The 2013 Inaugural Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance is approaching!  We hope you will celebrate and re-energize with us on January 20th, 2013 at the historic Arena Stage in D.C. Confirmed speakers include: The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Barbara Ehrenreich, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Ralph Nader, Etan Thomas, Dave Zirin, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., and many more!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Alice Walker at the 2008 Inagural Ball

The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance will take place in Washington, D.C.‘s historic Arena Stage at The Meade Center For American Theater on the evening of January 20, 2013.  This event will pay tribute to the continuing struggle for peace and justice here in The United States and throughout the world. 

Four years ago hundreds of peace loving activists gathered at the 2008 Inaugural Peace Ball here in Washington, DC to celebrate the election of the first African American President of the United States and to wave the banner of peace during that historic moment.  The times are different today, but the commitment to ensure that peace and justice remain on our national agenda has not wavered.

This gathering is a reminder for all who work tirelessly to make our world a safer more just place, that our work does not stop when we elect a president, it continues beyond national elections and despite the political climate in Washington, D.C.  We need to continue to build a movement for a better world where the end to war, justice and respect for the environment are at the forefront of our national and global agendas.  It is a struggle of ordinary people joining together raising their voices and resisting injustice.

Howard Zinn reminded us four years ago that “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives”.  Howard also cautioned us that “If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places and there are so many where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.  And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Won’t you join us for this historic night on January 20, 2013 along with hundreds of other activists and agitators to reclaim hope, to celebrate our accomplishments and to dance the furious dance of defiance!

MIABMORE

Busboys and Poets – Baltimore

You may have noticed the new mural being installed on the windows of the new Busboys and Poets location Charles Village – 3224 St Paul Street Baltimore, MD This mural is titled: The Busboy and the Poet by Mia Duvall The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a … Continued

Screen Shot 2021 03 15 at 6.02.09 PM

Everest Base Camp #20

FINAL POSTING FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TRAVEL LOG. Thank you for staying with me and for your beautiful comments. Hope to see at least some of you soon. Why I am here. It is 7:15 am. Our flight out of Lukla is at 8. I savor a yak cheese omelette and my last Himalayan coffee. … Continued

AndyShallal PeaceandStruggle

The Nepal Chronicles #1

March 2, 2021… For the next couple of weeks I will be blogging on Facebook about a trip that I have been planning the day I turned 65, which was about a year ago. I am heading to Everest Base Camp and hoping to celebrate my 66th there. I got the all clear from my … Continued

covid 19 banner2 920x460

Community Resources for COVID-19

Here are some resources that you may be able to take advantage of: Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you Back To School After Lockdown – Tips From An NHS Psychologist One Fair Wage – Emergency Funding for Tipped Employees/Service WorkersRWCF- Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund USBG- COVID-19 Relief Grants for Bartenders Restaurant Opportunities Centers- United … Continued

Engage in open talks about race with A.C.T.O.R.

Engage in open talks about race with A.C.T.O.R.

As the upcoming presidential election nears, we are hearing the usual buzzwords: “economy,” “jobs,” “health care,” but now we are forced to deal with a matter that makes many Americans uncomfortable and fidgety.