Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - Sept. 5 - Sept. 21, 2014

36] Silent peace vigil/potluck dinner – Sept. 5
37] Film THE CONSPIRATOR – Sept. 5
38] Film THE HARVEST – Sept. 5
39] Fractured Spring – Sept. 5
40] Film A BETTER LIFE – Sept. 5
41] Pace e Bene – Sept. 5
42] Ballroom Dancing – Sept. 5
43] Breakfast with the Animals – Sept. 6 - 7
44] The Opportunity Collaborative – Sept. 6
45] Olney Peace vigil – Sept. 6
46] West Chester, PA demo – Sept. 6
47] Shrouded Narrative – Sept. 6
48] Silent peace vigil – Sept. 6
49] Drone Death Walk – Sept. 6
50] Benefit for Casa Baltimore/Limay – Sept. 6
51] Rally for Michael Brown – Sept. 6
53] People’s Climate March – Sept. 21
54] Ronda Cooperstein on social media
55] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
56] Join Fund Our Communities
57] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
58] Do you need any book shelves?
59] Join Global Zero campaign
60] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
61] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
36] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul St. The Sept. 5 vigil, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, reminds us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture. After the vigil, there will be a potluck dinner at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.

37] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. After the potluck dinner at 7:15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. The series theme is SEEKING THE TRUTH. The first film in the series will be shown on FRI., SEPT. 5, and it is THE CONSPIRATOR [USA, 2011].

On April 14, 1865, there was a plot to kill Secretary of State William Seward, Vice President Andrew Johnson and President Abraham Lincoln. After Lincoln's death, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton orders all suspects, including Mary Surratt, arrested. THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by Robert Redford, tells Surratt's story. As the only female charged in the conspiracy, she would become the first woman to be executed by the United States government. It stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood and Tom Wilkinson, and is a thinly veiled condemnation of the military tribunals at Guantanamo.

38] – Come to the American Public Health Association, 800 I St. NW, on Fri., Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 8 PM, and join the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) in a night of networking, film, and discussion in honor of their 2014 Annual Conference "Transforming Our Food System: Creating More Just and Sustainable Communities." Whether you are an MWPHA member or guest, you will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other public health advocates and community leaders over complimentary refreshments during their networking reception. They will then watch the documentary "The Harvest/La Cosecha", a story about child migrant farm workers in the United States (Website: The film screening will be followed by an interactive, facilitated discussion about the experiences of and justice for laborers in the farm and food service industries. Visit

39] – The solo exhibition Fractured Spring is the latest in Helen Zughaib’s ongoing series about the implications of the Arab Spring. Her new work consists of paintings, calligraphy and installations, most of them diptychs, triptychs or multiple pieces, "fractured" in some way to indicate her concern with the consequences of the movements across the Arab world. See the exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, from 6 to 8 PM on Fri., Sept. 5. Call 202-338-1958, or email

40] – The First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series continues at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. On Fri., Sept. 5 at 7 PM see A BETTER LIFE. Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. After the film, engage in a discussion. Go to or call 610-544-1818. The event is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

The film is a slice of a very personal side of the immigration debate! It is a touching, poignant, and multigenerational story about a father’s devotion to making a life far better for his son. Directed by Chris Weitz, it stars a Mexican film star, Demian Bichir. Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, a gardener tending the lawns of Los Angeles residents who are rich from his point of view. He lives from hand to mouth, day to day, in a tiny house whose garden is used to raise starter plants for his clients. His wife left years before, and he’s raising his 15-year-old son, Luis, on his own. Father and son, meanwhile, are being pulled apart by the hard realities of Los Angeles, the lure of gangs and the daily risk of Carlos' 'undocumented' status. A BETTER LIFE has an almost entirely Hispanic cast. Catholic priest Gregory Boyle of LA's Homeboy Industries, a service agency run by former gang members, helped Weitz and his crew find locations to make the film as authentic as possible in exploring the culture of Los Angeles. See film trailer at

41] – On Fri., Sept. 5 at 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010., the Clarification of Thought presentation will be about Campaign Nonviolence, a new long-term project initiated by Pace E Bene to help bring nonviolence to the forefront of our culture and society. Its first year will be marked by well over one hundred actions in every state of the union during the week of Sept 21-27 with the themes of ending poverty, war and environmental degradation.

Presenters are Bob Cooke, a CNV volunteer and former regional coordinator for Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore and long-time peace activist Judith Kelly, who served as a Pace e Bene regional associate and is a former SOA Watch prisoner of conscience. They will share Campaign Nonviolence's long term vision and September events - both locally and nationally. The CNV web site is Email or call 202-882-9649.

42] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St. Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Sept. 5. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

43] – Eat breakfast alongside some of your favorite animals, including penguins, giraffes, and elephants. A same-day entry to the zoo is included with ticket price. The Breakfast with the Animals takes place through Sept. 20, Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30 to 10 AM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive. Call 410-366-7102 or see The cost for non-members is $65, and children under 2 get in for free.

44] – On Sat., Sept. 6 from 9 AM to 1:30 PM, the Opportunity Collaborative will be hosting a community summit designed to get your input on how to give everyone in the region a chance. Workshops, small group sessions, and scenario exercises will allow participants to truly engage with the findings of the Collaborative thus far, as well as to share your knowledge and ideas for improving our regional plans. Learn about the regional housing plan, the opportunities and challenges that we face, potential investment initiatives, and more. Lunch will be provided, as well as a continental breakfast. The event is free, and all are welcome. “Giving Our Region a Chance” will take place at Coppin State University, Physical Education Complex, Gwynn Falls Parkway and Warwick Ave. RSVP at

45] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. [Route 97] in Olney, MD. The next vigil is Sept. 6. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

46] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email

47] – Get over to a TEACH IN on Sat., Sept. 6 at 11 AM at American University, Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC 20016. There are various speakers covering several issues. For example, from 11:15 to 11:45 AM, William Blum will examine “The Limits of Benevolence.” There is a break from 2:45 to 3 PM. From 3 to 3:55 PM, there is a discussion about “Propaganda and Media” led by Chris Simpson and Jared Ball. See a screening of “The Untold History of the United States" from 5:50 to 6:50 PM, and then Peter Kuznick will lead a Q&A. The Shrouded Narrative can be found at

48] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Sept. 6. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

49] – It can be argued that the drone war is the most extreme terrorist war in history according to Noam Chomsky. On Sat., Sept. 6 from noon to 1 PM, join the Philadelphia Center City Monthly Drone Death Walk and Vigil. Gather at 12th & Market Sts and bring signs and banners. White Masks will be provided. RSVP Marge Cleef at 267-763-1644.

50] – Come to a PARTY on SAT., SEPT. 6 [rain or shine] from 5 to 10:30 PM. This is a fundraiser to benefit Casa Baltimore/Limay sister-city projects--scholarships, farm animals, food for the elderly, medical fund, child care nutrition center, & microcredit in Limay, Nicaragua. The party is at the home of Joanne Capizzi and Howdy Burns, 5 Candlestick Drive, Lutherville 21093.

Enjoy the tranquility of Dipping Pond Run, a beautiful trout stream in a gorgeous valley. Recharge your energy! Renew your faith in the universe! Join in music- and merry-making! No donation is too large, but no one is turned away! Bring your checkbook.

Donations are also taken online at BRING a Potluck dish, lawn chair, blanket & a musical instrument. Live music provided by YOU & others TBA. Can you offer a carpool ride? Do you need a ride? RSVP at 410-435-0392 or Info |at| From Greenspring Station, take Greenspring Valley Road west one mile. Turn right/ north on Greenspring Avenue. Go half a mile to Highview Dr. (1st right, top of hill). Turn right again on Candlestick Dr. (2nd right). Go to the end of court on right, #5.

51] – Rally at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, on Sat., Sept. 6 at 7 PM. Then march to U Street for Mike Brown. The gathering is sponsored by many groups, including the American Muslim Alliance. The rally’s demands are as follows: 1] The Arrest of Officer Wilson; 2] the creation of a Civilian Review Boards with subpoena power and 3] The de-militarization of the police department. Go to Email Call 347-422-7823.

52] – On Sat., Sept. 20 at 3:30 PM, the Committee for Palestinian Rights invites you to the Howard County East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045, for GAZA: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Discussion themes are Israel’s Assault – the Role of the United States – How We Can Take Action. The featured speakers are Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian author, blogger, political analyst and social activist, and Mark Gunnery, Jewish Voices for Peace, activist and reporter. Email

53] – Join an historic march for climate action on Sun., Sept. 21 in New York City. Next month, President Obama, along with hundreds of other heads of state from around the world, will attend the UN Climate Summit 2014 in New York City. Demand that our leaders commit to bold action to address the climate crisis. The People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 will be the largest mobilization to date for climate action. There will be a bus from Baltimore. To reserve a seat contact Regina at rminniss at

54] -- Ronda Cooperstein has taken to social media, and is recording her opinion pieces on You Tube. Check out her latest essay - THE WASHINGTON POST WITH TOAST:

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

56] -- 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. Go to

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

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

59] -- 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.

60] -- 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.

61] – A 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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