Monday, March 25, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

38] Walk For A New Spring – through Mar. 27

39] Opportunity Collaborative Launch Event – Mar. 25

40] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 25 – Mar. 28

41] Protest death penalty– Mar. 25

42] Vigil at REALCO Guns – Mar. 25

43] Film "The Invisible War" -- Mar. 25

44] Book, "Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution." – Mar. 25

45] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Mar. 25

46] Day laborers welcome Maria López Vigil to CASA de Maryland – Mar. 26

47] Travel to Marriage Equality Rally – Mar. 26

48] Marriage Equality Rallies at Supreme Court – Mar. 26-27

49] Commemorate the life of Oscar Romero - Mar. 26

50] Land Rights Activist on Tour – Mar. 26

51] Book Launch for "The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey" – Mar. 26

52] Philadelphia Peace vigil – Mar. 26

53] War Is Not the Answer vigil – Mar. 26

54] Human Trafficking – Mar. 26

55] Film BETTER THE WORLD – Mar. 26

56] Land Rights Activist on Tour – Mar. 26


38] – Walk For A New Spring...Walking for Peace...for the people...for the earth...starting in Camden, NJ on Sun. Mar. 24 through Philadelphia and concluding in West Chester, PA on Wed., Mar. 27 - Join the Walk initiated by Nipponzan Myohoji, New England Peace Pagoda. The 12th Annual Walk for a New Spring began on Feb. 16 at the Buddhist Peace Pagoda, Leverett, MA, and will conclude on April 5 in Wash., D.C. See events at

On Tues., Mar. 26 at 6:30PM, enjoy a potluck supper and meet the walkers at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. Go to On Wed., Mar. 27 walk from the Peace Center of Delaware County to West Chester, Chester County, PA for a 6:30 PM potluck supper/program at West Chester Friends Meetinghouse, 425 N. High St., West Chester 19380. Call the Brandywine Peace Community/Peace Center of Delaware County at 610-544-1818 or Tim Bullock, Walk For A New Spring, at 413-485-8469.

39] – The Opportunity Collaborative Launch Event is happening on Mon., Mar. 25 from 3 to 7 PM at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, 620 W. Lexington St., Baltimore 21201. This event is sponsored by The Opportunity Collaborative, previously known as the Baltimore Sustainable Communities Initiative, and will feature a 3 PM keynote address by Dr. Manuel Pastor, the Director of Environmental and Regional Equity and co-Director for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California. He will discuss demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment. The keynote address will be followed by a 4:30 PM reception and a 5:30 PM performance by Rha Goddess, an internationally renowned artist, activist, and social entrepreneur. Go to

40] – 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

41] – 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 Mar. 25. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

42] – On Mon., Mar. 25 from 5 to 6 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

43] – See the documentary "The Invisible War" on Mon., Mar. 25 from 7 to 9 PM at 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, University of Maryland, College Park. Filmmaker Kirby Dick ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated" & "Twist of Faith") does an investigation about one of the most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem. Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of War estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The film exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world. Visit

44] – On Mon., Mar. 25 at 7 PM, join the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA in welcoming author Michael Doyle in a discussion about his book, "Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution." The book "tells the story of the Civilian Public Service camps of World War II, the rise of listener-sponsored radio, the anti-war movement of the 1960s, the growth of Silicon Valley and more. Visit

45] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. There will be a meeting on Mon., Mar. 25. The agenda will focus on a report back about the March 23 Peace Bus, the Faith and Resistance Retreat, Historians Against the War conference, Bradley Manning and an action at the CIA. Let me about additional agenda items. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

46] – Day laborers welcome Maria López Vigil to CASA de Maryland on Tues., Mar. 26 at 7:30 AM at CASA de Maryland, 734 University Blvd., E. Silver Spring, MD 20903. Enjoy breakfast and a celebration of Archbishop Romero´s life. On March 24th, people around the world will be commemorating the legacy of Monsignor Romero, who was assassinated 33 years ago. Please join CISPES in welcoming Maria Lopez Vigil during her short tour to the US to celebrate a new English-language edition of her book, "Oscar Romero: Memories in Mosaic." Call Kathy Ogle 202-306-9343.

