Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

25] Film ON ONE FIELD – Feb. 17

26] Anti Wal-Mart film – Feb. 17

27] Film LIVE IN PEACE – Feb. 17 

28] White House vigil – Feb. 18 

29] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Feb. 18

30] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 18

31] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Feb. 18

32] Silent Vigil at Homewood Friends – Feb. 18

33] Walter Reed vigil – Feb. 18

34] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 18

35] Sowing organic seeds – Feb. 18

36] Farmers Market – Feb. 19

37] Wind energy petition drive – Feb. 19

38] Progressive Working Group discussion – Feb. 19

39] Youth Summit – Feb. 19

40] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 19

41] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Feb. 19

42] Protest products from Israeli settlements – Feb. 19

43] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 19

44] Shout! Youth Summit 2011 – Feb. 19

45] African Burial Ground lecture – Feb. 19

46] Dealing ethically with human remains – Feb. 19

47] Gimme Shelter – Feb. 19

48] Autism book lecture – Feb. 20

49] Support African victims of trauma – Feb. 20

50] Get on the bridge for peace – Feb. 20

51] Teaching Peace conference – Feb. 20

52] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Feb. 20

53] Red Emma's Meeting – Feb. 20

54] Protest at the Pentagon – Feb. 21

55] Mass Movements tour – Feb. 21

56] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 21 – Feb. 24

57] Protest the death penalty – Feb. 21        

58] Film "What's the Economy for, Anyway?" 

59] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Feb. 21

60] – CPHA seeks bus riders

61] Get the CD Silence Is For Suckers   

62] Buy Francis Boyle's book on Zionism

63] Fund Our Communities campaign

64] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

65] Buy a copy of DENMARK RISING 

66] Skippy and Jordy need homes  

67] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

68] Support Haiti

69] Buy a red maple tree

70] Join Global Zero campaign

71] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

72] Publish your peace article

73] Click on The Hunger Site 

74] Fire & Faith  

75] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

25] – On Fri., Feb. 4 at 8 PM there will be a screening of ON ONE FIELD, a documentary directed by Mauricio Osorio about the immigrants and refugees that get together and play soccer in Baltimore's Patterson Park.  After the movie there will be a Q & A and a musical performance by Burundian singer and Baltimore refugee Didi B.  Get over to the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.  The cost is $10, but members get in for $5.  Call 410-276-1651.  Go to

26] – There's a screening of "Wal-Mart the High Cost of Low Price" on Fri., Feb. 18 at 7 PM at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 North Capitol St. NE, WDC.  The documentary features the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to survive in a Wal-Mart world. Light refreshments will be provided, and a discussion about the impact Wal-Mart will have on the District of Columbia will follow the screening. Call 202-787-5229 or visit


27] – "Just to Live in Peace--Christians in the Holy Land" will be screened with a discussion to follow on Thurs., Feb. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM in the Pastoral Center (smaller, low building), Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21042. Afterwards, the film's producers, Sr. Caritas Kennedy and Sr. Anne Guinan of Mission Helper Productions, will lead the discussion.  Call 410-461-2040.


28] – 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:   

29] – 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.

30] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Feb. 18 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

31] – 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

32] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Feb. 18 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. 

33] – 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 -


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 Feb. 18.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

35] – On Fri., Feb. 18 from 8 to 9:30 PM, the Emergence Community Arts Collective and City Garden Co-op, a food cooperative in Mt. Pleasant, will co-host a potluck with a talk on preserving bio-diversity through saving seeds and experiences living on a worker owned collective at 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  The speakers are Ira Wallace, a Master Gardner with the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE)who serves on the board of Organic Seed Alliance, and Paul Blundell who heads up the construction of SESE's new office building, which he aspires to design to be as ecologically responsible and regionally inspired as humanly possible.  Bring your favorite dish & maybe something to drink. Visit or call 202-462-2285.  Go to


36] – 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


37] – The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is promoting offshore wind energy and has a petition campaign to gain support for the Governor's bill.  The goal is to obtain 10,000 Maryland signatures by the end of February.  Join neighborhood door to door petitioning on Sat., Feb. 19 in northern Anne Arundel County. If you are available, email


38] – Delegate Liz Bobo will join the Progressive Working Group in a discussion on legislation in Annapolis on Sat., Feb. 19 from 3 to 5 PM at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in the "The Quad" (Rooms 22 through 25), 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, Maryland.  Also on the agenda will be the Progressive Summit and Lobby Night which takes place on Mon., Mar. 7 from 5:30 to 8 PM. 


