Thursday, June 28, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 4

69] Postal Service Rally – June 28

70] Healthy Food Challenge – June 28 – July 13

71] Save the Post Office – June 28

72] Occupy Caravans – June 28 & 29

73] Discussion on Syria – June 28

74] Honduran Coup – June 28


76] Open Space Forum – June 28

77] Religion of Empire – June 28

78] “Intimate Bureaucracies” – June 28

79] Starving for Justice – June 28

80] NOW Annual Conference – June 28 – July 1

81] Cute dog needs a home

82] Stop Smart Meter installation

83] Health care job


85] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

86] Join Fund Our Communities

87] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

88] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

90] Join Global Zero campaign

91] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

92] Click on The Hunger Site

93] Fire & Faith

94] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


69] – Be at the US Postal Service Rally on Thurs., June 28 from 8 AM to 6 PM at US Postal Service Headquarters, 475 L'Enfant Plaza. Nine hunger strikers will "starve themselves to demonstrate that Congress is starving the postal service.” Join the AFL-CIO in supporting these hunger strikers and demanding no more cuts and no more closures. Visit

70] – Urbanite Project 2012: Healthy Food Challenge is an exhibition made up of submissions that represent individual and group responses to the Healthy Food Challenge. All submissions address the problem of food deserts in Baltimore and how they can be eradicated. See the exhibit which begins on Thurs., June 28 and continues through Fri., July 13, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 AM to 7 PM at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Call 410-276-1651 or go to

71] – On Thurs., June 28 at 1 PM, gather at the Main Post Office, 900 E. Fayette St., Baltimore 21233. Greet postal workers, including Debby Szeredy, a hunger striker and president of the Mid-Hudson NY American Postal Workers Union, Gwen Ivey, president of the Philadelphia APWU and community activist from the East Coast. Board the caravan from NYC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore to D.C to join workers and their supporters at the Post Master General’s headquarters for the final week of the Hunger Strike. Leave at 1:30 P.M. RSVP at Occupy 4 Jobs Network/410-218-4835.

72] – Occupy Caravan Solidarity ODC is on for Thurs., June 28 at 2 PM at McPherson Square, WDC 20005. All three Occupy Caravans are stopping in D.C. on the way to the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia. This will begin two days of around the clock direct actions in support of its mission to present and find redress for its grievances. After a quick orientation and teach-in, protesters will move to support postal workers at their 3 PM rally. A solidarity march to protest racial profiling and stop-and-frisk will begin at 7:15 PM, culminating in a candlelight vigil at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial.

On June 29 protesters will be on the move early for an 8 AM Notice of Foreclosure action. A march and action to present the Caravans’ grievances will be held at 2 PM. Occupy Caravans will join the ongoing SleepfulProtest overnight on both the 28th and 29th outside a bank which will be announced on those days. Call the Occupy D.C. Resource Center at 202-787-5255.

73] – Coexistence and Dialogue in Syria will happen on Thurs., June 28 from 2:30 to 4 PM at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1st Floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC. Syria is a country increasingly in the international spotlight as a result of the government's aggressive approach in confronting protestors. Join the Foundation for Middle East Peace as it hosts Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun (The Grand Mufti of Syria), Bishop Luka El Khoury (Syrian Greek Orthodox Patriarchate), and Dr. Nasser Ani (chair of the Syrian American Forum) in a discussion about the internal politics of Syria and the rise of democratic movements within the country. RSVP at

74] – The Cold War Legacy Continues: 3rd Anniversary of Honduran Coup will happen on Thurs., June 28 from 6:30 to 9 PM at St. Stephen's, 1525 Newton St. NW. Since the 2009 coup d'etat Honduras has been in a human rights crisis. In the intervening three years, targeted killings and other violence against human rights advocates, journalists, LGBT-identified Hondurans, and women have soared in impunity. And U.S. government support for the Honduran police and military has only made this crisis worse.

The U.S. lends military and diplomatic support to Honduran President Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, who became president in elections organized by the post coup regime. This is an open community forum to discuss what occurred on June 29th, 2009 in Honduras. Cosita Seria & Tierra Morena will be performing and demonstrating the importance of arts/music as a critical cultural element that is a vehicle for disseminating information about a cause, as well as, a means to mobilize the community around specific ideas to resist oppression and organize effectively! Go to

75] – You are welcome to attend a screening of the Academy Award-winning movie THE PANAMA DECEPTION on Thurs., June 28 at 7 PM at the DCAC Gallery, 2438 18th St. NW, WDC. Afterwards there will be a reception, music, and a party. So come, eat, drink, party, and save the world. This is a Celebrating the Americas: A Council on Hemispheric Affairs summer fundraising event. The suggested donation is from $15 to $1500. RSVP at COHA@COHA.ORG or 202-223-4975.

