Thursday, August 13, 2015

Baltimore Activist Alert - August 14 - September 22, 2015

31] Black Lives Matter Vigil – Aug. 14

32] Home Away From Home exhibit – Aug. 14

33] Ballroom Dancing – Aug. 14

34] Chorus of Action – Aug. 14

35] "Awaken the Dreamer" symposium – Aug. 15

36] West Chester peace vigil – Aug. 15

37] Korean unification – Aug. 15

38] Canton park goes organic – Aug. 15

39] Stop police brutality – Aug. 15

40] See an Os game – Aug. 15

41] Benefit for Pam Parker – Aug. 15

42] A living wage – Aug. 16


44] Militant Labor Forum – Aug. 16

45] Pentagon Vigil – Aug. 17

46] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Aug. 17 – Aug. 21

47] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Aug. 17

48] Climate chaos, poverty & war actions – Sept. 22

49] Sign up with Washington Peace Center

50] Activist needs a driveway or garage

51] Join Fund Our Communities

52] Donate books, videos, DVDs and records

53] Do you need any book shelves?

54] Join Global Zero campaign

55] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil

31] – 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 next scheduled vigil is on Aug. 14. Black Lives Matter. 

32] – Get over to The Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC, on Fri., Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 PM for the opening of Home Away From Home, a multi-media project juxtaposing recorded oral histories (in English) with portraits from the San Francisco Bay Area Palestinian community, the second largest in the U.S. The viewer will be able to hear the voice while looking into the (photographed) face of the person telling their story.

Essentially, the project explores the question "What does it mean to be Palestinian in America?" About two dozen members of this community describe how and why they maintain ties to and aspirations for their homeland Palestine, and how they reconcile this with life in a country whose political culture is so profoundly hostile to those aspirations. Visit

33] – 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 Aug. 14. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

34] – Come to the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224 to hear Mark G Meadows & Nikki Lerner perform A Chorus of Action on Fri., Aug 14 at 8 PM. Tickets in advance are $15 and $12 for members. At the door tickets are $18 & $15.  Recently named both 2014 “Artist of the Year” and “Composer of the Year” by Washington DC’s City Paper, Meadows is one of the most interesting jazz and R & B pianists in the region. For this show, through lyrics, harmony, and improvisation he will be creating new work in response to recent social unrest in Baltimore.  In 2011, Mark earned degrees in jazz piano from The Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Johns Hopkins University. After graduating, Mark decided for the first time in his life to focus solely on music. He received a full tuition Graduate Assistantship from The Peabody Conservatory where he completed a Graduate Performance Degree in jazz piano.

Lerner is an alternative/pop soul singer-songwriter based out of Baltimore, MD. Her music is a blend of Jill Scott's silky vocals, Laura Mvula's unique vocal and musical arrangements, and Bjork's love of instrumental experimentation. Her soaring melodies and dense vocal harmonies are sure to stay with you long after you've heard her songs. A classically-trained singer with a wide range of musical influences, Nikki has shared the stage with a diverse blend of world-class artists, including jazz violinist Zach Brock, Michael W. Smith, The City Harmonic, Ron Kenoly, and Vickie Winans.

35] –  The Pachamama "Awaken the Dreamer" Symposium will be held at 10 AM on Sat., Aug. 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD 21703, USA in Frederick, MD. The symposium is focused on reconnecting people to nature and justice issues but will also have representatives from "Get Money out of MD" as well as the Citizens Climate Lobby.  Register for this free symposium at

Bring a brown bag lunch and/or something to share at the lunch break as well as a covered water bottle.  Contact Noel Marshall & Bob Warner at or 920-418-4862.

36] –  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

37] – Go to the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Sat., Aug. 15 at 1 PM, as there is a Call to Action issued by the National Campaign for Peaceful Settlement in Korea. 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonialism, and also the 70th anniversary of Korea’s division into two occupying zones that led to a tragic war and divided states, with seemingly perpetual animosities and conflicts. 2015 is also the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice, an armistice that has NOT been replaced with a permanent peace treaty that will officially end the Korean War. Without a peace treaty in place, occasional military confrontations, spiraling arms race, collective suspicions and hostilities ensue without an end in sight. Call for the signing of a peace treaty to end the Korean War as a prerequisite first step, and urge the stakeholders and policymakers to engage in negotiations aimed at reduction of tensions that will pave a way for a lasting peace settlement in the Korean Peninsula that includes normalization of relations, nuclear disarmament and conventional arms reduction. Visit

38] – Canton Waterfront Park has gone organic! Celebrate the culmination of this 3-year collaborative effort between Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Dept., the City's Sustainability Commission and Maryland Pesticide Education Network, transitioning Canton Waterfront Park to an organic, pesticide-free park to protect our Babies, Bees and the Bay.

