Sunday, January 27, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

25] TimeBanking – Jan. 27

26] Peace and Pancakes – Jan. 27

27] Idle No More – Jan. 27

28] Jubilee Faithful gathering – Jan. 27

29] Class on Wal-Mart -- Jan. 27

30] Baltimore Green Forum -- Jan. 27

31] 7th Annual Legislative Forum - Jan. 27

32] Soul Kitchen - Jan. 27

33] Red Emma’s meeting – Jan. 27

34] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 28

35] Israeli Arab Issues - Jan. 28

36] Repeal the death penalty – Jan. 28

37] Protest REALCO Guns – Jan. 28

38] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 28 – Jan. 31

39] Death Penalty Vigil – Jan. 28

40] Dave Zirin book launch– Jan. 28

41] Film LIVING FOR 32 – Jan. 28

42] Civil rights film -- Jan. 28

43] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Jan. 28


25] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. On Sun., Jan. 27, the topic is “Let's Be More By Sharing With Each Other: An Introduction to Time Banking,” articulated by Tam Kelley, Baltimore TimeBank co-chair, and Michael B. Marks, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Call 410-581-2322 or email

The Baltimore TimeBank celebrates the strength that lies in community and the sharing of the value, talents, and skills that all people have. By encouraging people to come together to create a sharing community through the giving and receiving of services, the TimeBank promotes equality, social change, and empowerment. Kelley is a graduate student in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland. She is co-organizer of the Baltimore TimeBank (with Ian Schlakman).

Marks, PhD, has piloted time bank service exchange initiatives in four YAP programs around the country. Through these initiatives, participating youth became engaged contributors as well as resources and community change agents, providing their skills and interests as leaders and planners to a range of community service and development projects. During the four years he served as YAP's Associate Vice President for New York State, Marks started and administered advocate programs in ten upstate NY counties. Each program helped youth in foster care or in the juvenile justice systems return to or remain at home with their families.

26] – Join the Kadampa Meditation Center for Peace and Pancakes on Sundays at 10:30 AM at KMC Maryland, 2937 North Charles St. All are invited to participate in guided meditation and chant praying for world peace. There will be a talk based on Buddhist thought followed by brunch. Call 410- 243-3837. Brunch is $5.

27] – Idle No More Global Day of Action is going on Sun., Jan. 27 from 11 AM at the intersection of Ohio and Buckeye Drive, East Potomac Park, Haines Point. This day of action will protest attacks on democracy, indigenous sovereignty, human rights and environmental protections when Canadian MPs return to the House of Commons on Mon., Jan. 28. Go to

28] – On Sun., Jan. 27 from 2 to 5 PM, Jubilee Faithful (a group of area Catholics meeting together to discern what is happening in the church, will have its final scheduled meeting “Being Sent” at Washington Theological Union building 6896 Laurel St. NW. It is a free event, but donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the facility.

29] – The Moment (led by David Welker) from the Lucy Gonzales Parsons Institute takes place on Sun., Jan. 27 from 3to 5 PM. The Institute is a new left political education outfit in the D.C. area. Its political education projects aim to build leadership and deepen analysis in the struggle against capitalism and imperialism. It is committed to active anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-classism and anti-heterosexism in its work.

All classes will be held Sunday afternoons, from 3to 5 PM. Please register at, and you will be contacted with further details (location, readings, etc.). This is the second course of eight, and it is entitled Wal-Mart and Your Corner Drug Store: Understanding the Economy. You are encouraged to commit to all courses in the session because they all build upon each other and cover different but intersecting topics.

30] – The next Baltimore Green Forum is on Sun., Jan. 27 from 4 to 5:30 PM at the Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286, and the topic will be Retrofit Baltimore, Saving Energy and Creating Local Green Jobs. The presentation will be by Evie Schwartz, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, for Retrofit Baltimore. It will be optional for Affinity Groups to meet from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

In January 2012, the State of Maryland announced an unprecedented public investment in residential energy efficiency. All Maryland utility companies are now required to offer rebates to homeowners of 50% off the cost of a home energy upgrade. With 74.5% of the housing stock built before 1959, Baltimore households now have an opportunity to significantly save on energy costs and create a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Retrofit Baltimore is a project of Civic Works, Baltimore’s non-profit service corp. Founded in 1993, Civic Works’ mission is to strengthen Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Retrofit Baltimore provides homeowners with trusted science-based information and guides them through each step of the energy retrofit process. The widespread adoption of home energy upgrades in Baltimore will generate positive change for our local and global communities.

