Friday, October 15, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

23] Vigil at Walter Reed – Oct. 15

24] Labor FilmFest – Oct. 15-19

25] Ballroom dancing – Oct. 15

26] Farmers Market – Oct. 16                        

27] Anti-mining activist from El Salvador – Oct. 16-17                     

28] Olney vigil to end the war – Oct. 16                        

29] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Oct. 16

30] Peace vigil at Capitol – Oct. 16

31] End the Wars march – Oct. 16

32] Real cause of economic crisis – Oct. 16                               

33] US Labor Against War benefit – Oct. 16

34] Vinny DeMarco at Ethical Society – Oct. 17

35] Get on the bridge for peace – Oct. 17

36] Film AMAL – Oct. 17                               

37] Jewish Voice for Peace speaker – Oct. 17



23] – 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 -


24] – The 10th annual DC Labor FilmFest will continue the tradition of screening films about work, workers and workers' issues. The FilmFest runs Fri., Oct. 15 through Tues., Oct. 19 at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring.  


LOUISE-MICHEL will be shown on Fri., Oct. 15 at 7 PM and Mon., Oct. 18 at 9:15 PM.  Though times are tough, the women workers of a provincial toy factory are given new smocks to assure them of their company’s stability. But they show up the next day to find the factory empty, its machinery and management nowhere to be seen. They decide to pool their paltry compensation money toward a common goal, suggested by Louise: hire a hit man to kill the company’s owner. Enter Michel, a paranoid security manager at a trailer park. Partners in crime, Louise and Michel work their way up the corporate food chain behind the factory closure. Aptly dedicated to nineteenth-century French anarchist Louise Michel, this quixotic revenge comedy from Gustave de Kervern and Benoît Delépine is propelled by rebellious humor and a cartoonlike inventiveness. It is directed by Gustave de Kervern, 2008, France.


Adrián Biniez [2009, Argentina] directed GIGANTE, which is about Jara, a thirty-something supermarket security guard in a Montevideo suburb who passes the time working the graveyard shift by watching videos, listening to music and doing crossword puzzles.  But when Julia, a young cleaning woman, starts work at the supermarket, he discovers a new favorite pastime: watching her on the security camera monitors. This surprisingly light story of obsession will be shown on Fri., Oct. 15 at 9 PM, Sun., Oct. 17 at 9:15 PM and Tues., Oct. 19 at 10 PM.


FAST FOOD NATION, directed by Richard Linklater [2006, US] will be shown on Sat., Oct. 16 at 5:30 PM.  It is loosely based on the 2001 best-seller, which examined the fast food industry's health risks, environmental and social consequences. Greg Kinnear stars as a hamburger chain marketing director, whose investigation into allegations of fecal matter in the burgers takes him on an unsavory and eye-opening trip behind the scenes of the fast-food industry, including exploitation of animals, workers and consumers from the range to the meatpacking processing plant to the drive-thru. 


Steven Soderbergh’s film [2009, US] THE INFORMANT! is a darkly comic film starring Matt Damon as real-life whistleblower Mark Whitacre, who exposed the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s, which led to the first successful prosecution of an international cartel by the U.S. Department of Justice in more than 40 years. Soderbergh brilliantly explores complex web of truth and deception, trust and betrayal, raising fundamental questions about the terrible price paid by individuals and our society for speaking truth to power. You can see it on Sat., Oct. 16 at 8 PM and Mon., Oct. 18 at 7 PM.  


THE MAID is about a housemaid who is as much a member of the family after 23 years in an upper class Santiago, Chile household. However, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) after years of servitude is suffering.  So is the family who must admit their awkward dependence on her. Lucy (Mariana Loyola), a cheerful new maid, begins to transform lonely and jealous Raquel as their trust and affection grows and for the first time in her life Raquel feels what it’s like to be truly treated as an equal. The film, directed by Sebastián Silva [2009, Chile/Mexico], is on for Sun., Oct. 17 at 5 PM.


The comedy OFFICE SPACE [1999, US] directed by Mike Judge is outrageously funny in its depiction of the cubicle.  It stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston and others, and can be seen on Sat., Oct. 16 at 10:30 PM.


OUTSOURCED directed by John Jeffcoat [2006, US] can be seen on Sun., Oct. 17 at 7 PM.  Telemarketer Todd (Josh Hamilton) sells cheap novelty products over the phone from Seattle, until his entire Order Fulfillment Department is outsourced to India. Todd keeps his job by agreeing to train his replacements in Mumbai. There he meets young people as mystified by the American desire for hot dog grilling machines and Swiss cheese-shaped hats as he is by the cow that just wandered in from outside.


