Saturday, March 26, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

44] Run for a cause – Mar. 26

45] Vegetable Garden – Mar. 26

46] Olney vigil to end the war – Mar. 26

47] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Mar. 26

48] Peace vigil at Capitol – Mar. 26

49] Monday Night Masters – Mar. 26

50] Sweet Honey in the Rock – Mar. 26

51] Poetic Journey – Mar. 27

52] Get on the bridge for peace – Mar. 27


54] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Mar. 27

55] Green Forum – Mar. 27

56] Understanding Political Talk -- Mar. 27

57] Red Emma's Meeting – Mar. 27

58] Pentagon Vigil -– Mar. 28


44] Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT, is a "Run for a Cause" partner in the National Marathon in D.C.  It is also a local organization that provides counseling and other services (including expert testimony) for people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. after having suffered torture in their home countries. ASTT's running teams will include the range of runners - from world-class Ethiopian marathoners to the weekend warriors on relay teams.  RUNNERS ARE NEEDED at 7 AM on Sat., Mar. 26 at the D.C. Armory.  The fundraising goal for each runner is only $250, and you will get help to fundraise. Go to  Email or call 410-464-9006.

45] Join the Baltimore Food and Faith Project for a tour of three congregation and  religious school vegetable gardens, followed by an instructional workshop about how to create a garden with your own faith community.  This event includes lunch and transport.  Meet at 10 AM on Sat., Mar. 26 at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road.  Call 410-502-5069.

46] 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. 26. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


47] –  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


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


49] – There will be an artists' reception on Sat., March 26 from 3 to 6 PM at Viva House, 26 S. Mount St., Baltimore 21223.  Call 410-233-0488. This is the 7th annual exhibit of the Monday Night Masters, which includes works by Willa Bickham and Elizabeth McAlister.


50] – Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform on Sat., March 26 at 8 PM at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.  Call 410-783-8000 or go to  This a cappella ensemble creates music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions.


51] – On Sun., Mar. 27 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, is hosting A Poetic Journey Through South America with Karla Mancero who made a five-month journey with her husband Brian Langston.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


52] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


53] – The Frederick Film Festival will showcase A FILM UNFINISHED on Sun., Mar. 27 at 2:30 PM at the Weinberg Center for Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD.  Call 301-600-2828.  Go to  See raw footage of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 shot by the Nazis.  


54] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


55] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Mar. 27 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286. Go to  There will be a 45 minute presentation, followed by break-outs into affinity groups.  As always, there will be time for announcements and networking. This month's featured affinity group will present "LOW TECH" TECHNOLOGIES FOR A BRIGHTER, GREENER, FUTURE/CHERRY PICKING THE BEST TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE 19TH CENTURY TO THE 21ST TO SERVE YOU!  Check out


Mark Fisher, director, HARVEST CHAPEL MISSION, INC, is a structural engineer who has developed appropriate technologies for those in need around the world. Mark will explain, with some demonstration, technologies such as a simple hand "grinder" to the more complex "Empower-train", a prototype diesel/electric hybrid drive farm vehicle that runs on vegetable oil made right on the farm. A prototype vehicle was transported as checked baggage and re-assembled in Uganda in 2008 with simple hand tools. If you could produce enough food and electricity for a family of 4 in just 2 hours a day, from 5 acres of land, would you feel more secure in our troubled world? He will show a PowerPoint of farm equipment and the steel / straw bale modular house. Go to


The Green Forum is held usually on the fourth Sunday of each month. Donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated.  For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234. Go to


56] – On Sun., Mar. 27 at 6 PM, be at Protecting our Democracy: Understanding American Political Talk in the Age of Infotainment sponsored by Women in Black Frederick at Hood College, Whitaker Center, Frederick, MD.  Kathryn Ruud has studied the manipulative language used by fascists in interwar Germany and by communists in post-World War II East Germany. She applies her understanding to the analysis of polarized political discourse, arguing that many of the tactics used by propagandists from extremes across the political spectrum are undermining political discussion in the U.S. today. She outlines seven major strategies of polarization, and introduces personal strategies for public and private communication to counter destructive political talk. It is offered as a part of the Season for Nonviolence, a series of events which honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi each year across the nation from Jan. 30 – April 4th. A complete listing of events and more information on the Season for Nonviolence is available at


57] – Red Emma's needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Mar. 27. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


58] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Mar. 28, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


To be continued.

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