Friday, December 11, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 10, 2009 – Jan. 7, 2010


21] Candlelight Vigil for Survival – Dec. 11

22] Deck the Hall fundraiser – Dec. 11

23] Film RETHINK AFGHANISTAN – Dec. 11                                  

24] Yoga’s Path to Peace – Dec. 11

25] Vigil at Walter Reed – Dec. 11                

26] Film COAL COUNTRY – Dec. 11

27] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 11                                    

28] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 12                                 

29] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Dec. 12                                         

30] “No, You Can’t Rally – Dec. 12

31] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 12

32] Westminster WIB vigil – Dec. 12                                  

33] Winter In America benefit – Dec. 12

34] Drum for Peace – Dec. 12                    

35] Ethical Society meeting – Dec. 13

36] African service – Dec. 13 

37] Bridge vigil – Dec. 13                                                                   

38] Power & Race – Dec. 13

39] Quaker Peace Vigil – Dec. 13

40] Report from Honduras -- Dec. 13

41] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Dec. 13

42] Pentagon vigil – Dec. 14

43] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 14 — Dec. 17

44] Protest the death penalty – Dec. 14                    


46] BUPJ meeting – Dec. 14

47] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 14

48] The Exonerated -- Dec. 14

49] Prayer for the Legislature -- Dec. 15

50] Anti-torture vigil – Dec. 15

51] Tuesday peace vigil – Dec. 15

52] Ecolocity DC meeting – Dec. 15

53] Film GET RID OF YOURSELF – Dec. 15

54] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Dec. 16

55] WIB Frederick vigil – Dec. 16

56] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 16

57] Film JOYEUX NOEL – Dec. 16/Breaking Rank class – Dec. 16—Feb. 17

58] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Dec. 17

59] Mythmakers & Lawbreakers – Dec. 17

60] CO to speak – Dec. 17

61] Film KING CORN – Dec. 18

62] Carl Kabat on trial – Dec. 21-22

63] First Thursday demo – Jan. 7

64] Get a copy of 1089 NIGHTS

65] Job opportunity with Veterans For Peace

66] Buy a red maple tree

67] Help available in buying a house 

68] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

69] Join Global Zero campaign

70] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

71] Publish your peace article

72] Click on The Hunger Site  

73] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


21] – Candlelight Vigil for Survival in support of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference takes place on Fri., Dec. 11 at 4:30 PM at the Towson traffic circle, York Rd. and Allegheny Ave;  about one mile inside the Beltway.  Bring a wind-proof candle (paper cup with x cut in bottom works fine), matches, and if you want, a sign. Call Terry at 443-904-6727 (cell).  The event is sponsored by the Baltimore Climate Action Network ( and

22] – There is a Deck the Hall fundraiser for the fully restored Polish Home Hall in Curtis Bay featuring gourmet cuisine and live music on Fri., Dec. 11 from 6 to 10 PM at 4416 Fairhaven Ave..  The requisite donation is $50.  Call 410-355-1100 or go to  

23] – End US Wars demands that Obama keep his promise and end the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars; call a ceasefire on Predator drone attacks over Pakistan; and begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions. The film “Rethink Afghanistan” will be shown on Fri., Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts., NW, WDC. Email: or visit


24] – The Ashram is forming a new Shanti Marga class. As this class only forms once a year, and is taught by spiritual master Vyasa Deva, this is a very special opportunity.  Shanti means peace and Marga means road, or path, so the class is the "Path to Peace."  Although the complete program spans 3 years, and gives a comprehensive overview of all the eight limbs of the science of yoga, the Beginner's 1 level may be taken as an independent course. The emphasis is on incorporating the five basic principles of yoga into one's daily life, through simple but effective practices. Lasting 12 weeks, it will meet Fridays, from 7-8:30 p.m., starting Dec. 11. This class is yoga theory only, but it is required to take yoga asanas while one is enrolled. Email or go to


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. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact Bruce Wolf -


26] – With the Copenhagen summit on climate change just beginning, what better time to listen to the stories about lives, communities and environments being devastated by modern day coal miningAt Red Emma’s on Fri., Dec. 11 at 7 PM, see the film COAL COUNTRY tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal, which provides over half the electricity in America In Appalachia, miners and residents are locked in conflict. Childcare is available.  Email at least 48 hours before the event. 


