Saturday, September 18, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

22] Mixed Unity Peace March – Sept. 18

23] B 4 Peace march – Sept. 18

24] Peace vigil at Capitol – Sept. 18

25] Wayne Karlin & WANDERING SOULS – Sept. 18

26] Film CAFETERIA MAN – Sept. 18     

27] Letelier-Moffit memorial – Sept. 18

28] Microfinance discussion – Sept. 19

29] Bridge vigil – Sept. 19

30] Support Bradley Manning – Sept. 19

31] Marriage as a Civil Right – Sept. 19

32] Gaza Flotilla fundraiser -- Sept. 19

33] Quaker Peace Vigil – Sept. 19

34] TUNNEL PEOPLE talk – Sept. 19

35] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Sept. 19

36] HIT & STAY benefit – Sept. 19

37] Film RETURN TO EL SALVADOR – Sept. 19

38] Protest at the Pentagon – Sept. 13

39] Cardin at Goucher – Sept. 20

40] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 20 – 23

41] Protest the death penalty – Sept. 20             

42] Protest Arms Bazaar – Sept. 13

42] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Sept. 20

43] Million Minutes of Prayer for Peace – Sept. 21

43] War Is Not the Answer demo – Sept. 21

44] App Rising meeting – Sept. 14 & 21

45] Gimme Shelter – Sept. 21


22] –  The second annual Mixed Unity Peace Walk is happening on Sat., Sept. 18 from 11 AM to 6 PM at Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring to encourage and unite community members to live nonviolent lifestyles.  The organizers are a youth coalition whose mission is to promote peace and nonviolence in Montgomery County, MD and the D.C. Metropolitan area. The walk will foster a greater sense of community among youth and youth advocates; promote community empowerment; engage community members in Mixed Unity efforts to promote peace and nonviolence via the implementation of youth violence prevention efforts at the individual and community level. There will be rest stops located along the route near Blair High School and the Eastern Carryout. Email


23] – Be All That You Can Be: B 4 Peace is a walk taking place on Sat., Sept. 18 at noon at the Washington Monument.  Meet at 11 AM 20 yards north of the WM at the B 4 Peace banner. The idea is to have 5,000 people dressed in B 4 Peace t-shirts, which you can order at or military uniforms to commemorate the killed in Iraq & Afghanistan.  The march will go to the Vietnam War memorial in a single file under the B4 Peace banner.  At the Wall, form a circle so that the names of the 5,000 plus US military killed will be called out. The names written on paper will be burned. The civilians killed will also be commemorated.  The event will be videotaped. Go to


24] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sept. 17. 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


25] – The D.C. Public Library is hosting Wayne Karlin, award-winning writer and Viet Nam veteran, who will discuss his latest book, WANDERING SOULS: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam, a moving account of his return to Viet Nam to face the family of the man he killed.  The Author Talk will take place on Sat., Sept, 18 at 1 PM in the Sociology, Philosophy and Literature Reading Room of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, WDC.  Use the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station.


26] – Watch CAFETERIA MAN: Better Food In Public Schools with Tony Geraci on Sat., Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.  The cost is $12 and $8 for members and students. Go to


27] – The LETELIER-MOFFITT MEMORIAL PROGRAM is on Sun., Sept. 19 from 10 to 11 AM at Sheridan Circle, 23rd and Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.  The emcee is Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies, with an invocation with Rev. Sheila McCurdy.  Some of the speakers are Claudio Grossman, dean, Washington College of Law, Saul Landau, IPS Fellow, author of “Assassination on Embassy Row,” Rodrigo Leiva, nephew of Orlando Letelier and executive director of Latino Federation of Greater Washington and the Chilean Ambassador Arturo Fermandois Vöhringer.  Music will be provided by Patricio Zamorano.  On Massachusetts Ave. on Sept. 21, 1976 agents of the Augusto Pinochet regime planted a car bomb at this location which brutally took the lives of IPS colleagues Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt.  This program will take place outdoors at the site of the assassination and end with a laying of flowers on the Letelier-Moffitt memorial across the street from Sheridan Circle. Please bring flowers. Call 202-234-9382 or email


28] – On Sun., Sept. 19 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Jim Hudock leads a discussion on non-governmental agencies and the ethical questions that have surrounded microfinance.   Call 410-581-2322 or visit


29] – 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


30] – On Sun., Sept. 19 at 11:30 AM there will be a rally in Municipal Park to support Bradley Manning in Quantico, VA.  All drivers will need to present a valid driver's license at the gate as the road to the town passes through a part of the base. Email pete4peace at or call 202-631-0974.  


