Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

32] Annapolis Summit – Jan. 9

33] Support Bradley Manning – Jan. 9 - 11

34] Fracking action – Jan. 9

35] Support hotel workers – Jan. 9

36] Book talk on coca – Jan. 9

37] Equalizing Participation workshop – Jan. 9

38] BDS discussion – Jan. 9

39] March with Farmers against Monsanto – Jan. 10

40] Zoning hearing – Jan. 10

41] Baking Night – Jan. 10

42] U.S. nuclear strategy – Jan. 10

43] Get Money Out meeting – Jan. 10

44] Green Baltimore Series – Jan. 10

45] Art exhibit – through Feb. 28

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

47] Support Red Emma’s in its move

48] Fellowship position available

49] Spacious apartment available

50] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

51] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

52] Did You Vote?

53] Join Fund Our Communities

54] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

55] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

56] Do you need any book shelves?

57] Join Global Zero campaign

58] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

59] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

60] Click on The Hunger Site

61] Fire & Faith

62] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

32] – Go to and get your tickets or the 10th annual Annapolis Summit, hosted by The Marc Steiner Show and the Baltimore Business Journal! If you are unable to attend but would like to sponsor one or more of the Baltimore City high school students who hope to attend the Summit, for $40/student, go to

The event takes place on Wed., Jan. 9 (Opening Day, 2013 Maryland Legislative Session) at the Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, Annapolis. It starts at 7 AM with a networking breakfast. From 8 to 10 AM, Steiner will interview Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, House Speaker Michael Busch, and Gov. Martin O'Malley.

33] – Bradley Manning's pretrial hearings continue through Fri., Jan. 11. Gather from 8 to 9:30 AM outside the main gate to Fort Meade, 175 Maryland and Reece Road, Odenton, Maryland. Afterwards go inside to the courtroom. Contact Medea at 415-235-6517. Email

34] – Come to Annapolis on Wed., Jan. 9 for a water “taste test” and fracking moratorium visibility action to kick off the 2013 legislative session. This event is from 10 AM to noon at 100 State Circle, Annapolis. Contact Megan Jenny at

35] – Stand up For Workers’ Rights! The men and women who cook, clean and serve at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel have not had a raise in years. Their employer, Crossroads Hospitality Management, has been dragging its feet in contract negotiations. Join a picket line on Wed., Jan. 9 at 4:30 PM at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 West Fayette St. Call 443-438-5607 ext. 10.

36] – Get an understanding of “A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola” on Wed., Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. The Institute for Policy Studies and others welcomes Ricardo Cortes to discuss and sign his new book published by Akashic Books which is an illustrated history of the intermingling of coffee, Coca-Cola, and cocaine. Cortes will be joined by Sanho Tree, director of IPS' Drug Policy project and Coletta Youngers, senior fellow at Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) on Drug policy in Latin America. Visit

37] – There is a Trainers Network Skillshare: Equalizing Participation on Wed., Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 9 PM at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Learn how to facilitate the step up/step back environment. January's skillshare will be about equalizing participation, how to make sure that people who are talking have the space to do so, and that the people who say a lot don't take up everyone’s time talking. The DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured, interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. It strives to provide an inclusive practice space to experiment with different approaches for learning and teaching. Call (202) 234 2000 or email

38] – BDS: The Global Struggle For Palestinian Rights is happening on Wed., Jan. 9 from 7 to 8:30 PM at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW (@16th St. Join the D.C. Branch of the International Socialist Organization in a discussion of Chapter 1-7 of the book BDS by Omar Barghouti.

During and immediately after Israel’s latest massacre of civilians in Gaza deemed Pillar of Defense or Pillar of Cloud, hundreds of Palestine Solidarity Activists gathered every other day in front of the White House, the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C, and the State Department demanding an end to the slow genocide of Palestinians by Apartheid Israel. The BDS call made by Omar Barghouti and other founding members of the Palestinian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel in 2005 is being echoed louder and louder by activists and organizations around the world. Come discuss Omar Barghouti’s book BDS and contribute to plotting a way forward locally in the fight against Apartheid. Visit

39] – March with Farmers against Monsanto on Thurs., Jan. 10 at 10 AM. Representatives from the Organic Consumers Association, Occupy Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association will participate in a Citizens' Assembly in support of Family Farmers vs. Monsanto.

The Citizen’s Assembly is a show of solidarity with 30 GMO-free farmers who are coming to Washington, DC, to participate in the appeal of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs. Monsanto et al, a court case filed to protect farmers from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits. RSVP to Assemble outside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Lafayette Square, on H Street between 15th and 17th Sts., NW.

