Friday, October 9, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part II

53] Israeli resistors in D.C. – Oct. 10

54] Health Care for All press conference -- Oct. 13

55] Stand Up for Immigrant Rights – Oct. 13

56] Wellpoint demo – Oct. 13 [planning meeting] & Oct. 14 [action]

57] Pressure Cardin/Mikulski – Oct. 14

58] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Oct. 14

59] Conversation with Mayor Dixon – Oct. 14

60] Children of Abraham lecture – Oct. 14

61] Mike Farrell at Pratt – Oct. 14

62] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Oct. 14

63] Health policy seminar – Oct. 15

64] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Oct. 15

65] Film SILKWOOD – Oct. 15

66] Nicaragua Network meeting/concert – Oct. 16-18/Oct. 17


68] HOT PLANET LOVE – Oct. 18

69] Tent of Abraham – Oct. 24

70] DEVIL AND MISS JONES film – Oct. 30

71] First Thursday demo – Nov. 5

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

73] Buy a red maple tree

74] Help available in buying a house 

75] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

76] Join Global Zero campaign

77] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

78] Publish your peace article

79] Click on The Hunger Site  

80] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


53] –  The Shministim Tour with Israeli Army Resistors and hosted by CODEPINK is happening on Sat., Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 PM in the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., NW, WDC. Come hear Maya Wind and Netta Mishly, both 19 years old, who refuse to confiscate land, to demolish homes, to enforce a siege or to usher in a humanitarian disaster. Jewish Voice for Peace is a co-sponsor of the two courageous Israelis who are on a nation wide speaking tour to explain why they refused to be conscripted into the Israeli army and contribute to a deadly cycle of violence with their neighbors.

54] –  Health Care for All invites you to a press conference announcing a new radio ad, which will feature Gov. Martin O’Malley and Chris Samuels, a Pro Bowl lineman playing for the football team in Washington, D.C. It takes place on Tues., Oct. 13 in Prince George's County at 1 PM at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Email

55] – Stand up for Immigrant Rights and declare that the time for Immigration Reform is NOW.   Join Representative Guttierez, CASA de Maryland, the National Capitol Immigration Coalition and the Reform Immigration FOR America on Tues., Oct. 13 from 3 to 5 PM on the West Capitol Lawn, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.

56] – There is a DC area Mobilization on Thurs., Oct. 15 at 10 AM at WellPoint on 15th Street in WDC.  As many as ten cities will be holding Mobilizations that day. In order to prepare for the D.C. event there is a meeting on Tues., Oct. 13 at 7 PM at UDC Law School, Bldg. 39, 2nd Floor. Room 208 - Faculty Study, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW. WDC 20008.  Call Joe Libertelli at 202-494-0742.


Attorney Mike Madden will be at the meeting to describe the legal issues surrounding the protest especially for those willing to risk arrest.  The Oct. 15 scenario will probably proceed as have previous protests.  A delegation will go in to make a demand of the insurance company, while outside there will be a legal picket.  Based on the company’s probable response, there will be a sit-in.  Go to or call 301-996-6582.

57] – There is a 'We're counting on you!' Rally in Baltimore run by the MoveOn PAC. This is to urge Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Barbara Mikulski to take the lead in pushing for health care reform with a public option. Sign up at will take place at Cardin’s downtown office, 100 S. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 on Wed., Oct. 14 at noon.

58] – 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. 14. Call 215-426-0364.

59] – Mayor Dixon’s Neighborhood Conversation is asking “How is City government working for its Citizens?” Join her on Wed., Oct. 14 from 5 to 8 PM at the Baltimore City Fire & Police Training Academy, 3500 W. Northern Parkway, Baltimore 21215.  Call 410-396-4735.

60] – 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 will discuss what makes us more similar than different. Dinner will be served at 6 PM, and the suggested donation is $5. The lectures begin at 7 PM.  Please call the church office to register at 410-523-4588, or sign up after Sunday Mass.  The second lecture is Wed., Oct. 14, and the speaker is Rosann M. Catalano, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies – Christianity.

