Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert

80] Protest BGE rate hikes – Oct. 27

81] Garry Wills at Pratt – Oct. 27

82] Community Health Fair – Oct. 28-29

83] Eliminate nuclear weapons – Oct. 28 

84] Protest G. Gordon Liddy – Oct. 28

85] Book THE HIDDEN 1970s – Oct. 28

86] Poster-making – Oct. 28

87] Radical Info Night – Oct. 28

88] Support Dr. Sami Al-Arian – Oct. 28 

89] Film BUDRUS – Oct. 29—Nov. 4

90] Human rights launch party – Oct. 29

91] Vigil to End the Wars – Oct. 29

92] Civil rights organizing -- Oct. 29

93] Radical Info night – Oct. 29

94] Spirituality/Evolution? – Oct. 29


96] Town Hall-Jobs Not War – Oct. 30                                

97] AVP conference – Oct. 30                                

98] DC Vote at rally – Oct. 30                               

99] Human Rights First at rally -- Oct. 30

100] People’s Assembly – Oct. 30

101] All Night Vigil – Oct. 30

102] Animal Farm – Oct. 30  

103] Stop Youth Jail – Oct. 31

104] WIB Towson vigil – Nov. 4

105] First Thursday vigil against war – Nov. 4

106] Support Haitian youth who want an education

107] Apartment available

108] Mankekolo has a new book

109] Buy a red maple tree

110] Join Global Zero campaign

111] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

112] Publish your peace article

113] Click on The Hunger Site  

114] Fire & Faith   

115] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

80] – The MD Coalition for BGE Reregulation will Protest at the Public Service Commission on Wed., Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 6 PM at 6 St. Paul St./the Schaeffer Building.  Call 410.523.6118.  Members of the group are calling on the PSC to reject BGE’s request for a distribution charge increase and calls for a moratorium on any rate increase in BGE bills. “Since the removal of the rate caps in 2006, we have seen a more than 110% increase in the electricity bill. Now BGE wants to fan the flames by increasing the distribution charge. The answer is NO!” says Leo Burroughs, Jr., Chairperson of the Coalition.

81] – Garry Wills, the Northwestern University history professor emeritus and prolific author, will read from his new book OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Adventures of An Observer AT 7 pm AT THE Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.  Go to

82] – On Thurs., Oct. 28 and Fri., Oct. 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM, there will be a free “We Care” Community Health Fair.  One can get blood tests, information on various tests, and cholesterol and blood pressure testing.  Call 410-935-1036.


83] – On Thurs., Oct. 28 and Fri., Oct. 29, the Institute for Policy Studies is hosting a seminar on "Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in the United States" at the Ploughshares Fund, 1430 K St., NW, Suite 550, WDC. Contact Robert Alvarez at


84] – Local peace groups including the Pledge of Resistance will protest the fundraiser for the Israeli Defense [sic] Force on Thurs., Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 PM at the Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road.  The Keynote speaker at this Friends of the Israeli Defense Force fundraiser will be G. Gordon Liddy, a convicted felon and Richard Nixon supporter. Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email  [].

85] – There will be a book launch --- THE HIDDEN 1970s: Histories of Radicalism—on Thurs., Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 PM at Sankofa I, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC.  The 1970s were a complex, multilayered, and critical part of a long era of profound societal change and an essential component of the decade before—several of the most iconic events of “the sixties” occurred in the ten years that followed. The Hidden 1970s explores the distinctiveness of those years, a time when radicals tried to change the world as the world changed around them.   Go to


Discussing the book will be Dan Berger, the editor of THE HIDDEN 1970s and author of OUTLAWS OF AMERICA: The Weather Underground Paul Magno, a contributor to the book and a longtime community activist from D.C.; and Bill Fletcher, Jr., the chair of the board of directors for the International Labor Rights Forum and executive editor of The Black Commentator. 


86] – Join a poster-making party at Joe Adams’ home, 1405 Berwick Rd., Towson 21204 on Thurs., Oct. 28 at 6:30 PM.  An RSVP to 1-410-231-3323 is necessary to attend in order to be sure there is enough poster board.  A hat will be passed to defray expenses, and refreshments will be available.  This sign-making party is to prepare for the Rally to Restore Sanity.  Many funny signs will be made, and some of the participants at the October 30 rally in D.C. will get dressed as billionaires.  “Hey Government: HANDS OFF OUR CORPORATIONS!!” This is paid for by O.C. - F.A.C.E.S.  (Ordinary Citizens For Anonymous Corporate Election Spending) and by A.F.P.P.  -   Americans For Prop - Parity   (Property Parity or Property Parody  -  take-off of A.F.P. - Americans for Prosperity].  Go to  Support Tea Party sponsors:  Charles & David Koch.

