Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

46] When Settlers Attack – Sept. 15

47] Tell Sarbanes Vote Yes on HR 4812 – Sept. 15

48] Westminster WIB vigil – Sept. 15                                

49] Film on Immigration Justice – Sept. 15

50] Josh Ruebner in Columbia – Sept. 15

51] Casa Baltimore seeks your input – deadline Sept. 15                                

52] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Sept. 16

53] Solidarity with Afghanistan – Sept. 16

54] Film DEATH IN GAZA – Sept. 17

55] Position with PSR – deadline Sept. 24

56] Pax Christi—25th Anniversary – Sept. 25

57] Get on the Peace Bus – Oct. 2

58] Donations needed for HIT AND STAY 

59] Support AFSC-Baltimore peace program

60] Get local, organic food

61] Apartment available

62] Invest in Green Century Funds

63] Mankekolo has a new book

64] Buy a red maple tree

65] Join Global Zero campaign

66] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

67] Publish your peace article

68] Click on The Hunger Site  

69] Fire & Faith   

70] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


46] – You are invited to a briefing When Settlers Attack: Understanding Settler Violence against Palestine's Civilians with Mr. Yousef Munayyer, executive director, The Palestine Center, on Wed., Sept. 15 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Palestine Center. 2425 Virginia Ave., NW, WDC.  This briefing is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served to registered guests at 12:30 PM. The briefing and question/answer period will be from 1 to 2 PM. Registration is required. Call 202-338-1958 ext.11 by noon on Sept. 14.


47] – On Wed., Sept. 15, 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 and for progressive legislation. 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 go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204, on Sept. 15 at 4:30 PM.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars and for HR 4812: the Local Jobs for America Act.  From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave.  against U.S. wars in the Middle East


48] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Sept. 15 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] – There will be a film and panel discussion on Immigration Justice on Wed., Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Route 50 and George Mason Drive. Call 703-892-2965.


50] – U.S. Aid to Israel: Legal, Moral & Political Implications is a discussion with Josh Ruebner, the National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, on Wed., Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD  21044.  The event is sponsored by the Committee for Palestinian Rights (CPR), formerly Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  Email CPR_Maryland@yahoo.com.


51] – The CASA BALTIMORE/LIMAY 25TH ANNIVERSARY celebration is Sat., Oct. 9 at 5:30 PM at St. John's Church.  However, the group is planning to produce memory books, and needs your input NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 15.  Send to Carol Berman [carolberman1302 at gmail.com] written reflections (no more than 200 words...shorter is fine.!!!..a poem, a collage of words) for a Memory Book that will be available at the party (no cost to you).  Brandi Rhone, coordinator, has agreed to compile photos into some type of Picture Memory Book, so send her photos at bnrrclb at gmail.com by the deadline.  


52] – 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.


53] – On Thurs., Sept. 16, there will be a reception at 6 PM with Afghan appetizers, refreshments and drinks, and the program will begin at 7 PM.  Pax Christi USA will hold its annual Momentum program entitled “An Evening in Solidarity with Afghanistan,” which will feature testimonies, reflections and videos from Afghan civilians and youth, US veterans and the Department of Defense [sic], as well as a special address on the war by Bishop Gabino Zavala, president of Pax Christi USA. The event will take place at the St. Francis Hall at 1340 Quincy St., NE, WDC. There is a suggested donation of $30, and all donations are tax-deductible and gratefully accepted for Pax Christi USA’s efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.  RSVP with Beth Kenyon at 202-635-2741 or PaxChristiUSA@gmail.com.


54] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The first film in the series is DEATH IN GAZA [United Kingdom, 2004], and it will be shown on Fri., Sept. 17 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

 This award winning documentary starts in the West Bank before moving to Rafah, the border town in Gaza. The film then concentrates on Ahmed (age 12), Mohammed (age 12) and Najla (age 16). During the filming, producer/director James Miller was killed by an Israeli soldier.  Miller and crew had intended on illustrating this struggle from the Israeli children's point of view also. His death was incorporated in the film, with an explanation by the narrator, Saira Shah. 


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.


