Saturday, March 13, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2



It is Saturday night, and I plan to go to the cinema. But I must make a choice: THE HURT LOCKER or GREEN ZONE.  What should I do?






33] Leaflet at St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Mar. 14

34] LGBTQ lecture – Mar. 14

35] Bridge vigil – Mar. 14                                                                

36] Why Fund War? – Mar. 14

37] Quaker Peace Vigil – Mar. 14

38] Single payer lecture – Mar. 14         

39] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Mar. 14

40] Pentagon vigil – Mar. 15

41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 15 — Mar. 19

42] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 15                 

43] MD CASE benefit – Mar. 15

44] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Mar. 15

45] Rachel Corrie Remembrance Day – Mar. 16

46] Anti-torture vigil – Mar. 16

47] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 16

48] Understanding US torture – Mar. 16

49] Ecolocity DC meeting – Mar. 16

50] God and the Bomb – Mar. 16

51] CodePink workshop – Mar. 17

52] Vigil against war funding outside Rep. Cummings’ office – Mar. 17

53] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Mar. 17

54] Coal ash permit hearing – Mar. 17

55] Westminster WIB vigil – Mar. 17                                  

56] Voluntary Simplicity circle – Mar. 17

57] March 20 meeting – Mar. 17

58] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 17

59] Arlington Midwest Memorial – Mar. 18

60] How Many Nukes? – Mar. 18

61] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Mar. 18

62] Travel to El Salvador – Mar. 19-26

63] ANSWER March – Mar. 20

64] Fair Immigration Reform March – Mar. 21

65] The Cost of War – Mar. 24

66] Film Fred Korematsu story – Mar. 26

67] First Thursday demo – Apr. 1

68] MUPJ conference – Apr. 17


70] Buy a red maple tree

71] Join Global Zero campaign

72] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

73] Publish your peace article

74] Click on The Hunger Site  

75] Fire & Faith   

76] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


33] – Peace of the Action is erecting Camp OUT NOW, a tent city on the Ellipse with workshops, on Mon., Mar, 15. Each day, there will be speakers, and on Mon., Mar. 15, Kevin Zeese, national director of VOTERS FOR PEACE) & DR. Margaret Flowers, single payer activist, will speak about the importance of linking up the U.S. war economy to the current depression.  However, on Sun., Mar. 14 gather at Lafayette Park at 10 AM to prepare to hand out leaflets during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For a full schedule of events, go to or email


34] – On Sun., Mar. 14 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, hosts Hugh Taft-Morales, ethical culture leader, will address “Learning to Be Inclusive: An Ally’s Education in LGBTQness.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


35] – 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


36] – WHY FUND WAR? Taxpayers in Maryland will pay $17.6 billion for Iraq & Afghanistan wars since 2001. Join a discussion with Phyllis Bennis, author, “Ending the War in Afghanistan,” fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies, and Kevin Martin, executive director, Peace Action, on Sun., Mar. 14, 3 to 5 PM, at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045.  This is sponsored by Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice. Call 202-465-0918.

37] – 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.

38] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM. On Sun., Mar. 14, hear Dr. Walter Tsou, former Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia and nationally noted expert on Universal (single-payer) Health Care. He will address What Now? Health Care Reform and the Future of Universal Health Care.  Call 610-544-1818. Go to


39] – 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 Mar. 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


40] – 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., Mar. 15, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


41] – 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


42] – 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. 15. Call 410-233-0488.

43] – There is a reception to benefit MD CASE [Citizens Against State Executions] on Mon., Mar. 15 from 6 to 8 PM at Wilmer Hale, 1875 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC.  Reserve online at  Gifts are tax-deductible.   

Maryland came very close to repealing its death penalty last year, instead enacting the most restricted death penalty in the nation. The best testament to what was accomplished is that the Senate President is trying to re-expand the death penalty in the current session of Maryland's General Assembly.  MD CASE is now feverishly (and optimistically) working to defeat Miller's bill!   


44] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max’s residence.  The next meeting is on Mar. 15, and the agenda will include a report on the Apr. 10 demo in D.C. for jobs, a protest against John Yoo, a visit to Rep Cummings’ office and the ANSWER rally in D.C. on March 20.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email me at mobuszewski at for directions.


45] – Rachel Corrie Remembrance Day is Tues., Mar. 16 from 8 AM to 5 PM. Remember her life and legacy, and draw attention to Israel's policy of home demolition and eviction, which Rachel gave her life struggling against.  This is a time to highlight Caterpillar's profiting from Israel's occupation and apartheid practices.  Contact Katherine M. Fuchs, national organizer for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation at


46] – 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. 16.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at


47] – 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. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


48] – Understanding US Torture and Executive Accountability is a S.A.L.S.A event on Tues., Mar. 16 from 6:45 to 8:45 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St NW, Suite 600, WDC, 20036. This discussion will be led by Shahid Buttar, a civil rights lawyer who leads the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Call 202-234-9382. 


49] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  It is for people who live in, or are interested in making D.C. a transition town starting with an intentional community that will encompass clean energy, freecycle, natural building, organic farming, community salvage, new urbanism, etc. The next meeting will be on Mar. 16. Go to


50] – On Tues., Mar. 16 at 7:30 PM., hear Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations; Douglas Shaw, GW Univ.; Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic U., and Rev. John Langan, Georgetown U., "God and the Bomb: Deterrence, Disarmament, and Human Security." The event is at Georgetown U., Bunn Intercultural Center Aud., 36th & O Sts., NW, WDC. RSVP to


51] – On Wed., Mar. 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, there will be a CODEPINK workshop at the Peace of the Action Camp Out.  Learn how to make an effective citizen's arrest, bring our war bucks home and create dynamic visual events in your community. Upon completion of the workshop participants will receive a bounty hunter certificate.


52] – On Wed., Mar. 17, Progressive Democrats of America will be joined by CODEPINK and others in holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war. Slogans on their posters include: "Healthcare not Warfare," "Corporations out of Politics," "Bailout Main Street not Wall Street," and "Brownbaggers not Teabaggers".  Go to


 The Pledge of Resistance will gather outside Rep. Elijah Cummings’ office, 1010 Park Ave., Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21201, on Mar. 17 at noon.  At 12:30 PM, we will go inside and bring a message of Healthcare Not Warfare and continue to urge the representative to co-sponsor H.R. 2404 calling for an exit strategy from Afghanistan and H.R. 3699 which prohibits any increase of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 


53] – 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. 17. Call 215-426-0364.


54] – There is a hearing on Wed., Mar 17 at 6:30 PM at the Curtis Bay Recreation Center, 1630 Filbert St., Baltimore, MD 21226, concerning the placement of a Coal Ash Dump one mile from the Baltimore Harbor Voice your concerns at this permit hearing hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment.  For far too long, the Baltimore Harbor has been abused by polluters and neglected by state agencies charged with protecting Maryland's waterways. Millennium, a chemical manufacturing company, currently operates a non-hazardous waste landfill, and has applied for a permit to dispose of coal combustion waste generated by coal-fired power plants owned by Constellation Energy. Contact Lisa Lincoln (


55] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Mar. 17 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or


56] – A "VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY" discussion circle will have its fourth session on Wed., Mar. 17, 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.


57] – There is a March 20th Volunteer Activist Meeting on Wed., Mar. 17 at 7 PM from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC (between Georgia Ave. and 6th St., a few blocks from the Shaw-Howard stop on the Green line).

Volunteers are needed to help make the March 20th National March to Stop the Wars a success! The meetings will continue each Wednesday until the march. Go to or email Call 202-265-1948.


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 Mar. 17. Call 215-843-4256 or email


59] – The ARLINGTON MIDWEST MEMORIAL will be in D.C. from Thurs., Mar. 18 through Sun., Mar. 21. The Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition will bring its display of over 5,000 grave markers arranged near the Peace of the Action campsite. They will need lots of volunteers. Go to


60] – On Thurs., Mar. 18, from noon to 1:30 PM, Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists, and Greg Thielmann, Arms Control Association, will explore "Arms Control: How Many Nukes are Enough?" RSVP at if you would like to attend the event at American U., Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge, 4400 Mass. Ave., NW, WDC.  


61] – On Thurs., Mar. 18, 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.


62] – Travel to El Salvador with the SOA Watch’s Father Roy Bourgeois on an Oscar Romero Legacy Delegation, from Fri., Mar. 19 to Fri., Mar. 26, 2010. Join a commemoration of Archbishop Romero’s assassination.  Write Lisa Sullivan at


63] – ANSWER is bringing to Washington, D.C. a demand for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and Iraq on Sat., Mar. 20 at noon in Lafayette Park. “No Colonial-type Wars and Occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Haiti!" "No War Against Iran!” “No War for Empire Anywhere!”  Marchers will demand funds should go to job creation, universal health care, decent schools and affordable housing. March 20 is the seventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggression launched by Bush and Cheney against Iraq. Veterans for Peace will rally at the Peace of the Action campsite on 15th and Constitution at 9:30 AM to march to Lafayette Park.  Go to

64] – Fair Immigration Reform March and Rally is on Sun., Mar. 21 starting at 1 PM with an interfaith service at the Lincoln Memorial, with the march taking place at 2 PM.  The demand will be for immigration reform.  The vision is for immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections. Go to

65] – “The Militarization of America: At What Cost” is a program which will be presented at NSP MARYLAND MEETING on Wed., Mar. 24 at 7:30 PM at the Paint Branch UU Church. 3215 Powder Mill Road, RE Bldg. Room 1, Adelphi, MD 20783.  Examine the shocking extent to which our nation has chosen war and military spending over social priorities and how this choice dramatically affects our lives and our communities. “Follow the money” with Jean Athey of Peace Action Montgomery who will show you how you can take a slide show to your own community and congregation and start changing the dialogue--and the country. To get a flier go to Check out


66] – 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 OF CIVIL WRONGS & RIGHTS: The Fred Korematsu Story [USA, 2001], and it will be shown on Fri., Mar. 26 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 The documentary tells the story of a Japanese American who was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. This documentary is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory. The filmmaker, Eric Paul Fournier, did a film with ramifications for the treatment of “the enemy” after 9/11.


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


67] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Apr. 1 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] – Save the Date: Sat., Apr. 17.  The annual Maryland United for Peace and Justice is holding its annual conference in Columbia.


69] – 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


70] – 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


71] – 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.  

72] – 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.

73] – 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


74] – 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.  


75] – 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


76] – 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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