Sunday, November 6, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

41] Day of Silence – Nov. 6

42] African Migration – Nov. 6

43] Get on Bridge for Peace – Nov. 6

44] Circle the White House – Nov. 6

45] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Nov. 6

46] Pentagon Vigil – Nov. 7

47] At trial, defendants to speak on behalf of Bradley Manning – Nov. 7

48] Discussion about HEARTH ACT implementation – Nov. 7 

49] Transition to renewable energy – Nov. 7

50] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 7 – Nov. 10

51] Protest the death penalty – Nov. 7

52] Another BDC is possible – Nov. 7

53] Fund Our Communities town hall meeting – Nov. 7


41] – There is A DAY OF SILENCE on Sun., Nov. 6th at Shanti Yoga Ashram, 4217 East-West Highway, Bethesda MD 20814.   It will begin at 10 AM, and will include meditation, prayers, singing, two films, a vegetarian lunch and an opportunity to ask questions at 3:30 PM.  RSVP ASAP at or 301-654 4899.  The program will be repeated the first Sunday of December and February.

42] – 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 Sun., Nov. 6, the program will look at "African Migration to the U.S. in Recent Times."  Lateef Olapade Badru, PhD, professor and acting chair of Africana Studies, UMBC, will deliver the lecture about the period in the latter part of the 20th century referred to as the "fourth great migration." This trend, which has intensified steadily over time, began after decolonization when many Africans, including Barack Obama Senior, came to the United States seeking an education. Dr. Badru will describe this migration and its effects on both the U.S. and Africa.  Call 410-581-2322 or visit the website to be sure at


43] – 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


44] – White House Circle of Hope to stop Keystone XL oil pipeline takes place on Mon., Nov. 6 from 2 to 6 PM.  The idea is to send President Obama an unmistakable message.  Exactly one year before the election, the idea is to encircle the whole White House to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline and live up to his promise to free us from the tyranny of oil. In doing so, remind him of the power of the movement that he rode to the White House in 2008. This is bigger than any one person.  RSVP at


45] – 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.


46] – 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., Nov. 6, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


47] – Jean Athey, Helen Gerhardt, Max Obuszewski and Col. Ann Wright are scheduled for trial on Mon., Nov. 6 at 10 AM in Prince William Circuit Court, 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia, 9311 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA 20110. The defendants are facing a charge of "malicious obstruction of traffic," an offense which carries a fine.  Wright is also facing a charge of "unlawful assembly" which could result in imprisonment.  Those going to trial were among the thirty three activists, including Daniel Ellsberg, arrested outside the entrance to the Quantico [Virginia] Marine Base on March 20, 2011.  The arrests took place on Route 1 after a rally condemning the torture of Pfc. Bradley Manning, an alleged whistleblower, in the Quantico brig.  Those going to trial feel they had a Nuremberg Obligation to speak out against the torture.  Obuszewski tried to obtain a meeting with the commandant the day of the arrest.  Some of those arrested pled guilty, but charges were dropped for a majority of activists.  These four defendants felt an urgency to bring the issue of the torture of Manning into a Virginia courtroom.  Manning was moved to the military prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, and now is in general population.  His situation has greatly improved.  Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at


48] – The National Low Income Housing Coalition will host a series of brown bag lunch events on most Mondays through the end of 2011. The events will be from noon to 1:30 PM ET in the 8th floor conference room, 727 15th St. NW, WDC. On Nov. 7, the HEARTH implementation will be presented by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  This presentation provides an easy-to-follow overview of the impact of the HEARTH Act on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs. The presentation lays out how things are under the current McKinney-Vento programs and how they will be once HEARTH Act implementation is complete. For example, the presentation compares funding for McKinney programs from before and after implementation of the HEARTH Act.  Email

49] – There is a Brown Bag Discussion: Venezuela, Tar Sands and A Renewable Energy Transition on Mon., Nov. 7 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Institute of Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, WDC.  The United States and Venezuela are both heavily dependent on fossil fuel exploitation, and both governments acknowledge that the reality of global warming means that change is needed. In Venezuela, a country where oil production is the main economic driver, plans are being made to transition to a renewable energy economy.  The speakers are Leopoldo Naranjo, director of the Energy and Environment Research Program at the Advanced Research Institute, based in Caracas, Venezuela, and Erwin Muller, director of Renewable Energy for the Venezuelan Ministry of Electricity.  The moderator is Janet Redman, co-director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network.  RSVP to

50] – 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 


51] – 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., Nov. 6. Call 410-366-1637.


52] – Another BDC is Possible!  This is happening on Mon., Nov. 7 with an open meeting with the Baltimore Development Corporation at its headquarters at 36 S. Charles St. at 5 PM. Nearly 400 people have signed on to the open letter calling for a public meeting with the Baltimore Development Corporation!  Momentum to challenge the development status quo in Baltimore is building fast. According to the Daily Record, BDC President M.J. "Jay" Brodie is "going to look forward to meeting with them and to have a sharing of views."  The idea is get ready for a new vision of Baltimore economic development!  Forward the open letter:  RSVP for the meeting at  Email


53] – Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home is A Prince George's County Town Hall to be held at Prince George's Community College, Marlboro Hall room 1097, 301 Largo Road, Largo MD on Mon., Nov. 7 from 7 to 9:30 PM.  Help find PROGRESSIVE SOLUTIONS to the fiscal crisis in Washington and Annapolis. JOIN in to organize for A PEOPLE'S BUDGET.  Put Americans back to work; invest in a sustainable economy; protect our health and environment; preserve Social Security and community services; reduce the Pentagon budget & bring home the troops; and enact a fair tax system to raise revenue from the rich. PARTICIPANTS to include US Congressperson Donna Edwards,  4th District MD Representative, MD State Senator Paul Pinsky and Delegate Aisha Braveboy,  Institute for Policy Studies fellow Karen Dolan, Human Services Coalition activist David Harrington and Fund Our Communities coordinator Jean Athey.  Email or call 301-577-2350.  Go to

There is free parking near the Largo Town Center Metro.  Take Route 202 South, Landover/Largo Road, pass Campus Way and take next right onto main PGCC driveway. Public parking lots are on the left- D & F are closest to Marlboro Hall, a long building on the right.  Enter by the door farthest from highway; go straight down first-floor corridor to reach lecture room 1097. 

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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