31] – The annual Constitution Day topic this year is "Marriage as a Civil Right,” and the speakers are Dan Savage, Kendall Thomas and Sharon Hayes. The event takes place on Sun., Sept. 19 from 3 to 5 PM at Falvey Hall, MICA, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. You must be IN YOUR SEAT 20 MINUTES PRIOR to the beginning of the event. Reservations are FREE, but are in big demand.  RSVP to or 410.889.8555


32] – From 4 to 6 PM on Sun., Sept. 19, there will be a fundraiser for the next Gaza Flotilla at Busboys & Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206.  Call 703-379-9757.


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] – On 4 PM on Sun., Sept. 19 at Red Emma’s Bookstore, 800 St. Paul St., acclaimed war photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten will discuss his book “Praise for Tunnel People” (2010, PM Press).  For five months in 1994 and 1995 he lived, slept and worked in the tunnel in Manhattan. The tunnel people were evicted in 1996, but Amtrak and homeless organizations offered them alternative housing. Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what has happened in the thirteen years since they left. Go to


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 Sept. 19.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 HIT AND STAY Benefit with Lower Dens, Small Sur, Carnivores (Atlanta, GA), and Bean on Sun., Sept. 19 at 8 PM.  The requested donation is $8.  The event will be at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., Baltimore MD 21201Call 410-244-8855.

 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 Call Joe Tropea at 443-562-1971.

37] – See a screening of RETURN TO EL SALVADOR on Sun., Sept. 19 from 8 to 10 PM at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, WDC.  The film directed by Jamie Moffett documents the aftermath of a 12 year civil war and the interplay between the Salvadoran people and the US politics and policies that directly influenced the country. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film features interviews with former US ambassador to El Salvador Robert White.  It also focuses on the disappearance of prominent mining activist Marcelo Rivera. While in El Salvador shooting principal photography, Moffett and his crew stumbled upon the disappearance of Rivera and targets the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Company.  Email


38] – 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., Sept. 20, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


39] – On Mon., Sept. 20 at 11 AM, the Constitution Day speaker at Goucher College will be Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin.  His talk is entitled “What Does an Activist Justice Look Like? Roberts v. Stevens,” and it will take place at Buchner Hall in the Alumnae/i House.  It is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made by contacting Wendy Belzer Litzke at 410-337-6042 or


40] – 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


41] – 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 Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Recently death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., Sept. 20.  Call 410-366-1637.


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 Sept. 20.  The agenda will review the visit to John Sarbanes’ office and discuss antiwar activities; including the October 2 Jobs for Justice rally.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.  


43] – On Sept. 21, participate in Million Minutes of Prayer for Peace.  Sign up at and join people of all faiths around the world who will pray for peace to help commemorate the UN International Day of Peace.


44] – 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 Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Note participants will make a call for clean energy.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


44] – Appalachia Rising is a historic gathering in Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining.  On Sept. 25 & 26, thousands of activists from across the U.S. will be descending on the capital for the Voices of the Mountains conference to learn, exchange ideas and strategize.  Following the conference on Mon., Sept. 27, there will be a march and rally to support dignified civil resistance. On Tues., Sept. 21, AppRising will host volunteer nights from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Takoma Park office to help mobilize folks from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to Appalachia Rising. Come to CCAN's Takoma Park Office, 6839 Eastern Ave. (Takoma Park Red line stop on Metro, limited parking at the office) and make phone calls and eat pizza. If you can attend, email If you can’t come to Takoma Park but have a phone, computer and working internet connection, you can be set up.


45] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them and is initiating its series of "Community Harvest" benefit performances. The idea of "Community Harvest" is designed to raise money through musical/poetic benefit shows to grow and purchase fresh, organic, local produce to distribute to Baltimore¹s homeless shelters, transitional housing and feeding programs.  On Tues., Sept. 21 at 7:30 PM at Mixers, 6037 Belair Road, at Parkmont, the featured performers will be Marcus Colasurdo, Suzanne X, Lawrence Leaf, Jasaga, Alan Barysh, Ron Williams and an open mic.  Admission is $5. Call 410-483-6011.


To be continued.


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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