Monday, October 29, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

32] Volunteer to preserve the MARYLAND DREAM ACT – through Nov. 6

33] Fall Festival – Oct. 28
34] Bridges for Peace – Oct. 28
35] Film BETWEEN TWO WORLDS – Oct. 28
36] Dr. Bishara Awad in U.S. -- Oct. 28
37] Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD – Oct. 28
38] Phone bank for marriage equality in Baltimore – Oct. 28
39] Annapolis Canvass for Marriage Equality – Oct. 28
40] Support postal workers – Oct. 28
41] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Oct. 28
42] Green Forum – Oct. 28
43] Film AS GOES JANESVILLE – Oct. 28
44] VATICAN ii – Oct. 28
45] Red Emma’s meeting – Oct. 28
46] Yoga – Oct. 28
47] Pentagon Vigil – Oct. 29
48] Herblock Exhibit – through Nov. 9
49] Support arrestees – Oct. 29
50] Occupy D.C. City Council – Oct. 29

51] Human Rights forum – Oct. 29

52] Death Penalty Vigil – Oct. 29

53] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Oct. 29 – Nov. 1

54] Cliff DuRand in U.S.A. – Oct. 29

55] Baltimore phone bank for marriage equality – Oct. 29

56] Silver Spring phone bank for marriage equality – Oct. 29

57] Columbia phone bank for marriage equality – Oct. 29

58] Film UNEQUAL JUSTICE – Oct. 29

59] Freedom fighter to healer – Oct. 29

60] Living under drones – Oct. 29

61] Trans-Pacific Partnership – Oct. 29

62] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities – Oct. 29

63] Drone strikes in Pakistan – Oct. 29

64] Fast to close SOA – Oct. 30


32] – If you have a couple of hours free to volunteer between now and Tues., Nov. 6 (including on election day to staff polling places), join CASA de Maryland Youth Committee, dreamers, friends, parents, teachers and allies at CASA de Maryland, 2224 E. Fayette St. Help defend the MD DREAM Act. Go to!/events/292903477485757/. Email Elizabeth Alex to hear about volunteer opportunities at or 443 802 2933. Go to

33] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. However, on Sun., Oct. 28 at 10:30 AM, the BES will hold a Fall Festival and "Stone Soup.” Hugh Taft-Morales leads a celebration of autumn with stories, music, and poems! Fall is a time when everyone “lends a hand in the fields,” and we all express gratitude for our harvest. As Yoko Ono reminds, “Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.” Those attending may bring food items for us to share in the tradition-based rendition of Stone Salad! Call 410-581-2322.or email

34] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis. Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole. If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to

35] – See the film "Between Two Worlds The American Jewish Culture Wars" (70 min.) and discussion on Sun., Oct. 28 at 2 PM at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044. Who speaks for a divided community at the crossroads? The highly acclaimed film is a groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers' own families are battlegrounds over loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the U.S. and Israel, this first-person documentary begins with a near-riot at a Jewish film festival in San Francisco, reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus, and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself. Go to The event is sponsored by the Committee for Palestinian Rights (Howard County) and D.C. Metro Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Email

36] – Dr. Bishara Awad is to speak at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW (between Massachusetts Ave. and Van Ness St.)\, on Sun., Oct. 28 at 12:30 PM. Dr. Awad, president emeritus of Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine, was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He founded Bethlehem Bible College in 1979 with the help of other Christian leaders. A fully accredited institution, it serves more than 100 young Palestinian women and men each year. As a child, Dr. Awad became a refugee in 1948 when his father was killed by a stray bullet at the time of the Nakba and Israel's founding. He received his higher education in the United States before returning to his homeland. Contact Serge Duss at 703.625.0241 or

37] – Phone bank for marriage equality in Chestertown, MD on Sundays from noon to 4 PM at 106 Spring Ave. RSVP to

38] – Phone bank for marriage equality in Baltimore on Sunday from noon to 8 PM at 400 Boston St., Suite 101D. RSVP to

39 – 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

40] -- Postal Workers United are holding rallies, marches and other protests against cuts & closures of postal facilities and the privatization of the postal service. In Baltimore, on Sun., Oct. 28 at 2 PM, members of the community and postal workers will hold a rally at the Baltimore Main Post Office, 900 E, Fayette St., followed by a march thru the downtown Inner Harbor tourist area. Call Tom Dodge at 410-236-2300.

41] – 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.

