Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

20] CPHA Talent Show – July 14

21] Film SALT OF THE EARTH – July 14

22] David Harvey video – July 14

23] Foreclosure workshops – July 15

24] White House vigil – July 15

25] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 15

26] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 15

27] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 15

28] Silent vigil – July 15

29] Walter Reed vigil – July 15

30] Haitian History Night – July 15

31] Ballroom dancing – July 15

32] Farmers Market – July 16

33] Free advice from a lawyer – July 16

34] Meditation Day Retreat – July 16

35] Adoption Fair – July 16

36] Gun Buy Back – July 16

37] Olney vigil to end the war – July 16

38] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 16

39] Homeless shelter benefit – July 16

40] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 16

41] Alternatives to Violence -- July 16

42] Defend Dream Act -- July 16

43] Night of poetry & song – July 16

44] Celebrate Woody Guthrie's birthday – July 16


20] – Join the Citizens Planning and Housing Association on Thurs., July 14 for the Grand Finale of CPHA's Charm City Talent Show.  Seven finalists have been narrowed down from auditions all over Baltimore City.  These seven youth will compete for an artist development package including a professional photo shoot and a recorded demo CD courtesy of Task Force Marketing, the opportunity to perform in a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a $300 gift card courtesy of urban fashion retailer DTLR.  The finalists will be engaged at 7 PM at the Charm City Talent Grand Finale at the Community Art Resource Fair, which opens at 6 PM at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), Liberty Road Campus,  2901 Liberty Heights Ave.  Email


21] – On Thurs., July 14 at 7 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., see the film SALT OF THE EARTH, which is based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico. The film deals with the racism against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. The film also explores the special role of the women. This film was written, directed and produced by members of the original "Hollywood Ten," who were jailed and ostracized for refusing to testify in the witch hunt against Communists in the '50's.  After the film there will be discussion on the recent struggle for immigrant and workers rights here in Maryland and nationally. There is a request for a $5 donation, but no one would be turned away. Call 443-909-8964 or email  


22] – On Thurs., July 14 at 7 PM at 2640 Space, 27th & St. Paul Sts., watch a video of a lecture "David Harvey and a View From Federal Hill, Revisited." This lecture took place in 2009, and he revisited his 1992 account of urban development in Baltimore City, "A View From Federal Hill." Go to


23] – The Citizens Planning and Housing Association announces two events are taking place on Fri., July 16.  From 10 AM to 2:30 PM, there will be an Empowerment Foreclosure Seminar—email And from 11 AM to 1 PM, there will be an Oliver Economic Development Corporation's Foreclosure Intervention Workshop.  Register by calling 443-388-9809.


24] – 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:   


25] – 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.


26] – There is also a noon vigil, weather permitting, on July 15 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

27] – 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

28] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 15 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. 


29] – 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.


30] – Haitian History Night is on for Fri., July 15 from 7 to 9 PM at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW, WDC 20009.  Faith and Money, Konesans Consulting and Beyond Borders are hosting an event showing the PBS special, "Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution." There will be a discussion after the video facilitated by Djaloki Dessables, Haitian Cross-Cultural Consultant and Dialogue Facilitator.


31] – 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 15. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


32] – 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


33] – An art and entertainment attorney for over 18 years, Walt Lehmann, of Lehmann Strobel PLC, assists creative professionals and cultural organizations (including the Walters, just recently) with the management of their intellectual property assets. On Sat., July 16 with appointments every 20 minutes from 10 AM to noon, he will provide free legal advice at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224.  Call 410-276-1651 to register. This clinic will run every third Saturday beginning this fall!


34] – Urban Peace: A Meditation Day Retreat will take place on Sat., July 16 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM led by Kelsang Gyaltsen, a U.S. Buddhist monk with many years experience. The cost of the retreat at Cylburn Arboretum is $50.  Register at or call 410-243-3837.


35] – Get over to an Open House Adoption Fair hosted by the Washington Humane Society on Sat., July 16 from noon to 5 PM at 1201 New York Ave. NE, WDC 20002 [courtyard/parking Lot]. Call 202-576-6664.  The Washington Humane Society (WHS) invites the public to visit its shelter on New York Avenue to meet adoptable dogs, cats and small animals and enjoy an afternoon of focused activities with the community. The Open House Adoption Fair, hosted in conjunction with's 15th birthday, will feature: 30 % off all pet adoption fees; puppy playgroup demonstrations; WHS trainers, who will discuss behavior and training issues and offer advice to parents; door prizes; local pet care companies offering deals and discounts; and a variety of refreshments. Contact Jacquie Toppings at


36] – In an effort to stop violence, two churches will buy back working guns on Sat. July 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  For each workable automatic gun, assault rifle or semi-automatic gun you get $100 in cash. For all other workable guns you get $50 in cash.  Bring your gun to St. Gregory the Great Church, 1542 N. Gilmor St. or St. Wenceslaus Church, 2111 Ashland Ave. Call 410-523-0061.


37] 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 16. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


38] –  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


39] – Patrick Allison House celebrates its 25th birthday of serving Baltimore City's homeless.  The party will take place on Sat., July 16 from 11 AM to 3 PM in the courtyard of 210 W. Madison St.  The suggested donation is $25.  Call 410-225-0326 or go to


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


41] – 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 course is on 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.


42] – You could be invited to a cook out sponsored by Maryland Friends of the People's World on Sat., July 16 from 4 to 8 PM at the home of  Les and Pam Bayless, 5303 Kenwood Ave., Baltimore, MD  21206.  The subject of the evening is "Defend the Maryland Dream Act."  Bring a dish if you wish and a swim suit.  Enjoy an evening with friends in the Maryland progressive movement.  To get an invitation, RSVP at 410 661-3088. 


43] – Gimme Shelter Productions continues to do consciousness /fundraising events about the plight of the homeless and for the shelters that serve them. On Sat., July 16 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Arts Gallery, 5502 Harford Rd., hear an all star cast of Baltimore¹s best poets and singers: Kyla Weaver Joli, Monica Stevens, Gregg Mosson, Myra Brosius, Ron Williams, Lawrence Leaf, Suzanne X and Alan Barysh. The theme for the evening is Sweat Equity. A $5 donation is requested, and donations of seeds, non-perishable food & pedialite will be gladly accepted! Call 410-627-8774.


44] – Celebrate Woody Guthrie's Birthday with Caleb Stine and others!  2011 marks the 99th birthday of Woody Guthrie, the father of folk (and Bob Dylan's mentor)! On Sat., July 16 at 8 PM, the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224, is hosting a play (and party!), "Woody Guthrie Dreams" with next-gen troubadours Caleb Stine and Michael Patrick Smith and other musicians. With songs, stories and readings, this play is about our great U.S. balladeer. Tickets are $20, and $15 for members.  Bring yer axe! Call 410-276-1651 or go to


To be continued.



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


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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