Sunday, October 7, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

45] Protest drone research – Oct. 7

46] Walk for Peace – Oct. 7
47] Walk for Peace – Oct. 7
48] Annapolis Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 7
49] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 7
50] Manufacturing Terrorism – Oct. 7
51] Occupy Democracy – Oct. 7
52] Bruce Gagnon speaks – Oct. 7
53] Migrants’ Passage – Oct. 7
54] Pentagon Vigil – Oct. 8
55] Herblock Exhibit – through Nov. 9
56] Bruce Gagnon speaks – Oct. 8
57] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 8 – Oct. 11
58] Baltimore phone bank for marriage equality – Oct. 8
59] Silver Spring phone bank for marriage equality – Oct. 8
60] Columbia phone bank for marriage equality – Oct. 8
61] Free School meeting – Oct. 8
62] Changemakers Launch – Oct. 8
63] Film "The War You Don't See" – Oct. 8
64] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities – Oct. 8
65] Support Wal-Mart workers – Oct. 9
66] Turkish relations – Oct. 9
67] Vigil at NSA/House Party with Bruce Gagnon – Oct. 9
68] Film THE INVISIBLES – Oct. 9
45] – On Sun., Oct. 7, the anniversary of 11 Years of U.S. war in Afghanistan, join a Keep Space for Peace demo calling for End the War, Stop Killer Drone Strikes, Fund Human Needs, not empire and war. It will start at 1 PM at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), 34th & Walnut Sts., Phila., PA. There will be banners, speakers, posters from Windows & Mirrors art exhibit, and kite flying in Woodland Walk field, between UPenn and Drexel, behind corner of 34th & Walnut Sts. Email

Stop the Killer Drones Strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Stop Drone Research at UPenn and Drexel. Do kite flying, a widespread form of play throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, expressing children's hope for an end to war and identifying with all those under the U.S. drone strikes and missile attacks. UPenn and Drexel University are receiving millions of dollars in federal research grants for killer and surveillance “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (UAVs), “drones.” See

46] – A Walk for Peace in Our Communities is a 3K walk to raise awareness about services people can use to resolve conflicts within their families, neighborhoods, schools, and other organizations. It takes place on Sun., Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 PM at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. Call 410-396-7900.

47] – There is a Maryland Judiciary 3K Family Peace Walk on Sun., Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 PM starting at the East marina in the Inner Harbor. Get out your walking shoes and come out to the Maryland Judiciary 3K Family Peace Walk to raise awareness about the many services people can use to peacefully resolve conflicts. Call 410-837-5339. Go to

48] – Join an Annapolis canvass for marriage equality on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM at the UUCA Parking Lot, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. RSVP at

49] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.

50] – Here a panel discuss Manufacturing Terrorism on Sun., Oct. 7 at 4 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul St. Find out about strategies and tactics which can address problems with post-911 tactics of locating terrorists. Call 410-230-0450 or go to

51] – Tune in to Occupy Democracy: Pre-Presidential Election Action on Sun., Oct. 7 at 5 PM at McPherson Square. The plan is to call for real democracy. Gather for a general assembly to see what a real, egalitarian, horizontal democracy might look like! Email

52] – On Sun., Oct. 7 at 5:30 PM, enjoy the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. At 6:30 PM, hear Bruce Gagnon, international peace organizer & coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and Keep Space for Peace Week, Veterans for Peace, Vietnam-era veteran, Cable TV talk show host, and author. He will expound on this theme: “A Decade plus of War and Drones: Empire & the Militarization of Space. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

53] – Migrants' Passage and Their Hopes on Their Journey is a Talk and Teach-in with Leonila Romero on Sun., Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 PM at the MLOV Office at La Casa Community Center, 3166 Mount Pleasant St. Leonila, of the Dimension Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana (Catholic Migrant Ministry) for Mexico and of Las Patronas, works monitoring immigration through Mexico, advocating for migrants, and providing them with humanitarian aid as they make their harrowing travels North. This event is part of Witness for Peace's 2012 Roots of Migration Mid-Atlantic Tour speaking tour. Go to

54] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop. The next vigil is Mon., Oct. 8, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Keep Space for Peace signs will be held at this vigil. Email or call 202-882-9649.

55] – Herblock on Democracy is an exhibit about the approach and subject matter of Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herb Block's work. It continues through Fri., Nov. 9, Mondays-Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM in the Albert S. Cook Library, Towson U., 8000 York Rd. Call 410-704-2461.