42] – The next Baltimore Green Forum is on Sun., Oct. 28 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286, and the topic will be The Environment and Elections with Jen Brock-Cancellieri, Maryland League of Conservation Voters. We are lucky in Maryland to have a great number of elected leaders who we call friends and champions, but we also have a some elected officials who can not be counted on to vote for strong environmental legislation --- even though many of them are from communities where protecting the environment is a strongly held value. It is imperative that during elections we support those Republican and Democratic legislators who stand with us on the front lines as we fight together for strong environmental legislation. Jen will also talk on the national League of Conservation Voters and what they are doing to elect pro-conservation candidates nationally.

The Baltimore Green Forum is a monthly environmental and discussion forum held usually on the last Sunday of each month. It is open to the public and is free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated. For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact or 301-345-2234. Go to

43] – "As Goes Janesville" will be screened on Sun., Oct. 28 at 5 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Sts. NW. Community Cinema a free film, followed by a Q&A with Dean Baker, author of The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Both a microcosm of America's economic crisis and a deep immersion in the country's tug-of-war over labor relations, the documentary offers critical insight and heart wrenching humanity as the United States enters an election season that has already engulfed the nation in an inflamed and polarizing fight over how we should realize the American Dream. Go to

44] – On Oct. 28 at 6:30 PM (after the 5:30 PM Mass), Holy Trinity Parish, Georgetown, McKenna Hall, continues the Celebrating Vatican II Sunday Speaker Series with “Bishops and the 2012 Election” by Thomas J. Reese, S.J., senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. Fr. Reese is a frequent presider at Holy Trinity and former editor of America magazine. The Second Vatican Council called for greater involvement of the church in the modern world. In his presentation, he will look at the role of the bishops in the 2012 election, especially their concerns about religious liberty. Contact Judith Brusseau at

45] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is Oct. 28. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month. Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to

46] – The course in Yoga/School of Life has been moved from Thursdays to Sundays. Foundations of Yoga will begin on Sun., Oct. 28 and continue for six weeks from 7 to 8:30 PM at 4217 East West Hwy., Bethesda, MD 20814. The cost is $100 for five weeks, which includes CD for home practice, and a text book. Call 301-654 4899.

47] – 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. 29, 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.

48] – 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.

49] – On Mon., Oct. 29 from 8 to 8:30 AM in front of the John R. Hargrove, Sr. Building, 700 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore 21225, support Rev. C. D. Whither spoon and Sharon Black who are scheduled to go on trial. At the Aug. 6 Unity March, they were arrested and jailed for presenting a letter to the mayor calling on the city to implement a number of demands voted on at the June 30th Baltimore Peoples Assembly - including community control of police, jobs for all, and stop the rec. center & fire station closings. They refused to plead guilty in exchange for community service.

50] – Occupy the DC Council: “A Homeless and Poor People's Town Hall Meeting at DC City Hall” is happening on Mon., Oct. 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Freedom Plaza and then the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. SHARC (Shelter, Housing And Respectful Change) is calling on the poor (dispossessed), the homeless, churches, non-profits, Occupiers and all others who are concerned about increasing poverty, the evisceration of the social safety net (including jobs programs), unfair hiring practices, the lack of affordable housing, the hijacking of governments by Wall Street and corporations and the failure of politicians and political candidates to mention poverty or do anything about it. Contact Eric Jonathan Sheptock at 240-305-5255.

51] – Monday, October 29th, 2012 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Jubilee USA Network invites you to join us for: Human Rights and The International Financial Crisis - A presentation and conversation on The United Nations Guiding Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights. Featuring: Dr. Cephas Lumina, UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights with Responses from Maria Lucia Fattorelli, Latin American Coalition on Debt and Development, and Gina Ekholt (invited), The Norwegian Coalition on Debt Cancellation. The intro will be by Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Network. Held at Church Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol. St. NE, WDC 20003. Join Jubilee USA Network in welcoming Dr. Cephas Lumina, UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights. Jubilee USA Network has served on Dr. Lumina’s expert working group to develop principles and solutions to the international debt crisis in the context of human rights.

52] – 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., Oct. 29. Call 410-366-1637.

53] – 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

54] – Cliff DuRand is promoting his new book “Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State. He will be interviewed on Mon., Oct. 29 on the Mark Steiner Show at 5 PM on WEAA 89.5 FM.

On Mon., Oct. 29 at 7 PM, Cliff DuRand presents "Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State" @ Red Emma's, 800 Saint Paul St. DuRand, retired professor of philosophy at Morgan State U. and founder of Baltimore's Research Associates Foundation, presents his most recent book. It is a collection of essays on corporations, globalization and the state, taking a radical look at the role of the state in globalization and its transformation thereby. The editors and contributors are long-time social activists approaching the issues from the perspective of the global South.