The Summit will be hosted by House Ways and Means Chairwoman Sheila Hixson and convened by Sen. Jamin Raskin and other legislators.  It will take place in the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing Room 131, House Office Bldg., 6 Bladen St. off College Ave., Annapolis, MD.  The Summit will provide organizations and legislators an opportunity to unite support for specific bills, and build progressive momentum in Maryland.  To sponsor or participate, please contact:  Organizations please include: your name, organization, contact info. and legislative priorities.  To join the PWG, email Include your name, organization, contact info. and legislative priorities.


39] The DMV Peace Circle is sponsoring a Youth Summit on Sat., Feb. 19 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Mary & Daniel Loughran Center, intersection of 14th St. and Clifton St. NW, WDC.  The summit is one of four national Congresses sponsored by the Lideres program of NCLR and will focus on youth-led strategies for violence prevention. Youth, parents, and community members are welcome. Workshops will be followed by youth entertainment. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Contact Karla Acevedo at 339-224-7285 or

40] 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 Feb. 19. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


41] –  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


42] – On Sat., Feb. 19 from 11 AM to 2 PM, help Build Peace by telling Trader Joe's Customers to avoid buying products made in illegal Israeli settlements.  Support a BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) action at a local D.C. Trader Joe's at 25th & L Sts., NW.  The nearest Metro is Farragut West.  Help make the Israeli occupation less profitable and the Israeli Gaza siege unsustainable!


43] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Feb. 19. 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


44] – Shout! Youth Summit 2011 is happening at the Towson U. Union Bldg., Third Floor, 8000 York Road, from noon to 10 PM on Sat., Feb. 19. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and Towson U.'s LGBT Student Development Program will host the summit for students of any sexuality.  Besides the free dinner and dance, there will be educational workshops.  Go to


45] – On Sat., Feb. 19 from 2 to 3 PM, writer and photographer Karen Juanita Carillo will talk about the importance of preserving Manhattan's African Burial Ground at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Go to  Call 410-547-9000.  


46] – On Sat., Feb. 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Sanchit Balachandran, curator at the Johns Hopkins Archeological Museum, lectures on the ethical and emotional dimensions of preserving remains, Keeping the Dead Alive, at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Go to  Call 410-547-9000.   


47] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues its efforts of doing consciousness/fundraising events for the homeless and the shelters.  Join the group on Sat., Feb. 19 at 7:30 PM for an all-star night of poetry readings at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Road. This evening will feature poems with a love theme. 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 410-532-0193.


48] – On Sun., Feb. 20 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, is hosting a discussion 

"Listening to Autism" delivered by Mark Osteen, PhD. Prof., Loyola U. of Maryland.  Prof. Osteen and his wife, Leslie Gilden, an advertising executive, have been living with autism for 20 years, since their son, Cameron, was two years old. He is now an autistic adult. How the three of them survived with little support (they were newcomers to Baltimore; their families are in Montana) is the subject of a book written by Mark: "One of Us: A Family's Life with Autism," which he and Leslie will talk about. Find out more about the book at http:// Call 410-581-2322 or visit


49] – On Sun., Feb. 20 from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Baltimore Hostel, 117 Mulberry St., purchase jewelry to help Ugandan families, listen to speakers representing international survivors of trauma, refugees, and victims of human trafficking.  In attendance will be a goodwill ambassador from Gambia.  Call 410-576-8880 or go to


50] – 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

51] – On Sun., Feb. 20 from 2 to 5 PM, you're invited to a community-wide conference on TEACHING PEACE at Friends Meeting School, 3232 Green Valley Road, Ijamsville, MD 21774.  The school is about 20 miles north of Rockville, just across the Montgomery County line in Frederick County.  The keynote speaker will be Colman McCarthy, author of "I'd Rather Teach Peace," who will speak on "Teaching Peace in the Classroom." And Patricia Sherbine will address "Teaching and Modeling Peace at Home," while Bonnie Grimm and Maureen Hylton will speak on "Peer Relationships and Conflict Resolution." This free event is part of Frederick County's annual "Season of Nonviolence."  Contact Pat Elder at or 202-210-3467.

52] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Feb. 20


52] – 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.


53] – 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 Feb. 20. 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


54] – 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., Feb. 21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


55] – Join a tour which highlights Leaders of Mass Movements for Freedom on Mon., Feb. 21 from 2 to 3 PM at the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. were three leaders who made great strides in struggles for civil rights at times of great social crisis in the U.S.  Contact Joe Mohr at 202-359-1532.


56] – 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 


57] – 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., Feb. 21. Call 410-366-1637.


