Friday, February 26, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

Baltimore Activist Alert Feb. 25 – May. 17, 2010


31] March 20 bus tickets on sale – Feb. 27  

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

33] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 27                               

34] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Feb. 27                                       

35] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 27

36] AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION – Feb. 27                          

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

38] Vigil to mourn for deaths in Afghanistan – Feb. 27

39] Labor troubadour – Feb. 27

40] Ethical Society -- Feb. 28

41] Bridge vigil – Feb. 28                                                                 

42] Quaker Peace Vigil – Feb. 28

43] Blueprint for Peace in Afghanistan – Feb. 28

44] Green Forum – Feb. 28

45] Fiesta Tropical – Feb. 28

46] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Feb. 28

47] Pentagon vigil – Mar. 1

48] “Unnatural disasters” – Mar. 1, 2, 3

49] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 1 — Mar. 4

50] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 1                  

51] Education Coalition rally – Mar. 1

52] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Mar. 1

53] Alternative Currencies conversation – Mar. 1

54] Anti-torture vigil – Mar. 2

55] ISLAND OF SHAME – Mar. 2

56] Ecolocity DC meeting – Mar. 2

57] White Privilege & the Church – Mar. 2

58] Ellsberg at Goucher – Mar. 2

59] Healthcare for All rally – Mar. 3

60] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Mar. 3

61] Voluntary Simplicity circle – Mar. 3

62] Smart Energy meeting – Mar. 3

63] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 3


65] WIB Towson vigil – Mar. 4

66] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Mar. 4

67] First Thursday demo – Mar. 4

68] Film THE AGRONOMIST – Mar. 5

69] WIB Frederick vigil -- Mar. 5

70] Benefit performance – Mar 5

71] Labor Chorus function – Mar. 6

72] Fusion Centers & Surveillance – Mar. 11


74] Germs in the Kitchen

75] Buy a red maple tree

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



31] –  There will be tabling on Sat., Feb. 27 starting at 9:30 AM at the Waverly Farmers Market , 32nd and Barclay Sts., to hand out flyers and sell bus tickets for the ANSWER March 20 antiwar rally in Washington, D.C. There will be other outreach opportunities. Call 415-216-8370.


32] – 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.

33] – 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. 27. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

34] –  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 Email


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


36] – On Sat., Feb. 27 at 1 PM at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008, David Dow, litigation director of the Texas Defender Service, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and a staunch opponent of the death penalty, will discuss his book THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION.  It is a powerful account of capital punishment and an intimate look at all parties involved, from the overworked legal aid lawyers to their clients.


37] – 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.


38] – There's a vigil to Mourn Deaths in Afghanistan on Sat., Feb. 27 at 5 PM, organized by PeaceAction Montgomery, at the Rockville Town Center, near the library. Go to There is a terrible milestone in the war in Afghanistan as the number of U.S. soldiers who have died there approaches 1,000. It is unknown how many civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan have also been killed, but it is many times more. Email or go to


39] – On Sat., Feb. 27 at 8 PM, Iraq Veterans Against the War presents NYC Labor Troubadour George Mann at the IVAW House, 727 Ingraham St., NW, WDC.  George has been a union organizer and has played and recorded with the legendary labor song Julius Margolin for 13 years prior to Julius’ death.  George, who produced the anti-Bush CD compilation “Hail to the Thief,” is coming to celebrate the new CD compilation “Until You Come Home,” a collection of songs for veterans that features folks like Tom Paxton, Holly Near, Utah Phillips, John Gorka, David Rovics and many more.  Doors open at 7 PM for reception and snacks.  The suggested donation is from $5 to $10.  Everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay.


40] – On Sun., Feb. 28 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, hosts Greg Paul, scientist and writer, who will address “The End of Supernaturalistic Religion: The Socioeconomic Factor.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


41] – 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


42] – 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.


43] – 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. 


44] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Feb. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to  Local Transportation Transition to The Smart Jitney Plan Created by Community Solutions will be presented by Sam Hopkins.  A true mass transit system for the U.S. may not be possible.  However, the Smart Jitney system is both possible and effective for at least local transportation.  The Community Solutions organization in Yellow Springs, Ohio, has produced power point presentations and an article that explain the plan.  See


The Forum, co-sponsored by a number of groups including Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, is a monthly environmental and discussion forum held usually on the last Sunday. RSVP at or 301-345-2234. Go to


45] – Go to "Fiesta Tropical" on Sun., Feb. 28, 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.  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.

