Thursday, November 12, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Nov. 12 – Dec. 3, 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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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] Donate to send students to Berlin for Peace Prize Laureates

7] Watch COAL COUNTRY – through Nov. 14

8] FCNL annual meeting – through Nov. 15

9] Make the Wall Fall Week – through Nov. 15


11] Restore Democracy to Honduras – Nov. 12

12] BCAN meeting – Nov. 12

13] Film AMERICAN CA$INO – Nov. 12

14] Film 9500 LIBERTY – Nov. 12

15] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Nov. 13

16] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 13           

17] White House vigil – Nov. 13             

18] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 13

19] Support The Congo demo – Nov. 13

20] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Nov. 13

21] Justice through African eyes – Nov. 13

22] Little Friends benefit – Nov. 13

23] Mayan Priestess – Nov. 13

24] Christian Zionism -- Nov. 13                 

25] Vigil at Walter Reed – Nov. 13                 

26] King/Brandow concert – Nov. 13

27] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 13                                    

28] Peace conference – Nov. 14-18                               

29] Olney vigil to end the war – Nov. 14                                  

30] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Nov. 14                                          

31] Peace vigil at Capitol – Nov. 14

32] Empowerment workshop – Nov. 14                    

33] Witness Against Torture meeting – Nov. 14

34] Westminster WIB vigil – Nov. 14                                  

35] Ethical Culture for Everyone – Nov. 15

36] African service – Nov. 15  

37] Bridge vigil – Nov. 15                                  

38] Climate Chaos – Nov. 15

39] Quaker Peace Vigil – Nov. 15

40] Pax Christi awards dinner – Nov. 15

41] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Nov. 15

42] Pentagon vigil – Nov. 16

43] NPT review meeting – Nov. 16

44] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 16 — Nov. 19

45] Protest the death penalty – Nov. 16                     

46] Legislative forum – Nov. 16

47] Anti-eviction activist at 2640 – Nov. 16

48] Plan actions in D.C. in March meeting – Nov. 16

49] BUPJ meeting – Nov. 16

50] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Nov. 16

51] Witness Against Torture vigil – Nov. 17

52] Tuesday peace vigil – Nov. 17

53] WIB Frederick vigil – Nov. 17

54] Ecolocity DC meeting – Nov. 17

55] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Nov. 18

56] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Nov. 18

57] Sonia Nazario at Towson -- Nov. 18

58] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Nov. 19

59] Women’s Law Center dinner – Nov. 19

60] Phyllis Bennis at Goucher – Nov. 19

61] Protest SOA – Nov. 19-22

62] National Transgender Day of Remembrance – Nov. 20

63] Film SLAPSHOT – Nov. 20

64] Progressive Working Group meeting– Nov. 21


66] Progressive Working Group meeting – Nov. 22

67] First Thursday demo – Dec. 3

68] Write Carl Kabat

69] Peace Center needs donations for sound system

70] Buy a red maple tree

71] Help available in buying a house 

72] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

73] Join Global Zero campaign

74] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

75] Publish your peace article

76] Click on The Hunger Site  

77] 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. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

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. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  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] – Suheir Khajuria is a member of Chesapeake Physicians for social Responsibility.  She has been invited by IPPNW with two other students from the USA to participate in the Annual Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Berlin in November.  The students, though, are struggling to raise funds for travel.  Consider making a donation at donations are tax-deductible contributions to IPPNW, and any amount is welcome.

7] – Watch the video “Coal Country” through Sat., Nov 14 in small showings at house parties. To see the video sponsored by the Sierra Club, go to


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


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


10] – The Civilian Soldier Alliance, in conjunction with Coppin State Faculty, has organized a second screening of RETHINK AFGHANISTAN, this time taking place at Coppin State University on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 5:20 PM in Coppin State's  THIRD FLOOR ATRIUM, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BLDG., 2500 W. NORTH AVE., BALTIMORE, MD 21216.  


11] – On Thurs., Nov. 12,  7 to  8:30 PM, Restore Democracy in Honduras Build the Resistance to the U.S. Empire will take place at La Casa Community Center, 3066 Mt. Pleasant St. The event is sponsored by School of the Americas Watch, the Washington Peace Center et al.


12] – 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.  

