Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

51] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Dec. 11

52] Discuss Gaza -- Dec. 12

53] Correcting Religious Privileging – Dec. 12

54] Philadelphia peace vigil – Dec. 12

55] Film UP THE RIDGE – Dec. 12

56] Leonard Peltier Gift Drive – Dec. 12

57] Chestnut Hill, PA peace vigil – Dec. 12

58] Green Currency Meeting – Dec. 12

59] Labor in Iraq – Dec. 12

60] Support Hyatt Workers – Dec. 13

61] Soccer Without Borders Fundraiser – Dec. 13

62] Baking Night – Dec. 13

63] Skills training – Dec. 13

64] Hanukah Concert & Fair for Human Rights – Dec. 13

65] Pray for South Africa – Dec. 13

66] United Workers job opportunities

67] Maryland Communities United job opening

68] SOA job opening

69] MUPJ Conference – Apr. 12 & 13, 2013


70] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

71] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

72] Did You Vote?

73] Join Fund Our Communities

74] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

75] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

76] Do you need any book shelves?

77] Join Global Zero campaign

78] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

79] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

80] Click on The Hunger Site

81] Fire & Faith

82] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


51] – 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. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

52] – There is a Community Meeting/Discussion on Gaza on Wed., Dec. 12 from 10 AM to noon at the Plymouth Congregational United Church, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE. The event will bring together people of various backgrounds and faiths to work together for justice in Palestine, especially for Gaza. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/416426985090466/.

53] – Attend a National Summit: Correcting Religious Privileging in the Tax Code on Wed., Dec. 12 from 2 to 3:30 PM at SCA Conference Room, Suite 205, 1012 14th St., NW. The new Congress is poised to consider comprehensive tax reform when it convenes in January. An independent study published in FREE INQUIRY earlier this year found that religious privileging costs U.S. taxpayers $71 billion every year. This National Summit will bring together secular leaders to discuss strategies to address disparities in the U.S. tax code that privilege churches over other charitable organizations. Help develop strategies for a concerted effort to correct the tax code. Call 530-881-1400, code: 703905. The conference is hosted by Secular Coalition for America.

54] – 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. 12. Call 215-426-0364.

55] – On Wed., Dec. 12 from 6 to 10:30 PM, see the film “Up the Ridge" at 3601 New Hampshire Ave. NW--two blocks from Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro. This is a 2008 documentary film by Appalshop filmmakers Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby revealing injustices in the American Prison System. It highlights prisoners sent from urban areas to be incarcerated in rural Supermax prisons, such as Red Onion State Prison and Wallens Ridge State Prison. The film delves into issues of parole reform, prisoner abuse, and prisoner suicide. It was created as a part of the Thousand Kites project, a nonprofit organization aimed at exacting prison reform through narrative means. (Kite is prison slang for sending a message). Snacks and beverages will be provided. There is a $5-10 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/108436959324320/.

56] – Be at Leonard Peltier Holiday Gift Drive on Wed., Dec. 12 at 7 PM at 2640, 27th & St. Paul Sts. Bring new toys and gifts and warm clothing to this drive, named for the indigenous activist currently in prison. There will be a light dinner, film screening of “Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story” and raffle. The money raised will be used to buy extra toys to send to the Pine Ridge Reservation and to cover postage costs. Go to http://www.redemmas.org/2640. The suggested donation is $5-$10.

57] – 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. 12. Call 215-843-4256 or email nwgreens@yahoo.com.

58] – 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.

59] - Several members of the Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home coalition, including Peace Action Montgomery, are co-sponsoring Report-Back from the Labor Movement in Iraq on Wed., Dec. 12 at 7 PM at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850. Gene Bruskin, Co-Convener of U.S. Labor Against the War, is a national hero in the labor movement and a terrific speaker. He will discuss the current state of the labor movement in Iraq, based on his recent trip as part of a labor delegation. USLAW consists of 200 labor organizations across the U.S. that advocate spending public money for human needs, not unnecessary foreign wars. Go to http://ourfunds.org.

60] – On Thurs., Dec. 13 from 4:30 to 6 PM at McKeldin Square, Light & Pratt Sts., be at a RALLY TO SUPPORT THE HYATT WORKERS. Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/181563448649774/#!/events/458718587520401/.

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against the Hyatt Regency Baltimore for violating federal labor law. The federal agency is prosecuting Hyatt, alleging a variety of unlawful activities, such as unjustly firing union supporters, threatening workers with arrest for lawfully leafleting customers on Hyatt property, threatening workers for supporting the union, disciplining union supporters unjustly, and surveilling union activity. A trial is set for January. Visit www.HyattHurts.org or www.facebook.com/UNITEHERELocal7.

61] – There is a Soccer Without Borders Fundraiser to help support the non-profit organization that provides youths in underserved areas sports-based and extracurricular activities that promote positive engagement, platforms for growth, and a brighter future. There will be drinks, raffle and door prizes on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 4 PM at Liam Flynn's Ale House, 22 W. North Ave. Call 410-244-8447. Visit http://www.pintsizepub.com. The price is $20.

