Thursday, December 17, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Dec. 17, 2009 – Jan. 7, 2010


"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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The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


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


7] United Workers on Steiner – Dec. 17

8] Mythmakers & Lawbreakers – Dec. 17

9] Public meeting on Afghanistan – Dec. 17

10] CO to speak – Dec. 17

11] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Dec. 18

12] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 18          

13] White House vigil – Dec. 18            

14] Food Drive – Dec. 18 & 20     

15] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 18

16] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Dec. 18

17] Film KING CORN – Dec. 18

18] Yoga’s Path to Peace – Dec. 18

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – Dec. 18                

20] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 18                                    

21] Xmas in Bethlehem – Dec. 19

22] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 19                                 

23] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Dec. 19                                         

24] Army Experience Center protest – Dec. 19

25] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 19

26] Stop the Violence Against Women fundraiser – Dec. 19                                  

27] Gluttony & Greed – Dec. 19

28] Bridge vigil – Dec. 20                                                                   

29] Quaker Peace Vigil – Dec. 20

30] Movie FREEDOM SONG – Dec. 20

31] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Dec. 20

32] Pentagon vigil – Dec. 21

33] Carl Kabat on trial – Dec. 21-22

34] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 21 — Dec. 24

35] Protest the death penalty – Dec. 21                    

36] Homeless Memorial Day – Baltimore – Dec. 21

37] Homeless Memorial Day – Baltimore – Dec. 21

38] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Dec. 21

39] Anti-torture vigil – Dec. 22

40] Tuesday peace vigil – Dec. 22

41] Ecolocity DC meeting – Dec. 22

42] Vigil for Peace – Dec. 22

43] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Dec. 23

44] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Dec. 23

45] Breaking Rank class – Dec. 23—Feb. 17

46] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Dec. 24

47] Faith & Resistance Retreat -- Dec. 27 - 30

48] Party for Peace Center – Dec. 31

49] First Thursday demo – Jan. 7

50] Ellen Barfield in jail

51] Get a copy of 1089 NIGHTS

52] Job opportunity with Veterans For Peace

53] Buy a red maple tree

54] Help available in buying a house 

55] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

56] Join Global Zero campaign

57] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

58] Publish your peace article

59] Click on The Hunger Site  

60] 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] – Unfortunately, the Off Center Media documentary DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE about William Kunstler is not scheduled for screening in Baltimore. However, the National Lawyers Guild is working on bringing the film by his two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler to Baltimore.  The Guild needs help in convincing the distributor that Baltimore cinephiles want to see the movie. Check out the website and you will be able to click on “demand” that the film comes to Baltimore.  Watch the trailer: to Facebook:

7] – Tune in to hear the United Workers on the Marc Steiner Show on Thurs., Dec. 17 on WEAA 88.9 from 6-7 PM.  The discussion will center on the Fair Food Solidarity Tour that was just completed for fair food and fair development. To listen to the show, tune into 88.9 or listen via podcast at or live at

8] – 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.


9] –  There will be a public meeting on Afghanistan called by the International Socialist Organization on Afghanistan at La Casa Community Center, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St., WDC, on Thurs., Dec. 17, 7 to 8:30 PM.  Get off at the Columbia Heights/Green Line Metro.  On Dec. 1, Barack Obama announced his escalation of 30,000 more US troops into Afghanistan. Then he accepted his Nobel Peace Prize and repeated the same George W. Bush justification for war and empire.  There’s a need for the antiwar movement to increase its numbers and stand up to the war machine. Email


10] – 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.


11] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Dec. 18 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.


12] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Dec. 18 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


13] – 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.


14] – There is a GEDCO Cares Food Drive, which will feature the films IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Fri., Dec. 18 at 1:15 and 6 PM at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road.  The double feature is $6 or $6 worth of non-perishable food items.  One can also see the films on Sun., Dec. 20 at 1:15 and 6 PM.  Call 410-435-8338 or go to


15] – 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

16] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Dec. 18 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. On this evening, there will be a potluck dinner and a Christmas pageant after the vigil.

17] – 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.


