Sunday, February 21, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 18 – May. 17, 2010


Part 2


39] Auction to benefit Casa Baltimore/Limay

40] Health Care march & rally – Feb. 22

41] Congo, from Lumumba to Freedom — Feb. 22

42] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 22 — Feb. 25

43] Protest the death penalty – Feb. 22                  

44] Take Back Democracy – Feb. 22

45] Pray for Peace – Feb. 22

46] Peace of the Action call – Feb. 22

47] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 22

48] Anti-torture vigil – Feb. 23

49] Tuesday peace vigil – Feb. 23

50] Smart Energy meeting – Feb. 23

51] Ecolocity DC meeting – Feb. 23

52] White Privilege & the Church – Feb. 23

53] Book LAW OF THE JUNGLE – Feb. 24

54] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Feb. 24

55] Transit 2010 – Feb. 24

56] Film RETURN OF THE TALK – Feb. 24

57] Voluntary Simplicity circle – Feb. 24

58] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Feb. 24

59] Film END OF THE LINE – Feb. 24

60] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Feb. 25

61] Legislative Forum 2010 – Feb. 25

62] Peace & Justice study – Feb. 25

63] NPT discussion – Feb. 25                                  

64] Vigil to End the Wars – Feb. 26

65] Film BONHOEFFER – Feb. 26

66] Film MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA – Feb. 27 & 28, Mar. 1

67] Blueprint for Peace in Afghanistan – Feb. 28

68] Ellsberg at Goucher – Mar. 2

69] First Thursday demo – Mar. 4

70] Labor Chorus function – Mar. 6

71] Fusion Centers & Surveillance – Mar. 11


73] Germs in the Kitchen

74] Buy a red maple tree

75] Help available in buying a house 

76] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

77] Join Global Zero campaign

78] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

79] Publish your peace article

80] Click on The Hunger Site  

81] Fire & Faith   

82] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


39] – You can help Casa Baltimore/Limay by bidding now on the silent auction. Go to and click on “Fiesta Auction 2010” on the right side.  New auction items will continue to be added to the website, so check back!  Do YOU have an item or service you’d like to donate?  If yes, call Barbara at 410-662-6292 or email a description of your offering to The online auction will continue until 2 PM on Sunday, February 28 – and then the silent auction will be carried over to the Fiesta Tropical that evening.  The winning bids will be announced at 8 PM at the Fiesta, to be held 5:00 - 9:30 PM at St. John's church, 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.
] – There is a Health Care march and rally on Mon., Feb. 22 at noon aimed at pushing  the Democrats not to forget health care. Gather at 5603 N.Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210.  To sign up for this event, click here


41] – Congo, from Lumumba to Freedom: A Black History Month Special is taking place on Mon., Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 PM, at Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW, Ste 600, WDC.  The discussion will be conducted by two Congolese speakers, Kambale Musavuli and Prof Yaa-Lengi Ngemi.  An excerpt from the documentary CUBA: An African Odyssey will be combined with a dynamic interactive dialogue.  Participants will learn how to make direct links with change on the ground. A suggested donation of $7 will be appreciated but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Delicious Congolese food will be served and all proceeds will go to assisting work in the Congo.  Call 202-234-9382.


42] – 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


43] – 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. 22. Call 410-233-0488.

44] – From 6 to 7 PM on Mon., Feb. 22, there will be a RALLY to Take Back Democracy! People, Not Corporations! on Lawyer's Mall, in front of the State House & Governor's Mansion, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401--at the very end of Rowe Blvd. The public campaign funding bill by State Sen. Pinsky and State Del. Cardin could level the playing field. Bills by State Senators Raskin and Frosh limit corporations' power over elections.   


Leaders from state and national organizations, & sponsoring legislators, will speak. Lobbying will follow. The rally will feature an appearance by Designated Human Eric Hensal of Murray Hill, Inc. for Congress. Go to "Corporations are People Too.”  Email or call 410-812-1447.  There are many rally co-sponsors, including Maryland Progressive Democrats of America and the Progressive Working Group.  Park at the Naval Academy football stadium lot ($5) off Rowe Blvd., 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis 21401, and then take the free shuttle.


45] Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Mon., Feb. 22 at the Sherwood Church, 5 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville, MD, corner of Sherwood and York Rds.  From 83North, use Exit 18 and go east to York Road and then head north to see church on the right.  The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month, but hosts are needed for April, May and June.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


46] – There is a Peace of the Action Conference Call on Mon., Feb. 22 from 9 to 10 PM. The call-in number is 1-218-862-6400, and the access code is 7421.  Go to Email


47] – 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. 22.  The agenda will include a review of demonstrations, including one on Feb. 17 at a Congressional office, and planning for the Legislative Forum on February 25.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for directions.


48] – 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. 23.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


49] – 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. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


50] – Attend a Smart Energy Now Town Hall Meeting on Tues., Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Prince George’s Community College, Rennie Forum, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774.  Featured speakers will discuss how to implement energy efficiency measures in your home, what the state is doing now to promote efficiency and what still needs to be done. Contact: Keith Harrington at 240-396-1985 or


51] – 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. 23. Go to


52] –  Eda Uca-Dorn is facilitating a 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 continues on Tuesdays through Mar. 2, from 7 to 9 PM at rotating faith communities in DC. On Feb. 23, the course will be held 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


53] – John Otis will discuss his thrilling, true-life tale of American hostages, Marxist guerrillas and buried treasure, set in the wilds of Colombia on Wed., Feb. 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW Ste 600, WDC.  LAW OF THE JUNGLE is the true account of how a Saving Private-Ryan-style mission degenerated into a frenzied, every-man-for-himself gold rush--and the story of one of the most amazing hostage-rescue operations in history.


