Sunday, July 1, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

34] Starving for Justice – July 2

35] KnowDrones in Philly – July 2 - 4

36] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 2 – 5

37] Protest the death penalty – July 2

38] Mark Lane at Politics and Prose – July 2

39] Film THE INTERRUPTERS – July 2

40] Mass Arrests -- July 2

41] Nuns on the Bus – July 2

42] Pledge/Fund Our Communities meeting – July 2

43] War Is Not the Answer – July 3

44] Voter Registration Training – July 3

45] Protest NSA, then enjoy potluck picnic – July 4

46] Philadelphia Peace Vigil -- July 4

47] Party first, then go to trial – July 4 & 5

48] Green Currency Meeting – July 4

49] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – July 4

50] Summer Lecture Series – July 4


34] – The Annual Starving For Justice Fast & Vigil continues at the Supreme Court until 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. Visit or email .

35] – The Brandywine Peace Community is bringing the KnowDrones Tour ( back to Philadelphia, starting Mon., July 2 through Wed., July 4. On July 2, 10 AM to 6 PM, and July 3, 10 AM to 1 PM, the Drone Tour will be at Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market Sts., Phila. The display will be in front of the Phila. Federal Courthouse Building, 601 Market St., on July 3, from 1 PM until the start of the Philly POPS concert beginning at 8:30 PM, and on July 4, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Call 610-544-1818 or go to

Join the July 4/Independence Day Peace Demonstration at the Phila. Federal Courthouse Building, 601 Market Street, at 1 PM. Toll the Bell of Peace, Send the Word Forth: End the Drone Wars...Stop Drone Spying... Then do a Drone Death Walk-around Phila. Historic District. At 2 PM in front of Federal Building, listen to speakers and music. Then a “die-in" will take place to dramatize the reality and impact of drone war around the world, and drone spying across the USA on our civil liberties.

36] – 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

37] – 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., July 2. Call 410-366-1637.

38] – Be at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC 20008, for a talk with author Mark Lane about his book "Citizen Lane: Defending Our Rights in the Courts, the Capitol, and the Streets" on Mon., July 2 at 6 PM. Lawyer, activist, and former member of the New York State Legislature, Lane has remarkable stories to tell, from his friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt to his days as a Freedom Rider. Committed to effecting social change, Lane also served as counsel for the Wounded Knee defendants and ran as the vice presidential candidate on Dick Gregory’s ticket. His inspiring memoir offers ample evidence that one individual can make a difference. Go to

39] – Catch an Open Media Film Screening: THE INTERRUPTERS on Mon., July 2 at 7 PM at Occupy Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. There a free documentary screening every other Monday, followed by an informal debate, lead by a special guest speaker, on the issues raised by the film. Open Media is a new social / educational event for DC activists, presented by The DC Learning Collective, DC Mic Check and Occupy Peace House. The documentary tells the story of three “violence interrupters” who return to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once engaged in themselves. This 2011 documentary examines how grassroots activism can transform communities. The guest speaker will be Kalfani Ture, anti-violence activist, researcher and former resident of Barry Farm, Anacostia. Visit

40] – On Mon., July 2 at 7 PM @ Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St., hear about Less Wall More Street!: From Mass Arrests of OWS to Mass Incarceration. The recent upsurge in activism in the U.S., specifically the Occupy movement, has prompted a change of consciousness in many people. But with this dissent, activists (many young, white, and middle class) are facing retaliation for the first time as a result of their decision to challenge capital and state power. This comes in a context of an age of mass incarceration in the country with over 2.5 million people in prison and over 5 million others on parole or probation, the majority being African American, Latino and poor. The talk will be presented by two OWS activists traveling around the country to build awareness and solidarity around these issues. Email or call 410-230-0450.

41] – On Mon., July 2 at 7 PM at Trinity Washington Univ., 125 Michigan Ave. NE, listen the Nuns On the Bus and their message: Nuns drive for faith, family, and fairness. Join the final stop on the two week bus tour. Catholic Sisters undertook the mission to stand with people in need and to be witnesses for economic justice. We cannot stand by silently while the U.S. Congress considers further enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) agrees that the federal budget put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and approved in the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote is wrong for our nation. Go to

42] – The Pledge of Resistance-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 July 2. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

The proposed agenda will include reports on arranging a meeting with Dutch Ruppersberger, a letter to Obama about drones, the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration, the need for poets to read on August 9 and a July 4 demo at the NSA. Let Max know of any additional agenda items.

43] – 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 July 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

44] – Attend a Voter Registration Certification Training on Tues., July 3 at 7 PM at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, 2nd Floor, 241 West Chase St. After being trained and certified, you can fill out a voter registration application for another person--instead of encouraging them to do it themselves and never really knowing if they followed through. It's an important part of the marriage-equality campaign to make sure that people who support the cause are registered to vote before Oct. 15. Training will be on the second floor of the GLCCB. Contact Mark at

45] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will make its annual trek to the National Security Agency on Wed., July 4. This annual interdependence Day protest will take place from 10 to 11 AM. Later in the afternoon, there will be a picnic. For rides or directions to the potluck picnic, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

46] – 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 July 4. Call 215-426-0364.

47] – There is an Appalachia July 4th Party on Wed., July 4 at 6:30 PM at Magnum House, 707 Ingraham St. NW. On June 6 over 20 Appalachian activists stood their ground on Capitol Hill and demanded that Congress must do something to stop Mountain Top Removal. This resulted in their arrests, and they are scheduled for trial on July 5. Bring food and drink. Go to

48] – 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.

49] – 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 July 4. Call 215-843-4256 or email

50] – A Summer Lecture Series will be given by St. John's College faculty and guest lecturers, and topics will vary from Machiavelli, Einstein, and Socrates. It goes through Aug. 1 on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. Call 410-263-2371 or go to

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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