FAIR GAME by director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) weaves the real-life twists and turns of the Valerie Plame case into an intriguing political thriller. After Plame’s husband, former US ambassador Joe Wilson, published an op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration’s WMD intelligence, Plame was outed as an undercover CIA operative in a Robert Novak column (thanks to a leak from the White House), effectively ending her career. As Plame, Naomi Watts finds the subtle shadings within her dual suburban mom/professional spy identity, while Sean Penn delivers a note-perfect portrayal of the ever-determined Joe Wilson.  The 2010 film can be seen on Tues., Oct. 19 at 7 PM.   


25] –  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 Oct. 15. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

26] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to


27] – DC CISPES is hosting Miguel Rivera, a leader of the successful Salvadoran grassroots movement against mining--Association for Economic and Social Development. On Sat,, Oct. 16 from 9 AM to noon at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Columbia Heights, party with the FMLN to raise funds to build a recreation center in the La Estrechura community of San Miguel, El Salvador.  On Sat., Oct. 16 from 5-8 PM, he will be at the SECRET CAFÉ at Belmont House, 1830 Belmont Rd. NW in Adams Morgan. Come and enjoy a special community dinner.


 On Sun., Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 PM, join a Community Dialogue and Call to Action!—-a presentation and dialogue about the connections between the U.S. CAFTA “free trade” model, resource theft, environmental destruction and forced displacement in El Salvador and what we can do to continue building cross-border resistance and a radical visions of development! The national anti-mining movement is pushing to protect their water, lands and communities with a national ban on metallic mining – the first in the world!

28] – 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 Oct. 16. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

29] –  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


30] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Oct. 16. 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


31] – End the Wars: Money for Jobs, Education, and Health Care--all out in Philadelphia on Sat., Oct. 16 at noon for a march & rally. Gather at Phila. City Hall west side, 15th & Market Sts.  At 12:30 PM, march to Independence Mall, 6th & Market Sts. for a rally.  This is organized by the United Anti-War Committee of Philadelphia, including the Brandywine Peace Community.  Go to or call 267-994-9448.


32] – On Sat., Oct. 16 at 3 PM at  the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC), 733 Euclid St. NW , WDC, 20001, contemplate The Real Cause of the Economic Crisis and What to Do About It.  The presentation will demonstrate why we must replace the destructiveness of capitalism with an inclusive paradigm that cares for all sentient beings and the environment. The idea is to uphold the importance of an agriculturally-based society as the way to satisfy universal, basic human needs. RSVP to Go to  

33] – There is a U.S. Labor Against the War Benefit on Sat., Oct. 16 at 7 PM at 240 Park Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912. You are invited to a special evening of comradeship, singing and eating to raise funds for this anti-war group. Significant money must be raised or the organization will close up shop.

The event will feature a showing and discussion of the DVD “Why Are We in Afghanistan?” If you cannot attend the benefit, consider sending a contribution to USLAW, 1718 M Street, NW, PMB 153, Washington, D.C. 20036 and note in the memo section it is for the fundraiser.  Contributors of $100 or more will receive a copy of a gorgeous original poster from the historic March 2009 Erbil, Iraq Solidarity Conference that USLAW helped to organize. RSVP at

34] – On Sun., Oct. 17 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, will host Vinny DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc., who will speak on “Transforming Public Will Into Political Power.”  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


35] – 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


36] –  Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves - driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, aging billionaire, who, moved by Amal's humility, bequeaths him his entire estate before passing away. With only one month to discover and claim the inheritance, Amal's struggles with duty and wealth are threatened by all those around him - from a young injured beggar girl and a lovely store merchant, to the danger of the old man's upper-caste friends and siblings, all seeking to claim their share of the riches. See the film AMAL on Sun., Oct. 17 from noon to 2:30 PM at ECAC, 733 Euclid St. NWWDC 20001.  The site is on Euclid between Georgia and Sherman Aves., near Howard University and across from Banneker High School. The suggested donation is $5. Visit or call 202- 462-2285.


37] – Do you want to learn more about BOYCOTTS, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS and the TIAA-CREF divestment campaign? The Baltimore chapter of TIKKUN/JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE is sponsoring a talk featuring Shelley Fudge, DC Jewish Voice for Peace on the JVP divestment campaign and other BDS campaigns that are meeting with success.  Shelly will speak on Sun., Oct. 17 at 1:30 PM at the Towson Public Library.  Email Ruth at


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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