Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

34] "Spiritual Nakedness" – Nov. 20

35] Get on Bridge for Peace – Nov. 20

36] Uganda Dance Project – Nov. 20

37] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Nov. 20

38] Vegetarian Potluck Dinner – Nov. 20

39] Red Emma's Meeting – Nov. 20

40] Pentagon Vigil – Nov. 21

41] Save the Post office – Nov. 21

42] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Nov. 21 – Nov. 28

43] Protest the death penalty – Nov. 21

44] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Nov. 21

45] Honor whistleblowers – Nov. 21 


34] – 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. 20, BES hosts Catherine Bordeau, leader-in-training at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, for a talk on spirituality, community, and ethics entitled "Spiritual Nakedness." Call 410-547-7798 or visit the website to be sure at


35] – 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


36] – CARE for Uganda Dance Project is a benefit concert in partnership with the Uganda Rural Fund to raise money for AIDS orphans and impoverished women and children.  On Sun., Nov. 20 at 7 PM at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., some of the area's most celebrated dancers, including Nicole Martinell's Deep Vision Dance Company; Stephanie Yezek, who has studied everything from classical Indian dance to aerial dance; and Torens Johnson, a former dancer with the prestigious Ailey II company, will dance for a cause tonight. The ticket price is $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $17 for members.   


Proceeds will go to purchase books and lighting for the Hope Academy, a school in Uganda that provides secondary and vocational education to disadvantaged youth, many of them orphaned by AIDS. A 2 PM show the same day will feature performances by area students from the Moving Company Dance Center, Morton Street, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and Hereford High. The afternoon show ticket prices are $15, and for members, $12. Call 410-276-1651.  Go to


37] – 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.


38] – There is a Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, hosted by the Vegetarian Resource Group, on Sun., Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 PM at the North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Ave. Call 410-366-8343 for tickets.


39] – 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 Nov. 20. 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


40] – 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. 21, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


41] – Save the U.S. Postal Service on Mon., Nov. 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at 529 14th St. NW, WDC, while Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will be speaking at the National Press Club. He won't be talking about how the Postal Service made a net profit of more than $600 million sorting and delivering the mail the past four years. He won't be talking about the fact that the Postal Service isn't even funded by taxpayers and that its revenue is earned from the sale of its products and services. And he won't be talking about the fact that financial problems facing the Postal Service stem from a 2006 congressional mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years and do so within a decade - a burden no other public agency or private firm faces. The Postal Service is actually paying, out of its operating budget, for the future retiree benefits of people who haven't even been born yet. No, instead Donahoe will be talking about why the Postal Service needs to cut over 100,000 jobs and close down hundreds of post offices nationwide in order to save money. He'll be justifying the union-busting attacks on labor contracts and service cuts that will affect postal workers and literally everyone in the country!


42] – 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   


43] – 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. 21. Call 410-366-1637.


44] – The Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  The next meeting takes place on Nov. 21.  The proposed agenda will include a review of the strategy to pressure the Super Committee to cut military spending, continuing reports on Occupation Baltimore & the Freedom Square occupation, an update on the court martial of Bradley Manning and Black Friday.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


45] – Truth & Consequences: Blowing the Whistle on Government Abuse will take place at Ward Circle Bldg., Rm. 2, American U on Mon., Nov. 21 at 8:10 PM.  The keynote speakers are Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, winners of this year's award from Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence.  Thomas Drake was a senior official at the National Security Agency where he witnessed widespread waste, fraud, and violations of the 4th Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. He blew the whistle, and the Justice Department tried him for espionage — and lost. The extraordinary charges against him are symptomatic of the rising power of the military-industrial-congressional-intelligence-surveillance-cybersecurity complex.


Jesselyn Radack was the Justice Department attorney who stood up for the Constitutional rights of John Walker Lindh, a young U.S. citizen captured in Afghanistan and widely denigrated as the "American Taliban." She was dissed. And Lindh became the first American to be tortured by Americans during the early days of the Afghan War. "Justice" then made her a target of a criminal investigation and put her on the "No-Fly" List. She is now with the Government Accountability Project and was one of the lawyers representing Tom Drake under circumstances closely resembling her own.


There will be other speakers at this event, sponsored by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence and American University's Nuclear Studies Institute.


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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