Thursday, December 9, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

25] Call off Witch Hunt – Dec. 9

26] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Dec. 9

27] Peace Action holiday party – Dec. 9

28] Environmental legislation net working – Dec. 9

29] Film about Holy Land – Dec. 9

30] Casa Baltimore/Limay auction to close – Dec. 9

31] Protest Caterpillar – Dec. 10

32] Paul Magno honored – Dec. 10

33] White House vigil – Dec. 10   

34] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Dec. 10

35] WIB Roland Park vigil – Dec. 10

36] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Dec. 10

37] Homewood vigil – Dec. 10

38] Walter Reed vigil – Dec. 10

39] Ballroom dancing – Dec. 10

40] Farmers Market – Dec. 11                       


25] – On Thurs., Dec. 9 join a NATIONAL CALL IN DAY to Call Off the Grand Jury Witch-hunt Against anti-war and solidarity activists! Stop FBI repression! Call U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300 and complain.  He expanded the repression with three new subpoenas in Chicago.  On Dec. 3, the FBI targeted three women who traveled to Palestine last summer.  After the FBI called to question Sarah Smith, other FBI agents knocked on the door of two young Palestinian-American sisters.  One sister was already on the phone with lawyer Jim Fennerty and handed the phone to the FBI, causing the FBI to leave.  The FBI agents soon returned with subpoenas to the Grand Jury targeting anti-war and solidarity activists, dated for January 25, 2011. 


 The three are standing strong with the other 14 subpoenaed activists from Illinois, Minneapolis and Michigan.  Fitzgerald’s new wave of repression comes a week after the re-activation of subpoenas for three Palestine solidarity activists in Minneapolis.  Tracy Molm, Anh Pham and Sarah Martin are being asked to appear before the Grand Jury again, despite refusing to speak in October.  So stand with the 17 subpoenaed anti-war and solidarity activists and make a phone call to Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300. Sign and circulate the petition at  Visit or email or call 612-379-3585. 


26] – 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.

27] – Drink Locally, Act Globally! Come to the Peace Action Holiday Party and Office Warming on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the new office, 8630 Fenton St., (corner of Fenton and Cameron Sts.), Suite 524, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Parking available in the county garage at Cameron and Fenton Sts. (diagonally across Cameron St. from the building).  Consider taking the Metro: Silver Spring (red line).  RSVP to Katherine Mullen at or 301-565-4050, ext. 314.

28] – The Maryland General Assembly legislative session begins in January. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is hosting at Goucher College a networking reception followed by a presentation from environmental leaders. Refreshments will be served.  The reception begins at 6:30 PM on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Lecture Hall, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794.  RSVP at What will your state legislators be working on in Annapolis this coming session? Go to


29] – A NEW DOCUMENTARY IS COMPLETED: JUST TO LIVE IN PEACE, CHRISTIANS OF THE HOLY LAND.  This is a MISSION HELPER PRODUCTIONS DVD PRODUCED BY SR. ANNE GUINAN, MHSH & SR. CARITAS KENNEDY, RSM. THE DVD FEATURING CHRISTIANS, JEWS AND MUSLIMS FROM ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA WILL BE SHOWN FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS AND DISCUSSION on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 7 PM at Mission Helper Center, 1001  W. Joppa Rd., Towson/corner of Joppa and Chestnut, entrance on Chestnut. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Call 410-823-8585, ext. 241.


30] – The Casa Baltimore/Limay Auction closes on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 10 PM EST.  You can still bid on any of the special items in the auction right up to the final seconds.  Go to


Each bid supports the work at Casa Baltimore/Limay!  Auction proceeds will help the victims of a flood in Limay, NicaraguaCall 410-662-6292 or go to


31] – Friday, December 10 is International Human Rights Day, and a time to divest from Caterpillar. WHEN WILL TIAA-CREF STOP PROFITING FROM HOME DEMOLITIONS IN PALESTINE?  Around the country, many of us will be visiting our local TIAA-CREF offices with a simple message: Stop profiting from the Israeli occupation. In Baltimore, we are gathering from 8:30 to 9:30 AM outside the TIAA_CREF office in Mount Washington at Smith Ave. and Greeley St.


The destruction of homes is mostly carried out at night, with no prior notification. Usually, the only warning for the inhabitants is the rumbling of armored bulldozers and tanks approaching and beginning the destruction. The occupants of the targeted houses are almost without exception given no opportunity to salvage their possessions. Many of the bulldozers used by the Israeli army are made by Caterpillar. The company has refused to accept any corporate responsibility for the products it sells, despite knowing full well how they are used. And while a temporary halt in the sale of bulldozers to Israel was announced last month, Caterpillar refuses to acknowledge any change in its corporate policies.  TIAA-CREF is one of the largest pension funds in the U.S., and it prides itself in doing "the right thing." Their motto is "financial services for the greater good." And yet, they invest heavily in Caterpillar. They even include Caterpillar in their socially responsible funds. Contact Jewish Voice for Peace at


32] – Paul Magno Jr. has been selected to receive one of UNA-NCA’s Community Human Rights Awards to be presented at the annual Human Rights Luncheon scheduled for Fri., Dec. 10 at noon in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building.  The Human Rights Luncheon is a truly memorable occasion where we rededicate ourselves to promoting and protecting the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Paul was a nominee of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International.  Go to to reserve a seat/table and space in the program book. Email or call 202.223.6092.


33] – 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:   

34] – 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.

35] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Dec. 10 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

36] – 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

37] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Dec. 10 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. 


38] – 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 -


39] –  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 Dec. 10. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

40] – 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


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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