Thursday, July 7, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

21] East coast Workplace Democracy Convention – July 8 - 10

22] White House vigil – July 8

23] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 8

24] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 8

25] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 8

26] Silent vigil – July 8

27] Art Opening: UNConditional – July 8

28] Walter Reed vigil – July 8

29] Ballroom dancing – July 8

30] Police the Police – July 8

31] Farmers Market – July 9

32] Olney vigil to end the war – July 9

33] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 9

34] Activist Workshop – July 9

35] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 9

36] Protest bombing of Libya – July 9

37] Alternatives to Violence -- July 9 & July 16

38] Common Good City Farm – July 9

39] Stop the Killing – July 9

40] Pastors for Peace in Baltimore -- July 9

41] Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army – July 9

42] Atheist Spirituality – July 10

43] Get on Bridge for peace – July 10

44] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 10

45] Pastors for Peace in Columbia – July 10

46] Red Emma's Meeting – July 10

47] Pentagon Vigil – July 11

48] Protest Colombia Free Trade Agreement – July 11

49] Protest the death penalty – July 11    

50] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 11 – July 14

51] Film STEALING TRUST – July 11

52] Pledge meeting – July 11

53] Donate to Race against Cancer  

54] Can you host a teen from Cyprus in July?

55] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

56] Fund Our Communities campaign

57] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

58] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

59] Support Haiti

60] Buy a red maple tree

61] Join Global Zero campaign

62] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

63] Publish your peace article

64] Click on The Hunger Site 

65] Fire & Faith  

66] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


21] – The 2011 Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy is taking place at UMBC from Fri., July 8 through Sun., July 10.  This will be an opportunity for connecting workplaces, building cooperative economies and sustaining worker-owned businesses.  Go to



22] – 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:   


23] – 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 will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


24] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on July 8 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

25] – 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

26] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 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. 

27] – An Art Opening: UNConditional is happening on Fri., July 8 from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibit will continue through Tues., July 26 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro.  The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment.  This is an installation and jewelry exhibition by Nadira Araj, who will come from Bethlehem to be at the reception. Call 202-338-1958.

28] – 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.


29] – 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 July 8. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

30] – There is a fundraiser for DC Coalition to Police the Police on Fri., July 8 from 8 to 11:30 PM at RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW.  Uptown Friday Nights at Ras is weekly showcase for progressive organizations and performing artists. The goal is to create an environment for social justice networking while supporting worthy causes and local artists. This week features classic Hip Hop selections from DJ 360DEGREEZ.

The DC Coalition to Police the Police is a new group that aims to challenge police brutality and other forms of injustice related to law enforcement. A percentage of sales from the bar will be donated and contributions will be collected.  RSVP at

31] – 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


32] 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 July 9. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


33] –  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


34] – There is an Activist Workshop co-sponsored by Maryland PIRG on Sat., July 9 from 11 AM to 2 PM run by trainers affiliated with the Public Interest Network Training Center. The Activist Workshop will cover the best techniques for organizing your neighbors to take action and the best ways to persuade your local media to cover an issue you care about. There is a request for a $10 donation to defray the cost of training materials, staff and food, but one can register for free as well.  RSVP at


35] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on July 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


36] – The ANSWER Coalition <> is hosting a demonstration on Sat., July 9 at noon at the White House to demand an end to the bombing of Libya. For transportation from Baltimore, contact the local chapter at or 443-759-9968.

discuss the Secular Coalition for America as part of the Summer Sunday Discussion with Emil Volcheck.  The SCA lobbies for the rights of nontheistic citizens.  Emil Volcheck will report on the SCA Biennial Summit that he attended this past May. He'll sketch the SCA's "Secular Decade" strategic plan and describe the SCA's first Lobbying Day. Discussion will center on whether nontheistic Americans face discrimination and how the SCA and the Ethical Movement should respond.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit


37] – Alternatives to Violence with Colman McCarthy is happening for The 21st Annual Summer Course on Alternatives to Violence with Colman McCarthy takes place on Saturdays, and the last two course are July 9 & July 16, 1 PM to 3 PM in the Ibrahim El-Hibri Building, 3rd Floor, 1420 16th St. NW, WDC 20036. Space is limited.  To register, email  Call 202-387-9500.


38] – There is an Open House at Common Good City Farm on Sat., July 9 from 1 to 3 PM at V St., NW, between 2nd and 4th Sts., NW, WDC.  Come out to the Green Tomorrow's and CSA Open House! Green Tomorrows is a program known as a "learn for food" program. In exchange for two or more hours per week of instructional, hands-on help on the farm, participants receive a bag of fresh farm fruits and vegetables. GT participants are encouraged to attend free Growing Gardens Workshops to further their learning experience and/or to count as their two hours for that week. With a subscription to the CSA program, participants can receive local fresh organic produce.


39] – Be at the Save Another Youth/Stop the Killing Coalition Block Party on Sat., July 9 from 2 to 5 PM at 2800 Harlem Ave.  The Black male Identity Band with spoken word poetry read by Baltimore writers and poets.  Go to 


40] – Join the IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment to Cuba for food and dancing on Sat., July 9 from 7 to 11 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, 514 N. Charles St.  The night will include light refreshments, and the program will begin at 8 PM.  Donations will be taken to support direct material aid between North American and Cuban congregations.  The recommended minimum donation is $15, but no one turned away. 


