Friday, February 6, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - February 6 - 13, 2015

30] Vigil for peace at White House – Feb. 6
31] Protest at Skanska – Feb. 6
32] Silent Peace Vigil – Feb. 6
34] “Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity” show – Feb. 6
36] Celebrate the Cuban Five – Feb. 6
37] Nuclear Zero – Feb. 6
38] Ballroom Dancing – Feb. 6
39] Support affordable housing – Feb. 7
40] "Earth Story, Our Story: Climate Change Calls Us to Heal Ourselves and the World” – Feb. 7
41] My Relationship With Conflict – Feb. 7
42] West Chester, PA demo – Feb. 7
43] Anti-drone Walk – Feb. 7
44] Interfaith Coalition Religion/Spirituality Discussion – Feb. 7
45] Peace Concert – Feb. 7
46] Civil rights – Feb. 8
47] See “Blood Fruit” – Feb. 8
48] Poetry at Red Emma’s – Feb. 8
49] Pentagon Vigil – Feb. 9
50] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Feb. 9 – Feb. 13
51] Hearing to protect local coastlines from the dangers of oil and gas drilling – Feb. 9
52] Community meeting of restaurant workers – Feb. 9
53] "A Visit to Tehran: Outlook for U.S.-Iran Relations" – Feb. 9
54] Fracking is a disaster – Feb. 9
55] Pledge of Resistance/FOC meeting – Feb. 9
56] Witness for Peace is leading a delegation Cuba -- Feb. 13 through Feb. 23
57] PSR-National is hiring a Climate Organizer
58] Sign up with Washington Peace Center
59] Join Fund Our Communities
60] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records
61] Do you need any book shelves?
62] Join Global Zero campaign
63] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale
64] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil
30] – On Fri., Feb. 6 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.

31] – Protest at Skanska, 1776 Wilson Blvd., Arlington on Fri., Feb. 6 from 4 to 5:30 PM. Join DC Stampede to #StormSkanska! The University of Washington (UW) plans to build a new animal lab that will imprison thousands of dogs, cats, mice, rabbits and other defenseless animals. DC Stampede is joining the national campaign against UW's Animal Research and Care Facility. This protest will put pressure on Skanska, the multinational construction company that is contracted to build the lab, to back out of its contract with the University of Washington so that the lab will never be built. Visit

32] – There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. The Feb. 6 vigil will remind us that War Is Not the Answer and that there is the need to stop torture, and prosecute the torturers. Following the vigil, there will be a potluck dinner and a DVD screening.

33] – 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 dinner at 3107 N. Charles St., around 7:15 PM, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

The series theme is CAN WE SAVE THE PLANET??? On Fri., Feb. 6, see “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” directed by Daniel Junge. On Feb. 12, 2005, a 74-year-old USA-born missionary, Sister Dorothy Stang, was murdered in the Brazilian Amazon. She had been working on behalf of the peasant farmers in the area teaching them sustainable farming techniques. Among the poor, she was seen as an angel, but the powerful ranchers, rainforest loggers, and other advocates of Brazilian "progress" saw her as a troublemaker and a hindrance to their profit-making ventures. Junge, a documentarian who specializes in social justice films, focuses on the trial of the men who were present when she was killed, a middle-man, and two wealthy landowners accused of funding the murder. According to the Catholic Church's Land Pastoral, a group monitoring land violence in Brazil, as many as 800 settlers, union members, and priests have been killed in the Para area of Brazil in land disputes in the last 30 years. Martin Sheen narrates this documentary.

34] – ONE DC resource organizer and photographer, Dominic T. Moulden, are partnering to host the upcoming photography exhibit “Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity” show to provide a worldwide look (South Africa, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.) at the idea of home and the universal human right to accessible housing. Dominic brings these topics to his home city of Baltimore, where he invites us to join an ongoing conversation and fight for universal access to fair housing.

The show opening & artist talk takes place on Fri., Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 PM at MICA PLACE, 814 North Collington Ave., Baltimore. There is a workshop & art conversation on Sat., Feb. 21 from 3 to 5 PM, and then an Open Mic Ova East from 5 to 7 PM. This will close the show. Contact Allison Duggan at 443-415-1047 or

35] – There is a First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. On Fri., Feb. 6 at 7 PM see FREE ANGELA & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS [2013]. How did a young African-American college professor at UCLA become a fugitive on the FBI's Most Wanted list and political prisoner during the social turbulence of nearly a half century ago? This acclaimed documentary by award-winning film maker, Shola Lynch, tells the story of Angela Davis...revolutionary scholar, philosopher, activist icon, African-American feminist. The film features interviews with Angela Davis as well as eyewitnesses to her trial and imprisonment, life and teaching, then and now.

