Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3


55] Call In for Bradley Manning – Nov. 15 - 18

56] Support the Freedom Rides in Palestine – Nov. 15

57] Supporter D.C. Eight as they go to trial – Nov. 15

58] Occupy Philly – Nov. 15

59] Support Freedom Riders – Nov. 15

60] War Is Not the Answer – Nov. 15

61] MIDDLE East Business Practices – Nov. 15

62] Mass Mailing Party – Nov. 15 and 16

63] Practical Idealist Evening -- Nov. 16

64] Brian Willson at JHU – Nov. 16

65] Peace Action Montgomery meeting – Nov. 15

66] Protest Karl Rove at JHU – Nov. 15

67] Death Penalty Forum – Nov. 15

68] Uriel Carazo at Loyola – Nov. 15

69] PBS series WOMAN WAR PEACE – Nov. 15

70] Go to Nicaragua? – Nov. 15

71] Lobby Sarbanes Vote No to War Nov. 16

72] Philadelphia peace vigil – Nov. 16

73] Parks Grants Workshop – Nov. 16

74] Tenants in Foreclosure workshop – Nov. 16

75] Offshore Wend Town Hall – Nov. 16

76] WIB Frederick vigil – Nov. 16

77] Tad Daley lecture Nov. 16

78] Uriel Carazo in D.C. – Nov. 16

79] Film WHO IS THE REAL TERRORIST? -- Nov. 16

80] Green Currency Meeting -- Nov. 16

81] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Nov. 16

82] Donate to Riseup

83] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

84] Fund Our Communities campaign

85] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

86] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

88] Join Global Zero campaign

89] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

90] Publish your peace article

91] Click on The Hunger Site 

92] Fire & Faith  

93] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


55] – Let the United Nations representative meet with Bradley Manning! Participate in a National Call-in Week from Tues., Nov. 15 through Fri., Nov. 18 by occupying military phone lines!


On Oct. 18 2011, UN chief investigator on torture issues, Juan Mendez, confirmed that the Department of Defense has blocked his requests for an unmonitored meeting with PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. Mendez requested the meetings so that he could investigate what occurred during the 10 months that Bradley Manning was kept isolated in the military brig at Quantico, VA, under conditions condemned as illegal by 300 top U.S. legal scholars.


Call Secretary of the Army Public Affairs Officer Lt. Anne Edgecomb at 703-697-3491 and Army Chief of Staff Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col Alayne Conway at 703-693-4961.  When you call, urge Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno to respect the UN Convention Against Torture and to allow UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez to conduct an official visit with Bradley Manning. Also consider emailing them at Anne.edgecomb@us.army.mil and Alayne.conway@us.army.mil.

56] – PALESTINIAN FREEDOM RIDES SOLIDARITY ACTION is taking place on Tues., Nov. 15 from 8 AM to 8 PM at the DC Metro Stations and local university shuttles. Board buses around the city educating the public on actions happening simultaneously in the Occupied West Bank in a show of solidarity with Palestinian Freedom Riders.  RSVP to palfreedomridesdc@gmail.com. Go to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Palestinian-Freedom-Rides/262016243850607.

57] – There will be a Pre-Trial Rally for eight DC Democracy Activists on Tues., Nov. 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM outside D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW, WDC. The trial will take place at 10:30 AM before Associate Judge Robert E. Morin in Courtroom 312.


58] – OCCUPY PHILLY, www.occupyphilly.org, continues at Phila. City Hall, 15th & Market Sts. We Are The 99% Demanding Economic Justice, Democracy, and Peace on Tuesdays at 4:30 until 6 PM, Phila. City Hall.  Join the Brandywine Peace Community and other peace and anti-war activists at Occupy Philly. Call Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818 or go to www.brandywinepeace.com.


59] – On Tues., Nov. 15, nonviolent Palestinian activists are planning a bold new assertion of their human rights in the face of Israeli state-instituted segregation, and they are reaching out to U.S. allies for support, especially in cities like Baltimore which knew segregation and anti-segregation activism.  These Palestinian activists will attempt to board segregated local public buses headed to occupied East Jerusalem. Their act of civil disobedience is directly inspired by the Freedom Riders of the US Civil Rights Movement, and activists across the US are planning solidarity actions for the same day.


In Baltimore, there will be a demonstration at Penn Station on the Charles St. side from 5 to 7 PM during the evening rush hour, telling the story of the current Palestinian Freedom Rides through dramatic art and song. Help explore the connections between the Palestinian and U.S. struggles for human rights and against racism and exploitation. For example, the governments of both Israel and Baltimore City outsource large and unfair infrastructure projects to Veolia, a multinational corporation. In Palestine these bus lines only serve Jewish-only settlements and solidify the settlements' illegal land grabs. In Baltimore, Veolia's projects are those like the Charm City Circulator, which serves only central, privileged neighborhoods, and heating and cooling systems for the highly subsidized, yet exclusive corporate projects of the Baltimore Development Corporation.


