Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

58] Council of Elders – Sept. 12

59] Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality – Sept. 12
60] Easton Phone Bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 12
61] Philadelphia peace vigil – Sept. 12
62] D.C. Phone Bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 12
63] Leftist Community meeting – Sept. 12
64] Support Chicago teachers – Sept. 12
65] Film BLANK STREET – Sept. 12
66] Hedges debates CrimethInc. – Sept. 12
67] Chestnut Hill peace vigil – Sept. 12
68] Green Currency Meeting – Sept. 12
69] Appalachia Solidarity Day – Sept. 13
70] NRC public forum – Sept. 13
71] After Zionism – Sept. 13
72] Unions in Colombia – Sept. 13
73] Frederick Marriage Equality canvass – Sept. 13
74] Chestertown phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 13
75] Hyattsville phone bank for Marriage Equality – Sept. 13
76] Discuss Citizens United – Sept. 13
77] Solidarity with Appalachia – Sept. 13
78] MUPJ Conference – Apr. 12 & 13, 2013
79] Marisela Gomez seeks donations
80] Order book on Chernobyl
81] Gimme Shelter seeks performers
82] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?
83] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
84] Join Fund Our Communities
85] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader
86] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
87] Do you need a television, computer or book shelves?
88] Join Global Zero campaign
89] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System
90] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
91] Click on The Hunger Site
92] Fire & Faith
93] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
58] – On Wed., Sept. 12 from 2:15 to 3:45 PM at the Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, hear a discussion with leaders of the U.S. National Council of Elders: Bernice Johnson Reagon, Arthur Waskow, and Nelson and Joyce Johnson. On August 22, 2012, over two dozen veterans of the Civil Rights, Women's, Peace, Environmental, LGBTQ, Immigrant Justice, Labor Rights and other movements of the last sixty years came together to launch the Greensboro Declaration on the profound issues facing this country that are being largely ignored in the election campaign. They came together in Greensboro, North Carolina, the birthplace of the sit-in movement in 1960, to birth a movement that can share the torch of freedom, justice, peace, and non-violent action with those who have risen anew in the 21st century.

At 11 AM, members of the U.S. National Council of Elders will present the Greensboro Declaration at the Martin Luther King Memorial -- at the NW corner of the Tidal Basin at the intersection of West Basin Drive, SW & Independence Ave., SW.

59] – There is a Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 PM at 4 W. Church St. RSVP to RSVP

60] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Easton phone bank on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 PM at 7 E Dover St. RSVP to

61] – 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 Sept. 5. Call 215-426-0364

62] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the D.C. phone bank on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 PM at 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. RSVP to

63] – The DC Leftist Community Fall Meeting takes place on Wed., Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 9 PM at St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Coordinate, collaborate and communicate for the coming season. Join to bring together the lefty/progressive/radical community to do shared planning for fall and winter. This is envisioned as a seasonal calendar check in and opportunity to hear about upcoming events, campaigns and how to get involved. We may also have break out groups on potentially big upcoming opportunities, especially the Inauguration in January, 2013. RSVP to (Subject: DCSF Meeting) or 202-234-2000. If you're planning an event for the fall or winter, enter it at

64] – Join the discussion on the Chicago Teachers Union Strike on Wed., Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 PM at All Souls Unitarian Church, 2835 16th St. NW. Nearly 90% of the 26,502 teachers in the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted to support a strike this Monday September 10th. The initiatives of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, one of the most politically connected in the nation, has threatened hundreds of teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, pay and benefit cuts, longer workdays, merit pay and teacher evaluation systems, and the privatization of public education through charter school expansion, among austerity measures. Join the International Socialist Organization (ISO) to discuss what the labor movement can learn from the CTU strike, its national implications, and why we must stand in solidarity with the Chicago teachers. Go to

65] – On Wed., Sept. 12 at 7 PM, the Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center (VIC) will host a free screening of the documentary BLANK STREET in the Social Hall at Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. The church is located directly across from the main Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

BLANK STREET is a short film about economic struggles in Virginia, the people experiencing them, and the idea of becoming involved in one’s community. Sponsored by VIC and the antipoverty campaign Half in Ten, the piece follows two Virginia Commonwealth University film students as they travel the state hearing firsthand about the economic hardships many families are experiencing. From the homeless to the wealthy, no one is exempt from the possibility of hard times. Watch the trailer at

66] – Attend a debate “Occupy Tactics Violence and Legitimacy in the Occupy Movement and Beyond” on Wed., Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 PM at #4, 1832 Biltmore St. NW. The debate is between Chris Hedges and the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective on Tactics & Strategy, Reform & Revolution. Age-old questions over tactics, strategy, and goals have returned to the fore. Differing tactical approaches often reflect fundamental differences in strategy and goals. Go to

67] – 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 Sept. 5. Call 215-843-4256 or email

68] – 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.

69] – Stand with Appalachia Solidarity Day at the White House on Thurs., Sept. 13 from noon to 1:30 PM at Lafayette Park, 16th and H Sts NW. The Summer of Solidarity is making history as citizens from coast to coast rise up to demand an end to extreme forms of dirty energy and a transition to a safe, prosperous, clean energy future for all of us.

