Saturday, March 6, 2010

Baltimore Activst Alert - Part II

39] Advocacy training & Lobby Day – Mar. 7 & 8

40] Unlearn War -- Mar. 7

41] Bridge vigil – Mar. 7                                                                 

42] March 20 outreach meeting – Mar. 7  

43] Smart Energy meeting – Mar. 7

44] TransAfrica forum – Mar. 7

45] Quaker Peace Vigil – Mar. 7

46] International Women’s Day – Mar. 7

47] Pentagon vigil – Mar. 8

48] Protest at Mexican Embassy – Mar. 8

49] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 8 — Mar. 12

50] Protest the death penalty – Mar. 8                  

51] Neighborhood Design Center projects – Mar. 8

52] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Mar. 8

53] Protest health insurance companies – Mar. 9

54] Anti-torture vigil – Mar. 9

55] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 9

56] Ecolocity DC meeting – Mar. 9

57] Support alcohol tax – Mar. 10

58] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Mar. 10

59] Torture memos panel discussion – Mar. 10

60] Voluntary Simplicity circle – Mar. 10

61] March 20 meeting – Mar. 10

62] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 10

63] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Mar. 11

64] Fusion Centers & Surveillance – Mar. 11

65] Why Fund War? – Mar. 14

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

67] Film Fred Korematsu story – Mar. 26

68] MUPJ conference – Apr. 17


70] Germs in the Kitchen

71] Buy a red maple tree

72] Contribute to the Georgia Four defense fund

73] Join Global Zero campaign

74] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

75] Publish your peace article

76] Click on The Hunger Site  

77] Fire & Faith   

78] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


39] – There will be a Grassroots Advocacy Training on Sun., Mar. 7 at 8:30 AM and a Lobby Day on Mon,, Mar. 8.  These events are co-sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Interfaith Peace-Builders and Jewish Voice for Peace.  REGISTER NOW at  Of most importance will be the topic of United States Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Go to is on a sliding scale donation of $35 - $100.

40] – On Sun., Mar. 7 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, hosts Ellen Barfield who will address “We Really Must Unlearn War.” 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] – There is a March 20 outreach meeting on Sun., Mar. 7 at noon at Peace & A Cup of Joe. 713 W. Pratt St., Baltimore 21201.  There will be a discussion to organize the distribution of flyers and posters in order to sell bus tickets for the ANSWER March 20 antiwar rally in Washington, D.C.  Call 415-216-8370.


43] – Attend a Smart Energy Now Town Hall Meeting on Sun., Mar. 7 at 12:30 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1025 S. Potomac St. on O’Donnell Square in Canton.  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. Delegate Carolyn Krysiak -- a key vote on the Economic Matters Committee -- will attend. Help pack the meeting room so she knows her constituents support a comprehensive clean energy plan. Contact Keith Harrington at 240-396-1985 or


44] – On Sun., Mar. 7,  3:30 to 5:30 PM, attend the next regular meeting of TransAfrica Forum's Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers' Corner book club, featuring War, Racism and Economic Injustice: The Global Ravages of Capitalism, by Fidel Castro and edited by Alexandra Keeble (2002, Ocean Press in association with Editora Politica, Melbourne and Havana). The venue is the TransAfrica Forum, 1629 K St., NW, Suite 1100, WDC 20006 (nearest Metro Station: Farragut North on the Red Line or Farragut West on the Blue/Orange Lines).  The book is available at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC (two blocks from the Cardozo/U Street Metro). Call general manager Don Allen at 202.387.POET.

45] – 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.

46] – You are invited to the International Women's Day Celebration on Sun., Mar. 7 at 3 PM at Payne Memorial AME Church, 1718 Madison Ave. The 2010 IWD theme is "Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.” There will be solidarity with the women in Haiti.  The ministry seniors will be honored as the struggle eventually caused a change so that women were allowed to preach. The guest speaker will be Dr. Michele Rigaud, MD MPH, president of Partners in Health Protection, Inc, who recently visited Haiti. Contact the Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo at 410-233-4649.


