Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4


67] Deliver petitions to Van Hollen – Sept. 27

68] War Is Not the Answer demo – Sept. 27

69] Film class – Sept. 27

70] Green Week Q & A meeting -- Sept. 27

71] Film HOMECOMING – Sept. 27

72] See Palestinian films Sept. 27 & 28

73] Become an activante with SOA Watch

74] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

75] Fund Our Communities campaign

76] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

77] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

79] Join Global Zero campaign

80] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

81] Publish your peace article

82] Click on The Hunger Site 

83] Fire & Faith  

84] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


67] Fund Our Communities plans to deliver thousands of petitions to the office of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland's legislator on the Super Committee, on Tues., Sept. 27 at noon.  He is expected to stand up for the demands on the petition:


• Create jobs and get people back to work.  

• End the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  Bring all our troops and contractors home.

• Cut the bloated Pentagon budget. 

• Hands off Social Security.  

• Restore fairness to the tax system. 

• Control health care costs with Medicare for All.  

• Save the environment. 


Meet outside Rep. Van Hollen's office at 11:45 AM at 51 Monroe St., Suite 507, Rockville. Continue to garner signatures, as the delivery will continue throughout the fall.  Call 301-570-0923.


68] – 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. 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


69] – 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 http://freeschool.redemmas.org.  There is no charge.


70] – The Baltimore Green Week Proposals Q&A Meeting is on Tues., Sept. 27 at 6 PM at the Clipper Mill, 2010 Clipper Park Road. Community members are encouraged to be there to explore past project successes and brainstorm projects for 2012. Call 410-952-0334 or go to http://baltimoregreenworks.com/events.


71] – See HOMECOMING, a film that documents the story of 20th century African American farmers in relation to the Civil Rights movement, On Tues., Sept. 27 from 6:30 to 9 PM at The Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Road.  Call 301-283-2113 or go to http://www.accokeek.org.

72] – The films "Kingdom of Women" [2010] by Dahna Abourahme and "From Palestine with Love" [2010] & "Samia" [2009] by Mahasen Nasr Eldien will be shown on Tues., Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC. The suggested donation is $10 or $7 for students/seniors.


"Kingdom of Women" [2010] documents an important chapter in the history of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and tells the story of the women of Ein El Hilweh refugee camp. They organized and provided for themselves and their families after Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon left the camp destroyed and its men imprisoned. Using oral histories about daily life, and evocative animation, the documentary focuses on seven of these women and how they contribute to their community's survival.


"From Palestine with Love" is about Maya, a 22 years-old dancer, who lives in the occupied Palestinian territories and is planning a life with her Swedish boyfriend in Stockholm. She wants to study at the university, but the road from dream to reality is filled with obstacles for the couple – in the shape of the expectations of her family and the Swedish bureaucracy.


SAMIA is a short 14-minute documentary about a woman who is feisty, active and committed. She takes us on a journey in Jerusalem and Jericho as she travels the path of a life marked by her struggle for the right of girls to education and the right of Palestinians to live in Jerusalem.


"The Time That Remains" [2009] by Elia Suleiman will be shown on Tues., Sept. 27, 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Research I Building, Room 163, George Mason Univ., 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.  You can see it for free.  It is a semi biographic film, in four historic episodes, about the director's family from 1948, until recent times. The film is inspired by his father's diaries, starting from when he was a resistant fighter in 1948, and by his mother's letters to family members who were forced to leave the country.  


See a mosaic of Palestinian Shorts on Wed., Sept. 28, 7 to 9 PM at Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, WDC. Tickets are $10, and $7 for students/seniors. 


73] – 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.


74] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

75] – 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 www.OurFunds.org.      


76] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at http://www.indyreader.org.  Submit an article.  


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


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


79] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.  

80] – 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.


81] – 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 path2peace07@yahoo.com.



82] – 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.  


83] – 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 http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/.


84] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.


"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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