Friday, September 16, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

21] White House vigil – Sept. 16

22] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Sept. 16

23] WIB Roland Park vigil – Sept. 16

24] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Sept. 16

25] Silent vigil – Sept. 16

26] Stop Execution of Troy Davis -- Sept. 16

27] Thinking Outside the Bucks – Sept. 16

28] Military Industrial Complex Conference - Sept. 16-18

29] National Organizers’ Conference - Sept. 16-18

30] Ballroom dancing – Sept. 16

31] Farmers Market – Sept. 17

32] Activate Inner Citizen – Sept. 17

33] Olney peace vigil -- Sept. 17

34] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 17

35] Film INTIMIDATION – Sept. 17

36] Slutwalk – Sept. 17

37] Silent vigil at Capitol – Sept. 17

38] DIY FEST – Sept. 17

39] Constitution Day – Sept. 17

40] Many Voices, One Peace Concert – Sept. 17

41] Free Legal Advice – Sept. 17

42] Gimme Shelter benefit – Sept. 17

43] Simon Shaheen concert – Sept. 17


21] – 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:   

22] – 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.

23] – There is also a noon vigil on Sept. 16 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.

24] – 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

25] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Sept. 16 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. 


26] – The emergency national protests on Fri., Sept. 16 to STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS includes one in Baltimore, called by the All Peoples Congress.  Save Troy Davis on Fri., Sept. 16 from 5 to 6:30 PM at Sharp & Pratt Sts. Bring signs!  Call 443-909-8964.  On Mar. 28, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis, the Savannah, Ga. man whose scheduled execution has been halted three times in the past because of the growing evidence and public belief in his innocence. But NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WED., SEPTEMBER 21. Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of a police officer despite what Amnesty International calls "overwhelming doubts about his guilt." No physical forensic evidence was presented at the trial, and 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony, with at least two saying they were pressured by police to finger Davis as the killer. SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT


27] – On Fri., Sept. 16 at 6:30 PM, consider being at Thinking Outside the Bucks: Bnot's Local Economy Party! & Market Place and hear these speakers--Paul Glover, Michael Shuman,  Charles Eisenstein and Jeff Dicken--get engaged about local currency, gift economy, barter and time banking.  The event is at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The cost is $16, but $11 for members. Bring your B-note or buy 'em there!  Call 410-276-1651 or go to


28] – The Military Industrial Complex conference takes place Fri, Sept.16 through Sun., Sept. 18, and you can sign up at  On Sept. 16 at 6:30 PM at The Haven, 112 W. Market St., Charlottesville, Virginia, hear Dave Norris, the Mayor of Charlottesville, David Swanson, a progressive activist, author, and blogger, and Ann Wright, who first as a military officer and then as a diplomat, spent thirty-five years serving the U.S. government. The conference then moves on Saturday and Sunday to The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  There are many speakers: Austin-Scoggins, Paul K. Chappell, Helena Cobban, Benjamin Davis, Jeff Fogel, George Friday, Bruce Gagnon, Bunnatine (Bunny) H. Greenhouse, Clare Hanrahan, Coleman Smith, Robert Jensen, Karen Kwiatkowski, Bruce Levine, Ray McGovern, Wally Myers, Robert Naiman, Lisa Savage, David Shreve, Mary Beth Sullivan and Jonathan Williams. Contact David Swanson

29] – Attend the 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference, Sept. 16-19, with a benefit concert with Simon Shaheen on Sat., Sept. 17. Contact the US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION at 202-332-0994 or USCAMPAIGN@ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG or WWW.ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG.   If you are unable to travel to DC, there will be live streaming of the panels, speakers and plenary portions of the conference!  Go to during the conference to watch live video of our conference.


IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis, director of IPS' New Internationalism Project, serves on the US Campaign's Steering Committee and will address What do the Arab Spring and Palestinian UN Membership Mean for Our Work? The address is on Fri., Sept. 16 at 7 PM at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW, WDC, 20009.  Other panel members are Omar Barghouti, journalist and publisher Helena Cobban, and internationally syndicated columnist and author Rami Khouri.  The discussion will be moderated by Nadia Hijab, writer, analyst and Advisory Board member of the US Campaign.  The Friday night panel is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come-first-seated basis.


30] – 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 Sept. 16.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

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] – On Sat., Sept. 17 from 9 AM to noon, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association will be hosting its next Activate Your Inner Citizen: University at Sojourner-Douglass College, 500 N. Caroline St. Community organizers and interested parties are encouraged to participate in free workshops focusing on teaching the core skills necessary to be effectively involved in community leadership. Register online at Email


33] 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 Sept. 17. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


34] –  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


35] On Sat., Sept. 17 from noon to 1:30 PM, see INTIMIDATION: a short film on Bullying at Eubie Blake Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St. There is a request for a $5 minimum donation.  Call 410-225-3130 or go to


36] – On Sat., Sept, 17 at noon, sex-positive women, transgender people, and men will march for the right to walk peaceably down the street without fear of catcalls, harassment, or sexual assault at SlutWalk. The march begins at Inner Harbor [between the Visitor Center and the Science Center] and ends with a rally at the War Memorial Plaza, organized by Hollaback Bmore! director Shawna Potter, and will include a talk by sexual assault survivor Kate Rushcook, original poetry by Rodkell James, and a comedy performance by Luce Tomlin-Brenner. Go to


37] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sept. 10. 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


38] – The fifth annual DIY Fest presents workshops on making biodegradable cleaning products, "kitchen" medicine, books, and jewelry, as well as provide lessons in urban livestock, composting, and wild fermentation on Sat., Sept. 17 from noon to 6 PM at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. There is no charge, and there will be an after-show at the Baltimore Free Farm, 3519 Ash St. featuring Bowlegged Gorilla, Thee Lexington Arrows, and Drunk Monk. Email or go to


39] – The Constitution Day Symposium: Free Speech and the Digital Age is jointly sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) and will take place in Brown Center’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. on Sat., Sept. 17 from 3 to 5 PM.  The free symposium will feature Andrew Sullivan, Trevor Paglen and Jay Stanley who will look at what the future holds for personal expression as it relates to digital communication technologies.  Call 410-225-2300 or go to


40] – Many Voices, One Peace Music Concert will feature SONiA of Disappear Fear, with Rabbi Liz and special guest performers. A concert uniting voices, songs, wishes, and prayers for ever-widening circles of peace takes place on Sat., Sept. 17 at 7 PM at Congregation Beit Tikvah, 5802 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210.  The ticker prices are $24, couples $36, ages 10-18 $18, seniors $18 and children free.  Call 410-464-9402.


41] – An art and entertainment attorney for over 18 years, Walt Lehmann, of Lehmann Strobel PLC, assists creative professionals and cultural organizations, including the Walters, with the management of their intellectual property assets. On Sat., Sept. 17 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!


42] – Gimme Shelter is doing an Uh Huh Poetry and Music Benefit with Alan Barysh and Kala Weaver to benefit the homeless and the shelters that serve them. It is on Sat., Sept. 17 at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Gallery, 5502 Harford Road. A donation is requested.  Go to or call 410-627 8774.


43] – Get over to the Benefit Concert with Simon Shaheen on Sat., Sept. 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM at All Souls Church, 2835 16th St., WDC. The Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is marking its 10th Annual Organizers' Conference with this concert with a world-renowned violinist and oud player.


A Palestinian born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee, Shaheen began playing the oud at the age of five, and a year later began studying violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music in Haifa. Shaheen has become one of the most significant Arab musicians of his generation. He will be joined on stage by the wonderful Palestinian percussionist Michel Moushabeck. All proceeds from this benefit concert directly support the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.


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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