Friday, December 10, 2010

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

41] RootsCamp – Dec. 11-12

42] Witness Against Torture meeting – Dec. 11

43] Final Exit Network – Dec. 11

44] Olney vigil to end the war – Dec. 11

45] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Dec. 11

46] Peace vigil at Capitol – Dec. 11

47] Infant massage workshop – Dec. 11

48] Economic Impact Study fundraiser – Dec. 11


50] Everyday Ethics – Dec. 12

51] Get on the bridge for peace – Dec. 12

52] Humane Society Celebration – Dec. 12

53] Advent Afternoons with Afghan Youth – Dec. 12 & 19

54] Film ISRAELIS SPEAK – Dec. 12

55] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Dec. 12

56] Son of terrorist speaks – Dec. 12

57] Guatemalan HR fundraiser – Dec. 12

58] Green Party Meeting – Dec. 12

59] Advent Prayer Series – Dec. 12

60] Red Emma’s Meeting – Dec. 12

61] Protest at the Pentagon – Dec. 13

62] Film SOUTH OF THE BUTLER – Dec. 13

63] Film LAST ATOMIC BOMB – Dec. 17

64] Write an imprisoned Catholic Worker

65] Seeking interviewees with knowledge about draft board raids

66] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

67] Support Haiti

68] Apartment available

69] Mankekolo has a new book

70] Buy a red maple tree

71] Join Global Zero campaign

72] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

73] Publish your peace article

74] Click on The Hunger Site 

75] Fire & Faith  

76] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


41] Trell Thomas is working on the National RootsCamp project at George Washington Univ., WDC on Sat., Dec. 11 and Sun., Dec. 12. There are four ways you can get involved: as an individual, or via organizational partnership, publicity, or sponsorship.  This is designed for anyone involved in 2010 with civic engagement campaigns.  RSVP at  Trell can be reached at


42] Witness Against Torture will meet on Sat., Dec. 11 at 10 AM at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, WDC. The

entrance is on Decatur Place, and it is close to the Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line) or the 42 bus line. One order of business will be to refine the scenario for the January 11 action.


43] Compassion & Choices/Final Exit Network will discuss the legal aspects of end-of-life decision-making on Sat., Dec. 11 at 10 AM at the University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St. The speaker will be Paul Ballard, assistant attorney general and counsel for the Health Decisions Policy for the Attorney General.  Bring bakery items.  Call 410-486-2822.

44] 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 Dec. 11. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 

45] –  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


46] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Dec. 11. 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


47] – There will be an infant massage workshop at the ashram on Sat., Dec. 11 from noon to 1:15 PM.  Infant massage is fun, relaxing and a great way to bond with your baby. A University of Miami study found that premature infants who were massaged averaged six fewer days’ hospital stay than those who were not massaged.  RSVP to Gayatri at 312-593-6904 or The class is limited to 7 couples and will be held in the yoga room at 4217 East West Highway. Course fee is $50 per couple.  Go to


48] – Get down to the Physicians for a National Health Program fundraiser for the Economic Impact Study for the state single payer health care bill: The Maryland Health Security Act ( The idea is reach the goal by the end of December so that the results of the study will be available during the 2011 Legislative Session.  The party is Sat., Dec. 11 from 1 to 4 pm at McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth, Silver Spring.  It will feature the blues and swing sounds of Deadwood. The cost of tickets is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the economic study. Canvas shopping bags will be available for sale. These limited edition bags include the logo for "Got P.I.I.S.D.*" (visible at created by our Dr. Carol Paris, a practicing psychiatrist in Southern Maryland who is seeing an epidemic of this condition. Her diagnostic criteria for this disorder were recently published in Psychiatric Times:

If you are unable to attend, consider making a donation to the study online at Donations are tax deductible.
Call 410-591-0892.

49] – On Sat., Dec. 11 from 3 to 4:45 PM, Sabeel DC Metro and the Church of the Reformation present a  new film about Bethlehem as fresh as the 21st Century headlines--  "Little Town of Bethlehem.”  The documentary compels you to understand the people living in Jesus’ birthplace today in a new way and stars three unforgettable veterans of the struggle for justice and peace -- Sami Awad, Palestinian Christian; Ahmad Al’Azzeh, Palestinian Muslim; and Yonatan Shapira, Israeli Jew.  A discussion will follow with refreshments. A free-will offering will help cover expenses. The film will be shown at Fellowship Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., NE, WDC 20003.

50] – On Sun., Dec. 12 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, is hosting Karen Elliott, past president of the Baltimore Ethical Society, who will address “Everyday Ethics: Dealing with Difficult People and Emotions.” Call 410-581-2322 or visit


51] – 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


52] – The Humane Society Holiday Lights Celebration of lit animal silhouettes to remind the community of animal welfare will be happening on Sun., Dec. 12 from noon to 6:30 PM at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown. Adopt an animal.  Call 410-833-8848 or go to  Donations are appreciated.


53] – On Sundays, Dec. 12 and 19 – Advent Afternoons - As we await the birth of the Christ child we ask: Whose Children Are These? The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and American Veterans Share Their Stories.  Listen to Afghan youth and U.S. veterans share experiences of war each Sunday during Advent from 1-2 PM EST.  Participants will be connected by conference call as Afghan youth from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers talk with U.S. veterans from Iraq Veterans Against the War.

