Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

44] YES MEN film – Mar. 10

45] Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Mar. 10

46] White House vigil – Mar. 11

47] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Mar. 11

48] WIB Roland Park vigil – Mar. 11

49] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Mar. 11

50] Two State Peace – Mar. 11

51] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Mar. 11

52] Power Shift 2011 Info-session – Mar. 11

53] Public Interest Auction – Mar. 11

54] Film HOMETOWN BAGHDAD – Mar. 11

55] Mercy and Compassion – Mar. 11

56] Walter Reed vigil – Mar. 11

57] Benefit Spring to Life – Mar. 11

58] Ballroom dancing – Mar. 11

59] Dean Stevens in house concert – Mar. 11

60] Farmers Market – Mar. 12

61] Olney vigil to end the war – Mar. 12

62] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Mar. 12

63] Empty Bowls Souper Supper – Mar. 12

64] Peace vigil at Capitol – Mar. 12

65] Film FRANTZ FANON – Mar. 12

66] Bring War Dollars Home – Mar. 12

67] Film SICKO – Mar. 12

68] Day of the Woman – Mar. 12

69] Feminist Leadership Conference – Mar. 12 - 14

70] Love Thy Neighbor needs help   

71] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

72] Fund Our Communities campaign

73] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

74] Buy a copy of DENMARK RISING 

75] Skippy and Jordy need homes 

76] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

77] Support Haiti

78] Buy a red maple tree

79] Join Global Zero campaign

80] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

81] Publish your peace article

82] Click on The Hunger Site 

83] Fire & Faith  

84] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


44] – On Thurs., Mar. 10 at 7:30 PM, watch THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD [2009].  Industrious muckrakers Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their corporate alter-egos, expose some of those profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking capitalist excesses. See the film at the Peace House, 1233 12th St., NW, WDC. Before the screening, come to the vegetarian potluck dinner at 6:30 PM.  Contact Jay Marx at

45] – LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO will perform on Thurs., Mar. 10 at 11 PM at GWU's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Sts., NW, WDC.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office at 202-397-SEAT and range from $25 to $55.  GW students and alumni can see the performance for $15 at the box office. Go to or call 202-994-6800. 

46] – 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:   

47] – 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.
48] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Mar. 11 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

49] – 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

50] – A Two State Peace: Defining the Border is to be discussed on Fri., Mar. 11 from noon to 2 PM at the Root Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Mass. Ave. NW, WDC.  Geoffrey Aronson, director, research and publications at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Ghaith al-Omari, advocacy director for the American Task Force on Palestine, will lead the discussion.  The Obama administration's efforts to win a settlement freeze as a confidence-building measure have failed, and the U.S. has not presented a new vision for resuming the moribund peace process.  Nevertheless, many analysts now recommend shifting the diplomatic focus to negotiations to define the border between Israel and the future state of Palestine. RSVP at or 202-835-3650.

51] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Mar. 11 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. 

52] There will be a Power Shift 2011 info-session and mixer on Fri., Mar. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Affinity Lab, 920 U St. NW. and the Energy Action Coalition would like to invite you to join a discussion as to how organizations and individuals can get involved in the Power Shift 2011 Summit and various community service, entertainment events and nonviolent direct actions.  If you are interested in submitting a workshop for Power Shift 2011, go to the link  Contact Kari at 202-340-0976 or and add PS2011 to the subject line.

53] Attend the University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest Law's annual Public Interest Auction on Fri., Mar, 11 from 6:30 to 10 PM at the U. B. Law School.  It is $30 at the door & $25 in advance with law students getting a $5 discount. The event will include hors d'oeuvres, drinks & auction bidder number. Go to or contact Cassie Seward, president, at or 410-207-6198.


54] See HOMETOWN BAGHDAD, part of the World International Film Festival, on Fri., Mar, 11 fat 7 PM at Van Bookkelen Hall Auditorium, Towson U.  Call 410-704-4980.  Go to


55] – On Fri., Mar. 11 from 7 to 9 PM attend Mercy and Compassion: A Gospel Challenge to Capital Punishment and Torture featuring Art Laffin, DDCW, and Demissie Abebe, TASSC, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, Lower Church, 19 I St. NW, WDC 20001. It is sponsored by Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, Consistent Life Network, TASSC et al.


56] – 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.  Email or call 202-290-1301.  .


57] – Spring to Life is a benefit concert for the Spiritual Empowerment Center and KOFAVIV [Commission of Women Victims for Victims], a Haitian relief organization to help victims of the post-earthquake rape crisis.  The concert is at the Spiritual Empowerment Center, 2129 N. Charles St.  Call 443-244-7321. Go to  The suggested donation is $15.


58] –  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. 11. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

59] – For twenty five years Dean Stevens has delighted audiences of all ages throughout the Americas. He has established himself as a formidable creator and interpreter of a wide spectrum of songs in English and Spanish. Born and raised in Costa Rica, Dean Stevens is a lifelong student of Latin America. He travels frequently to Central America, and has become known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees returning to their homes in El Salvador and Guatemala.  His last release, "Eyes of Wonder" (Volcano Records), is a collection of songs in English and Spanish, with guest appearances by Sol y Canto, Randy Sabien, Linda Waterfall, and others.  He will perform at a house concert in Catonsville, MD on Fri., Mar. 11 at 8 PM.  It is $15 at the door, and reservations are necessary. Email Barbara Svoboda at


60] – 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


61] 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. 12. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


62] –  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


63] –  There will be an Empty Bowls Souper Supper supplied by local restaurants which will include a silent auction and family-friendly activities at the College of Notre Dame, 4701 N. Charles St. on Sat., Mar. 12 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM and 4 to 6 PM.  This is a benefit for St. Vincent de Paul. Call 410-662-0500.  The suggestion donation is $15.

64] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Mar. 12. 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

65] See FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORK, part of the Tournee Festival of Contemporary French Cinema, at Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus at 3:30 PM on Sat., Mar. 12.  Call 414-286-2156.  Go to www.jhu.edg.

66] – On Sat., Mar. 12 from 1 to 4:30 PM, attend the Bring the War Dollar$ Home Forum and April 9th Organizing Speak-Out at the Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Sts. in Philadelphia. Call Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or email

67] On Sat., Mar. 12 at 1:30 PM, there will be an educational and musical event at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. "Healthcare For Every Marylander" will include Delegate Liz Bobo and Donna Smith of National Nurses United and a showing of the movie "SiCKO." Hear about the effort to pass single-payer healthcare in Maryland and listen to folk and blue grass music performer Orrin Star. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Contact Dr. Eric Naumburg at or 443-562-6562.

68] Get involved in Amnesty International Women's Human Rights Group Celebration of the International Day of the Woman 2011 on Sat., Mar. 12 at 2 PM at the Electric Maid, 268 Carrol Street NW, WDC 20912. Contact Asaha Ufei at 202-230-3118 or

69] The National Young Feminist Leadership Conference is on Sat., Mar. 12 from 4:45 PM to 4:45 PM on Mon., Mar. 14.  Be at George Washington U., 1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22209, to be energized and empowered, share feminist organizing strategies, and network with over 500 young activists, including top feminist leaders in advocacy organization, universities, public office, and more. Early bird registration is only $30 for individuals and $25/person for a group of 5 or more.  Email to take advantage of the group discount when registering. Call 703-522-2214. 

70] – 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.   


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

72] – 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      


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


74] – 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

75] – 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.


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


77] – 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

78] – 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


79] – 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.  

80] – 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.
81] – 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


82] – 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.  


83] – 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


84] – 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

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