Saturday, April 16, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3


53] Olney vigil to end the war – Apr. 16

54] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Apr. 16

55] Peace vigil at Capitol – Apr. 16

56] Ecofest – Apr. 16

57] Arun's workshop on writing – Apr. 16

58] Tree of Remembrance – Apr. 16

59] Meditate for peace – Apr. 16

60] Torture survivors benefit – Apr. 16

61] Gimmie Shelter benefit – Apr. 16

62] March With the Animals – Apr. 17

63] "Race, the Death of the Public, and the Neoliberal Turn" – Apr. 17

64] Get on the bridge for peace – Apr. 17

65] Energy Seminar – Apr. 17

66] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Apr. 17

67] Green Forum – Apr. 17

68] Film GASLAND – Apr. 17

69] Red Emma's Meeting – Apr. 17

70] Artists for Climate – Apr. 17

71] Pentagon Vigil -– Apr. 18

72] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

73] Fund Our Communities campaign

74] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

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


53] 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 Apr. 16. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


54] –  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


55] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Apr. 16. 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


56] – Be at Ecofest in Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave. from noon to 5 PM on Sat., Apr. 16. Call 410-396-6106.


57] – Arun Gupta will do a workshop Independent Journalism: Principles and Practice on Sat., Apr. 16 from 2 to 5 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD.  It is sponsored by the Baltimore Indypendent Reader.  It is required to register at  The purpose is to share the basic tools of quality, independent journalism, so the media can be ours and participatory. Arun has been an editor of "The Indypendent" (New York) since 2000, and was an editor of "The Guardian" (New York) from 1989-1992.


58] – Maryland Citizens Against State Executions [CASE] announced that National Victims of Crime Week ran from Apr. 10 through Apr. 16, and Maryland events are planned to remember and honor individuals lost to murder. All events are open to public and welcome family members as well friends who wish to offer love and support.


The MD Crime Victims' Resource Center's Annual Day of Remembrance is Sat., Apr. 16 from 3 to 5 PM.  This event begins with "Tree of Remembrance" memorial service outside the Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, followed by a multimedia presentation, along with display area for framed photographs of lost loved ones.  If you would like to submit a photo, please e-mail it to  Include your loved one's name, birth date and either the anniversary date of their passing or their age, if you feel comfortable doing so.  RSVP at 301-952-0063 or 1-877-VICTIM-1.


59] – Every Saturday after the Satsang - Meditation for World Peace, 5 to 6 PM and the chanting and prayers, 6 to 7 PM, there will a film shown about the history of Sathya Sai Baba and his mission at 4209 East West Hwy., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.   RSVP to Victor (Vyasa) Landa at 301-654 6759.  Go to


60] – On Sat., Apr. 16 at 6 PM, NRCAT invites you to a fundraising dinner for the Torture Awareness Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204. This organization, made up of survivors of torture, has made a significant contribution to the efforts to end U.S.-sponsored torture forever.  Speakers include Brigadier General Stephen Xenakis, MD, a critic of U.S. Torture policy, and Frida Ngwa, a survivor of torture. Dr. Coleen Kivlahan of the J. Schmidt Free Clinic will be honored for her work. The tickets are $45 of which $35 is tax deductible. RSVP to Moya Atkinson [].  Go to or call 202-529-2991.  

61] – Ron Williams will do Planet News !! A rites-of-spring performance as part of the Gimmie Shelter Benefit Performance on Sat., Apr. 16 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Art Gallery, 5502 Harford Road, Baltimore 21214.  This effort to aid the homeless will include will include other poets and musicians.  There will be a request for a $5 donation.  If possible donate seeds, non-perishable food and Pedialite.  Call 410-627-8774.  Go to


62] – March with the Animals on Sun., Apr. 17 at 10 AM at Druid Hill Park, 2600 Maryland Ave. to raise money for the Maryland SPCA.  Registration with your animal friend is at 9 AM.  Go to

Call 410-396-6106. 


63] – On Sun., Apr. 17 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, welcomes Lester Spence, PhD. , assistant professor, Political Science, JHU.  He will address "Race, the Death of the Public, and the Neoliberal Turn." In the past forty years, the progressive role of government has diminished, while the punitive role of government has increased markedly. The very concept of "the public" is under threat. The talk addresses the role race and racism plays in the move towards punitive governance and offers ways to resist this turn and rebuild the public.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


64] – 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


65] – WeGreen USA's Energy Seminar series Understanding Incentives and Wind Power is on for Sun., Apr. 17 from 2 to 4 PM at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library, Meeting Room, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866.  It is free for Maryland residents, but space is limited so register at


66] – 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.


67] – A BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM, a monthly environmental education and discussion forum, takes place on Sun., Apr. 17 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.


The Green Forum is held usually on the fourth Sunday of each month. However this is scheduled one week early with the theme "Building Bridges; Collaborative Projects for a Healthy Harbor" to coincide with the 8th Annual Baltimore Green Week. Check out


Realizing the dream of a "fishable, swimmable harbor" will require lots of caring work and deep collaboration between unlikely partners. Our speakers, Ashley Traut (Blue Water Baltimore), and Chris Streb (Biohabitats) will share details about two projects already underway to (1) green the city's alleyways and (2) engage school children in the construction of the floating wetlands at the World Trade Center.


Donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated.  For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234. Go to


68] – Wendy Shuford invites you to watch GASLAND on Sun., Apr. 17 at 5 PM at her home: 1 Hamill Court, Baltimore 21210. Go to Call 410-532-5604.


69] – 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 Apr. 10. 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


70] – Chesapeake Climate Action Network is hosting their fifth annual Artists for the Climate event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314 on Sun., Apr. 17 from 7 to 9 PM. Environmental author and co-founder of, Bill McKibben, will be in attendance, as well as Tim DeChristopher, national climate hero and many other celebrated artists and activists.


Following the event, DeChristopher, the "Rosa Parks" of the climate movement, and McKibben will lead the group in a short march to the Potomac River coal plant for a candlelight vigil. Email


71] – 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., Apr. 18, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

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

73] – 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      


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


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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