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 Feb. 24. Call 215-426-0364.


55] – Citizens Planning and Housing Association is hosting TRANSIT 2010! It takes place on Wed., Feb. 24, 6 to 8 PM, at Coppin State UniversityTalon Center. Park in Lot F.  Ralign Wells, administrator, Maryland MTA, will answer What New Changes are on the Horizon at the MTA? As well, other speakers from the transportation field will be there. This event is free to CPHA members, and the cost is $10 for others. To register, call 410-539-1369 or email


56] – There will be a film screening of "The Return of Talk" with filmmaker Adam Shapiro on Wed., Feb. 24 at 6:30 PM at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC 20037. This film is the last of a six-part documentary series entitled Chronicles of a Refugee. It explores the relationship of leadership and representation among Palestinians, notably Palestinian refugees worldwide. Shapiro was co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine, and has made a number of documentaries. Registration is required; call 202-338-1958 ext.11 by 5 PM, Tues., Feb. 23.


57] – A "VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY" discussion circle will start on Wed., Feb. 24, and run for seven sessions, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at Villa Assumpte, 6401 N.Charles St., Baltimore 21212 in the Assembly Room (main entrance is at the back of the building, facing away from Charles St. Go to  Email or call 410-377-7774 x 1184.


58] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold 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. 24. Call 215-843-4256 or email


59] – Goucher College will present a screening of THE END OF THE LINE — an independent documentary film lauded at the Sundance film festival as the INCONVENIENT TRUTH of the oceans — on Wed., Feb. 24. See the movie at 7:30 PM in Kelley Lecture Hall, and enjoy a free dessert reception follow the screening.  Email


60] – On Thurs., Feb. 25, 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.


61] – The Progressive Working Group of Baltimore/Howard County is hosting a Forum on Progressive Legislation in Maryland Assembly on Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 PM at the Catonsville Library (Baltimore County Public Library), 1100 Frederick Road, Baltimore 21228. Join with others concerned about single payer health insurance, climate change and other progressive issues. Legislators are invited.  Hear updates where legislation stands, and how activists can be more effective in supporting each other on these issues. Email Cindy Farquhar at farquhar.cindy7 at


62] – On Thurs., Feb. 25, 7 to 8:30 PM, Christian Peace Witness presents the second of a weekly Thursday evening peace and justice study at Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N. Jackson St. Arlington, VA 22201.  The study will be based on a DVD bringing Tony Campolo, Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Kathy Kelly, Joshua Casteel, Liz McAlister, Noah Baker Merrill and Ken Butigan to you.  If you can’t make the study but would like a copy of the DVD for use by you or a community, go to Contact David Ensign at 


63] – On Thurs., Feb. 25, at 7:30 PM, Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore will present a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Mini-Assembly at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 2700 19th St S., Arlington, VA.  This is an evening of reflection on our nation's worship of nuclear weapons and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Summit ...featuring Tom Siemer, peace activist, and Dave Robinson, executive director of Pax Christi USA.  


64] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Feb. 26, 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


65] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The second film in the series is BONHOEFFER [USA, 2003], and it will be shown on Fri., Feb. 26 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 Director/writer Martin Doblmeier made this documentary of the dramatic story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews in their time of need, and eventually joined his family in the plots to kill Hitler. The film, shot on location in Germany and the United States, features interviews with family members, friends, students and associates who knew Bonhoeffer, including the last interview given by Bonhoeffer's closest friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge, and an interview with Ruth Alice von Bismarck, the sister of Bonhoeffer's fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer.


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.


66] – Goucher will present three viewings of the film THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA, which recounts the circumstances surrounding Daniel Ellsberg’s decision to leak top-secret documents leading up to the Vietnam War to the New York Times. The free film screenings will be held in Kelley Lecture Hall at the following times: Sat., Feb. 27 at 4 pm; Sun., Feb. 28 at 4 PM; and Mon., Mar. 1 at 7 PM.


67] – A Blueprint for Peace in Afghanistan is a Community Conversation on Sun., Feb. 28 from 4 to 6 PM at the Friends Meeting, 723 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. 21701.  The panelists are as follows: Linda Pappas Funsch, professor, Fahima Vorgetts, director of the Afghan Women’s Fund, Ellen Barfield, Veterans for Peace, and John Darnell, Ph.D., energy advisor to Congressperson Roscoe Bartlett.  The event is part of the Seasons for Peace and Nonviolence series.  See or call 301-834-7581 or email  Afghan handicrafts and other items will be available for purchase.  All proceeds will benefit projects of the Afghan Women’s Fund. 


68] – Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who precipitated a national political maelstrom in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, will appear at Goucher College on Tues., Mar. 2, and he will discuss his decision to give the New York Times the top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making leading up to the Vietnam War. The event will be held at 8 PM in Kraushaar Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Contact Kristen Keener at


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


70] – 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. 


71] – You are invited to "Maryland Fusion Center/Police Surveillance Town Hall Forum" on Thurs., Mar. 11 at 6 PM at the Pikesville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Rd. Baltimore, MD 21208.  Max will be one of the panelists.


72] – The Off Center Media documentary DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE about William Kunstler will be shown as part of the Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Mon., May 17.  The film was done by the two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler.  Check out the website


73] – 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.


74] – 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


75] – 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.


76] – 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 may go on trial in Arizona in February.   

77] – 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.  

78] – 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.

79] – 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


80] – 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.  


81] – 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


82] – 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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