Thursday, December 11, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert - December 12 - 14, 2014

45] Presents for the Animals – throughout December
46] Vigil for peace at White House – Dec. 12
47] Vigil for Justice in Palestine – Dec. 12
48] "Did the Nuclear Negotiations Include Iran's Ballistic Missiles?"– Dec. 12
49] Protest drone command center – Dec. 12
50] Silent peace vigil – Dec. 12
51] Not a Protest but a PROMISE – Dec. 12
52] "Suspended Time" – Dec. 12
53] Drug War Capitalism – Dec. 12
54] Ballroom Dancing – Dec. 12
55] RootsCamp – Dec. 13 - 14
56] National March Against Police Violence – Dec. 13
57] CIA Drone Protest – Dec. 13
58] Olney Peace vigil – Dec. 13
59] West Chester, PA demo – Dec. 13
60] 5th Annual Pep Rally for Peace – Dec. 13
61] Silent peace vigil – Dec. 13
62] Holiday Party for the Homeless – Dec. 13 - 14
63] People's Power Assembly – Dec. 13
64] Fundraising party – Dec. 13
65] “On the Side of the Road” – Dec. 13
66] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
67] Join Fund Our Communities
68] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
69] Do you need any book shelves?
70] Join Global Zero campaign
71] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
72] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
45] – Throughout December, the Maryland SPCA is collecting toys for the cats and dogs in the adoption center. The goal is to collect enough toys in one month to entertain the homeless animals in the shelter throughout the coming year by filling the sleigh! You can help by bringing new cat and dog toys and treats to the Maryland SPCA. Some of the toys the pets like best are Kongs, Buster Cubes, toy mice (without catnip) and plush squeaky toys. Having toys and treats in the shelter environment helps socialize pets, reduces stress and improves health.

Bring Presents for the Animals to the adoption center at 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore 21211 or Project Adopt at White Marsh Mall (next to JCPennys). If you would like to donate a toy or treat but can't get to the MD SPCA, you can purchase from an Amazon and AmazonSmile wish list, and your item(s) will be shipped directly to the MD SPCA. Go to Visit

46] – On Fri., Dec. 12 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! The vigil takes place at the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact Art @ or at 202-360-6416.

47] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, across from Israeli Consulate. It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to

48] – On Fri., Dec. 12 from 2 to 3 PM, Michael Elleman, International Institute for Strategic Studies, was examine "Did the Nuclear Negotiations Include Iran's Ballistic Missiles?"at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2121 K St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

49] – On Fri., Dec. 12 from 4 to 5 PM, Stand for Schools...Not Billion$ for War and the PA Drone Murder Command. Today, every U.S. war is a drone war. The Drone War Command at Horsham PA Air Guard Station is to be 'Operational' in 2015, closer every day to remote-controlled killing from PA. Join the Philadelphia Demonstration to stop the drone war command center on the west side of Phila. City Hall/SEPTA entrance, NW corner at 15th & Market Sts. These PM rush hour vigils and leafleting sessions, second Friday of the month, have alternated between the SEPTA entrance, and the Bellevue Hotel (SE PA Office of PA Gov. Corbett, head of PA Air Guard). Tom Corbett lost his campaign for re-election to Tom Wolfe. Goodbye, Corbett! Take the PA drone war command center that you supported, with you. Contact Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or go to

50] – 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 Dec. 12 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.

51] – On Fri., Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a candle light vigil at the White House organized by the faith community standing together in love and light for justice. This vigil Not a Protest but a PROMISE will take place on the northbound sidewalk of 16th St. NW, from the White House to Silver Spring. Add your faith community, organization or group of friends to this endeavor. There is the hope there will be people and lights on every block. See

52] – On Fri., Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, enjoy "Suspended Time," a program of nine short films by Alaa Al Ali, Ayman Azraq, Mahdi Fleifel, Asma Ghanem, Yazan Khalili, Arab and Tarzan Nasser, Assem Nasser, Amin Nayfeh & Muhannad Salahat. The program was conceived as a way to understand the status quo of image production twenty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, D.C. in 1993. This production mirrors a state of fragmentation, and these Palestinian filmmakers reflected on the twenty years of the Oslo Agreement. See the program at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Call 202-338-1958 or email Use the Metro at Foggy Bottom.

