Sunday, January 17, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 14 – Mar. 6, 2010


41] MLK Peace Walk – Jan. 18

42] Resistance at Lockheed Martin – Jan. 18

43] Join VFP in Baltimore’s MLK Parade – Jan. 18

44] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 18 — Jan. 21

45] Ayurveda training – Jan. 18                   

46] Need for equal societies – Jan. 19

47] Anti-torture vigil – Jan. 19

48] Tuesday peace vigil – Jan. 19

49] Ecolocity DC meeting – Jan. 19

50] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Jan. 20

51] Westminster WIB vigil – Jan. 20                                  

52] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Jan. 20

53] Breaking Rank class – Jan. 20—Feb. 17

54] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 21

55] Direct action against torture – Jan. 21

56] Peaceable Assembly Campaign – Jan. 22—Feb. 3           

57] Pray for Peace – Jan. 22

58] Polar Bear plunge – Jan. 23                   

59] Jim Wallis signs new book – Jan. 24                   

60] Protest the death penalty – Jan. 25                   

61] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Jan. 25

62] Heathcare-Now conference – Jan. 28           

63] First Thursday demo – Feb. 4

64] Labor Chorus function – Mar. 6

65] Speakers needed for after-school program

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


41] – The 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk will begin on Mon., Jan. 18 at 9 AM with an assembly at Bethlehem Baptist Church Lot, 2500 MLK Jr. Ave., SE (next to the United Black Fund), before stepping off at 10 AM.  The destination will be the Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 S. Capitol St. to hear a presentation at 11:30 AM, Life of a Prophet: A Tribute. It will conclude at 1 PM.  Bring a new pair of socks and support Socks for the Homeless.


42] – On Mon., Jan. 18 at noon, Make War No More! Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance at Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Blvds. in Valley Forge, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall).  Hear the words and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and participate in nonviolent action for justice and peace. Call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818.


43] – On Mon., Jan. 18 at noon, march with Veterans for Peace, Pledge of Resistance and others in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade down Martin Luther King Blvd.  Gather on Eutaw Street and join the VFP contingent.  Sometime after noon, this contingent will step off.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 to get a ride.


44] – 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


45] – The Ashram at 4217 East West Hwy, Bethesda MD 20814, is offering a free introductory lecture on Ayurveda on Mon., Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 PM. Ayurveda is a complement to yoga and provides an alternative system of self-care for true health on the physical, mental and emotional levels. To attend the lecture, RSVP to Brigid at 312-593-6904 or by email at  Go to Use the Red Line and get off the Metro at the Bethesda stop.


46] – Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better will be presented by the Economic Policy Institute, Institute for America's Future and Institute for Policy Studies on Tues,, Jan. 19, from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H St. NW, Suite 300 East Tower, WDC 20005  The speakers are eminent British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of THE SPIRIT LEVEL: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, Barbara Ehrenreich and Harry Holzer. The Institute is near McPherson Square Metro (Orange/Blue lines) and Metro Center (Red line).  Space is limited, so RSVP at Go to


47] – On Tues., Jan. 19 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


48] – 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 Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


49] – 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 Jan. 19. Go to


50] – 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 Jan. 20. Call 215-426-0364.


51] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Jan. 20 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


52] – 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 Jan. 20. Call 215-843-4256 or email


53] – 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


54] – On Thurs., Jan. 21, 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.


55] – On Thurs., Jan. 21, Witness Against Torture will engage in direct action against torture and indefinite detention and for accountability and justice.  Go to


56] – From Fri., Jan. 22 to Wed., Feb. 3, join the Peaceable Assembly Campaign with Kathy Kelly and others in Washington, D.C. There will be a daily vigil from 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the White House and other seats of power.  Go to www.peaceableassemblycampaign.orgJoin NCNR on Thurs., Jan. 28, beginning at 10:30 AM at the White House.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for details.


57] – Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Fri., Jan. 22 at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month.  Hosts are needed for February, March and April. Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


58] – The annual POLAR BEAR PLUNGE is on Sat., Jan. 23, beginning at 10:30 AM at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, Herndon Ave., Annapolis.  Jump into the Chesapeake Bay near at 11:30 AM for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network [CCAN] to raise money and awareness. Keep Winter Cold!  Fight Global Warming! Go to Go to ERideshare and post your ride!


59] – Jim Wallis is continuing his book tour on Sun., Jan. 24 at 5 PM at Politics and Prose, 5015 Conn. Ave., NW.  He will sign copies of his new book HOW WILL THE FINANCIAL CRISIS CHANGE US? Call 800-722-0790.


60] – 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., Jan. 25. Call 410-233-0488.


61] – 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 Jan. 25.  The agenda will include a review of demonstrations, including one on the 16th at the CIA to protest drone attacks and direct action with Witness Against Torture on the 21stCall Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for directions.


62] – Healthcare-Now of Maryland, working for single-payer, universal healthcare,  holds its annual meeting and public forum, at 7:15 PM on Thurs., Jan. 28 at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, 4 E. Univ. Pkwy, Baltimore.  The event is free, open to the public.  There is ample free parking.  The featured speaker is Mark Dudzic, former president of Local 8-149 OCAW (now Local 1-148 PACE) and an active Labor Party National Organizer.  Instrumental in securing an endorsement for single-payer at the national convention of the AF of L/ CIO, he will speak on the why’s and how’s of labor support for single-payer. Email


63] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Feb. 4 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] – On Sat., Mar. 6, the Charm City Labor Chorus will hold a concert at 7 PM. The site is to be determined for an evening of union and peace and justice songs.  The suggested donation is $10 with a sliding scale in effect. 


65] - Speakers are needed to lead group discussions for an after-school program, The Path To Independence. The program is at the alternative high school, Achievement Academy at Harbor City, in Baltimore, MD.  The students at Harbor City, a Title 1 school, have a high rate of student homelessness, incarceration and poverty - - and many of the students in the program are in eager need of support so they can graduate high school. Speakers are needed on Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, from Jan. 27 through May 26. Call Melissa MacDiarmid at 410-333-2222 if you are interested.


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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