Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

33] Modern Science lecture – Mar. 28

34] Bridge vigil – Mar. 28                                                                

35] CAPITALISM: A Love Story – Mar. 28


37] Quaker Peace Vigil – Mar. 28

38] Green Forum – Mar. 28

39] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Mar. 28

40] Pentagon vigil – Mar. 29

41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 29 — Apr. 1

42] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 29                 

43] Report Back from Rwanda – Mar. 29

44] Film AUTUMN GEM – Mar. 29

45] Inside Story of Honduran Coup – Mar. 29

46] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Mar. 29

47] Hope of the Martyrs – Mar. 29

48] Anti-torture vigil – Mar. 30

49] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 30

50] Ecolocity DC meeting – Mar. 30

51] Holy Week retreat – Mar. 31 – Apr. 2

52] Health care rally -- Mar. 31

53] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Mar. 31

54] Legislative Night in Annapolis – Mar. 31

55] Voluntary Simplicity circle – Mar. 31

56] Social Forum briefing – Mar. 31

57] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 31

58] WIB Towson vigil – Apr. 1

59] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Apr. 1

60] First Thursday demo – Apr. 1

61] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Apr. 1

62] WIB Frederick vigil -- Apr. 2

63] Stations of the Cross – Apr. 2

64] Justice Café – Apr. 2

65] Film HEARTS & MINDS – Apr. 2

66] MUPJ conference – Apr. 16 & 17

67] Film CAMDEN 28 – Apr. 30              


69] Oscar Romero book

70] Call for peace walks   

71] Buy a red maple tree

72] Join Global Zero campaign

73] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

74] Publish your peace article

75] Click on The Hunger Site  

76] Fire & Faith   

77] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


33] – On Sun., Mar. 28 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, hosts Fritz Williams, Emeritus Leader, who will address “In the Mirror of Modern Science.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


34] – 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


35] – When the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, our democracy entered a scary new world. Now, if Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton, or any other corporation wants to defeat a senator for re-election, they can literally spend any amount of money. There are no limits. That's why MoveOn is launching a major new effort to root out corporate influence in Washington and make sure our elected officials start listening to Main Street instead of Wall Street. Watch CAPITALISM: A Love Story, Michael Moore's documentary about the financial crisis. There's no better example of what happens when we let corporations run roughshod over our democracy, and it's a really funny and important film.  Sign up at  There’s a free screening at The Senator, 5904 York Road, Baltimore 21212 on Sun., Mar. 28 at 1 PM.


36] – Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC is hosting the author of WORKING IN THE SHADOWS on Sun., Mar. 28 from 4 to 6 PM. What is it like doing the back-breaking work of immigrants? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent the year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent.  Combining personal narrative with investigative reporting, Thompson shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement-while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour. Call 202-387-7638.  Go to   

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] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Mar. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to  The film THE AWAKENING UNIVERSE will be shown, and then there will be an exploration of Thomas Berry’s powerful insights. He found the roots of our predicament in the stories we have told about our own origin and the origin of our universe.  Also to be discussed are Transition Town initiatives which can build environmental resilience and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


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. There is a call to carpool to the Forum.  If you are able to carpool, email Chip Barnes,, and provide him with your name, email, phone number(s), and general vicinity.  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. 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


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. 29, 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. 29. Call 410-233-0488.

43] – On Mon., Mar. 29, from 6 to 8 PM, catch Radical Forgiveness - A Report-Back from Rwanda – featuring AS WE FORGIVE - a film by Laura Waters Hinson and a performance by SLAM Poet Sonya Renee Taylor at the Salvation Army Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center, 2300 Martin Luther King Ave. SE WDC 20020 (two blocks from the Anacostia Metro Station – Green Line).  Could you forgive a person who murdered your family? This is the question faced by the subjects of a documentary about Rosaria and Chantal— two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide. RSVP to or call301-675-5178. Donations requested to benefit the Visions to Peace Project. Go to

44] – On Mon., Mar. 29 at 7 PM @ 2640 St. Paul St., catch a screening of AUTUMN GEM.  Admission is from $5-$10 on a sliding scale.  The film explores the extraordinary life of China's first feminist Qiu Jin (1875-1907). An accomplished writer, women's rights activist, and leader of a revolutionary army, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. The sword-wielding, cross-dressing Qiu Jin spoke out against foot binding and other oppressive practices, published her own feminist journal, and attempted an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing government. There will be a Q & A session with filmmakers Rae Chang and Adam Tow. Call 410-230-0450.

45] – The Inside Story of the Honduran Coup, An Evening with Andres Contreris Thomas, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church (cafeteria), 1400 Newton St., NW, WDC at 7 PM on Sun., Mar. 29.  Contreris, founder of Democracy Now! en Español spent four months in Brazil's embassy in Honduras along with democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya who was ousted in a June 28, 2009 coup. He was the only member of the media that stayed inside the embassy for 129 days and filed many stories with independent news outlets around the world. Assaulted by chemical attacks, ear-splitting noise weapons, intense lights during the nights, and constantly in the gun sights of military snipers, Andrés lived, ate, and slept along side the ousted president and was witness to the hopes and fears, negotiations, threats and violence as Hondurans struggled to return democracy to their homeland. Email

46] – 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 scheduled for Mar. 29, and the agenda will include a report on a foreclosure demonstration and other upcoming protests.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email at mobuszewski at for directions.  directions.


47] – A presentation by Fr. Mark Ravizza, S.J. will be Mon., Mar. 29, 7:30 PM in McGuire Hall on the Loyola campus.  He is from the Univ. of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador to speak about The Hope of the Martyrs.  Thirty years after the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, his talk will discuss the ways in which the people of El Salvador have found life and light in the midst of violence, political strife and economic struggle. Call 410-617-2909.


