Saturday, March 9, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 2

25] Free clothes and soup – Mar. 9

26] THE WOMEN OF TROY – Mar. 9

27] Virginians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform are holding a Strategy Meeting – Mar. 9

28] “Don't Leave Your Friends Behind” -- Mar. 9

29] United Workers of D.C. fundraiser – Mar. 9

30] “Powerful Presidents and Ethical Questions” – Mar. 10

31] Peace and Pancakes – Mar. 10

32] Commemorate Fukushima – Mar. 10

33] Jubilee Faithful meeting – Mar. 10

34] Protest SodaStream – Mar. 10

35] Women’s Oppression: Does It Still Exist and If It Does, What Should We Do About It? – Mar. 10

36] The Pentagon Budget – Mar. 10

37] The Grow Your Health Wellness Festival – Mar. 10

38] Soul Kitchen - Mar. 10

39] Red Emma’s meeting – Mar. 10

40] Pentagon Vigil – Mar. 11

41] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 11 – Mar. 18

42] Protest death penalty– Mar. 11

43] Join the Peace Corps – Mar. 11

44] "Nuclear Nation: The Fukushima Refugees Story” -- Mar. 11


46] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Mar. 11


48] "We Women Warriors” – Mar. 11

49] Film "5 Broken Windows" – Mar. 17


25] – Get free clothes and soup from the Lighthouse Baptist Church, 8125 Pulaski Highway, on Sat., Mar. 9 and Mar. 23, from noon until 4 PM, for anyone in need. Call 410-882-5511.

26] – The anti-war play "The Women of Troy" by Euripides will be performed on Sat., Mar. 9 at 1 PM at 6410 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101. In the wake of the destruction of Troy, Queen Hecuba struggles to save what remains of her family and her people from the conquering Greeks. Featuring callous generals, beautiful seductresses, desperate mothers, prophetic madwomen, bickering gods, and a chorus of prisoners of war, this riveting drama shows the horrors of war through the eyes of its innocent survivors. There is no charge for admission for the 75 minute performance, but donations appreciated. Visit

27] – Virginians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform are holding a Strategy Meeting on Sat., Mar. 9 from 1 to 3:30 PM at the United Methodist Church of Culmore, 5901 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Over the past several years, Virginians have worked together to push back anti-immigrant legislation that would have put the state on a path similar to Arizona and other states that have passed harsh anti-immigrant laws. The efforts have stemmed the anti-immigrant wave in the state but much more needs to be done. They need a federal solution to this issue that will finally provide real relief to millions of immigrant families in Virginia and across the country. Today there is a real chance at obtaining this goal via the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). As the debate concerning CIR heats up, the residents of Virginia must assume an active role to make sure that the concerns about CIR’s development are included. Register at Contact Edgar Aranda-Yanoc at or call at 703-772-1555.

28] – Don't Leave Your Friends Behind D.C. Book Release Party is happening on Sat., Mar. 9 from 5 PM at 1525 Newton St. NW. The book is a collection of concrete tips, suggestions, and narratives on ways that non-parents can support parents, children, and caregivers in their communities, social movements, and collective processes. Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind focuses on issues affecting children and caregivers within the larger framework of social justice, mutual aid, and collective liberation. See

29] – Get over to the United Workers of D.C. fundraiser featuring El Grupo Amante on Sat., Mar. 9 at 7 PM at St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St. NW (corner of 16th and Newton), WDC. There will be food, music and dancing, and the price is $10. Call Arturo at 202-445-0411. RSVP at

30] – 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., Mar. 10, enjoy the platform address -- “Powerful Presidents and Ethical Questions” --by Hugh Taft-Morales, BES Leader. As Obama begins his second term, renewed ethical questions arise concerning extreme executive authority. Arthur Schlesinger’s warnings about “the imperial presidency” have taken on new urgency since 2000 as presidents Bush and Obama swing a big stick regarding issues of “national security.” As we honor our executives with another Presidents’ Day holiday, Taft-Morales explores preemptive war, extrajudicial detention, rendition, and drone attacks – and wonders about the ethical and constitutional status of America’s commander-in-chief. Consider the words of Daniel Webster speaking in the 1834 Senate: “Executive power has been regarded as a lion which must be caged…. [I]t has been dreaded, uniformly, always dreaded, as the great source of its danger.” Should we beware today? Go to Call 410-581-2322 or email

31] – 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.

32] – Join the Crabshell Alliance in commemorating Fukushima Two Years Later on Sun., Mar. 10 at 1 PM. Meet at Pratt and Light Streets. Call Max at 410-366-1637. Then join the Crabshell Alliance on the actual date, Mon., Mar. 11, on the Wyman Park Bridge. Activists will hold banners on the bridge at 7:30 AM to remind the drivers of the disaster at Fukushima.

33] – On Sun., Mar. 10, from 2 to 4:30 PM, there is a Jubilee Faithful meeting (the last half hour is an optional social) "Fasting and Feasting: A Lenten Afternoon of Reflection." For more information, contact Sue Wilkinson at Jubilee Faith Community at

34] – Be at the D.C. SodaStream Boycott Action on Sun., Mar. 10 at 2 PM at the Columbia Heights Mall, Columbia Heights Metro on 14th St. Join Jewish Voice for Peace (DC Metro chapter) and tell shoppers to stop buying SodaStream products and store managers of Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Staples, and Target (all located in Columbia Heights Mall) to stop stocking them! The protest action will feature live music, with lyrics, signs and slogans that highlight the need to end the occupation. Visit the” target="_blank">event page.

35] – The Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Institute will study Women’s Oppression: Does It Still Exist and If It Does, What Should We Do About It? (Led by Marta Ames) on Sun., Mar. 10 from 3 to 5 PM. The location will be announced upon registration. The Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Institute is a new left political education institute in the D.C. area, The political education projects aim to build leadership and deepen analysis in the struggle against capitalism and imperialism. Register at There are two more courses: Mar. 24, Imperialism and Palestine (led by Mike Hachey); and Apr. 7, Fighting Back (led by Dennis Serrette).

36] – On Sun., Mar. 10 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 about Understanding the Pentagon Budget and How (with "sequester") to Move the Money For Domestic Programs. This will be a broadcast of a webinar by Chris Hellman, policy analyst with the National Priorities Project with an update by Jane Dugdale, Delaware Valley New Priorities Network.

Pentagon Cuts must continue and must include the millions a day in actual war spending [for the wars and drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen] that are exempt from the "sequester." Cuts to domestic spending must be stopped. Go to or call 610-544-1818.

37] – The Grow Your Health Wellness Festival, a project of the Northern Virginia Whole Foods Nutrition Meetup Group, will be held on Sun., Mar. 10 from noon to 5 PM at Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va. RSVP to Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association, at See a screening of the documentary, "In Organic We Trust," and enjoy a “pop-up” café selling local farm fresh meals, and classes and exhibits on gardening, school lunches, local food and wellness.

The pop-up café highlights the food of Fields of Athenry Farm’s Chef Wes Rosati, former executive chef at Lansdowne Resort. The film features the school garden at Watkins Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Go to

38] – The SOUL KITCHEN is open. 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., Mar. 10. 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

39] – 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 Mar. 10. 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

40] – 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., Mar.11, 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.

41] – 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

42] – 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. 11. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

43] – Learn about opportunities with the Peace Corps from Janet Schuhl, a representative of the Peace Corps, on Mon., Mar. 11 at 5:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430. Visit

44] – Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program Critical Conversations on Civic Issues: “People Power” Series presents "Nuclear Nation: The Fukushima Refugees Story" on Mon., Mar. 11 from 7 to 9 PM at 200 Calvert Hall, College Park, MD 20142. This is a moving documentary about the exile of Futaba’s residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since the 1960s, Futaba had been promised prosperity with tax breaks and major subsidies to compensate for the presence of the power plant. The town’s people have now lost their homeland. Through their agonies and frustrations, the film questions the real cost of capitalism and nuclear energy.

The film portrays the evacuees as the nuclear disaster situation changes over time. One of them is Ichiro Nakai, a farmer who lost his wife, his home, and his rice fields in the massive tsunami. Doing his best to cope with the monotony of life at the evacuation center, he struggles to wipe away the haunting memories and start a new life with his son. See

45] – On Mon., Mar. 11 from 7 to 9 PM at the Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a Special Tribute to HARRIET TUBMAN, a freedom fighter, on the 100th anniversary of her death. Hear special guest speaker, Brenda Stokely, East Coast coordinator for the Million Worker March. Also hear updates on the May 11, 2013 Poor Peoples Campaign March from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. and the impact of the sequestration cuts on this region. Then get a report back from Oakland on the fight against police terror. The event is sponsored by Workers World Party. Call 443-221-3775.

46] – 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. 11. The agenda will include a report on the 2013 Progressive Summit & Lobby Night in Annapolis, Maryland legislative possibilities, lobbying to cut Pentagon Pork, the ongoing debate on killer drone strikes, the March 23 Peace Bus and a June action at the CIA. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

47] – On Mon., Mar. 11 from 7:30 to 8:45 PM, participate in a SPRING INTERFAITH MEDITATION GATHERING hosted by Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2700 South 19th St., Arlington, VA. Co-leaders, Dr. Terri Lynn Simpson, Washington National Cathedral and Ven. Bhante Pannawansa, Washington Buddhist Vihara, will inspire the participants.

48] – See a screening of "We Women Warriors" on Mon., Mar. 11 at 7:30 PM at The GALA Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th St. NW, WDC. Join the Washington Office on Latin America, Latin America Working Group, School of the Americas Watch, Center for International Policy, Institute for Policy Studies, Jesuit Refugee Service USA, US Office on Colombia, Witness for Peace and The GALA Hispanic Theater for the film about three women in Colombia's war-torn indigenous villages, who use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples' survival. Warfare between the guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and armed forces imperils Colombia's 102 aboriginal groups, dozens of which face extinction because of the conflict. Despite being trapped in a protracted predicament financed by the drug trade, indigenous women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope. Go to

49] – The Committee for Palestinian Rights, Howard County, Maryland, will show the 2013 Oscar-Nominated Documentary "5 Broken Cameras" on Sun., Mar. 17 at 2 PM at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, the film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the film was assembled by Burnat and Israeli co-director Guy Davidi. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.” The documentary won the World Cinema Directing Award, 2012, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival.

Leading the audience discussion after the film will be Laila El-Hadded, author of “Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between” and co-author of “The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.” El-Haddad is also a talented blogger, political analyst, social activist, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is a contributing author to “The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict” and a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Email

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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