Sunday, September 11, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

41] 11 Ways for 11 Days – Sept. 11-21

42] Bikes Not Bombs Tour – Sept. 11 – Oct. 6

43] Ethical Humanism – Sept. 11

44] Get on Bridge for Peace – Sept. 11

45] Unity Walk – Sept. 11

46] 9/11 Wyman Park Dell – Sept. 11

47] 9/11 Owings Mills – Sept. 11

48] Peace Path – Sept. 11

49] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Sept. 11

50] Remember Decade of War – Sept. 11

51] Emma's revolution at Folk Festival – Sept. 11

52] Red Emma's Meeting – Sept. 11

53] House concert -- Sept. 11

54] Pentagon Vigil – Sept. 12

55] Paul Farmer on Haiti – Sept. 12

56] Constitution & Civil Rights – Sept. 12

57] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Sept. 12 – Sept. 15

58] Protest the death penalty – Sept. 12  

59] Chile under Pinochet – Sept. 12  

60] Fund Our Communities meeting – Sept. 12

61] Universe Changed – Sept. 12

62] War Is Not the Answer demo – Sept. 13

63] Film class – Sept. 13

64] Apiary – Sept. 13 - 24

65] Film IF A TREE FALLS – Sept. 13

66] Become an activante with SOA Watch

67] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

68] Fund Our Communities campaign

69] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

70] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

72] Join Global Zero campaign

73] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

74] Publish your peace article

75] Click on The Hunger Site 

76] Fire & Faith  

77] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


41] – This year, The United Religions Initiative, in consultation with The World Peace Prayer Society and Pathways To Peace are launching a campaign to build an unprecedented coalition of organizations and other change agents to take action.  To join in this global campaign of unity, visit or go to 


"11 DAYS – 11 WAYS" for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.  This campaign will highlight 11 dimensions of change which call forth the values, spirit and service needed to move us towards a culture of peace and a world that works for all. The special project of the Culture of Peace Initiative is the 11 Days of Global Unity, which begins on Sun., Sept. 11 and ends on Wed., Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace.  This year's vastly expanded program has the theme "11 DAYS – 11 WAYS".  Each day will focus on a major area of concern for humanity and will feature observances, educational programs and practical acts that support these concerns.  The UN Millennium Development Goals (MGD's) will be incorporated into these daily events.


On the International Day of Peace, promote global military ceasefire; call for a day of nonviolence in media; work to establish departments and ministries of peace in nations around the world; highlight our personal and collective progress towards a culture of peace; make a personal commitment to doing something in our local areas; observe a Minute of Silence at 12 noon, as requested by the UN Secretary General.


42] – There is a Bikes Not Bombs Tour starting on Sun., Sept. 11 from New York City with an arrival in Washington, D.C. on Thurs., Oct. 6. Go to


43] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sept. 11, the discussion is "Ethical Humanism and Terror – 9/11 Ten Years Later" by Hugh Taft-Morales, leader, Baltimore Ethical Society.  In the decade since the horror and suffering of the 9/11 attacks, what have we learned about the intersection of humanism and terrorism? It is no surprise that humanists, a group as diverse as any in America, have no single answer. But from his perspective, our nation relies too much on polarization and violence, and too little on peacemaking. Call 410-581-2322 or visit the website to be sure at


44] – 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



45] – The TENTH ANNIVERSARY 9/11 UNITY WALK is taking place on Sun., Sept. 11 at 1:30 PM at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW, WDC.  This year's speakers include The Rev. Bill Haley (The Falls Church Anglican); The Rev. Mpho Tutu (Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage and Advisory Chair, 9/11 Unity Walk); Arun Gandhi (M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence); Imam Mohamed Magid (President, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)); and Karen Armstrong (Charter for Compassion). The emcee will be Maureen Fiedler (Interfaith Voices). Go to  "FORWARD AS ONE."


46] – The Greater Homewood Interfaith Alliance will be holding a 9/11 tenth anniversary remembrance service at 3 PM on Sun., Sept. 11 in Wyman Park Dell.  The service will include music, readings and spoken word from different faith traditions.  Brief messages on peace will be delivered by the Rev. Kevin Brooks, Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton and Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat.  The Greater Homewood Interfaith Alliance is part of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation.  The event is co-sponsored by Women in Black and the Interfaith Community of Roland Park. 


47] – Reflection and Hope is on at 3 PM on Sun., Sept. 11 at 9721 Sherwood Farm Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.  There will be music, speakers, dialogue, contemplation and prayer.  At 5 PM, there will be a vegetarian potluck dinner.  Call 410-998-9777.  

48] – Peace Path will start on Sun., Sept 11 at 4 PM and end at 6 PM on Charles St. from the Inner Harbor north to the Beltway. All people for peace are welcome to choose a block or corner; bring your friends and honor the memory of 9/11 in peace. Go to


49] – 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.


50] – On Sun., Sept. 11 at 4:30 PM, 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Remember a Decade of War...Recommit to Peace The ROAD Not (yet!) Taken at the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program @ University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA. (Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share).  Here VOICES OF PEACE IN A DECADE OF WAR at 5:30 PM for a reflection on a Decade of War (and war resistance) in music, poetry, and prose, including a video short: IN THE SIGHTS OF THE FBI: Assaults on Civil Liberties from COINTELPRO to TODAY.


Then there will be a Peace Walk and Ceremony of Sorrow & Peace, Incense, Water, & Ash at the Phila. Market Street Bridge, 2950 Market St., across from the east side of 30th Train Street Station. Call 610-544-1818 or go to


51] – Emma's revolution will perform from 5 to 6 PM on Sun., Sept. 11 at the 34th Annual Takoma Park Folk Festival, Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Rt. 410), Takoma Park MD. This year's festival theme will be "Peace and Reconciliation".  Emma's revolution is known for their songs of peace & justice and especially two about 9/11: "If I Give Your Name," which tells the stories of families of undocumented workers killed in the Trade Center and won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest; and "Peace, Salaam, Shalom", which is sung around the world and has been called the "anthem of the anti-war movement."