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

31] – The 7th Annual Legislative Forum is happening on Sun., Jan. 27 from 4 to 6 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, 20910. There will be a discussion with progressive state senators and delegates from Montgomery County about progressive legislation. Thus far Jamie Raskin, Tom Hucker, Sheila Hixson, Roger Manno and Karen Montgomery have confirmed. Contact Wally Malakoff at or 301-587-5559. Go to

Max will attend. If interested in going, contact him at mobuszewski at or 410-366-1637.

32] – SOUL KITCHEN ANNOUNCES NEW DINNER SCHEDULE. Gimmie Shelter Productions in conjunction with the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 is hosting a meal for the needy and homeless on Sun., Jan. 27. To help with the serving or cooking of the food, arrive at the church at 5 PM. If you are able to provide musical entertainment, call Alan Barysh at 443-239 5325. To arrange to make a tax-deductible or an in-kind donation, call Rev. Tom Harris, pastor, at 410-435-9188. Go to

33] – 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 Jan. 27. 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

34] – 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., Jan. 28, 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.

35] – Israel: Building a Shared Society -- Third Annual Community Education Day on Israeli Arab Issues is happening on Sun., Jan. 27 from 1 to 5 PM at American University, Ward Circle Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The event will begin with an opening planetary session followed by many workshops (such as Education for Shared Living, Avodah Aravit/ Arab Labour, and Public and Private Efforts Towards Economic Parity) and the event will conclude with a town hall meeting & open forum. Go to

36] – On Mon., Jan. 28 at 3:30 PM, MD CASE is hosting a Repeal the Death Penalty rally in Lawyer's Mall at 100 State Circle. Call for 'Equal Justice For All!' Afterwards, enjoy food and a briefing at 5 PM at St. Anne’s Parrish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. From 5:30 to 8 PM, participants will be encouraged to lobby legislators. RVSP at If you need transportation, contact Jiva at

37] – On Mon., Jan. 28 from 4 to 5 PM help end gun violence by joining the Washington Chapter of Heeding God’s Call at its weekly vigil at REALCO Guns, 6108 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747. This is an effort to convince the gun shop owner to sign the 10-Point Code for responsible gun dealers based on the one signed with Wal-Mart by Mayors against Illegal Guns. According to The Washington Post, Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010. In that article Major Andy Ellis is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.” Go to

38] – 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

39] – 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. Join us on January 28. Call max at 410-366-1637.

40] – There is a BOOK LAUNCH for Dave Zirin’s "Game Over: How Politics Have Turned the Sports World Upside Down" on Mon., Jan. 28 at 6:30 PM at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC 20009. Zirin proves once and for all that politics has breached the modern sports arena with a vengeance. Buy the book in advance from the Busboys and Poets/Teaching for Change online bookstore at

41] – The film "Living for 32" will be shown on Mon., Jan. 28 at 7 PM at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt 20770. It is the story of that terrifying morning at Blacksburg, VA in April 2007, as lived and narrated by 21-year-old senior and survivor Colin Goddard and his family and classmates. Colin then tells how as a Brady Campaign volunteer at gun shows nationwide, he gathered proof of how easy it is to buy weapons with no background check. The film goes on to explore related issues prominent now since the Newtown, CT rampage- inadequate mental health care, the huge risks in allowing weapons for defense at every school, and the daily toll of death by gunfire in the nation's homes and streets. Finally it reveals how a determined response to tragedy can start to bring about change. The New Deal Cafe will serve its delicious vegan buffet dinner (optional) from 6:30 PM for $13. Discussion after screening will include how citizens can influence proposed U.S. and Maryland state government actions related to gun control. The café can be reached at 301-474-5642. For information on the program, call 301-577-2350.

42] – See a screening of "Before the Memories Fade: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement" on Mon., Jan. 28 from 7 to 9:15 PM at 0200 Calvert Hall, College Park, Maryland 20742. Filmmaker Keith Plummer’s film uses original interviews with the unsung foot soldiers—the students, ordinary citizens, community organizers, musicians, and journalists—who formed the backbone of the movement. Go to

43] – 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 Jan. 28. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. The agenda includes the Bradley Manning support activities, the anti-drone action at the inauguration, the March 23 Peace Bus and the Legislative Forum. Call 410-366-1637.

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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