87] –  On Thurs., Oct. 28 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., attend Radical Info Night and hear about all of the activities coming out of the democratically-managed, worker-owned store.  Find out about 2640, the volunteer-run community arts and culture space works, and the Baltimore Free School and models of radical pedagogy and educational self-organization? You may want to volunteer.  Go to


88] – Be at the hearing to dismiss Dr. Sami Al-Arian's case on Fri., Oct. 29 at 8:30 AM in the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.  Take the Yellow Metro to Eisenhower Av.; Blue or Yellow to King St.; AMTRAK to Alexandria.  At this hearing, the motion filed by the government will ask Judge Leonie Brinkema to deny the defense motion, filed 18 months ago, to dismiss the criminal contempt charges against Dr. Al-Arian. This marks the fourth time that the government has attempted to prevent the defense from presenting evidence at the trial. The judge denied all prior motions by prosecutors.  Brinkema is expected to rule on whether Dr. Al-Arian should stand trial or whether the charges against him should be dropped altogether. Visit:


89] –  See the film BUDRUS beginning Fri., Oct. 29 from 12:15 PM through Thurs., Nov. 4 at 9:30 PM at the West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW, at 23rd and M Sts. The director Julie Bacha will be present for a daily Q&A after the screening from Friday through Sunday.  BUDRUS is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.


90] –  The National Lawyers Committee on Human Rights (NLCHR) Launch Party is Fri., Oct. 29 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM at AU Washington College of Law, 4801 Mass. Ave., NW, WDC 20016.  There will be presentations/discussions on international human rights issues and an evening reception. RSVP to Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh, Executive Director, PBI-USA,


91] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Oct. 29, 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


92] –  On Fri., Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave., NW on N St., see the film Have You Heard from Johannesburg From Selma to Soweto” by Connie Field ( about the way the civil rights movement in the United States took on the brutal South African regime. This screening is part of a global effort to boost long-term activism! (  Afterwards, there will be a discussion.  Contact Kristen Kane-Osorto at


93] –  On Fri., Oct. 29 at 7PM @ 2640 [27th & St. Paul Sts.] it's the return of STEW, where local food networks, social justice and engaged cultural production sit down at the dinner table together to share a meal, raise some funds, and spread some knowledge around about what people are doing to remake Baltimore city. This time it will feature some of the "Hit and Stay" documentary on the Catonsville 9.  Go to Admission is $10 to $20 on a sliding scale.


94] – Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis will address “Spirituality in the 21st Century: Is Spirituality Subject To Evolution?" on Fri., Oct. 29 at 7 PM at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Use the Red Line: Bethesda Stop.  After a very long and distinguished career as an environmental economist-- having held posts such as representative of the World Bank to the United Nations and as Director of the office in Geneva-- Dr. Sfeir-Younis is now dedicated full time to spreading the Buddhist and Mayan spiritual teachings. This is an excellent opportunity to meet him personally, have a short meditation, and learn about his work with Silent meditation, a practice he is bringing to many countries around the world. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to  


95] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The second film in the series is WHO KILLED SISTER DORTHY? [USA, 2008], and it will be shown on Fri., Oct. 29 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.


 This documentary tells the story of Dorothy Stang, who was murdered on Feb. 12, 2005 in Anapu, located in the Amazon Rainforest. Directed by Daniel Junge, the film is narrated by Martin Sheen. At the mouth of the Amazon River, a murder trial is taking place. The victim - a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio - was shot six times at point blank range. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest.


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.