On Tues., Oct. 30, he will be at Howard University in Washington at 3 PM in the Ralph Bunche Center. And Thurs., Nov. 1 at 11:30 AM, he will speak at Morgan State U. in Holmes Hall 117. Call 410-230-0450 or go to

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

56] – 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

57] – 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

58] – On Mon., Oct. 29 at 6 PM attend a reception, and at 6:30 PM see a screening of “Unequal Justice: The Relentless Rise of the 1% Court,” followed by a discussion. The event will be at the Service Employees International Union, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW [Red Line Metro: Dupont Circle]. The featured speakers are Nan Aron, president, Alliance for Justice; Craig Becker, co-general counsel, AFL-CIO’ Pam Gilbert, partner, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca and former executive director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; Sarita Gupta, executive director, Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work’ James Steele, contributing editor, Vanity Fair and co-author, “The Betrayal of the American Dream.” The film is narrated by renowned journalist Katrina vanden Huevel. RSVP

59] – On Mon., Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. [nearest Metro, Gallery Place/Chinatown], join the book launch for “Redeeming the past: My journey from freedom fighter to healer,” by Fr. Michael Lapsley, sponsored by the Embassy of South Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for the Healing of Memories and Orbis Books. The event will bring together those who have cherished Fr. Lapsley’s work of healing, justice and forgiveness in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and his own country of birth, New Zealand. In this memoir, Fr. Lapsley outlines his strong stand against apartheid for which he became the victim of a letter bomb attack in Zimbabwe. He founded the Institute for the Healing of Memories which works with individuals and communities in healing through reconciliation and forgiveness. The book launch will include cultural performances and speeches from communities and people that have been touched and inspired by Fr. Lapsley’s contribution. Seating is limited; RSVP is required to or 202-745-6601.

60] – On Mon., Oct. 29 at 6:30 PM be at Living Under Drones! Report from Pakistan at the Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, Room 109, UPenn's Wharton School, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA. A U.S. Peace delegation in Pakistan, organized by Code Pink, Oct. 3 - 10, 2012, put an international spotlight on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and the human cost of war from afar. On Oct. 7, the 11th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the delegation held a march into South Waziristan, the center of U.S. drone strikes, where they were stopped by the Pakistani Army.

Hear more about the killer drone research going on at UPenn and Drexel. The featured speakers are Joe Lombardo, national co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition, and a participant in the peace delegation to Pakistan, Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee's Afghanistan/Iraq program, speaking on the geo-political situation of southern Asia and the use of drones in the continuing "war on terror,” and Marjorie Van Cleef, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, drone research and development at Penn and Drexel universities. Go to

61] – Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program: An Evening with Melinda St. Louis, Global Trade Watch, is on Mon., Oct. 29 at 7 to 9 PM at 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, U. of Maryland, College Park. What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement? What are the proposed trade and investment rules that will govern the global economy in the 21st century? What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership mean for the economy, jobs, the environment, labor rights, public health and democracy in the United States and among member nations? Come hear from Melinda St. Louis, the International Campaigns Director at Global Trade Watch to learn about this secret, but potentially important trade and investment agreement. Visit Contact: James Riker at 301-314-6622 or

62] – 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. 29. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. The agenda includes the Bradley Manning vigils, the First Thursday antiwar protest, the visit to Baltimore by Oliver Stone, the forum on drone strikes at JHU on Nov. 15, the ongoing drone protest and other items.

63] – On Mon., Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 9 PM, hear Peace Action Montgomery member Pam Bailey, who participated in the peace delegation to Pakistan earlier this month, focused on U.S. use of drones. You can read her blogs about this extraordinary trip on Michael Moore’s web site ( ). Pam will talk about the CodePink-organized trip from Islamabad to Waziristan, a first-hand account of the visit to areas on the receiving end of U.S drone strikes. The event is co-sponsored by Peace Action Montgomery, Code Pink, Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore and others, and it will be at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.

64] – Join a one-day fast to close the School of the Americas on Tues., Oct. 30 from 10 AM until Wed., Oct. 31 at noon around the world. Fasting has been present in all the world's spiritual traditions. Fasts help focus an individual or a group, deepen ones commitment, and have often been used as an effective nonviolent tool for achieving social change. SOA Watch is calling on human rights activists to engage in this fast. Fast to honor those killed by graduates of the School of the Americas and U.S. militarization. Participants in the fast will abstain from food and only drink water. 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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