Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

49] Attend Bradley Manning's Article 32 hearing

50] Save the Franklin Post Office – Dec. 20

51] Support the people of Colombia – Dec. 20

52] War Is Not the Answer – Dec. 20

53] Grassroots Fundraising – Dec. 20

54] Occupy the Afghan Airwaves – Dec. 21

55] Philadelphia Antiwar Vigil -- Dec. 21

56] Homeless Person's Memorial Day – Dec. 21

57] Christmas Vigil for Peace – Dec. 21

58] Green Currency Meeting -- Dec. 21

59] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil – Dec. 21

60] Holiday Party at Solidarity Center – Dec. 21

61] Nonviolence Seminar – Dec. 21

62] Call the White House about NDAA

63] Do you have donations for Nicaragua?

64] CCAN is hiring

65] Support Baltimore Brew thru Kickstarter campaign

66] Support finishing film THE ACTIVISTS thru Kickstarter campaign

67] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

68] Fund Our Communities campaign

69] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader 

70] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

72] Join Global Zero campaign

73] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

74] Click on The Hunger Site 

75] Fire & Faith  

76] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil



49] – Supporters who have wanted to attend the Article 32 hearing, have been able to do so. On Sunday and Monday, all supporters have been able sit in the actual courtroom. Jeff Patterson sat about 10 feet directly behind Bradley Manning the last couple of days. Dan Ellsberg was temporarily removed from the courtroom on Monday when he put his hand on Bradley's shoulder and tried to introduce himself during a brief recess.


You can show up pretty much anytime during the day, make your way through three levels of security, and then enter the courtroom during the next break—which occur about every 90-120 minutes. If you want to be there for kickoff, then be at the Visitor Control Center at Reece Rd and MD 175 between 7:30 and 8 AM so that you have a solid hour to get into the courtroom.



50] – Don't let the Franklin Post Office, 2401 Ashton St., be shut down.  Make sure there is fairness for essential services on Tues., Dec. 20 at 2:30 PM in the Westside Shopping Center.


51] – On Tues., Dec. 20 from 4 to  4:30 PM, the Washington Office on Latin America presents a screening of Contravía's Documentary on the Return of Displaced Campesinos to Las Pavas, Bolívar at 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, WDC.  From 4:30 to 5:15 PM, enjoy a discussion on Protecting the Rights of Victims and the Work of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia, featuring Hollman Morris, director of Contravía and fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); Lisa Haugaard, executive director, Latin America Working Group and participant in the International Verification Mission on Human Rights Defenders; and  Marino Cordoba, founder, National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES).Finally, from 5:15 to  6 PM, vigil for Colombia's victims at the Q Street exit of Dupont Circle Metro. RSVP to Anthony Dest at adest@wola.org.


52] – 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 Dec. 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


53] – There is a Training: Grassroots Fundraising on Tues., Dec. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Empower DC, 1419 V St. NW, WDC.  Use the U Street Metro or the 52/54 bus.  Learn the basics of grassroots fundraising from community organizers, as part of the on-going Grassroots Leadership Education Project, a monthly training series provided by DC Jobs with Justice and Empower DC. All trainings are free and open to the public. Contact Lillian Walker Shelton at 202-974-8281 or lshelton@dclabor.org.


54] – Voices for Creative Nonviolence invites you to Occupy the Afghan Airwaves on Wed., Dec. 21.  Use your Skype or phone to converse with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. To arrange a date and time, go to http://globaldaysoflistening.org and write to globaldaysoflistening@gmail.com.


55] – 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 Dec. 21. Call 215-426-0364.

56] – Homeless Person's Memorial Day takes place on Wed., Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 PM at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, WDC.  The service begins outside at 6 PM with a free dinner inside at 7 PM. Join the National Coalition for Homeless and others to honor the names and celebrate the memories of those men and women who have passed away while experiencing homelessness here in Washington, D.C. in 2011.  Email infro@nationalhomeless.org or phone 202-462-4822 ext. 234.

57] – Be at a Winter Solstice on Wed., Dec, 21 at 7 PM called a Lights-On Christmas Vigil for Peace in front of Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Blvds., Valley Forge, PA (behind King of Prussia Mall). Lockheed Martin, with an annual income of $42 billion, is the world's #1 war profiteer.  Join the Brandywine Peace Community at its large peace sign in front of Lockheed Martin main driveway entrance 230 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia (off the corner of Mall & Goddard Boulevards, across from UA King of Prussia movieplex. Raise Your Christmas Voice of Peace!   Share in carols, music and readings for the peace.  Place Christmas bows on the cellophane-wrapped Lockheed Martin signs as a "gift to the corporate gods of greed and war."  Call 610-544-1818 or go to www.brandywinepeace.com.


58] – 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.


59] 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 Dec. 21. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.  


60] – There is a holiday party on Wed., Dec. 21 at 7 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Call 443-909-8964. Go to www.Occupy4Jobs.org.


61] – On Wed., Dec. 21 from 7:30 to 9 PM, there is an ADVENT NONVIOLENCE SEMINAR which will include a discussion about Archbishop Romero. It takes place at the St. Patrick's Parish School, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD 20853.  RSVP to Richard DeBona at RDBSTPATS@VERIZON.NET to get readings - or just show up and join in the discussion.   


62] – Defending Dissent Foundation is urging us to call the White House at 202-456-1414. The time for signing petitions and sending emails is over. It's time to pick up the phone to demand that President Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act.  This dangerous bill allows the President to merely claim a person is a terrorist in order to lock them up and throw away the key -- without charge and without trial.  Given the demagoguery surrounding all things "terrorist," it isn't surprising that the bill passed both the House and the Senate with wide margins. Our only hope now is a Presidential veto.


63] – A group of seven Baltimoreans are headed for Limay, Nicaragua on Dec. 29.  There is room in suitcases to carry some much-needed aid for the sister city, San Juan de Limay.  Do you have any of the following items?  If so, call 410-662-6292.  What Is Most Needed, in order of priority, are medicines,  medical equipment and supplies, laptop computers, pre-school toys, school supplies, Spanish-English dictionaries, books in Spanish, small sports equipment and summer weight clothing. 


64] – CCAN is Hiring. Do you want to fight global warming while gaining valuable grassroots organizing knowledge and experience? If so, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network has the perfect internship for you. It is hiring interns for the spring semester to work out of the Takoma Park and Richmond offices. For ten years, CCAN has been working in Maryland, Virginia, and DC to fight climate change by standing up to polluters and working to pass clean energy policies. Call 1-240-396-1981.


65] – Baltimore Brew - News for Your City is seeking your financial help.  The news outfit has launched a Kickstarter Campaign. Help It Keep Percolating.  They are asking readers, as well as supporters of quality community journalism around the country, to help out by dropping a generous donation into the Kickstarter tip jar.  Visit the Baltimore Kickstarter page today or donate directly at Baltimore Brew, 623 W. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21210.


66] – Melody Weinstein of www.melofilms.com notified me that the documentary film she has been working on with Michael Heaney is nearing completion. Titled "The Activists," it chronicles the anti-war movement over the last 10 years, and the major players in the movement. They have filmed us in Baltimore and D.C. and New York City and other places.  After years of filming and researching, they look forward to showing the final cut in a few short months.


They have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for finishing the film and have until January 11 to reach the goal of 15K.  To support the film, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melofilms/the-activists-war-peace-and-politics-in-the-street.


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

68] – 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.      


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


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


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


72] – 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.  


73] – 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.


74] – 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.  


75] – 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/.


76] – 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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