Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

48] Future of Nuclear Energy – Apr. 13

49] Anti-torture vigil – Apr. 13

50] War Is Not the Answer demo – Apr. 13

51] Iranian-born scholar at JHU – Apr. 13

52] Michael Pollan at Goucher – Apr. 13

53] Georgetown, Divest! – Apr. 13

54] Peacebuilding Policy Days – Apr. 14-15

55] Support labor rights in Iraq -- Apr. 14

56] Philadelphia, PA vigil – Apr. 14

57] Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal – Apr. 14

58] Peace to the Middle East – Apr. 14

59] Children of Abraham – Apr. 14

60] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Apr. 14

61] WFP retreat [May 14-16] RSVP by Apr. 14

62] Tax Day Protest Against Military Aid to Israel – Apr. 15                 

63] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Apr. 15

64] Tax Day Protest in Baltimore -- Apr. 15

65] Artists for the Climate – Apr. 15

66] MUPJ conference – Apr. 16 & 17

67] DC Emancipation Day -- Apr. 16

68] Support St. John’s Church – Apr. 17    

69] Travel to Cuba – Apr. 23 – May 3

70] Film CAMDEN 28 – Apr. 30              

71] First Thursday Against the Wars – May 6 


73] Call for peace walks   

74] Buy a red maple tree

75] Join Global Zero campaign

76] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

77] Publish your peace article

78] Click on The Hunger Site  

79] Fire & Faith   

80] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


48] – On Tues., Apr. 13 from 10:30 AM to noon, Trevor Findlay, Center for International Governance Innovation, will discuss "The Future of Nuclear Energy to 2030 and the Implications for Global Governance" at George Washington Univ., 1957 St., Room 602, NW, WDC.


49] – 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 Apr. 13.  Contact Helen Schietinger at h.schietinger at verizon.net.


50] – 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 Apr. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


51] – The 2010 Foreign Affairs Symposium Re-Engaging the World: The New Global Community at Johns Hopkins U.’s Homewood Campus continues on Tues., Apr. 13 at 8 PM in the Glass Pavilion with Dr. Reza Aslan. He is an Iranian-born writer and scholar of religions, whose most recent book “How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror” explores the ideology of the religious extremism espoused by groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, placing them in conversation with the history of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. See http://www.jhu.edu/fas/.


52] – On Tues., Apr. 13 at 8 PM, Michael Pollan will give an address “In Defense of Food: The Omnivore’s Solution” in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21286. The bestselling author, journalist, activist and well-known critic of the global industrial food complex will be the Spring 2010 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professor. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the Goucher College Box Office at 410-337-6333 or by e-mailing boxoffice(at)goucher.edu. See http://www.goucher.edu/x39230.xml.


53] – On Tues., Apr. 13, from 8 to 10 PM, Georgetown, Divest! will launch a Selective Divestment from Companies that Profit from Human Rights Violations in Israel and Palestine: The Georgetown Univ. students are aware that in Sept. 1986 students from that era called for an end to the university’s ties to apartheid South Africa.  In April of 2008, Georgetown students successfully convinced the Board of Trustees to divest from companies that supported the Sudanese government in carrying out human rights abuses.Now Georgetown students want the university to get involved in this current divestment movement. The launch will take place in White-Gravenor 201B, Georgetown Univ., 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC 20057.  Go to http://georgetowndivest.wordpress.com/.


54] – On Wed., Apr. 14 and Thurs., Apr. 15, attend Peacebuilding Policy Days – 3D Security and Alliance for Peacebuilding at the Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, WDC  20002.  Go to  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/580793168.


55] – On Wed., Apr. 14 at 12:30 PM, Take Action to Support Labor Rights in Iraq at the Iraqi Consulate, 1801 P St. NW, WDC.  Tell the Iraqi government, there can be no democracy without a free labor movement!  Stop Hussein era labor laws from being used against Iraqi workers.  The rally is organized by US Labor Against the War, AFL-CIO and ICEM.

56] – 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 Apr. 14. Call 215-426-0364.


57] – On Wed., Apr. 14 from 6:45 to 8:45 PM, John Steinbach will do a presentation on "Israel's Nuclear Arsenal: Implications for the Middle East and the World" at Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St., NW, Suite 600, WDC 20036. RSVP online at http://www.hotsalsa.org/index.php?cid=1001360. Call 202- 234-9382. With several hundred weapons and a robust delivery system, Israel has quietly supplanted Britain as the world's 5th largest nuclear power, and now rivals France and China in the size of its nuclear arsenal.

