Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

30] NO MORE BLOOD in Mexico – Mar. 3

31] WIB Towson vigil – Mar. 3

32] Controlling the Bomb – Mar. 3

33] First Thursday vigil against war – Mar. 3

34] Law students benefit – Mar. 3

35] Film AFTER INNOCENCE – Mar. 3

36] Eyewitness to Labor Battles – Mar. 3

37] Film on the occupation – Mar. 3

38] Film FAIL-SAFE – Mar. 3

39] White House vigil – Mar. 4 

40] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Mar. 4

41] WIB Roland Park vigil – Mar. 4

42] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Mar. 4

43] WIB Frederick vigil – Mar. 4

44] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Mar. 4

45] Film BILLY BUDD – Mar. 4

46] Habitat for Humanity benefit – Mar. 4

47] Report from Cairo – Mar. 4


49] Walter Reed vigil – Mar. 4

50] Anti-death penalty mom – Mar. 4

51] Ballroom dancing – Mar. 4

52] Art Attacks – Mar. 5

53] Farmers Market – Mar. 5

54] Social Ministry Convocation – Mar. 5

55] Olney vigil to end the war – Mar. 5

56] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Mar. 5

57] Green Energy Tour – Mar. 5

58] Peace vigil at Capitol – Mar. 5

59] Peace meal – Mar. 5

60] Detention & Denial – Mar. 5

61] African Film Festival – Mar. 5 & 6

62] End Israeli Occupation -- Mar. 5-7

63] Film COINTELPRO 101 – Mar. 5

64] Story of Gaza – Mar. 5

65] Love Thy Neighbor needs help   

66] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

67] Fund Our Communities campaign

68] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

69] Buy a copy of DENMARK RISING 

70] Skippy and Jordy need homes 

71] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

72] Support Haiti

73] Buy a red maple tree

74] Join Global Zero campaign

75] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

76] Publish your peace article

77] Click on The Hunger Site 

78] Fire & Faith  

79] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


30] – On Thurs., Mar. 3 from noon to 5 PM, there will be a call  NO MORE BLOOD.  From noon to 2:30 PM gather in Lafayette Park, and then protest outside the Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater from 4 to 5 PM.  On the occasion of the 5th bilateral meeting of Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, Constitutional President of Mexico, meeting with President Barack Obama, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras invites you to an emergency protest in support the demands by Mexican civil society and other people of conscience.  There is a demand that the long systemic practice of forced disappearances by the Mexican government stop immediately, and there must be an immediate halt of all militarization and paramilitary activity in the Indigenous regions. Contact John Steinbach at


31] WIB Towson vigil – Mar. 3


31] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Mar.  3, noon-1PM in Towson at northwest corner of Washington & Chesapeake Aves., across the street from the post office, near the courthouse. Contact This vigil takes place on the first Thursday of the month.


32] – On Thurs., Mar. 3 from 2 to 4 PM, Barry Blechman, Stimson Center, Bates Gill, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and Avner Cohen, Monterey Institute, are doing a book launch of "Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons" at the Stimson Center, 1111 19th St., NW, 12th Floor, WDC. RSVP to April Umminger at


33] First Thursday vigil against war – Mar. 3


33] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will host an End the Wars vigil on Thurs., Mar. 3 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest U.S. Wars.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


34] – Help fund a brigade of law students to work in public interest law practices this summer! On Thurs., Mar, 3 from 6 to 9 PM at the Univ. of MD Law School, the Maryland Public Interest Law Program (MPILP) is holding its annual Goods & Services Auction. The cost is $50 at the door & $40 in advance. It is $15 for law students. The event will include light supper fare, hors d'oeuvres, drinks & auction bidder number. Go to  Contact Emily Jaskot or Marissa Lenius, co-presidents, at or 410-706-8393.


35] – "After Innocence" will be screened on Thurs., Mar. 3 at 6:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts, NW, WDC.  The screening will be presented by Amnesty International USA. A winner of the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, it tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated - innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives.


36] – Eyewitness to Labor Battles: from Wisconsin to D.C. is taking place on Thurs., Mar. 3 from 7 to 9 PM at La Casa Community Center, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW (Columbia Heights Metro). A working-class struggle has returned to the United States.  Inspired by the popular revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, workers and students in Wisconsin have organized mass sick-ins, job actions, daily rallies and a sit-in at the state capitol for three weeks. 


