Saturday, September 3, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

30] Stop the XL Pipeline – Sept. 3

31] March For Values – Sept. 4

32] BES closed – Sept. 4

33] Get on Bridge for peace – Sept. 4

34] Rally for Palestine – Sept. 4

35] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Sept. 4

36] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 5

37] Labor Day march against Citizens United – Sept. 5

38] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 5 – Sept. 8

39] Fund Our Communities potluck & meeting – Sept. 5

40] Ashram opens – Sept. 6

41] War Is Not the Answer demo – Sept. 6

42] Film class – Sept. 6

43] Local Food Forum – Sept. 6

44] Progressive Coalition meeting – Sept. 6

45] Film BETTER THIS WORLD – Sept. 6

46] Human Rights Delegation to Honduras Sept. 6

47] Become an activante with SOA Watch

48] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

49] Fund Our Communities campaign

50] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

51] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

52] Do you need a television and/or a computer?

53] Join Global Zero campaign

54] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

55] Publish your peace article

56] Click on The Hunger Site 

57] Fire & Faith  

58] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

30] – Rally to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline is on Sat., Sept. 3 from noon to 3 PM in Lafayette Park behind the White House (16th & H Sts. NW). Use the Farragut North (Red Line) or Farragut West (Orange/Blue) Metro. President Barack Obama will decide as early as this fall whether to open our nation up to the environmental and economic destruction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This 2,000 mile-long pipeline would transport highly corrosive, toxic crude oil from Canada straight through America's Heartland, threatening drinking water for millions, American farmlands and our economy.  Bring a reusable water bottle and a black T-shirt so that you can be a part of our aerial "human pipeline" art. Free pizza will be served! Email

31] – The School of Life is resuming its activities at the Ashram the first week of September, and it begins with joining The March for Values organized by the Sai Baba organization is on Sun., Sept. 4 at 10 AM.  Go to or visit Meet at the Sylvan Theater, near the base of the Washington Monument.  You can email or call 703-945-0532.


32] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  However, there will be no Sunday Platform Program on Sept. 4 as there is no Labor Day picnic, and Baltimore traffic is projected to be difficult with the Baltimore Grand Prix.  The program will resume on Sept. 11. Call 410-581-2322 or visit the website to be sure at


33] – 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

34] – Students for Statehood rally for Palestine to become the 194th UN Member State on Sun., Sept. 4 from noon to 3 PM at the White House.  Go to

35] – 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.


36] – 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., Sept. 5, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


37] – Join the Peace & Justice Coalition in the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade! The Coalition's theme is Get Big Money Out of Government! It is supported by Public Citizen, Maryland United for Peace & Justice & Peace Action Montgomery.  The marchers will have a float topped by the U.S. Capitol with signs The Best Government Money can Buy and Sold to the Highest Bidder -- plus a skit, featuring a black-robed Supreme Court Justice who accepts ballots from corporate "fat cats" in fancy dress or with whiskers and tails, but turns away ordinary people with bandages or crutches and a banner Fix our Broken Election System. On the sidelines- petitioners collecting signatures for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.


The parade is on Mon., Sept. 5.  To march with the Coaltion, park by 9 AM, and then walk to the Crescent Road parade line-up area, help finish arrangement of the banners, posters, skit-players' attire. The line-up area is a few blocks in from Kenilworth Ave. past the entrance to the lakeside park. Look for the Capitol-topped van.  The parade begins at 10 AM, and the last units will reach the end by noon.  The parade ends in front of the Greenbelt Municipal Building, 25 Crescent Rd. (at Southway intersection).

Dress up for the street theater - as a "fat cat" -- with whiskers and tail, or a fancy touch like white shirt, tie, high hat, money rolling out of pockets OR as an injured citizen -- with bandages on your arms, legs, or head, and a crutch, cane or wheelchair, to illustrate the "broken election process."  CONTACT Lucy Duff for Peace and Justice Coalition at 301-577-2350 or on Labor Day morning at 202-549-5574.


38] – 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 


39] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  The next meeting, however, will include a potluck dinner starting a 6 PM on Mon., Sept. 5.  RSVP with the dish you can bring.  Afterwards, there will be further planning for the Sept. 26 Town Hall meeting on military spending at the Episcopal Cathedral, University Pkwy. & N. Charles St.  To get directions to Max's residence, call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at 


40] – The Ashram, Shanti Yoga Center For Harmony, re-opens Tues., Sept. 6, with a full schedule of classes and a variety of services.  Go to or email


41] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


42] – Ben McCusker teaches this ongoing film screening and discussion class on Tuesdays thru Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 PM at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert St. Go to  There is no charge.


43] – monthly Local Food Forum is taking place on Tues., Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD. Meet with producers and consumers intrigued by the concept of local food.  Call 301-283-2113.


44] – There is a Progressive Coalition meeting to plan future events and actions on Tues., Sept. 6 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Saigonese Restaurant, 11232 Grandview Ave., Silver Spring (Wheaton), MD 20902. It is a two-block walk from the Wheaton Metro on the Red Line.  Report on progress in our county and state on healthcare, the environment, education, labor, transportation, energy and other issues. We're building up our coalition and lobby efforts on the state and national level, planning special events, forming a steering committee, and working on meetings with legislators, and other organizations. 


45] – The film BETTER THIS WORLD will broadcast nationally on Tues., Sept. 6 on PBS's POV.  Here is some information on the film including a link for finding local dates/times of the broadcast.  Better This World's page on POV: Link to trailer:; Find viewing time; main POV page


Better This World is the story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. The film follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America. (90 minutes)


46] – There is a Honduras Human Rights Monitoring Delegation from Thurs., Sept. 8 through Sat., Sept. 17 with an optional two day extension.  This is a Joint Delegation by Witness for Peace Southwest, Task Force on the Americas and La Voz de los de Abajo.  The delegation will focus on the North Coast of Honduras from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba to the Aguan Valley with an optional extension to the capital Tegucigalpa.


The cost is $850 (airfare not included). This includes meals, accommodations, facilitation, translation, and transportation in Honduras.  In addition, the fee covers an orientation/training session, extensive reading materials, and action tools distributed both before and after the delegation.  There are scholarships.  If interested in going, contact Tanya Cole at or 805-421-9708.  


47] – Become an Activante with SOA Watch in Latin America or Washington, D.C. Youth leadership in the SOA Watch movement is growing and getting things done. It is the youth who carry the weight in organizing the upcoming massive SOA Watch November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia (Nov.18-20, 2011).  The term activante was coined by the first international team of young activists, who did not identify with the term "intern." They flipped the Spanish version of the word, pasante – associated to the Spanish pasivo, passive – to its opposite: activante. This term is a good reflection of what the role calls for: energy, leadership, initiative, dynamism, and creativity.


There is a need for four activantes.  If interested, contact SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, D.C. 20017, USA at 202-234 3440.


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

49] – 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      


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


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


52] – Can you use a television set and/or a computer, monitor etc.? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at 


53] – 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.  


54] – 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.


55] – 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


56] – 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.  


57] – 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


58] – 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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