58] – On Mon., Feb, 21 at 7 PM at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway ( Greenbelt's Roosevelt Center), see the film "What's the Economy for, Anyway?" It has won praise as an engaging and funny treatment of its serious, complicated subject. Produced by John de Graaf, well known for AFFLUENZA, the 40-minute documentary compares the U.S. economy with that of other industrial countries in terms of quality of life, fairness and ecological sustainability.  This is part of the Reel & Meal at the New Deal, a monthly film and discussion series, sponsored by several local grassroots groups to raise public awareness about their various interrelated social and environmental concerns and to inspire citizen action in response to them.  The program is organized by the Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George's County.  Contact Lucy Duff at or 301-577-2350.


59] – 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 Feb. 21.  The agenda will include a discussion of the Progressive Working Group gathering in Annapolis on Mar. 7, the March 19 action in D.C., Bradley Manning and the climate chaos protest at the Pentagon.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.  


60] – CPHA seeks bus riders


60] – Citizens Planning and Housing Association has a project: Rate Your Ride.  In a promising partnership with the MTA and the CMTA, CPHA is coordinating efforts to improve Baltimore's bus service and overall efficiency.  CPHA's volunteers are collecting data on the MTA's bus lines in Baltimore. Data collected by the Bus Observers is being compiled into substantial reports to the MTA that include information on on-time performance, bus stations, fare collection, cleanliness, bus conditions and details on the route service.  MTA will be utilizing the data collected during this initiative to make system-wide adjustments and implement needed solutions to make public transportation more reliable and efficient.  


Director of Community Engagement, Bryan Alston, is still recruiting volunteers.  If interested, email or call Bryan: or 410-539-1369 x109.


61] Get the CD Silence Is For Suckers   


61] – Ron Kipling Williams announced that his long awaited CD is out!!! Aware and Outraged - Silence is for Suckers is available for purchase at Red Emmas Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21202/410-230-0450 or go to; and Expressions Art & Custom Framing, 222 N. Paca St., Baltimore 21201/410-783-0195.  You may also purchase it online at cdbaby at Go to


62] – Clarity Press, Inc. is selling PROMOTING THE COLLAPSE OF ZIONISM: A STRATEGY FOR PALESTINE & THE PALESTINIAN RIGHT OF RETURN UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW by Francis A. Boyle.  The ISBN is 0932863-93-0/978-0-932863-93-5; $14.95/123 pp./ 2011.  The just resolution of the Palestinian right of return is at the very heart of the Middle East peace process. Nonetheless, the Obama administration wants to impose a comprehensive peace settlement upon the Palestinians that will force them to give up their well-recognized right of return under United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194(III)) of 1948; accept a Bantustan of disjointed and surrounded chunks of territory on the West Bank in Gaza; and even expressly recognize Israel as "the Jewish State," as newly demanded by Benjamin Netanyahu. All this will fail for the reasons so powerfully stated in this book. For the past three decades, Francis A. Boyle has provided the leadership of the Palestinian people with advice, counsel, and representation at all stages of the Middle East Peace Process. Acquire this book from; contact CLARITY PRESS, INC at


63] – Fund Our Communities campaign – is a new grass roots movement to get support from local organizations and communities to work together with their local and state elected officials to pressure Congresspersons and senators to join with Congresspersons Barney Frank and Ron Paul, who have endorsed a 25% cut to the federal military budget.  Bring home the savings to state and county governments to meet the local needs which are under tremendous budget pressures.  Go to      


64] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at  Submit an article.  


65] – Consider purchasing author Barry Clemson's book DENMARK RISING.  This is a historical fiction novel, which portrays the spirit and tactics of nonviolent resistance in 1940s Denmark to confront the Nazi invaders.  As the jacket asks, "Could the Danes really use strategic nonviolence against Hitler?  Or were they merely committing suicide?  For information, email  The book was published August 2009 by Cybernetics Press Inc., Norfolk, VA.  The ISBN is 9780984160501.  It's a bargain at $9.99, and can be ordered from

66] – Skippy and Jordy are cats who need homes.  A mother of too many cats writes "Skippy is a doll. He's a great guy and would be a good companion for someone. Jordy needs a special person who is experienced with cats and is willing to take the time to develop a bond with him.  He's close to his mother, his rescuer, but no one else.  He is gorgeous, with a beautiful long black silky coat. Let Max know if you might be interested in one of the cats—410-366-1637.


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


68] – 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

69] – 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


70] – 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.  

71] – 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.

72] – 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


73] – 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.  


74] – 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


75] – 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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