Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

49] Jews United For Justice Community Meeting – Feb. 6

50] “A People's Guide to the Federal Budget” – Feb. 6

51] Film “One Day After Peace” – Feb. 6

52] Book talk: "Doing Time for Peace” – Feb. 6

53] People's Prayer Breakfast – Feb. 7

54] Going to Tehran – Feb. 7

55] Speak out against John Brennan – Feb. 7

56] SOA Watch Fundraiser – Feb. 7

57] First Thursday antiwar demonstration – Feb. 7

58] Marxism in the Moment Study Group – Feb. 7


60] Part-time farmer needed – Feb. 11

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

62] Support Red Emma’s in its move

63] Fellowship position available

64] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

65] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

66] Join Fund Our Communities

67] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

68] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

69] Do you need any book shelves?

70] Join Global Zero campaign

71] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

72] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

73] Click on The Hunger Site

74] Fire & Faith

75] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

49] – Jews United For Justice Community Meeting takes place on Wed., Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 9 PM at 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036. The JUFJ community will gather to schmooze, eat dinner (kosher/vegetarian), talk about current work, and plan what's next. Whether you've been around since 1998 or you're totally new, they want to see you there because... Did you celebrate enough after the DREAM Act and marriage equality wins? RSVP at Contact Sarah at

50] – The book “A People's Guide to the Federal Budget” is to be discussed on Wed., Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14&V Sts. NW. Join the Institute for Policy Studies, Teaching for Change Bookstore, Busboys and Poets, and the National Priorities Project (NPP) for a dynamic multimedia presentation and exchange, which deconstructs the complexities of the budgeting process. Discussed also will be how citizens can play a role in influencing budget priorities in the people's interests. Led by NPP Executive Director Jo Comerford, this forum will be suitable and interesting for ages from high school on up. Bring your students! Bring your teachers! As stakeholders, it is our right and our obligation to see that our tax dollars are spent in ways that reflect our priorities. Go to

51] – See the film “One Day After Peace” on Wed., Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Carnegie Institute of Science, 1530 P St. NW. This documentary, produced and directed by Miri and Erez Laufer, follows Robi Damelin's journey through South Africa, Israel, and Palestine. In South Africa, Robi engages with actors from both sides of the conflict in hopes to apply the lessons learned from South Africa's post-apartheid era toward a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The film also highlights the coming together of both Palestinians and Israelis who have suffered family losses due to the conflict. The program will conclude with a short question and answer session after the film with Robi Damelin, the film's protagonist and an Israeli citizen, and Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian citizen. RSVP at Contact Stephanie Gunter at New America at 202-596-3367 or

52] – On Wed., Feb. 6 at 8 PM at 4806 Montebello Terrace, Baltimore 21214, Rosalie J. Riegle presents her book “Doing Time for Peace,” which explores the stories of over 75 peace activists who ended up in prison. This exceptional book of oral histories shares the stories of activists whose brave acts of civil disobedience landed them in prison, forcing them to choose between being with their families and communities and standing up for what they believe in. Many are Catholic Workers, devoting their lives to the works of mercy instead of the works of war. They are homemakers and carpenters and social workers and teachers who are often called "faith-based activists." They speak from the left of the political perspective, providing a counterpoint to the faith-based activism of the fundamentalist Right. From WWII resistors to anti-Iraq war activists, the book situates peace work in a long tradition of resistance to war and imperialism. Email

53] – The People's Prayer Breakfast is on Thurs., Feb. 7 at 10 AM at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St. NE. The breakfast, sponsored by the Peace House, was initiated in 2012 by "occupy faith."People from across the country are joining together to pray and to stand in unity with those suffering economic hardship and inequality in our nation. “THERE IS ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE.” The emphasis on this year’s event is “How can faith communities get better involved within/with Social Justice Movements, and how can people involved within Social Justice Movements involve the faith communities more effectively. Visit

54] – On Thurs., Feb. 7 from 12:15 to 1:30 PM, Flynt Leverett, Pennsylvania State U., and Hillary Mann Leverett, American U., will be discussing "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran" at U. of Maryland, 1203 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD. Go to

55] – Join CODEPINK to bring the plight of drone victims to John Brennan’s confirmation hearings, starting Thurs., Feb. 7 at 2:30 PM in Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building, Constitution Ave. and 2nd St. NE. The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for John Brennan as CIA director, and the idea is to pack the hearing room with people opposed to drone attacks, torture and extraordinary rendition. Brennan, currently Obama's counterterrorism adviser, withdrew his name from consideration for the top CIA post in 2008 after criticism that he had not done enough to condemn torture and extraordinary rendition during the Bush administration. Under the Obama administration, he has been mastermind behind the expansion of drone attacks that have killed thousands of people and created so much anti-American sentiment. We need to hold Brennan and the Senate accountable during these hearings! Contact Laura at

56] – A SOA Watch Fundraiser takes place on Thurs., Feb. 7 from 5 to 9 PM at Madam's Organ Restaurant and Bar, 2461 18th St. NW. $1 from each drink you buy and 20% of all food sales will go to SOA Watch. Call 202-234-3440.

57] – Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore for the monthly First Thursday antiwar demonstration on February 7 from 5 to 6:30 PM at Charles and Centre Sts. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at

58] – Marxism in the Moment Study Group gets together on Thurs., Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 PM at the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW. This study group will explore and discuss Marxism, which has been the basis for many revolutionary movements over the last hundred years. Marxism provides explanation on the nature of the world which is critical of capitalism and counter to the status quo. Contemporary Marxists also give explanation for our present day economic crises; explanation that is not widely known. Whether or not you take a Marxist perspective, we can learn about it and have fun while doing it.

This first meeting will begin with a discussion of two contemporary Marxist readings. Follow the links to get to the readings: Solving the Riddle of History and Understanding Power and the Role of the State. Go to

59] – A POLICE STATE CABARET is happening on Thurs., Feb. 7 at 7:30 PM at 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Puppeteers are in town with a show about all times, from ancient Rome to the skyscrapers of New York... A lot has changed! Little has changed! Live music! Live puppets! All alive! Bring a friend! The price is $10-$15. The Police State Cabaret is a tour collaboration between the Flying Donkey Puppet Theatre, Sam Wilson from the office of Ned Lud, and Lindsay McCaw (Dolly Wagglers). Their All Alive tour in the fall entertained the citizens of the police state, and since the police state is still going strong, so are they. The Cabaret is a full evening of cardboard puppet shows, duct taped live string and brass music, cantastoria, and some old wise ventriloquism, for good measure.

60] – There is a part-time sustainable farming position currently available at Heathcote Community, a 48-year old intentional community dedicated to promoting permaculture. Heathcote is nestled in a beautiful wooded valley with a stream on the state border 1/2 hour from Baltimore and York, PA (see Manage farming the garden and large high tunnel (96' x 24') in order to feed the 20 resident community members. Train and supervise interns and volunteers and, if desired, assist with Heathcote's permaculture workshops.

Delicious organic vegetarian meals and housing in the community are offered in exchange for 20-25 work hours weekly, with an option to apply for community membership. Qualifications include organic farming experience, excellent problem-solving skills, reliable and responsible work habits, and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references to education heathcote. org. Call Karen Stupski at 410-357-9523. A review of applications will begin on Feb. 11 and continue on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is hired.

61] – 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

62] – 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

63] – 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)

64] – 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.

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

66] – 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 the March 23 Peace Bus from Baltimore to D.C. Go to

67] – 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

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

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

70] – 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.

71] – 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.

72] – 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.

73] – 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.

74] – 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

75] – 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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