Friday, February 5, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

24] Women’s Bible Study – Feb. 6—Mar. 27

25] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 6                                

26] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Feb. 6                                        

27] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 6

28] “Solutions Through Film” – Feb. 6

29] Catholic Social Ministry Gathering – Feb. 7 - 10

30] “Permanent Housing & the Homeless” -- Feb. 7

31] Bridge vigil – Feb. 7                                                                  

32] Quaker Peace Vigil – Feb. 7

33] Pentagon vigil – Feb. 8

34] Equality Maryland Lobby Day – Feb. 8

35] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 8 — Feb. 11

36] Protest the death penalty – Feb. 8                   

37] Book talk – “Venezuela Speaks” – Feb. 8

38] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 8

39] Breeding Bio Insecurity – Feb. 9

40] Gaza One Year Later – Feb. 9

41] Manhattan Project Park – Feb. 9

42] Anti-torture vigil – Feb. 9

43] Tuesday peace vigil – Feb. 9

44] Ecolocity DC meeting – Feb. 9

45] White Privilege & the Church – Feb. 9

46] Revolt on Goose Island – Feb. 9

47] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Feb. 10

48] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 10

49] FATAL EMBRACE – Feb. 10

50] Breaking Rank class – Feb. 10 & Feb. 17

51] Energy Communities Alliance – Feb. 11 & 12

52] Footprints for Peace – Feb. 11 – May 1

53] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Feb. 11

54] Iran, a threat? – Feb. 11

55] Dialogues Against Militarism – Feb. 11

56] Crabshell Alliance – Feb. 11

57] Preach-In on Global Warming – Feb. 13 & 14    

58] Gaza Freedom March – Feb. 14

59] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Feb. 14

60] Howard Zinn tribute – Mar. 15

61] Stand with people of Haiti – Feb. 16

62] Legislative Forum 2010 – Feb. 25

63] Labor Chorus function – Mar. 6

64] Germs in the Kitchen

65] Buy a red maple tree

66] Help available in buying a house 

67] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

68] Join Global Zero campaign

69] Eve Tetaz in jail

70] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

71] Publish your peace article

72] Click on The Hunger Site  

73] Fire & Faith   

74] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil



Due to the approaching blizzard and not wanting people to either get stuck here at the Peace Center of Delaware County or need to drive home in it, tonight's First-Friday Film showing of Constantine's Sword Has Been Cancelled.  It will be re-scheduled at a later time.


24] – 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.

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 Feb. 6. 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 Feb. 6. 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] – On Sat., Feb. 6, the Men of Strength (MOST) Club will hold its 8th Annual Black History Month Film Festival, "Solutions Through Film," at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring,. Focusing on the need for fathers and mentors in young men's lives, the festival will showcase two award-winning film documentaries - "SAY IT LOUD" at noon and "MEN II BOYS" at 2:45 PM followed by panel workshops featuring the film's directors and special guests.  Go to  Email or call 202-265-6530.

29] – From Sun., Feb. 7 through Wed., Feb. 10, attend the 2010 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, DC. It is a time for Catholic social ministry leaders to come together to pray and learn, to advocate and strategize, to share and listen, and to grow in understanding of Church's social mission.  It is being held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, and the theme for the Gathering is "Charity in Truth: Seeking the Common Good."  Register by calling 1-877-247-0449. 


30] – On Sun., Feb. 7 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, welcomes Joann Levy, executive director of the Women’s Housing Coalition, who will discuss "Permanent Housing & the Homeless." Call 410-581-2322 or visit


31] – 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


32] – 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.


33] – 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. 8, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


34] – Join the annual Equality Maryland Lobby Day on Mon., Jan. 8 between 4:30 and 8 PM starting at Lawyer’s Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis. Your representatives need to hear from you.  There is a chance to make history in Maryland with your help.  After the rally, there will be lobby meetings from 6 to 8 PM.  David Catania, sponsor of the recently passed D.C. marriage equality bill, will be one of the speakers.  Email


35] – 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


36] – 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. 8. Call 410-233-0488.

