Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

25] Say NO to Republican Cuts – Feb. 24

26] Desegregation in Baltimore – Feb. 24

27] Family Tree hosts Happy Hour – Feb. 24

28] MICA-Nicaragua collaboration – Feb. 24

29] White House vigil – Feb. 25 

30] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Feb. 25

31] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 25

32] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Feb. 25

33] Webinar on the budget – Feb. 25

34] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Feb. 25

35] Vigil to End the Wars – Feb. 25

36] Imam to lecture on Islam – Feb. 25

37] Walter Reed vigil – Feb. 25

38] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 25

39] Farmers Market – Feb. 26

40] Olney vigil to end the war – Feb. 26

41] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Feb. 26

42] Peace vigil at Capitol – Feb. 26

43] Village Learning Center benefit – Feb. 27

44] Spiritualism – Feb. 27

45] Get on the bridge for peace – Feb. 27

46] UnblockAID Gaza! – Feb. 27

47] Cuba discussion – Feb. 27

48] Imam discusses Islam – Feb. 27

49] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Feb. 27

50] Green Forum – Feb. 27

51] UW Human Rights Dinner – Feb. 27

52] Gimme Shelter feeds the hungry – Feb. 27

53] Red Emma's Meeting – Feb. 27

54] Protest at the Pentagon – Feb. 29


25] – Say no to Republican budget cuts on Thurs., Feb. 24 at noon outside Sen. Benjamin Cardin's District Office, 100 S. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.  In dozens of state legislatures and in Congress, Republicans are proposing massive cuts to education, police, emergency responders, and vital human services, instead of asking big corporations and millionaires to pay their fair share. This is a moment for national action, so Move On is holding Invest in America speak-outs on Thursday and will follow them up with rallies in all 50 state capitals on Sat., Feb. 26.  

To sign up for this event go to the following link:


26] – Howell Baum, architecture professor, lectures on race and desegregation Baltimore history at 4 PM on Thurs., Feb. 24 in the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville.  Call 410-455-3827.  Go to


27] – The Family Tree, a child abuse prevention organization, presents a Happy Hour for people who might be interested in volunteering with the group and doing outreach.  Be there on Thurs., Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Blue Hill Tavern, 938 S. Conkling St. Call 443-388-9363 or go to


28] – A Nicaraguan poet Lloyd Brooks will perform, and five short films made by a collaboration between MICA and Estelí, Nicaragua will be shown starting at 7 PM at Bohemian Coffee Shop, 1821 N. Charles St. Call 410-400-0022.


29] – 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:   

30] – 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.

31] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Feb. 25 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

32] – 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

33] – Learn more about 2011 and 2012 budget proposals.  The Coalition on Human Needs is hosting a webinar on "A Better Budget for All: Saving Our Economy and Helping Those in Need" on Fri., Feb. 25 from 2 to 3:15 PM.  Register at


34] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Feb. 25 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. 

35] Vigil to End the Wars – Feb. 25

35] – On the last Friday of the month, join a vigil, Feb. 25, from 5 to 6 PM at Broad & Arch Sts., Philadelphia. It is a Vigil to End the Wars, with a Gold Star Mother for Peace, Celeste Zappala.  Email


36] – THE MALAYSIA-AMERICA SOCIETY and others invite you to attend "Islam in a Multicultural World Experiences from Malaysia and the United States" on Fri., Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Ward Circle Building Auditorium 1 (at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues) and hear Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Born in Egypt, he grew up in Malaysia, where his father was a founder of the International Islamic University (IIU).  With a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University in NY and a Master of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, he has been in private business in the USA and on the IIU faculty in Malaysia.  Now Director of the Cordoba Movement (and the Park51 project) in Manhattan, Imam Feisal is often sent by the US State Department to represent America to Muslim countries worldwide.


There is free parking at American Univ. after 5 PM: Nebraska Ave. Commuter Lot at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Ave., NW or the Katzen Arts Center Garage on Mass. Ave. NW (just off Ward circle).  Direct inquiries to Erica Seng at aseanstudiescenter AT


37] – 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 -


38] –  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.

