sept. 29 through Tues., Dec. 15, from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road, Baltimore, Md 21212, NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc (NAMI-MB) is offering free education courses for consumers and family members of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness. Family to Family Education Program is a 12-week course for close relatives of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). Trained family members teach the course.  Contact Deneice Valentine at

53] – 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

54] – On Wed., Sept. 30 from 4 to 7 PM, join the Mad as Hell Doctors for a rally in Lafayette Square Park. 

55] – 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. 30. Call 215-426-0364.

56] – 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. 30. Call 215-843-4256 or email

57] – 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

58] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Oct. 1, 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.

59] – On Thurs., Oct. 1, 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.


60] – 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.

61] – The Campaign for America's Future is sponsoring the Wrecking Crew book event and signing with author Thomas Frank, also with David Donnelly from Public Campaign Action Fund leading a panel of respondents.  The event takes place on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 5:30 PM at the National Education Association Auditorium, 1201 16th St., NW, WDC.  RSVP by noon on Mon., Sept. 29 at

As Time magazine reported, "Frank offers one damning anecdote after another. The Wrecking Crew explains how cynical conservatives have wrested control of the government by railing against its very existence, all while using federal perches to funnel billions into the pockets of lobbyists and the corporations they represent." Call 202-955-5665.

62] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next being Oct. 1, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

63] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Oct. 1 at 7:30 PM in a private home.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for directions.  Meetings will take place the first Thursday of the month.  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.

64] – 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

65] – On Fri., Oct 2 & Sat. Oct. 3, there will be a conference at Georgetown Law School entitled "Who Decides About War?" Some of the speakers are Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, Prof. Marjorie Cohn, president, National Lawyers Guild, Mort Halperin, senior adviser, Open Society Institute, keynote speaker, John Nichols, Esq., The Nation magazine and Jeremy Scahill, author, Blackwater, keynote speaker. Learn more: 

66] – 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

67] 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.     


68] – "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.”


69] – There will be "An evening with Jim Forest" on Sun., Oct 11 at 6:30 PM at the Viva CW House, 26 S. Mount St., Baltimore, MD 21223. Jim has been part of the Catholic Worker since 1960: He has written a biography of Dorothy Day, LOVE IS THE MEASURE: Call 410-233-0488.


70] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is Poverty and its Manifestations.  The second film in the series is THE DEVID AND MISS JONES [USA, 1941], and it will be shown on Fri., Oct. 30 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

Sam Wood directed this social comedy with leftist undertones. John P. Merrick (Charles Coburn), the world's richest man, gets word that someone is trying to unionize a department store that he owns. So he changes his name and takes a menial job at the store, the better to catch the union activists.  Once he is subjected to the humiliating treatment afforded his employees, Merrick starts to wise up.  He then spearheads the union movement after discovering how duplicitous his hand-picked executives can be. Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings and Spring Byington as employees of the store help him along.

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.

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

72] – 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


73] – 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.


74] – 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.  

75] – 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.  

76] – 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.

77] – 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


78] – 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


79] – 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.  

80] – 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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