Thursday, February 3, 2011


25] Get the CD Silence Is For Suckers – on sale Feb. 3  

26] Film COUNTDOWN TO ZERO – Feb. 3  

27] Gimmie Shelter benefit – Feb. 3

28] Film FREEDOM RIDERS – Feb. 3  

29] Revolt in Arab World – Feb. 3  

30] Brainstorm for Peace Letter – Feb. 3

31] Walk the Maryland Health Security Act – Feb. 4 & 11

32] WIB Frederick vigil – Feb. 4

33] White House vigil – Feb. 4  

34] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Feb. 4

35] WIB Roland Park vigil – Feb. 4

36] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Feb. 4

37] Silent Vigil at Homewood Friends – Feb. 4

38] Film AMAZING GRACE – Feb. 4

39] Film SOUTH OF THE BORDER – Feb. 4

40] Walter Reed vigil – Feb. 4

41] Film ON ONE FIELD – Feb. 4

42] Ballroom dancing – Feb. 4


25] – 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


26] – Get over to the Peace House, 1233 12th St., NW, WDC 20005, for the weekly film series and potluck on Thurs., Feb. 3.  Come early to eat at 6:30 PM and watch COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, a film about ridding the world of nuclear weapons, at 7:30 PM.  There is a fireside discussion to follow. Donations are gladly accepted.  RSVP with Jay at 202/682-4282 or  Go to


27] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues its efforts of doing consciousness/fundraising events on Thurs., Feb. 3 at 7 PM.  In this case, it is a benefit for United Workers at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts.  The evening will include music and poetry for this vital social and economic justice organization. Go to or    There is a requested $5 donation.


28] – Maryland Film Festival invites you to a free showing of FREEDOM RIDERS on Thurs., Feb. 3 at 7 PM at MICA, Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. The film directed by Stanley Nelson highlights the decision almost 49 years ago to the day by a racially mixed group of Civil Rights protesters to desegregate bus stations throughout the Deep South. Their mission seemed straight-forward -- the law was clear that federal desegregation statutes overrode any local Jim Crow laws or traditions -- but the enforcement of the statutes varied widely across the South. When their buses got to Alabama, the activists were greeted by mobs, including members of local Klan chapters who worked in collusion with local police. The mob fire-bombed a bus, and beat the protesters when they couldn't burn them alive inside the bus.


These events shocked people everywhere, including the President of the United States. There was thought on all sides that maybe the Freedom Rides should stop; it was just too dangerous. But gradually, hundreds of ordinary citizens stepped forward, the Freedom Rides continued through the summer, and America took another step toward racial equality.

29] – Discuss Revolt in the Arab World at a Public Meeting on  Thurs., Feb. 3 at 7 PM at La Casa Community Church, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St, NW, Columbia Heights Metro.  The discussion will begin with presentations from Dr. Sami Al Banna, lifelong Arab Activist for Democracy, Liberation, and Social Justice, and Jon Van Camp, long time antiwar and Palestine solidarity activist, ISO member.  Egyptian activists may Skype into the meeting.  The DC Branch of the International Socialist Organization can be reached at

30] – Brainstorming for the Peace Letter is happening on Thurs., Feb. 3 at 7 PM at St.Stephens, 1525 Newton St. NW [intersection of 16th and Newton Sts.].  The Washington Peace Center has started with the planning of the upcoming spring newspaper, the Peace Letter.  Your creative abilities and critical analysis is needed. RSVP to


31] – The Maryland Health Security Act (state single-payer) has been introduced again this year in both houses of the Maryland General Assembly. The prime sponsors are Senator Paul Pinsky and Delegate Jill Carter. If you have time to help "walk the bill" in Annapolis, please contact Eric Naumburg ( / 443-562-6562) or Margaret Flowers ( / 410-591-0892). Walking the bill means collecting co-sponsors; the Senate bill needs to be dropped by Fri., Feb. 4 and the House bill needs to be dropped by Fri., Feb. 11, so that they will have hearings. Fund raising for the economic impact study has been going well, and there will be negotiations with the Lewin Group needed to finalize the form and price of the study in the coming weeks.


32] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Feb. 4 from 12 noon to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, intersection of W. 2nd & N. Bentz Sts. in Frederick.  Please dress in black; no additional signs.  Call 301-834-7581 or email


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., Feb. 4 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., Feb. 4 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] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings are hosting the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The next film in the series, entitled THE INDIVIDUAL IN A TIME OF CONFLICT, AMAZING GRACE [United Kingdom, 2006] will be shown on Fri., Feb. 4 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.  The Meeting hosts a potluck dinner from 6 to 7 PM on First Fridays after the vigil.  At 7 PM, the DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


AMAZING GRACE is directed by Michael Apted is about the campaign to abolish the slave trade in the United Kingdom.  The camera focuses on William Wilberforce, responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament. The title refers to the hymn "Amazing Grace," and the film recounts John Newton's writing of the hymn and highlights his influence on Wilberforce. The film stars Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai and Albert Finney.  Wilberforce has to be convinced by the abolitionists to take up the cause, as he realizes how unpopular he will become, considering slavery is a staple of the British economy.  Filmgoers unfamiliar with the history portrayed in the movie will be unaware that the real hero was Thomas Clarkson, a legendary Quaker human rights activist.  In the film, though, Clarkson is somewhat of a minor character.  Regardless, it gives hope to all who dream of serious and positive social change.  After a 20-year campaign, a bill is passed in 1807 to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire forever.

39] – On Fri., Feb. 4 at 7 PM watch SOUTH OF THE BORDER, which is being shown as part of the "JUST-REEL” First Friday Free Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County, PA. The evening will include light refreshments and an after-film discussion. It is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call 610-544-1818 in event of severe weather conditions after 1 PM on Friday.  Go to The film is Oliver Stone’s political documentary about the new Latin America…Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and the movement of the continent’s “pink tide” leftward tilt. 

40] – 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 -

41] – 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

42] –  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 Jan. 28.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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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