Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - Part 3

55] Hearing on drones – Mar. 20

56] Visit Rep. Sarbanes’ office – Mar. 20

57] Vigil for the Guantanamo Detainees – Mar. 20

58] Human Rights in Guatemala – Mar. 20

59] "Remembering Romero's Legacy" – Mar. 21

60] The US Pivot towards Asia – Mar. 21

61] Religious Call to Civil Disobedience – Mar. 21

62] March against Keystone XL – Mar. 21

63] End Medical Debt -- Mar. 21

64] SOA Watch Mailing Party – Mar. 21

65] Remember Romero – Mar. 21

66] Organizing Training 101 -- Mar. 21

67] Marxism in the Moment – Mar. 21

68] Carroll County Healthcare-Now meeting – Mar. 21

69] Immigration to Baltimore 1830-1914 – Mar. 21

70] Baltimore City Healthcare-Now meeting -- Mar. 21

71] Film GIRL RISING – Mar. 21

72] Human rights in Guatemala – Mar. 21

73] Amnesty International conference -- Mar. 22 – 24

74] “Prosperity Not Austerity" bus tour – Mar. 23

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

76] Job opportunity with PSR


78] Support Red Emma’s in its move

79] Do you possess any Tom Lewis artwork?

80] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

81] Join Fund Our Communities

82] Submit articles to Indypendent Reader

83] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

84] Do you need any book shelves?

85] Join Global Zero campaign

86] Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System

87] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

88] Click on The Hunger Site

89] Fire & Faith

90] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

55] – On Wed., Mar. 20 at 10:30 AM in Dirksen 226, there will be the second public hearing on drones, titled " The Future of Drones in America: Law Enforcement and Privacy Considerations." Sen. Leahy will be chairing this Senate Judiciary Committee. Scheduled to testify is Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Amie Stepanovich, director of the Domestic Surveillance Project is also a witness. Call Noor at 845-625-3725 or e-mail her at

56] – On Wed., Mar. 20 at 4:30 PM, the Pledge of Resistance will go to Rep. John Sarbanes’ office, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Baltimore, MD 21204. While inside, we will deliver a letter outlining support for Healthcare Not Warfare and Prosperity Not Austerity, as well as progressive positions on issues of war and peace, healthcare, jobs, revenues, and more.

Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. Let Max know if you can go to Sarbanes’ office--410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Are you a constituent?

57] – On Wed., Mar. 20 at 6:30 PM, Witness Against Torture will vigil for the Guantanamo Detainees – on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war at the White House to pray, remember and speak for our Muslim brothers, many of whom have been cleared for release but have still not been released due to restrictions our government has subsequently placed on where they can be released and under what conditions. A number of them, having little hope left, are currently undertaking a hunger strike at Guantanamo. Contact Malachy Kilbride at or 571-501-3729.

58] – On Wed., Mar. 20 at 7:30 PM, Partners for Arlington and Guatemala present Juan de Dios who will speak on Human Rights in Guatemala: The present struggle and hopes for the future at the UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA. He is the president of ADIVIMA, a Mayan human rights organization that has been seeking justice for the massacres of their communities in the 1980s. He will speak about the successful lawsuit against the military in the Pan American Court, the trial of Rios Mont, a former president, and other efforts to sustain human rights for Mayan people as well as the flourishing scholarship program for Mayan children whose families were killed in the Civil Unrest in the 1980s. Contact Anne McKnight at

59] – "Remembering Romero's Legacy" is on Thurs., Mar. 21 at noon at Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave. NE., WDC. The event is sponsored by LAWG, CISPES, SHARE Foundation, and Sisters of Mercy. On Mar. 24, people around the world will commemorate the legacy of Monsignor Romero, who was assassinated 33 years ago. Welcome Maria Lopez Vigil during her tour to celebrate a new English-language edition of her book, “Oscar Romero: Memories in Mosaic.” Call Kathy Ogle at 202-306-9343.

60] – On Thurs., Mar. 21 at noon, attend a Table Talk Lunch Series: The US Pivot towards Asia - Human Rights Implications at Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A donation of $5 each is requested from faculty and staff to help offset the cost of the program. Email or call 202-885-3321.

61] – Palms, Matzah, Our Planet, and the White House: A Religious Call to Civil Disobedience is taking place on Thurs., Mar. 21 at noon at the White House. It is planned for a moral act of loving nonviolent civil disobedience. This action, organized by the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC), will make clear to President Obama that his inspired pledge to halt the destruction of the Earth from climate change requires that he take bold and courageous actions, including rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Contact Cindy Harris at or visit

62] – March against Keystone XL! On Thurs., Mar. 21 from 1 to 3 PM in front of the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The Tar Sands Blockade is calling for a Week of Action to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Come march, dance, and protest to save the planet from climate chaos and save the Canadian wilderness from certain destruction. Bring a homemade sign and your Flashdance pants. Email

63] – Demonstrate for The Rolling Jubilee to End Medical Debt on Thurs., Mar. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light Sts. This is part of a campaign to end medical bankruptcy. Once the debt is purchased for pennies on the dollar; letters will be sent to the appropriate forgiving the medical debt.

