Monday, March 7, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

27] Immigrant Action Night – Mar. 8

27] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 8

29] Combatant Status Review Tribunals production – Mar. 8

30] Film screening class – Mar. 8

31] Play "Haunted by God" – Mar. 8

32] Ash Wednesday prayers – Mar. 9

33] Support Environmental Justice bills – Mar. 9

34] Support Medicare For All -- Mar. 9 & 10

35] Philadelphia peace vigil – Mar. 9

36] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 9

37] Snow Falling On Cedars – Mar. 9 – Apr. 3

38] Equal Justice for All – Mar. 10

39] Summit on Jobs – Mar. 10

40] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Mar. 10

41] Ayurveda workshops – Mar. 10

42] Leaderless Revolutions – Mar. 10

43] International Women's Day/Afghanistan – Mar. 10


27] – On Mon., Mar. 7 join Immigrant Action Night in Annapolis from 5 to 8:30 PM at the STATE CAPITOL, Annapolis, MD: Win College Access for Immigrant Youth and Make Sure that Maryland Does Not Become Arizona.  Contact CASA de Maryland at 240-491-5776 or 410-732-7777 or contact Helen Melton at


28] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Mar. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


29] – Sig Libowitz presents a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military trials, officially known as the Combatant Status Review Tribunals.  This production at 5:30 PM on Tues., Mar. 8 is part of the University of Baltimore Ethics Week, and will be performed at UB's Angelos Law Center, Mt. Royal and Maryland Aves. Call 410-837-5739.  Go to


30] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., Mar. 8, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to 


31] – Celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day with a production of "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" at 7 PM on Tues., Mar. 8 at St. Ignatius Church Hall, 805 N. Calvert St.  The suggested donation is $5 at the door.  This is a one-woman play starring Lisa Wagner-Carollo of Chicago's Still Point Theatre Collective. Call the Viva House Catholic Worker at 410-233-0488. 


32] –  On Wed., Mar. 9 at noon, there will be Ash Wednesday Prayers of Repentance for War on  Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House, sponsored by Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore and others.


33] – Support Environmental Justice Bills.  This session Clean Water Action working with its allies has been able to introduce legislation that would help environmentally-stressed communities throughout Maryland. Senate Bill 752 and House Bill 847 would require that state agencies when making certain permit decisions regarding large polluting facilities review and consider the impact and cumulative impacts that may be put upon already burdened environmentally stressed communities. 


Specifically, the bills would require:

       The Department of the Environment, in consultation with the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to map Environmentally Stressed Communities.

       That applicants applying for certain environmental permits to build or expand facilities in identified Environmentally Stressed Communities conduct an Environmental Justice Review.

       The Department of the Environment to consider "cumulative impacts" upon any environmentally stressed community before granting a permit for the building or expanding of a facility.


The hearing for Environmental Justice bill SB 752 was already held.  The hearing for Environmental Justice bill HB 847 will be Wed., Mar. 9 at 1 PM in Environmental Matters.  Will you or your organization be able to support this legislation with testimony either written or in person? If yes, contact Andrew Galli, MD Program Coordinator, at 410-235-8808.


34] – Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland announced that on Wed., Mar. 9 at 1 PM, there will be a hearing for the Maryland Health Security Act  (SB388) in the Senate Finance Committee. On Thurs., Mar. 10 at 1 PM, there will be a hearing for the Maryland Health Security Act  (HB1035) in the House Health and Government Operations.  Attendance at the hearings is a strong plus; come and stand and wear t-shirts, which will be provided. Submit written testimony to Margaret Flowers, M.D. at There is a gap in knowledge among the committee members about the economic effects of a single-payer system. Many members of the committees still believe that systems administered by the private insurers are superior to a publicly funded and administered single-payer system with one client pool.


35] Philadelphia peace vigil – Mar. 9


35] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Mar. 9. Call 215-426-0364.


36] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 9


36] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Mar. 9. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


37] – On Wed., Mar. 9 Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., will show SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, adapted by Kevin McKeon from David Guterson's acclaimed story during World War II in which a Japanese American is accused of murder.  The play will run through Apr. 3.  Ticket prices range from $14 to $55. Call 410-332-0033 or go to


38] – Join Alliance for Justice on Thurs., Mar. 10 for breakfast at 8:30 AM with a program beginning at 9 AM: Equal Justice for All: Are Pro-Corporate Decisions Hurting Everyday Americans? It will feature a speech by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, followed by a panel discussion with Suzette Malveaux, associate professor of law, Jeff Rosen, professor of law, and Bill Lurye (invited), associated general counsel, AFL-CIO. It will be moderated by Nan Aron, president, Alliance for Justice. . This takes place at the National Press Club, 529 W. 13th St. NW, 13th Floor, WDC 20045.  RSVP at Email  


39] – There is a jobs crisis, which needs bold solutions. On Thurs., Mar. 10, the Campaign for America's Future is hosting "The Summit on Jobs and America's Future."   Some of those attending are Rep. Keith Ellison, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Richard L. Trumka, Van Jones and many more. It will take place from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the National Press Club, Main Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, WDC. Go to


40] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Mar. 10


40] – The WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursdays at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC.  Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


41] – There are a number of workshops available as part of the Ayurveda at Home Series.  On Thurs., Mar. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, catch the Introduction to Ayurveda, the holistic health system from India. For new students, or those looking for a refresher, this is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Ayurveda series.  Topics include: basic principles of Ayurveda (doshas, subtle essences and gunas), the health process, the disease process.  There is no charge for this lecture, but registration is required. Go to


Then you can attend Ayurveda at Home for Pregnancy Weekend Intensive on Fri., Mar. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Sat. Mar. 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM and Sun., Mar. 13 from 2:30 to 6:30 PM.  Learn natural holistic health practices for a comfortable and healthy pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum period.


Finally, there is an Infant Massage Workshop on Sat., Mar. 12 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Learn a daily massage routine and techniques to use "on-the-go" to calm and relax your baby in stressful situations. The fee is $65. 


Contact Gayatri to register or inquire about the workshops at 312-593-6904 or  Go to


42] – On Thurs., Mar. 10 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., hear David Potter on the Leaderless Revolutions in Egypt and Algeria and ....  He is a historian of anarchism and of North African workers' self-management. He edited the 2006 collection "Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution," and his new book EYES TO THE SOUTH about French anarchists and Algeria is forthcoming in 2011 from AK Press. The talk is co-sponsored by the Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee.  Call 410.230.0450 or email


43] – Women In Black Frederick are hosting an International Women's Day program on Thurs., Mar. 10 at 7 PM at Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701, on Afghanistan.  The program will be moderated by the provost of Hood College, Katherine Conway-Turner.  Fahima Vorgetts and Alicia Lucksted are guest panelists.  The discussion will center on the history of women's rights and the current status for women in Afghanistan.  It is offered as a part of the Social Visionary Speaker Series. There will be beautiful and reasonably priced handmade Afghan crafts there for sale to benefit the humanitarian projects of the Afghan Women's Fund such as schools, clean water wells, and literacy, empowerment and income producing skills for women. A reception follows the panel discussion.  Call 301-834-7581 or email


To be continued.

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