You may know the name of Angela Davis and her struggle for racial justice. But do you really know her whole story and its relevance for today? Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments. There will be a short after-film discussion. Go to or call 610-544-1818. The film series is co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

On Sun., Feb. 8 at 4:30 PM there is the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper/Program at the University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., 19104. Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. At 5:30 PM the program begins with another Large-Screen showing of FREE ANGELA & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS. After the film, there will be a discussion. To get to the University Lutheran Church, go to Call Brandywine Peace Community at 610-544-1818 or go to

36] – Go to the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC, on Fri., Feb. 6 from 7 to 9:30 PM, the Institute for Policy Studies joins with the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 to Raise Up A New Era in U.S. Cuba Relations. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero have finally been reunited with their loved ones in Cuba.

On December 17, President Obama and President Raul Castro made an historic decision to change the path of the relations between the two countries. Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez were already in Cuba after serving their complete sentences. Enjoy music and poetry, food and drinks. Go to

37] – On Fri., Feb. 6 at 7:30 PM at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, WDC 20010, hear from Marie Dennis who will tackle Gathering Momentum Toward Nuclear Zero. She is co-president of Pax Christi International, and the former director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; member of Assisi Community. “Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of … peaceful coexistence among peoples and states.” (Pope Francis, Dec. 7, 2014)

In landmark cases filed in the International Court of Justice and a U.S. Federal District Court, the Marshall Islands, itself a U.S. nuclear weapons testing ground, is making a powerful claim that the nine nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.

Thanks to the Marshall Islands legal action and to three major conferences focused on the humanitarian consequences of a nuclear exchange – as well as to the persistent efforts of Ploughshares activists, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and so many others, the discussion about nuclear disarmament has been reframed. As the NPT Review Conference approaches in April/May 2015, the focus is shifting from national security strategy and stability to what the detonation of these weapons would do to humans and to the earth. At the same time, “Cold War” rhetoric is pointing to rattling of the nuclear saber by Russia, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, as well as to threats of proliferation.

Pax Christi International filed an amicus brief in support of the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the U.S. government. Pax Christi member organizations are deeply involved at every level in nuclear disarmament efforts, including in the leadership of ICAN and Abolition 2000. Please come for an update and discussion -- action toward nuclear zero will be crucial in the coming months. Contact the Catholic Worker at 202-882-9649 or

38] – 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 Feb. 6. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

39] – Get over to Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW, WDC 20001, on Sat., Feb. 7 from 9:30 AM to noon, support affordable housing. Housing for All DC believes everyone deserves a decent, safe home they can afford here. See

40] – From 10 AM to 2 PM catch "Earth Story, Our Story: Climate Change Calls Us to Heal Ourselves and the World" with Charles Eisenstein, who will headline a climate change program and workshop at Central Baptist Church, 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087. At 1 PM, after a free lunch, there will be one-hour breakout sessions on Transition Towns, Local Food, Soil, Militarism & the Environment, and Divestment. Register and enjoy coffee at 9:15 AM, and make a donation. This event is endorsed by host of groups, including the Brandywine Peace Community. See RSVP to Jane Dugdale at 610-527-4170.

41] –My Relationship With Conflict With Tarek Abuata is a workshop for everyone on Sat., Feb. 7 from 10 AM to 6 PM at Clay Pots, 1635 W. Pratt St., Baltimore 21223. There is a fee of $25, and one can register at 410-233-1133 or With 12 years of nonviolence work in Palestine/Israel, Tarek Abuata has created a nonviolence curriculum based on MLK’s movement and organizing nonviolent actions.

42] – 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

43] – On Sat., Feb. 7 from noon to 1 PM, join the Center City Anti-War/Anti-Drone Silent Death Walk/Vigil. Gather at 12th & Market Sts. Wear back. Signs and white masks will be provided. RSVP to Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013.

44] – On Sat., Feb. 7 from 4 to 5:30 PM, the first meeting of the Montgomery County Interfaith Coalition (MCIC) Religion/Spirituality Discussion Salon will be in SPK Room A of the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park branch of the D.C. Public Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC 20012. The library is about a mile from the Silver Spring Metro stop on the east side of the Red Line. For those taking Metro, arrangements can be made to have you picked up at the station. RSVP to

45] -- Women In black Baltimore are hosting a Peace Concert on Sat., Feb.7 at 7 PM at the War Memorial Plaza, 101 Gay St., Baltimore 21202. To get tickets, go to www.eventbritecom.

