Thursday, July 21, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

22] Free advice from a lawyer – July 21

23] Rally for Hunger Strikers – July 21

24] Wayne Pacelle book signing – July 21

25] Future of Feminism – July 21

26] Education & Poverty discussion – July 21

27] Film THE ART OF THE STEAL – July 21

28] Baltimore Data Day – July 22

29] Protest at BTU headquarters – July 22

30] Colombia delegation report back – July 22

31] White House vigil – July 22

32] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – July 22

33] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 22

34] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – July 22

35] Silent vigil – July 22

36] Film LIVING PROOF – July 22

37] Walter Reed vigil – July 22

38] NATO Bombing of Libya – July 22

39] Pray for Peace – July 22

40] Ballroom dancing – July 22

41] Dream City Thrift benefit – July 22

42] Farmers Market – July 23

43] Olney vigil to end the war – July 23

44] Credit improvement Workshop – July 23

45] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – July 23

46] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 23

47] Abolition of Baltimore brothels -- July 23

48] Palestine & Arab Spring -- July 23

49] Hiroshima commemoration – Aug. 6

50] Nagasaki commemoration – Aug. 9


22] – JustAdvice is an opportunity to meet with a lawyer to discuss legal questions and receive advice. There is a $10 fee for this opportunity on Thurs., July 21 from 2 to 5 PM at Center for Urban Families, 2201 N. Monroe St. Call 410-929-4809 or go to


23] – RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PELICAN BAY HUNGER STRIKERS FOR PRISONERS RIGHTS on Thurs., July 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center, Madison Ave. & Fallsway.  This rally is called by All Peoples Congress, Bailout the People Movement, Workers World Party and others.  Call 443-909-8964 or email The Baltimore rally is one of a many nation-wide events. 


Two hundred prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison (California) have been on a hunger strike since July 1 to protest the cruel, inhumane and tortuous conditions of their imprisonment. The hunger strike has been organized by prisoners in a show of unity across prison-manufactured racial and geographical lines. The hunger strikers have developed these five core demands: END GROUP PUNISHMENT, MODIFY ACTIVE/INACTIVE GANG STATUS CRITERIA, END LONG-TERM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, PROVIDE NUTRITIOUS FOOD & PROVIDE CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAMMING AND PRIVILEGES FOR INDEFINITE SECURITY HOUSING UNIT (SHU) STATUS INMATES.


24] – On Thurs., July 21 at 6 PM, Maryland Votes For Animals Reception is an opportunity to enjoy animal-friendly appetizers as well as a talk and book signing by Humane Society CEO and President Wayne Pacelle. The event occurs at Bistro at South River, 3451 Solomon's Island Road, Edgewater.  Call 410-798-5865 or go to  The suggested donation is $50 to $100.


25] – Slutwalks, the Future of Feminism, and the Role of Feminists on the Left is a discussion on Thurs., July 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at DC Bread and Brew, 1247 N. 20th St. NW (20th St. just below N; a few blocks south of Dupont Metro).  Socialist Salon is the monthly forum of the DC Democratic Socialists of America (DC DSA). Members and allies come together to discuss the politics, economics, theory, and practice of democratic socialism. Come to Socialist Salon and share your insights! Socialist Salon Monthly Discussion Forum is generally held on the Third Thursday of the month.


This month's topic is: How feminism intersects with the larger progressive movement....  Find the event on Facebook at


26] – There will be an Education & Poverty discussion on Thurs., July 21 at 7 PM at the Everlasting Life Café, 2928 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC.  The People Who Care Project will host a salon, an open discussion to explore the context of poverty, why people are poor and to analyze if lack of education is the root cause of poverty. Call 202-573-9025 or email


27] – THE ART OF THE STEAL will be screened at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton, MD on Thurs., July 21 at 7 PM.  There is no charge to see this documentary film, which narrates the struggle for control over the multi-billion dollar Barnes Foundation art collection. A Q&A session led by Evelyn Yaari and Erik Neil follows the movie, presented by The Chesapeake Film Festival.  Call 410-822-7299 or go to


28] – The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (part of the University of Baltimore), in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Baltimore City Department of Planning. will hold an annual conference on Fri., July 22 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Univ. of Baltimore, Thumel Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21201.  Contact Matthew Kachura at 410-837-6651.  This is Baltimore Data Day, and its theme is "Using Data to Drive Community Change." Community leaders are invited to learn about how to use data to assist their neighborhood improvement efforts.