13] – 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 A panel discussion follows the feature presentation with panelists Robert J. Strupp, director of Research and Policy Community Law Center; Anne Balcer Norton, Esq., director, Foreclosure Prevention St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and Elizabeth Jacobson, former Wells Fargo top producer of subprime mortgage loans.

14] – On. Thurs., Nov. 12 at 8 PM, the film 9500 Liberty will be shown  by the Asian American Student Association (AASA) in ICC 107 at Georgetown Univ. The directors Annabel Park and Eric Byler will join the Q&A session.  Filmed in Prince William County, VA, the film reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Go to


15] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Nov. 13 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., Nov. 13 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] – 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.

20] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Nov. 6 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.

21] – Do African traditional justice processes have anything to offer peace-building challenges in current post-conflict African countries? On Fri., Nov. 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, listen to a talk “Justice, reconciliation and peace building seen through African eyes,” at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW (Gallery Place Chinatown Metro).  Clement Aapengnuo from Northern Ghana, founder of the Damongo Peace Center and currently at George Mason Univ., will lead the discussion. A reception will follow.  RSVP at 202-884-9780 or 

22] – 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.


23] – 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

24] – Drs. Stephen Sizer and Mark Braverman discuss Christian Zionism, Movement Building on Fri., Nov. 13 at 7 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 222 E. Capitol St. NE, WDC. Well-known British scholar and author of "Christian Zionism and the Bible" Dr. Stephen Sizer, will be joined by Jewish author Dr. Mark Braverman to discuss the impact of this ideology on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. The intended goal is to mobilize a Capitol Hill working group from the religious institutions for further educational and movement expanding activities. Email

25] – 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 


26] –  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.


27] –  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 Nov. 6. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


28] – INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUREAU ANNUAL CONFERENCE Rolling Back Militarism: A Task for the Global Movement takes place from Sat., Nov. 14 through Wed., Nov. 18 at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. At this time of global economic & environmental crisis join activists from international & US based NGOs to engage in a strategic process, to examine our campaigning priorities and options, to explore new ways to challenge the militarism we see around us, and to build international connections and partnerships. Enjoy music, culture & social activities.  Register at or

Email Confirmed speakers include Tom Hayden, David McReynolds, WRL, Phyllis Bennis, IPS, and many others.


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 Nov. 14. 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., Nov. 14. 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] – Planning for Success: Grassroots Empowerment Workshop is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 14 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at Pratt Library, Roland Park Branch, 5108 Roland Ave, Baltimore 21210. Space is limited, register at or 410-812-1447. CCAN is hosting this free workshop so ordinary citizens can learn to plan a grassroots campaign like the pros.


33] –  There is a Witness Against Torture meeting in DC on Sat., Nov. 14 from 1 to 4 PM in order to plan for the fast and demonstrations scheduled for Jan. 11-22, 2910.  The meeting will be at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International offices, 4121 Harewood Rd., NE, Ste. B, WDC 20017.  To call in, dial 1-518-825-1300 (East Coast) and use the access code 116563. Go to


34] – Westminster WIB hosts a vigil the 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 3 PM in front of the War Memorial on Main St. The next vigil will be Nov. 14. Email


35] – On Sun., Nov. 15 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Susan Rose Teshu, the Ethical society Without Walls, who will discuss the “Ethical Culture for Everyone.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


36] – On Sun., Nov. 15, 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] – Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk: How climate threatens your health, the health of the earth, and what can be done will be discussed on Sun., Nov. 15 at 3 PM at 9325 Presbyterian Circle, off Rt. 29 & 108, Columbia. Dr. Parker will examine major health threats related to climate change.  Earth Forums are the 3rd Sunday of the month. Sign up by calling church office 410-730-3545.ext.10 or RSVP 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] – On Sun., Nov. 15 at 5 PM, be at the Pax Christi Metro DC Second Annual Peacemaker of the Year awards Mass and Dinner.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Tom Gumbleton at Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, VA, followed by dinner and presentation of the award to Sister Alice Zachmann, the founder of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission and co-founder of TASSC.  RSVP to The cost of the event is $20.