64] – Get over to the SOA Watch Mailing Party on Thurs., Mar. 21 from 6 to 9 PM at SOA Watch, 5525 Illinois Ave. NW. It will be a night of fun and envelope stuffing! The office is near the Petworth Metro. Enjoy snacks and drinks. Call 202-234-3440 or email

65] – On Thurs., Mar. 21 at 6:30 PM, be at the Embassy of El Salvador, 1400 16th St. NW # 100, WDC. 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 who has written a new English-language edition of her book, “Oscar Romero: Memories in Mosaic.” Call Kathy Ogle at 202-306-9343.

66] – There is a Free Organizing Training 101 on Thurs., Mar. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Operative Plasters & Cement Mason's Local 891, 1517 Kenilworth Ave. NE Join DC Jobs with Justice for their Grassroots Leadership Education Project's "Organizing 101" training. Interested in community organizing but don’t know where to start? The session will be facilitated by longtime D.C. Community Organizer, Roger Newell. RSVP to or call 202-543-1542.

67] – Marxism in the Moment Discussion Group is meeting on Thurs., Mar. 21 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. The discussion is sponsored by D.C. Free School at the Peace House. Visit.

68] – On Thurs., Mar. 21 from 7 to 9 PM, there will be a Carroll County Healthcare-Now meeting at 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157. Call 410-374-1933.

69] – The Baltimore City Historical Society will be co-sponsoring its fifth year of Baltimore History Evenings at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218. On Thurs., Mar. 21 hear about "The Great Wave: Immigration to Baltimore 1830-1914" by Nicholas Fessenden, retired Friends School History Teacher and member of the Board, Baltimore Immigration Memorial. The evening begins with a reception at 7 PM, and the speaker begins at 7:30 PM. There is no charge for the event, but contributions to the co-sponsor Village Learning Place are encouraged. Email Michael Franch, Baltimore History Series Coordinator, at Visit

70] – On Thurs., Mar. 21 from 7:15 to 9:15 PM, attend the Baltimore City Healthcare-Now meeting at the Diocesan Center, Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and Charles St. Call 410-235-3504. Go to Email

71] – See the film GIRL RISING, about the power of education to transform lives and the importance of investing in girls’ education, at the Westview Stadium 16 Theater in Frederick, MD for one night only on Thurs., Mar. 21 at 7:30 PM. Visit this link to watch a trailer of the movie:

A portion of every ticket sale will go to supporting girls’ education programs. Contact Gail Sadler, World Vision, at or 301-514-4581.

72] – On Thurs., Mar. 21 at 7:30 PM at UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA, here Juan de Dios, president of ADIVIMA, a Mayan human rights organization that has been seeking justice for the massacres of their communities in the 1980s. He will speak about the successful lawsuit against the military in the Pan American Court, the trial of Rios Mont, a former President, and other efforts to sustain human rights for Mayan people as well as the flourishing scholarship program for Mayan children whose families were killed in the Civil Unrest in the 1980’s. Contact Anne McKnight at

73] – Amnesty International's Annual General Meeting and Human Rights Conference begins on Fri., Mar. 22 at 10 AM through Sun., Mar. 24 at 10 AM at The Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The theme of this year's conference is Use Your Power and it will be reflected throughout the weekend as we focus on how individuals can use their power to inspire change around the world. Go to

74] – Fund Our Communities will begin its “Prosperity Not Austerity" bus tour/car caravan in Baltimore on Sat., Mar. 23. You can join the tour for the entire day, beginning at 9 AM, or you can participate by coming to one of the stops, each of which will include a program focused on different community needs. The tour will emphasize that we have tremendous unmet needs in our communities, while we are wasting many billions in unneeded military spending.

The tour schedule is as follows: 9 a.m.: Dallas F. Nicholas Senior Elementary School, 201 East 21st St, Baltimore. Address education funding need. 10:20: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2424 McElderry St., Baltimore. Address food and health issues. 12:20: Prince Georges Social Services Office and Prince Georges Community College, Dept of Social Services, 6505 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. Address funding needs for college students, jobs training, Medicaid, cash assistance for need. 2 p.m.: Silver Spring Library, 8902 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Address services for all citizens, including libraries, parks, roads, public health, crisis services. 3:10: Hughes Neighborhood Housing, 10720 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Address care of the most vulnerable, and in particular housing. 5 p.m.: U.S. Capitol—Rally. See also

75] – 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

76] – There is a job opening for a Climate & Health Organizer with Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1111 14th St. NW, suite 700, WDC 20005. Call 202.587.5234. Go to

77] – Are you LOOKING FOR AN ORGANIZING JOB? The Zero Waste Maryland Campaign is hiring a Baltimore organizer to help stop the nation's largest waste incinerator from being built in Baltimore, and promote zero waste alternatives. Visit Call 301-891-3680.

78] – 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

79] – 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.

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

81] – 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

82] – 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

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

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

85] – 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.

86] – 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.

87] – 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.

88] – 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.

89] – 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

90] – 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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