Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

24] War Is Not the Answer demo – Mar. 15

25] Other Defend the Dream demonstrations – Mar. 15

26] Film screening class – Mar. 15

27] Film COUNTDOWN TO ZERO – Mar. 15

28] Citizens for Peace meeting – Mar. 15

29] SOA Watch Speakers at Loyola – Mar. 15

30] Tell Sarbanes Vote No for War Funding – Mar. 16

31] Philadelphia peace vigil – Mar. 16

32] Tenants in Foreclosure workshop – Mar. 16

33] Westminster WIB vigil – Mar. 16                                

34] Film COINTELPRO 101 – Mar. 16

35] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Mar. 16

36] Climate Chaos conference call – Mar. 16

37] Snow Falling On Cedars – until Apr. 3

38] Get on the bus – deadline Mar. 16

39] Nuclear Posture Review -- Mar. 17

40] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Mar. 17


24] – 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. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  This vigil is coordinated with the MoveOn.org Political Action Team, and the theme will be Take Funding from the Pentagon & Give It to the States.  Bring signs calling for a 25% cut in the Pentagon budget to fund the communities.  To invite people to sign up specifically for your event, send your invitees this link: http://pol.moveon.org/event/defenddream/113200.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


25] – MoveOn is hosting at least 277 Defend the Dream Actions around the country.  Republicans in Congress are holding the middle class hostage—proposing a federal budget that would cut 700,000 to 1 million jobs from our communities and slash funding to support preschool and college students, pregnant women, unemployed workers, and much more. This isn't a budget; it's a slap in the face to the public workers, services, and institutions making the U.S. Dream possible.


There are at least three in the Baltimore area.  One is outside AFSC; another is at Baltimore City Public Schools HQ, 200 East North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202.  This will show solidarity with teachers, students, parents and workers who are under attack. The third is outside Maryland Public Television and the theme is Maryland Loves Public Television.  Go to MPT, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd., Owings Mills, MD 21117.  For directions, visit http://www.mpt.org/directions.


26] – At the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. from 6 to 9 PM on Tues., Mar. 15, Ben McCusker will continue with his film screening and discussion class.  Go to www.freeschool.redemmas.org. 


27] – On Tues., Mar. 15 from 6 to 8 PM, watch a screening of "Countdown To Zero" at American Univ., School of International Service Founder's Room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC. Call 202-885-1000.


28] –  The next meeting of Citizens For Peace will be on Tues., Mar. 15 at 7 PM at Wendy Rambo Shuford's home beginning promptly at 7 PM and finishing at 8:30 PM.  An agenda item will be to research the local impact of the Pentagon budget and steps to create a people's hearing on the impact of military spending on our communities.  Also, Ralph Moore from St Francis Academy will discuss an effort to create jobs for young people this summer. He would like to connect cutting military spending and job creation. Bring snacks to share.


The meeting will be at 1 Hamill Ct., BaltimoreMD 21210.  Call 410-532-5604.  Go to the Village of Cross Keys on Falls Road. Once inside the gate, turn left and stay on the main road as it winds around until you face south. Hamill Court is the only five story building on the south end (not a road) Park north of the building. Come to the door with the directory and the phone. Follow the directions at the directory.


29] –  The Loyola University Maryland Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) invites you to attend an enlightening discussion and presentation about modern issues of militarization in the Americas with SOA Watch staff members Nico Udu-gama and Gabriela Uassouf. The event will be on Tues., Mar. 15 at 7 PM in Knott Hall 004.  SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, to close the School of the Americas (SOA)/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. Learn more at www.soaw.org.  Gabi is from Argentina, and Nico was schooled in resistance by the campesinos and campesinas of Colombia. Free will donations to support the work of SOA Watch will be accepted. Contact Dennis McCunney (dmccunney@loyola.edu).  Directions to campus and parking information can be found at http://www.loyola.edu/visit.

30] – On Wed., Mar. 16 at 4:30 PM,  the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes' office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars.  We will also let him know "Hands off Social Security," "Bring the troops home in 2011," and "Move money from the Pentagon to our communities." From 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave against U.S. wars in the Middle East. 

Progressive Democrats of America, CODEPINK and others are holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for progressive legislation. Slogans on their posters include: "Healthcare not Warfare," "Corporations out of Politics," "Bailout Main Street not Wall Street," and "Brownbaggers not Teabaggers".  Go to http://tinyurl.com/brownbagvigil.


31] – 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. 16. Call 215-426-0364.


32] – There are monthly workshops for Tenants in Foreclosure at the Public Justice Center.  Renters have rights during the foreclosure of the building they live in.  In particular tenants have "the right to continue renting the property after the foreclosure for the remaining lease term or 90 days after a new legal title holder sends them notice to vacate, whichever is longer." There will be refreshments and childcare.  All workshops start at 6 PM.  RSVP at 410-625-9409 x235.  The dates are as follows Mar. 16, Apr. 13, May 18, June 15, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Oct. 12 & Nov.  16, and the Public Justice Center is at 1 N. Charles St., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21201.


33] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Mar. 16 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or wibfrederick@mizmail.com.


34] – Come to a free screening about the history that history forgot: COINTELPRO 101 will have a series of DC Metro Area showings 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 Wed., Mar. 16 at 7 PM, see the film at Univ. of Maryland, Nyumburu Cultural Center, College Park, MD Call 202-787-5229 or visit http://www.FreedomArchives.org/Cointelpro.html.


35] – 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. 16. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


36] -- Consider being on a National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance conference call on Wed., Mar. 16 at 9 PM EST to continue to plan a climate chaos action of nonviolent civil resistance at the Pentagon on Apr. 8, calling for an end to the wars and for an end to policies that make the Pentagon the biggest polluter of our earth.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email him at mobuszewski at verizon.net to get the call-in number and access code. 


37] – Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., is showing 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, and ticket prices range from $14 to $55. Call 410-332-0033 or go to www.centerstage.org.


38] – Major Veterans Peace Groups Unite for March 19 Action at White House.  There is a Baltimore bus going to the DC "Stand for Peace" Rally, and passengers will assemble at 8:30 AM on Sat., Mar. 19 at 4806 York Rd., Baltimore 21212 (at the American Friends Service Committee office).  The cost is $20, and the unemployed travel for free.  You must RSVP by March 16 to reserve a space on the bus. Contact Jim Baldridge at 410-433-3269 or jbaldridge1 (at) verizon.net.


On Mar. 19 at noon, a broad coalition of U.S. military veterans, the largest ever veteran-led nonviolent public civil resistance, consisting of members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, March Forward!, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace will gather at the White House in solidarity to demand peace. The veteran-led action will be supported by a large array of activist groups including ANSWER, Fellowship of Reconciliation, CODEPINK, Voters for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, World Can't Wait, Peace Action, United National Antiwar Committee, and the War Resisters League.  The civil resistance will start at 1 PM.


Veterans will gather to support Bradley Manning, who should be venerated as a hero instead of being incarcerated under conditions amounting, literally (and legally) to torture. We call for an immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of PFC Bradley Manning during his military confinement.  As veterans, we well understand and cherish the obligation of military personnel to refuse illegal orders and beyond that to prevent and expose war crimes. We know there is no excuse for following, either actively or passively, illegal orders.


39] – On Thurs., Mar. 17, from 9 to 10:30 AM, George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment; Jane Vaynman, Harvard University; Thomas Fingar, Stanford University; Scott Sagan, Stanford University; and Edward Warner, Defense Department; will examine "Arms, Disarmament, and Influence: International Responses to the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC. RSVP at NonproliferationReview@gmail.com.


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.


To be continued.

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