37] – On Mon., Feb. 8 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., catch author and filmmaker MICHAEL FOX and his fellow editors of the new PM Press book, "Venezuela Speaks!: Voices from the Grassroots!" It's a collection of interviews with activists and participants from across Venezuela's social movements. Call 410-230-0450. Go to


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 Feb. 8.  The agenda will include a review of demonstrations, including one organized by ANSWER on March 20, and planning for the Legislative Forum on February 25.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for directions.


39] – On Tues., Feb. 9 from 9 to 11 AM, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and George Washington Univ. are hosting several authors, including Lynn Klotz who will discuss BREEDING BIO INSECURITY: How U.S. Biodefense Is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure. The forum will be at GW Univ., 1957 E St., NW, Lindner Family Commons, Sixth Floor, WDC. RSVP to Kirk Bansak at 202-842-3100, ext. 312 or

40] – Gaza One Year Later: Picking up the Pieces- briefing with Mr. Bill Corcoran – takes place on Tues., Feb. 9, from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC 20037. Corcoran is the president of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA).  A light lunch will be served at 12:30 PM. The briefing and question/answer period will be from 1 to 2 PM. Registration is required, call 202-338-1958 ext.11.

41] – On Tues., Feb. 9 from 1 to 5:30 PM, the National Park Service will host a special session on the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Old Post Office Pavilion, Room M-09, 11th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC. RSVP to Cindy Kelly at


42] – 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. 9.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


43] – 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. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


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] –  Eda Uca-Dorn is facilitating a new course at the Hosanna People's Seminary (HPS) on White Privilege and the North American Church- Yesterday and Today! There will be sharing from anti-racism activists, faith leaders and others, as well as reflections on suggested reading from WHAT COLOR IS YOUR GOD by Columbus Salley and Ronald Behm. All materials will be offered free of charge from HPS. The course will run on Tuesdays, Feb. 9 through Mar. 2, from 7 to 9 PM at rotating faith communities in DC. The first Tuesday will be at Plymouth Congregational Church with Rev. Graylan Hagler, 5301 N. Capitol St., NE, the second Tuesday at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church with Rev. Frank Dunn, 1525 Newton St. NW. the third Tuesday at Florida Ave. Friends Meeting hosted by the Social Concerns and Action Committee, 2111 Florida Ave. NW and the final Tuesday at All Souls Church, Unitarian.  The course is free, but a suggested donation would be between $5 and $15. Email


46] –  On Tues., Feb. 9 at 7 PM, Kari Lydersen will discuss her book REVOLT ON GOOSE ISLAND: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Means in the Economic Crisis at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St.  Lydersen, an award-winning WASHINGTON POST reporter, is the co-author of  HOW TO SHOOT AN IRAQI with Wafaa Bilal.  Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of credit that kept Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors factory operating. The intent of the owner was to move the factory, but the workers had another idea.


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. 10. Call 215-426-0364.


48] – 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. 10. Call 215-843-4256 or email


49] –  On Wed., Feb. 10 at 7 PM at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. Univ. Pkwy, (corner of N. Charles St.), Jewish-American author Mark Braverman will introduce and discuss his thought-provoking new book FATAL EMBRACE: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.  Dr. Braverman's new book, released by Synergy Books, shows how the Jewish quest for safety and empowerment and the Christian endeavor to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism have united to suppress the conversations needed to bring about a just peace in the Holy Land.  FATAL EMBRACE charts Braverman’s journey as a U.S. Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel


The public event is sponsored by Baltimore Friends of Sabeel, an affiliate of the ecumenical Christian organization Friends of Sabeel--North America, which promotes a just peace in the Holy Land through education, reconciliation and nonviolence. Contact Paul Verduin at or 301-495-7891.  Go to


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] – On Thurs., Feb. 11 and Fri., Feb. 12, the Energy Communities Alliance is holding its annual conference at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, WDC. Contact Sharon Johnson at 202-828-2413 or


52] – Footprints for Peace, an International Peace Walk, will begin on Thurs., Feb. 11 at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN and finish at the United Nations on Sat., May 1.  Go to


53] – On Thurs., Feb. 11, 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.


