Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part II

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, 2009


27] March against corporate criminals – Nov. 30

28] Frances Fox Piven at JHU – Nov. 30

29] International Day of Solidarity – Nov. 30

30] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 30 — Nov. 26

31] Protest the death penalty – Nov. 30                     

32] MD Case benefit – Nov. 30

33] Benefit party – Nov. 30

34] BUPJ meeting – Nov. 30

35] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Nov. 30

36] The Exonerated -- Nov. 30

37] World AIDS Day – Dec. 1

38] Protest at Indonesian embassy -- Dec. 1

39] Coal protest – Dec. 1

40] Burma Week – Dec. 1-Dec. 5

41] Protest escalation – Dec. 1

42] Witness Against Torture vigil – Dec. 1

43] Tuesday peace vigil – Dec. 1

44] History of Afghan Struggle – Dec. 1

45] Film ROSENSTRASSE – Dec. 1

46] Ecolocity DC meeting – Dec. 1

47] Film HOTEL RWANDA – Dec. 1

48] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Dec. 2

49] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 2

50] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 2

51] Breaking Rank class – Dec. 2—Feb. 17

52] WIB Towson vigil – Dec. 3

53] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Dec. 3

54] Film SHEER MADNESS – Dec. 3

55] First Thursday demo – Dec. 3

56] Women & Minorities in Hollywood – Dec. 3

57] Peace Action meeting – Dec. 3

58] Crabshell Alliance meeting — Dec. 3

59] WIB Frederick vigil – Dec. 4

60] Breaking Rank class – Dec. 2—Feb. 17

60] Justice Café – Dec. 4                                   

61] Film JOYEUX NOEL – Dec. 4                  

62] Simple Way presentation – Dec. 4

63] Spiral Thought – Dec. 5

64] Human rights dinner – Dec. 5

65] Film KING CORN – Dec. 18

66] Write Carl Kabat

67] Buy a red maple tree

68] Help available in buying a house 

69] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

70] Join Global Zero campaign

71] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

72] Publish your peace article

73] Click on The Hunger Site  

74] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


27] – On Mon., Nov. 30, the 10th anniversary of the nonviolent shut-down of the WTO Seattle meeting, and one week before the UN Copenhagen climate negotiations, join a march beginning at 7:30 AM in Lafayette Park to give the climate criminals an updated taste of Seattle. Bring your drums, puppets, noisemakers and friends as we non-violently disrupt Monday morning rush-hour and demand Corporations out of Copenhagen! It concludes at 9 AM.


28] – Frances Fox Piven will speak on Mon., Nov. 30 at noon at 526 Mergenthaler Hall, JHU Homewood Campus.  As part of a Sociology Department seminar, she will discuss "The Prospects for A New New Deal."


29] – Join the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Mon., Nov. 30 from 2:30-4 PM on the American Univ. Quad, center of campus - southeast of Ward Circle.  From there, march to the Israeli embassy to call for an end to over 40 years of occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel, and the violence taking place in Gaza right now.

30] – 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

31] – 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. 30.  Call 410-233-0488.


32] – Maryland Case is holding a benefit to Recommit to repeal MD's death penalty on Mon., Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Petit Louis Bistro, 4800 Roland Ave. Email Tickets start at $150.  Gifts are tax-deductible. The host committee includes Benjamin Civiletti, former U.S. Attorney General and Chair of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., former Maryland Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor, Sen. Lisa Gladden, Sen. Jamie Raskin et al.


33] – Party like it's 1999! Celebrate People's Power and Direct Action on this 10th Anniversary of the Seattle WTO Protests. Attend the fundraiser for the Washington Peace Center and Funk the War on Mon., Nov. 30 from 7 PM to 1 AM at Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd NW [Adam's Morgan]. Music and VJ Set by ADCDJ. The suggested donation is at $5.

34] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Nov. 30 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on reviewing the forum on Thurs., Nov. 19 at Goucher College where Phyllis Bennis spoke and the 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. 


