Thursday, May 6, 2010

First Thursday protest/Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

 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 Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


53] Unions to thank Congress – May 6

54] Harm reduction workshop – May 6

55] Jennifer Harbury has a new book – May 6

56] Organizing meeting for jobs protest – May 6

57] Meet Japanese delegation – May 6

58] WIB Frederick vigil – May 7

59] Jobs protest & Summit – May 8

60] Ray McGovern at benefit – May 8

61] Code Pink in action – May 8

62] Baltimore Literary Cabaret – May 8

63] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – May 9

64] Commemorate Catonsville Nine – May 15


66] Mankekolo has a new book

67] Buy a red maple tree

68] Join Global Zero campaign

69] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

70] Publish your peace article

71] Click on The Hunger Site  

72] Fire & Faith   

73] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil



53] – On Thurs., May 6 from noon to 1 PM, the AFL-CIO, SEIU and United Steelworkers are sponsoring a rally on Capitol Hill to thank members of Congress for supporting health care reform. It will take place at the Longworth Fountain Plaza on Capitol Hill, WDC. Email


54] – There is a workshop What you already know about harm reduction on Thurs., May 6 from 6 to 8:30 PM at The Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St.  This discussion will affirm harm reduction philosophy and practices already present in organizing, activism, self-care and communities, such as needle exchange and condom distribution.  It will be facilitated by Jacqueline Robarge. 


55] – The Guatemala Human Rights Commission, working for human rights in Guatemala since 1982, is hosting Jennifer Harbury on Thurs., May 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW (5th & K.). She will discuss her struggle for justice in her husband's case.  The lawyer, activist and author will discuss the most recent updates on the case of her husband, Everardo Bámaca. Everardo was an indigenous leader of the guerilla resistance, who was captured, tortured and murdered at the hands of members of the Guatemalan military on the CIA payroll.  Signed copies of her most recent book, TRUTH, TORTURE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY, will be available.  


56] – There is an organizing meeting for the Job Is  A Right Campaign on Thurs., May 6 at 6:30 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St. Lower Level (one block north of North Ave.). May 6, 1935 was the date that Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the executive order making the Works Progress Administration official.  Attend the meeting to prepare for the Nat'l Jobs Protest in WDC.  Larry Holmes, national organizer for the Bailout the People Movement will speak via Skype, as will Leilani Clark, a college student from Arizona. Call 410-218-4835 or email


57] – On Thurs., May 6 from 7 to 9 PM at St Aloysius Church (lower level), 900 N. Capitol St. NW., WDC, there will be a formal meeting with the Gensuikyo delegation, hosted by Pax Christi USA, coming from the NPT Nuclear Disarmament Conference of ‘Peace and Justice Now.’ Yayoi Tsuchida, national political organizer for the Japan Council Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs, Ms. Junko Kayashige and Mr. Kenjirou Ichihara (Hibakusha A-Bomb survivors), and 120 others from the Japanese delegation will be in attendance.  Gensuikyo is the Japan Council Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs.  It works for the prevention of nuclear war, abolition of nuclear weapons, and relief and solidarity for Hibakusha. 


58] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is May 7 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


59] – On Sat., May 8 participate in a JOBS PROTEST & National Strategy Summit.  To get a seat on a Baltimore bus, call 410-218-4835.  Buses will leave at 9 AM and return approximately at 6 PM.  You must call to reserve a seat. The PROTEST 4 A JOBS PROGRAM begins at noon with a rally at the Dept. of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW (between 2nd and 3rd Sts.).  Seventy-five years ago, Pres. Roosevelt signed the executive order establishing the Works Projects Administration, the biggest public jobs program in U.S. history. Join unemployed people, trade unionists, community and youth activists and organizations from all over the country to call for a real jobs program for the 30 million unemployed and underemployed people in the U.S. today.


After the protest at the Labor Dept., there will be a meeting to plan the next steps.  At 2 PM, the meeting will be at CWA BUILDING, 501 THIRD ST. NW, WDC. Send your ideas, questions or proposals to Joblessness is the number one crisis today. This event was initiated by the Bail Out the People Movement. To endorse the May 8 Jobs Protest, go to or call 212-633-6646.


60] – On Sat., May 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, the Peace Action Montgomery annual luncheon will feature Ray McGovern, a political activist and retired CIA analyst who writes and lectures all over the country.  It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD.  The lunch will be provided by Lebanese Taverna. The suggested donation is $20, and additional proceeds go to the “Women for Afghan Women” group.  A raffle for an electric scooter/bike will also be held for the benefit of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers “Journey to Smile.”  RSVP at   

61] – On Sat., May 8, during Mother’s Day weekend, CodePink is holding a women's gathering to bring the message of peace and disarmament to the annual military exhibition fair that will be installed on the National Mall. This is a gathering of mothers, daughters, grandmas and allies, all taking a stand to end the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and to stop our militarization around the world! Join in from 1 to 5 PM at  John Marshall Park, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW across from the National Gallery and next door to the Canadian Embassy.  The closest Metro stop is Archives.  Call 202-248-2093.  "Arise then...women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts!... We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." ~ Julia Ward Howe, Mother's Day Proclamation, 1870

62] – The Baltimore Literary Cabaret is happening on Sat., May 8 at 7 PM at the G-Spot in Hampden, 2980 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211.  Go to


63] – 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 9. 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


64] – Remember the Catonsville Nine with Veterans For Peace—Philip Berrigan Chapter—on Sat., May 15 at noon at the Catonsville Post office on Frederick Road.  Then there will be a march and closing circle at the original site of the draft board raid at the Knights of Columbus parking lot. Contact John Oliver at 443-326-2693.


65] – 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


66] – 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.

67] – 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


68] – 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.  

69] – 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.

70] – 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


71] – 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.  


72] – 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


73] – 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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