Since Thanksgiving Day 1992, IFCO/Pastors for Peace has annually delivered hundreds of tons of direct material aid to the churches and synagogues of Cuba as a symbol of our friendship in spite of the laws which separate Cuba from the United States. The summer Friendshipments, led since 1993 by the late Rev. Lucius Walker, have provided US residents access to Cuba's civil society and ecumenical and interreligious movements, and have told the Cuban people that they have allies in the U.S. Meet fifteen caravan volunteers from New York and New England who are passing through Baltimore on their way to Cuba. Contact Rev. David Carl Olson at or 410-350-9339.


41] – On Sat., July 9 at 7 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts., beware of the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army! As part of its whirlwind, month-long excursion across the continental United States to raise awareness about the prison system, the show uses shadow puppets to outline the history of the Prison Industrial Complex, from antebellum slavery in the south to where it is today. "Our goal in this tour is to use art to explore these relationships and brainstorm with our audiences how we can fight this brutally racist system." said Mysterious Puppeteer Michael Snacks.  The shows also include a modernized Hansel and Gretel and a rock opera featuring Ted, the anti-technology turtle.  All are kid-friendly.


The tour is being co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective, a part of the books to prisoners network. Go to For information on the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, visit  The cost is $5 - $10 on a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


42] – On Sun., July 10 at 10:30 AM, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201, will host a discussion "The Atheist Spirituality of Andre Comte-Sponville" with Hugh Taft-Morales.  In "The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality," French philosopher Comte-Sponville reaches into Eastern philosophy to offer a form of spirituality that even an atheist could love. It is a spirituality devoid of supernaturalism but full of friendship and community. He embraces a rational humanism that avoids both nihilism and hostility towards religion. Hugh will explore if such a perspective is consistent with Ethical Culture. Call 410-581-2322 or visit


43] – 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


44] – 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.


45] – The 22nd Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan Dinner Send-off Celebration is on for Sun., July 10 at 5:30 PM at THE MEETING HOUSE, Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia.  The "caravanistas" will spend the night of July 10 in Howard County. Can you provide a bed or a space for a sleeping bag in your home? Contact Leslie at 410-381-4899 or Go to


46] – 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 July 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


47] – 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., July 11, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


48] – There will be an emergency rally to oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.  The Obama Administration is hoping to move the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement forward, however human rights should NOT be sacrificed on the altar of free trade.  Join Witness for Peace at an urgent demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Mon., July 11 at noon in Lafayette Park with well-known speakers from the U.S. and Colombia, including activists. Hundreds of people using prophetic words and powerful visuals will honor the 51 Colombian trade unionists murdered in 2010 and call for fair trade, not free trade. Some will use nonviolent civil resistance to send a moral message about the costs of the free trade agreement. RSVP to Jess Hunter-Bowman at


49] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland's Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Recently death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., July 11. Call 410-366-1637.


50] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at 


51] – See the film "STEALING TRUST: MARYLANDERS SPEAK OUT ON SCAMS, FRAUDS AND FINANCIAL ABUSE" sponsored by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition as part of its work to protect the interests of Maryland consumers through education and advocacy and to ensure fairness and safety in the marketplace ( It is co-sponsored by the Megaphone Project, a Baltimore-based media maker that amplifies the voice of under-served communities by producing film and media messages that inspire action and create social change. ( 


There is a screening on Mon., July 11 at 6 PM at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD.  You hire a contractor to renovate your home but he walks off with your life savings and leaves you with an empty shell. You sign up with a company that promises to settle your debts, pay thousands of dollars but end up deeper in debt and more desperate than ever. You lose your job and contact your lender about modifying your mortgage but the banker ignores the law and evicts you from your home. The new documentary film "Stealing Trust" examines how bad things can happen to good people and what we can do to stop the financial abuses that cause such tragedies.  Contact Franz Schneiderman at 410.624.8981.


52] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  At the next meeting on July 11, the agenda will include a review of the annual 4th of July visit to the National Security Agency, the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration and a Town Hall meeting about military spending.  To get directions, call Max at 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at 


53] – Susan Ingram is in training for the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon set for Aug. 21 at Centennial Lake in Columbia.  She is doing the race to help me recuperate and get back in shape after suffering a broken right arm/shoulder in January.  She has registered to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is racing in honor of her mom and dad, Tom and Margaret Ingram.  Both of my parents fought cancer. Mom survived. Dad did not.  Susan is blogging at her newspaper:  And if you feel so inclined, she would be grateful for any amount of donation you could make on her donation page:


54] – Can you act as a Host Family for Cyprus teens in July?  The Cyprus Friendship Program, modeled off of the very successful Northern Ireland Friendship Project, has a goal of building peace on a troubled, divided island many fear is again headed for armed conflict.  Contact Tom McCarthy, Maryland/D.C. coordinator of CFP at 301-774-7069.  Go to


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

56] – 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      


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


58] – If you would like to get rid of books, videos, DVDs or records, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


59] – 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


60] – I have a red maple tree for sale 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



61] – 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.  


62] – 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.


63] – 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


64] – 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.  


65] – 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


66] – 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] Go to


"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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