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


50] – 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. 30. Go to


51] – From Wed., Mar. 31 through Fri., Apr. 2, the annual HOLY WEEK for FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT (Jonah House and Dorothy Day Catholic Worker) will be held in WDC.  The theme is PUT AWAY THE SWORD (the last words of Jesus to his disciples during his arrest). The first words of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 (his Angelus message Jan.1) are as follows: I would like to call out to the consciences of those who form part of armed groups of any kind. To each and every one, I say: Stop, reflect and abandon the path of violence!  Contact Colleen McCarthy at


52] – Health Care for All is getting closer.  There will be a celebration rally and press event headed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and supported by AARP and Health Care for America NOW! in Annapolis on Wed., Mar. 31 at 11 AM on Lawyers' Mall outside of the State House. Email   


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. 31. Call 215-426-0364.


54] – The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee Baltimore chapter encourages all to attend the Wed., Mar. 31 Maryland Legislative night in Annapolis at the Miller Senate Bldg. at 6 PM. The goal is to communicate with elected officials on issues of importance. Email to confirm you are coming.


55] – A "VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY" discussion circle will have its sixth session on Wed., Mar. 31, 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.


56] – On Wed., Mar. 31 at 6:30 PM at the 2640 space, corner of 27th and St. Paul Sts., learn about the U.S. Social Forum process and what will be happening in Detroit this June.  The US Social Forum Field Organizer, Akudo  Ejelonu, and the National Youth organizer, Jardyn Lake, will discuss the social forum process, give reports from other cities they have visited on the east coast and seek ideas, hopes and plans for Baltimore’s participation at the social forum.   

The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sector, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It is scheduled for June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. Go to  Workshop and cultural submissions can be made until Apr. 20. The Forum builds off the decade old process of the World Social Forum, a movement-building process under the banner Another World is Possible. Another US is Necessary. A New Detroit is Underway.

57] – 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. 31. Call 215-843-4256 or email

58] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Apr. 1, 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.

59] – On Thurs., Apr. 1, 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.


60] – 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.


61] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Apr. 1 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.


62] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Apr. 2 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


63] – This Good Friday, Apr. 2 at noon, challenge the power of war and the world’s #1 war profiteer--Lockheed Martin. Join the Stations of Justice & Peace at Lockheed Martin, Goddard Boulevard off Mall Boulevard, Valley Forge, PA. (behind the King of Prussia Mall and across from the United Artist King of Prussia movieplex).  At 7:30 PM on Mon., Mar. 29, there will be a telephone conference call to plan the nonviolent civil resistance which will accompany the Stations of the Cross. Call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, to get the call-in information.

64] –  Attend the UDC Justice Café, co-sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America, from 6 to 10 PM on Fri., Apr. 2  in the Firebird Inn, Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Conn. Ave. NW, WDC 20008, which is hosted by the University of the District Columbia David Clarke School of Law. The suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and $5 for children. No one would be turned away. The event will feature food, music, poetry, an open mic session, tabling and more. Go to Contact: FOR A FREE TABLE.  Use the Van Ness UDC Metro Station (Red Line).


65] – On Fri., Apr. 2 watch HEARTS & MINDS [1974], which is being shown as part of the "JUST-REEL” First Friday Free Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 7 PM, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County, PA. The evening will include light refreshments and an after-film discussion. It is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call 610-544-1818. Go to


This classic film will be shown to mark the 35th anniversary of the end of the U.S. war in VietnamAfter a screening of this Oscar-winning documentary about the Vietnam War and the militarization of U.S. life, Dr. Sophie Quinn-Judge, just back from an extended visit to Vietnam, aid worker during the war, will speak.  


66] – The 25th Annual Maryland Peace and Justice Conference "Connecting to Create the Change We Seek – Creating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community" starts on Fri., Apr. 16 and continues on Sat. Apr. 17 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD, 21045. Call Paulette 410-747-3811. Saturday, April 17th, Maryland United for Peace and Justice Annual Conference, Columbia, MD Maryland legislators will be in attendance. There will be informational and action workshops on about a dozen important local and international peace and justice issues.


67] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The fourth film in the series is THE CAMDEN 28 [USA, 2006], and it will be shown on Fri., Apr. 30 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


As director, Anthony Giacchino uncovers a gripping lost chapter in the history of human rights activism with this documentary, reminiscence about a predominantly Catholic group's efforts to defy the Vietnam War by compromising the Selective Service System. More than 30 years after they were tried and cleared of breaking into a Camden federal building in a botched attempt to destroy draft records, these men and women are still the coolest cats in the room, recalling from the same courtroom where they were prosecuted how their nonviolent resistance to the war was a moral duty consistent with their Catholic faith. Most of the film takes place outside the courtroom with a mix of interviews and archival footage through which the struggle of the Camden 28's decision to confront the government's exploitation of the poor comes alive.  


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.


68] – 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, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave,. Owings Mills, MD on Mon., May 17 at 7 PM.  The film was done by the two daughters Emily and Sarah Kunstler.  Check out the website

69] – March 24, 2010 marked the 30th Anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.  Consider reading a new book on the life and death of Archbishop Romero by peace and justice activist Scott Wright.  Scott and his wife Jean Stokan spent most of the 1980s in El SalvadorScott captures the voices of the people of El Salvador in this moving book - Oscar Romero and the Communion of Saints. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009, pp. 162. $20.00.  To order a copy, go to

70] – There is a call for Peace Walks around the country to counter the vicious protests held in D.C. during the vote on health care reform in the footsteps of Gandhi, King and Mandela.  Make it happen as the world is watching.  
71] – 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


72] – 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.  

73] – 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.

74] – 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


75] – 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.  


76] – 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


77] – 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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