That means our children and pets can enjoy a toxic-free environment and our wildlife and Baltimore harbor are protected well. Join in for an afternoon of fun, activities for children, food and giveaways brought to you by the City and 12 organizations. The City will be bringing their Fun Wagon for kids, Kayaks & Canoes. Other activities include Coppermine Fieldhouse-led sports activities. It is happening on Sat., Aug. 15 from 1 to 4 PM at the Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St., Baltimore 21224. RSVP at

39] – Come back to the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC, on Sat., Aug. 15 at 2 PM, as Blackout DC is hosting a protest against the collective and systematic unlawful arrests and killings/attacks of black people in America. Blackness is not a danger nor a disease. Go to

40] – On Sat., Aug. 15 at 7 PM, watch the O’s play the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards.  Tickets are $14 each in Section 328. The give-away is a JJ Hardy jersey replica.    Contact Lou at or 410-499-8899.  Ticket sales benefit Assn for the Public Defender.  Call 410-209-4437 ASAP.

41] – There is a BENEFIT CONCERT FOR OUR SISTER PAM PARKER at the TAKOMA PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park on Sat., Aug. 15 at 7:30 PM, presented by THE FRUIT OF LABOR SINGING ENSEMBLE /BLACK WORKERS FOR JUSTICE CULTURAL AMBASSADORS.  They will be joined by other musician activists cultural workers including LUCI MURPHY, ANNE FEENEY and PAM PARKER.

42] – 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 Aug. 16 the platform address is “Raising the Minimum Wage.” Brian England will tell the story of how he joined the coalition “Business For a Fair Minimum Wage” to lobby for increasing the minimum wage at the national level. The road took him to the White House (he’ll show photos) and to a meeting in Harry Reid’s office, where they discussed national strategy for raising the minimum wage.  Go to Call 410-581-2322 or email

43] – Go to Busboys & Poets. 5th and K Sts., 1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Sun., Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 PM for an event featuring Laila el-Haddad, Refaat Alareer, Zeina Azzam and others.  One year after the devastating assault on Gaza, co-editors Laila El-Haddad, Refaat Alareer, and others speak about their just-released book, “Gaza Unsilenced,” which brings together voices from inside Gaza and out. Foregrounding the writings and photos from the men and women of Gaza itself, contributors will share tender stories memorializing lost loved ones, descriptions of the terror of Gaza's children in the 51 days of fire, and numerous resources to inform and inspire that you can share with your family and friends. Go to

44] – There is a Militant Labor Forum: Labor's Resistance for Better Wages and Working Conditions - Steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies on Sun., Aug. 16 at 7 PM at 143 Kennedy St. NW, Suite #15, WDC. The steel companies are trying to get the workers to bear the brunt of the downturn in the prices of steel products. Initial contract negotiation include proposals for no wage increases, a two-tier system of wages and benefits for new hires and major reductions in vacation, sickness and accident benefits for both active and retired workers. The steel bosses are also pushing for twelve hour shifts. Call 202-536-5080 or email

45] -- 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., Aug. 17, 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. 

46] – 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  

47] – 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 is on August 10. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, Freddie Gray, Gaza, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration and the September 22 action in D.C. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

48] -- The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is planning an action on September 22 in the D.C. area. We will gather at 10 AM in Rep. Paul Ryan’s office to challenge him that the wars must end, that Mother Earth must be saved and that we must eliminate income inequality. We will occupy Rep. Paul Ryan’s office.

After delivering a letter and speaking with staff members, we will next gather for a rally in Murrow Park, before arriving at 1 PM at the White House.  There we will try to deliver a letter to the White House, raise the same issues and risk arrest. Let Max know if you can join us in D.C. for this action.

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

50] -- There is a bicycle activist who is seeking a space [driveway or garage] where he could park a vehicle without plates.  Let Max know if you have a suggestion.

51] -- 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 former 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

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

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

54] -- 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.

55] – 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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