OSGATA vs. Monsanto is a landmark legal case attempting to protect family farmers from Monsanto’s aggressive patent infringement lawsuits and unwanted genetic contamination that results when Monsanto’s patented, GMO pollen blowing across farmer’s fences and contaminates their crops against their wishes. In an effort to enforce their legal patents on their genetically engineered genes, Monsanto regularly sends their seed police out in rural America to trespass on farmer’s fields and steal their plants to take them back to their labs for testing.

40] – Many of our Baltimore Neighborhoods have liquor outlets and some of those are "non-conforming," that is the business does not conform to zoning guidelines. For example, a liquor outlet is best suited in a business district with other businesses and not on a residential street.

Baltimore is presently rewriting the zoning code and it will prevent those stores from selling alcohol. CPHA supports this change to the zoning code because it supports the mission to bring about a healthy inclusive Baltimore! On Thurs. Jan. 10 at 4:30 PM, the Planning Commission will host a public hearing at the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202, about zoning regarding liquor stores and taverns: City Council Bill #12-0152. RSVP at

41] – The Baltimore Ethical Society BAKING NIGHT is Thurs., Jan. 10 from 5:45 to 8 PM. Join BES members and others for this enjoyable outing at a great organization – check out the website at 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.

42] – Christopher Preble of the Cato Institute will discuss "Overkill: The Case for Reevaluating US Nuclear Strategy" on Thurs., Jan. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The talk is sponsored by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. RSVP at

43] – On Thurs., Jan. 10 at 6:30 PM at the 33rd Street YMCA, attend a Get Money Out –Maryland meeting and help plan to take democracy back from the corporations and the greedy members of the 1%. Thus far the following are on record as supporting such a constitutional amendment: 125 members of Congress, one president, 11 states, 350 cities and towns, over 100 national organizations, and a clear majority of the public. Also, five Maryland cities and one county have passed resolutions in support, and a majority of members of the Maryland General Assembly have signed a letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. Email Charlie Cooper [].

44] – The Green Baltimore Series features experts from government, business, academia and non-profit organizations delving into issues such as green science and global warming, green business practices, media messaging on the environment, and health issues related to environmental conditions. Participating organizations will include the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, EarthShare and the National Resources Defense Council. Registration is requested at

On Thurs., Jan. 9 at 7 PM at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., the series will look at green business practices in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic Region, including a broad overview of the levels of interest and activity in the community. Representatives from organizations engaged in environmentally sustainable practices will discuss their reasons for involvement and the results of their efforts. The speakers are Kalman Stein, president and CEO, EarthShare, Ed Rhodes, vice president for Sustainability and Aquaculture Development, Phillips Foods, Inc. Call 410-532-5582.

45] – Get over to Ascension Lutheran Church art exhibit showing the work of local artists Phyllis Spirt and Shirley Neale. Ring back door for entry. The exhibit will run through Feb.28, Mondays-Fridays, noon to 4 PM at 7601 York Road. Call 410-825-1725 or visit

46] – 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

47] – Red Emma's is in the process of closing down the location at 800 St. Paul St., and reopening in a much larger new space on North Avenue in the fall. The collective is seeking your help. It's time to reinvent the project started in 2004 to build a self-sustaining progressive space in Baltimore, committed to providing a daily reminder that another world was possible and that there were people working in the city to build it.

Here's how you can help: donate money, buy books at the current store, provide skilled help, and share these needs. Email or go to

48] – There is an Advocacy and Policy Fellowship for a person to work on global justice issues and gain valuable advocacy, research and professional experience? Jubilee USA Network is a coalition of over 75 faith communities, environmental organizations and a variety of other groups, working towards expanded debt cancellation and responsible lending and borrowing to impoverished countries.

Some of the responsibilities would be creating literature and fact sheets about debt and representing Jubilee at planning meetings, appointments with Congress members and public events and conducting research as needed to respond to new information or events that pertain to Jubilee's work. Some requirements would be a strong passion for economic justice and right relationships among people, excellent verbal and written communications skills, and a familiarity with general government and/or foreign policy issues. The position is a year-long commitment from August to August. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 1-2 page writing sample to Jennifer Tong, Communications and Development Coordinator at jennifer(at)

49] – There is a spacious and affordable two-bedroom apartment on the second floor above the apartment where Vince Tola resides. It is located in the Pen Lucy community, 501 1/2 East 43rd St., and rent is $575/month plus utilities. But the price could be negotiable. It is owned by David Greene, who is friendly. Contact Dave at 410-599-3730 or Vince can be reached at 443-414-2425 or

50] – 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 or 203-500-0268.

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

52] – 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 This comes from Contact Chloe at chloecarter180 at

53] – 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. Plan to join FOC on an April 20 bus trip from Baltimore to D.C. Go to

54] – 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 Visit

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

56] – Can you use any book shelves? Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

57] – 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.

58] – 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.

59] – 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.

60] – 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.

61] – 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

62] – 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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