53] – Drug War Capitalism will be discussed on Fri., Dec. 12 at 7:30 PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201. Though pillage, profit, and plunder have been a mainstay of war since pre-colonial times, there is little contemporary focus on the role of finance and economics in today’s “Drug Wars”—despite the fact that they boost US banks and fill prisons with poor people. They feed political campaigns, increase the arms trade, and function as long-term fixes to capitalism’s woes, cracking open new territories to privatization and foreign direct investment. Combining on-the-ground reporting with extensive research, Dawn Paley moves beyond the usual horror stories, beyond journalistic rubbernecking and hand-wringing, to follow the thread of the Drug War story throughout the entire region of Latin America and all the way back to US boardrooms and political offices. This unprecedented book chronicles how terror is used against the population at large in cities and rural areas, generating panic and facilitating policy changes that benefit the international private sector, particularly extractive industries like petroleum and mining. This is drug war capitalism. Paley is a freelance journalist who has been reporting from South America, Central America, and Mexico for over ten years. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

54] – 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 Dec. 12. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

55] – Go to the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, WDC, for RootsCamp, taking place from Sat., Dec. 13 at 8 AM to Sun., Dec. 14 at 6 PM. This is an open space "unconference" where the agenda is driven by the people who attend. Visit

56] – On Sat., Dec. 13, the ACLU will join the National Action Network, the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Akai Gurley, and thousands of others for the National March Against Police Violence. Gather at 10:30 AM, and then march at noon. Meet at the ACLU tent at Freedom Plaza, 14th St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP at The ACLU Know Your Rights tee shirts will be given to the first 500 supporters who come to the tent, and you can get a poster to carry.

57] – On Sat., Dec. 13 from 10 to 11:30 AM, join the monthly CIA Drone Protest (bus transportation to and from available), 900 Dolley Madison Blvd., Langley, VA. Oppose CIA & U.S. Military drones used in extrajudicial killings. US killer drone strikes are illegal, immoral, and must stop now! The protest is supported by Pax Christi Metro DC, Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker of DC, Code Pink, Nova Catholic Community, Peace & International Outreach Committee of Langley Hill Friends, Washington Peace Center, Peace Action Montgomery, Little Friends for Peace and Maryland United for Peace & Justice.

58] – 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 Dec. 13. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167.

59] – 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

60] – There is the 5th Annual Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets at the Howard Theater, 6th and T Sts. NW, WDC, on Sat., Dec. 13 from 11 AM to 7 PM. This includes a clothing and food collection drive and Holiday Gift Package Giveaway. This year’s event is dedicated to Ms. Relisha Rudd, and the event's focus will be on educating the community on the many needs and rising numbers of homeless youth and needy families in these times of recession. The winter months have proven to be the most serious. There is a need for items to fill 400 gift bags, as well as your support, suggestions, and recourses. Contact Mr. Garry Clark at 202-704-8620 or

61] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Dec. 13. 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

62] – On Sat., Dec. 13 from 2 to 6 PM, there will be a Holiday Party for the Homeless with food, music and merriment at The Bambou, 229 N. Franklintown Rd., Baltimore. The organizers can use food &volunteers for this event. You can make a monetary donation at Then from 8 PM until 2 AM on Sun., Dec. 14, there will also be a ticketed mega party fundraiser to benefit 10 nonprofits who serve the homeless year round. This event will feature the talent of many bands. There will also be a silent auction filled with local goods and services as well as some art. Donate cold weather gear, as well as blankets for a $5 discount on admission, which is $20. The PROCEEDS BENEFIT Word on the Street Baltimore, Baltimore Area Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau, The Good Stuff Happening Mission and others. Go to

63] – The People's Power Assembly is participating in the #BlackLivesMatter Millions March. On Sat., Dec. 13 at 2 PM gather in McKeldin Square, Light & Pratt Sts., Baltimore. Protesters will continue to make demands for justice from Ferguson to Baltimore. See Go to

64] – On Sat., Dec. 13 from 7 to 10 PM, there is a fundraising party at the Takoma Park VFW Hall, 6420 Orchard Ave., Takoma Park 20912, to celebrate the holidays and the (52nd) birthdays of Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning & Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin. Over a century of fighting for justice! Enjoy a cash bar, light fare, marshmallow roasting, birthday cake, poetry tag, readings by featured poets, and music provided by DJ Phenomejon. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Buy tickets at

65] – Lia Tarachansky's first documentary feature film, “On the Side of the Road,” is an exploration of the power of denial. The film focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country's Independence and the Palestinian refugee problem. It follows war veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as they tackle their denial of their actions in the war. The film also tells the story of the director, Lia Tarachansky, an Israeli born in the Soviet Union who grew up in a settlement in the West Bank and who as an adult began to realize the problems of the Israeli Occupation for the Palestinians. See her film at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC, on Sat., Dec. 13 at 7 PM. Go to

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

67] -- 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

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

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

70] -- 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.

71] -- 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.

72] – 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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