This unique opportunity is hosted by Dispersed Communities Uniting - a program of the Hosanna People's Seminary - that allows people divided by distance but united by purpose to connect using new media technologies, and co-sponsored by Christian Peace Witness!  Participants can join in this experience by listening to a series of free conference calls (U.S. long-distance charges may apply) in which the Afghan youth and U.S. vets will talk.  Voices of Afghan children and veterans will be privileged in these calls, but there will be opportunities for others to ask questions and make comments.  Conference call participants may dial into 1-218-936-4141 (pin number 4790204).  Please go to to register and for details of each call.


54] – A documentary film Voices From Inside: Israelis Speak will be shown on Sun., Dec. 12 at 1:30 PM at the HOWARD COUNTY EAST COLUMBIA LIBRARY Meeting Room, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.  The film is a documentary based on interviews with 16 Jewish Israeli voices of conscience, each representing a different facet within the peace movement in Israel.  It is free and sponsored by the

Committee for Palestinian Rights.  Email


55] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


56] – The Brandywine Monthly Potluck Supper & Program is the 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 4:30 PM with a potluck dinner at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The program begins at 5:30 PM. On Sun., Dec. 12, hear Zak Ebrahim, son of a convicted terrorist.   In 1990, Zak Ebrahim's father, El Sayed Nosair, became the first member of Al-Qaeda to spill blood on American soil. Nosair assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the fanatical leader of the Jewish Defense League.  While serving time for assault and weapons charges related to Kahane's murder, Nosair was convicted of involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Go to www.zakebrahim.comCall 610-544-1818. Go to

57] – On Sun., Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 PM, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission will host the USA Holiday Fundraising Dinner at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA), 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204.  Tickets are $35 or $200 for a table of 8.  RSVP at 202-529-6599 or  Enjoy the holidays with Guatemalan food, music, and dance while learning about the outstanding work of GHRC. Hear from the recent UUCA delegation that traveled to Guatemala to discover the root causes and effects of migration Concepción Chiquirichapa, Quetzaltenango.  There will also be a silent auction and the opportunity to purchase Guatemalan artisan crafts.

58] – The Baltimore City Green Party is having its Holiday/End-of-the-Year Bash on Sun., Dec. 12 starting at 4 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 Calvert St.  Come out and celebrate holidays/the end of the year with Baltimore Greens. Meet up with some fun folks, learn more about plans for 2011 and 2012, and tell them how you would like to get involved. Snacks and drinks provided, bring whatever else you'd like (including friends).  There will be a short business meeting from 5:30 to 6 PM.  Call 443-876-8522.  Go to


59] – PAX CHRISTI/BALTIMORE is hosting its 2010 ADVENT PRAYER SERIES “TO LIVE IN HOPE, IN DESPERATE TIMES.”  The next event is on Sun., Dec. 12 from 5 to 6 PM, and the speaker is Rev. Richard T. Lawrence, pastor, St. Vincent’s Church. The series takes place at the MISSION HELPERS OF SACRED HEART CHAPEL, 1001 Joppa Road, Baltimore 21204.  This is Joppa at Chestnut Ave., west of Bosley Ave. A BRIEF RECEPTION WITH SPEAKER TO FOLLOW.  Admission free (but a free-will offering is requested.  The prayer series is an opportunity to consider the true meaning of Advent and the response to the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Call 410-321-0107 or email The MSHSH number is 410-823-8585.


60] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Dec. 12.  There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


61] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Dec. 13, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


62] – Attend the benefit showing of SOUTH OF THE BORDER, hosted by Casa Baltimore/Limay on Mon., Dec. 13 at 7:30 PM at St. John's United Methodist Church/2640. The suggested donation is from $6 to $8, but no one turned away. Proceeds to help send a delegation of Baltimoreans to visit the sibling community, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua. The film is by Oliver Stone and is a fascinating account of Latin America’s new generation of political leaders.  Go to


63] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The theme is MAN & WOMAN AGAINST THE MACHINE.   The last film in the series is THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB [USA, 2006], and it will be shown on Fri., Dec. 17 at a private home.  If interested in seeing the DVD, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

 Director Robert Richter goes to Nagasaki and meets hibakushas (atomic attack survivors) like Sakue Shimohira who recall the horror of the bombs and who fear that the world will forget their tragedy once they've passed on. He follows Shimohira and two young human rights activists around the globe as they attempt to appeal to the leaders of the world, asking them to come to Nagasaki on the 60th anniversary of the bomb. They meet with a considerable lack of warmth outside the White House, where security guards tell the survivor to mail her request.  There are interviews from scholars about nuclear proliferation and the steps to take in order to move into the post-nuclear age. There is the hypocrisy of the United States, owner of 10,000 nuclear weapons, hectoring other nations about their nuclear ambitions.  Finally, Richter implores the youth of today to join the resistance.


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.


64] – A member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker is serving a six-month sentence for crossing the line at Fort Benning, Georgia during the Nov. 20 SOA protest.  You can write to him at Michael David Omondi, #6492, Irwin County Detention Center, 132 Cotton Dr., Ocilla, GA 31774.


65] – Two Local documentary producers, Skizz Cyzyk and Joe Tropea, need recollections and opinions in regards to their film, Hit & Stay: The Ongoing Story of the Catonsville Nine.  Contact Joe Tropea,, 3549 Roland Ave. #301, Balt. 21211, (443) 562-1971.


66] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


67] – 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


68] – 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.


69] – 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.


70] – 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


71] – 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.  

72] – 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.

73] – 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


74] – 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.  


75] – 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


76] – 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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