Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

26] Film CRUDE – Oct. 23-28                     

27] Nonviolence workshop – Oct. 24

28] Pro Bono Day – Oct. 24

29] Olney vigil to end the war – Oct. 24                                   

30] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Oct. 24                                           

31] Peace vigil at Capitol – Oct. 24

32] International Day of Climate Action – Oct. 24

33] Climate Action protest – Oct. 24

34] Benefit for workers – Oct. 24                        

35] Acoustic acts at Red Emma’s – Oct. 24

36] Jamie Raskin in Baltimore – Oct. 24

37] African service – Oct. 25   

38] Bridge vigil – Oct. 25                                   

39] Health care town hall – Oct. 25

40] Tent of Abraham – Oct. 25

41] Quaker Peace Vigil – Oct. 25

42] Bethesda peace vigil – Oct. 25

43] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Oct. 25

44] Benefit for Heart’s Place – Oct. 25

45] Faith community & the environment – Oct. 25

46] Pentagon vigil – Oct. 26

47] No Deal for Constellation/EDF – DEADLINE Oct. 26

48] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 26 — Oct. 29

49] Protest the death penalty – Oct. 26

50] BUPJ meeting – Oct. 26

51] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Oct. 26

52] Sister Spit -- Oct. 26

53] Witness Against Torture vigil – Oct. 27

54] Tuesday peace vigil – Oct. 27

55] Ecolocity DC meeting – Oct. 27

56] Yes, We Count! – Oct. 27


58] Mobilizations for Health Care – Oct. 28-29

59] SOA Watch vigil – Oct. 28

60] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Oct. 28

61] Children of Abraham lecture – Oct. 28

62] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Oct. 28

63] Making It In America – Oct. 29

64] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Oct. 29

65] “Most Dangerous Man In America” film – Oct. 29

66] Eyewitness Honduras – Oct. 29

67] Death penalty meeting – Oct. 29

68] DEVIL AND MISS JONES film – Oct. 30

69] First Thursday demo – Nov. 5

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

71] Buy a red maple tree

72] Help available in buying a house 

73] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

74] Join Global Zero campaign

75] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

76] Publish your peace article

77] Click on The Hunger Site  

78] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


26] –  CRUDE premiers this weekend in D.C., and director Joe Berlinger will be available for Q&A on Fri., Oct. 23 at the 10:15 PM showing. Berlinger's 2009 documentary, highlighting the historic "Amazon Chernobyl" case, is available from Fri., Oct. 23 through Thurs., Oct. 28 at the Landmark E Street Theatre.  Contact Diane Arnold at


27] – On Sat., Oct. 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM, the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship DC will present: “THE POWER OF NONVIOLENCE,” tools for personal and social change.  Bring a bag lunch, but coffee and tea will be provided. The workshop takes place at St. Albans Episcopal Church, Satterlee Hall, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW at Massachusetts Ave. Reservations appreciated; but walk-ins are welcome. Call 202-364-0546 or email


28] – Pro Bono Day, sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City, is Sat., Oct. 24, 10 AM to 2 PM, at Legal Aid, 500 E. Lexington St. Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to provide one-on-one consultations and group presentations on a variety of topics including family, consumer, housing, and elder law. Call 410-951-7737.


29] – 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 Oct. 24. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


30] –  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. Go to


31] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Oct. 24. 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


32] – Attend the International Day of Climate Action on Sat., Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C., sponsored by and others.  The Big One starts with a noon rally in Malcolm X/Meridian Park, 16th and Euclid Streets NW, before a march to Lafayette Park. Following speakers, music, exhibits, displays and cultural performers in the park, after the march there will be a “circle of hope.” Email or 410-812-1447.

33] – On Sat., Oct. 24 there are more than 4000 events in 89 countries to demand serious action on global warming. These events, timed to influence the global climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December, will call on world leaders to pay attention to the science and commit to real climate solutions. MoveOn is hosting a rally in Baltimore at 6 PM at 35 Market Place, outside Port Discovery Children's Museum. To RSVP, go to  The global day of action will focus on the need to stabilize concentrations of carbon dioxide at the levels scientists say is safe—350 parts per million.