46] – 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. On Feb. 8, the platform address is “A Segregated Baltimore: Reflections of 1950–1960” by James M. Griffin, physical therapist and Civil Rights Activist. When the Supreme Court struck down school segregation in 1954, James Griffin was wrapping up his military service prior to enrolling at Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C.) and before continuing on to Boston’s Sargeant College for his degree in physical therapy, thereby becoming the first African-American licensed to practice in the state of Maryland. More importantly, however, he was becoming a major activist in the civil rights struggle here in Baltimore, particularly in the area of public accommodations, public education and in community organization. His efforts as an appointee to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners (1968-1974) and as chairman of Baltimore CORE (Congress of Racial Equality, 1963-69) led to major changes in the city. Other appointments included Board member of Baltimore City Model City Agency and a gubernatorial appointment as Equal Opportunity Specialist for the State of Maryland. He led demonstrations against injustice and racial segregation. He will share his recollections of this momentous period in the history of Baltimore. Call 410-581-2322 or email

47] – The Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW, WDC, is showing a documentary on Sun., Feb. 8 from 4:30 to 6 PM, as part of the Capital Irish Film Festival. See “Blood Fruit,” which is about Irish Labor Solidarity. In July 1984, the action taken by one young Irish shop cashier changed the face of the South African anti-apartheid movement around the world. Mary Manning, a Dunnes Stores checkout girl, refused to sell two Outspan grapefruits under direction from her union in support of the anti-apartheid struggle. She and ten supporters were suspended and a strike ensued. The film is directed by Sinead O'Brian who will be at the screening. See a preview at Tickets can be had at

48] – On Sun., Feb. 8 at 7 PM @ Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, a poetry/spoken word open mic hosted by Analysis and featuring Gayle Danley! The evening will continue until 9:45 PM with the mic list opening at 6:30 PM. Call 443-602-7585. Go to

49] -- 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., Feb. 9, 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.

50] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon 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

51] – Go to the Embassy Suites Washington D.C., Convention Center, 900 10th St. NW, WDC 20001, on Mon., Feb. 9 from 2 to 7 PM for a hearing on protecting our local coastlines from the dangers of oil and gas drilling? Attend the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing and tell BOEM to protect our local Mid-Atlantic coastlines. Tell regulators you don't want a Deepwater Horizon on the East Coast! There will be a rally at 1 PM. RSVP at

52] – On Mon., Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 PM at 1100 Florida Ave. NW, WDC, come to the monthly community meeting of restaurant workers! Grab some snacks and/or a drink and learn about the campaign to raise the wages for all restaurant workers. Strategize about the ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage for all workers. ROC-DC will provide the snacks and drink! RSVP to jeremiah@rocunited or call 240-772-1356.

53] – On Mon., Feb. 9 at 2 PM, former Rep. Jim Slattery (KS) will address "A Visit to Tehran: Outlook for U.S.-Iran Relations" at the Atlantic Council, 12th Floor, 1030 15th St. NW, WDC. Register at

54] – As part of the Sustainable Speaker Series, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald will address The Real Cost of Fracking; How America's shale-gas boom is threatening our families, pets and food on Mon., Feb. 9 at 6:30 PM in the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201. Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Oswald, a pharmacologist, show how hydraulic fracturing endangers the environment and harms people, pets, and livestock. They reveal the harrowing experiences of small farmers who have lost their animals and their livelihoods and of rural families whose property values have plummeted as their towns have been invaded by drillers. Bamberger is the author of two books on first aid for cats and dogs. Oswald is a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University. They serve on the advisory board of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers of Healthy Energy. Email

55] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Feb. 9. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, including getting a resolution passed in Baltimore’s City Council, protesting Colin Powell, lobbying in Annapolis, a march from the EPA to the Pentagon and “From Mississippi to Ferguson.” Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

56] – Witness for Peace is leading a delegation Cuba: The Good Food Revolution: Strengthening Community Through Sustainable Agriculture from Feb. 13 through Feb. 23. The delegation coordinator is Kristin Stuchis, and she can be reached at 218-340-8079 or

57] – PSR-National is hiring a Climate Organizer for the D.C. office. This person will help build the “Climate Health Action Teams,” a new program through which members learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency – including their benefits to health – and take monthly actions to push their states to choose clean renewables and energy efficiency as the way to reduce carbon emissions under the Clean Power Plan.

PSR is looking for an energetic organizer with hands-on experience who can use communication tools (phone, email, Skype, webinars…) to engage and motivate members. Knowledge of climate change, health and/or energy issues is a must. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to with "Climate Organizer" in the subject line. The recruitment process is open until the position is filled.

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

59] -- 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

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

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

62] -- 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.

63] -- 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.

64] – 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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