The momentum continues into the autumn as members of the public join with Appalachian citizens and Mountain Heroes, Appalachian community groups, environmental organizations, clean water defenders, faith community leaders, and voices for social justice to call for an end to destructive mountaintop removal coal mining. Go to

70] – There is a Public Forum at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 1 to 5 PM. This is an opportunity to tell the NRC your opinion about a change in the emergency planning rules. This is a part of the post-Fukushima evaluation generally, and also because of NIRS’ Petition for Rulemaking calling for expanded emergency evacuation zones and better emergency drills.

The forum on the possible revisions to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants” is a place for the NRC to gather feedback from you, the public affected by these regulations. To make oral statements at the public meeting, contact Lou DeGilio, Emergency Management Specialist, Radiological Emergency Preparedness Branch, Technological Hazards Division, National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Email:; Phone Number: 202-212-2313. You can also submit comments about what the NRC and FEMA should consider in writing either to the Federal Rulemaking Portal: or Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: FEMA, Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel, 500 C Street, SW., Room 840, Washington, DC 20472-3100.

71] – "After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine,” publishes in 2012, is the topic of discussion by editors Antony Lowenstein and Ahmed Moor on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. The book brings together some of the leading thinkers on the Middle East. It explores possible forms of a one-state solution. Email

72] – Catch a discussion on General Motors' Unjust Firing of Injured Colombian Workers on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 12:30 to 2 PM at the Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400. Contact Adam Schaffer at or 202-797-2171.

73] – There is a Frederick Canvass for Marriage Equality on Thursdays from 4 to 6 PM at 4 W. Church St. RSVP

74] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Chestertown phone bank on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM at 106 Spring Avenue. RSVP to

75] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Hyattsville phone bank on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 PM at 4301 Garden City Dr. RSVP to

76] – On Thurs., Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW, Jeff Clements, author of "Corporations Are Not People," will discuss how the Citizens United decision impacts us, and what we can do. The book tells how some of the largest corporations in the world are organized to take over the U.S. government and Constitution. Mr. Clements is the co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen U.S. democracy.

77] – Enjoy a Night of Solidarity with Appalachian Mountain Heroes on Thurs., Sept. 13 at 7:30 PM at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. Help build the movement to save mountains and mountain people. Mike Tidwell, executive director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), will talk about the impacts of Mountain Top Removal.

78] – The 28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference [] will take place Fri., Apr. 12 and Sat., Apr. 13 at the Turner Memorial AME Church, 7201 16th Place, Hyattsville. Save these dates. Email

79] – Marisela Gomez's book "Race, Class and Power in East Baltimore" will soon be released. She tells the story of the dislocation of over 800 families from the historic community of Middle East Baltimore, and has the unique perspective of someone who has an M.D. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins as well as the experience of working as the director of SMEAC. SMEAC was the community organization that rose up to fight for justice for the families who were about to lose their homes and their connections to a community that, while abandoned and depressed, was still vibrant with social and economic relationships that nurtured those who stayed in a neighborhood through rough times and were now being ejected against their will.

The publisher has priced the book out of reach of most people. Marisela is determined to correct this yet-one-more-injustice by finding a way to make the book available to the very people whose stories it tells. Please contribute what you can. Go to

80] – Order “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” by Alexey V. Yablokov (lead author), Vassily B. Nesterenko (Dec. 2008), Alexey V. Nesterenko, and Consulting Editor Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger. You can reprint direct from shop— Your ON DEMAND order DIRECT TO THE PRINT SHOP will receive prompt attention. Prices include postage, shipping and handling anywhere in the U.S. From 1 to 5 books cost $13.50 each. Send checks directly to GREKO PRINTING, 260 W. Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170 USA. For credit card orders, call 734-453-0341.

81] – Stephen Kobasa is hoping to do an exhibit of the work of Tom Lewis opening in May 2013 in New Have, CT. It would include a variety of his paintings, drawings, silkscreen prints, book illustrations, posters, banners and sketchbooks. This would not only be a display of objects on a gallery wall, but would also involve events which would return Tom's art to the streets where it was originally meant to make conscience visible.

Contact Stephen if you are in possession of original work and would consider loaning it for a month long display. You can reach him at stephen.kobasa at or 203-500-0268.

82] – Gimmie Shelter Productions is looking for performance artists in all disciplines i.e. poets, dancers, singers and musicians in all art forms who are willing to make a prolonged commitment. Gimmie Shelter does periodic benefits for the homeless and the shelters that serve them. It also participates in a monthly dinner for the homeless and needy at the Govans Presbyterian Church. There is a need there for musical entertainment.

Potential candidates should send non-returnable hard copies on compact disk in either MP3 form or regular disk format. Dancers should send any thing they have on a DVD. Include any hard copies on paper of your writing. Add biography and a short statement saying why you want to help the homeless. Include an optional picture, a phone number and e-mail. This call is not only for those willing to perform but for those who want to help promote the events and to attend events of Gimmie Shelter Productions. All serious applications should be mailed to Alan Barysh, 5849 B Western Run Drive, Baltimore 21209. If you have drug or drinking problems or are a drama king or queen don't even bother! This is for serious creative people!

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

84] – 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

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

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

87] – Can you use a television, computer, monitor etc. or book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

88] – 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.

89] – Visit the Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System at This link presents a wide range of insightful articles for criminal justice and legal professionals, both current and future. The project aims to be an objective, authoritative resource in the ever-changing court system.

90] – 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.

91] – 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.

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

93] – 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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