Thursday, January 28, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 28 – Mar. 6, 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.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


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] Canvasing the Movement – thru Jan. 31

8] Peaceable Assembly Campaign – thru — Feb. 3           

9] Photo exhibit of Central America – through Mar. 6         

10] Jerusalem, the key? – Jan. 28

11] Community meeting – Jan. 28           

12] Heathcare-Now conference – Jan. 28           

13] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Jan. 29

14] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Jan. 29

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 29         

16] White House vigil – Jan. 29           

17] Homewood vigil -- Jan. 29

18] Vigil to End the Wars – Jan. 29

19] Film SACCO & VANZETTI – Jan. 29               

20] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 29               

21] Caleb Smith at Red Emma’s – Jan. 29

22] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 29

23] Women’s Bible Study – Jan. 30—Mar. 27

24] Fusion Festival – Jan. 30                                

25] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 30                                

26] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 30                                        

27] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 30

28] Winter in America – Jan. 30

29] Ingersoll talk – Jan. 31

30] Bridge vigil – Jan. 31                                                                  

31] Concert for Haiti – Jan. 31

32] Nuclear Power Nightmare – Jan. 31

33] Quaker Peace Vigil – Jan. 31

34] Medea Benjamin in Baltimore – Jan. 31                  

35] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 31

36] CO to tell his story – Jan. 31

37] Pentagon vigil – Feb. 1

38] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 1 — Feb. 4

39] Protest the death penalty – Feb. 1                   

40] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 1

41] Anti-torture vigil – Feb. 2

42] Tuesday peace vigil – Feb. 2

43] Slow Teeth at Red Emma’s – Feb. 2

44] Ecolocity DC meeting – Feb. 2

45] “Your Planet Is Hot” – Feb. 2

46] Right of Palestinian students to travel – Feb. 3

47] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Feb. 3

48] Stand up to homophobia – Feb. 3 & 4

49] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 3

50] Breaking Rank class – Feb. 3—Feb. 17

51] WIB Towson vigil – Feb. 4

52] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Feb. 4

53] First Thursday demo – Feb. 4

54] J Street meeting – Feb. 4

55] PeaceAction Montgomery – Feb. 4

56] Crabshell Alliance – Feb. 4

57] Justice Café – Feb. 5           

58] WIB Frederick vigil – Feb. 5

59] Fiesta Tropical – Feb. 8

60] Labor Chorus function – Mar. 6

61] Buy a red maple tree

62] Help available in buying a house 

63] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

64] Join Global Zero campaign

65] Eve Tetaz in jail

66] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

67] Publish your peace article

68] Click on The Hunger Site  

69] Fire & Faith   

70] 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] – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. has an exhibit Canvasing the Movement, which shows images of civil rights, past and present.  The exhibit will continue until Sun., Jan. 31.  Call 410-767-0473.  Go to


8] – Until 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.


9] – See a photo exhibit at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd., Towson, in the Luther Room: "Delegation and Travel Photos from Central America" by Dave Schott and Mike Susko. The photos taken in the summer of 2009 in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala try to capture some activities in the lives of the people and the beauty of those countries. It will continue until March 6. Go to or call 410-825-1725.


10] – On Thurs., Jan. 28 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Americans for Peace Now, Project Engage (an initiative of the Kairos Project), and the Foundation for Middle East Peace invites you to a discussion: Jerusalem: The Key to Israeli-Palestinian Peace?  Danny Seidemann and Gregory Khalil will lead the discussion in 2255 Rayburn House Office Bldg,, WDC.  Seidemann is an Israeli attorney, founder and director of the Israeli NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, and a senior advisor with The Kairos Project.  Khalil is an attorney and the president and co-founder of The Kairos Project, a new not-for-profit initiative in Washington, D.C. that seeks to educate mainstream faith-based America and its leaders about the causes of-and solutions to-the conflict that currently ravages the Holy Land.  RSVP to or 202-408-9898.

11] – On Thurs., Jan. 28, 7 to 8:30 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., lower level, attend a COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING AND DISCUSSION.  The agenda will focus on Haiti and the Fight for Jobs.  Sharon Black will discuss her pre-earthquake trip to Haiti, as part of a trade union delegation which met with Haitian union leaders fighting against sweatshop abuses. She is also a national organizer and coordinator for the April 10th National Protest for Jobs which grew out of the Pittsburgh March for Jobs.  Go to the link to a talk given by Rev. Smith of the Monumental Baptist Church at the Detroit, MI rally on Dr. King Jr.’s birthday:’s Algebra Project will promote its protest for student rights and the March 4th National Day to Defend Education. Finally get an update on the Baltimore 3 and the Mumia Abu Jamal’s case. 

The Bailout the People Movement is joining IFCO/Pastors for Peace in collecting aid for the Haitian People. A list of the specific items which will be accepted can be obtained by emailing or calling 443-909-8964.


12] – 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


13] – 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


14] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


15] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Jan. 29 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


16] – 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.

17] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 29 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.

18] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Jan. 29, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


19] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The first film in the series is SACCO & VANZETTI [USA, 2006], and it will be shown on Fri., Jan. 29 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 Film-maker Peter Miller did the first full-length documentary treatment of this infamous case. In 1920 two Italian immigrants, Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco, were accused of the April 15 robbery of the payroll of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Factories in South Braintree, Mass. and the murders of the paymaster Frederick A. Parmenter and his guard Alessandro Beradelli. At the start of the trial the Great Red Scare was in full swing, and the defendants, painted as anti-American radicals, bore the brunt of it.


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.


20] – 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 -


21] – On Fri., Jan. 29 at 7PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Caleb Smith presents his book “The Prison and the American Imagination.”  His timely new book is an exploration of the ways in which the dehumanization inherent in captivity has always been at the heart of American civil society. Call 410-230-0450. or email to


Consider supporting Red Emma's, 2640 or the Baltimore Free School by becoming a volunteer, becoming a monthly sustainer for the Free School or just popping in for events, classes and/or delicious snacks!

22] –  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 Jan. 29. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.                  


23] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo’s 12-week Bible Study for Women to study women then in the Bible and women now continues through Mar. 27.  The bible study will continue each Saturday at 9:30 AM Shiloh AME Church, 2601 Lyndhurst Ave. Baltimore 21216. The motto is "Biblically literate and spiritually strong women change and build themselves, families, communities and the world." If interested, call Mankekolo at 410-233-4649 or the Church at 410-367-8961. Rev. Charlotte Clemons is the senior pastor. Mankekolo’s book "One a Day Spiritual Vitamins" is available at $10:00 each plus $3:50 handling.


24] – On Sat., Jan. 30 from 10 AM to 3 PM @ 2640 St. Paul St., join Baltimore's vitally important grassroots social justice project incubator Fusion Partnerships for a day highlighting the work of the dozens of amazing projects under its umbrella.  There will be food, free stuff from the Baltimore Free Store and live music from Fanon Nonny Hotep and the Soweto '76. Go to

25] – 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 Jan. 30. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

26] –  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


27] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Jan. 30. 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


28] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness /fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., Jan. 30 at 7:30 PM another "WINTER IN AMERICA" benefit performance for Sarah's Hope Shelter will include music & poetry by Alan Barysh, Jasaga, Suzanne X, Ron Williams and others.  It will take place at The Hamilton Arts Gallery, 2927 Hamilton Ave.  Admission is $5, and donations of children's gloves, socks, hats, sweaters are gladly accepted! Call 410-627 8774.


29] – On Sun., Jan. 31 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, welcomes Steve Lowe who will examine "Robert Green Ingersoll in Washington, DC." Known as “The Great Agnostic,” Ingersoll was a famous and outspoken Freethinker of the late nineteenth century. A lawyer and political spokesman, he was a critic of religion, the Bible, clerics, racial and sexual discrimination and an advocate for science, ethics, racial equality, and the civil rights of women, and children.


Lowe, a former Peace Corps volunteer, serves on the Board of Directors of Washington Area Secular Humanists and volunteers for the American Humanist Association and Center for Inquiry. He is the founder of the Ingersoll Oratory Contest. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


30] – 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


31] – Get down at the Rock4 Relief Benefit Concert For Haitian Relief on Sun., Jan. 31 from noon until 8 PM at Looney's Pub North, 312 S. Main St., Bel Air, MD. This event is to raise money for the Haitian earthquake victims. Proceeds will be donated to Catholic Relief Services who already have people on the ground in Haiti helping with the recovery efforts. Go to The price of a ticket is $10. Several bands will be performing.  Go to


32] – On Sun., Jan. 31, 3 to 6 PM, find out the facts--New Nuclear Power: Renaissance or Nightmare?   Join a discussion at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, with Michael Mariotte, director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.  Go to  The talk is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George's County [ or 301-577-2350] & Greenbelt Climate Action Network.


33] – 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.

34] – On Sun., Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 PM, catch the Research Associates Foundation 8th Annual Ric Pfeffer Lecture featuring Medea Benjamin at 2640 St. Paul St.  Benjamin, a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange, will address "From Afghanistan to Gaza: Working toward a More Peaceful World.” Baltimore Tikkun is a co-sponsor.

Ric Pfeffer, in whose honor this lecture series was established, worked as a lawyer with OSHA at the Department of Labor, where he made notable contributions to worker safety. Call 410.466.7344 or email


35] – 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 Jan. 31. 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


36] – On Sun., Jan. 31, 7:30 to 9 PM, the Peaceable Assembly Campaign presents Josh Steiber, Iraq veteran and conscientious objector, who will tell his story - The Contagious Love Experiment, at the Council for a Livable World, 322 4th St. NE, WDC 20002. Go to

37] – 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., Feb. 1, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


38] – 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


39] – 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., Feb. 1. Call 410-233-0488.

40] – 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 Feb. 1.  The agenda will include a review of demonstrations, including one on the 28th at the White House, and the ANSWER march on March 20.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for directions.


41] – There will be an anti-torture vigil each Tuesday at 5:30 PM in Lafayette Park, H and 16th Sts., NW. The next vigil will be Feb. 2.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


42] – 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 Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


43] – On Tues., Feb. 2 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., there will be a Musical Extravaganza with SLOW TEETH, JUBILEE, BEAN, RYAN HARVEY & MARK GUNNERY.  This will be a night of vaudevillian anarchofolk with SLOW TEETH, hailing from Portland, OR and including a member of the Riot Folk Collective. This will be a haunted cabaret. Call 410-230-0450 or go to


44] – 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 Feb. 2. Go to

45] – 'Your Planet is Hot' - A Story of Global Warming and Passion takes place on Tues., Feb. 2 at 7 PM at the Episcopal Center (The Cathedral of the Incarnation), NE corner of Univ. Pkwy. & N. Charles St., 4 E. Univ. Pkwy.  This one hour multi-media event combines story-telling, music, film, and humor as Mike Tidwell (journalist, author, host of Earthbeat Radio and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network) leads the audience on a fresh journey of discovery, honesty, hope, and action. Jay Tomlinson of CCAN will join the discussion.  RSVP appreciated, but optional: The event is co-sponsored by CCAN, the local chapter: BCAN (Baltimore Climate Action Network) and the Baltimore Green Forum.

46] – On Wed.,  Feb. 3, from 1 to 3 PM, Project Engage and other groups invite you to a discussion with Berlanty Azzam, student, Bethlehem Univ., forcibly returned to Gaza, Brother Jack Curran, vice president for Development, Bethlehem Univ., and Tania Hary, director of International Relations, GISHA.  They will examine The Right of Palestinians to Study and Travel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1st Floor, 1779 Mass. Ave., NW, WDC. RSVP to or call 202-835-3650.


47] – 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 Feb. 3. Call 215-426-0364.

48] – Stand Up to Homophobia and Hate from the US to Uganda on Wed., Feb. 3 at 5:30 PM & Thurs., Feb. 4 at 2:45 PM at the "C Street House," 133 C St. SE, WDC.  Full Equality Now DC rises in solidarity with LGBTQ Ugandans targeted by homophobic legislation being drafted by members of the "The Family," a U.S.-led right wing group with more than 10,000 cells worldwide. The Family is hosting its National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 4. Instead, attend the American Prayer Hour/DC on Thurs., Feb. 4 at 10 AM at the Calgary Baptist Church, 755 H St., NW.

49] – 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 Feb. 3. Call 215-843-4256 or email


50] – 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

51] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Feb. 4, 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.

52] – On Thurs., Feb. 4, 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.


53] – 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 IraqCall Max at 410-366-1637.

54] – J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, invites you to the official launch of J Street Baltimore on Thurs., Feb. 4, 7-9 PM at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. The event is part of J Street's new national grassroots field program, which will broaden and deepen the presence of this movement in communities across the country. J Street Baltimore integrates the local Brit Tzedek v'Shalom chapter, and draws new supporters from J Street's substantial netroots base. In addition, J Street's Executive Director, Jeremy Ben-Ami, will be appearing via live video feed to simultaneous kick-off events all around the country. Refreshments will be available, too.  RSVP at Visit

55] – PeaceAction Montgomery, meets every first Thursday, next on Feb. 4, at 7 PM at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Room 16 in the basement, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4099.

56] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Feb. 4 at 7 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.


57] –  Attend the UDC Justice Café, co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America, from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., Feb. 5 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


58] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Feb. 5 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


59] – Go to "Fiesta Tropical" on Sat., Feb. 6, from 6 to 11 PM at St. John’s Church, 27th & St. Paul Sts., 21218.  Get on a beach in Nicaragua right here in Baltimore.  From 6 to 8 PM, listen to live steel drums, then from 8 to 9 PM, get some instructions in Salsa dancing, and from 9 to 11 PM enjoy the dance music by WEAA DJ Guillermo Brown.  Enjoy a delectable buffet – Latin entrees, mouth-watering desserts – a cash bar, a silent auction of Nicaraguan art & other items, including massages and hammocks.  Advance tickets (by Feb. 4) are $25 per adult, $20 additional adult and $10 kids 6 – 12.  The prices at the door are $35 one adult, $60 two adults and $15 kids 6 – 12.  Call 410-662-6292 or go to www.CasaBaltimoreLimay.orgThe proceeds go to Casa Baltimore/Limay for development, food security, health and education projects in San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua.  The friendship-city project has linked Baltimore and Limay for over 24 years.


60] – 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. 


61] – 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


62] – 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.


63] – 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 will go on trial in Arizona in February.   

64] – 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.  


65] – Eve Tetaz is again in jail. You can write to Eve Tetaz, DCDC #316-087, Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF), 1901 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003.

66] – 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.

67] – 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


68] – 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.  


69] – Go online for FIRE AND FAITH: The Catonsville Nine File. On May 17, 1968, nine people entered the Selective Service Offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned draft records in protest against the war in Vietnam. View


70] – 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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