47] – RSVP to Kate LaClair, Ethical Action Committee Chair, Baltimore Ethical Society at 201-978-3191, if you intend to be at the Marriage Equality Rally on Tues., Mar. 26 at 8:30 AM at the Supreme Court, 1 E. First St., WDC (15 minute walk from Union Station). The Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on Marriage Equality for all on Tuesday, and the outcome of these arguments will play a big part in determining the future of equality in America. The Human Rights Campaign and United for Marriage are asking you to wear red, and make sure you dress for the weather! Kate will be on the 7:15AM MARC train from Baltimore’s Penn Station, which will get us there in time for the start of the rally. It's a 15 min walk from Union Station.

48] – The United For Marriage Rally is on Tues., Mar. 26 from 8:30 to 11 AM at the Supreme Court of the United States, 1 1st St. NE. Join Allied for Justice at the Supreme Court to show that Americans everywhere, of all backgrounds, support the freedom to marry! The Court will hear Hollingsworth v. Perry, a case about the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages in that state. Visit

On Wed., Mar. 27 at 8:30 AM be at the Court for the hearing United States v. Windsor, a case challenging a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Alliance For Justice stands united with LGBT and allied groups, grassroots leaders, and families who are organizing events at the Supreme Court and all over the country. It's time for our nation's highest court to ensure that same sex couples are treated fairly under the law. Email or go to

49] – There is an ecumenical service to commemorate the life of Oscar Romero takes place on Tues., Mar. 26 at 11 AM at Spiritual Life Center, American Univ., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016. There is a reception and book-signing to follow. On March 24th, people around the world will commemorate the legacy of Monsignor Romero, who was assassinated 33 years ago. Please join CISPES in welcoming Maria Lopez Vigil during her short tour to the US to celebrate a new English-language edition of her book, "Oscar Romero: Memories in Mosaic." Call Kathy Ogle 202-306-9343.

50] – On Tues., Mar. 26 at noon, GHRC presents Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic, a spokesperson for the K’iche’ People’s Council, an organization which represents 87 Mayan communities in the department of Quiché, Guatemala, at Georgetown Law School @ Hotung Building Room 2000, 1st and F Sts. NW. She is continuing her U.S. tour. Go to

51] – There is Book Launch for "The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey" with authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt on Tues., Mar. 26 from noon until 1:30 PM at Middle East Institute, 1761 N St. NW, WDC 20036. The book presents an intimate perspective never offered in the media: how conflict and siege play out in the daily lives of ordinary people, and how people—particularly women—manage to create little spaces of vitality and joy in the midst of it all.

A cookbook and more than a cookbook, "The Gaza Kitchen" brings together traditional recipes from the Gaza Strip based on extensive interviews with home cooks, and uses profiles of these cooks as well as beautiful documentary photography to explore the history, economy and daily life of the territory. The 120 fully kitchen-tested recipes in the book showcase a culinary tradition which—as Claudia Roden wrote in her review—"has more pronounced flavors, more herby, spicy, peppery, lemony than that of [its] regional neighbors." Call 202-835-3650 or email to RSVP.

52] – 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 Mar. 26. Call 215-426-0364.

53] – 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 Mar. 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

54] – Get over to the Human Trafficking Event on Tues., Mar. 26 from 6 to 8 at the School of International Service, Room 300, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20016. Hear a discussion on human trafficking with Mark Taylor from the US Department of State, a representative from Fair Girls, and Alezandra Russell from Urban Light. Call 202-885-3321. Go to

55] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition invites you to a free screening of "Better This World," as part of the theme "Ending US Torture" on Tues., Mar 26 at 7 PM at the Electric Maid Exchange, 268 Carroll Ave. NW, WDC. It is one block from the Takoma Metro Station (one block from the Takoma Metro, across from the 7-11). There is no charge to see the film, about two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas who are arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The film follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests.

Their mentor turned out to be an informant for the FBI, Brandon Darby, who manipulated and entrapped them in order to discredit the protesters and justify a massive, militarized police crackdown at the convention. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, "Better This World" goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America. Email Kit Bonson at

56] – On Tues., Mar. 26 at 8 PM at George Washington Univ., Marvin Center Rm. 301, Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic continues her tour. Go to

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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