60] – 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 Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


61] – How Middle Eastern Business Practices Have Changed since 9/11 is a presentation by Col. Pat Lang, private analyst and commentator on the Middle East, on Tues., Nov. 15 from 6 to 7 PM at the Univ. of Baltimore, William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave. Go to http://www.ubalt.edu/template.cfm?page=692.


62] – You are invited to the Peace Center's Mass Mailing Party on Tues., Nov. 15th & Wed., Nov. 16 from 6 to 9 PM in the auditorium of St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC.  Bring an iPod.  Enjoy speakers & pizza.  Hang out with Peace Center staff and meet new & old volunteers. Help the Peace Center raise funds, reach out, and do what needs to be done.  RSVP to Dany at dsigwalt@gmail.com.  


63] – Colman McCarthy will give a talk "Teaching Peace and Nonviolent Social Change" on Tues., Nov. 15 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the UMBC Library Gallery with a dessert reception to follow.  There is parking available at Lot 18.  Visit www.umbc.edu for directions.  Call 410-455-6313 or email jarndt@umbc.edu

64] – On Tues., Nov. 15 at 6 PM in Barton Hall 177, JHU Homewood Campus, Brian Willson will talk about his memoir, BLOOD ON RGE TRACKS.  Willson is a Vietnam veteran whose wartime experiences--including witnessing the death and devastation caused by American bombardment of villages--transformed him into a human rights activist. In 1987, he was run over by a U.S. Navy munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent protest against weapons shipments to El Salvador.

65] – On Tues., Nov. 15 at 7 PM, there will be a Peace Action Montgomery meeting at the home of a member. Email for directions: info@peaceactionmc.org

66] – At 7 PM on Tues., Nov. 15, hold Karl Rove accountable!  He dodged the draft to avoid going to Vietnam, yet helped set in motion the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.  He will be speaking at Shriver Hall on JHU's Homewood Campus.

67] – Maryland CASE is hosting Unimpeachable Voices on the Death Penalty on Tues., Nov. 15 from 7 to 10 PM at Hood College's Rosenstock (Hodson) Auditorium, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick.  This Death Penalty Forum will feature Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person sentenced to death to be exonerated based on DNA evidence, Vicki Schieber, mother of a murder victim and chair of the board of Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, and Jane Henderson, executive director of Maryland Citizens Against State Executions.  The event is sponsored by Hood College Amnesty International, Hood College Democrats, MD Case and many other organizations. Contact AI's Andrea Hall at 301-315-2123 or andreainrockville@yahoo.com.


68] – Witness for Peace is organizing a speaker tour "U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration" featuring Uriel Antonio Carazo García.  Few people can speak to the impacts of U.S. military and economic policy like Uriel Carazo, a coordinator and founding member of The Promoters of Peace and Development (Red de Promotores de Paz y de Desarrollo) in Nicaragua. As a result of the U.S. backed Contra war in Nicaragua in the 1980s, Uriel was forced to migrate to Honduras. Later he was deeply involved in a broad movement in his country against the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and facilitated community-level dialogue on its potential impacts. Needless to say he is well acquainted with the ties between U.S. foreign policy and how it pushes and pulls people to migrate.


Migration and its root causes have been an integral part of the post-war reconciliation process. The Peace Promoters have found that most Nicaraguans, no matter their political leaning or past military involvement - Contra or Sandinista - are facing many of the same issues. Working closely with families as a conflict mediator, a lawyer, and a disability rights activist, Uriel has increasingly come across a single issue: migration. He will talk about this migration, and the large systematic dynamics behind it, especially in terms of Nicaragua's often-contentious relationship with the United States. On Tues., Nov. 15 at 7 PM, he will be at Loyola University of Maryland, Knott Hall, Room B01, Baltimore 21210.  The event is co-sponsored by Casa Baltimore/Limay and Loyola University Maryland.  Park on Charles St. just north of Cold Spring Lane.  Knott Hall is located near Charles St., next to the drive-in entrance to the university. Email wfpma@witnessforpeace.org.


69] – CODEPINK informs us that the last of five segments of Women War & Peace will be aired on PBS on Tues., Nov. 15.  


70] – There will be an orientation session for the delegation to Nicaragua.  If interested, call Barbara Larcom at 410-662-6292 or email her at barbara.larcom@gmail.com by Tues., Nov. 15. 

