Sunday, December 16, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

33] Screening SHIFT CHANGE – Dec. 17

34] Death Penalty Vigil – Dec. 17

35] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Dec. 17 -- Dec. 20

36] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Dec. 17

37] Jobs, Not Cuts Rally – Dec. 18

38] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Dec. 18

39] Film THAT’S MY FACE – Dec. 19

40] Apology to Native People – Dec. 19

41] Protest at Embassy of Qatar – Dec. 19

42] Philadelphia peace vigil – Dec. 19

43] Visit Rep. Sarbanes’ office – Dec. 19

44] Mother Earth Poetry Vibe – Dec. 19

45] Chestnut Hill, PA peace vigil – Dec. 19

46] Green Currency Meeting – Dec. 19


33] – The D.C. Premiere of "Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work" will be shown on Mon., Dec. 17 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM in the Gompers Room, AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW. The film is about dignified jobs in democratic workplaces, from Mondragon in Spain to the Rust Belt in the U.S. and beyond. There will also be a screening in the evening from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. There is a $10 suggested donation for the evening screening, and the money will benefit cooperatives recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The event includes a special Q&A with filmmakers MARK DWORKIN & MELISSA YOUNG. RSVP

At a time when many are disillusioned with big banks, big business, and growing inequity in the United States, employee ownership offers real solutions for workers and communities. Shift Change visits thriving cooperative businesses in the U.S. and Spain; sharing on-the-ground experiences, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front lines of the new economy. Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin have produced many documentary films on social justice and environmental issues in North and South America, winning prestigious awards. Their productions are known for diverse examples of regular people helping create positive change.

34] – 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., Dec. 17. Call 410-366-1637.

35] – 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

36] – 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 Dec. 17. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. The agenda includes the Bradley Manning support activities, the anti-drone meeting in New York City, the ongoing drone protests, a protest at the inauguration, the Transform Now Plowshares and other items.

37] – On Tues., Dec. 18 at 11 AM, Occupy Faith will host a "Jobs not Cuts!" Rally on Capitol Hill. The idea is to put pressure on key congressional leaders and senators. This is a critical date where Congress will debate and may even vote on a compromise on the fiscal cliff. RSVP to Valarie at 703-786-0094 or

38] – 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 Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

39] – See a screening of "That's My Face" on Tues., Dec. 18 from 7 to 9 PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. The film (2001, 56 min.) is filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’ meditation on the African Diaspora, and his own journey of self-discovery through travels to Brazil and Africa. His grandparents' African Methodist-Episcopal church taught that Africa was a place that could only be saved by missionaries. But Thomas’ mother was part of the 1970’s movement that regarded Africa as home so, when Thomas was a child, she moved the family to Tanzania.

It was not the motherland as imagined. Like his mother, he would seek the motherland in Brazil. There will be a Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, via Skype video. The suggested donation is $10, and free popcorn and refreshments will be provided. Go to

40] – You’re invited to join Sojourners for a Conversation for Reconciliation: Apology to Native Peoples of the United States on Wed., Dec. 19 beginning at 11 AM in the area in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. A diverse group of citizens, led by Mark Charles, a member of the Navajo Nation, will host a public reading of the apology to native peoples of the United States. This apology was buried in a 67-page appropriations bill (H.R. 3326), which had passed three years, but never clearly communicated or shared with the nearly 5 million Native American citizens of this country.

The apology portion of this act (sub-section 8113) will be translated into several native languages. After the apology is publicly read, the event will conclude with an opportunity for some of those in attendance—both native and non-native—to publicly respond. Contact Mark Charles at or 336-462-8256. RSVP at

41] – On Nov. 29, 2012, Qatari poet Muhammad al-Ajami was handed a life sentence for “insulting” the Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and “inciting to overthrow the ruling system” based on the content of one of his poems. Meet CodePink at the Embassy of Qatar, 2555 M St. NW, WDC, at noon on Wed., Dec. 19 to read aloud poems for justice submitted to us from all over the world. Share your haiku, and it will be read:

42] – 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 Dec. 19. Call 215-426-0364.

43] – On Wed., Dec. 19 at 4:30 PM, the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204. While inside, we will deliver a letter to urge the representative to support the following: 1. Invest in jobs, education and infrastructure to promote prosperity by enacting H.R. 870 / 4277, the "21st Century Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act;" as well as S. 1549 / H.R. 12 the "American Jobs Act;" and H.R. 2914, the "Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act." 2. Let the Bush tax cuts and payroll tax cuts expire, and replace them with H.R. 6411, the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" and fair income tax cuts, limited to the first $250,000 of income. 3. Prevent any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid including benefits, COLAs, or eligibility--as well as pass bills to expand and improve Medicare including H.R. 676, the "Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act" and H.R. 1200 the "American Health Security Act." 4. Cut weapons funding by 25%, and pass H.R. 780, the "Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act" to immediately end the war and provide for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of War contractor personnel. 5. Support the "Deal for All" (H.Res. 733), the fair, common sense alternative to the "fiscal cliff" / automatic sequester "bad deal."

Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. Would you be willing to speak out in Congress against the use of drones which are killing civilians in at least five countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen? Let Max know if you can go to Sarbanes’ office--410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

44] – Mother Earth Poetry Vibe, an open-mic focused on justice, spirituality, family and real life, is happening at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. on Wed., Dec. 19 at 7 PM. Call 410-230-0450. Go to

45] – 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 Dec. 19. Call 215-843-4256 or email

46] – 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.

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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