Monday, February 13, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

39] Anniversary of 1st French nuclear test – Feb. 13

40] New political party in Egypt – Feb. 13

41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 13 – Feb. 16

42] Protest the death penalty – Feb. 13

43] Rally for the Civil Marriage Protection Act – Feb. 13

44] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – Feb. 13

45] Debating Disarmament – Feb. 14

46] Protest Panetta – Feb. 14

47] Protests guns in Starbucks – Feb. 14

48] Report on settler violence – Feb. 14

49] Guantanamo rules? – Feb. 14

50] War Is Not the Answer – Feb. 14

51] Philadelphia peace vigil – Feb. 15

52] CPHA workshop – Feb. 15

53] John Nichols at Busboys – Feb. 15

54] Green Currency Meeting -- Feb. 15

55] Chestnut Hill Peace Vigil -- Feb. 15

56] Saul Landau on Cuba – Feb. 15

57] WPC brainstorm meeting – Feb. 15


39] – Feb. 13, 2012 is the 52nd anniversary of the first French nuclear test, "Gerboise Bleue," in the Algerian Sahara desert.  Imagine the environmental damage which would begin and sadly continue.


40] – Catch a BRIEFING: Establishing a New Political Party in Egypt on Mon., Feb. 13 at 2 PM at the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 37th and O St. NW, WDC 20057-1047.  The briefing will feature Dr. Ahmed Abou-bakr, who will speak about he and his wife's experiences as protestors during the revolution, his wife Tayseer Fahmy and her decision to run for the Maglis al-Shaab (People's Assembly), their joint decision to establish a party (making her the first woman to lead a political party in Egypt), the challenges creating a new party presented, and their experiences during the elections. This is hosted by The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies & Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown Univ. Go to  RSVP at


41] – 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   


42] – 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.  Maryland's death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., Feb. 13. Call 410-366-1637.


43] – Join the ACLU of Maryland and many other organizations in Annapolis for a Lobby Day on Mon., Feb. 13. Gov. Martin O'Malley stood with religious leaders and same-sex couples from Maryland in strong support of his newly introduced Civil Marriage Protection Act.  On Feb. 14, the bill will get a hearing in the State Senate, and then it will go to the House. The time is now to show your support. Equality Maryland is leading the charge, and Monday's rally in Lawyer's Mall, 100 State Circle starts at 6 PM, and you can visit with your legislators before and after that. RSVP to  Call 410-889-8555.


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 Feb. 13.  The proposed agenda will include reports on legislation in Annapolis, an anti-drone proposal, the latest on the occupations and Bradley Manning's arraignments. We need your help in alerting citizens from Dutch Ruppersberger's Congressional district that he supports the use of drones.  Go to Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


45] On Tues., Feb. 14 from 9 to 10:30 AM, Harald Muller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, and George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment, will discuss "Debating Disarmament: Bridging the Gap in the Nuclear Order" at the Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., WDC 20036. RSVP at  Call 202-939.2306.  The nuclear order is under pressure as the distance between nonaligned states and nuclear weapon states grows.


46] On Tues., Feb. 14 at 9:30 AM, the Senate Armed Services Committee will host a hearing on the Defense [sic] Department budget, with Defense [sic] Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in G50 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., WDC. Consider going into the hearing with a sign condemning the use of drones.



47] On Tues., Feb. 14 at 12:30 PM, there will be a picket/protest outside the Starbucks at Virginia Square Metro Stop.  Starbucks has consistently refused to ban all sorts of guns, open and concealed, in their stores.  Since it is so easy to obtain guns for those who shouldn't have them in their hands (terrorists, Alzheimer patients, and former felons), picket and promise to boycott Starbucks. Go to


48] On Tues., Feb. 14 from 12:30 to 2 PM at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC  20037, there will be an analysis of the report which is entitled When Settlers Attack by Yousef Munayyer, executive director, Palestine Center.  The report on Israeli settler violence is based on a database established in 2010. The report covers data spanning several years (2004-2011) and thousands of incidents and addresses why, how and when Israeli settler violence happens. The report and its findings will be made public at the time of the briefing. RSVP at 


49] On Tues., Feb. 14 at 1 PM, there will be a BRIEFING: "Guantanamo: The rule of law or the law of ever changing rules?"  It will take place at the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 37th and O Sts. NW, WDC 20057-1047.  The briefing will be presented by Nancy Hollander, a criminal defense lawyer.  She will provide an update on the pending military commission cases, pending habeas cases, and the continuing flexibility of the rules that apply in those cases. Go to  RSVP at


50] – 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 Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


51] – 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 Feb. 15. Call 215-426-0364.


52]   On Wed., Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 PM at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, 4 E. Univ. Pkwy., come learn about and advocate for two pieces of neighborhood-related legislation coming before the state legislature this year.  The first law that Citizens Planning and Housing Association [CPHA] and the Community Law Center are supporting aims to amend the code enforcement section of Maryland law to address neglected properties with code enforcement violations that are impacting neighboring residents.  The second law we support is the Maryland HOME Act, which would prevent discrimination against tenants based on the money they use to pay their rent. At the briefing, hear from experts about why these bills are so important, and take immediate action to support them.  Email


53]   You are cordially invited to a special night with a leading national progressive: book talk and signing with John Nichols, Nation Magazine, MSNBC Contributor, from 6:30 to 8 PM on Wed., Feb. 15 at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts./2021 14th St. NW, WDC. It is a two-block walk from the U St. Metro (Green line).  Nichols will speak about his new book: "Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street." Email


54] – 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.


55] – 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 Feb. 15. Call 215-843-4256 or email 


56] Saul Landau will speak about U.S.-Cuba Relations, Past and Present on Wed., Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 PM at Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD.   Some of the subjects he will cover include Alan Gross, the Cuban 5 and the underpinnings and prospects for any change in U.S. policy towards Cuba.  Landau has traveled to the Island on countless occasions. Call 202-234-9382 or email


57] Come to a Peace Letter Brainstorm Meeting on Wed., Feb. 15 from 7 to 8:30 PM at Washington Peace Center in St. Stephen's Church, at 1525 Newton St. NW. Join the Peace Center in thinking through the Spring 2012 print-publication, the Washington Peace Letter! The topic? Occupy. The content is to be decided at the brainstorm session. RSVP at


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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