Casa Baltimore/Limay announced a guided trip to Nicaragua from Dec. 29 through Jan. 10, 2012.  The group will spend 5 days in Baltimore's friendship community, San Juan de Limay.  Also visit four major cities (Managua, Granada, Estelí and León) as well as a beach and/or lakeside.  The trip is co-sponsored by St. Vincent's Congregation which has a sister parish in Limay.  Co-leaders are Tom Hyatt and Barbara Larcom, who have led similar trips in the past. While in San Juan de Limay, you will stay in the homes of local people in order to experience their daily lives and form friendships that are likely to last after the trip.  The group will visit people and projects funded by Casa Baltimore/Limay and St. Vincent's, like college scholarship students, a childcare center, businesses that got microloans, and agroforestry projects in rural villages.  We will also learn how Limay is dealing with the floods of October 2011, with the extensive damage to homes and agriculture. The cost of the trip is only $1600 (that includes airfare, all in-country expenses, and a donation toward Limay projects).  We will do some group activities in advance of the trip, to raise part of the funds needed.  Nicaragua is among the safest of Central American countries and delegations have successfully been going there for many years.  


71] – On Wed., Nov. 16 at either noon or 4:30 PM,  the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes' office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204.  While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to pledge to vote against further funding of wars.  We will also let him know that he should sign on to the following legislation: HR 780, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, and HR 870, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act.  From either 12:30 to 1 PM or from 5 to 5:30 PM, we will demonstrate on Bosley Ave against U.S. wars in the Middle East. 


Please let Max know if you can go to Sarbanes' office and what time better fits your schedule.  You can reach him at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.


Progressive Democrats of America, CODEPINK and others are holding brownbag vigils outside (or inside) offices of members of the House of Representatives.  Brownbaggers are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war and for progressive legislation. Hands off Medicare! Hands off Medicaid! Hands off Social Security! END CORPORATE WELFARE! Go to http://tinyurl.com/brownbagvigil.


72] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Nov. 16. Call 215-426-0364.


73] – On Wed., Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a Partnership for Parks Spring 2012 Grant Workshop at the Recreation and Parks office in Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Drive.


74] – There is a workshop on Wed., Nov. 16 at 6 PM for Tenants in Foreclosure at the Public Justice Center,  1 N. Charles St., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21201. Renters have rights during the foreclosure of the building they live in.  In particular tenants have "the right to continue renting the property after the foreclosure for the remaining lease term or 90 days after a new legal title holder sends them notice to vacate, whichever is longer." There will be refreshments and childcare.  RSVP at 410-625-9409 x235.  


75] – Join the Maryland League of Conservation Voters for its 2012 Baltimore County Legislative Preview to hear about Offshore Wind Power and other priorities. This event takes place on Wed., Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133.  This event is hosted by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. RSVP to Dannielle Lipinski at 410.280.9855 x 203 or dlipinski@mdlcv.org.


76] – WIB does a silent vigil mourning all violence the third Wednesday of the month.  The next vigil is Wed., Nov. 16 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM at the intersection of Martin & Patrick Sts in downtown Frederick.  Wear black, but bring no additional signs. Call 301-834-7581 or wibfrederick@mizmail.com


77] – On Wed., Nov. 16 at 6:30 PM, Tad Daley, author of "Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World," will deliver a lecture "The Global Governance Architectures of World Without Nuclear Weapons and a World Without War" at the Soka Gakkai International Center, 3417 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Contact William Aiken at waiken@sgi-usa.orgemail.


78] – On Wed., Nov. 16 at 7 PM, hear Uriel Carazo at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC.  Email Todd Miller, Witness for Peace Mid-Atlantic Speakers Tour Coordinator, at toddmiller70@hotmail.com.  


79] – On Wed.., Nov. 16 at 7 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., see the film WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP by Saul Landau.  The film documents the history of U.S. - Cuban relations involving the CIA, violence, and the 5 Cubans serving long sentences in U.S. prisons. There is an interview with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five who is currently serving life imprisonment in Victorville Maximum Security Prison for so-called "conspiracy to commit espionage." Landau also interviews Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, and others who have acknowledged acts of terrorism against Cuba.  There will be a REPORT FROM OCCUPY 4 JOBS NETWORK, as well.  While there is a request for a $5 donation, no one would be turned away. Call 443-909-8964 or email apcbaltimore@pipeline.com.  


80] – The Baltimore Green Currency Association meets every Wednesday at 7 PM at Breathe Books, 810 W 36th St. # A, Baltimore, MD 21211-2554.  Call 410-235-7323.


81] Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Nov. 16. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


82] – Consider making a donation to Riseup.  It provides a valuable service for progressive nonprofit groups, such as the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.  It does a great job maintaining NCNR's list serves. Go to https://riseup.net/donate.


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

84] – 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.      


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


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


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


88] – 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.  


89] – 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.


90] – 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.


91] – 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.  


92] – 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/.


93] – 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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