76] – At the Open Space Forum on Thurs., June 28 at 7 PM at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, 1101 E. 33rd St., the panel will discuss solving current open space needs according to Olmsted Design Principles and strategies for protecting parks and open spaces as a vital part of our communities in the Baltimore metropolitan region.

77] – On Thurs., June 28 from 7 to 9 PM, as part of the Week with Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson - “Come Out, My People!” God’s Call out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond - Moses’ “Religion of Creation” vs. Solomon’s “Religion of Empire.” The series will focus on the “two religions” with the “religion of empire” narrative of David and Solomon and their claim to a divinely authorized, urban monarchy. Discover the “religion of creation” counter-story in the Exodus narrative, in which YHWH calls a people to walk away from empire and to a new, committed relationship with the Creator God. It will be held at the Church of the Savior Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009.

78] – On Thurs., June 28 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., catch Intimate Bureaucracies: a talk by DJ Readies (Craig Saper). The cultural critic and digital media scholar spins a history from the future looking backward at the present moment as a turning point. Our systems of organization and control appear unsustainable and brutal, and we are feeling around in the dark for alternatives. Using experiments in social organization in downtown New York City, and other models of potential alternative social organizations, this manifesto makes a call to action to study and build sociopoetic systems. Saper's new book explores the apparent oxymoron of the intimate bureaucracy, suggesting not only a strategy, but the very basis for the new productive mythology surrounding the electronic World Wide Web. Email or call 410-230-0450.

79] – The 19th annual Starving For Justice Fast & Vigil begins on Thurs., June 28 at 9:30 PM with the Last Supper. At midnight be at the Supreme Court. The fast at the Supreme Court ends on Mon., July 2 at 1 PM. The four-day Fast & Vigil takes place on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, considered by many to be the heart of the legalized killing machines in this country. Join this public education and outreach at the steps of the Supreme Court. Visit or email .

80] – The NOW Annual National Conference starts on Fri., June 29 at 9 AM and continues on Sun., July 1 at 9 AM at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport, 1739 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 20190. The theme is "Energize! Organize! Stop the War on Women. Go to

81] – Ronda Cooperstein rescued a sweet little pit bull mix. She already has two dogs and two cats. She has taken the dog to the vet. He is very cute, brown and white, petite with a very mellow disposition. Contact Ronda at 3105 Northbrook Road, Baltimore, MD 21208/410-486-6307.

82] – Rebecca Hanna is a full time smart meter activist. She wanted to alert consumers about a recent order from the Maryland Public Service Commission. Go to or contact her at or 410 922-6535. The PSC ruled that ratepayers can defer the installation of a smart meter until an official decision has been made. You would have to submit the request in writing.

This could be sent by certified mail to Baltimore Gas & Electric, POB 1475, Baltimore, MD 21203: NOTICE OF DEFERRAL OF INSTALLATION OF SMART METERS PER PSC’S ORDER NO. 84926 DATED MAY 24, 2012 -- I am hereby notifying Baltimore Gas & Electric Company and its agents (including but not limited to Grid One Solutions, Inc.) that you are NOT to install a Smart Meter anywhere on my property pursuant to Order No. 84926 issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission on May 24, 2012. Sincerely, name and address. The PEPCO address is 701 9th Street NW, Washington DC, 20068. It is suggested a copy is sent to Public Service Commission, Attn: David J. Collins, Executive Secretary, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202-6808.

83] – There is a job available starting in August--Health Care is a Human Right with the United Workers Association. The application deadline is July 2. Email to get a copy of the job description.

84] – HELP MAKE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST! Since a civil war in 1974 the island of Cyprus has been divided in two with a United Nations patrolled border. Turkish/Muslim Cypriots are in the north; Greek/Christian Cypriots are in the south. Animosities and prejudices run deep. Children throw rocks at each other across the border. Experts believe that Cyprus is at a crossroads between renewed conflict or becoming an example in the Middle East of how two such cultures can live in peace.

The Cyprus Friendship Program, based on the successful model that helped build peace in Northern Ireland, brings over a Muslim and Christian teen to stay with an American host family for the month of July (or ½ month if paired with another host family). This bonding experience in a neutral environment almost always results in a strong friendship. Programming here and after their return to Cyprus turns them into peace builders who are trained in how to influence their peers. The teens are chosen for their maturity, leadership potential, and English speaking ability. You choose the gender and age (from 15 to 17). To learn more contact Tom McCarthy at 301-774-7069 or

This video is only 3 minutes long but gives a good overview of the program. It was made by the US State Department This video is about 8 minutes, gives more info on some of their activities while here, and was made in part by the teens:

85] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email:

86] – Fund Our Communities campaign is a 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

87] – The new Indypendent Reader is seeking articles for its web site at Submit an article.

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

89] – Can you use a television set, a computer, monitor etc., luggage or bookshelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

90] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: 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.

91] – 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.

92] – 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.

93] – 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

94] – 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; 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] Go to

"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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