54] – On Thurs., Feb. 11 from 2:15 to 4 PM, Bob Edgar, Common Cause, Craig Eisendrath, Project for Nuclear Awareness, Richard Nephew, State Department, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer and Jim Walsh, MIT, will explore "Iran, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Middle East Regional Solutions." The event, sponsored by the Project for Nuclear Awareness, will be at the United Methodist Bldg., 100 Maryland Ave., NE, Conference Room 1, WDC. RSVP to Ian Ramsey-North at


55] –  On Thur., Feb. 11 at 7 PM at Red Emmas, there is an event organized by the Civilian-Soldier Alliance to welcome Dialogues Against Militarism, a group of both Iraq veterans and soldiers who refused to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, and their allies, who work to build partnerships between U.S. and Israeli war resisters. DAM member, SARAH LAZARE, will discuss her role as part of a U.S. war resister delegation to Israel/Palestine, which met with Palestinian activists and Israeli resisters.  


56] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM in a private home.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for directions.  Meetings usually 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] – On Sat., Feb. 13 & Sun., Feb. 14, Interfaith Power and Light is hosting a national Preach-in on Global Warming.  Register at


58] – Eye-Witness Report on the Gaza Freedom March will be presented by Jean Athey on Sun., Feb. 14 at 1:30 PM at the Howard County Central Library, Little Patuxent Pkwy. and South Entrance Road, Columbia, MD  21044.  In December, close to 1400 activists from 43 countries took part in the Gaza Freedom March, an attempt to break the blockade of Gaza being imposed by the Israeli and Egyptian governments.  Athey, who participated in the march, is Coordinator of Peace Action Montgomery and a member of the Board of Peace Action. In Oct. 2008 Jean also volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine for the olive harvest and at the Jerusalem home of a Palestinian family threatened with eviction by the Israeli government.  Email the Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation at


59] – 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 Feb. 14. 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


60] – There's a Tribute to Howard Zinn on Mon., Feb. 15 from 6 to 11 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, WDC.  Special guests include Amy Goodman, and there will be a musical performance by Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sweet Honey in the Rock).  David Zirin will also honor Howard Zinn.


61] – Stand with the people of Haiti! is organized by the ANSWER Coalition – Baltimore and takes place on Tues., Feb. 16 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Peace & A Cup of Joe, 713 W. Pratt St., Baltimore 21201.  The proceeds go to Haiti Relief, and the featured speaker is Eugenia Charles, executive director, Fondasyon Mapou. Call 443-759-9968. Go to


62] – The Progressive Working Group of Baltimore/Howard County is hosting a LEGISLATIVE FORUM 2010 on Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 PM at the Catonsville Library (Baltimore County Public Library), 1100 Frederick Road, Baltimore 21228. Email Cindy Farquhar at farquhar.cindy7 at


63] – On Sat., Mar. 6 AT 7 PM, the Charm City Labor Chorus will hold its Baltimore premiere recital "Step by Step: Songs for Peace, Jobs and Justice" in the Recital Hall of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore 21218. The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children up to 12.  No one will be turned away.


 Formed last year, the Labor Chorus focuses on songs that come out of union organizing campaigns and victories, as well as struggles for peace, justice and equality.  Some of the pieces are old, some new.  Some you will know, others will be exciting discoveries.  Joining the choir for the evening will be Joe Jencks, a popular labor singer from the DC area. 


64] – You may be interested in Michelle Brown’s article on her blog entitled “The 25 Surprisingly Germiest Places you Encounter Everyday” at  Read it and let her know what you think.


65] – 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


66] – 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.


67] – 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.   

68] – 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.  


69] – 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.

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] – 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


74] – 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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