56] – On Mon., Oct. 8 at noon at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Phila., PA, there is a brown-bag lunch presentation with Bruce Gagnon - "Death from Above; Resistance from Below...(Strategies to Re-vitalize the Peace Movement).” Beverages will be provided. See

57] – 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

58] – The Baltimore City phone bank for Marriage Equality takes place Monday – Friday, 5 to 8 PM at Campaign HQ, 2400 Boston St. Email

59] – The Silver Spring phone bank for Marriage Equality takes place Monday – Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 PM at 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 900. RSVP at

60] – Protect Marriage Equality in Maryland by participating in the Columbia phone bank on Mondays from 6 to 8 PM at 7246 Cradlerock Way. RSVP to

61] – The Baltimore Free School Collective meets every other Monday at 6:30 PM at 512 W. Franklin St. The next meeting will be Oct. 8.

62] – There is a 101 Changemakers Launch on Mon., Oct. 8 at 6:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts NW. In the great tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “peoples’ history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry, are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in America: Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, César Chávez, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Henry Wallace, and many more. Cosponsored by Haymarket Books, Teaching for Change, Voices of a People's History, and the Zinn Education Project; featuring: Laila Al-Arian, Mary Beth Tinker, Michele Bollinger, and Dao X. Tran. Go to

63] – Beyond the Classroom presents the film "The War You Don't See" on Mon., Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 PM at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. This is John Pilger’s new film, and it is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war. The film traces the history of “embedded” and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an ‘electronic battlefield.’ But who is the real enemy today? Visit

64] – 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 Oct. 8. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

The gathering will focus on getting ready for the vigil at the National Security Agency on Tues., Oct. 9 at 5:30 PM for Keep Space for Peace Week. Bruce Gagnon will be joining us. We will prepare soup and other vittles on Monday in preparation for a house party on Tuesday after the NSA vigil. Bring a side dish on Tuesday and hear Bruce talk about the ongoing madness of war and drone strikes.

65] – Stand Up, Live Better with Wal-Mart workers in Laurel on Tues., Oct. 9 from 5:45 to 9 AM. Meet at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol St. NE, the north east corner of North Capitol and Riggs Rd NE. Rally will take place at Wal-Mart, 3549 Russett Green, Laurel, MD. Respect DC is standing in solidarity with Wal-Mart workers across the country who are standing up for respect in their work places. Join Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart (OUR Wal-Mart). Contact Mike Wilson at

66] – Turkish-U.S. Relations in an Evolving Middle East is a topic to discuss on Tues., Oct. 9 from 12:30 to 2 PM at Georgetown U., Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 241 Intercultural Center, 37th and O Sts. NW. The Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies and the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University are proud to present a discussion with Prof. Nursin Guney of Istanbul Yildiz Technical University. In the evolving Middle East, an urgent need has arisen for regional and global actors to find and generate means of creating stability so that the demands of the Arab street can find expression. In this regard, both the U.S. and Turkey are finding new avenues of cooperation within the changing dynamics of the region. In addition to their growing willingness to reinvigorate bilateral relations, Washington and Ankara are currently trying to adjust themselves to the changes taking place both in the international system as well as Turkey's immediate neighborhood. What are the challenges that lie ahead with respect to U.S.-Turkish cooperation in the Middle East? Join them for a conversation on this and other timely issues pertaining to the U.S.-Turkey relationship. The discussion will be lead by Prof. Nursin Guney, a professor in the department of political science and international relations at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Go to

67] – On Tues., Oct. 9 Bruce Gagnon, international peace organizer, coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and author of “Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories From Fading Empire,” will join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore at Fort Meade, Maryland in its annual trek to the National Security Agency. The vigil at the NSA for Keep Space for Peace Week will take place form 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The departure from Baltimore will be at 4:45 PM from the former AFSC building, 4806 York Road. Transportation can be provided. Demonstrate on Route 32 outside the main gate to alert the general public to the criminal activity taking place at the NSA. RSVP to Max at 410-366-1537 or mobuszewski at

After the demo, the Pledge will host a house meeting with Bruce for soup, bread and conversation. Let Max know if you are willing to host a house party the evening of Oct. 9.

68] – See a DREAM Act film screening of "The Invisibles" on Tues., Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. Enjoy remarks from Katie Striffolino, AIUSA expert on human rights in Latin America. She'll be joined by DREAMers who will recount about their own experiences as they struggle for the right to education in Maryland! A film by Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal, in collaboration with Amnesty International, The Invisibles tells the stories of many who otherwise remain out of sight, anonymous, and vulnerable to human rights abuses. From the film description: "Every year, tens of thousands of women, men, and children travel through Mexico as irregular migrants. More than 9 in every 10 are Central Americans. The vast majority are headed for the US border in the hope of a new life far from the poverty they have left behind. Their journey is one of the most dangerous in the world. This is their story." Go to

69] – See the film "Shark Loves the Amazon" on Tues., Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 PM at BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. This is a documentary on the Amazon rainforest, its people and preservation, through author and activist Mark London’s perspective. The film presents the question: “Can twenty-one million people and the Amazon rainforest share the same space?” After the screening, discuss the film and issues of environmentalism and sustainable development with film-writer and producer Mark London. 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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