Friday, April 8, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

48] LASC Conference – Apr. 8-11

49] NCNR hopes to meet with Sec. Gates – Apr. 8

50] Resistance in Honduras – Apr. 8

51] Human rights in Baltimore – Apr. 8

52] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Apr. 8

53] Walter Reed vigil – Apr. 8

54] Film SOUTH OF THE BORDER – Apr. 8

55] Vegan Drinks – Apr. 8

56] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 8

57] Peace rally in NYC – Apr. 9

58] Farmers Market – Apr. 9

59] Activate Your Inner Citizen – Apr. 9

60] Olney vigil to end the war – Apr. 9

61] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Apr. 9

62] Peace vigil at Capitol – Apr. 9

63] Meditation and film – Apr. 9

64] St. Francis Center fundraiser – Apr. 9

65] Night for the Enslaved – Apr. 9


48] – The LASC Conference is to be held April 8-10 at American Univ. Ward Circle Bldg. Visit www.lasolidarity before the conference to see any last minute changes.  Saturday night's concert will feature several great DC bands and an address by one of the targeted anti-war and solidarity activists targeted by an FBI/Grand Jury witch hunt. Saturday night's concert will be filled with great music, and the opening plenary will feature some excellent performers as well. In addition, art drawn by the Cuban Five, who are serving long sentences in US prisons for exposing Miami Cuban terrorist networks, will be on display during the conference. The opening plenary is from 6 to 9 PM.  On Sat., Apr. 9, registration starts at 8:30 AM.  Then there are many workshops, and the day's plenary is from 5:15 to 6:30 PM.  The concert is from 8 to 11:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church.


On Sun., Apr. 10, the registration begins at 9 AM.  Again workshops follow, and the closing plenary is from 11:30 AM until 1 PM.  Then participants will go to DuPont Circle for the SOA Watch rally and march to the White house starting at 2:45 PM.  On Mon., Apr. 11, there will be an orientation from 8:30 to 10 AM to prepare for lobbying on behalf of SOA Watch Lobby Day.  The orientation is in the Parish Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., WDC 20003.

49] -- Consider joining the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance at the Pentagon on Fri., Apr. 8 at noon at the Metro entrance to the Pentagon.  NCNR has sent a letter to Secretary of War Robert Gates seeking a meeting to discuss the military's role in commiting ecocide as it continues its warmoingering.  Call Max at 410-366-1637 or email him at mobuszewski at 

50] – You are invited to hear Gerardo Torres speak about "Popular Resistance in Honduras Today" on Fri., Apr. 8 from 3 to 5 PM at Johns Hopkins U., Homewood Campus, Greenhouse 113.  Torres, who  has been active in the nonviolent resistance since the first day of the 2009 coup and is one of the young leaders of the Resistance, will give an eyewitness account of repression and hope in Honduras today and the people's dream to "refound the State" based on justice and equality. His visit is sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies of JHU, and co-sponsored by the Latin American Solidarity Coalition (LASC) and the Honduras Solidarity Network.  Torres will be attending the Latin America Solidarity Coalition conference in DC, to be held Friday evening, Apr. 8 through Sun., Apr. 10.   Go to   The conference is co-sponsored by Casa Baltimore/Limay.

51] – Human Rights and the City: Rethinking social justice on Baltimore is happening on Fri., Apr. 8 from 3 to 5 PM at Johns Hopkins U., Homewood Campus, Mergenthaler 111.  Catch three panels of Baltimore community leaders and activists and JHU professors and grad students to place local concerns in conversation witrh academia.  Call 530-263-8257.


52] –  There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 8 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. 


53] – The Walter Reed Vigil continues on Fridays from 7 to 9 PM at the Hospital, 7150 Georgia Ave., NW (at Horseshoe, between Dahlia and Elder), WDC. The vigil calls for peace, care for the wounded, and full benefits for all veterans.  Contact DC CODEPINK at or 202-290-1301.


54] –  Catch Oliver Stone's film SOUTH OF THE BORDER at 7 PM on Fri., Apr. 8 at Maryland Institute College of Art, Brown Center, Room 320, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Mark Weisbrot, co-writer of the script, will be a special guest.  Go to


55] –  Vegan Drinks is a bi-monthly happy hoir for vegans, vegetarians and the veggie-curious.  Get free vegan appetizers from the Land of Kush, 840 N. Eutaw St. on Fri., Apr. 8 at 7 PM.  Go to


56] –  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 Apr. 8. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

57] – On Sat., Apr. 9 at noon in New York, NY, join a march called by United National Anti-War Committee at Union Square.  Go to Max will be driving to Staten Island, leaving at 7 AM to join the march & rally. Call for a ride at 410-366-1637.  To get on the Philly Against War Bus go to  A Witness Against Torture contingent will meet at 11 AM at Maryhouse, 55 East 3rd St., between 1st and 2nd Ave.  At 11:15 AM, there will be a feeder march to Union Square.  At 11:45 AM be at the Gandhi Statue in Union Square (southwest corner of the park).  The Union Square Rally is from noon to 2 PM, before marching to Foley Square for a 3 to 5 PM rally.  


For Baltimore transportation, call 443-909-8964. The bus will leave at 7 AM from the Solidarity Center.   Seats are $25, and scholarships are available for youth, students, seniors and unemployed.  


58] – 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


59] – Activate Your Inner Citizen on Sat., Apr. 9 and take some free community leadership courses from 9 AM to noon, hosted by Coppin State's Urban Studies Program.  Check-in and light breakfast at 8 AM followed by a 9 AM welcome by Coppin's president & a keynote by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  The courses will be available from 10 AM to noon.  Email or go to


60] 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. 9. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


61] –  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


62] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Apr. 9. 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


63] – 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


64] – There is a fundraiser for the kids of St. Francis Neighborhood Center on Sat., Apr. 9 from 6 to 10 PM at Alexander's Tavern, 702 S. Broadway St.  Go to


65] – A Night for the Enslaved is a benefit concert on Sat., Apr. 9 starting at 7 PM at the Village Church, 3645 Roland Ave.  Many groups will perform, and the proceeds will go to the International Justice Mission to fight human trafficking,  The cost is $10 for individuals, and $15 for families.  Visit



To be continued.


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