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 Dec. 11. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


28] – 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 Dec. 5. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


29] –  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


30] – There’s a “No You Can’t!” Rally at the White House on Sat., Dec. 12 from 11 AM to 4 PM.  This is a call for Unity Among Peace Movement Groups against Obama War Escalation.  Over 100 leading peace activists have called for the “Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally,“ organized by End US Wars, a newly formed coalition of national and grass-roots antiwar organizations, with endorsements from leading peace leaders.  Some of the speakers are Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, Kathy Kelly, Chris Hedges, David Swanson and Phyllis Bennis.  Jordan Page and Emma’s Revolution will be among the performers. Email or visit


31] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 12. 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] – 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 Dec. 12. Email


33] – Gimme Shelter Productions will hold the first in a series of benefits called "WINTER IN AMERICA". on Sat., Dec. 12 at 6 PM at Yabba Pot, 2433 St. Paul St.  This performance, for Sarah's Hope Shelter, will feature music & poetry by Auset, Alan Barysh, Robin Gunkel, In The Clear Duo, Jasaga, Suzanne X and Marcus Colasurdo.  Admission is $5 with donations of children's gloves, socks, hats, sweaters gladly accepted! The purpose of this series of benefits is to help keep homeless children in Baltimore City healthy & warm this winter in America. Call 410-627-8774.


34] – 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 Dec. 12, the drum circle begins at 7 PM.  Call Franz at 410-925-9351.


35] – On Sun., Dec. 13 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Hugh Taft-Morales, who will discuss “Ethical Culture as More Than a Religion.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


36] – On Sun., Dec. 13, 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] – On Sun., Dec. 13 from 2 to 5 PM attend Power and Race: collaboration by Theatre Action Group and Baltimore Racial Justice Action.  This is a Day of Race Dialogue and Theatre Games at the Cork Gallery, 302 E. Federal St., Baltimore MD 21202.  Ring Buzzer #9 to get to the 4th Floor.  To share a meal together, bring a dish. Theatre Action Group (TAG) is a Collection of citizen artists empowered with the language of theatre to promote dialogue, encourage social action and build community via performances and workshops. Tag‘s vision is based on Augusto Boal’s theories of theatre of the oppressed where theatre can be used to promote a more just society. 


BRJA holds an event on the 13th of each month.  The human menstrual period occurs in a typical woman every 28 days -nearly 13 times a year - and this in many ancient cultures suggested a connection between thirteen and women. The association of thirteen with bad luck may have been a vilification of the "female" number. As an organization opposed to all forms of oppression, BRJA is happy to use the 13th of each month as our way of working to dismantle oppressive traditions.  All are welcome, but the 13th events are geared especially towards white people working with other whites. People of color shouldn’t always have to be the ones to educate white people about racism and oppression. Email .


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] – 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., Dec. 13, hear Sylvia Metzler who will make a presentation “Honduras and President Obama's Approach to Latin America.” Metzler is a long-time Central America solidarity activist, who just returned from Honduras. Call 610-544-1818.

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 Dec. 13. 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., Dec. 14, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

43] – 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

44] – 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., Dec. 14.  Call 410-233-0488.


45] – MONEY DRIVEN MEDICINE will be shown on Mon., Dec. 14 at 7 PM at the Rotunda Cinemas, 711 W. 40th St., Baltimore MD 21210. Afterwards, join members of the Baucus 8 and Bside entertainment for a Q & A. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students/seniors/children.  If a group is interested, the Rotunda will sell blocs of 50 or more at the $6/person price. 


MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE is the first and only documentary taking a systemic look at the forces underlying – and often undermining – American healthcare. Produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE; ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and based on Century Foundation Health Care Fellow Maggie Mahar's acclaimed book by the same name, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the $2.6 trillion U.S. health care system, how it went so terribly wrong and what it will take to fix it. Call 410-235-5554.


46] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Mon., Dec. 14 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will focus on reviewing the anti-escalation protest on Dec. 2, getting ready for the legislative session in Annapolis and developments with UFPJ national.  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 Dec. 14, and the agenda will include a review of the Dec. 12 demo to protest escalation of the war in Afghanistan, a discussion on the letter to the Nobel Committee and an indication of plans for future protests, including a January action in D.C.   Call Max at 410-366-1637.


48] – 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


49] – On Tues., Dec. 15 join Fighting Poverty with Faith - Interfaith Prayer Vigil from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Lawyer's Mall, State House, Annapolis, MD.  Prayer Leaders include Iman Earl El-Amin, Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore; Rabbi Ari Goldstein, Temple Beth Shalom; Bishop Denis Madden. Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and other faith leaders.  They will pray in asking State leaders to preserve programs impacting the most vulnerable, and thank them for the actions they have already taken to preserve Maryland's safety net. 


50] – On Tues., Dec. 15 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


51] – 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. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


52] – 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. 15. Go to


53] – On Tues., Dec. 15 at 7 PM at 2640 St. Paul St., catch a screening of GET RID OF YOURSELF. This is a video produced by the US-based art collective the BERNADETTE CORPORATION in conjunction with the folks from Tiqqun, which attempts to capture the essence of the social antagonism at work in the streets of Genoa during the 2001 protests against the G8. A donation will be suggested.

54] – 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. 16. Call 215-426-0364.


55] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Dec. 16 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


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 Dec. 16. Call 215-843-4256 or email


57] – In conjunction with Ryan Harvey's "Breaking Ranks" class at the Baltimore Free School, see, the Civilian-Soldier Alliance will show JOYEUX NOEL, a film about the 1914 Christmas truce on the front lines of WWI, where ordinary soldiers came to the senses and out of the trenches to celebrate the holidays together with the "enemy.” See it on Wed., Dec. 16 at 7:30 PM at 2640 St. Paul St.  A donation is suggested.

The class Breaking Rank: Soldier-Led Resistance Movements continues each Wednesday from 8 to 10 PM until Feb. 17 at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert. St. 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

58] – On Thurs., Dec. 17, 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] – On Thurs., Dec. 17 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., join editor MARGARET "MAGPIE" KILLJOY for an exploration of the intersections between anti-authoritarian politics and the writing of fiction, based off the wonderful new anthology *Mythmaker and Lawbreakers* - featuring interviews with URSULA K. LEGUIN, ALAN MOORE, MICHAEL MOORCOCK, and more.


60] – Peace Action Montgomery and Pax Christi are cosponsoring a veteran of the Iraq War “surge,” Josh Stieber of Gaithersburg, who will describe his personal transformation from gung-ho soldier to conscientious objector on Thurs., Dec. 17 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Rockville Library.  Go to for directions.  Go to Josh’s blog: of Peace Action Montgomery’s premiere musicians will entertain, and a collection will be taken for Iraq Veterans Against the War.


61] – 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.


62] – 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.


63] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Jan. 7 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.


64] – Don't forget 1089 NIGHTS: An Odyssey Through the Middle East, Africa and Asia for gifts this Christmas!!  The bargain basement price is $16 during holiday time.  You can order Ann von Lossberg’s book at   


65] – Michael McPhearson has announced his decision to leave his position as director of Veterans For Peace.  So there is a job opportunity. Get more information on the position and instructions on application procedures at


66] – 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


67] – 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.


68] – 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. 

69] – 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.  

70] – 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.

71] – 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


72] – 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.  


73] – 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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