Saturday, May 22, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert May 20 – June 5, 2010


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes

6] A cat needs a home – ASAP

7] Baltimore Bike to Work Day – May 21

8] MoveOn rally – May 21

9] White House vigil – May 21        

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – May 21

11] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – May 21

12] WIB Roland Park vigil – May 21      

13] Homewood vigil – May 21

14] REFOCUSED – May 21

15] Economics Retreat – May 21-23

16] Eddie Conway book release -- May 21

17] Vigil at Walter Reed – May 21

18] Ballroom dancing – May 21

19] Maryland Green Party annual general meeting – May 22

20] Africa symposium & protest rally – May 22

21] Olney vigil to end the war – May 22                             

22] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – May 22

23] Anti-poverty advocacy workshops -- May 22

24] See the Yes Men film – May 22

25] Peace vigil at Capitol – May 22

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

27] Integrative health talk -- May 22

28] Homeless shelter benefit – May 22

29] Pray for Peace – May 22

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

31] The Ethical Movement – May 23

32] Bridge vigil – May 23                                                               

33] Quaker Peace Vigil – May 23

34] Green Forum – May 23

35] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – May 23

36] Pentagon vigil – May 24

37] Celebrate School of Life – May 24

38] NPT Review – May 24

39] Witness Against Peace – May 24                

40] Protest the death penalty – May 24                

41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – May 24 — May 27

42] Pledge of Resistance meeting – May 24

43] War Is Not the Answer demo – May 25

44] “Green Gone Wrong” – May 25

45] Philadelphia, PA vigil – May 26

46] BCAN meeting – May 26                                  

47] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – May 26

48] International Day for El Salvador – May 27

49] Israel/Palestine roundtable – May 27

50] Vigil to End the Wars – May 28

51] Film DELIVER US FROM EVIL – May 28

52] Protest BP – May 29

53] What’s going on in Oaxaca – June 1

54] Nuclear Weapons talk – June 1              

55] Mubarak Awad speaks in Baltimore – June 2

56] WIB Towson vigil – June 3

57] First Thursday Against the Wars – June 3

58] BARCS fundraiser – June 4

59] WIB Frederick vigil – June 5

60] Health Care Forum – June 5

61] Mankekolo has a new book

62] Support cafeteria workers at Coppin State

63] Buy a red maple tree

64] Join Global Zero campaign

65] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

66] Publish your peace article

67] Click on The Hunger Site  

68] Fire & Faith   

69] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at


4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  For more details and to download the order form, go to


Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to Nancy Meier, 10 Pepperdine Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228.  Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.


5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.


6] –A sweet young gray and white female cat, fixed of course, needs a new home, because her daddy is moving to Beirut, Lebanon to live with his new wife! All the supplies come with her-litter box and litter, food, flea meds. Contact Ellen Barfield at to give this lovely companion a warm and inviting home.

7] – Feel the wind in your hair by getting involved in Bike to Work Day, Fri., May 21—a national event sponsored locally by the Baltimore metropolitan Council.  Register at or call 410-732-0500.

8] – MoveOn is hosting a rally to reboot democracy and take the country back from corporate control.  It will be on Fri., May 21 at noon and the purpose is to thank Rep. Elijah Cummings for his work challenging Goldman Sachs' actions in the global financial meltdown. Meet at his office at 11:45 AM behind the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


9] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin: 


10] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to


11] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

12] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., May 21 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114


13] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., May 21 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war with Iraq. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.


14] – New Lens presents REFOCUSED on Fri., May 21 from 6:30 to 9 PM at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. Go to 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 or call 410-383-7200.


15] –  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 for a link to registration information.  


16] –  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


17] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact Bruce Wolf -

18] –  There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be May 21. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

19] – 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.  The suggested donation is $20, and one can register at


20] – The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) requests the honor of your presence at the annual African Liberation Day (ALD) activities on Sat., May 22.  The theme is “Build the A-APRP (GC):  the Inheritor and Continuator of the Revolutionary Theory and Practice of Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, and Kwame Ture! “  There will be a Pan-African and International Symposium from 10 Am to 1:30 PM at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC.   

There will be an International Protest Rally from 3 to 6:30 PM at Malcolm X Park (lower level), 16th St. and Florida Ave, NW.  RSVP at by Friday, May 21. Call 202-719-0529. Go to

21] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is May 22. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


22] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email


23] – On Sat., May 22 at 11 AM, attend ONE member workshops and become an expert in anti-poverty advocacy. RSVP at  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.

24] – Support National, Single-Payer Healthcare (HR 676) by attending a showing of "The Yes Men Fix the World" on Sat., May 22 at noon at 1315 Spruce St,, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For $10 you'll get lunch, and Donna Smith, featured in Michael Moore's documentary "SiCKO," and now an organizer with National Nurses United, will be there to lead a discussion. RSVP at

25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on May 22. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email


26] – 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 or visit


27] – 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.


28] – 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


29] -- 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


30] -- 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 or  


31] – On Sun., May 23 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host a talk “The National Initiatives of the Ethical Movement” with Katherine Archibald, executive director, The American Ethical Union.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


32] – 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

33] – 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.

34] – 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 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


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.  Also consider joining Transition Baltimore NING at   Click on "Groups", "Transition Baltimore", and then click on "join Transition Baltimore.”   