34] – Una Gran Fiesta is a fundraiser, sponsored by the Union de Trabajadores de DC, is Sat., Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 PM at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC. There’s dancing, food, and comradeship with struggling workers. DJ Bobby Naranjo will provide great music. Also, Reza will be offering salsa lessons from 7:30 - 8:30 PM. This event is free but it is hoped you'll purchase food and donate to the workers. Call 202-445-0411.

35] – On Sat., Oct. 24 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., see and hear two acoustic acts from Canada--Starla! Ubiquitous and Todi Stronghands. The performance is free. Go to


36] – On Sun., Oct. 25 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Sen. Jamie Raskin who will discuss “One Nation Under the Constitution: An Enlightenment Philosophy for American Life.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


37] – On Sun., Oct. 25, 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] – Join State Senator Jamie Raskin, Delegates Karen Montgomery, Roger Manno, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Heather Mizeur, and Tom Hucker, and Council Members Duchy Trachtenberg and George Leventhal for a health care town hall meeting on Sun., Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 PM at the Rockville Regional Library, Rockville Town Center, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.  The moderator will be Garland Nixon, WPFW Pacifica Radio, Montgomery Municipal Cable TV.  Contact Mike Hersh to organize events in other parts of Maryland: For the town hall in Rockville, a donation of $10 will be requested to pay for the room, pizza, snacks, coffee, etc. The library is a short walk from the Rockville Metro Station (Red Line).

40] – The TENT OF ABRAHAM-BALTIMORE COALITION presents NEW APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY AMONG THE THREE ABRAHAMIC FAITHS at Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 (south of Northern Parkway) on Sun., Oct. 25 from 2:30 to 6 PM.  The panel discussion includes Eileen Eppig, SSND, Christian Faith Tradition; Rabbi Joel Zaiman (ICJS) Jewish Faith Tradition; Faheem Younus Qureshi, MD -Muslim Faith Tradition. The program includes questions and answers, personal reflection time; panel remarks on going forward from here; Muslim Afternoon Prayer and a "TENT OF ABRAHAM" interfaith prayer with Jewish, Christian (Sr. Patricia Kirk, OSB), Muslim (Imam Daud Hanif) prayer leaders.  There will be shared food and drink, and no admission fee, but donations are requested.  Contact Chuck Michaels ( or see Pax Christi Baltimore website,  Go to WWW.TENTOFABRAHAM-BALTIMORE.ORG.  


41] – 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.


42] – 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!  

43] – On Sun., Oct. 25 at 6 PM at 2640 St. Paul St., Caleb Stine hosts Hard Hittin' Songs for Hard Hit People, a night of roots and folk music straight from the heart. For the fifth year, local musicians band together to raise money for Heart's Place Homeless Shelter, the cold-weather shelter located in the basement level of St. John's/2640. Go to

44] – 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 Oct. 25. 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


45] – On Sun., Oct. 25 at 7 PM, A Faith Community Response  To Environmental Conservation and Justice will be presented By The Howard County Interfaith Coalition for Compassion and Beth Shalom Congregation featuring Joelle Novey, program director of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and  Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, director of Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network.   This event will be held at Beth Shalom Congregation 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane Columbia, MD.  Contact Mitchell Krasnopoler at 410-313-9033 or

46] – 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., Oct. 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

47] – STOP CALVERT CLIFFS-3 by taking ACTION NOW to call for NO DEAL FOR EDF/CONSTELLATION! The Maryland Public Service Commission has ordered final briefs in the case to be submitted by Mon., Oct. 26 with a decision made, probably by the end of the month. Call the PSC at 410-767-8073 and tell them No Deal for EDF/Constellation.  Go to

48] – 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. Go to

49] – 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., Oct. 26.  Call 410-233-0488.


50] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Oct. 26 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on planning two events, a town hall meeting on Thurs., Nov. 19 at Goucher College where Phyllis Bennis will speak and Rep. Donna Edwards will be invited and a forum on Sun., Nov. 22 in Howard County to get ready for the legislative session in Annapolis.  As this meeting ends, the Pledge meeting will begin. 


