Monday, November 8, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

23] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 8 – 11

24] Protest the death penalty – Nov. 8            

25] Labor rights in Colombia – Nov. 8

26] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Nov. 8

27] Peace Action writing contest -- Nov. 8

28] War Is Not the Answer demo – Nov. 9

29] Medicare for All fundraiser – Nov. 9

30] Annie Bird at Loyola – Nov. 9

31] Economic Study Group – Nov. 9 – Jan. 18

32] Get Out the Vote in Baltimore – Nov. 10

33] Human cost of war – Nov. 10, 11 & 12

34] Philadelphia peace vigil – Nov. 10

35] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Nov. 10

36] FCNL meeting & lobbying – Nov. 11-15

37] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Nov. 11

38] DANCING WITH DYNAMITE – Nov. 11 & 12                   

39] Veterans Day Memorial Service – Nov. 11

40] Crabshell Alliance meeting – Nov. 11



23] – 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 . 


24] – 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., Nov. 8.  Call 410-366-1637.


25] – Justice and Impunity in Colombia will be discussed on Mon., Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Saint Mary's Hall, Room 126,

Georgetown Univ. This organized by Colombians labor union leaders and organizers, from sugar workers to NGOs workers, will talk about the challenge of labor organizing in a country with a violent record of human and labor right violations. 


26] – 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 Nov. 8.  The agenda will include a discussion of the elections, the FBI raids discussion on Nov. 6 and further plans to bring together climate chaos and antiwar activists.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.  


27] – Anne Arundel Peace Action, Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and the Benjamin Peace Foundation will sponsor again their statewide writing contest for Maryland middle school students focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.  This will be the 15th consecutive year in which the contest has been conducted. The contest is open to all 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in a public or private middle school in Maryland and to home-schooled students in equivalent grade levels.  Four cash prizes will be awarded:  $350 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.  The winners will be honored at a special ceremony.


Your assistance is sought in selecting the topic for this year’s contest.  The following ideas were suggested in some form at a chapter meeting of Anne Arundel Peace Action this week.  Could you let Mike Keller know by Mon., Nov. 8 which ONE of these topics appeals to you the most: 1] bullying; 2] mistreatment of Muslims, Arab Americans and people of Middle Eastern background; 3] 9/11 & 4] treatment of new students, including those dealing with sexual orientation. Email


28] – 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 Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


29] – On Tues., Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 PM at 49 West Coffeehouse, 49 West St., Annapolis, MD, the Annapolis Chapter of Medicare for All is holding a Concert and Fundraiser for Single Payer Health Care to raise money for a study of the economic impact study of a state single payer system in Maryland. For the last two years the Maryland Health Security Act was introduced, had hearings in committee in both houses but did not make it to the floor.  The vote was close in the House of Delegates. Go to will be music and a special guest performance by Dr. Margaret Flowers. To make a donation go to


30] – On Tues., Nov. 9 from 7 to 10 PM at Loyola University, Maryland Hall Room 247, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210, Annie Bird, co-director of the DC-based Rights Action who worked in Guatemala until 2009, will speak how people in the US are connected to Latin American issues of human rights, and how, together, another world can be created that is both "possible and necessary."


31] – Join the Economics Study Group at the Free School.  Go to  It will begin at 7:30 PM on Tues., Nov.  9 at 7:30 PM in the Blue Room at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. High concentration of wealth and Orwellian corporate power characterize our globalized economy. The result is speculation, environmental disaster, joblessness, inequality, and an iron grip strangling the electoral and policy-making functions. Leading the study group are Charlie Cooper, Dayvon Love and Betty Robinson. There is a new session every two weeks through Jan. 18, 2011.


32] – We all know that Baltimore has tragically low voter turnout.  CPHA and the Maryland Democracy Project would like to invite you to a kick-off event on Wed., Nov. 10.  Discuss challenges, next steps and help develop a framework to increase voter turnout across the city. Contact Kim Haven at or 410-539-1369 x112.