55] – A position is available for a Safe Energy Program Director at PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.  The job entails educating Congress, the news media, current and potential allies, and the public about the economic, health and proliferation risks associated with nuclear reactors and to promote safe, clean renewable energy and efficiency as the lasting solution to climate change.  Email a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, one campaign case study experience write-up, and a writing sample by Fri., Sept. 24 to  employment@psr.org.  PSR is at 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1012, WDC 20009.


56] – Pax Christi—Baltimore Our 25th Anniversary (1985-2010) will be celebrated on Sept. 25, 2010 starting with a prayer service from 5 to 6:30 PM.  The program will be from 6:30 to 9 PM, and light refreshments will be served.  There is a request for a $25 donation, but no one turned away.  The event will be held at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.

57] – Let Max [410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net] know if you plan to go to the Sat., Oct, 2 rally in Washington to demand “jobs, economic security, comprehensive immigration reform, a safe and renewable energy policy and a reversal of national priorities from making wars to meeting human needs.” This march was initiated by SEIU Local 1199 and the NAACP and supported by AFL-CIO and many other groups.  Seats will be available on buses leaving from AFSC, 4806 York Road.

58] – HIT AND STAY is a feature-length documentary (in-production) by Joe Tropea about the antiwar movement. It takes an in-depth look at the Vietnam War era activists who challenged the Selective Service system and attempted to throw a wrench into the U.S. war machine. HIT AND STAY may be the definitive documentary about the Catonsville Nine and the fifty or so actions that followed. Together, the participants in these events were called the Catholic Left, a group comprised largely of priests and nuns and their friends who destroyed draft records and raided the corporate offices of companies that profited from the war. This documentary tells their story in their own words with more archival footage and activists interviewed than any prior film. Interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Bill Ayers, Amy Goodman, and over 30 activists from draft board actions. Hit and Stay seeks to explore the boundaries of nonviolent direct action and to be a conversation-starter about the antiwar movement (then and now). Donations are needed to complete the project, so email hitandstay@gmail.com. Call Joe Tropea at 443-562-1971.

59] – Like most nonprofit groups in these perilous times, American Friends Service Committee-Baltimore is suffering from a lack of funding.  Our friend, Gary Gillespie, could lose his program unless some $7,000 in donations are secured.  Consider sending a (tax deductible) donation to Urban Peace Program, American Friends Service Committee, 4800 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212.


60] – Are you interested in purchasing local, organic food [SPIRITUAL FOOD CSA]? Now is the time to register for the period November 2010 – May 2011--Winter/Spring Season.  Get crisp fall apples, fresh winter greens, hearty warming veggies for cold winter days and more.  The schedule is for seven months, 28 weeks.  Skip last two weeks in December (holiday).  The pick up day is Wednesday in Bethesda, Arlington, Takoma Park or Washington Waldorf School.  Shares include vegetables, roots, herbs, fresh fruit, dried fruit, grains, legumes, sourdough bread, eggs, cheese, yogurt, homemade pasta and specialty items to try.  The food is 100% biodynamic and organic and local/regional.  There is one share size designed for couple or small family.  Single people who love good food and home cooking can use one share.  People who are single, travel a lot, or are just getting started with eating whole foods often prefer to split a share with a partner. 


Registration forms are available at www.spiritualfoodcsa.org.  The share price is $1,100, and one can pay in four installments. Call Spiritual Food CSA at 301-654-4899 box #5. Email shantiyoga2@earthlink.net.


61] – There is a one-bedroom apartment in Lauraville available in September, which is a half a block from the Safeway.  Good references are required.  Call Dick Ochs at 443-846-6638.


62] – The Green Century Funds offer people who seek to align their investments with their convictions a unique opportunity to achieve positive results for the environment.  While strictly applying environmental and other standards to qualify companies for Green Century's two mutual funds, Green Century goes beyond screening to seek out companies that are in the business of solving environmental problems. The Green Century Balanced Fund's holdings are fossil fuel-free and 66% less carbon intensive than the S&P 500. Call Green Century at 1-800-93-GREEN Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM Eastern Time or e-mail info@greencentury.com.


63] – 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.


64] – 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


65] – 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.  

66] – 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.

67] – 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.


68] – 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.  


69] – 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/.


70] – 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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