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


48] – Amnesty International will demonstrate on Mon., Mar. 8 from 4 to 5 PM at the Mexican Embassy, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, WDC 20036.  The event is designed to support Mexican women who have waited nearly four years for justice after being beaten and sexually assaulted in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico in 2006 after being taken into custody when police officers responded to a protest staged by a peasant organization. Despite an investigation identifying 34 police officers, the women of Atenco have yet to see the violent perpetrators brought to justice for their crimes. Call 202-544-0200 x302 or email


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. 8. Call 410-233-0488.

51] – The Neighborhood Design Center’s program coordinator Kristin Humphrey will talk about the organization’s latest projects in this installment of the Baltimore Green Works’ Growshop Lecture Series.  Register at 5:30 PM at Civic Works, 2701 St. Lo Drive.  RSVP to


52] – 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. 8, and the agenda will include a review of the Ellsberg visit to Goucher, a protest against John Yoo, a visit to Rep Sarbanes’ 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.


53] – On Tues., Mar. 9, protest to demand that Congress do real health insurance reform.  The protest will be outside the America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP] Conference in DC to Shut Down Big Insurance Industry's Bid to Kill Health Reform.  Bus will be coming from different parts of Maryland.  At 10:30 AM, gather at Dupont Circle, Connecticut Ave. & 19th St. NW, WDC.  Then march to the conference at Ritz Carlton Hotel, 22nd & M Sts., NW. At noon, rally and some participants intend to engage in "citizens' arrests” inside the Ritz-Carlton.  Shut down the event and put the insurance companies and every corporate enemy of change on notice:  big corporations and their lobbyists will not be allowed to bully Congress into inaction.  The Baltimore City bus will depart at 9 AM from downtown, and will return by 3:30 PM. Contact Matt Weinstein at matthew at progressivemaryland or call 301-495-7004/410-685-7004 x19.


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


55] – 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. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


56] – 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. 9. Go to

57] – The Lorraine Sheehan Community Services Act of 2010 [SB 717] will have a Senate hearing on Wed., Mar. 10 at 1 PM in the Budget and Taxation Committee in the Miller Senate Office Bldg. Lorraine was a tireless advocate in Annapolis who always fought for those most in need.  Before she was the tenacious disability rights advocate she was, she was also Maryland's first female Secretary of State and member of the House of Delegates, but died in December. It is in her honor that the alcohol tax bill is named and will fund Medicaid Expansion and restore Developmental Disability and Mental Health funding cuts.  The corresponding bill is HB 832 and its hearing is Thurs., Mar. 11 at 1 PM in the Ways & Means Committee in the Lowe House Office Bldg. Besides attending the hearings, write letters of support and get them to Heathcare For All at

58] – 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. 10. Call 215-426-0364.


59] – Join Alliance for Justice and Center for American Progress for a special presentation Tortured Law: The Role of the Office of Legal Counsel and the Use of Torture on Wed., Mar. 10, starting with a reception at 6 PM, at Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, WDC 20005.  The featured panelists are as follows: Nan Aron, president, Alliance for Justice, David Cole, professor of law, Georgetown Univ., and Bruce Fein, chair of the American Freedom Agenda.  The moderator is Ken Gude, associate director, International Rights and Responsibilities, Center for American Progress.  The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility finally concluded in a report released on Feb. 19, 2010, that Bush administration Office of Legal Counsel officials John Yoo and Jay Bybee “exercised poor judgment” for their role in drafting the 2002 memos that authorized the use of techniques otherwise understood to constitute torture in detainee interrogations. However, a Department of Justice official overruled OPR’s recommendation and determined that the officials should not be referred to their respective bar associations for investigation of professional misconduct. 


A screening of Alliance for Justice’s short documentary film Tortured Law will precede the panel discussion. RSVP at The nearest Metro stops are Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center. Email


60] – A "VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY" discussion circle will have its third session on Wed., Mar. 10, 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.


61] – There is a March 20th Volunteer Activist Meeting on Wed., Mar. 10 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.


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


63] – On Thurs., Mar. 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.


64] – 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.  The hosts for the event are Operation Defuse, Liberty Restoration Project and Texans for Accountable Government.  Email mobuszewski at


65] – 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.


66] – 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


67] – 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


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] – 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.


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] – 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.   

73] – 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.  

74] – 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.

75] – 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


76] – 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.  


77] – 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


78] – 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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