Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

24] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 6

25] Social teaching – Apr. 6

26] Not One More Fire – Apr. 6

27] Hector Aristizábal's book – Apr. 6

28] "The Hour of Sunlight" – Apr. 6

29] Film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE – Apr. 6

30] Healthy communities – Apr. 6

30] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 6

31] Mexican organizer at Red Emma's – Apr. 6

32] Film "Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?" – Apr. 6

33] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Apr. 6


24] – 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 Apr. 6. Call 215-426-0364.

25] – On Wed., Apr. 6 from 5 to 8 PM, you are invited to attend "Catholic Social Teaching in Action: The Catholic Campaign for Human Development," sponsored by Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies,  in Great Room A of the Pryzblya Center on the CUA campus. The event will begin with a reception and feature a panel of representatives from CCHD-funded groups who are working to address the root causes of poverty in Washington, D.C. and in other areas of the country. One featured speaker will be Janine Carreiro, 2010 winner of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award.  Contact Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, or Rev. Anthony Pogorelc, S.S., RSVP at

26] NOT ONE MORE FIRE! Organizing Globally-Remembering the Triangle Fire will be hosted by the International Labor Rights Forum for an awards ceremony and reception on Wed., Apr. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Communications Workers of America Headquarters, 501 Third St. NW, WDC 20001.  Help us commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and honor those who have shown an extraordinary commitment to workers in the U.S. and around the world.  ILRF WILL HONOR U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, American Federation of Teachers and the United Steelworkers. RSVP to Trina Tocco at All proceeds will help ILRF to strengthen workers' organizations and labor rights advocacy around the world. Call Danielle Tipton at 202-347-4100 x115.

27] On Wed., Apr. 6 at 6 PM at William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE, join Dream City Collective and School of the Americas Watch, during the Days of Action for Latin America and Against the School of Americas, in celebrating the publishing of Hector Aristizábal's book about growing up in the barrios of Medellin, Colombia, where he and his siblings had to use all their wit, wiles, and wherewithal to survive poverty, the ever-present allure of cheap drugs and very dangerous money, and the endemic violence from leftwing guerrillas, rightwing death squads, cocaine cartels, and the armed power of the State.  As a young actor and psychology student, Hector was seized by the military, held in secret, and tortured. He survived and went on to find meaning in his ordeal as he channeled his desire for revenge into nonviolent activism both in his homeland and during decades of exile in the United States. THE BLESSING NEXT TO THE WOUND is a passionate and evocative memoir that, amid enormous suffering and loss, is a full-throated affirmation of life.

28] "The Hour of Sunlight" with Jen Marlow, filmmaker, author, playwright, and human rights advocate will be hosted by the Palestine Center on Wed., Apr. 6 at 6:30 PM.  RSVP 

29] On Wed., Apr. 6 at 6:30 PM at Towson U., 8000 York Road, as part of the 8th annual film festival, Roger Ross Williams will present a screening of the documentary MUSIC BY PRUDENCE, which features a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter who was born disabled and poor.  She also overcomes discrimination.  Call 410-704-2787 or go to

30] On Wed., Apr. 6 at 7 PM at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St., Gil Penasola, sponsored by the Columbia  Association and Bike Maryland, will address Moving from Talking to Doing.  He will instruct the audience on the creation of vibrant cities by promoting walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other spaces are great places for all. Call 410-235-2356 or go to

31] – Come and listen to an inspiring account of working class, peasant families struggling for dignity, autonomy, and true democracy in Central Mexico. Luz Rivera Martinez of the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC) will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy and resisting free trade on Wed., Apr. 6 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. CNUC groups across Tlaxcala have built health clinics and taught traditional medicine to families. CNUC produces tons of organic fertilizer each year, lessening peasants' dependence on expensive chemical fertilizer. CNUC families also work with local teachers to include people's history and pertinent social issues in educational curriculum.

32] The screening of "Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?" on Wed., Apr. 6 from 7 to 11 PM at the West End Cinema. 2301 M St. NW, WDC.  Saul Landau's film contrasts the history of CIA violence versus the case of the 5 Cubans serving long sentences in U.S. prisons. There is an interview with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five, currently serving life imprisonment for "conspiracy to commit espionage."  Landau also interviews Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, and others who have acknowledged perpetrating acts of terrorism in Cuba as "freedom fighters." Following each showing will be a discussion with the filmmaker. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for students.  Go to  

33] – 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 Apr. 6. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


To be continued


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