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 Nov. 15. 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., Nov. 16, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

43] – On Mon., Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 PM at the Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave., NE on Capitol Hill in WDC, there will be a planning meeting for the NPT 2010 review.  Next May the United Nations will hold a five-year review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York. There are plans for an international conference Apr. 30 and May 1, a mass rally on May 2, designated globally as International Day of Action for a Nuclear Free World. RSVP to Lisa Putkey at or by calling 301-537-8244, extension 338.

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. 16.  Call 410-233-0488.


46] – On Mon., Nov. 16, there will be a Legislative Preview & Reception at Goucher College, Hyman Forum, The Athenaeum, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD from 6:30 to 9 PM.  The program will begin at 7:30 Pm with Shari Wilson, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Brad Heavner, state director, Environment Maryland, and Jen Brock-Cancellieri, deputy director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. There are many sponsors of this event including Maryland League of Conservation Voters Ed. Fund, Goucher College Environmental Studies Program and other groups in Baltimore Cty. Contact Pete Johnson at 410.280.9855 x 204 or


47] – Ashraf Cassiem, chairperson of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign (South Africa) will speak on Mon., Nov. 16 at 7 PM at 2640 (2640 St. Paul St.). Red Emma's and 2640 are hosting the Baltimore stop on the US Speaking Tour.  The mission of the AEC is a struggle for the right to the city in the strongest sense, not just a matter of securing housing, but securing the right to self-determination and dignity, organized from below by those most affected.  Go to and


48] – The Washington Peace Center and others are hosting a planning meeting for March peace actions in and around DC.  It will be Mon., Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 PM at St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, auditorium. RSVP to if you'd like to attend. 


49] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Nov. 16 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. 


50] – 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. 16, 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.


51] – On Tues., Nov. 17 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


52] – 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. 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


53] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Nov. 17 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


54] – 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


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 Nov. 18. 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 Nov. 18. Call 215-843-4256 or email


57] – Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer-winning author of ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY:  The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, will speak on Wed., Nov. 18 at 7 PM at Towson Univ., University Union, Chesapeake Room. Contact Lea Ramsdell, <>.


58] – On Thurs., Nov. 19, 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 NWLC Annual Dinner is at the Washington Hilton Hotel & Towers, 1919 Conn. Ave., NW, WDC, on Thurs., Nov. 19, starting with a reception at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 7 PM. The special guest will be Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, who will host a conversation with honorees Sheila Bair, chairperson, FDIC, and Brooksley Born, retired partner, Arnold & Porter. Buy your tickets now: Contact Nancy Delahoyd at or 202-588-5180.


60] – 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.


61] – This coming November 20-22, the 15th annual vigil to close the SOA will be held in Columbus, Georgia.  Over 10,000 people are expected to call for its closing.  Visit the SOA Watch web site at or call 202-234-3440.  To join a group from Howard County, call Leslie at 410-381-4899 or go to  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  Contact Mary Shapiro (202-294-2906), who had room for 2 or 3 people.


62] – Transgender Day of Remembrance is Fri., Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM at the Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St. NW, WDC 20001. Join Transgender Health Empowerment and other groups for a vigil.  Throughout the world, people gather every year to pay respect to those needlessly killed by hate crimes against the transgender community, including Ty'lia "NaNa Boo" Mack, a trans woman who was stabbed along with a friend only a few blocks from the offices of Transgender Health Empowerment. Contact The Sadie Ryanne Baker at 202-557-1951.


63] – 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.


64] – 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 ( 


65] – RETHINK AFGHANISTAN, a ground-breaking documentary film exploring key issues of the war in Afghanistan, will be shown on Sat., Nov. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044.  Light refreshments will be available, and a discussion will follow.  The event is sponsored by the Howard County Coalition for Peace & Justice. Contact Ray at 301-776-0208. 


66] – 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.  The meeting will run from 1:30 to 5 PM at the Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044-3411.  It will start with a welcome from Howard County Delegate Elizabeth Bobo.  Call Cindy Farquhar at 443 604 2298 or write farquhar.cindy7 at


67] – 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.


68] – 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.


69] – The Washington Peace Center's sound equipment needs to be replaced.  Please make a donation: Washington peace Center, 1525 Newton St NW, WDC 20010.


70] – 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


71] – 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.


72] – 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. 

73] – 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.  

74] – 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.

75] – 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


76] – 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.  


77] – 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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