52] – 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 Aug. 28. 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


53] – The Rambo Shuford House Concert Series presents Robert Hitz, a pianist and composer, will play the keyboard on Sun., Sept. 11 at 7 PM at Cross Keys on Falls Road, 1 Hamill Court, Suite 51, Baltimore, MD 21210.  The suggested donation is $15.  Call 410-532-5604 or ramboshuford at


54] – 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. 12, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


55] – You are invited to hear Partners In Health co-founder Paul Farmer speak about the challenges facing Haiti and the solutions that PIH and its sister organization--Zanmi Lasante--are implementing to help Haiti build back better. The event on Mon., Sept. 12 from 9 AM to noon at Ronald Reagan Building & ITC Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW will include an interview with Dr. Farmer about his new book HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, a question and answer session, as well as a book signing.


56] – The Constitution and Civil Rights: The Search for Equality in a Multi-Racial America with Jane Junn, professor of political science at the Univ. of Southern California, who presents UMBC's first Social Science Forum of the fall 2011 semester on Mon., Sept. 12 at 4 PM at Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle.  Go to Junn is the author of three books on political participation in the US. This Constitution Day Lecture is co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology and Anthropology, and the Honors College.


57] – 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 


58] – 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., Sept. 12. Call 410-366-1637.


59] – Chile under Pinochet – Survivors Tell their Story is hosted by Howard County Friends of Latin America and features presentations by survivors of torture during the Pinochet regime in Chile in the 1970's. This is happening on Mon., Sept. 12 at 7 PM, starting with refreshments, at the Howard County Library - Elkridge Branch, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, MD 21075. 


Pinochet took power after overthrowing the democratically-elected president of that country, Salvador Allende. This is a unique opportunity to hear first hand accounts of two survivors, who will also talk about the role of the U.S. government in covering up Pinochet's atrocities against the Chilean people. In addition, they will address the political situation in Chile today and the role of the U.S.-Chile solidarity movement.    Call 410-313-5077. 


There are two speakers.  Pedro Alejandro Matta was a student leader at the Law School of the University of Chile in Santiago during the coup d'etat of September 11, 1973, which overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Salvador Allende. He was a member of the Socialist Youth, the youth branch of the Allende's Socialist Party. Matta was arrested by  DINA, Pinochet's Secret Police, taken to two torture centers, including the notorious torture center known as Villa Grimaldi, and then imprisoned for over 13 months. He was never charged with any crime in a court of law. He emigrated to the United States and testified before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in NYC. In 1991 he returned to Chile in order to research and document what happened at Villa Grimaldi. Pedro's life's work since 1973 has been to transform Chile's violent history into a living memory.


Maria Stella Dabancen was a human rights activist, bank professional, university student and community organizer prior to and during the Salvador Allende presidency. During the military dictatorship, she was imprisoned, tortured and then deported. She first lived in Mexico and then relocated to the United States. While residing in Washington, DC, she worked with others to stop U.S. aid to the Pinochet dictatorship and was an advocate for the rights of Latinos and other political refugees in the DC Metro area. She works with the Woodrow Wilson Community Center, Spanish International Network, Pan American Health Organization and the Chilean Environmental Commission. She obtained her Master's degree in Spanish American Literature from The Catholic University of America. She currently lives with her husband in the Dominican Republic.


60] – 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 will be at 7:30 PM on Mon., Sept. 12.  The focus of the meeting will be to continue planning for the Sept. 26 Town Hall meeting on military spending at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Pkwy. & N. Charles St.  To get directions to Max's residence, call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at 


61] – The Day the Universe Changed: A Personal View is part of a discussion series, and it is taking place on Mon., Sept. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Baltimore Ethical Society.  Authored by science historian James Burke, come and view episodes, followed by stimulating philosophical discussions with Ethical Culture Leader Hugh Taft-Morales. The first episode will be "The Way We Are: It Started with the Greeks."


62] – 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. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


63] – 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.


64] – Baltimore Clayworks, a non-profit ceramic art center, is housed in two historic buildings in Mount Washington, 5707 Smith Ave., presents Apiary by Leigh Taylor Mickelson.  It is her solo exhibition of botanically inspired sculptures and installations. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 PM on Tues., Sept. 13, and the exhibit continues through Sat., Sept. 24, 10 AM to 5 PM.  She explores the parallels between the bee's will to pollinate and human socialization. Call 410-578-1919.


65] – The Community Engagement & Education department at POV, an independent film series that airs social issue documentaries on PBS, is on the air June-October, Tuesday nights at 10 PM.  On Sept. 13, you can watch IF A TREE FALLS:  A Story of the Earth Liberation Front which explores two pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism.  The Earth Liberation Front was called by the FBI the "number one domestic terrorism threat." Daniel McGowan, a former member of the Earth Liberation Front, faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. What turned this working-class kid from Queens into an eco-warrior? Marshall Curry (Oscar®-nominated Street Fight, POV 2005) provides a nuanced and provocative account that is part coming-of-age story, part cautionary tale and part cops-and-robbers thriller. It is a co-production of ITVS and a winner of Best Documentary Editing Award, 2011 Sundance Film Festival. (90 minutes) You can view a trailer at Call 212-989-8121 x330.


66] – 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.


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

68] – 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      


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


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


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


72] – 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.  


73] – 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.


74] – 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


75] – 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.  


76] – 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


77] – 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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