18] – The Ashram formed 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 PM; the next date is Dec. 18. This class is yoga theory only, but it is required to take yoga asanas while one is enrolled. Email or go to


19] – 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 -


20] –  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. 18. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


21] – On Sat., Dec. 19, there is a 9:30 AM gathering, followed by a 10 AM service - a joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem - at the Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral,  3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, WDC.  In Bethlehem, behind the wall that separates neighbor from neighbor, patient from hospital, student from school and farmer from land, Palestinian Christians continue to bear witness to their faith this Christmas, as they have done for generations.  Once again, let us join our voices with theirs in seeking and offering hope for a better future.   If you cannot come to the cathedral, you are encouraged to watch the service by Internet as it is broadcast live at


22] – 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. 19. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


23] –  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

24] –  The 3rd Saturday of the month protest vigil to close the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall takes place on Dec. 19 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Knights and Woodhaven Roads, NE Philadelphia.  A number of groups, including United for Peace & Justice - Delaware Valley Network, co-sponsor the vigil. Go to

25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 19. 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


26] – Go to the Stop Violence Against Women Dance Fundraiser on Sat., Dec. 19 from 7 to 11 PM at the Du Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave.  The cost is $40 in advance or $45 at the door.  Call 410-396-4202 or go to


27] – On Sun., Dec. 20 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Felix Torres Colon, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, who will comment on “Gluttony and Greed: The Way to Perdition.”  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


28] – 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


29] – 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.


30] – The DC SDS invites you to a Mississippi civil rights movie showing at 6 PM on Sun., Dec 20 at St Stephens Church, in the dining room, 1525 Newton St., NW, WDC. The movie FREEDOM SONG follows the development of the local civil rights movement in a rural part of Mississippi.  Dorie Ladner will attend and talk about her experiences in getting the movement off the ground in her hometown of Hattiesburg, where she worked with the martyr, Medger Evers.  Go to Call 540-598-7552.


31] – 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. 20. 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

32] – 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. 21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

33] – 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.


34] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at


35] – 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. 21.  A British film crew will be there to videotape.  Call 410-233-0488.


36] – On Mon., Dec. 21 at 5 PM, Baltimore will join the annual National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.  People who died this year and also experienced homelessness will be remembered. The Memorial Day service will take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, Pratt and Calvert Sts.  

37] – DC's candlelight vigil for National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day will take place at 6 PM on Mon., Dec. 21 at Union Station.  Gather near the bell just outside of the front entrance on the first day of winter, the longest night of the year.

38] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM. The meetings will now take place at Max’s residence, and the next one is scheduled for Dec. 21.  The agenda will include a review of demonstrations planned for January, including one on the 16th at the CIA to protest drone attacks.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email at for directions.


39] – On Tues., Dec. 22 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


40] – 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. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


41] – 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. 22. Go to


42] – The Brandywine Peace Community invites you to join the annual Christmas Candlelight Vigil for Peace on Tues., Dec. 22 at 7 PM with caroling, readings, bell-tolling, and placing a large peace sign at the main entrance to Lockheed Martin, Goddard Boulevard, Valley Forge, PA. (Go to the traffic light in front of the UA King of Prussia movie theater, just up Goddard from the intersection of Mall & Goddard Blvds., behind the King of Prussia Mall.) Call 610-544-1818 or go to


43] – 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. 23. Call 215-426-0364.


44] – 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. 23. Call 215-843-4256 or email


45] – Ryan Harvey's 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. To register, go to or email


46] – On Thurs., Dec. 24, 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.


47] – The next "Faith and Resistance Retreat," between Sun., Dec. 27 and Wed., Dec. 30 at St. Stephen and the Incarnation, 1625 Newton St., NW, WDC, will honor the Feast of the Innocents.  The theme is "Let All the World's Children Live" "Abolish all Nuclear Weapons,” and the retreat begins on Dec. 27 at 6 PM with supper.


On Dec. 28 at 6 AM, depart for a protest at the Pentagon. That evening at 7 PM, Joe Gerson will discuss the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons.  On Dec. 29, there will be actions at both the Air and Space Museum and the Department of Energy. The closing demo will be on Dec. 30 at the White House at noon. Call 410-233-6238.


48] – Get down at a New Years Eve Party and Washington Peace Center fundraiser at two Busboys and Poets locations, 14th & V Sts. NW and 5th & K Sts. NW, WDC: One Nation Under a Groove "If I Can't Dance It's Not My Revolution!" will be happening on Thurs., Dec. 31, from 7 PM to 1 AM.  The cost is $65 with $10 going to a nonprofit organization.

49] – 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.


50] – Letters and holiday cards can be sent to Ellen Barfield, DCDC #325-704, DC Jail/Correctional Treatment Facility, 1901 E St., SE, WDC 20003.


51] – 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   


52] – 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


53] – 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


54] – 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.


55] – 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. 

56] – 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.  

57] – 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.

58] – 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


59] – 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.  


60] – 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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