35] – 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 May 23. 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


36] – 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., May 24, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


37] – On Mon., May 24 at 11 AM at 4217 East West Hwy., join the ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE SCHOOL OF LIFE, with Mass being said in honor of MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS. Following the Mass, the ashram's interfaith prayer and song program will take place.  Afterwards, share lunch. RSVP if you plan to stay for lunch at  


Also on Mon., May 24, but at 7 PM, at 4209 East West Hwy. hear MOTHER RYTASHA "THE ANGEL OF BENGAL.” Mother Rytasha will be speaking on the Inherent Truth of all religions-THE RELIGION OF LOVE-and answering spiritual questions. Go to www.thereligionoflove.netRSVP. Light refreshments will be served.  Go to


38] – 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


39] – Witness for Peace is organizing on Mon. May 24, 5 to 6:30 PM, a Rally for Colombia's Displaced! This is a wrap up this year's Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia with a rally in the Ellipse, between the White House and the National Mall, across from 17th and D Sts. NW.  Contact Vera Leone at or 706-405-1273.


40] – 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., May 24. Call 410-233-0488.

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] – 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 May 24, and the agenda will include a review of the visit to Rep. Cummings’ office, the Bill Kunstler film and upcoming protests.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email at mobuszewski at for directions.  


43] – 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 May 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


44] – 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


45] – 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 26. Call 215-426-0364.


46] – The next Baltimore Climate Action Network meeting is on Wed., May 26 at 6:30 PM at 10 Timothys Green Court, Pikesville, MD 21093.  BCAN has sketched out an exciting project idea for the 350 10/10 Global Work Party Day of Action! Come to the potluck meeting to help come up with a plan. Contact Keith Harrington at 240-396-1985.


47] – 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 26. Call 215-843-4256 or email


48] – On Thurs., May 27, participate in an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST MINING AND FREE TRADE IN EL SALVADOR.  Join CISPES committees across the country to protest Pacific Rim Mining Corporation and its multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Salvadoran government! In Washington, D.C., from 12:30 to 2 PM, there will be a press conference and street action at Pacific Rim’s law firm - Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.  Email


49] – On Thurs., May 27, 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.


50] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, May 28, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


51] – 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.


52] – There will be a protest at the BP Station at 33rd and Greenmount Ave, Baltimore on Sat., May 29 from 11 AM to noon.  The demand is END PERMITS FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING.  BP has the worst safety record of any oil company in the U.S. which led to the deaths of at least 33 workers since 1995.  BP has been forced to pay $485 million in fines and settlements to the U.S. government for environmental crimes, willful neglect of worker safety rules and penalties for manipulating energy markets.  In 2006 BP was found to have "willfully" underfunded maintenance in Prudhoe Bay (the nation's largest oil field) leading to 200,000 gallons spilling into the Alaskan Tundra.  This year BP is responsible for a four plus million gallon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The signs will focus on drilling, however No Blood for Oil is also appropriate.  Call 443 604 2298.


53] – Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., is hosting a talk on Tues., June 1 at 7 PM about Justice for the Autonomous Community - San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, México.  Go to or call 410-230-0450. On April 27, paramilitaries backed by the ruling political party, Institutional Revolucionary Party (PRI in Spanish) opened fire and ambushed a caravan of local and international human rights observers and activists, en route to bring medical and food supplies to the besieged Indigenous Autonomous Community, San Juan Copala in the Triqui region of Oaxaca Mexico. A well respected and know Oaxacan Activist, Bety Cariño and a Finnish human rights observer Jeri Jaakkol were murdered in the attack. Others received wounds and injuries, some were kidnapped by the paramilitaries and others went missing for days in the Oaxacan sierra.


54] – 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.                

55] – Baltimore Friends of Sabeel proudly announces a public presentation by Dr. Mubarak Awad, a 21st century Palestinian-American Apostle of Nonviolence, and founder of Nonviolence International, Inc. Speaking on Wed., June 2 at 7:30 PM, he will address the subject  "Nonviolence and the Responsibility of Christian People In and For the Middle East" at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville, MD 21093. A reception will follow.  Contact Paul Verduin, Maryland coordinator, Friends of Sabeel–North America at 301-495-7891 or Friends of Sabeel is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to educating Americans on nonviolent approaches to finding freedom for all the people in the Holy Land. Go to

56] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., June 3, 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.

57] – 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.


58] – The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) will be a symphony of activity over the next two months with activities celebrating a unique opportunity to raise money for the care of its animals. Renowned classical pianists and Baltimore residents Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher will perform together in a “Duet for Pets,” one night only – June 4 – at the Miriam Friedberg Hall, Peabody Conservatory of Music, in a benefit concert for BARCS. The Miriam Friedberg Hall opens at 6:30 PM on June 4, and the concert is at 8 PM. There will be a silent auction starting at 6:30 PM featuring exciting items such as a piano lesson with Leon Fleisher, original artwork and gift baskets from Baltimore area retailers.


Leading up to the event, BARCS will feature special events to promote the concert and increase animal adoptions, such as an animal composer look-alike contest, a “Barking Meowing” symphony and a classical music name contest.  The talented and philanthropic Fleishers are donating their time and talent to raise money and awareness for BARCS, the largest companion animal shelter in the State of Maryland. Tickets, starting at $35 are available online by visiting Premier seating at $125 per ticket includes admission to a post-concert reception with the artists. Contact Frank Caesar Branchini at or 410-396-4695.


59] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is June 5 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


60] – A forum Health Care IS a Matter of Faith is happening on Fri., June 5, 9 AM to 4 PM at the Bishop Claggett Center, near Frederick, MD.  The full program may be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Health Care Task Force web page.   This event welcomes all people of Faith.  Please register by Wed., May 26!  Directions are on the web site. Contact Wayne Spiggle at The conference features a discussion of what the new health system reform law means to you and what next steps are needed.  Dr. Margaret Flowers and Vinnie DeMarco will be giving their perspectives, followed by an interactive discussion.


61] – 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, and it can be called at 1-800-288-4677.


62] – 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 or 413.695.4868. Visit


63] – 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


64] – 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.  

65] – 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.

66] – 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


67] – 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.  


68] – 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


69] – 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



Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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