Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

46] Vigil against Afghan War at Cummings’ office – May 19

47] Philadelphia, PA vigil – May 19

48] Westminster WIB vigil – May 19                                  

49] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – May 19

50] Help the Free School – May 19

51] Israel/Palestine roundtable – May 20

52] Release Prisoners of Conscience – May 20              

53] Baltimore Bike to Work Day – May 21

54] REFOCUSED – May 21

55] Economics Retreat – May 21-23

56] Eddie Conway book release -- May 21

57] Maryland Green Party annual general meeting – May 22

58] Anti-poverty advocacy workshops -- May 22

59] BP catastrophe, “capitalist made disaster – May 22

60] Integrative health talk -- May 22

61] Homeless shelter benefit – May 22

62] Pray for Peace – May 22

63] Night of 1,000 Dylans -- May 22

64] Green Forum – May 23

65] NPT Review – May 24

66] “Green Gone Wrong” – May 25

67] Film DELIVER US FROM EVIL – May 28

68] Nuclear Weapons talk – June 1              

69] First Thursday Against the Wars – June 3

70] Mankekolo has a new book

71] Support cafeteria workers at Coppin State

72] Buy a red maple tree

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

50] Vigil against war funding outside Rep. Cummings’ office – May 19


46] – On Wed., May 19, 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 http://tinyurl.com/brownbagvigil.


 The Pledge of Resistance will gather outside Rep. Elijah Cummings’ office, 1010 Park Ave., Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21201, on May 19 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


47] – 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 May 19. Call 215-426-0364.


48] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., May 19 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 wibfrederick@mizmail.com.


49] – 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 May 19. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.


50] – The Baltimore Free School needs your brain power! Help keep the doors open on Baltimore's 100% free space for popular education while

demonstrating your trivia prowess! It all goes down on Wed., May 19 at 8 PM @ The Wind Up Space, 12 W. North Ave.--- form teams, crush your opponents with your command of random facts, win great prizes and support a vital new radical institution in Baltimore, all for just a $5/person entry fee.  Go to http://freeschool.redemmas.org.


51] – On Thurs., May 20, 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.


52] – Amnesty International is demonstrating to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, Prisoners of Conscience (POC) and the Mid-Atlantic Special Focus Case (SFC).  The demonstration is every 3rd Thursday of the month.  There is a commitment to continue these demonstrations until the POCs are released. Arrested on Dec. 1, 2004, Karma and Pakage are serving a collective prison sentence of 25 years for their participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony to commemorate Papuan independence.


Please come out on Thurs., May 20 from 12:30-1:30 PM, and show your solidarity with Filep and Yusak who could spend the next decade or more in prison for the peaceful raising of a flag.  The demonstration will be outside the Indonesian Embassy, 2020 Mass. Ave. NW, WDC.

53] – Feel the wind in your hair by getting involved in Bike to Work Day—a national event sponsored locally by the Baltimore metropolitan Council.  Register at www.bike2workcentralmd.com or call 410-732-0500.

54] – New Lens presents REFOCUSED on Fri., May 21 from 6:30 to 9 PM at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. Go to http://www.newlens.info/. New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change. There will be a dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the screening at 7:30 PM and cookies at 9 PM.  The cost is $20 for adults and $1 for youth. Email rebeccayenawine@newlens.info or call 410-383-7200.


55] –  From Fri., May 21 through Sun., May 23, attend the Church of the Savior Economics Retreat presentation by David Hilfiker at the Wellspring conference center in Gaithersburg, MD.  The cost of the weekend, including room and board is $150. Go to http://www.wellspringministry.org/economyhilfker09.htm for a link to registration information.  


56] –  On Fri., May 21 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 Saint Paul St., celebrate the release of Eddie Conway’s book, “The Greatest Threat: The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO” A former Black Panther, Conway has spent over four decades in jail for allegedly being involved in the shooting of two Baltimore police officers. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.


57] – The Maryland Green Party is hosting its annual general meeting starting at 10 AM on Sat. May 22 at the Maryland inn in Annapolis. The opening panel will include representatives from the locals, followed by our business meeting in which officers are elected and there is a review of by-law changes. After lunch, the keynote speaker will be Kathy Phillips, the Assateague Coastkeeper. She will be introduced by Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper. At the end of the day, there will be an introduction of MGP candidates for the 2010 election.


58] – On Sat., May 22 at 11 AM, attend ONE member workshops and become an expert in anti-poverty advocacy. RSVP at http://www.one.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=3587&id=1683-4202095-zlUh4Kx&t=1.  The event takes place at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201. The workshop will feature advocacy training activities, experts from ONE and other poverty-fighting groups, and lots of opportunities to meet other ONE members and learn how to be an even more effective advocate for the world’s most vulnerable people.


59] – On Sat., May 22, from 1 to 2:30 PM at Peace & A Cup of Joe, 713 W. Pratt St., there will be a public forum: "Gulf of Mexico catastrophe: a 'capitalist-made' disaster. Who will pay the price?" Some 200,000 gallons of oil a day, or more, are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  The devastation will continue for decades. The event is sponsored by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Call 443-378-9253 or email baltimore@pslweb.org or visit www.PSLweb.org.