Come hear Chris Townsend, of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and Brian Ward from the International Socialist Organization report back from the front lines of the mass struggle in Wisconsin. Also invited are speakers from the National Nurses Union at Washington Hospital Center, who will have a one-day strike on Fri., Mar. 4 and a speaker from the Aramark food service workers at Georgetown who have recently launched a campaign to unionize with UNITE HERE.  Email and 202-903-6906/D.C. Branch of the International Socialist Organization.


37] – On Thurs., Mar. 3 at 7 PM @ 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts., there will be a screening of the new documentary film, OCCUPATION HAS NO FUTURE: Resistance and Militarism in Israel/Palestine followed by a discussion with filmmaker David Zlutnick.  In the fall of 2009 a group of US veterans and war resisters traveled to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections and share experiences. The film uses this trip as a lens to study Israeli militarism, examine the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explore the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away.  Go to


38] – On Thurs., Mar. 3 at 7:30 PM, watch FAIL-SAFE: it's DR. STRANGELOVE, but without the laughs. It was made within a year of Strangelove and at the height of cold war atomic anxiety.  A U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered toward Moscow, ready to drop its load. The U.S. president (Henry Fonda) and various military and congressional leaders must then scramble to deal with the disaster. The built-in suspense is well maintained by director Sidney Lumet, working from a script by former blacklisted writer Walter Bernstein. Walter Matthau has a starring role. Ted Daley, IPPNW, will do an introduction at the Peace House, 1233 12th St., NW, WDC before the screening.  Come to the potluck dinner at 6:30 PM.  Contact Jay Marx at


39] – 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:   

40] – 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.

41] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Mar. 4 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

42] – 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

43] WIB Frederick vigil – Mar. 4


43] – WIB holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month.  The next vigil is Mar. 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


44] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Mar. 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. 


45] – 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, BILLY BUDD [United Kingdom, 1962] will be shown on Fri., Mar. 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.


BILLY BUDD begins in 1797, as a British naval vessel impresses a crewman "according to the Rights of War" from the merchant ship The Rights Of Man. The new crewman, Billy Budd [Terrence Stamp], is considered naive by his shipmates, and they attempt to indoctrinate him in their cynicism. But Budd's steadfast optimism cannot be changed. Also onboard is a brutal master-at-arms, John Claggart [Robert Ryan] who believes he must control the crew through vicious flogging.  Budd challenges him about the use of flogging, and accidentally kills Claggart.  Captain Edwin Fairfax Vere [Peter Ustinov] assembles a court martial.  The cast is outstanding, and Ustinov is the director, screenwriter and producer of a film derived from a Herman Melville short story.

46] – On Fri., Mar. 4 at 6 PM get over to the Garden Preview Party at the Maryland Home and Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.  Enjoy food with music by the Adam Hopkins Quartet.  This will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.  The cost is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Call 410-366-1250.  Go to

47] – Medea Benjamin, recently back from Cairo, will give a talk "People Power and the Struggles for Freedom in Egypt and Palestine" on Fri., Mar. 4 at 6 PM at George Washington Univ., Marvin Center Amphitheater. Email



48] – On Fri., Mar. 4 at 7 PM watch THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, 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.  Go to The 1965 film by Gillo Pontecorvo is one of the most influential movies ever made.  It is set during the War of Independence (1954 - 1962) against French colonial rule in Algeria and dramatizes timeless lessons about foreign military occupation and political violence.  It is so relevant today.  

49] – 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 -


50] – On Fri., Mar. 4 at 7:30 PM, Save My Son on Virginia's Death Row features Terri Steinberg.  Though she was always against the death penalty, the surgical technician in labor and delivery from Fairfax never gave the subject much thought. But in 2001, her son, Justin Wolfe, 20 years old, was falsely accused, then convicted of "murder for hire" and sentenced to death. Justin has now been on death row at the Sussex I State Prison in Waverly, Virginia for over ten years. Terri has since been on a mission to save her son as well as to help educate others about the cycle of violence caused by the death penalty. She hopes that by telling her son's story, she can open hearts and change minds about the death penalty as well as help young people understand the danger of getting involved with drugs so they make better choices. This talk will be held at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC, 20010.  Contact Art @ 202-360-6416.