96] –  Attend a TOWN MEETING FOR JOBS NOT WARS at Community College of Philadelphia from 9 AM to 3 PM on Sat., Oct. 30.  There are many speakers, including a Congressperson, an NAACP representative, community members and activists. It will take place in Bonnell Hall (BG-10), 17th St. between Spring Garden and Callowhill Sts. in Philadelphia.  Go to There will be a Q&A opportunity and workshop reports. Be there to address the need to end the policy of war so funds can be re-directed.  Contact Thomas Paine Cronin at 215-353-1885 or


97] – On Sat., Oct. 30 from 10 AM to 3 PM, there will be an AVP Gathering for the Mid-Atlantic Region (3rd Annual) at the Annapolis Friends Meeting. Go to, but plan to arrive between 9:30 and 9:50 AM for sign-in, coffee, meet and greet.  Share information, get suggestions from other AVP facilitators, put faces to names, build on the relationships between groups, facilitate exchanges between AVP groups & start something new.  THE AGENDA IS FLEXIBLE.  LUNCH is potluck style:  Please bring something that can be shared but does not need to be prepared.  Coffee/ tea/water/ paper goods/condiments provided.  RSVP is helpful, but come anyway: Nancy Hutchins at 301-668-8213 or


98] – Meet DC Vote, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and the old Hypocrisy Hippos to pick up posters and share the message with all the potential new supporters on Sat., Oct. 30 from 11 AM to noon at the corner of 6th Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. NW.  RSVP with Jen Matson at or 202.462.6000 x18.


99] – Human Rights First is asking you to join them at the Stewart/Colbert rallies on Sat., Oct. 30.  The organization will bring a giant chicken to the rally.  Organizers will gather people, chickens (beaks to be supplied), and facts—to mobilize against fearmongering around Guantanamo and terrorism trials. Wear yellow, and you will get a chicken beak to match. The Human Rights First Fight Fear Brigade will meet in front of the office, the United Methodist Building, near the Supreme Court). 100 Maryland Ave., NE, starting at 11 AM.  Email or call 646-472-6537.


100] – On Sat., Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 PM at 2640 [27th & St. Paul Sts.], attend the People's Assembly on Joblessness organized by the Bail out the People Movement's open assembly on the unemployment crisis. Go to  Max will be one of the speakers.  Testify and speak out about how the economic crisis is affecting you.  Call 410-218-4835.


101] – On Sat.,, Oct. 30, there will be an All-Night Vigil.  The Baltimore Choral Arts Society presents Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, with readings by actors from Everyman Theatre. A conversation with director Tom Hall and the actors will precede the performance at 7:15 PM in Kraushaar Auditorium on the Goucher College campus.  The performance is at 8 PM, and tickets go from $25 to $38. Go to or call 410-523-7070 for tickets.


102] – On Sat., Oct. 30 at 8 PM, Goucher College’s Theatre and Music departments present an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, an allegory in which the animals on a farm revolt and try to create their own utopian society.  It will take place at the Mildred Dunnock Theatre.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for Goucher community members with ID. Call 410-337-6512.


103] – A number of organizations will host Youth Justice Sunday, October 31 on the site of the proposed $110 Million youth Jail. There is a need for vans to provide shuttle service. Since it is Halloween or Harvest Festival, there will be a blessing to the community. So if you would like to donate clothes, food or candy for the children it would be greatly appreciated. Email  Call the governor at 410-974-3901. 

Gather at 1010 E. Monument St. at 4 PM, and enjoy African drumming, uplifting songs, inspirational speeches, and most importantly come ready to take a stand for the youth!  Then march to the site of O’Malley’s proposed Youth Jail.

104] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Oct.  7, 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.


105] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the Wars vigil on Thurs., Nov. 4 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.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


106] – There is a project to assist young refugees from Haiti, now residing in the Dominican Republic.  The founder of the project needs funding to providing education to the youth as a way out of desperate poverty.  Try to imagine the poverty in Haiti, and then realize that these young refugees are considered low caste in the Dominican Republic. We are talking about the poorest of the poor.  Consider making a small donation, and realize that most pledges to Haiti to assist hurricane victims have not been sent.  To maintain a web site presence at Global Giving, there must be traffic.  So help out with this extremely worthy cause. Go to


107] – There is a one-bedroom apartment with three rooms on the second-floor of a detached house on Overland Ave. in Lauraville at Herring Run Park, which is a half a block from the Safeway.  There is also a kitchen and bath and a washer and dryer.  The rent is $750 with utilities included. 

Good references are required.  Call Dick Ochs at 443-846-6638.


108] – 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.


109] – 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


110] – 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.  

111] – 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.

112] – 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


113] – 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.  


114] – 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


115] – 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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