51] – 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 is scheduled for Oct. 26, and the agenda will include a report on a D.C. jury trial of three protesters, feedback on the Oct. 5 action at the White House and news about the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

52] – On Mon., Oct. 26 at 7 PM at 2640 St. Paul St., catch Sister Spit Next Generation from San Francisco.  Queer fiction writer, Michelle Tea, and graphic novelist and former L Word staff Ariel Schrag will be there.  The cost is $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Go to

53] – On Tues., Oct. 27 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


54] – 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 Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


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 Oct. 20. Go to


56] – The campaign launch for the Baltimore City Branch NAACP's 2010 "Yes We Count" campaign is Tues., Oct. 27, 6:30 to 8 PM, at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. The campaign is a national grassroots movement designed to spread the word about the importance of the 2010 Census and to increase the final census response rate in Baltimore City.  Call 410-366-3300 or visit


57] – On Tues., Oct. 27 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Towson professor David Bergman presents Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris. Go to


58] – On October 28th there will be Mobilizations for Health Care in approximately 20 cities, including Washington, D.C. The one in Baltimore will be on Thurs., Oct. 29.  Sign up at While people willing to risk arrest are especially important, attend even if you cannot risk arrest.

59] – Join the SOA Watch Wednesday Vigil for HR 2567.  On Oct. 28 from 7:45 to 9:15 AM, vigil outside the Capitol South Metro Station.  From 9:30 to 11:30 AM, visit Congressional offices to distribute literature about closing the School of the Americas/WHINSEC. Email See

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 Oct. 28. Call 215-426-0364.


61] – Children of Abraham In The 21st Century is part of the Adult Christian Education Committee at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1020 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore MD 21217.  Each week in October speakers representing the faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam discussed what makes us more similar than different. The final lecture is at 7 PM on Wed., Oct. 28, and the speakers are Imam Sulayman Nyang, Ph.D., professor of African Studies – Islam, Rabbi Steve Schwartz, senior rabbi of Beth-EL Congregation, and Dr. Roseann Catalano, associate director of the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies. Dinner will be served at 6 PM, and the suggested donation is $5.  Please call the church office to register at 410-523-4588, or sign up after Sunday Mass. 


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 Oct. 28. Call 215-843-4256 or email


63] – A conference MAKING IT IN AMERICA: BUILDING THE NEW ECONOMY is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 29 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC.  Hundreds of policy makers, labor leaders, economists and engaged citizens will take up that challenge at the Building the New Economy Conference, hosted by The Institute for America's Future and the Alliance for American Manufacturing.  The conference is free. RSVP required for lunch seating: 202-955-5665.


64] – On Thurs., Oct. 29, 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.

65] – On Thurs., Oct. 29 at 6:30 PM, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” [US, 2009] will be shown as part of the DC Labor FilmFest’s 1st Annual WHISTLEBLOWER FILM SERIES; at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, located on the East front at First Street and East Capitol Street, NE. FREE admission; open to all. In 1971, America is embroiled in a dirty war based on lies. A president is abusing the power of his office, ignoring the will of the people, congress and the courts. One man, at the center of power, armed with a safe full of secret documents, leaks the truth about the Vietnam War to the New York Times. He risks life in prison to end the war he helped plan. His act of conscience and desperation triggers a Constitutional crisis, Watergate, the only Presidential resignation in history and finally helps end the war. Henry Kissinger called Daniel Ellsberg, "the most dangerous man in America.” The speakers are Daniel Ellsberg and directors Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. Call 202-974-8153.

66] – EYEWITNESS HONDURAS! is happening on Thurs, Oct. 29 at 7 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St. Lower Level.  A twelve-person U.S. Delegation in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance has just returned from HondurasHear Teresa Gutierrez, national co-coordinator for the International Action Center, and Leilani Dowell, managing editor of Workers World Newspaper. Call: 443-909-8964

67] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Thurs., Oct. 29 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


68] – 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 DEVIL 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.


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

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

71] – 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


72] – 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.


73] – 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.   Larry fell off his bike and has fractured his pelvis.  He is home for some months of recuperation. 

74] – 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.  

75] – 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.

76] – 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


77] – 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.  


78] – 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.


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: 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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