39] – 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


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. 26. 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] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Feb. 26. 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


43] The Village Learning Center benefit is on Sat., Feb. 26 at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts. from 5:30 to 8 PM.  There will be dancing and a pasta dinner.  Ticket prices go from $7 to $14. Go to  


44] – On Sun., Feb. 27 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, is hosting Mary Ellen Korman, an author and yoga instructor, will deliver a lecture "Ethel Merston: The Life of a Spiritual Seeker."  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


45] – 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


46] – On Sun., Feb. 27 at 1 PM, join the Committee for Palestinian Rights for a discussion UnblockAID Gaza! with activists who sailed aboard the Jewish boat to Gaza and were violently attacked by Israeli forces on 28 Sept. 2010. They will talk about their experience in the context of a growing international movement to end the siege on Gaza: Reuven Mokowitz, Holocaust survivor and peace activist, Elik Elhanan, co-founder of the Bereaved Parents for Peace and Glyn Secker, ship captain and member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians.  Join them at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044. 49] – On Sun., Feb. 27 at 1 PM UnblockAID Gaza! Join the Committee for Palestinian Rights for a discussion with activists who sailed aboard the Jewish boat to Gaza and were violently attacked by Israeli forces on 28 September 2010. They will talk about their experience in the context of a growing international movement to end the siege on Gaza. Email

A similar event will take place from 4 to 6 PM on Feb. 27 at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW, WDC 20009.  Also joining the three activists via Skype will be Dr. Haider Eid, Gazan activist and co-founder of One Democratic State.  This will be a fund raiser for $10, but no one will be turned away.  A number of groups including Jewish Voices for Peace – DC Metro are sponsoring the event.


47] – Consider attending a book-reading, signing, and Cuba policy discussion with author Jeanne Lemkau whose book is titled "Lost and Found in Cuba: A Tale of Midlife Rebellion." Go to  This will be followed by an update on Cuba policy by Mavis Anderson, Senior Policy Analyst for Cuba, Latin America Working Group. During this event, on Sun., Feb. 27, from 3 to 5 PM, at the Howard County Library Central Branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia MD 21044, also enjoy light refreshments.  The event is sponsored by the Howard County Friends of Latin America.


48] – On Sun., Feb. 27 from 4 to 5:30 PM, consider attending Building Bridges of Understanding: Conversation with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf at Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave., NW, WDC 20008.  Friends responded to the controversy over the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan by adding their names to the "We Stand with American Muslims" petition which expressed support for Muslims' right to religious freedom. Besides the Meeting, the event is being co-hosted by the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He is the leader of the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-national, multi-faith organization dedicated to improving understanding and building trust among people of all cultures and faith traditions. Their proposal to build an Islamic Cultural Center in downtown Manhattan focused attention on their group this summer. RSVP to Sandy Robson at 202-903-2505 or The petition and the Cordoba Initiative's response are available at


49] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Feb. 27


49] – 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.


50] Green Forum – Feb. 27

50] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Feb. 27 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to  There will be a 45 minute presentation, followed by break-outs into affinity groups.  As always, there will be time for announcements and networking. This month's featured affinity group will present "Environmental Legislation" & "Arsenic in Chicken Feed." Check out


Dannielle Lipinski, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, will talk about the environmental community legislative priorities for the 2011 session, including the Budget, Offshore Wind, Hydrofracking for natural gas in Maryland and also the Bag Bill.  Kim Huynh, Food and Water Watch, will speak on the Arsenic in Chicken Feed bill which is the banning of using arsenic in chicken feed in Maryland.


The Green Forum is held usually on the fourth Sunday of each month. Donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated.  For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234. Go to

51] – Singer Pam Parker will be performing on Sun., Feb. 27 at the United Workers Annual Human Rights Dinner, along with guitar virtuoso, Richard Miller. Parker performs Blues, Swing, Jazz, Folk, and R & B. Miller will do classical guitar music and Brazilian and Latin-American music. On Sun., Feb. 27 at 5 PM at the Presbytery of Baltimore, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239, the Dinner will be a special evening to take pride and joy in movement building through culture, food, and community.  Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner prepared by Generations for Peace & Democracy, wonderful music, and presentations by United Workers leaders! Tickets are $20.  To reserve a spot and pay at the door, email or call 410-230-1998.  Buy your tickets online at  Go to


52] – GIMME SHELTER members will be feeding the hungry at GOVANS PRESBYTERYAN CHURCH, 5828 York Road, Baltimore 21212 on Sun., Feb. 27 at 5:30 PM.  Come and help with the feeding and bring donations of fresh fruits, pastries, salads, side dishes and juice.  If possible, bring enough for 30 people.  Also bring a broom or mop to help clean up.  Call the church at 410-435-9188 and Gimme Shelter at 410-627-8774.


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. 27. 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. 28, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


To be continued.

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