35] – 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. 30, and the agenda will include an emergency demo when Obama escalates the war in Afghanistan, plans for a January action in D.C., and the First Thursday demo on Dec. 3.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


36] – THE EXONERATED is being performed on Mondays at 7:30 PM through Dec. 14 at the Everyman [sic] Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. This is Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s 2002 play, which shares six true accounts of wrongfully accused Death Row inmates and the deeply flawed U.S. justice system.  Call 410-752-2208. Go to


37] – Tues., Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. There will be a march and rally on Tues., Dec. 1 from noon to 2 PM starting in Lafayette Park and ending in Freedom Plaza.  The emphasis will be on the systems failure (mismanagement of resources, broken promises, and lack of vision) within the District, and there will be specific demands calling for stable housing, harm reduction services and mental health services. RSVP with your name and phone number to

38] – On Tues., Dec. 1, noon to 1:30 PM, Amnesty International invites you to a peaceful rally in front of the Indonesian Embassy, 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC to commemorate the 5th year anniversary of the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage. Come out to demand their immediate and unconditional release.  Arrested on Dec. 1, 2004, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage are serving a collective prison sentence of 25 years for their participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony to commemorate Papuan independence in 1962. Visit

39] – "Down with King Coal!" is a rally to fight global warming and oppose more coal power in Maryland. It will to place in Preston Gardens Park, St. Paul St. and E. Saratoga St. across from Mercy Hospital, on Tues., Dec. 1 at 1 PM.  Go to Power companies are proposing new ultra high-voltage power lines to crisscross Maryland, carrying electricity from dirty coal plants in West Virginia. Maryland shouldn't be an enabler to an electricity company's attempt to produce more power from dirty sources. Support a clean energy future. Contact Alana Wase at 301.277.7111 or


40] – Goucher College Peace Studies Program and others are hosting Burma Week , an effort to raise awareness about the political situation in Burma, where the military dictatorship commits gross human rights violations. On Tues., Dec. 1 at 4:30 PM in Buchner Hall, there will be a Burma Background Panel; on Wed., Dec. 2 at 7 PM in Buchner Hall, there will be a discussion on the use of technology to empower the people; on Thurs., Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Lecture Hall see a screening of BURMA VJ, followed by a discussion; on Fri., Dec. 4 there is a Prayer for Humanity at 10:30 AM in the Huebler Memorial Chapel; and on Sat., Dec. 5, there will be An Afternoon of Burmese Song, Dance and Food in the Hyman Forum, Athenaeum at 2 PM. The performances are free, but food tickets must be purchased in advance for $4. Email by Dec. 2. Contact Mary Wahl at

41] – On Tues., Dec. 1, there will be an Afghanistan Escalation Protest at the White House from 5 to 7 PM. Contact Pete Perry ( or Pat Elder ( 

42] – On Tues., Dec. 1 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


43] – 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 Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


44] – A History of Struggle: War, Occupation and Afghanistan’s Women takes place at Maryland Institute College of Art on Tues., Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 PM in Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.  The evening will begin with a film screening, followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Kathleen Foster, humanitarian Fahima Vorgetts, psychologist Anne Brodsky and economist A.Ghanie Ghaussy. This is an opportunity to purchase Afghan handcrafts.  Contact Soheila Ghaussy at


45] – On Tues., Dec. 1 at 7 PM in the ICC Auditorium, Georgetown Univ., the film "Rosentrasse" (directed by Margarethe von Trotta) will be shown. While countless Jews were sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosenstrasse. On that street these wives stood in protest until they were reunited with their men. The showing of the film is part of the Feminism and Social Justice series.


46] – 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 Dec. 1. Go to


47] – Paul Rusesabagina, a human rights activist and the real-life hero of the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at Goucher College on Tues., Dec. 1 at 8 PM in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum.  Contact Kristen Keener,


48] – 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 Dec. 2. Call 215-426-0364.

49] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice and the Pledge of Resistance are calling for a demonstration on Wed., Dec. 2 at 5:30 PM outside the War Memorial Bldg. on Gay St. The demonstration is a protest against Obama’s plan to escalate the war in AfghanistanEmail Max at mobuszewski at

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 Dec. 2. Call 215-843-4256 or email

51] – Starting Wed., Dec. 2 and continuing each Wednesday from 8 to 10 PM until Feb. 17, there will be a class Breaking Rank: Soldier-Led Resistance Movements at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert. St., and there is no charge. Attendees of the class will leave with an understanding of the importance of military resistance in the creation of successful social movements and ideas of ways to effectively participate as allies in the current soldier and veteran-led anti-war movement. The class will be facilitated by Ryan Harvey. To register, go to or email

52] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Dec. 3, 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.

53] – On Thurs., Dec. 3, 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.


54] – On Thurs., Dec. 3 from 4:15 to 6:45 PM at the ICC Auditorium, Georgetown Univ. see SHEER MADNESS (directed by Margarethe von Trotta), a tale of friendship and feminism around the relationship between two seemingly opposite women. Olga (Hanna Schygulla) is a professor of women's literature, Ruth (Angela Winkler) is a gifted and extremely reticent artist who is desperately fearful of the outside world. From their first meeting, they share a warmth and understanding that transcends the outside world. At 8 PM, von Trotta will speak in conversation with Robert Boyers, writer and publisher of Salmagundi.


55] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Dec. 3 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.


56] – Erica Shelton, a writer and producer on the television show HawthoRNe, will give a lecture titled “Women and Minorities in Hollywood,” on Thurs., Dec. 3 at 7 PM in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum, Goucher College.  Contact Kory Dodd at

57] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next on Dec. 3, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

58] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Dec. 3 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.


59] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Dec. 4 from 12 noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Call 301-834-7581 or email

60] –  Attend the UDC Justice Cafe from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., Dec. 4 in the Firebird Inn, Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Conn. Ave. NW, WDC 20008, which is hosted by the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law.  The suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and $5 for children. The event will feature food, music, poetry, an open mic session, tabling and more. One of the performers is Mike Bowers, guitar and vocals.  Go to Contact Mike at FOR A FREE TABLE.  Use the Van Ness UDC Metro Station (Red Line).

61] – On Fri., Dec. 4 watch JOYEUX NOEL, which is being shown as part of the "JUST-REEL” First Friday Free Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 7 PM,  1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County. The evening will include light refreshments and an after-film discussion. It is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call 610-544-1818. Go to


Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, JOYEUX NOEL tells the story of the actual 1914 Christmas truce immortalized in the song "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon. In 1914, World War I ("the war to end all wars") -- the bloodiest war in human history up to that time -- is well underway. On Christmas Eve, however, Scottish, German, and French troops pause from the carnage, and numerous sections of the Western Front call an unauthorized truce and peacefully meet each other on the battlefield.


62] – On Fri., Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House presents Shane Claiborne, activist and author living in inner city Philadelphia with the Simple Way Community. This monthly First Friday Clarification of Thought gathering is at 503 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, WDC 20010-1612.   Email or call 202-360-6416.


63] – On Sat., Dec. 5 at 1 PM, hear Victor Manuel Gavilan discuss Indigenous Spiral Thought, a complementary alternative for world peace at 4209 East West Hwy, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  Gavilan is executive director of the Spanish School in Calgary, Canada and has written articles and a book indigenous philosophy and ways of thinking.  After the speaker's address share a hot vegetarian lunch.  Park by Bethesda Chevy Chase High School or get off the Metro at Red-line Bethesda stop. RSVP at or 301 654 4899x9. Go to


64] – On Sat., Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, attend the 12TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS POTLUCK DINNER & commemorate the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Bring a main dish to share at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keaton Way, Columbia, MD 21044.  There is ENTERTAINMENT by Los Quetzales, a Mexican dance ensemble, and Rumisonko, a Latin American folk ensemble.  Call Leslie at 410-381-4899 or e-mail


65] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is Poverty and its Manifestations.  The last film in the series is KING CORN [USA, 2077], and it will be shown on Fri., Dec. 18 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


In KING CORN, producer and director Aaron Wolff follows the saga of Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, who move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from.  With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil.  But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions.


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.


66] – 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.


67] – 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


68] – 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.


69] – 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. 

70] – 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.  

71] – 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.

72] – 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


73] – 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.  


74] – 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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