Saturday, July 12, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 12 -14, 2014

19] Free adoptions in July
20] Breakfast with the Animals – July 12
21] Holy Land Festival – July 12
22] Rally to end assault of Gaza – July 12
23] Interfaith delegations to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories – July 12
24] Woody Guthrie tribute – July 12
25] Mindfulness Meditation – July 13
26] Peace and Pancakes – July 13
27] Protest fracking and Cove Point – July 13
28] SodaStream Boycott Day of Action – July 13
29] New Story Leadership interns – July 13
31] Pentagon Vigil – June 30 – July 14
32] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 14 – 18
33] Wage Theft Prevention Act – July 14
19] – The Maryland SPCA has wonderful companions waiting for you! Adopt one of them this July during the Summer Lovin' event! For the entire month, the adoption fees for all adult cats (regularly $55) and large, adult dogs (regularly $125) are waived. The $17 Pet ID Package and all regular adoption procedures still apply. Visit

20] – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive, hosts Breakfast with the Animals, an opportunity to eat breakfast alongside some of your favorite animals, including penguins, giraffes, and elephants. There is a same-day entry to the zoo, which is included with ticket price. Breakfast runs through September 20 on Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 to 10 AM. Call 410-366-7102 or go to Non-members pay $65, while children under 2 enjoy breakfast for free, but need a ticket.

21] – Come visit the Holy Land Festival on Sat., July 12 from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Franciscan Monastery in D.C.'s Brookland neighborhood. The festival is sponsored by the monastery and the Holy Land Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington, with participation by groups from many other denominations. Meet Palestinian Christians, and learn what the Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians and others are doing to keep Christianity alive in its birthplace, sustain local communities, and promote peace. Enjoy Middle Eastern food, music, craft demonstrations, tours of the monastery gardens and more. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, a short walk from the Brookland/CUA Metro (Red Line). Admission is free as is parking along 14th Street and in two lots. In case of rain, the display tables, demos, and food will be moved to Franciscan Hall, across 14th Street from the monastery's entrance. Besides the above-named denominations, Sabeel DC Metro will maintain a display table with timely publications and info about Sabeel's Holy Land trips and conferences. Check out

22] – On Sat., July 12 at 1 PM, get your signs, bullhorns and voices ready! Join the Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW, in a rally in front of the White House to raise Voices in Solidarity against the recent bombing campaign of Gaza. Along with an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza, demand an end to Israel’s raids, killings, beatings, and arrests in West Bank. Since June 12th, 2014 Israel has engaged in a brutal campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people by bombing Gaza and raiding West Bank towns and villages and arresting hundreds of civilians including children across the West Bank and 1948 Palestine. See

23] – Use the Red Line to get over to the Rockville Memorial Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 21 Maryland Ave., on Sat., July 12 from 2 to 4 PM to hear first-hand accounts from your neighbors and others who participated in interfaith delegations to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israeli occupation and the inhumane living conditions it forces on Palestinian people is dependent on the United States’ political and military support. It's heavily subsidized by US taxpayers, and yet what is funded and the resistance against it isn't talked about in the mass media. Find out about the work of Israelis and Palestinians committed to bringing peace with justice through nonviolent strategies. Speakers will also present information about, and opportunities for participation in, future interfaith delegations to the region. Light refreshments will be served.

24] – The U-Liners and Emma's Revolution will present a birthday tribute to Woody Guthrie in the Takoma Park Civic Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave. on Sat., July 12 from 7:30 to 10 PM. Hear Woody classics, songs penned in honor of Woody, and plenty of original rebel songs! Go to Tickets are $15.

25] - 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 AM to noon. However, on Sun., July 13, you and others will sit on chairs and breathe (just the way it comes naturally) and listen to the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s best-known teachers of mindfulness. Mindfulness Meditation is a tool that can be used in our daily lives to act in a more ethical way. Practice mindfulness meditation so that it comes naturally in stressful times. This is a western, non-sectarian, research-based form of meditation derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice called Vipassana or Insight Meditation. It is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. Call 410-581-2322 or email

26] - 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.

27] – The Physicians for Social Responsibility will join a rally on the National Mall, 3rd St. NW and Madison Drive NW on Sun., July 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM against fracking and the Cove Point Export Facility! If you are worried about the health effects of fracking – or climate chaos, join PSR-National, PSR-Chesapeake and thousands of others in a demonstration on the National Mall to oppose rubberstamping of energy export facilities like the one proposed for Cove Point, Maryland. Construction of energy export facilities would increase the demand for “fracking.” An export facility would increase pressure to extract natural gas using hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), a technology that pumps toxic chemicals into the ground, contaminates millions of gallons of water, and releases toxic chemicals into the air. Register at

28] – There is a SodaStream Boycott Day of Action on Sun., July 13 from 2 to 3:30 PM in front of the Columbia Heights Mall, at the Columbia Heights Metro Station on 14th St. and just north of the intersection with Irving St. Ask shoppers to refuse to buy SodaStream products, and call on local store managers to tell their corporate headquarters to stop stocking the products. SodaStream manufactures its products in an illegal Israeli settlement. Email or call 240-425-7581. Visit DCMetro. Sign the national Boycott Soda Stream petition at Visit!/407059766019676/photos/gm.685995844793360/690881940970789/?type=1&theater.

29] – Middle East activist and Bradley Hills member Lorraine Nagy is inviting you to come to the Bethesda Jewish Congregation and Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817 on Sun., July 13 from 3:30 to 5 PM for an unforgettable experience with this traveling troupe of Palestinian & Israeli young adults, the New Story Leadership interns! Refreshments will follow, and there's plenty of on-site parking. Email

30] – On Sun., July 13 be at the BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF WOODY GUTHRIE. Hear the songs of Woody with Tom Mullian, Melissa Elliott, Rev. Dave Brown and you and catch a large screen showing of the documentary film "Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home" (2007, 90 mins.) at 4:30 PM. This is a part of the Brandywine Peace Community's monthly potluck supper and program at the University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19104. Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. There is limited parking in the lot at the rear of the church. Call 610-544-1818 or visit

Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 - October 3, 1967) was a singer-songwriter, writer, painter, and a voice of poor and working people. This is from THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND:
As I went walking, I saw a sign there. It said "Private Property." But on the other side, it didn't say nothing! That side was made for you and me. In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple; By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me?

31] -- 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., June 30, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Email or call 202-882-9649. The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro. By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr., and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM. No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.
32] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM 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

33] – Rally outside the Wilson Building, 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW on Mon., July 14 at 9:30 AM and join the Wage Theft and the Ban the Box Coalitions in support of the final vote on the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 ["Ban the Box"] and the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014! Show community support for these bills before the council goes on recess. 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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