Sunday, January 13, 2013


24] Move to Amend meeting – Jan. 13

25] Protest SodaStream – Jan. 13

26] John Lewis at Pratt – Jan. 13

27] The Moment classes start -- Jan. 13

28] Eyewitness Afghanistan – Jan. 13

29] Film THE POWERBROKER – Jan. 13

30] SOUL KITCHEN -- Jan. 13

31] A Better Economy – Jan. 13

32] Red Emma’s meeting – Jan. 13

33] Pentagon Vigil – Jan. 14

34] Protest REALCO Guns – Jan. 14

35] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 14 – Jan. 17

36] Death Penalty Vigil – Jan. 14

37] Join the Peace Corps – Jan. 14

38] Appalachian Voices DC Volunteer Night – Jan. 14

39] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Jan. 14

40] Pray-In for the Climate – Jan. 15

41] Film MY NEIGHBOURHOOD – Jan. 15

42] Religion, Violence, and Human Rights in Latin America – Jan. 15

43] Philadelphia peace vigil – Jan. 15

44] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Jan. 15

45] Nature in Neighborhoods and Parks – Jan. 15


24] – The Get Money Out - Maryland sign-making party is Sun., Jan.13 at 10 AM. Contact Joe Adams at for details.

25] – On Sun., Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 PM, there’s a SodaStream Boycott Day of Action! Join DC’s SodaStream Boycott Action sponsored by the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, as well as others from the interfaith movement. Boycott actions are being scheduled across the U.S.

This is a chance to educate shoppers about the injustice of the Israeli occupation; ask them to refuse to buy SodaStream products; and call on local store managers to tell their corporate headquarters to stop stocking the products. SodaSteam manufactures its beverage carbonating devices in a West Bank settlement. This protest action will be held in front of Columbia Heights Mall -- at the Columbia Heights Metro Station on 14th St. -- just north of the intersection with Irving St. Email or call 301-80-9224. See

26] – This was cancelled, as John Lewis’ wife just died. Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Congressman John Lewis giving the Pratt Library's annual King Commemorative Lecture. Lewis will discuss his new book, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change”on Sun., Jan. 13 at 2:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430. Visit

27] – The Moment (led by Bill Fletcher, Jr.) from the Lucy Gonzales Parsons Institute takes place on Sun., Jan. 13 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.). You are encouraged to commit to all 8 courses in the session because they all build upon each other and cover different but intersecting topics.

28] – On Sun., Jan. 13 at 4:30 PM, enjoy the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program at the University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. At 5:30 PM, hear SHANE CLAIBORNE’s talk EYEWITNESS AFGHANISTAN: With Love! The best-selling author will share stories of war and shame, tears, joy, and hope after just returning from Afghanistan. The program co-sponsor is the American Friends Service Committee

Shane was part of an international delegation of activists who visited Afghanistan in early December at the invitation of the Afghan Peace Volunteers: a group of Afghan youth who live and work together in a community of peace and nonviolence. The author writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. He is featured in the DVD series “Another World Is Possible” and is the author of several books including “The Irresistible Revolution,” “Jesus for President,” and “Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers.” Go to or call 610-544-1818.

29] – There is a screening of “The Powerbroker” on Sun., Jan. 13 from 5 to 7 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St., NW. The documentary tells the story of Whitney Young, who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America's business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leader could not. His efforts to open the doors of equal opportunity were often attacked by the very people he was trying to help.

Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell Hamilton and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis and John Hope Franklin. Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series, featuring sneak peeks of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Go to,

30] – 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. 13. 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.

31] – Why We Can't Shop Our Way to a Better Economy is happening on Sun., Jan. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at a private home in Bethesda. It is the SECOND SUNDAY FORUM features a talk by Stacy Mitchell (Institute for Local Self Reliance) given on Oct. 20, 2012. The home is within walking distance of the Medical Center Metro (Red Line), close to I-495 and Wisconsin Ave. In the talk she notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues: “As remarkable as these trends are, they are unlikely to amount to more than an small sideshow on the margins of the mainstream if the only way we can conceive of confronting corporate power and bringing about a new economy is through our buying decisions… What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy. We can’t do that through the sum of our individual behavior in the marketplace. We can only do it by exercising our collective power as citizens.” RSVP to Marney at (301) 652-0492 or e-mail .

32] – 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. 13. 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

33] – 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. 14, 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.

34] – On Mon., Jan. 14 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

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] – 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., Jan. 14. Call 410-366-1637.

37] – Learn about opportunities with the Peace Corps from Janet Schuhl on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 PM starting Jan. 14, and running through Apr. 30 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430 or go to

38] – An Appalachian Voices DC Volunteer Night takes place on Mon., Jan. 14 from 6 to 8 PM at the Voices office, 122 C St. NW, Suite 240. For this first volunteer night, there will be preparations to get ready for a Renewable Portfolio Standards Day of Action aimed at promoting strong legislation in Virginia to support REAL renewable energy development. RSVP at

39] – 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. 14. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions. The agenda includes the Witness Against Torture march, Bradley Manning support activities, an anti-drone protest at the CIA, the anti-drone action at the inauguration, a talk by Plowshares activist Steve Kelly and an April 20 Peace Caravan.

40] – There is a Pray-in for the Climate on Tues., Jan. 15 at 11 AM at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. The Interfaith Moral Action on Climate – a collaborative initiative of religious leaders, groups and individuals that came together in 2011 in response to the pressing need for more visible, unified, prophetic action to address the climate crisis. At noon, participate in a religious procession to the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; during a prayerful vigil, the president and the nation will be urged to find the strength and wisdom to steer us away from the Climate Cliff. Email

41] – There is a screening of “My Neighbourhood” on Tues., Jan. 15 at 3:45 PM at the Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. Join Palestinian Israel Advocacy Group (PIAG) and see a film which chronicles the activities of Palestinians and Israelis in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. Produced by Just Vision, this documentary provides a window into the efforts by both peoples to nonviolently oppose the occupation. It won Best Short Documentary, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (2012), and was a winner at the al–Jazeera Documentary Film Festival (2012). A Q&A session led by Suhad Babaa, of Just Vision, and Rebekah Wingert-Jab, co-director of “My Neighbourhood,” will follow the film. Email

42] – Religion, Violence, and Human Rights in Latin America: A new generation of scholarship is happening on Tues., Jan. 15 at 4:30 PM at American Univ., 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service. The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) invites you to this moderated discussion with Robert Brenneman, St. Michael's College, Amelia Frank-Vitale, Institute of Current World Affairs, Patrick Kelly, Univ. of Chicago, and Winifred Tate, Colby College. Contact Meredith Glueck at

43] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq inside, during the winter, the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Jan. 15. Call 215-426-0364.

44] – 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 Jan. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

45] – There is a new initiative Nature in Neighborhoods and Parks – Curious People Needed with the Natural History Society to expand outdoor and nature programming in Baltimore City….. A naturalist in every neighborhood - let's get the kids outside!!

The Natural History Society of Maryland and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks are looking for people who are interested in discovering more about nature in their neighborhoods and parks. We’re bringing together people to explore city parks and neighborhoods to find out what’s growing and living near our homes.

If you are interested in learning more about this project or becoming a member of the network team, contact the City by Tues., Jan. 15. There will be a meeting in late January to plan activities for Spring 2013, based on interests and locations of the participants. Contact Charlie Davis (410-882-5376, at The Natural History Society of Maryland, or Fran Spero (, 410-396-7012.

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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