60] – Dr. John C. Williams will speak at the Yabba Pot on Sat., May 22 at 5 PM.  A  Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine who promotes integrative medicine, he will present a holistic approach to integrative health and wellness that challenges mainstream medicine. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a member of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, who holds doctoral degrees in natural medicine, naturopathy and science from Hahnemann University of Health Sciences, and the International University of Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka.


61] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., May 22 at 7 PM, there will be a benefit performance, featuring music & poetry by Suzanne X, Ron Williams et al.  The benefit will take place at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd., Baltimore 21214Admission is $5.  Call 443-869-4515. Go to www.awareandoutraged.wordpress.com.


62] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Sat., May 22 at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 321 S. Broadway St. The prayer for peace occurs on the 22nd of the month.  Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or frcharles@verizon.net.


63] -- THE ROOTS CAFÉ presents The Night of 1000 Dylans, and the performers are Junior Cline, ellen cherry, Lea Gilmore, Howard Markman, the Beltways and the Stone Hill All-Stars (featuring alumni of the Polkats and Two Legs), who will do Bob Dylan songs in a benefit concert hosted by Geoffrey Himes. Get down to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. on Sat., May 22 at 7:30 PM.  Call 410-276-1651.  The price is $15 at the doors, and $12 for members or for those who buy tickets in advance.  All proceeds benefit the American Friends Service Committee, Roots Café and the Creative Alliance.  Go to www.creativealliance.org or www.rootscafe.org.  


64] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., May 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to http://www.mpchurch.org/About.htmMeet three people, Larry Chang, founder of the Potomacs, Nick Williams, founder of the Anacostia Hours, and Carol Yaka, volunteer with Takoma Time, who have founded or are coordinating the use of “Alternative Currencies.” Go to http://www.simplicity-matters.org/forums/baltimore.php.


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 baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com or 301-345-2234. There is a call to carpool to the Forum.  If you are able to carpool, email Chip Barnes, wcbarnes67@gmail.com, and provide him with your name, email, phone number(s), and general vicinity.  Also consider joining Transition Baltimore NING at http://transitionmaryland.ning.com/.   Click on "Groups", "Transition Baltimore", and then click on "join Transition Baltimore.”   


65] – On Mon., May 24, from 2 to 4 PM, Richard Weitz, Hudson Institute; Joy Drucker, Partnership for a Secure America; Deepti Choubey, Carnegie Endowment; Christopher Ford, Hudson Institute; and Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association will discuss "The NPT Review Conference: Where Do We Stand?" Go to the Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St., NW, Sixth Floor, WDC. RSVP to Weitz@hudson.org.


66] – HEATHER ROGERS presents “Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution” on Tues., May 25 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St.  Following up on her previous book, she now dissects the current rush towards "green" capitalism.  Go to http://www.redemmas.org.


67] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is Seeking the Truth Through Documentaries.   The fifth film in the series is DELIVER US FROM EVIL [USA, 2007], and it will be shown on Fri., May 28 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


In the documentary, Father Oliver O'Grady comes across as the most reasonable of men. In reality, he is confessing to acts of pedophilia performed on hundreds of children, one only nine months old. Amy Berg, who wrote and directed the documentary, admits to being amazed when O'Grady agreed to appear in her film. What unsettled her even more was his mildness of manner. Now living in Ireland, he freely admits to the crimes for which he served seven years in a California prison. Cardinal Roger Mahony of the archdiocese of Los Angeles was, in the 1980s, bishop when many of O'Grady's crimes were committed, and there is ample proof that he was told about them at the time by O'Grady. Yet he took no action to prevent the priest injuring more children. O'Grady was simply moved on to a parish where no one knew about him - a pattern repeated whenever he offended again.


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] – On Tues., June 1 at 7:30 PM, Pax Christi Burtonsville will host Dr. Art Milholland, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Pax Christi, who will give his talk on "The Last Great Epidemic-Nuclear Weapons" at the Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD.                


69] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., June 3 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 Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


70] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is excited by her new book: RESTORE ME: 40 Healing Sermons. The book is available for $19.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling--ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1631-9 (sc), ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1633-3 (dj) or ISBN: 978-1 -4502-1632-6 (sc). She would appreciate if you ordered the book from her: checks payable to Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo and sent to 3315 Mondawmin Ave., Baltimore, MD 21216.  The publisher is iUniverse.com, and it can be called at 1-800-288-4677.


71] – Currently, the cafeteria workers at Coppin State University need your support to keep their jobs.  Call Coppin’s president, Dr. Reginald Avery, at 410-951-3838 and ask him to require that the incoming food service provider retain all of the current food service workers at their same pay rate & seniority. The workers are currently employed by Thompson Hospitality. The administration, though, is currently soliciting bids from other companies to operate the campus’ dinning services.  Contact Mishy at mleiblum@unitehere.org or 413.695.4868. Visit http://www.stiritupcampaign.org/four_student-worker_delegations_in_baltimore.


72] – I have one red maple tree for $5 from the Trees for Baltimore program.  Buy a tree, plant it and contribute to saving the planet.  Call Max at 410-366-1637


73] – 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.  

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 path2peace07@yahoo.com.


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 http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/.


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 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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