Sunday, December 18, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

36] Maintaining Balance – Dec. 18

37] Get on Bridge for Peace – Dec. 18

38] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Dec. 18

39] Harry Belafonte at Busboys – Dec. 18

40] Advent Prayer Series – Dec. 18

41] Holiday Peace Potluck -- Dec. 18

42] Film RARE EXPORTS – Dec. 18

43] Red Emma's meeting – Dec. 18

44] Pentagon Vigil – Dec. 19

45] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 19 – Dec. 22

46] Protest the death penalty – Dec. 19

47] Honor Rabbi Mark Loeb – Dec. 19

48] Free Bradley Manning/Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Dec. 19




36] – 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., Dec. 18, the topic is "Maintaining  Balance," and Bob Buchmeier, PhD., teacher and computer professional, will address the issue.  In considering our service or call in life, moral systems come into play. Three types of moral systems will be considered in today's talk: morality based on relationships, morality based on an objective set of norms, and morality based on a balance of both relationships and objective norms. To live out a morality of balance, we must be attentive and responsive to our inner voice—we must learn to collaborate with our call.


Bob Buchmeier's life has been a journey led by a call and influenced by o opportunities. His abilities in mathematics and talent for spatial visualization led him to pursue mechanical engineering until a call to service took him into high school teaching and then beyond into the racial divide of the 1960s and reform of education. Within the venue of Chicago's west side, Buchmeier was led to seek grounding by the random nature of the explanations given by many of his colleagues about what would constitute the future of education reform. In 1976 he received a PhD in curriculum and philosophy from the University of Chicago. Since that time he has chaired a college education department, led the faculty of a community college in improving instruction, sold computer-managed instruction software, worked as a computer professional, and led a database consulting business. Call 410-547-7798 or visit the website to be sure at


37] – 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



38] – 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.

39] – On Sun., Dec. 18 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys & Poets, 14 & V Sts.,  NW, WDC, catch a lively discussion with American singer, songwriter, actor and social justice activist, Harry Belafonte to celebrate the publication of "My Song; A Memoir!"  Harry Belafonte is a multiple icon for: progressive activists, from civil rights to labor and anti-war and beyond; for cultural workers, whose politics shapes their art and whose art shapes their politics, especially in the movement against racism in Hollywood; for social movements who speak truth to power and don't let up their fight. In a conversation with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis, Harry Belafonte will discuss his new book My Song; A Memoir in this event co-sponsored by Busboys & Poets and Institute for Policy Studies.

40] – The PAX CHRISTI-BALTIMORE 2011 ADVENT PRAYER SERIES began on Sun., Nov. 27 with the theme "The Peace That Eludes Us." It will end on Sun., Dec. 18 at 5 PM at the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart Chapel, 1001 W. Joppa Road, Towson 21204. The chapel is at Joppa Road at Chestnut Ave., west of Bosley Ave. Sr. Catherine Gugerty, SSND. Loyola College will be the speaker.  A free will offering is requested. Contact Chuck Michaels at 443-846-5207.


41] –  On Sun., Dec. 18 at 6 PM, there is Holiday Peace Potluck Supper & Sharing at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Bring main dish, salad, and/or dessert to share; bread and beverages, including hot cider, will be provided. Jennifer Elam will talk about TIBET: A People and Their Peace in the Face of Military Crackdown. She is a psychologist, former student at Pendle Hill, writer and art instructor, who this past summer visited Tibet, including Tibet's storied holy city, Lhasa;  and seasonal music will be played by Tom Mullian ("Six Strings Against the War") and Melissa Elliott.  Go to or call 610-544-1818.


42] – Focus-In! Screening of "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" on Sun., Dec. 18 from 7 to 9 PM at Busboys @ Shirlington, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206. It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare – a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. This is part of the December 2011 Film of the Month presented by Focus-In, a Busboys and Poets monthly film series. Call 703-779-2787.


43] – 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 Dec. 18. 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


44] – 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., Dec. 19, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


45] – 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   


46] – 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., Dec. 19. Call 410-366-1637.


47] – On Mon., Dec. 19 from 7 to 8 PM followed by refreshments, MD CASE invites you to Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville, MD to hear Kirk Bloodsworth and Vicki Schieber.  Kirk and Vicki will share their unique voices of experience as part of their reflections on serving with Rabbi Loeb on the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment. Kirk was wrongly convicted and sent to Maryland's death row, and became the first person exonerated from death row using DNA technology. Vicki is the mother of Shannon, who was murdered at age 23.


This event concludes the fall session of the Agus Academy learning series, an in-depth exploration of Conservative Judaism.  In the course of the year, we are learning how Conservative Judaism informs us regarding theology, halachah (Jewish law), and ritual practice. Having already studied Jewish perspective on the death penalty, they are excited to open the doors to the broader community and to allow Rabbi Loeb to continue to teach us and lead us. Rabbi Loeb served on the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment and co-authored, with Catholic Bishop Denis Madden, the religious perspective on capital punishment that was included in the Commission's final report. RSVP to Yvonne Pentov at 410-484-0411. Join Rabbi Steven Schwartz and Beth El Congregation, Maryland Citizens Against State Executions and members of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment to honor the memory and legacy of Rabbi Mark G. Loeb, Rabbi Emeritus of Beth El Congregation and a member of the Commission.


48] – 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 Dec. 19.  The proposed agenda will include reports of the two protests to Free Bradley Manning, reports on Occupation Baltimore & the Freedom Square occupation, and the upcoming Witness Against Torture events.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


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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