46] – 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. 28. 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


47] – 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. 29, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


48] – The National Lawyers Guild and others at Univ. of Maryland are looking at how structural inequality, historic oppression, and natural events combine to create unnatural disasters, focusing specifically on Haiti, New Orleans, and West Virginia, where every mining disaster is blamed as "an act of God." On Mon., Mar. 1 there is a panel of experts who will paint a historical perspective from 5 to 7 PM in Ballroom 210 B at the Univ. of MD Campus Center. On Tues., Mar. 2 from 4 to 6 PM, TOXIC SOUP, a documentary film examining toxins in the environment, will be screened in Ballroom 208 at the Campus Center.  Finally, on Wed., Mar. 3from 5 to 7 PM, there will be a sharing of experiences from professionals and students in post-disaster efforts in Ballroom 208 A at the Campus Center. Contact Nikola Nable-Juris at


49] – 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


50] – 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., Mar. 1. Call 410-233-0488.

51] – Support the Baltimore Education Coalition's fight for public education funding.  Although Governor O'Malley has asked for full funding of aid to local schools in his budget request, legislative analysts have already recommended reductions.  The BEC rally in Annapolis is Mon., Mar. 1 from 6:30 to 8 PM.  If an organization would like to request a bus (min. 30 people signed up), email baltimoreedcoalition@gmail.comBuses will leave Poly-Western High School and Edmonson-Westside High School at 5 PM.  Gather at St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester before the rally in Lawyers Mall.  Adults should bring an ID.  


52] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max’s residence.  However, the Pledge instead will meet at Goucher’s Kelly Lecture Hall at 7 PM and watch 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.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for a ride.


52] – The Backbone Campaign Conversation is hosting an Alternative Currencies Conversation with founder of Ithaca Hours, Paul Glover, & co-founder of BerkShares, Susan Witt, on Mon., Mar. 1 at 8:30 PM EST. RSVP to to secure a spot by placing in the subject line "Alternative Currencies.”  You will be sent instructions for cueing up for "on air" questions in the chatroom. At the time of call, dial 1-218-339-4300, follow prompts and enter access code 1037729 followed by #. Go to


53] – 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 Mar. 2.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


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


55] – 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


56] – On Tues., Mar 2 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 880 St. Paul St., DAVID VINE will present “Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia.” The book takes a hard look at the way the brutal displacement of indigenous populations and U.S. military hegemony go hand in hand. Call 410-230-0450.


57] –  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 Tues., Mar. 2, from 7 to 9 PM at All Souls Church, Unitarian in DC.  The course is free, but a suggested donation would be between $5 and $15. Email


58] – 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 Hyman Forum, Athenaeum and is free and open to the public. Contact Kristen Keener at


59] – Heathcare for All is hosting a rally on Wed., Mar. 3 at noon in Lawyer's Square in Annapolis to promote its Ten Cents Makes Sense campaign.  The idea is to raise the alcohol tax by ten cents and use the funds to increase public health benefits. Email


60] – 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 Mar. 3. Call 215-426-0364.


61] – A "VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY" discussion circle will have its second session on Wed., Mar. 3, 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.


62] – Attend a Smart Energy Now Town Hall Meeting on Wed., Mar. 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM at North County High School, 10 1st Ave. E., Glen Burnie, MD.  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


63] – 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 Mar. 3. Call 215-843-4256 or email


64] – “Prep School Negro” Director André Robert Lee IS to Speak at Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210,

on Wed., Mar. 3 after a screening of his acclaimed 2009 documentary.  The event will take place from 7-9 PM in the Forbush Auditorium. The director will lead an outreach workshop for audience members immediately following the film. He received a full scholarship to attend Germantown Friends School, near Philadelphia, in 1983, when he was 14. Go to Contact Felicia Wilks at

65] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Mar. 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.

66] – On Thurs., Mar. 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.


67] – 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

68] – Help our sisters and brothers in Haiti on Fri., Mar. 5 at 7:30 PM at Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road, Park in rear of church and then watch Jonathan Demme’s (Silence of the Lambs) THE AGRONOMIST, a profile of Haitian journalist and activist, Jean Dominique. Historical footage helps us understand that the recent natural disaster comes on top of a century of oppression of the Haitian people by dictatorships supported by the US State Department. A free-will offering will be requested. Call 410-433-3269.

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


70] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., Mar. 6 at 7 PM, there will be another "WINTER IN AMERICA" benefit performance. This one is for Booth House Shelter, and will feature music & poetry by Alan Barysh. Marcus Colasurdo, Suzanne X, Ron Williams et al.  Time permitting there will be an open mic at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W Franklin.  Admission is $5, and donations of children's gloves, socks, hats & sweaters will be gladly accepted!  Call 410-627 8774.  


71] – 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. 


72] – 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.


73] – 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


74] – 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.


75] – 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


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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