Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

19] Green Week continues – through Apr. 23

20] Lobby Senate staffers – Apr. 20

21] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 20

22] Westminster WIB vigil – Apr. 20                                

23] Faith & Resistance Retreat – Apr. 20                                

24] Haitian Revolution – Apr. 20

25] Film THE LINE – Apr. 20

26] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Apr. 20

27] Palestine/Israel Roundtable – Apr. 21

28] Protest fracking – Apr. 21

29] Amy Goodman in Silver Spring – Apr. 21  

30] Faith & Social Justice panel – Apr. 21

31] Memoir discussion at Red Emma's – Apr. 21 & 22

32] RAF grant deadline – Apr. 21  

33] Join Pledge on Earth Day – Apr. 22

34] Earth Day's Good Friday – Apr. 22

35] White House vigil – Apr. 22

36] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 22

37] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 22

38] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 22

39] Justice Stations of the Cross – Apr. 22



19] – Ecofest continues with Green Week through Sat., Apr. 23—workshops, lecture, vertical garden planting and more.  Go to


20] - On Wed., Apr. 20 at 1 PM, Join Progressive Democrats of America for D.C. Senate Lobby Day.  PDA will visit staffers on Capitol Hill to present The People's Budget for the next budget cycle. Social Security and Medicare are still in the targets of the deficit hawks, and there is a need for a sustained and continued presence in Congress. Before visiting the Senate, meet in the Dirksen Basement Cafeteria for packet distribution.  Email mikehersh at


21] – 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. 20. Call 215-426-0364.


22] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Apr. 20 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


23] – YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN the HOLY WEEK FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 16th and Newton Sts., NW, WDC starting Wed., Apr. 20 at 6 PM with supper and continuing through a noon witness at the White House on Fri. Apr. 22. This year's theme is PUT AWAY THE SWORD; FOLLOW JESUS IN NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION. Contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Community, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd., NW, Washington D.C. 20010 at 202-882-9649 or Jonah House Community, 1301 Moreland Ave., Baltimore 21216 at 410-233-6238 or disarmnow (at) verizon (dot) net.


24] Author Maurice Jackson will discuss his book "African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents" on Wed., Apr. 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW (14th & V Sts.), WDC 20009.  Call 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or email

25] See the film THE LINE on Wed., Apr. 20 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. This is about a one night stand far from home which goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker.  Told through a "sex-positive" lens, THE LINE is a 24 minute documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker- who is raped, but her story isn't cut and dry. Not a "perfect victim," the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today's "rape culture." The film asks the question: where is the line defining consent?  THE LINE was completed in July 2009.  This screening is sponsored by Hollaback! Baltimore. Call 410-230-0450.  Go to


26] – 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. 20. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


27] – 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.


28] – On Thurs., Apr. 21 at 4 PM, protest against fracking at the Department of Environmental Protection, Two E. Main St., Norristown, PA.  Go to Norristown%2C+PA&aq=f&aqi=m1&aql=&oq=.  There are several sponsors, including the Green Party of Phila. and the Brandywine Peace Community.  It is easy walking distance from Norristown SEPTA station ( Call 215-243-7103. 


29] – Amy Goodman will be at a Town Hall on Thurs., Apr. 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  The WPFW Local Station Board is hosting a Town Hall, and Amy will provide an update on the attack on public broadcasting.  The purpose of the Town Hall is for listeners to tell the board and station management how the community radio station is performing.  Use the Silver Spring Metro. Email


30] – On Thurs., Apr. 21 at 7 PM, hear a panel on Faith and Social Justice in the Baltimore Area at Goucher College in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum.  This panel discussion will bring together representatives from faith-based social reform and social service organizations in the Baltimore area to discuss the challenges and benefits of being part of a religious organization doing work in the broader community. The panelists are Jennie Gates Beckman, senior program associate, Jewish Volunteer Services, Imam Earl El-Amin, resident Imam, Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore, Tawanna Kane, coordinator, Joy Wellness Clinic, and Mike Mitchell, chief executive officer, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.


They will also talk about career and volunteer opportunities in religiously motivated social justice organizations and how college students might best position themselves to follow these career paths.  Contact Ann W. Duncan, Department of Philosophy and Religion, at 410-337-3011 or


31] On Thurs., Apr. 21 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., Stacy Pershall will discuss her memoir, LOUD IN THE HOUSE OF MYSELF, her story of growing up depressed and too smart for her own good. She was a deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas (population 1,000), where the prevailing wisdom was that Jesus healed all. From her days as a thirteen-year-old Jesus freak, through a battle with anorexia and bulimia, her first manic episode at eighteen, and the eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, she kept on and details it all in this spirited and at times mordantly funny memoir.  


After her 2001 suicide attempt, broadcast live on a Webcam, Pershall realized the need to heal her mind and body. She found a revolutionary cure (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and a new mood-stabilizing medication. She also met a tattoo artist and discovered the healing power of body modification. By giving over her skin and enduring the physical pain, she learned about the true nature of trust.  Stacy will also be giving a memoir writing workshop at Red Emma's sister project--Baltimore Free School--on Fri., Apr. 22 from 6 to 8 PM. Call 410-230-0450.  Go to

32] Research Associates Foundation (RAF) encourages Baltimore area activists to apply for a grant ranging from $500 to $2500; the grants will be awarded to individuals and organizations that can be described as "left-leaning," "progressive," "transformative," "social change oriented," etc.  The deadline for applications is April 21, 2011. Specific grant guidelines and application materials can be found at  Please note that we do NOT provide grants to organizations whose main mission is to provide services, however important those services are.  Email

33] – On Fri., Apr. 22 from 7:30 to 8:30 AM celebrate EARTH DAY on the Wyman Park Bridge with the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore.  The Pentagon is #1 at destroying the environment and causing climate chaos, and the war machine must be challenged.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at


34] – On Fri., Apr. 22 at noon, join EARTH DAY'S GOOD FRIDAY (Good Friday Stations of Justice & Peace - Earth Day Celebration for Peace and the Environment).  It will include nonviolent action at Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, Valley Forge, PA (behind King of Prussia Mall).  It is easily accessible by public transit (, SEPTA bus #125 from Philadelphia stops right across the street from the Lockheed Martin main driveway entrance).  Call the Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 if you wish to participate in the day's civil resistance to challenge Lockheed Martin, the world's #1 war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor, and be on site at 11:15 AM. Go to


35] – 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:   

36] – 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.
37] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on Fri., Apr. 22 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

38] – 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

39] – Pax Christi-Baltimore will do its 25th annual Justice Stations of the Cross on Apr. 22, Good Friday, beginning at noon in the plaza in front of City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.  Participants will march to various sites around the downtown area, closing at the War Memorial Building on Gay St.  Contact Chuck Michaels at also note that all the stations are much closer together than last year. Contact Chuck Michaels at cwmichaels at or 410-321-0107.

To be continued.

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