62] – The Baltimore Ethical Society BAKING NIGHT is Thurs., Dec. 13 from 5:45 to 8 PM. Join BES members and others for this enjoyable outing at a great organization – check out the website at www.mfeast.org. Let Lisa Alderson know you are coming and show up at Moveable Feast, 901 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore. Park in front of building and enter through the door closest to Ashland Street. Let Lisa know if you’d like to carpool, and she’ll try to match you up with a BES participant.

63] – There is a D.C. Trainers' Network Skillshare: Planning a Training, Volume 2 taking place on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 6:30 PM at 1525 Newton St. NW. Learn how to make the most of specific tools such as hassle lines and role plays, all in a safe, friendly environment! Call 202-234 2000 or email interns@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

64] – Enjoy a Hanukah Concert & Fair for Human Rights on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7:30 PM at the Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Rd. (at East West Hwy.), Chevy Chase, MD. The Human Rights Fair provides a platform for organizations to share information about their important work. Join Rabbi David Shneyer and Cantor Lisa Levine, and organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others.

The fee is $20 general admission, $18 members & seniors (62 & over), and $10 youth. Proceeds from the emma's revolution concert will be divided among the participating organizations. Smart, funny and informative--like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. emma's revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O.

Also performing is the Cheick Hamala Diabate Quartet. Washington may be chock-a-block with lobbyists and consultants, but only one of them rocks the n’goni, the West African plucked lute. Call 301-349-2799.

65] – The Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo writes that prayer changes people and people change things. The African National Congress of South Africa is ending its Centennial celebration in December 2012. This Celebration coincides with the Succession and Policy Conference in Mangaung, South Africa. She is reminded of the History of the ANC Founding Fathers and Mothers who sang the Hymn "Ndikhokele uJehova - Guide me O thou Great Jehovah" , then prayed and began their meeting. Also the ANC National Anthem was a prayer- "Nkosi sikelel'i Africa- God bless Africa" In the middle of the Anthem there were this words "Woza uMoya uingcwele " Come Holy Spirit"

It is on the Solid Ground of the fore bearers, mothers and fathers, that it was decided to call for Prayer for the African National Congress as a Ruling Party in South Africa and for the opposition parties as they are part of the Government. JOIN A PRAYER CONFERENCE ON THURS., DEC. 13 FROM 10 10:30 PM US EASTERN TIME. Call 605-477-2100, Code 109071#. Contact Mankekolo at mankekolo@aol.com.

66] – The United Workers have a new organizing position opening. There is a new Winter Organizing Program with two positions open for an initial three month stint. One is to join the exciting organizing team, building organizing committees in neighborhoods, churches and schools. That position is full-time. There is also a new part-time position that will work with a fundraising team and be responsible for helping to build a donor base through hosting fundraising events, meeting with donors, and supporting house parties and larger programs. The deadline for both applications is Dec. 15. Contact Todd Cherkis at 410-340-2838. Go to www.unitedworkers.org.

67] – Maryland Communities United is a progressive, grassroots, community-based organization engaged in and committed to building power throughout communities in Maryland. MCU has a position available for a Community Organizer. Include "Community Organizer" in the subject heading of your email, and send resume, cover letter & salary requirements to michelle@communitiesunite.org.

68] – SOA Watch is hiring a part-time Advocacy Coordinator. The position is part-time (24 hours/ week) with health benefits, paid vacation and holiday time, and there are opportunities for skills development. Some evening and weekends required. The salary is $21,000/year. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the grassroots movement to close the SOA/WHINSEC. For a complete job description and information on how to apply, visit www.SOAW.org/work.

69] – The 28th Annual Maryland Peace, Justice and the Environment Conference [www.mupj.org] will take place Fri., Apr. 12 and Sat., Apr. 13 at the Turner Memorial AME Church, 7201 16th Place, Hyattsville. Save these dates. Email paulette.d.hammond@questdiagnostics.com.

70] – Stephen Kobasa is hoping to do an exhibit of the work of Tom Lewis opening in May 2013 in New Haven, 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 gmail.com or 203-500-0268.

71] – The Washington Peace Center has a progressive calendar & activist alert! Consider signing up to receive its weekly email: info@washingtonpeacecenter.org.

72] – See an infographic which highlights and illustrates how voter turnout could have easily changed the outcome of the election. The title is Did You Vote? Go to http://www.learnstuff.com/did-you-vote/. This comes from www.learnstuff.com. Contact Chloe at chloecarter180 at gmail.com.

73] – 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 www.OurFunds.org.

74] – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Baltimore's Indypendent Reader is looking for individuals interested in creating media - written, photo, audio, or video - that relates to issues like...economic justice, race, prisons & policing, environment, gender & sexuality, war & peace and more! If you would like to create social justice media, then email indypendentreader@gmail.com. Visit http://www.indyreader.org.

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

76] – Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.

77] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: http://www.globalzero.org/sign-declaration. 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.

78] – Visit the Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System at http://www.onlinecriminaljusticedegree.com/. 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.

79] – 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.

80] – 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.

81] – 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 http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/.

82] – 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 http://prop1.org; 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] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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