33] – ATTENTION: YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL ALUMNI AND FRIENDS, in March 2010 YDS co-sponsored the Truth Commission for Conscience in War gathering in New York City’s Riverside Church, which assembled a coalition of combat veterans, legal, theological, psychological and media experts for public truth telling about the human cost of war. This dialogue will continue in Washington, DC at several events.   


The Truth Commission for Conscience in War, a national coalition of over 60 religious, veterans, academic, and advocacy groups, will commemorate Veterans Day 2010 by releasing a groundbreaking report on the “moral injuries” suffered by service members.  Leading members of the coalition, including Dr. Rita Brock and Rev. Herman Keizer, Jr., will present the report on Wed., Nov. 10 at 1:30 PM at the National Press Club,  529 14th St., NW (at F St.)


On Thurs,, Nov. 11 & Fri., Nov. 12, the Truth Commission on Conscientious Objection will release its final report during all day teach-ins at National City Christian Church, 5 THOMAS CIRCLE NW, WDC 20005.


On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr., pastor emeritus of the historic Riverside Church in New York, and the Rev. Mpho Tutu, daughter of Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, will be featured at an interfaith service for freedom of conscience at National City Christian Church from 7 to 9 PM at 5 Thomas Circle NW, WDC 20005.


On Fri., Nov. 12, the Commission will sponsor a “teach-in on selective conscientious objection,” also at Washington’s National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW.  A $25 donation and lunch is included; to register, visit


To read the original article in Notes from the Quad about YDS’s participation in the March 2010 Truth Commission for Conscience in War event in New York City, visit  Contact Rita Brock at or 510-459-5123.  


34] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Nov. 10. Call 215-426-0364.


35] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Nov. 10. Call 215-843-4256 or email


36] – From Thurs., Nov. 11 through Mon., Nov. 15, FCNL will hold its Annual Meeting 2010, "Building on a Firm Foundation," which will be held in Washington, DC.  Come to participate in worship and discernment for FCNL’s legislative priorities for the 112th Congress and to select FCNL’s next executive secretary. Lobby on November 15 in support of the New START Treaty.


37] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursdays 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.


38] – On Thurs., Nov. 11 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s Bookstore, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21202, Benjamin Dangl will discuss his book “Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America” (AK Press).  Go to In the past decade, grassroots social movements played major roles in electing left-leaning governments throughout Latin America, but subsequent relations between the streets and the states remain uneasy. Dangl explores the complex ways these movements have worked with, against, and independently of national governments.  Call 410-230-0450.

The author will also speak on Fri., Nov. 12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW (at Gallatin). This event is sponsored by the Dream City Collective, SOA Watch and AK Press. Go to Benjamin Dangl has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for the Guardian Unlimited, The Nation, and the NACLA Report on the Americas. He is the author of “The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia,” and the Burlington College professor is editor of, a progressive perspective on world events and, a website on activism and politics in Latin America. Email him at

39] – There will be a Veterans Day Service on Thurs., Nov. 11 at 7:30 PM at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crofton.  The beloved fallen heroes from 1914 onwards will be remembered by name while honoring all those still serving our country, cordially inviting retired and active-duty military and their families to participate.  Again the choirs of St Steven's and St Elizabeth Ann Seton combine to perform Howard Goodall's Requiem whose national premier performance was given last year. Members of the St Charles Quartet and Annapolis Symphony join with local church musicians Tim Reno, Bob Davis, Don Chandler and Will Simmons in presenting this program, directed by Brendan Walls; proceeds of a retiring collection go to support the Crofton Christian Caring Council, whose vice-chairman Fr Steven Hagerman will preach."  Call Brendan at 410-721-5770 xt231 or 443-600-1112.


40] – The Crabshell Alliance will meet on Thurs., Nov. 11 at 7:30 PM in a private home.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 for directions.  The meeting will focus on celebrating Constellation Energy’s decision to abandon Calvert Cliffs #3.   The mission of the Crabshell Alliance is to protest the construction of new nuclear reactors in Maryland, promote clean, safe, sustainable, and affordable energy, and educate the public about the hazards of nuclear power.


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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