Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 6—sent out

51] National Security Forum – June 6

52] Philadelphia peace vigil – June 6

53] Peace on Earth – June 6

54] EDUCATION & CAPITALISM, a new book – June 6

55] Green Currency Meeting – June 6

56] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – June 6

57] Redefining Social Capital – June 7

58] First Thursday Antiwar protest – June 7

59] Discuss the abolition of torture – June 7

60] Save a rec center – until June 8

61] CCAN internships


63] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

64] Join Fund Our Communities

65] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

66] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

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

68] Join Global Zero campaign

69] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

70] Click on The Hunger Site

71] Fire & Faith

72] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


51] – On Wed., June 6 from 1 to 4 PM, the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation are hosting a National Security Forum in the Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC-208, WDC. Register online:

52] – 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 June 6. Call 215-426-0364.

53] – On Wed., June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Peace on Earth Begins With Me. Join discussions on the costs of war, alternatives to conflict and building peace to be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. It is two blocks from the Clarendon Metro. Contact Marisa Vertrees at 703-527-5500 x 24.

54] – On Wed., June 6 at 6:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC 20001, join contributing authors Jeff Bale, Michele Bollinger and Brian Jones for a discussion of their book “Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation” at this fundraiser for the Socialism 2012 conference. Go to

This book, written by teacher activists, speaks back to that elite consensus. It draws on the ideas and experiences of social justice educators concerned with fighting against racism and for equality, and those of activists oriented on recapturing the radical roots of the labor movement. Informed by a revolutionary vision of pedagogy, schools, and education, it paints a radical critique of education in Corporate America, past and present, and contributes to a vision of alternatives for education and liberation. There is a sliding scale for donations from $5 to $20. All funds for this event go to Socialism 2012 conference. No one turned away for lack of funds. Call 202-789-2227.

55] – 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.

56] – 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 June 6. Call 215-843-4256 or email

57] – Redefining Social Capital: Attracting and Supporting New Immigrants takes place on Thurs., June 7 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch, 502 S. Sharp St. Go to CPHA is proud to be a co-sponsor of Redefining Capital: A Forum Series on Greater Baltimore’s New Economy. This series takes a look at four key issues that will influence future economic development in the Baltimore area through four sessions spread throughout 2012. Last month’s inaugural session on Redefining Human Capital and Enhancing Economic Growth was a great way to kick the series off by addressing the big questions behind economic changes coming to Baltimore.

The next in the series aims to “explore how we can create a community that welcomes new immigrants and offers them the education and economic opportunity needed for them to participate fully in our next economy” and introduce successful strategies used locally, nationally, and internationally to help new immigrants succeed. Each Redefining Capital session is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required: .

58] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will host an End the Wars vigil on Thurs., June 7 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts. The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest U.S. wars. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

59] – On Thurs., June 7 at 7:30 PM, the St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi group invites you to attend a discussion on torture and what can be done to eliminate its use in our world today. The discussion will be in the Youth Room (rectory basement), 6701 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855.

60] – Help rally Baltimore citizens to support the DeWees Recreation Center for the opportunity to win $50,000 worth of renovations. The Rec Center is one of the oldest community centers in the city and offers an array of activities including sporting events, community meetings, homework assistance, acting courses, arts and crafts, water aerobics, cooking and nutrition classes, computer education, and photography classes to the Baltimore community. Viewers can vote online for one of 10 community centers, and the top three will receive renovations. This will continue until Fri., June 8 at midnight. Go to

61] – Do you want to fight global warming while gaining valuable grassroots organizing knowledge and experience? If yes, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network has the perfect internship for you. The group is currently hiring interns for the summer to work out of its Takoma Park and Richmond offices. For ten years, CCAN has been working in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. to fight climate change by standing up to polluters and working to pass clean energy policies. Bill McKibben called CCAN “the best regional climate organization in the world.” You can contact Chesapeake Climate Action Network by emailing or at P.O. Box 11183, Takoma Park, MD 20913 or at 240-396-1981.

62] – 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:

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

64] – 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

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

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

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

68] – 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.

69] – 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.

70] – 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.

71] – 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

72] – 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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