Friday, November 19, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

23] SOA protests – Nov. 19-21

24] White House vigil – Nov. 19    

25] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Nov. 19

26] WIB Roland Park vigil – Nov. 19 

27] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Nov. 19

28] Homewood vigil – Nov. 19

29] Vigil at Walter Reed – Nov. 19

30] Film THE WOBBLIES – Nov. 19

31] Saving Baltimore City Schools -- Nov. 19

32] Castle bay concert – Nov. 19

33] All My Sons – Nov. 19 – Dec. 12

34] Ballroom dancing – Nov. 19

35] Farmers Market – Nov. 20                        

36] Film NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS – Nov. 20                          

37] Olney vigil to end the war – Nov. 20                        

38] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Nov. 20

39] Peace vigil at Capitol – Nov. 20

40] Support Sheraton workers -- Nov. 20

41] Gimmie Shelter – Nov. 20

42] Peter and Paul in concert – Nov. 20

43] Marie Allwine discusses ethics -- Nov. 21

44] Get on the bridge for peace – Nov. 21



23] – Convergence of Hope and Resistance is the theme of this year’s SOA WATCH in Fort Benning, Georgia.  Folks have already started gathering on Fri., Nov. 19, from 9 AM through Sun., Nov. 21.  Thirty years have passed since Maryknoll missioners Maura Clark, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel were brutally killed by graduates of the SOA in El Salvador. They are four among thousands of victims and survivors of the ongoing SOA/WHINSEC violence. In 2009, SOA graduates overthrew the democratically elected government of Honduras and unleashed brutal repression against the pro-democracy resistance. This year saw the release of a human rights report that links SOA graduates to extrajudicial killings in Colombia. Enough is enough! Shut it down!


Gather at the gates of Fort Benning to stand up for justice, to shut down the School of the Americas and to end the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents.  Email or call 706-405-1273.


24] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin:   

25] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs and flyers about the siege will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

26] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Nov. 19 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

27] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

28] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Nov. 19 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings. 


29] – 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 -


30] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The third film in the series is THE WOBBLIES [USA, 1979], and it will be shown on Fri., Nov. 19 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

The award-winning film by Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird looks at the Industrial Workers of the World from its founding until its heyday during World War I.  Its members, nicknamed the Wobblies, traveled from coast to coast with "Solidarity" as their slogan and the goal of organizing unskilled workers into "One Big Union." Using interviews with surviving Wobblies, photos, songs, cartoons, and some rare and startling film footage of the period, directors Bird and Shaffer saved that vision from oblivion.

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.


31] – On Fri., Nov. 19 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle will issue a proposal and 11-point manifesto about Transforming Baltimore City Schools.  Call 410-230-0450.  Go to


32] – Wendy Shuford invites you to a house concert on Fri., Nov. 19 at 8 PM featuring Castlebay.  The doors will open at 7:30 PM.  To reserve a seat and to get directions, call Wendy at 410-532-5604 or email her at ramboshuford at The suggested donation is $15.


33] – See a searing ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller at the Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Calvert St. until Sun., Dec. 12.  There are Performances every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and two shows on Saturday and Sunday.  Call the box office at 410.752.2208 to ascertain ticket availability.  Go to

34] –  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.

35] – 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

36] See NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, a film which tells the story of an Italian village res8iting fascism during WWII at 10:30 AM on Sat., Nov. 20 at the Enoch Pratt Wheeler Aud., 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430.  Go to

37] 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 Nov. 20. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

38] –  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


39] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Nov. 20. 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

40] – Attend the Hotel Workers Rising Rally on Sat., Nov. 20 from 5:30  to 7:15 AM outside the Sheraton Crystal City, 18th St and S. Eads, Arlington, VA 22202.  It is one block from Crystal City Metro.  In Feb. 2009 workers at the Sheraton Crystal City began their fight for a fair, democratic and neutral process to decide on unionization at their hotel. The Sheraton Crystal City is owned by HEI, one of the fastest growing hotel ownership companies in the country, which has cut the number of jobs at the hotel by more than 30% and increased workloads for remaining workers. At the same time, HEI recently increased prices for health insurance benefits that provide less coverage than before. Enough is enough! Say NO to the jobless recovery and YES to workers rights!


41] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness/fundraising events for the homeless and the shelters.  The next one is part of the “Winter in America,” and is happening on Sat., Nov. 20 at 7 PM at the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St. This will be an evening of music and spoken word performers in an event to benefit the homeless. An entrance donation of $5 is requested and donations of warm, clean, usable clothing; especially socks, coats, underwear, as well as blankets are welcome. Call 410-627-8774.


42] – On Sat., Nov. 20 at 8 PM, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey will be in concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in a benefit for the Maryland Public Television.  Call 800-522-8915 or visit


43] – On Sun., Nov. 21 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, is hosting Maria Allwine who was the Green Party candidate for governor of Maryland.  She will address “Ethics & Politics & How to Get Things Done.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


44] – 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


To be continued.

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