29] – Iris Kirsch, a teacher in Baltimore City, has tried to arrange a meeting with Marietta English, who as a member of the Joint Oversight Committee, was to certify several crucial items concerning the Baltimore Teachers Union contract. Iris has tried to get a meeting with Ms. English to discuss issues with the contract.  She has not been willing to meet, so some teachers and their allies will protest on Fri., July 22 at 10:45 AM at the BTU office on Metro Dr., right off of Northern Parkway in Northwest Baltimore.  There will be a picket line and a delivery of a third letter demanding a meeting. Contact Iris at kirsch at


30] – The National Lawyers Guild Colombia Delegation Report-Back and Congressional Briefing on Labor and Human Rights Abuses in Colombia is on Fri., July 22 at 11 AM at Independence Ave. and 1st St., SE.  Be there as Congress prepares to consider the Colombia-US FREE TRADE AGREEMENT.  There will be several speakers, and the focus will be on the assassination attempts and the incursions by paramilitary forces.  Contact  or go to


31] – 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:   


32] – 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.


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

34] – 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

35] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 22 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. 


36] – The premiere of "Living Proof" will be shown at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore Maryland 21224 on Fri., July 22 at 6 PM. It features twelve LGBT youth from Baltimore who come together to write and perform a play based on their real life stories. Directors Kalima Young & Erin Davies base their 6-month intensive improv writing sessions on The Hero's Journey, teaching each young person to see themselves as the hero in their own life. Admission is $10 for nonmembers, and $5 for members.  The directors and many of the young people from the documentary will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion! Call 410-276-1651 or email


37] – 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.


38] -- There will be a Community Forum: NATO bombing of Libya on Fri., July 22 at 7 PM at the Justice Center, 617 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  The forum will feature Masake Kane, co-founder of the Pan-African Youth Summit. Call 202-234-2828 or e-mail


39] -- Pray for Peace at 7:30 PM on Fri., July 22 at the Mission Helpers Center, corner of 1001 W. Joppa Road and Chestnut St., Towson, MD ( entrance on Chestnut Street). Contact Charles Cloughen at 410-321-0199 or


40] – 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 22. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


41] – There is an Uptown Friday Night Benefit for Dream City Thrift on Fri., July 22 from 9 PM until Sat., July 23 at 1 AM at Ras Hall, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW.  The event is a benefit for DC's infoshop project, Dream City Thrift, which is a collectively owned and operated anarchist book and clothing store, social space, and cultural event venue.  The suggested donation at the door is $5.  Folks are welcome to share their own favorite radical material.  If you would like a small space, contact Nancy at 


42] – 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


43] 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 23. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


44] – On Sat., July 23 at 10 AM, there will be a Credit Improvement Workshop at 3411 Bank St.  To register, call 410-545-6510.


45] –  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


46] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on July 23. 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


47] – On Sat., July 23 at 1 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., hear the history of Abolition of Prostitution in Baltimore During the Progressive Era.  In 1913, an undercover Vice Commission appointed to investigate prostitution in Baltimore found that over 1,000 women worked in open brothels throughout the city. Jayme Hill discusses what drove these females into prostitution, the details of their daily lives, and the decision of Baltimore's lawmakers to end the policy of toleration, forcing thousands of women out of the brothels and onto the streets. Call 410-396-1580.


48] – Palestine & the Arab Spring is a Philly Against War forum with Vijay Prashad on Sat., July 23 from 2 to 4 PM at the Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut, Phila., PA (southwest corner of 37th & Chestnut, enter on 37th Street). Dr. Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and author most recently of "The Darker Nations: a People's History of the Third World." There is a suggested donation of $5.  Brandywine Peace Community is among area endorsers of this discussion. Call 610-544-1818.


49] – Participate in Baltimore's Hiroshima commemoration on Sat., Aug. 6 at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., beginning at 4:30 PM with a Crabshell Alliance vigil to honor the victims of the nuclear energy disaster at Fukushima, Japan.  David Eberhardt will read poetry, and Janette D. Sherman M.D. [physician • author • activist] will address "Fukushima and the Nuclear Establishment." At 6:30 PM, there will be a potluck dinner. Email mobuszewski [at]


50] – Participate in Baltimore's Nagasaki commemoration on Tues., Aug. 9 from 5 to 6 PM at 34th & N. Charles Sts. with a vigil against the weapons contracts of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory--$846 million in FY 2010. At 6:15 PM, march to Bufano Sculpture Garden for a remembrance ceremony. David Eberhardt will read poetry. There will be a report on the U.S. Mayors Conference and the anti-war and anti-nuke resolutions which were passed. Then there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  Email mobuszewski [at]


To be continued.

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