58] – On Wed., Apr. 14  from 7 to 9 PM, How Can Jewish & Muslim Americans Bring Peace to the Middle East? This is A DIALOGUE ON BUILDING AN AMERICAN CONSTITUENCY FOR PEACE at the The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, ICC Auditorium, Georgetown U.,  Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, 3700 O St. NW, WDC 20057.  SPEAKERS include Salam Al-Marayati, executive director, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder/executive director, J Street.  RSVP at www.jstreet.org/salamandjeremy.

59] – Seeking and pursuing peace among the children of Abraham is a quest to create an appreciation and equality for all of God’s Children.  It will take place at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville, MD 21093.  Join the conversation on Wed., Apr. 14 to explore ways to seek and pursue a just peace in the “Holy Land” with The Rev. Susan P. Wilder, the representative for Middle East Public Policy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Advisory Council of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP).  Call 410.252.3768.


60] – 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 Apr. 14. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.


61] – Witness for Peace Mid-Atlantic Annual Retreat & Conference is called Continuing the Struggle: Solidarity with Honduras and takes place Fri., May 14 through Sun., May 16 at Camp Letts, Edgewater, MD (near Annapolis).  You must register by Wed., Apr. 14 at wfpma@witnessforpeace.org.  Your $110 retreat and conference fee includes all your food (vegetarian options provided), lodging, training, and fun for the weekend.  If you are unable to afford the full fee, WFP will work with you on a sliding scale. Call 202-536-4708 or go to http://www.witnessforpeace.org.


62] – On Thurs., Apr. 15 from noon to 1 PM, join a Tax Day Protest Against Military Aid to Israel, organized by the US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION, at the Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC. 


63] – On Thurs., Apr. 15, 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] – Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore on Thurs., Apr. 15—Tax Day at 5:30 PM at Baltimore's main post office on Fayette St. We will be leafleting to inform taxpayers that up to 50% of the budget goes to military adventures, past and present and that at least $3 billion per year goes to funding the illegal occupation of the Palestinians. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

65] – CCAN's 4th annual "Artists for the Climate" event will take place on Thurs., Apr. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Foundry United Methodist Church in WDC.  It will include Jeff Biggers, author of THE UNITED STATES OF APPALACHIA.  Get your tickets at www.chesapeakeclimate.org/Artists4Climate. In addition to Biggers, the evening will feature Bill McKibben, whose latest book is EAARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, and CCAN director and author Mike Tidwell who will discuss BAYOU FAREWELL: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. Music will be provided by Lissy Rosemont of the Junior League Band. Email Info@chesapeakeclimate.org.


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. There will be informational and action workshops on about a dozen important local and international peace and justice issues.

67] – Go to DC Emancipation Advocacy Day from 8 AM to noon on Fri., Apr. 16 at U.S. Capitol Building, Capitol Visitors Center, Room HVC-215. As the District's only official local holiday, DC Emancipation Day commemorates the day in 1862 on which President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act to free its 3,100 enslaved people. There will be a brief program with local political leaders followed by group meetings with members of Congress. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP to RSVP@dcvote.org. Call 202-462-6000.  


68] – Carol Berman and Barbara Larcom invite you to their mutual birthday party on Sat., Apr. 17 from 8 to 11 PM at ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, 27th & St. Paul Sts., Baltimore 21218. Live music will be performed by Sac au Lait! There will be dancing and wonderful food.  Instead of presents, there is a request for donations to St. John’s.  Proceeds will equally benefit Heart’s Place shelter for homeless persons, and Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project which promotes goodwill and sustainable development in San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua. RSVP by Wed., Apr. 14 to Carol at 410-435-0392 or to Barbara at 410-662-6292.  Donations may also be mailed, with "Carol & Barbara" in the memo line, to St. John's of Baltimore City UMC, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218.


69] – Vera Leone, regional organizer for Witness for Peace Mid Atlantic, is helping to lead a trip to Cuba April 23 - May 3 for activists and organizers to learn about community organizing and civic participation from Cuban perspectives. There are spaces available on the trip. If interested, email.wfpma@witnessforpeace.org. Go to witnessforpeace.org/midatlantic.


70] – 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.


71] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., May 6 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.


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, 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 http://www.disturbingtheuniverse.com


73] – 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.  
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] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.  

76] – 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.

77] – 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 path2peace07@yahoo.com.


78] – 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.  


79] – 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 http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/.


80] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net


"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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