51] –  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 Mar. 4. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

52] – On Fri., Mar. 4 at 8:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., NW, WDC, guerrilla poster artist and political activist Robbie Conal will discuss 25 years of ART ATTACKS, his highly irregular urban army's infamous street counterinfotainment campaigns satirizing American politicians, TV evangelists, media pundits and global capitalists. He will also read from his book, "Not Your Typical Political Animal."


53] – 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


54] – On Sat., Mar. 5 from 8:15 AM to 3 PM, the 32nd Annual Baltimore Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation, Economic Justice for all, will be held at Seton Keough High School, 1201 Caton Ave., Baltimore 21227.  The keynote speaker is Rev. John Donahue, biblical scholar and author of the scriptural foundations of "Economic Justice for all."   There will be 11 workshops, and two of them will be in Spanish. The registration fee is $10, and lunch will be for those who preregister.  Contact Glyn Bailey 4140-769-8049 or email 


55] 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 Mar. 5. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


56] –  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

57] Take a Green Energy and Green Building Tour on Sat., Mar. 5 at 11:30 AM at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, 1000 Frankfurt Ave. There is no charge for the tour.  Call 410-246-0669. 

58] – 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


59]The next Peace Meal will feature Milk 4 Peace & Classical Guitar on Sat., Mar. 5 at 1 PM at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  "Raw Milk: the Best Food for a Peaceful Constitution" will be articulated by Thomas Roemer, a dairy farmer from Kimberton Hills, PA, and the classical guitar music will be performed by Aurelio Menendez.  The program starts with interfaith prayers and songs, followed by blessing of the food ceremony, then the speaker's address along with a hot vegetarian lunch. RSVP at

60] Benjamin Wittes presents "Detention and Denial" on Sat., Mar. 5 from 1 to 4 PM at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC.  In his study of U.S. detention practices, Wittes, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and author of "Law and the Long War" finds that Guantánamo and other military-run detention centers are operated without any coherent policy. Wittes argues for a more honest, consistent, and sustainable application of preventive detention.  Contact Mike Giarratano at 

61] – The Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting the African Film Festival on Sat., Mar 5 from 1 to 5:30 PM and Sun., Mar. 6 from 1 to 5:30 PM on Art Museum Drive.  Call 443-573-1700 or go to  Adults pay $10, and students $5.


62] – End the Israeli Occupation Campaign is happening on Sat., Mar. 5 from 4:45 PM through Mon., Mar. 7 at 4:45 PM at the Cesar Chavez School for Public Policy, WDC.  As grassroots movements for democracy sweep the Middle East, now is the perfect time for you to come to Washington, D.C. to build your activist skills and advocate to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality.  On Sat., Mar. 5 go to AFSC's Campus Organizing Conference.  On Sun., Mar. 6 and Mon., Mar. 7 join the IFPB/US Campaign Grassroots Advocacy Training & Lobby Day 2011.

63] – Come to a free screening about the history that history forgot: COINTELPRO 101 will have a series of DC Metro Area showings from Sat., Mar. 5 through Tues., Mar. 29.  COINTELPRO was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. The tactics used included discrediting targets through psychological warfare, planting false reports in the media, smearing through forged letters, harassment, wrongful imprisonment, extralegal violence and assassination. On Sat., Mar. 5 at 5 PM, see the film at Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW,

WDC.  Call 202-787-5229 or visit


64] – Telling the Story of Gaza is on for Sat., Mar. 5 at 7 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts. NW, WDC.  The American Friends Service Committee is hosting bloggers Laila el Haddad (Gaza Mom) and Adam Horowitz (Mondoweiss) as they discuss their contributions to the new book "The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict."


65] – Ann von Lossberg is on Love Thy Neighbor's advisory council.  It is working out of Ramallah, Palestine, providing nonviolence training to youth, and the numbers grow nicely each year (new graduates in turn become new trainers)--168 to date.  Bernard Lafayette, the protégé of Martin Luther King, oversees all training.  Like many nonprofits LTN is struggling to meet the program budget this year.  Go to  If you would like to make a contribution, go to Ann's website and then go to the ABOUT CCEF page.  Or you could mail a contribution to 5612 Vantage Point Road, Columbia MD  21044. You will receive a letter from LTN for tax deduction purposes.   


66] – Sign up with Washington Peace Center

66] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

67] – 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      


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


69] – 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

70] – 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.


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


72] – 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

73] – 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


74] – 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.  

75] – 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.

76] – 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


77] – 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.  


78] – 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


79] – 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


No comments: