Friday, November 6, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

31] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Nov. 7                                           

32] Peace vigil at Capitol – Nov. 7

33] Drum for Peace – Nov. 7                     

34] Gimmie Shelter does a benefit – Nov. 7

35] Lecture on humanism – Nov. 7

36] African service – Nov. 8   

37] Bridge vigil – Nov. 8                                   

38] Quaker Peace Vigil – Nov. 8

39] Witness to peace & poetry – Nov. 8

40] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Nov. 8

41] Pentagon vigil – Nov. 9

42] Make the Wall Fall Week – Nov. 9—Nov. 15

43] End of nuclear weapons? – Nov. 9

44] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 9 — Nov. 12

45] Protest the death penalty – Nov. 12                     

46] BUPJ meeting – Nov. 9

47] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Nov. 9

48] Witness Against Torture vigil – Nov. 10

49] Tuesday peace vigil – Nov. 10

50] CPHA’s Annual Meeting – Nov. 10

51] Ecolocity DC meeting – Nov. 10

52] Afro-Colombian activist at JHU – Nov. 11

53] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Nov. 11

54] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Nov. 11

55] Bring Back the Jobs conference -- Nov. 12

56] FCNL annual meeting – Nov. 12—Nov. 15

57] Take Mumia’s case to DOJ – Nov. 12

58] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Nov. 12

59] BCAN meeting – Nov. 12

60] Film AMERICAN CA$INO – Nov. 12

61] Little Friends benefit – Nov. 13

62] Mayan Priestess – Nov. 13

63] King/Brandow concert – Nov. 13

64] Phyllis Bennis at Goucher – Nov. 19

65] Protest SOA – Nov. 19-22

66] Film SLAPSHOT – Nov. 20

67] Progressive Working Group meeting– Nov. 21

68] Progressive Working Group meeting – Nov. 22

69] Write Carl Kabat

70] Job available  

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] Click on The Hunger Site  

79] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


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. Go to


32] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Nov. 7. 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] – Come drum for peace every second Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, MD, 1127 Old Fallston Road (across Rte 152 from Fallston High).  On Nov. 7, the drum circle begins at 7 PM.  Call Franz at 410-925-9351.


34] – Gimmie Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fund-raising events about the problem of homelessness and for the shelters that serve them. The next event will be Sat., Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Arts Collective, 2927 Hamilton Rd. Featured poets and musicians will be Ron Williams, Suzette Jones, Alan Barysh and others. This is a benefit for Sarah¹s Hope shelter. Admission is $5.00. Donations of children¹s hats/socks and gloves would be welcomed. Call 410-627 8774.


35] – On Sun., Nov. 8 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Fred Edwords, United Coalition of Reason, who will discuss “Sailing On the Rising Tide of Humanism.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


36] – On Sun., Nov. 8, 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.


37] – 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


38] – 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.

39] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM.

On Sun., Nov. 8, hear W.D. Ehrhart: A Witness to Peace in Poetry & Prose.  Ehrhart is a Marine Corps veteran of both the Vietnam War and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.  Among his 18 books are Beautiful Wreckage: New & Selected Poems, Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, and The Madness of It All: Essays on War, Literature & American Life.  Currently, he teaches English and history at the Haverford School.  Call 610-544-1818.

40] – 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 Nov. 8. 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

41] – 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., Nov. 9, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

42] – Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and member groups CodePink and Grassroots International, for Make the Wall Fall Week of Action: Mon., Nov. 9 through Sun., Nov. 15.  The 7th annual week of action against Israel's apartheid wall is kicking off on November 9th, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Email


43] – On Mon., Nov. 9 from noon to 1:15 PM, Max Kampelman, former U.S. arms control negotiator, will discuss “A Nuclear Free World?" at George Washington Univ., Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St., NW, WDC.  RSVP to

44] – 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

45] – 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., Nov. 9.  Call 410-233-0488.


46] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Nov. 9 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. 


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].  The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 9, and the agenda will include plans for a January action in D.C., reaction to expanding the war in Afghanistan and the Phyllis Bennis talk at Goucher College on Nov. 19.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


48] – On Tues., Nov. 10 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 Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


50] – CPHA's 68th Annual Meeting is Tues., Nov. 10, 5:30 to 8 PM, Lucky's Warehouse, 3430 2nd St., Brooklyn, MD: "REnew! REinvent! REenergize! - Building a Green Economy for Baltimore.” There will be speakers, information tables, an announcement of the recipients of Frances Froelicher Civic Statesmanship Award and the Hathaway Ferebee Neighborhood Achievement Award, and the election of 2009/10 Board of Governors.  REGISTER at or call in your credit card registration: Kelley Ray, or 410-539-1369, ext. 100.


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 Nov. 10. Go to


52] – The Program for Latin American Studies invites you to hear Bela Henriquez, activist of Hijos e Hijas por la Memoria y Contra la Impunidad (Sons and Daughters for Memory and Against Impunity) on Wed., Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 in Greenhouse 113, Homewood Campus, JHU. The subject of her talk is Victims' Rights: An Afro-Colombian Perspective on the Human Rights Crisis in Colombia.


53] – 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 Nov. 11. Call 215-426-0364.


54] – 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 Nov. 11. Call 215-843-4256 or email


55] – Reversing the Decline in Good Jobs is hosted by the Economic Policy Institute on Thurs., Nov. 12 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Registration begins at 8:30 AM at EPI, 1333 H St. NW, Suite 300 East Tower, WDC. Get off at the McPherson Square Metro (Orange/Blue lines) or Metro Center (Red line)). RSVP at


56] – The Friends Committee on National Legislation is holding its annual meeting at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, WDC. It begins with lobby training at 10 AM on Thurs., Nov. 12.   Meeting registration at the hotel will open at 4 PM, and the meeting will continue until noon on Sun., Nov. 15 after morning worship.


57] – On Thurs., Nov, 12, join a delivery of letters calling for a civil rights investigation of MUMIA'S case to Attorney General Eric Holder.  At 11 AM there will be a press conference, and the delivery will happen at 1 PM. Call 212-330-8029 or go to


58] – On Thurs., Nov. 12, 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.


59] – The BCAN monthly planning meeting is Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7 PM in Pikesville at a private home. RSVP to or 410-812-1447.  Food available!   Any interested persons including newcomers are encouraged to attend and find out about the clean energy revolution.  


60] – THE SENATOR [The People's Theatre], 5904 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, is hosting on Thurs., Nov. 12 a special screening of a Leslie Cockburn film AMERICAN CA$INO to benefit the Community Law Center.  The compelling documentary, filmed in Baltimore, examines how the Wall Street meltdown has affected the working class. The benefit screening will take place at 7:30 PM, and the admission is $10. The film will begin its regular run at The Senator on Fri., Nov. 13, for one week only. Go to


61] – Join Little Friends for Peace on Fri., Nov. 13 at Potter's House, (, 1658 Columbia Road, NW, WDC 20009, to meet and mingle with other members of the LFFP community, including children from our afterschool and summer camp programs, teen and young adult service learning volunteers, and family and senior peacemakers. This is the 6th annual Sounds of Hope Fun Raiser.  The J & B Blues Project (, Mary Shapiro (, and Russ Downs will provide the music, and there will be a meal. Dinner will be available from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, a Sing-Along starts at 7 PM, and the musical performances will begin at 7:30 PM. Email Tickets are on a sliding scale--$15-$50.


62] – On Fri., Nov. 13 at 7 PM hear Mayan Priestess Tzununja (Maria Eugenia) and Priest Julio Reyes at 4209 East West Hwy, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Take the Red Line to Bethesda, J-2 Waverly stop. This wise woman, heir of ancient traditions, and her son will share their knowledge, their sacred practices, and capacities as oracles and astrologer, as well as their work on behalf of Native communities in Central America. Go to Tzununja will conduct a sacred fire ceremony (tojil) on Sat., Nov. 14.  Details will follow.  RSVP at Go to


63] –  The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker presents in Concert Charlie King & Karen Brandow on Fri., Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM at 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010 (3 blocks from Georgia Ave. Petworth Metro-Green Line).  King and Brandow are musical storytellers and political satirists. Their repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents. Call 202-882-9649.


64] – On Thurs., Nov. 19, BUPJ and the Goucher College Peace Studies program are hosting a Town Hall Forum "Why War Funding when Our Cities are Dying."  It will be at Kelley Lecture Hall at Goucher College at 7 PM, and Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, and Andre Powell, a union/gay organizer who is in AFSCME, will address the question.  Area Congresspeople and Rep. Donna Edwards are invited.  Progressive groups are asked to come and take a moment to speak about how they are working on this issue.


65] – Are you thinking of going to protest the SOA from Fri., Nov. 20 through Sun., Nov. 22?  If so, the Washington Peace Center is organizing a van to go Georgia.  It will leave Thursday evening, Nov. 19, and return on Sun., Nov. 22. The cost of the van should be around $80-100 a person.  Email


66] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is Poverty and its Manifestations.  The third film in the series is SLAPSHOT [USA, 1977], and it will be shown on Fri., Nov. 20 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


The showing of this film is a tribute to Paul Newman, actor/philanthropist.  It is not for everyone, as there is hockey violence, crude language and gratuitous sex.  But Newman is Reg Dunlop, the player-coach of a minor league hockey team.  Director George Roy Hill makes a connection between a broken-down city and a losing team.  However, the team pursues the American dream by adopting a win-at-all-costs attitude. 


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.


67] – There will be a PROGRESSIVE WORKING GROUP (PWG) meeting on Sat., Nov. 21 at 2 PM at the LONG BRANCH PUBLIC LIBRARY, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901.  The purpose is to agree on a plan of action for the upcoming legislative session in Annapolis.  Analyze last year’s legislative efforts and review progress (and lack of progress) on the 14 priority issues. The items that passed in Annapolis were the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, No Police Spying, and the Workforce Fraud Act, though with weakening amendments. The steering committee would like to make a recommendation to participating groups: focus on only one or a very few legislative issues. RSVP to Wally Malakoff ( 


68] – There will also be another Statewide Progressive Working Group gathering on Sun., Nov. 22 in Columbia, and Jamie Raskin (State Senator rep. Montgomery Co.) will talk about the accomplishments of the Group, which formed last year. Because of its efforts, he was elected, and three of the 14 bills supported by the group did pass in the Annapolis 2009 session.


69] – Carl Kabat will return to court for a jury trial on Dec. 21-22. If convicted, he could face from three to 12 months in the Weld County Jail. Send mail to Carl Kabat, OMI, Weld County Jail, 2110 O St., Greeley, CO 80631.


70] – Ploughshares Fund has launched a two-year campaign to seize the momentum created by the Obama Administration's support for a nuclear weapon-free world.  The Fund is looking for a Chief Development Officer to lead its fundraising strategy and develop a plan for fundraising growth.  More details are in the job description:, and you can check out the website at .Email Naila Bolus, executive director, at


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

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] – 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.  


79] – 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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