61] –  M*A*S*H’s Mike Farrell, a longtime death penalty abolitionist and ACLU supporter, talks about his new book, "Of Mule and Man," the movement to repeal capital punishment, his life as an activist, and more on Wed., Oct. 14 at 6:30 PM at the Poe Room, Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. RSVP to

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. 14. Call 215-843-4256 or email

63] – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, is hosting a 2009 Fall Policy Seminar Series organized by Dan Morhaim, M.D., associate faculty and Ellen MacKenzie, Ph.D., chair HPM.  All seminars will be held in the Hampton House Lecture Hall, 12:15 to 1:15 PM, 624 N. Broadway, Baltimore 21205. A free lunch is provided for all who attend, served at noon. 


On Thurs., Oct. 15, the presenter will be Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. He serves as co-Chair of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council designed to bring together health care leaders to collaborate on ways to improve quality and contain costs. 


64] – On Thurs., Oct. 15, 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. 15 at 6:30 PM, SILKWOOD [directed by Mike Nichols, 1983] will be shown at the DC Labor Film Fest’s 1st Annual WHISTLEBLOWER FILM SERIES at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, located on the East front at First St. and E. Capitol St., NE. FREE admission.  This dramatic film is based on the true story of Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a rank-and-file worker at a plutonium factory, who was accidentally exposed to a lethal dose of radiation.  Historically, the company downplayed employee complaints about radiation sickness, much to Silkwood’s frustration.  Her own ordeal made Silkwood an activist.  When she was about to go public with evidence of the company’s poor safety record, the corporate powers went to extreme lengths to ensure that Silkwood’s story was never told.  Howard Kohn, author "Who Killed Karen Silkwood" & David Burnham, former New York Times reporter, will answer questions. .


66] – You are invited to the regional meeting of the Nicaragua Network from Fri., Oct. 16 through Sun., Oct. 18, hosted by the Casa Baltimore/Limay sister city committee. Go to  For over 30 years Nicaragua Network has helped to bring together groups and individuals working in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. Click here for the tentative meeting agenda:

Ambassador Magda Enriquez, chief assistant to outgoing UN General Assembly President Fr. Miguel D'Escoto, will attend.  In addition, a delegation of Nicaraguans from Baltimore's sister city in San Juan de Limay will participate. Jubilee USA Deputy Director Melinda St. Louis will talk about new Jubilee campaigns on debt relief and vulture funds. Also participating will be Philip Montalban, Nicaragua's most popular reggae singer/songwriter who will perform a Saturday night concert. The registration fee of $45 for the regional meeting includes the concert, a $15 value.  Click here for the registration form:
Click here for a concert flyer:

PHILIP MONTALBAN will perform on Sat., Oct. 17 at 7:45 PM at JHU’s Mattin Center, 33rd & Charles Sts,, west side of Charles, Ross Jones Bldg.  Room 101.  He will perform his own music as well as popular reggae hits celebrating Afro-Caribbean culture and revolutionary consciousness in English, Spanish and Miskito.  General admission tickets are $15, $12 for JHU staff and   $7 for students with ID. Call 410-662-6292.


67] – On Sun., Oct. 18 at 2 PM, the film THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, an award-winning film on the life and mission of Sr. Dorothy Stang, will be shown at O'Connor Auditorium, Trinity Washington University, 125 Michigan Ave., NE, WDC 20017.  She was killed in 2005 for her work with the poor in Brazil. Light refreshments will be served.  Email

68] – HOT PLANET LOVE, a 90-minute multi-media event, combines story-telling, music, film and humor as Mike Tidwell (journalist, author, film-maker and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network) leads the audience on a fresh journey of discovery, honesty, hope and action on Sun., Oct. 18 at 3 PM at First Presbyterian of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD 21045.  Then discuss the program with its co-creators Tidwell and Jay Tomlinson of CCAN. Reserve your place at no charge by emailing Call the church office at 410-730-3545.  

69] – 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.  

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] – 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.

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

73] – 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


74] – 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.


75] – 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 in rehabilitation for possibly two weeks, before going home for three months of recuperation. 

76] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.  

77] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5.  To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

78] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email


79] – 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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